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Heather Maloney’s “Making Me Break” has 12 stunning tracks that feature her classically trained and nimble vocals. Her CD release party is Friday at Northampton’s Academy of Music.

Sounds Local: Heather Maloney's new CD; uplifting songs of faith, hope & joy; Signature Sounds' new music festival

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

We are not even half way through the year and already 2015 is turning out to be an amazing one for local music. Not since the early ’90s when Billboard magazine predicted that Northampton would be the next Seattle has so much national attention been focused on western Massachusetts. It started early in the year when the Wall Street Journal and Pitchfork ran articles celebrating the musical merits of our area. Earlier this month, the Northampton based band Speedy Ortiz received coverage in The New York Times and Rolling Stone. And now the focus is on Northampton-based singer-songwriter Heather Maloney. Spin magazine named her as … 0

Sounds Local: Upbeat, easygoing and humorous, Johnny Memphis Band coming to The Arts Block

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

“Are you out there, can you hear this?/Jimmy Olsen, Johnny Memphis/I was out here listening all the time.” Dar Williams sang these lyrics on her song “Are You Out There” and like Williams, a lot of us were out there listening to Johnny Memphis (real name John Reily) during his long tenure as … 0

Sounds Local: Seth Glier's made for radio sound

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Tuesday, April 7, marked the release of Seth Glier’s new album “If I Could Change One Thing,” his fourth release for the MPress label. This disc finds the Shelburne Falls native moving away from the folk-influenced sound of his earlier work and leaning more toward pop. Glier, who is 26, recorded the disc … 0

Sounds Local: Lux Deluxe — What You Need

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The new Lux Deluxe album, “It’s A Girl,” opens with “What You Need,” a song that is also the first single off the disc. The song starts out with a blipping synthesizer that sounds straight out of the … 0

Sounds Local: All Cooped Up concert will send winter packin’

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

It’s hard to believe that this year marks the 10th anniversary of the Franklin County Musicians’ Cooperative, more commonly known as the Coop. In case you aren’t familiar with this organization, the Coop consists of a diverse group … 0

Sounds Local: Katie Sachs misses us

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Last year at this time, Katie Sachs was living in Greenfield. She had a boyfriend, a job and was an established singer-songwriter. She had just founded the Woman Songwriter Collective, a group that included Christa Joy, Wishbone Zoe, … 0

Sounds Local: 'Challenging but super fun'

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Whatever your notion of piano music — be it music performed by a crooning balladeer or by a stuffy classical musician — be prepared to have it completely shattered when Marco Benevento takes the stage. Benevento will perform … 0

Sounds Local: Dave Hayes... the musician

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

“Dave Hayes the weather guy is scanning the sky to see if it’s going to bring us snow today Dave Hayes the weather guy is just a little shy posting to folks that he don’t know” — Nerissa … 0

Sounds Local: Matt Kims Academy of Rock hosts student concert Saturday

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

If anyone had told Matt Kim, back when he was a teenager, that there would some day be a business with his name on the door and that he would teach music to kids, he never would have … 0

Sounds Local: 'Party Up in Heaven'

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The question Wildcat O’Halloran of Sunderland poses on “Party Up in Heaven,” the blues rockin’ title track of his new CD, is this: “If there’s a party up in heaven, where the hell they gonna find a band?” … 0

Sounds Local: All types of love

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays that we typically associate with romantic dinners and roses, but this year the day falls on a weekend and as a result there are a variety of musical events happening that … 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