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Bella’s Bartok 
Bella’s Bartok is a fun, energetic dance band that you can catch at the Old 78 Farm Festival in Warwick on Oct. 3.

Sounds Local: Dancing! Mayhem! Fun!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

If you go to a Bella’s Bartok show, be prepared to dance. And that includes you chair-loving, vow-to-never-step-foot-on-a-dance-floor people. The six-piece band from Northampton, whose music is a circus-y Hungarian-influenced folk punk blend, is known for its wild, high-energy live shows. It’s hard to explain the band’s sound, but think of a punky klezmer band that sing songs with titles like “Frankenstein’s Monster,” “Fiddler and the Devil” and “Creepster.” A Bella’s Bartok show features lots of stomping, shouting, jumping around and a general sense of mayhem. The group often takes the stage looking quite dapper, wearing crisp ties and suspenders, only to end up sweat … 0

Sounds Local: “Hey guys, you want to put on a show?”

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Nan Parati knows a thing or two about good music. Parati, the owner of Elmer’s Store in Ashfield, is a former resident of New Orleans, a city that is synonymous with good music. She moved to Ashfield in 2005, but has continued to serve as the art department co-coordinator of the New Orleans … 0

Sounds Local: Sexism debate puts national spotlight on local teen rockers

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

When Kalliope Jones, a local band of Franklin County teens, recently entered a Battle of the Bands competition at the Three County Fair in Northampton, it walked away with third prize and a stinging lesson about sexism in the music world. The band, which is made up of Amelia Chalfant, 14, on bass, … 1

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

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