Sounds Local

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 previous release in favor of an earthier folk, Americana one that even included some traces of country. Last year, the singer-songwriter, moved to Nashville, the home of country music. He will return for a homecoming show at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton tomorrow night at 7 p.m. Kent will be previewing material off an upcoming album and while the new album was impacted by 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, high-energy live shows. It’s hard to explain the band’s sound, but think of a punky … 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 2005, but has continued to serve as the art department co-coordinator of the New Orleans … 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

Sounds Local: ‘The Giantness of Little Things’

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

“I’m coming from this place where my three core values are beauty, healing and community, and basically I want everything I do to be a manifestation of those values” said singer-songwriter Katie Sachs in a recent phone conversation … 0

Sounds Local: Festival with a cause — The Upper Valley Music Festival returns with acts known and new to help fight cancer

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

When you’re planning a birthday celebration and you have a lot of musician friends who want to play at your party, maybe it would make sense to turn the party into a music festival. Such was the thinking … 0

Sounds Local: Sheryl picks the standouts from this year’s Green River Festival

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Green River Festival 2015 was yet another epic event, perhaps one of the best in the festival’s 29 years of bringing great music to our area. This year’s lineup was a diverse one that ranged from the Americana … 0

Sounds Local: Don't miss these lesser-known acts at the Green River Festival

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

If you are heading to the Green River Festival this weekend ,chances are you purchased your tickets because you wanted to hear well-known acts such as alt-country artist Steve Earle or the funky dance band Rubblebucket. But don’t … 0

Sounds Local: Franklin County Night at the Green River Festival

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The wait is almost over! A week from tomorrow the Green River Festival will kick off on Friday, July 10, and run through Sunday, July 12, on the grounds of Greenfield Community College. Last year the local music … 0