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

This one is about having fun

Thursday, September 5, 2013

It was in 1931 that the Duke Ellington Orchestra first played “It don’t mean a thing, if it ain’t got that swing.” By 1935, big band leaders like Benny Goodman made swing, with its lively rhythms, fast tempos and heavy use of brass, the most popular music of … 0

Honest, literate lyrics

Thursday, September 19, 2013

In the early 1990s, there was a major folk renaissance in the Boston area that gave rise to a host of new talent, including Catie Curtis, Patty Griffin, Vance Gilbert, Martin Sexton and Ellis Paul. Since emerging from that scene, Paul has gone on to establish himself as … 0

Why not Banish Misfortune Friday?

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Many music fans view Irish music as something you listen to around St. Patrick’s Day and then pack away like your favorite Christmas decoration to be enjoyed next year. But like every musical genre, there are people who play and enjoy this uplifting music year round. Musicians and … 0

Sounds Local: ‘Beauties’ among Heath Fair’s offerings

Thursday, August 15, 2013

When we think about the Heath Fair, we think of farm animals, truck pulls and gymkhana, but what one doesn’t always associate with a small town agricultural fair is music. And when I say music, I mean the kind of high-quality musical acts that you would hear at … 0

Sounds Local: Transperformance goes ‘Beyond Bob’

Thursday, August 22, 2013

The only good thing about summer coming to an end is the arrival of the annual Transperformance concert at the Pines Theater at Look Park in Florence. Held the last Tuesday of August for the past 23 years, this end-of-summer bash, in which local musicians transform themselves into … 0

Sounds Local: Summer music

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Green River Festival 2013 is now one for the history books. As with past years, it was a resounding success filled with memorable performances. Once the Green River Festival is over, however, it always feels like the beginning of the end of the summer. So now is the … 0

Come ready to dance

Thursday, August 1, 2013

There may not be a huge reggae scene in western Massachusetts, but the scene that does exist is a healthy one that is marked in part by the longevity of some of its bands. Musical groups like Loose Caboose and The Equalites have been around for over 25 … 0

Sounds Local: Summer sound track

Thursday, July 4, 2013

If you are looking to find the perfect summer sound track, then you may want to consider these recently released CDs by some local favorites and one from an up-and-coming group from Boston. Whether you favor crackling fiddles or jangly guitars, you are bound to find something here … 0

Sound Local: Rumblebucket comes to The Shea

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Green River Festival 2010 was a memorable one. It was the year that Allen Toussaint brought a touch of New Orleans to town, that Cake sang about “long jackets,” and the Felice Brothers played roots music with the thrash and passion of a punk band. But most of … 0

Green River Music Festival

Thursday, July 18, 2013

The anticipation is almost over as we are a couple of days away from the 27th annual Green River Festival. The two-day event, which is presented by the Greenfield Chamber of Commerce and held on the grounds of Greenfield Community College, will take place this weekend, Saturday, July … 0