Seize the music while ye may!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns. —George Eliot If the poignance of fall has one message for us, it is of the transience — the here-today-gone-tomorowness — of life. Just have a look: previously secure leaves suddenly, silently surrendering their summer greens to a final dance of furious color, then taking the fateful plunge into Never-never-land. Yes, fall is a time when the reality of things ending is so clearly in the air that one can almost taste it. What, we ask ourselves, could we have … 0

Jamie Kent at the Iron Horse

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

When we last heard from Jamie Kent, it was the fall of 2013 and he had just released his EP “Embers and Ashes,” a disc on which the Northampton native moved away from groove rock sounds of his previous release in favor of an earthier folk, Americana one that even included some traces … 0

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 … 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

Sounds Local: June & the Bee

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The past month was a busy one for CD releases and there are more on the horizon. This week sees the release of the debut recording by the folk pop band June & the Bee, an Amherst-based quintet … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Brick Church Music series returns

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The cello is a hero because of its register — its tenor voice. It is a masculine instrument, whereas the violin is feminine because of its soprano pitch. When the cello enters in the Dvorak Concerto, it is … 0

Sounds Local: Parsonsfield at the Shea Friday

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

It’s a Wednesday afternoon and The five members of Parsonsfield are on their way to Nashville to take part in AmericanaFest 2014, a week-long celebration of American roots music that features showcases at clubs around the city. They … 0

Sounds Local: New music worth listening to

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Fall is here and with it comes the release of some new CDs, the first of many that will be arriving in the months ahead. That’s right CDs, compact discs. They have not completely gone the way of … 0

Movie Times: July 17-23

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Editor’s Note: The movie listing deadline is the Tuesday before publication, by 3 p.m. or fax to 774-5020. Questions? Call Adam Orth at 413-772-0261, ext. 276. Please note, these listings are based on information sent us by the theaters. Double checking a theater’s website beforehand will help … 0

Sounds Local: The Gas Light Tinkers — fusion that gets you moving

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Gaslight Tinkers hadn’t even taken the stage and the dance floor was already filling up, a sure sign that this crowd was familiar with the band and its danceable grooves. The group, which consists of Peter Siegel … 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