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Music

 New Salem resident Steven Schoenberg, a composer and improvisational pianist.

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 this time of year, I’m talking about live performances by an assortment of stellar local talent. There are a variety of holiday-themed shows happening in the upcoming weeks and they range from the silly to the sublime to sing-alongs. Some of these shows have companion CDs that you might want to consider as holiday gifts or as welcomed additions to your own collections. So, read on for … 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 is one of the most influential and popular bands in rock history. The British group, … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: ‘For Cynthia’ honors a slain Ashfield journalist

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

“I became a journalist to come as close as possible to the heart of the world.” — Henry Luce I have just listened to Tony Jillson’s recent CD, “For Cynthia.” It is a set of eight instrumental works featuring Daniel Plane on cello, Kelly Halloran and Joe Jewett on violins and Jillson himself … 0

Sounds Local: Signature Sound celebrates 20 years; Woman Songwriters Collective celebrates new EP

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Today is Thanksgiving and since we talk about music here, let’s take a minute to be thankful for all the talented musicians living and working right here in our own backyard. And let’s also take this opportunity to … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Belles, bands and hands

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Seasonal music is on its way to many venues throughout the Pioneer Valley, including both sacred and secular genres. Two sopranos, 1 piano, assorted surprises The nearest in time is third annual Christmas concert at St. Valentine’s Church, … 0

Chris Smither: 'What the hell was this kid doing?'

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

It was almost 50 years ago that Chris Smither dropped his college studies in anthropology and, guitar in hand, headed north from his home in New Orleans. His destination was Boston and its burgeoning acoustic music scene. Smither, … 0

Signature Sounds marking 20th year with 3 days of music

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

It was back in 1994 that Signature Sounds incorporated as a record label aimed at highlighting Pioneer Valley musicians specializing in Americana, folk and roots music. Now, with about 150 albums under its belt and a roster that’s … 0

Sounds Local: Pat and Tex LaMountain

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

It’s a cool November day but warm and cozy inside Pat and Tex LaMountain’s kitchen. The fire is burning, the tea kettle is on and the conversation flows easily. The members of this husband and wife singer-songwriting team … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Light in the heart of darkness

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Again I say, for art’s sake, think north at least as often as south, as both Brattleboro, Vt., and Keene, N.H., venues are virtually half the time and trouble as Amherst and Northampton ones and the quality of … 0

Sounds Local: Kevin O’Rourke’s music is quietly sublime

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

As leader of band Lo Fine, singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Kevin O’Rourke was a major player on the local music scene for many years. O’Rourke founded the Northampton-based band, which utilized a revolving lineup of players, in the late 1990s. Lo … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Organist Rhonda Sider Edgington

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

“The organ is the grandest, the most daring, the most magnificent of all instruments invented by human genius.” — Honore de Balzac, French novelist and playwright It seems that the house organ for the First Church of Deerfield … 0

Sounds Local: Sweet Little Bloodhound

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

“I’ll hunt you where you hide Catch you every time You’ll fear me on your trail Sweet Little Bloodhound” — Sweet Little Bloodhound Singer-songwriter Devlin Miles was in the process of recording a follow-up to her 2009 album … 0

Sounds Local: Lexi Weege isn't interested in sappy love songs

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Lexi Weege claims that she was born wielding a Shure SM58 microphone in one hand and red patent leather heels in the other. The Westfield native can’t remember a time when she wasn’t singing and soaking up all … 0