Music

A close-up of the Candy Apple Red Fender Stratocaster that gave rise to the name of John Sheldon's new performance, "The Red Guitar." Recorder/Trish Crapo.

Something to live for

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Sometimes the best ideas come almost unbidden. It’s hard to say where they come from. Do they originate from inside ourselves, where a notion might have been germinating unnoticed? Or, are we receiving them from some outside — dare we even say “divine” — source? Guitarist John Sheldon’s newest work, a performance he calls “The Red Guitar,” first occurred to him one night as he was driving from Amherst to Wendell, he tells me, as we sit in the upstairs music studio of his Amherst home. “I was driving to play a solo gig and I felt like I wanted to do something different than … 0

Sounds Local: Lux Deluxe — What You Need

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The new Lux Deluxe album, “It’s A Girl,” opens with “What You Need,” a song that is also the first single off the disc. The song starts out with a blipping synthesizer that sounds straight out of the 1980s, then some keyboards kick in followed by a sweeping string section. By the time … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Bringing the light to our children

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

“I can remember everything. That’s my curse, young man. It’s the greatest curse that’s ever been inflicted on the human race. Memory.” — Jedediah Leland, remembering Charles Foster Kane in “Citizen Kane” My thesis, friends, is this: that the earlier our children come to the light — or in this case, the music … 0

Sounds Local: 'Party Up in Heaven'

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The question Wildcat O’Halloran of Sunderland poses on “Party Up in Heaven,” the blues rockin’ title track of his new CD, is this: “If there’s a party up in heaven, where the hell they gonna find a band?” … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: ‘The Black Man in Song’

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

“When I studied in conservatories as a young man, I absorbed the traditions of music. Then, when I became a pupil of Edgar Varese, my horizons broadened and I wrote in a very dissonant style. Then I began … 0

Sounds Local: All types of love

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays that we typically associate with romantic dinners and roses, but this year the day falls on a weekend and as a result there are a variety of musical events happening that … 0

Sounds Local: Russell Kaback comes out to play

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Considering that singer-songwriter Russell Kaback of Greenfield was writing songs at age 12 and played his first gig at 14, it is clear that music has always been a big part of his life. Yet Kaback, 39, didn’t … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: 'Songs of Divine Chemistry'

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

All day long a little burro labors, sometimes with heavy loads on her back and sometimes just with worries about things that bother only burros. Once in a while a kind monk comes to her stable and brings … 0

Sounds Local: 'All Things Loved and Lost'

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

As we enter February, we are faced with the onslaught of Valentine’s Day and all that comes with it. Easily the most divisive holiday on the calendar, people either love the notion of cupid striking with his arrows … 0

Sounds Local: Raw, honest music

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

These words are from “Bone,” a lovely waltz-like song performed by The Suitcase Junket: “This song is a bone that I found in the woods/ It was buried alone, but I’ve done what I could/ to breathe life … 0

Sounds Local: Two great shows

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Singer-songwriter Patty Carpenter of Guilford, Vt., has been entertaining area audiences for many years now. You may know her as a solo jazz singer, or as a member of the genre-blurring Dysfunctional Family Jazz Band. You may also … 0

What is it to exist?

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

About a year ago, one of Greenfield poet and musician Daniel Hales’ friends asked if he’d be interested in setting poems from Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice books to music for a performance she was working on. Hales was … 0

Sounds Local: Trailer Park brings the party to Mohawk

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

For the past 20 years, Trailer Park has been the Pioneer Valley’s go-to party band, proving time and again that it can entice even the most reluctant among us to get out on the dance floor. The band … 0