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Erin McKeown

Sounds Local: Fall brings overflowing cornucopia of music

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

As I was taking in all the great music at the Amourasaurus festival this past weekend, it really hit me that summer was about over. Even though the weather remained warm, by 8 p.m. the darkness had crept in. And now with Labor Day weekend approaching, it’s another reminder that fall is right around the corner. But, for us music fans, there is actually a lot to look forward to. There are a few more festivals on the horizon, lots of fairs and the reopening of venues like the Wendell Full Moon Coffeehouse in Wendell (Oct. 3) and the Parlor Room in Northampton (Sept. 12), … 0

Sounds Local: Rise of the Amourasaurus!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Everyone has heard of a tyrannosaurus rex, a stegosaurus and a brontosaurus, but what about the Amourasaurus? That fictional beast, invented by members of the band Lake Street Dive, will rear its head on Sunday, Aug. 30, at 3 p.m. when the Amourasaurus! festival debuts at the Pine Theater at Look Park in … 0

Sounds Local: Transperformance marks 25th

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

One of the most enjoyable aspects of summer is enjoying music outdoors. But unfortunately, as the month of August rolls along, the opportunities to do this are fast coming to an end. One event that always signifies that summer is ending and fall is right around the corner is the annual Transperformance concert. … 0

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 … 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 … 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, … 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