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Sounds Local: Memorial Day weekend music

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Memorial Day weekend marks the start of the summer festival season, and here in Franklin County it all kicks off with the StrangeCreek Campout, a camping and music festival held at Camp Kee-wanee in Greenfield May 22 to 25. Now in its 13th year, StrangeCreek features over 60 musical acts performing on multiple stages over a three-day period. Activities for … 0

Sounds Local: Jim Armenti: unplugged & solo

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Jim Armenti is as solid a fixture on the local music scene as you’ll ever find. He’s an accomplished singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who, for the past 30 years, has been the guitarist/vocalist in the popular alt-country band The Lonesome Brothers alongside bassist/vocalist Ray Mason and drummer Tom Shea. Armenti also handles bass … 0

Sounds Local: Colorway: ‘Why doesn’t anyone make records like this anymore?’

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

“Then it began. Rockets, Stars, Flowers blooming The Black Sky Sequined. Reds, yellows, blues, greens. Silver and gold. Fireworks and the cheers of spectators.” The above poem was written by Judith Johnson, the mother of F. Alex Johnson, the singer, songwriter and guitarist for the Northampton-based band Colorway. Johnson came across this poem … 0

Sounds Local: Alive as you or me: Pete Seeger visits the Nields' dreams, inspiring a new CD

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Earlier this year, The Nields — sisters Katryna of Conway and Nerissa of Northampton — released a 17th album the aptly titled “XVII.” Inspiration for this project came from the life and music of the late Pete Seeger. … 0

Sounds Local: Heather Maloney's new CD; uplifting songs of faith, hope & joy; Signature Sounds' new music festival

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

We are not even half way through the year and already 2015 is turning out to be an amazing one for local music. Not since the early ’90s when Billboard magazine predicted that Northampton would be the next … 0

Sounds Local: Upbeat, easygoing and humorous, Johnny Memphis Band coming to The Arts Block

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

“Are you out there, can you hear this?/Jimmy Olsen, Johnny Memphis/I was out here listening all the time.” Dar Williams sang these lyrics on her song “Are You Out There” and like Williams, a lot of us were … 0

Sounds Local: Seth Glier's made for radio sound

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Tuesday, April 7, marked the release of Seth Glier’s new album “If I Could Change One Thing,” his fourth release for the MPress label. This disc finds the Shelburne Falls native moving away from the folk-influenced sound of … 0

Sounds Local: Green River Festival Lineup; fundraiser for DJ Ryan Interlande

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Yesterday was not only April Fool’s Day, it was also the day that Signature Sounds rolled out the lineup for this year’s Green River Festival — and they weren’t joking when they promised it would be a good … 0

Sounds Local: Nirvana cover night at The ’Voo

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

“With the lights out, it’s less dangerous Here we are now, entertain us I feel stupid and contagious Here we are now, entertain us — Kurt Cobain “Smells Like Teen Spirit” Nirvana just might be the most important … 0

Sounds Local: All COOP’ed Up Concert will help you thaw out

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Been feeling cooped up all winter? Are you desperate to get out of the house to hear some live music? The members of the Franklin County Musicians Cooperative, better known as the Coop, know just how you feel … 0

Sounds Local: Good bye winter, hello music!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Every show I wrote about during the month of February was affected by bad weather. Some of these — Robin Lane’s Songbird Sings benefit at the Parlor Room and Trailer Park’s fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters at … 0

Sounds Local: The Snaz celebrates ‘Running Away From Home’

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

“When you’re only 15 with nothing to do/Your eyes are all red and watering, too/All they ever tell you is/You’re too young, too old/Missing out on all the fun,” sings Dharma Ramirez on the song “Only 15.” That … 0

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 … 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 … 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 … 0