Why do boys love noise? Some kind of mutant chromosome? Or just a male jonesing for the antisocial? Nothing annoys others like noise. My money would be on boy noise worship as a latent extension of masculine aggression: As economist-cum-music-theoretician Jacques Attali says, "Noise is violence. To make noise is to interrupt a transmission, to disconnect, to kill." Not to deny the vital legacy of female thrashers: Check Yoko Ono, Diamanda Galas or, um, Vixen for proof that women indeed wail. But there's something undeniably manly about the stupefyingly loud musical genre known as "noise," with its pantheon of tinnitus-afflicted men and legendary noise kings like... More >>>