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JD McPherson, who his known for his exuberant live shows, is gearing up for a U.S. tour in support of “Let the Good Times Roll.” The singer, who played the Green River Festival a few years back, said he was looking forward to getting out on the road and playing the new songs. The tour will make a stop at the Shea Theater, 71 Avenue A in Turners Falls, on Sunday, March 1, at 7 p.m.
(Kelly Kerr photo)

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 sound, which draws from early rock ’n’ … 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: A night for love and music

Thursday, February 12, 2015

This weekend is Valentine’s Day and in honor of this day of love, some of our local musicians are opening their hearts and celebrating the holiday by helping others and holding benefit concerts. So instead of chocolates and flowers, why not put you money toward a night of great live music and in … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Ancient music rocks ... who knew?

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

“As poetry is the harmony of words, so music is that of notes; and as poetry is a rise above prose and oratory, so is music the exaltation of poetry.” — Henry Purcell, considered England’s first great composer … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: 'She's really got it!'

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

“I know a girl who cries when she practices violin because each note sounds so pure it just cuts into her, and then the melody comes pouring out her eyes.” — Conor Oberst It all began with this … 1

Sounds Local: Upper Valley Music Festival moves to Greenfield

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Last week, Tommy Byrnes of Sovereignty Music Services made the surprise announcement that the 2014 Upper Valley Music Festival (UVMF), which will take place on Saturday, July 26, will be held in downtown Greenfield instead of downtown Turners … 0

Sounds Local: Ladies in Jazz

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

When jazz singer Samirah Evans left New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and settled in Brattleboro, Vt., she left a successful career behind and had to reestablish herself in a very different musical environment. One place … 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