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Lexi Weege, whose music is rooted in blues and jazz, performs at Replay Music in Greenfield on Friday and with the Woman Songwriter Collective at the Northfield Unitarian Church on Saturday.

Sounds Local: Lexi Weege isn't interested in sappy love songs

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Lexi Weege claims that she was born wielding a Shure SM58 microphone in one hand and red patent leather heels in the other. The Westfield native can’t remember a time when she wasn’t singing and soaking up all the music around her. She was even performing in a jazz cabaret act with her mother when she was only 8. In her teen years, she moved on to fronting rock bands. “Music was the only thing I cared about as a kid,” said Weege. “Everyone in my neighborhood played in rock and punk bands — it was kind of the thing to do when I was … 0

Encores & Curtain Calls: Do not fear the trombone

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

“I don’t know why but the trombone makes me very uncomfortable.” — Sigmund Freud, father of psychology A close encounter of the trombone kind is in the offing as the opening concert of the Pioneer Valley Symphony’s season comes to the Fine Arts Center Concert Hall at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, on Oct. … 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 first show was a blueprint for what we wanted to do — and what we … 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

Encores & Curtain Calls: 'Songs of Divine Chemistry'

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

All day long a little burro labors, sometimes with heavy loads on her back and sometimes just with worries about things that bother only burros. Once in a while a kind monk comes to her stable and brings … 0

Sounds Local: 'All Things Loved and Lost'

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

As we enter February, we are faced with the onslaught of Valentine’s Day and all that comes with it. Easily the most divisive holiday on the calendar, people either love the notion of cupid striking with his arrows … 0

Sounds Local: Raw, honest music

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

These words are from “Bone,” a lovely waltz-like song performed by The Suitcase Junket: “This song is a bone that I found in the woods/ It was buried alone, but I’ve done what I could/ to breathe life … 0

Sounds Local: Two great shows

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Singer-songwriter Patty Carpenter of Guilford, Vt., has been entertaining area audiences for many years now. You may know her as a solo jazz singer, or as a member of the genre-blurring Dysfunctional Family Jazz Band. You may also … 0

What is it to exist?

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

About a year ago, one of Greenfield poet and musician Daniel Hales’ friends asked if he’d be interested in setting poems from Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice books to music for a performance she was working on. Hales was … 0

Sounds Local: Trailer Park brings the party to Mohawk

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

For the past 20 years, Trailer Park has been the Pioneer Valley’s go-to party band, proving time and again that it can entice even the most reluctant among us to get out on the dance floor. The band … 0

Sounds Local: The good & the bad

Thursday, January 2, 2014

As we move into 2014, it’s time to look back at the year that was and to revel in the CDs and live shows that we enjoyed as well as some of the disappointments we experienced. Throughout the year, we were continually reminded of all the amazingly talented … 0

Sounds Local: Want to celebrate with music & dancing? Sheryl’s got you covered

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

You wouldn’t necessarily expect a rock guitarist to team up with a jazz singer, but that’s what will happen when John Sheldon and Samirah Evans come together for a show at the Arts Block in Greenfield on New Year’s Eve. Evans is a jazz and blues singer whose … 0

Sounds Local: Life as a musical nomad

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Shanta Paloma was first drawn to music at the age of 7 when she discovered an old piano in the basement of a music shop in Paris. Her parents agreed to purchase the piano as long as she … 0