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A plethora of CD release shows heading your way

  • Eilen Jewell Contributed photo/Joanna Chattman

  • Carinae Contributed photo/Starman Farman

Published: 10/18/2019 7:17:17 PM

If you are looking to hear new music, you’re in luck because, in the upcoming weeks, a number of the area’s favorite musicians (some local and others not) will be hosting CD release shows. This past weekend, singer-songwriter Heather Maloney celebrated her new CD, “Soil in the Sky,” with a show at the Academy of Music in Northampton. If you missed this excellent show, which also served as a career retrospective, don’t worry — it was recorded for a live album that will be released next year.

Next up, the psychedelic rock band Carinae, from Hadley, will unveil its new self-titled debut with a show at Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center at 289 Main St. in Greenfield on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 8:30 p.m. Joining them will be psychedelic garage band Possum, from Toronto, and the What Cheer? Brigade, an 18-piece brass band from Providence, which is the ultimate party band. (You may have caught one of the band’s wild shows at the Ashfield Lake House.)

Carinae is a seven-piece band that took its name from a hyper-bright star in the constellation Carina. The band includes Calvin Parent on guitar and vocals, Kasey Greene on keyboard/synth and vocals, Gabe Camarano on drums, Nina Kent on bass and Gage Lyons, who also plays guitar and sings. The group recently added Steph Jacco on flute.

The group has been playing together since 2013 and has released two EPs, “Eta” in 2015 and “Zephyr Window” in 2016.

The new album, which was recorded at Sonelab Studios in Easthampton, is a collection of eight tracks, the majority of which were written by Kasey Greene. It was recorded over a three-year period. The group has released a few singles to provide listeners with a glimpse inside the new release. What’s evident from listening to these tracks is that Carinae continues to move its sound forward as its members make flowing hypnotic music filled with opaque lyrics and creative instrumentation. A song like “Making Breakfast,” for example, opens up with Greene’s jaunty keyboard style before drifting into a more complex sonic soundscape that takes listeners into a rather surreal world. That song, like a lot of Carinae’s music, is infused with the psychedelic sound of the late-1960s. At the same time, it manages to sound fresh and new. Another tune, “Honey Money,” starts off as a catchy pop song before veering off with some strange spoken lyrics with lines, such as, “Systems addicted to liquid, pornographic invention.” It’s totally weird, but in a good way.

Carinae makes music that’s complex and creative. It is adventurous music that you can dance to. It’s also perfect for listening to with headphones. You can get your hands on a copy of “Carinae” at Saturday’s show. It will be available on CD, vinyl and even in cassette format.

The band is currently on a tour that included a series of dates in Canada, so this show will also be a homecoming.

Advance tickets are $10 in and available at Admission is $15 on the day of the show. For more information call 413-774-0150

Eilen Jewell’s celebrates‘Gypsy’ at the Shea Theater

Singer-songwriter Eilen Jewell is a longtime Pioneer Valley favorite who has performed in the area many times over the years. The Idaho native, who records for the local Signature Sounds label, returns to Franklin County with a show at the Shea Theater at 71 Avenue A in Turners Falls tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m.

This show is a celebration of the release of Jewell’s eighth studio album, “Gypsy,” her first collection of original material since she released “Shadow Over Ghost Town” in 2015. Jewell previewed a few songs of the album, which was released in August, when she took the stage at the Green River Festival this past summer.

Jewell’s music is notable because of the way she is able to blend a wide range of influences into her own sound. She comfortably works in a variety of genres. Her last album, “Down Hearted Blues,” featured blues tunes. She explored country music in her 2010 album, “Butcher Holler,” which featured a collection of Loretta Lynn tunes. Her original music has seen her strolling through musical styles including honky-tonk, swamp rock, Gypsy jazz, old-timey folk and other genres.

She continues this eclectic tradition in “Gypsy.” The disc opens with a sassy country-rocker song, “Crawl”. From there, she delves into ballads, electric guitar-driven rock and smoldering blues. Lyrically, these songs range from personal to political. On one of the album’s standout tracks, “79 Cents (the Meow Song),” she takes on the pay gap between men and women, singing, “Mama gets less, it’s the motherhood penalty.” She adds a touch of humor to the song by taking a dig at President Donald Trump with the line, “But Mr. Status Quo/Oh, don’t you know/ He’s grabbing us right in the ‘meow.’” Another song, “Beat the Drum,” finds Jewell encouraging the oppressed to stand up and fight.

Jewell’s incredible backing band — which includes her husband, Jason Beek on guitar along with the amazing multi-instrumentalist Jerry Miller — will join her in playing these new songs as well as many of the tunes from her impressive back catalog at Friday’s show. Jordie Lane with Clare Reynolds will open the performance.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Advance tickets are available at or by calling the Signature Sounds Box office at 413-341-3317. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Other new albums

Reggae band Say Real, which features Naia Kete (who gained national attention when she appeared on NBC’s singing competition, “The Voice,” in 2012) released its debut album, “Heavy on the Down,” in September. The album merges reggae with pop and features uplifting themes and messages. The group will appear at Hawks & Reed on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 8 p.m. in a double bill that also features roots-reggae band Rebelle and reggae selector I-Ganic.

Another band, The David Wax Museum, a husband-and-wife duo of David Wax and Suz Slezak, also recently recleased a new album. The group calls its music “Mexi-Americana.” The couple launched a successful musical career while living here in the Pioneer Valley and frequently performed in the area. These days, they call Charlottesville, N.C. home and spend a great deal of the time on the road. The duo’s new album is called “Line of Light.” It’s a collection of songs that explore personal and political challenges. The duo will also will also appear at the Stone Church in Brattleboro, Vt. on Sunday, Oct. 27, at 7:30 p.m.

Sheryl Hunter is a music writer who lives in Easthampton. Her work has appeared in various regional and national magazines. You can contact her at

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