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Jamie Kent at the Iron Horse

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

When we last heard from Jamie Kent, it was the fall of 2013 and he had just released his EP “Embers and Ashes,” a disc on which the Northampton native moved away from groove rock sounds of his previous release in favor of an earthier folk, Americana one that even included some traces of country. Last year, the singer-songwriter, moved to Nashville, the home of country music. He will return for a homecoming show at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton tomorrow night at 7 p.m. Kent will be previewing material off an upcoming album and while the new album was impacted by his … 0

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 … 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: 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

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 … 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 … 0

Sounds Local: Parsonsfield at the Shea Friday

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

It’s a Wednesday afternoon and The five members of Parsonsfield are on their way to Nashville to take part in AmericanaFest 2014, a week-long celebration of American roots music that features showcases at clubs around the city. They … 0

Sounds Local: Music that will dance you into fall

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

It’s a sad fact that festival season is all but over and there are only a couple of opportunities left for you to enjoy music outdoors. One of these will happen the last weekend of the month ( … 0

Sounds Local: The Stone Coyotes set to rock the Iron Horse

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Stone Coyotes, is howling again having just released its 13th album, “Rock Another Day,” this past Tuesday. This disc, which we told you about last week, is the follow up to 2012’s “A Wild Bird Flying.” Two … 1

Sounds Local: New music worth listening to

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Fall is here and with it comes the release of some new CDs, the first of many that will be arriving in the months ahead. That’s right CDs, compact discs. They have not completely gone the way of … 0

Sounds Local: Andean fusion

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Throughout the 1990s, Viva Quetzal was one of the most popular bands on the local music scene. Its uplifting brand of Andean fusion music not only appealed to area audiences but won it a following throughout the country. … 0

Sounds Local: The Heath Fair's musical soul

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

When you think about country fairs, music is probably not the first thing that comes to your mind; unless, of course, you are thinking about the Heath Fair! This small agricultural fair, which kicks off tomorrow, offers an … 0

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 … 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 … 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 … 0