Local Band Reviews

Matchstick Architects: All That’s In Between

Matchstick Architects: All That’s In Between

The Matchstick Architects are a band based mostly in the Berkshires. (A couple of members are from New York and Connecticut respectively, but who’s counting?) If you’re into the local music scene, chances are you’ve heard these guys (and gals) play, and, if you’ve got ears, you’ve enjoyed them. The Matchstick Architects recently released an […]

The Road to Darling Valley: New Name, New Album, New Beginnings

The Road to Darling Valley: New Name, New Album, New Beginnings

If you want a quick visual representation of the mood of Darling Valley’s new album, Crooked Orchards, watch their homemade lyric video for the first single, “Graces.” The four band members take turns standing against a blue wall, flanked by balloons, and hold up poster-board signs with handwritten lyrics à la Bob Dylan. The number […]

Benny Kohn shines through on latest album

Benny Kohn shines through on latest album

Who knew Benny Kohn could sing? For the past decade or so, Kohn, aka “Benny Fingers,” of Windsor, has played keys for well-known Berkshire bands like The Rev Tor Band, Misty Blues Band, and the Sister City Jazz Ambassadors, among others. But last month, the piano man released his own debut album, Fingers First, with […]

The Picky Bastards: Sound by natural selection

The Picky Bastards: Sound by natural selection

I defy you to find a band more spontaneous and improvisational than The Picky Bastards, Pittsfield’s premier bluegrass band. They’ve never had a rehearsal, never made a set-list, and sometimes change the song they’re playing halfway through. Core members Rob Sanzone (guitar, mandolin, harmonica, slide and dobro guitar, vocals) and Chris Merenda (banjo, guitar, vocals) […]

Immune Friction: A match made in grunge heaven

Immune Friction: A match made in grunge heaven

You could say that Justine Curry bluffed her way into Immune Friction. She met Chris Dayton while working in a Bennington coffee shop in 2010 and connected with him immediately; so when he said he was looking for someone to add percussion to some music he’d been writing, she said that she could play drums. […]

Addicted to dreaming: New trio debuts

W hen I first met Michael Lesko, lead singer and guitarist of the new group Dreamaholic, he was chatting with audience members to avoid going on stage. We were at his first ever solo performance at No. 6 Depot in West Stockbridge and my friend and I decided to go to the show, even though […]

And the Kids brings their apocalyptic pop to the Garage

Recently called one of “the Western Mass. indie scene’s brightest creative lights” by Pitchfork, Northampton-based band “And The Kids” recently released their debut full-length album, “Turn to Each Other”. They will play at the Garage on Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. “Turn to Each Other” is more than an album title: it’s a statement of […]

Ian Evans: the musical journey of a local keyboardist 

Ian Evans, a local musician, frequently asks the questio, “Imagine the world without music?” during one of our many interviews. No concerts or shows, no Pandora in the car, no iPod during your workout, no humming or clapping, and no singing in the shower. Just the sound of human activity without any soundtrack. “Music in […]

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 […]

Jackson Whalan brings positivity to hip-hop in the big city

How does a white kid from the Berkshires establish himself and continue to succeed in a predominately black entertainment business? A passion for the music, a positive outlook and local support. Jackson Whalan is a 24-year-old multi-talented lyricist, producer and DJ living in Brooklyn, but was born and raised in Great Barrington. He has performed […]