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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

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

This one is about having fun

Thursday, September 5, 2013

It was in 1931 that the Duke Ellington Orchestra first played “It don’t mean a thing, if it ain’t got that swing.” By 1935, big band leaders like Benny Goodman made swing, with its lively rhythms, fast tempos and heavy use of brass, the most popular music of … 0

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

As we come to the end of August, we bid farewell to most of the summer music series and prepare to welcome the many fall festivals and fairs that all feature live music. And this is also the time of year when venues that were dormant during the … 0

Sounds Local: Transperformance goes ‘Beyond Bob’

Thursday, August 22, 2013

The only good thing about summer coming to an end is the arrival of the annual Transperformance concert at the Pines Theater at Look Park in Florence. Held the last Tuesday of August for the past 23 years, this end-of-summer bash, in which local musicians transform themselves into … 0

Sounds Local: ‘Beauties’ among Heath Fair’s offerings

Thursday, August 15, 2013

When we think about the Heath Fair, we think of farm animals, truck pulls and gymkhana, but what one doesn’t always associate with a small town agricultural fair is music. And when I say music, I mean the kind of high-quality musical acts that you would hear at … 0

Why not Banish Misfortune Friday?

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Many music fans view Irish music as something you listen to around St. Patrick’s Day and then pack away like your favorite Christmas decoration to be enjoyed next year. But like every musical genre, there are people who play and enjoy this uplifting music year round. Musicians and … 0

Come ready to dance

Thursday, August 1, 2013

There may not be a huge reggae scene in western Massachusetts, but the scene that does exist is a healthy one that is marked in part by the longevity of some of its bands. Musical groups like Loose Caboose and The Equalites have been around for over 25 … 0

Sounds Local: Summer music

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Green River Festival 2013 is now one for the history books. As with past years, it was a resounding success filled with memorable performances. Once the Green River Festival is over, however, it always feels like the beginning of the end of the summer. So now is the … 0

Green River Music Festival

Thursday, July 18, 2013

The anticipation is almost over as we are a couple of days away from the 27th annual Green River Festival. The two-day event, which is presented by the Greenfield Chamber of Commerce and held on the grounds of Greenfield Community College, will take place this weekend, Saturday, July … 0

Sound Local: Rumblebucket comes to The Shea

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Green River Festival 2010 was a memorable one. It was the year that Allen Toussaint brought a touch of New Orleans to town, that Cake sang about “long jackets,” and the Felice Brothers played roots music with the thrash and passion of a punk band. But most of … 0