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Among the headliners Friday is Marissa Nadler of Boston, whose music has been described as “dream folk.” It blends experimental and black-metal music, which is an extreme sub-genre of heavy metal, into a traditional folk sound. There are kick-off shows Thursday at the Brick House and The Rendezvous, both in Turners Falls. The festival is Friday and Saturday at the 1794 Meetinghouse in New Salem.

Sounds Local: Northern Routes New Music Festival, unafraid to test the limits

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

We are fortunate to live in an area where we can enjoy all types of music, even music that is considered unconventional and far removed from the mainstream. This weekend, listeners will have the opportunity to experience a variety of adventurous and experimental sounds when the Northern Routes New Music Festival touches down at the 1794 Meetinghouse in New Salem … 0

Sounds Local: Here comes the Upper Valley Music Festival

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The past couple of weekends have been busy ones in Greenfield. First there was the Green River Festival and then last weekend the Summerfest. The festivities will continue when the Upper Valley Music Festival comes to Greenfield on Saturday, July 26. Now in its fourth year, the festival will include nearly 40 musical … 0

Sounds Local: Hats off to Signature Sounds!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Green River Festival 2014 is over and what a festival it was. The festivities got off to a strong start when it was announced last Wednesday that for the first time in its 28 years, the entire weekend had sold out in advance. This was a giant feather in the cap for Signature … 0

Sounds Local: Lux Deluxe — What You Need

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The new Lux Deluxe album, “It’s A Girl,” opens with “What You Need,” a song that is also the first single off the disc. The song starts out with a blipping synthesizer that sounds straight out of the … 0

Sounds Local: All Cooped Up concert will send winter packin’

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

It’s hard to believe that this year marks the 10th anniversary of the Franklin County Musicians’ Cooperative, more commonly known as the Coop. In case you aren’t familiar with this organization, the Coop consists of a diverse group … 0

Sounds Local: Katie Sachs misses us

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Last year at this time, Katie Sachs was living in Greenfield. She had a boyfriend, a job and was an established singer-songwriter. She had just founded the Woman Songwriter Collective, a group that included Christa Joy, Wishbone Zoe, … 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

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

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

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

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