Music

Hot air balloons light up at the Green River Festival on Saturday night for the  Balloon Glow.
Recorder/Micky Bedell

Sounds Local: Green River Festival Lineup; fundraiser for DJ Ryan Interlande

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Yesterday was not only April Fool’s Day, it was also the day that Signature Sounds rolled out the lineup for this year’s Green River Festival — and they weren’t joking when they promised it would be a good one. Now a three-day festival, GRF 2015 will be held July 10 to July 12 and will feature more than 30 bands … 0

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 … 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: ‘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

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 … 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