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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: Kevin O’Rourke’s music is quietly sublime

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

As leader of band Lo Fine, singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Kevin O’Rourke was a major player on the local music scene for many years. O’Rourke founded the Northampton-based band, which utilized a revolving lineup of players, in the late 1990s. Lo … 0

Sounds Local: Rubblebucket — ready, set, dance!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Rubblebucket is one of the most energetic indie-rock pop dance bands working today and even lead singer and saxophonist Kalmia Traver’s recent bout with cancer couldn’t keep them down. Instead, the group has emerged from a difficult time … 0

Sounds Local: Sweet Little Bloodhound

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

“I’ll hunt you where you hide Catch you every time You’ll fear me on your trail Sweet Little Bloodhound” — Sweet Little Bloodhound Singer-songwriter Devlin Miles was in the process of recording a follow-up to her 2009 album … 0

Sounds Local: The Pork Dukes are back in perfect (salty) form

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Unless you are a diehard punk fan, chances are you have not heard of The Pork Dukes, a punk band from London whose place in the history of the genre is unique. The band, which formed in 1976, … 0

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 … 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

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: Music that will dance you into fall

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

It’s a sad fact that festival season is all but over and there are only a couple of opportunities left for you to enjoy music outdoors. One of these will happen the last weekend of the month ( … 0

Sounds Local: The Stone Coyotes set to rock the Iron Horse

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Stone Coyotes, is howling again having just released its 13th album, “Rock Another Day,” this past Tuesday. This disc, which we told you about last week, is the follow up to 2012’s “A Wild Bird Flying.” Two … 1

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

Sounds Local: Andean fusion

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Throughout the 1990s, Viva Quetzal was one of the most popular bands on the local music scene. Its uplifting brand of Andean fusion music not only appealed to area audiences but won it a following throughout the country. … 0