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Having recently released a new CD, “Rivers, Roads & Bridges,” Pat and Tex LaMountain will celebrate with a show at The Shea Theater in Turners Falls on Sunday, Nov. 23, at 3 p.m.

Sounds Local: Pat and Tex LaMountain

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

It’s a cool November day but warm and cozy inside Pat and Tex LaMountain’s kitchen. The fire is burning, the tea kettle is on and the conversation flows easily. The members of this husband and wife singer-songwriting team have such a sense of genuineness about them that one can’t help but feel warm and comfortable in their presence. Come to … 0

Sounds Local: Kevin O’Rourke’s music is quietly sublime

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

As leader of band Lo Fine, singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Kevin O’Rourke was a major player on the local music scene for many years. O’Rourke founded the Northampton-based band, which utilized a revolving lineup of players, in the late 1990s. Lo Fine’s music is soft and quiet yet O’Rourke’s poetic lyrics are brimming with emotion. The … 0

Sounds Local: Rubblebucket — ready, set, dance!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Rubblebucket is one of the most energetic indie-rock pop dance bands working today and even lead singer and saxophonist Kalmia Traver’s recent bout with cancer couldn’t keep them down. Instead, the group has emerged from a difficult time stronger than ever. The band recently released its finest work to date, “Survival Sounds,” and … 0

Sounds Local: Emotional hits

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Singer-songwriter Jamie Kent performs about 200 shows a year, has released two CDs and has a solid fan base called “the collective,” a grass-roots group whose members give input into his career choices. But Kent realized that it was great songs that put musicians on the national map … 0

Rock them pumpkins Saturday

Thursday, October 10, 2013

It’s that spooky time of year and one of the area’s biggest Halloween-related events will take place Saturday, Oct. 19, when the fourth annual Franklin County Pumpkinfest takes over downtown Turners Falls. In addition to celebrating pumpkins and all things autumn, the event is a great one for … 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