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JD McPherson, who his known for his exuberant live shows, is gearing up for a U.S. tour in support of “Let the Good Times Roll.” The singer, who played the Green River Festival a few years back, said he was looking forward to getting out on the road and playing the new songs. The tour will make a stop at the Shea Theater, 71 Avenue A in Turners Falls, on Sunday, March 1, at 7 p.m.
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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 the small Hi-Style Records label but was later re-released by Rounder Records. McPherson’s high-energy retro sound, which draws from early rock ’n’ … 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 as we have always known that vocalist/guitarist Hannah Mohan, drummer Rebecca Lasaponaro and keyboardist/percussionist Megan … 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 flowers, why not put you money toward a night of great live music and in … 0

Sounds Local: A cathartic jumping off point

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

It was through songwriting that Robin Lane achieved success. But more than providing her with a career, song writing saved Lane’s life. And now, Lane is working with other women to tell their stories through song and, in … 0

Sounds Local: CD releases — from basement music, to middle age, to a one-man band, to cutting-edge bluegrass to lyrical lullabies

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The year has just begun and here at Sounds Local we have already seen the arrival of some excellent new music. There are even more releases on the horizon, so read on to get the lowdown on these … 0

Sounds Local: Whiskey Treaty Roadshow

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Remember the Whiskey Treaty festivals at the Arts Block in Greenfield a couple of years ago? All that fine music and fine whiskey? Well the good news is that the Whiskey Treaty lives! The Whiskey Treaty Festival, which … 0

Sounds Local: Messy moments, complex feelings

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Last month, Carolyn Walker of Amherst released her second CD, “Incarnadine,” a collection of 10 emotionally charged songs wrapped in melodies that you can get lost in, delivered in a voice that is pure and clean. Walker will … 0

Sounds Local: Too slow, too sparse or too weird

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Dave Houghton has been writing songs for the past 25 years but had yet to release a solo album until a couple of months ago. Houghton had always presented his songs in a band format — first with … 0

Sounds Local: Sonya Kitchell embraces a bold, new sound

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Sonya Kitchell first burst onto the local music scene in 2001. She was 13 at the time and was already writing her own songs and singing them in her warm, soulful voice. Three years later, at 16, she … 0

Sounds Local: You say you want to DANCE?

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Now that the presents are wrapped and under the tree, it’s time to start thinking about New Year’s Eve. And let’s admit it, planning for New Year’s is really more fun and a lot less stressful than planning … 0

Sounds Local: 'Art should inspire people'

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

When singer -songwriter Jeff Foucault moved to western Massachusetts from his home in Wisconsin he was, in his own words, “homesick as hell.” Foucault, who lives in Shelburne Falls with his wife, the singer-songwriter Kris Delmhorst, and their … 0

Sounds Local: Ho, Ho, Ho ... time for some music!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Ho! Ho! Ho! It’s that time of year again and nothing can get you in the holiday spirit like Christmas music. And I’m not talking about the endless stream of Christmas songs that blare out of store speakers … 0

Sounds Local: ‘Shine on you crazy diamond’

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

“Remember when you were young, you shone like the sun. Shine on you crazy diamond. Now there’s a look in your eyes, like black holes in the sky. Shine on you crazy diamond.” — Pink Floyd Pink Floyd … 0

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 … 0

Sounds Local: Pat and Tex LaMountain

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

It’s a cool November day but warm and cozy inside Pat and Tex LaMountain’s kitchen. The fire is burning, the tea kettle is on and the conversation flows easily. The members of this husband and wife singer-songwriting team … 0