Music

JD McPherson, who his known for his exuberant live shows, is gearing up for a U.S. tour in support of “Let the Good Times Roll.” The singer, who played the Green River Festival a few years back, said he was looking forward to getting out on the road and playing the new songs. The tour will make a stop at the Shea Theater, 71 Avenue A in Turners Falls, on Sunday, March 1, at 7 p.m.
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Sounds Local: Pushing in a new direction, JD McPherson’s 2nd CD explores new musical sounds

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Recording the follow-up to a successful debut album can be a rather daunting task. Just ask JD McPherson. The Oklahoma rocker won great acclaim for his 2012 debut “Signs & Signifiers,” a disc that was originally released on the small Hi-Style Records label but was later re-released by Rounder Records. McPherson’s high-energy retro sound, which draws from early rock ’n’ … 0

Sounds Local: Keep an eye on these ‘Kids’

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The Wall Street Journal recently included the Northampton-based indie-pop trio And the Kids in an article titled, “2015’s Next Big Things: 8 Musical Acts to Watch.” That’s not really surprising news for music fans here in western Massachusetts as we have always known that vocalist/guitarist Hannah Mohan, drummer Rebecca Lasaponaro and keyboardist/percussionist Megan … 0

Sounds Local: A night for love and music

Thursday, February 12, 2015

This weekend is Valentine’s Day and in honor of this day of love, some of our local musicians are opening their hearts and celebrating the holiday by helping others and holding benefit concerts. So instead of chocolates and flowers, why not put you money toward a night of great live music and in … 0

Encores and Curtain Calls: Music and the mystery of history

Thursday, February 12, 2015

“A Fiddler on the Roof ... Sounds crazy, no? ... And how do we keep our balance? That I can tell you in one word — Tradition! Because of our traditions, we’ve kept our balance for many, many … 0

Sounds Local: A cathartic jumping off point

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

It was through songwriting that Robin Lane achieved success. But more than providing her with a career, song writing saved Lane’s life. And now, Lane is working with other women to tell their stories through song and, in … 0

Sounds Local: CD releases — from basement music, to middle age, to a one-man band, to cutting-edge bluegrass to lyrical lullabies

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The year has just begun and here at Sounds Local we have already seen the arrival of some excellent new music. There are even more releases on the horizon, so read on to get the lowdown on these … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Songs of beauty, heartache, love

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Sing again, with your dear voice revealing A tone Of some world far from ours, Where music and moonlight and feeling Are one. — Percy Bysshe Shelley, “To Jane: The Keen Stars were Twinkling” While scheduled a bit … 0

Sounds Local: Whiskey Treaty Roadshow

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Remember the Whiskey Treaty festivals at the Arts Block in Greenfield a couple of years ago? All that fine music and fine whiskey? Well the good news is that the Whiskey Treaty lives! The Whiskey Treaty Festival, which … 0

Sounds Local: Too slow, too sparse or too weird

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Dave Houghton has been writing songs for the past 25 years but had yet to release a solo album until a couple of months ago. Houghton had always presented his songs in a band format — first with … 0

Sounds Local: Sonya Kitchell embraces a bold, new sound

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Sonya Kitchell first burst onto the local music scene in 2001. She was 13 at the time and was already writing her own songs and singing them in her warm, soulful voice. Three years later, at 16, she … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: It's all in the ear of the beholder

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

“The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear.” — Rumi A curious query and take your time, please, this may be a trick question): How wide and how high is your visual field — 10 … 0

Sounds Local: Ho, Ho, Ho ... time for some music!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Ho! Ho! Ho! It’s that time of year again and nothing can get you in the holiday spirit like Christmas music. And I’m not talking about the endless stream of Christmas songs that blare out of store speakers … 0

Sounds Local: ‘Shine on you crazy diamond’

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

“Remember when you were young, you shone like the sun. Shine on you crazy diamond. Now there’s a look in your eyes, like black holes in the sky. Shine on you crazy diamond.” — Pink Floyd Pink Floyd … 0