CD Shorts: April Verch ‘The Newpart’
Apr21

CD Shorts: April Verch ‘The Newpart’

April Verch The Newpart (Slab Town) The title track of April Verch’s new album refers to the family room her parents added in the 1970s, where she learned and honed her fiddle, step dance, and vocal skills. It and “Belle Election” are rooted in the Ontario countryside where she grew up, but this album’s true “new part” is material that is more Tin Pan Alley, Appalachian, and Austin than Ottawa Valley. Verch’s bandmates Hayes Griffin...

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Nightcrawler: Kindred Spirits, Whiskey Treaty, Dirty Bourbon River Show pour into the Valley; Fab Faux stroll down Abbey Road
Apr21

Nightcrawler: Kindred Spirits, Whiskey Treaty, Dirty Bourbon River Show pour into the Valley; Fab Faux stroll down Abbey Road

In its earliest form back in Ireland and Scotland circa the 15th century, the distilled spirit we now call whiskey was commonly referred to as “aqua vitae.” Curiously, the word “vitae” means “blameless in life; innocent.” But as history has well chronicled, aqua vitae was largely to blame for many an altercation, bad deal, forbidden love, or even loss of life in the centuries that followed. Around these parts, the fermented grain mash...

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Nightcrawler: Crowd Fundamentals
Apr14

Nightcrawler: Crowd Fundamentals

There’s certainly nobody waiting in line any given Tuesday to grab the latest CD from their favorite group at the local record store. Heck, there are barely any local record stores left. (Except for in the Valley, it seems.) The exit of record stores has seen the pressing of CDs — or even the concept of a full-length release — closely follow. So what and who will emerge from the proverbial rubble of brick and mortar stores?...

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Nightcrawler: Lane Changer, Robin Lane biopic chronicles Shelburne Falls resident’s life
Apr08

Nightcrawler: Lane Changer, Robin Lane biopic chronicles Shelburne Falls resident’s life

Perhaps it’s only appropriate — given the state of area roadways after this relentless winter — that the new Robin Lane documentary will be screened at Pothole Pictures this weekend. Certainly makes sense that it’s occurring in Shelburne Fall, as the subject of said biopic — though she was born in L.A. and lived in Boston, New York, and Pennsylvania at various points during relationships with Neil Young and Andy Summers — currently...

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Nightcrawler: Something To Crow About, Crowrider calendar riddled with shows and sessions; Black Crows’ founding brothers on separate paths
Apr01

Nightcrawler: Something To Crow About, Crowrider calendar riddled with shows and sessions; Black Crows’ founding brothers on separate paths

Fans looking to wet their beaks on new Crowrider material may want to venture out to one of the many live engagements the band has lined up for the coming months. Guitarist Dino Bambino reports that they are laying down tracks for a forthcoming disc and the chemistry with studio owner William Beale has been amazing, but he is quick to note there are myriad reasons the music may not be available for mass consumption soon. “The studio,...

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CD Shorts: Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem “Violets are Blue”
Apr01

CD Shorts: Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem “Violets are Blue”

Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem Violets are Blue (Signature Sounds) Rani Arbo’s gorgeous “Sweet and Bitter” is a heartbreakingly lovely composition about love tinged with uncertainty. It’s the final track of daisy mayhem’s new album, Violets are Blue, but it could serve as the theme song. The album title is clever wordplay; most of the selections touch upon affairs the heart, but as bass player Andrew Kinsey correctly notes, they are...

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