Away from the music clubs and bars of western Massachusetts, there’s a network of young musicians organizing concerts on a regular basis. A few local bands have emerged from this scene, and received attention far beyond the Pioneer Valley. One of them is California X, from Hadley.
Late last month, the influential music site Pitchfork declared that “Western Massachusetts is having another moment.” At the top of the list, And The Kids, a Northampton group whose album, “Turn to Each Other” is out this week.
In the Berkshires every summer, there is a musical collective that wants to rip the powdered wig off traditional classical music. Playing the work of living composers and using unconventional methods, they are interested in anything but a musical history lesson. Things wrap up on Saturday with six hours of music, including special guests like Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche and the composer Steve Reich’s re-working of two songs by Radiohead.
“Without the songs of the movement, personally I believe that there wouldn’t have been a movement,” says Rutha Mae Harris, one of the original Freedom […]
Franz Ferdinand‘s 2004 debut accomplished two things: a concise introduction to the band in the form of a worldwide hit single, as well as a […]
Cuban-born trumpeter Arturo Sandoval is set to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom later this year for his contributions to the world of music. He’s won nine Grammy awards and an Emmy.
The Thai Elephant Orchestra is, remarkably, just what it sounds like. At a conservation center in Thailand, made for former work animals with nowhere to […]
This interview was originally broadcast on Jan. 17, 2013. After huge critical and commercial success last year, breakthrough British sensation Emeli Sande has her sights […]
After huge critical and commercial success last year, breakthrough British sensation Emeli Sande has her sights set on America. It’s a long way from her […]