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Lexi Weege, whose music is rooted in blues and jazz, performs at Replay Music in Greenfield on Friday and with the Woman Songwriter Collective at the Northfield Unitarian Church on Saturday.

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 the music around her. She was even performing in a jazz cabaret act with her mother when she was only 8. In her teen years, she moved on to fronting rock bands. “Music was the only thing I cared about as a kid,” said Weege. “Everyone in my neighborhood played in rock and punk bands — it was kind of the thing to do when I was … 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 trio that would also include the talents of multi-instrumentalist Rob Fletcher. They knew that they … 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 that has been together for about two years. It will celebrate with a EP release … 0

Sounds Local: Dive into the new year

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

When Lake Street Dive takes the stage at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton on New Year’s Eve, the Signature Sounds recording artists will have plenty to celebrate. This past year has been a good one. The quartet has … 0

Sounds Local: Twang and Tinsel

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

It will be a night of twang and tinsel when The Twangbusters take the stage at the Wendell Full Moon Coffeehouse on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 7:30 p.m. This show marks The Twangbusters’ debut at the coffeehouse and its members couldn’t be more excited. The Twangbusters are fronted … 0

Sounds Local: Life as a musical nomad

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Shanta Paloma was first drawn to music at the age of 7 when she discovered an old piano in the basement of a music shop in Paris. Her parents agreed to purchase the piano as long as she … 0

Sounds Local: Holiday Sampler

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving! Today is more than just a day of feasting with family and friends, it also marks the official beginning of the holiday season and the month ahead will be a busy one full of shopping and … 0

Sounds Local: Good music, good times

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Looking for the recipe for a bona-fide good time? It’s simple! Gather together some talented musicians from western Massachusetts and seal the union with some fine whiskey. That was the basic idea behind The Whiskey Treaty, a musical … 0

Sounds Local: A touch more hot sauce

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The competition dance show ?Dancing with the Stars? is one of the most popular shows on television, proving that people just love watching other people dance. But instead of just watching those tangos and waltzes glide across your … 0

Sounds Local: "So far, it has been a blast"

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Ethan Stone has always been one to give back to his community. An established singer-songwriter, who divides his time between Boston and Athol, Stone, is the driving force behind the free Tool Town Live free concert series held … 0

Sounds Local: Emotional hits

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Singer-songwriter Jamie Kent performs about 200 shows a year, has released two CDs and has a solid fan base called “the collective,” a grass-roots group whose members give input into his career choices. But Kent realized that it was great songs that put musicians on the national map … 0

Rock them pumpkins Saturday

Thursday, October 10, 2013

It’s that spooky time of year and one of the area’s biggest Halloween-related events will take place Saturday, Oct. 19, when the fourth annual Franklin County Pumpkinfest takes over downtown Turners Falls. In addition to celebrating pumpkins and all things autumn, the event is a great one for … 0

Lui Collins returns to the stage

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Folk singer Lui Collins, an Ashfield resident who has been performing, writing and recording for over 40 years, will headline a concert at All Souls Church in Greenfield on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 7:30. She will be accompanied by multi-instrumentalist Anand Nayak (Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem.) Nayak … 0

Big hair, high heels, hot rock

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Wouldn’t it be great to hear David Bowie and Lou Reed perform in Greenfield? OK, so that’s probably not going to happen, but you can settle for the next best thing if you attend the Velvet Goldmine after-party at the Arts Block, 289 Main St., Greenfield on Saturday, … 0

Honest, literate lyrics

Thursday, September 19, 2013

In the early 1990s, there was a major folk renaissance in the Boston area that gave rise to a host of new talent, including Catie Curtis, Patty Griffin, Vance Gilbert, Martin Sexton and Ellis Paul. Since emerging from that scene, Paul has gone on to establish himself as … 0