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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 tip our hats to Signature Sounds Recordings of Northampton and wish it a happy 20th anniversary. Signature Sounds, the record label that … 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, 127 King St., Northampton, on Sunday, Nov. 30, at 2 p.m., and featuring sopranos Teri … 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, who’d been bitten by the blues and by the folk music boom led by Bob … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Tony Bennett

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

“If I cannot fly, let me sing.” — Stephen Sondheim Once upon a time there was a fatherless young boy who came of age during the era of the Great Depression; his mother — as he put it … 0

‘¡Ay caramba!’

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Great goofy grasshoppers! A gaggle of gusto girls and giggly little guys in the Conway Grammar School’s gym are gyrating, jumping and going ga-ga over the strumming, singing musician who is giving them gallons of (uno! dos! tres!) … 0

Sounds Local: Musical chemistry

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

June and Johnny Cash, Meg and Jack White, Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer, Karen and Richard Carpenter, Richard and Linda Thompson ... and the list goes on. The world of music is full of men and women like … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: To trust is devine

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

“My humanity is bound up in yours, for we can only be human together.” — Desmond Tutu If there’s any true hope for planet earth to move beyond the tribal chauvinism and the divisionalism that have, for millennia, … 0

Sounds Local: Concert series’ eyes on summer

Thursday, May 15, 2014

It’s that time of year when winter music series start winding down and summer programs begin to announce their schedules. Such is the case this weekend when the Wendell Full Moon Coffeehouse wraps up the 2014 winter season … 0

Sounds Local: The power of 3-chord pop

Thursday, May 8, 2014

We have all had the experience of driving in the car with the radio blaring in the background, when suddenly a song comes on that instantly grabs you. You turn up the volume, maybe even attempt to sing … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: 'Behold, the Sea!'

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

“We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch — we are going back from whence we came.” — John F. Kennedy There’s nothing like … 0

Sounds Local: ‘It is going to be one big party’

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The word “mosaic” is defined as “a combination of diverse elements forming a more or less coherent whole,” which makes it the perfect word to describe an upcoming concert at the Arts Block in Greenfield. The Mosaic concert … 0

Symbols of pride: Greenfield Harmony concert Sunday

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Story by Richie Davis Merita Halili and Raif Hyseni may not exactly be household names in this country. But in Albania — and in the Albanian-American community in the U.S. — the wife-and-husband musical duo are very big … 0

Sounds Local: Robin and Linda Williams perform Friday

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Robin and Linda Williams were making music together long before “Americana” became a popular musical genre. The married couple from Virginia never really bothered to label the type of music it performed. As far as they were concerned, … 0