Jack Simons’ Musical Anxiety Cleanse
Feb20

Jack Simons’ Musical Anxiety Cleanse

The new album Malbec and Gingerale serves twists, turns, and a brainy fizz Jack Simons hasn’t just put out a new record. He’s concocted a psychedelic spritzer. Bright bubble-fizz for the brain. It’s an eight-song album called Malbec and Gingerale, twisty-turny pop music that’s playful in both words and sounds. Fans of Todd Rundgren, XTC, and Frank Zappa should definitely clickety-clack their typing fingers over to the Hadley native’s...

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Concert Review: Beatles tunes and Irish F-bombs
Oct10

Concert Review: Beatles tunes and Irish F-bombs

Pugwash plays the Iron Horse Dubliner Thomas Walsh is a real pro with a catchy tune — and also with a particular four-letter word that begins with F. His expertise in both Beatlesque pop music and colorful language was on full display when his band Pugwash played the Iron Horse Sep. 28 for an audience of about 60. It was the Irish quartet’s fourth visit to an IHEG venue in the past two years, and they’re building a fervent fan base in...

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Valley Musicians Gather for Jeff Fest
Aug01

Valley Musicians Gather for Jeff Fest

Jeff Martell called himself a “New Age Psychedelic Folksinger.” The Northampton singer-songwriter filled his life with music, whether it was performing solo or with bands across New England, working with the Green River Festival since 2001 (festival director Jim Olsen called him “our field captain”), or practicing the devotional yoga known as Kirtan, which involves call-and-response chanting. Last January, Martell was on Route 20 in...

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