“Author Archive”

Speedy Ortiz Sports a New Release

Speedy Ortiz Sports a New Release

Fronted by Brooklyn transplant Sadie Dupuis, Northampton’s Speedy Ortiz hits the road with a new EP after wowing the critics in Boston NORTHAMPTON — They just released a five track EP entitled “Sports” with songs called “Basketball,” “Indoor Soccer” and “Curling.” Their band name conjures up images of Big Papi lumbering around the diamond at Fenway. […]

June 27th, 2012 | Posted in Headlines, Music | Read More »

After years in the trenches with Group DeVille, Rick Murnane goes on his first solo flight

After years in the trenches with Group DeVille, Rick Murnane goes on his first solo flight

In “Wednesday Child,” multi-instrumentalist Rick Murnane lays down tracks with Chris Collingwood of Fountains of Wayne by DAVE MADELONI Rick Murnane was born on a Wednesday. His first solo record was conceived on a series of Wednesday night sessions, in the home studio of Chris Collingwood, the lead singer for Fountains Of Wayne. What started […]

May 30th, 2012 | Posted in A&E, Headlines, Music, News | Read More »

Doug Ratner & The Watchmen Kickstart Concept EP

Doug Ratner & The Watchmen Kickstart Concept EP

By DAVE MADELONI NORTHAMPTON — Doug Ratner & The Watchmen play what they call “down & dirty rock n’ roll,” which make them a bit of an anomaly in the Pioneer Valley’s music scene. At the recent Valley Rising Compilation CD release party hosted by The Iron Horse, eleven regional acts graced the stage. Only […]

January 24th, 2012 | Posted in A&E, Music, News | Read More »

Valley Rising to Showcase Top Local Music Talent

Valley Rising to Showcase Top Local Music Talent

Valley Rising Compilation Album Release Party: Joshua Meltzer, Dave Dersham, Wolfman Conspiracy, Doug Ratner and The Watchmen, The Raft, Sandy Bailey, Infinite August, Lux Deluxe, Jamie Kent & The Options, The Sun Parade, Darlingside. Iron Horse Music Hall, 16 Center Street, Sunday Dec. 11, 7 p.m.; $15 at the door.. NORTHAMPTON— “Hey, that t-shirt’s a […]

December 10th, 2011 | Posted in A&E, Events, Headlines, Music, Valley Culture, Videos | Read More »

Henning Goes To The Movies. . . and The Bookmill

Henning Goes To The Movies. . . and The Bookmill

MONTAGUE — Since Pleasant Street Video and Blockbuster were no longer available, there was no better place than the intimate Montague Bookmill for Henning Ohlenbusch to host his “Henning Goes To The Movies” CD release party. Surrounded by shelves of books and flanked by the Film Biographies section, the lanky singer-songwriter took the audience to […]

October 26th, 2011 | Posted in Headlines, Music | Read More »

Transperformance 2011: Royalty Graces the Stage

Transperformance 2011: Royalty Graces the Stage

BY DAVE MADELONI NORTHAMPTON — If our city were to crown a King of Transperformance, it could easily bequeath the throne to either King Radio or Lord Russ. Both have had absolutely majestic performances year after year, and each has nobility etched right into their name. This year’s “Nohobility” Transperformance — with its emphasis the […]

August 29th, 2011 | Posted in Featured, Headlines, Music | Read More »

The Baseball Project Slides Into Town

The Baseball Project Slides Into Town

Winterpills to open for all-star band; doors open at 5:30 p.m. BY DAVE MADELONI NORTHAMPTON — The Baseball Project is playing the Iron Horse on Friday night. Not the Football Project. Not the Basketball or Tennis Project. What is it about our national pastime that stirs and inspires folk and rock songwriters, while other sports […]

August 25th, 2011 | Posted in Music | Read More »

‘Thank You Friends:’ All-star Tribute to Alex Chilton

‘Thank You Friends:’ All-star Tribute to Alex Chilton

Alex Chilton never became a household name, except in the households of hip musicians. Chilton, who passed away on St. Patrick’s Day at the age of 59, was revered by peers, but never quite found an audience as large as his talent. He was just 16 years old when he fronted the Box Tops, who […]

April 22nd, 2010 | Posted in A&E | Read More »

Institute for Musical Arts launches spring concert series with Evelyn Harris and Kristen Ford

Institute for Musical Arts launches spring concert series with Evelyn Harris and Kristen Ford

Throughout March, local radio station WRSI celebrated Women’s History Month by having historians introduce tracks from some pioneers of women’s music along with a synopsis of their impact on popular music. One of those experts was June Millington, who happens to be both a historian and a pioneer, having founded along with her sister Jean, […]

April 5th, 2010 | Posted in Valley Culture | Read More »

Author Tracy Kidder Hopeful for Haiti’s Future

Author Tracy Kidder Hopeful for Haiti’s Future

The Haitian proverb “Dye mon, gen mon” (beyond mountains, more mountains) has many interpretations, but the most prevalent is “as you solve one problem, another presents itself.” That adage is emblematic of the tragic-but-proud history of Haiti. It also served as the theme of Mountains Beyond Mountains, Tracy Kidder’s 2003 book about the struggling island […]

April 3rd, 2010 | Posted in Headlines | Read More »

Brooks Williams conceives ‘Baby O!,’ his 17th record, in England

Brooks Williams conceives ‘Baby O!,’ his 17th record, in England

Former Northampton resident finds audience and inspiration in the UK It’s a long way from Cambridge Mass to Cambridge, UK, but that is how far Brooks Williams traveled to give birth to Baby O! Although it’s the first album he recorded there, Great Britain has been a second home of sorts to Williams for several […]

March 23rd, 2010 | Posted in Headlines | Read More »

Chuck Prophet turns crises into opportunity on ‘¡Let Freedom Ring!’

Chuck Prophet turns crises into opportunity on ‘¡Let Freedom Ring!’

Earthquakes, pandemics, brown-outs and antiquated equipment part of the back-story on Prophet’s 2009 release Chuck Prophet traveled all the way to Mexico City in hopes of channeling its culture and energy for what was to become his critically acclaimed 2009 CD, ¡Let Freedom Ring!. What he didn’t bargain for was a pandemic, earthquake, and daily […]

March 20th, 2010 | Posted in Headlines | Read More »