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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

Police: 2 dead after man ‘intentionally’ drives into SXSW crowd

Thursday, March 13, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas — A suspected drunken driver barreled through police barricades and drove down a crowded street at the South by Southwest festival early Thursday morning, killing two people and injuring 23 in an act authorities say was … 0

Sounds Local: 'Challenging but super fun'

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Whatever your notion of piano music — be it music performed by a crooning balladeer or by a stuffy classical musician — be prepared to have it completely shattered when Marco Benevento takes the stage. Benevento will perform … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: 'If it sounds good, it is good'

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

“Democracy is based upon the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people.” — Harry Emerson Phosdick As the more perceptive and discerning of my readers have by now perhaps discovered, I am not particularly chauvinistic about … 0

Sounds Local: Dave Hayes... the musician

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

“Dave Hayes the weather guy is scanning the sky to see if it’s going to bring us snow today Dave Hayes the weather guy is just a little shy posting to folks that he don’t know” — Nerissa … 0

Sounds Local: Matt Kims Academy of Rock hosts student concert Saturday

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

If anyone had told Matt Kim, back when he was a teenager, that there would some day be a business with his name on the door and that he would teach music to kids, he never would have … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Music, stories, fellowship

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

“Music is everybody’s possession. It’s only publishers who think that people own it.” — John Lennon There’s a lot to be said for the way music made its way through the world before its professional handlers got a … 0

Sounds Local: 'Party Up in Heaven'

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The question Wildcat O’Halloran of Sunderland poses on “Party Up in Heaven,” the blues rockin’ title track of his new CD, is this: “If there’s a party up in heaven, where the hell they gonna find a band?” … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: ‘The Black Man in Song’

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

“When I studied in conservatories as a young man, I absorbed the traditions of music. Then, when I became a pupil of Edgar Varese, my horizons broadened and I wrote in a very dissonant style. Then I began … 0

Sounds Local: All types of love

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays that we typically associate with romantic dinners and roses, but this year the day falls on a weekend and as a result there are a variety of musical events happening that … 0

Sounds Local: Russell Kaback comes out to play

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Considering that singer-songwriter Russell Kaback of Greenfield was writing songs at age 12 and played his first gig at 14, it is clear that music has always been a big part of his life. Yet Kaback, 39, didn’t … 0