Nightcrawler: Trash Talkin’
Jan28

Nightcrawler: Trash Talkin’

They may call themselves Trailer Trash, but in talking to lead singer Joe Fazio and six-stringer Bob Stanek about the band’s inception, it sure sounds more like a recycling/re-tooling project. “Everyone in this band are friends and we’ve played together in various tribute acts, emulating the likes of Pink Floyd, Van Halen and Rage Against the Machine before forming Trailer Trash in 2011,” Fazio says. “But one night after a less than...

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CD Shorts: Robert Plant,  Lullaby and the Ceaseless Roar
Jan28

CD Shorts: Robert Plant, Lullaby and the Ceaseless Roar

Robert Plant Lullaby and the Ceaseless Roar (Nonesuch) Many are the long-haired rockers of yesteryear cashing in on playing tired versions of their long-haired hits of yesteryear. But Robert Plant, the iconic voice of Led Zeppelin, is hardly content to drag out “Black Dog” for the 8,000th time. Plant has long been an active and adventurous musician post-Zeppelin, in recent years collaborating with Americana musicians in his Band of...

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Building  a House of Song: Violinist Jason Kao Hwang brings his improv-based Sing House to town
Jan28

Building a House of Song: Violinist Jason Kao Hwang brings his improv-based Sing House to town

The range of New Jersey violinist Jason Kao Hwang’s composing and playing is remarkable. At one end of the spectrum, there are completely composed pieces of “new,” or contemporary classical, music. At the other, you’ll find his improvised ’70s and ’80s work with Commitment, a free jazz quartet including reed player Will Connell, Jr., bassist William Parker, and drummer Zen Matsuura. That’s a vast difference in approaches to...

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CD Shorts: The Gaslight Tinkers
Jan21

CD Shorts: The Gaslight Tinkers

The Gaslight Tinkers (independent) Lots of experiments in genre-crossing turn into one-trick ponies or big messes. The Valley’s Gaslight Tinkers avoid both traps. The group brings together some good players: Zoe Darrow on fiddle; Peter Siegel on guitar, mandolin, and banjo; Garrett Sawyer on bass and guitar; and Dave Noonan on drums and percussion. The whole band sings. The music that comes from this collaboration is a constant play...

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Nightcrawler: Bawdy by Nature, Berkshire burlesque group; Cantalini performs solo, duo, and with his trio
Jan21

Nightcrawler: Bawdy by Nature, Berkshire burlesque group; Cantalini performs solo, duo, and with his trio

In the spirit of the performers they honor and emulate, the Berkshire-based Gypsy Lane burlesque troupe takes the show on the road this weekend. The campy cast of cabaret characters makes its debut at Norfolk, Conn.’s storied Infinity Music Hall & Bistro Jan. 22, and the Vermont Burlesque Festival Jan. 24. “My original objective was to educate audiences about the history of burlesque,” the show’s artistic director, Nicole Rizzo,...

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The Ambiguous Basement
Jan15

The Ambiguous Basement

Take a look at Tempo Maps, the new book of poems from Greenfield’s Daniel Hales, and you quite literally won’t know where to start. That’s because the book has two covers. Whichever way you start reading, you’ll face another challenge in the very middle of the book: the text is upside down from the middle to the end — or is it the other beginning? “Having two possible points of entry gives the reader more chances to participate in...

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