VIDEO Jailhouse Rock: What do a dozen Northampton inmates and a chorus of senior citizens have in common?
Mar24

VIDEO Jailhouse Rock: What do a dozen Northampton inmates and a chorus of senior citizens have in common?

It’s mid-morning at the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction. Eight inmates are gathered around an electric keyboard in the visiting room, laughing and talking quietly. Keyboard player Ken Maiuri hits middle C, and together they warm up with some scales. Up and down, they sing: “la-la-la-la-LA-la-la-la-la,” then one note higher: “mi-mi-mi-mi-MI-mi-mi-mi-mi.” Then one note higher, and higher again. Up front, next to Maiuri,...

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Nightcrawler: Fire Power, Bash benefits Christmas Eve fire victims; Amy Fairchild joins members of Extreme, The Allmans, Megadeth and more for Boston charity
Mar24

Nightcrawler: Fire Power, Bash benefits Christmas Eve fire victims; Amy Fairchild joins members of Extreme, The Allmans, Megadeth and more for Boston charity

She’s seen fire. She’s seen (freezing) rain. But Kristy Librera Chapman remains undaunted in her quest to aid her family and her community. A cousin to one of the families affected by a tragic Christmas Eve fire in Southwick, Chapman says that she knew she needed to do something about it. “Since I had been involved in previous benefits, a concert seemed to make the most sense,” she explains. “And I since I was a former member of The...

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CD Shorts: Bill Fay, “Who Is the Sender?”
Mar18

CD Shorts: Bill Fay, “Who Is the Sender?”

Bill Fay Who Is The Sender? (Dead Oceans) It’s hard to imagine a quiet explosion, but that’s the only fitting description of the tune “Underneath the Sun,” from English pianist/songwriter Bill Fay’s new album Who Is The Sender? The song drifts along, but it drifts in a tide of building emotion, eventually arriving at an irresistible overflow of pathos. It begins with distant, echoing sounds that give way to an organ drone. That’s...

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Nightcrawler: Sibling Revelry, The Levin Brothers’ first official collaboration; Eric Holden holdin’ court in Pittsfield
Mar18

Nightcrawler: Sibling Revelry, The Levin Brothers’ first official collaboration; Eric Holden holdin’ court in Pittsfield

He’s been a bona fide member of King Crimson’s court for more than three decades. Prior to securing his status as a veritable prog-rock deity, Brookline’s Tony Levin was trading licks with the likes of Chuck Mangione and Buddy Rich. Now 68, Levin is revisiting his jazz roots with younger sibling Paul. Late last year, the Levin Brothers released their debut EP to great critical acclaim. On Thursday, March 24, the duo perform at the...

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CD Shorts
Mar10

CD Shorts

Liz Longley Liz Longley (Sugar Hill) Liz Longley came out of Boston’s Berklee College of Music a few years back, and immediately began drawing comparisons to Shawn Colvin, Natalie Cole, and Nanci Griffith. She doesn’t really sound like any of them, and that will be just fine with anyone lucky enough to hear her. Longley sings with all the power of a youthful pop star, but she knows the difference between presentation and pyrotechnics....

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Riffs Meet Spliffs
Mar10

Riffs Meet Spliffs

They recently retooled their lineup, and they are juggling live shows with the recording of their highly anticipated sophomore studio effort. Despite such distractions, guitarist Tom Hamel maintains that Odds of Eden are always a safe bet when it comes to delivering quality, original rock. Those seeking sonic affirmation need only check out the band’s March 21 Whiskerz Pub engagement in Easthampton, he says. “Jeremy Jones is now...

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