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The Boxcar Lilies recently released a new CD, “Knockout Rose.” They’ll be playing the Iron Horse in Northampton on Saturday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. Contributed photo

Boxcar Lilies’ latest: ‘Knockout Rose’

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

And here on the ground You can still reach the stars We are all lost and found And we each play a part ... Knockout Rose Knockout Rose -The Boxcar Lilies (Jenny Goodspeed) It was a love of great songwriting and sweet three-part harmonies that first brought the Boxcar Lilies together. It started casually enough. Jenny Goodspeed of Ashfield, Stephanie … 0

Order Up, Get Down! at Arts Block

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

When you go to the People’s Pint in Greenfield you know you are going to be treated to some tasty food and fine locally brewed beer — and also that it will all be served to you by one of the restaurant’s friendly and helpful staff. But what you probably don’t know is … 0

Sounds Local: Emma June: 'Afraid I can't swim'

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

This past April, Emma June Ayres played her last show with the band June & the Bee, the local group she had fronted with her brother Eli for the past couple of years. It was an amicable parting, but one that left Ayres, who resides in Amherst, feeling uncertain about her future in … 0

Pumpkinfest is going to rock

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

It’s time to buy the candy, carve a pumpkin and pick out your costume because Halloween is almost here. This spooky time of year is a favorite with bands, many of whom love to go all out for … 0

Sounds Local: Happy Birthday, Deja Brew!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

There is a celebration brewing at the Deja Brew Cafe & Pub this weekend! Ten years ago, Pat and Vic Sutari opened the doors of the tiny pub tucked away in the woods of Wendell and turned it … 0

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 … 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, … 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 … 0

Sounds Local: Sexism debate puts national spotlight on local teen rockers

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

When Kalliope Jones, a local band of Franklin County teens, recently entered a Battle of the Bands competition at the Three County Fair in Northampton, it walked away with third prize and a stinging lesson about sexism in … 1

Sounds Local: Franklin County fair rounds up a great musical lineup

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

“I think that this year we’ve got the best lineup and the widest variety of talent going that we could ever have at the fair,” Steve DeJoy proudly said of the musical roster at this year’s Franklin County … 0

Sounds Local: Fall brings overflowing cornucopia of music

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

As I was taking in all the great music at the Amourasaurus festival this past weekend, it really hit me that summer was about over. Even though the weather remained warm, by 8 p.m. the darkness had crept … 0

Sounds Local: Rise of the Amourasaurus!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Everyone has heard of a tyrannosaurus rex, a stegosaurus and a brontosaurus, but what about the Amourasaurus? That fictional beast, invented by members of the band Lake Street Dive, will rear its head on Sunday, Aug. 30, at … 0

Sounds Local: Transperformance marks 25th

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

One of the most enjoyable aspects of summer is enjoying music outdoors. But unfortunately, as the month of August rolls along, the opportunities to do this are fast coming to an end. One event that always signifies that … 0

Sounds Local: Gaslight Tinkers to headline Heath Fair

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Since forming in 2012, The Gaslight Tinkers has been delighting audiences with a danceable brand of music that draws from a wild mix of influences. Reggae beats, funky bass lines, Celtic jigs and traditional folk are just some … 0

Sounds Local: Shelburne Falls Music Fest debuts

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

It’s been an incredible summer for music festivals here in Franklin County and now there is a new one making its debut this weekend. The Shelburne Falls Music Fest will be held on Saturday, Aug. 8, beginning at … 0