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Sounds Local: Festival with a cause — The Upper Valley Music Festival returns with acts known and new to help fight cancer

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

When you’re planning a birthday celebration and you have a lot of musician friends who want to play at your party, maybe it would make sense to turn the party into a music festival. Such was the thinking of musician Tommy Byrnes and his wife Jessica when plans for Tommy’s 50th birthday party got a bit out of hand. The … 0

Sounds Local: Wendell Wildcat Blues Festival Saturday, June 27

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

“In a world where only three percent of Americans actively listen to blues music, the Wildcat O’Halloran Band will always answer the call.” You will find these words printed on the back of The Wildcat O’Halloran Band’s new CD, “Midnight Service Call,” and they are words that ring true because when it comes … 0

Apple wants a lead role in streaming music

Sunday, June 7, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple’s iTunes helped change the way music-lovers bought their favorite songs, replacing plastic discs with digital downloads. Now the maker of iPods and iPhones wants to carve out a leading role in a revolution well underway, with a new, paid streaming-music service set to launch this summer. With millions of … 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

Encores & Curtain Calls: Do not fear the trombone

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

“I don’t know why but the trombone makes me very uncomfortable.” — Sigmund Freud, father of psychology A close encounter of the trombone kind is in the offing as the opening concert of the Pioneer Valley Symphony’s season … 0

Trailer Park: smokey, saucy & spicy

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Tom Mahnken remembers the first show he and his four buddies performed as Trailer Park in April 1994 at the Iron Horse in Northampton. “We were fair, at best,” said Mahnken. “But we had energy and that very … 0

Sounds Local: Hitting the front burner

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Tin Pan Valley Trio. You have to admit it’s a clever band name and one that is easy to remember. Musicians Lenny Zarcone and Bill Shontz came up with the name when they were talking about forming a … 0