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June & the Bee will celebrate its debut recording at the Iron Horse Music Hall, 20 Center St., Northampton, on Saturday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m.

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 show at the Iron Horse Music Hall, … 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 are totally excited. The previous night, the band — Chris Freeman (vocals, banjo), Antonio Alcorn … 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 ( Sept. 27 and 28) when the North Quabbin Garlic and Arts Festival takes place in … 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

Sounds Local: Summer sound track

Thursday, July 4, 2013

If you are looking to find the perfect summer sound track, then you may want to consider these recently released CDs by some local favorites and one from an up-and-coming group from Boston. Whether you favor crackling fiddles or jangly guitars, you are bound to find something here … 0

In a good place

Thursday, June 27, 2013

You’re about to meet me again/For the first time/And the last time I can hardly wait to begin/At the ending,” sings F. Alex Johnson on “I’m Still Running,” a hard-rocking tune that opens the debut album from his new band Colorway. The song features an ear-grabbing chorus and … 0

Sounds Local: Carrie Ferguson

Thursday, June 20, 2013

It’s quite common for a musician to hold a CD release show to celebrate the arrival of a new recording. But singer-songwriter Carrie Ferguson of Northampton will tweak the custom when she holds a release show at The Montague Bookmill on Friday, June 21, at 8 p.m. for … 0

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

“What does she want me to do? She says that she knows moments are rare I suppose that it’s true And on she goes to say I don’t care when she knows that I do. Well, maybe she has to sing, for the sake of the song.” — … 0

A new talent comes to town

Thursday, June 6, 2013

With Memorial Day weekend behind us it is time to start exploring some of the summer musical events that make the Pioneer Valley such a special place to live during the warm weather months. One of the ongoing summer music series is the weekly Coop Concerts, which kicked … 0