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JD McPherson, who his known for his exuberant live shows, is gearing up for a U.S. tour in support of “Let the Good Times Roll.” The singer, who played the Green River Festival a few years back, said he was looking forward to getting out on the road and playing the new songs. The tour will make a stop at the Shea Theater, 71 Avenue A in Turners Falls, on Sunday, March 1, at 7 p.m.
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Sounds Local: Pushing in a new direction, JD McPherson’s 2nd CD explores new musical sounds

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Recording the follow-up to a successful debut album can be a rather daunting task. Just ask JD McPherson. The Oklahoma rocker won great acclaim for his 2012 debut “Signs & Signifiers,” a disc that was originally released on the small Hi-Style Records label but was later re-released by Rounder Records. McPherson’s high-energy retro sound, which draws from early rock ’n’ … 0

Sounds Local: Keep an eye on these ‘Kids’

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The Wall Street Journal recently included the Northampton-based indie-pop trio And the Kids in an article titled, “2015’s Next Big Things: 8 Musical Acts to Watch.” That’s not really surprising news for music fans here in western Massachusetts as we have always known that vocalist/guitarist Hannah Mohan, drummer Rebecca Lasaponaro and keyboardist/percussionist Megan … 0

Sounds Local: A night for love and music

Thursday, February 12, 2015

This weekend is Valentine’s Day and in honor of this day of love, some of our local musicians are opening their hearts and celebrating the holiday by helping others and holding benefit concerts. So instead of chocolates and flowers, why not put you money toward a night of great live music and in … 0

Sounds Local: Russell Kaback comes out to play

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Considering that singer-songwriter Russell Kaback of Greenfield was writing songs at age 12 and played his first gig at 14, it is clear that music has always been a big part of his life. Yet Kaback, 39, didn’t … 0

Sounds Local: 'All Things Loved and Lost'

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

As we enter February, we are faced with the onslaught of Valentine’s Day and all that comes with it. Easily the most divisive holiday on the calendar, people either love the notion of cupid striking with his arrows … 0

Sounds Local: Raw, honest music

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

These words are from “Bone,” a lovely waltz-like song performed by The Suitcase Junket: “This song is a bone that I found in the woods/ It was buried alone, but I’ve done what I could/ to breathe life … 0

Sounds Local: Two great shows

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Singer-songwriter Patty Carpenter of Guilford, Vt., has been entertaining area audiences for many years now. You may know her as a solo jazz singer, or as a member of the genre-blurring Dysfunctional Family Jazz Band. You may also … 0

Sounds Local: Trailer Park brings the party to Mohawk

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

For the past 20 years, Trailer Park has been the Pioneer Valley’s go-to party band, proving time and again that it can entice even the most reluctant among us to get out on the dance floor. The band … 0

Sounds Local: The good & the bad

Thursday, January 2, 2014

As we move into 2014, it’s time to look back at the year that was and to revel in the CDs and live shows that we enjoyed as well as some of the disappointments we experienced. Throughout the year, we were continually reminded of all the amazingly talented … 0

Sounds Local: Want to celebrate with music & dancing? Sheryl’s got you covered

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

You wouldn’t necessarily expect a rock guitarist to team up with a jazz singer, but that’s what will happen when John Sheldon and Samirah Evans come together for a show at the Arts Block in Greenfield on New Year’s Eve. Evans is a jazz and blues singer whose … 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