Live Music Reviews

Ace Frehley: Space Invader

Ace Frehley: Space Invader

Legendary guitarist and founding member of KISS Ace Frehley graced the stage at the Colonial Theatre Sept. 27 as part of his 2016 Space Invader Tour, promoting his new album of the same name. Freyley’s band is full of veteran rockers. Most have flown under the radar, but their musical prowess is a force to […]

MASS Gathering 2016: Bacon, Yoga, and Rock ‘n’ Roll

MASS Gathering 2016: Bacon, Yoga, and Rock ‘n’ Roll

I am standing on the vernal summer slopes of Ski Butternut in Great Barrington, amid a crowd of people gathered in the thick humidity to watch Matisyahu perform. Skirts are billowing, bare feet twirling, heads nodding, wristbanded arms flung up in the air. In the middle of the gaggle of bodies a man dances with […]

Party Like it’s 1939: Swing dancing at Race Brook Lodge

Party Like it’s 1939: Swing dancing at Race Brook Lodge

“Basically everyone’s up for grabs – it doesn’t matter how good or bad or ugly you are!” Laughter bubbled up from the crowd, a circle assembled around two dancers in the middle of a barn. The MC is explaining the dancing game of Snowball: one couple starts dancing for a bit, until someone yells “Snowball!” […]

Live Music Calendar

Friday, Dec. 11 Tom Savoy Trio 9 p.m. Lion’s Den Pub. 30 Main Street, Stockbridge. (413) 298-5545 The Berkshire Mountain Rambler 8 p.m. Gypsy Joynt. 93 Main Street, Great Barrington. (413) 644-8811 Holidelic 9 p.m. Helsinki Hudson. 405 Columbia Street, Hudson, NY. (518) 828-4800 Phil Vassar 8 p.m. Infinity Hall Norfolk. 20 Greenwoods Rd W, […]

Merritt’s music: Rare performance on its way to North Adams

The acclaimed songwriter Stephin Merritt, whose vast catalog includes the Magnetic Fields’ masterpiece 69 Love Songs and two dozen albums under four different band names, is responsible for some of the wittiest and most melodic songs in the indie music canon. Merritt’s been called “the Cole Porter of his generation” (TimeOut New York) and he’s […]

The Lucky Five swings hard with unique style and class

The Lucky Five is a hard-swinging five-piece jazz band that looks great and sounds even better. I went to the Prairie Whale recently to hear them play for the first time, and in a rush, I threw on a pair of dirty jeans to cover up the fact that I couldn’t find matching socks. I […]