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JD McPherson


with Jake La Botz
Along with collaborations with fellow Oklahoman Parker Millsap, Butch Walker, and Aaron lee Tasjan, McPhersons selections for Undivided Heart & Soul include many deeply personal themes: Lets Get Out of Here While Were Young shares writing credits with longtime bandmate Ray Jacildo and McPhersons wife Mandy. He also delved into character profiles, both fictional and based on real-life experiences, stories McPherson has held onto but never thought of as fodder for songwriting, such as the Las Vegas bus station interlude detailed in Style (Is a Losing Game). That seems like a pretty normal thing for a singer-songwriter to do, to write about personal experience, but I really have never done that, McPherson says. It felt great but it also was tough at the same time. The thing is, John Henry is trying to beat the machine because hes in awe of it. It was a lot of me saying, Youre really good at this, and I have a hard time doing it. With a group of soul-baring tracks taking shape, McPherson and crew scheduled studio time to help force the issue. It quickly became apparent that these sessions were not going to work, bringing McPhersons momentum to a halt. To clear his head, he flew to Los Angeles at the invitation of friend and longtime supporter Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age, who was also recording at the time. McPherson, Homme, and his Queens bandmate Dean Fertita played around with some songs, with Homme pushing McPherson outside of his comfort zone in a no-stakes environment. His thing was, Im going to throw all kinds of crap onto your songs that youre not going to want to hear, and youre going to play ridiculous stuff you wouldnt normally do, and Dean was kind of the calming presence, McPherson says. McPherson calls the getaway the most fun Ive had since I was 15 years old and returned to Nashville with a clear head, internal filters successfully stifled, ready to move forward. That fresh perspective in tow, McPherson learned that the long-shot backup studio, the legendary RCA Studio B in Nashville, was willing to host his band for the making of the record. RCA Studio B was fundamental to the creation of the Nashville Sound, and the ghosts of some of the greatest songs in history live within its walls: Dolly Partons I Will Always Love You, and Elvis Presleys Are You Lonesome Tonight? among them. Artists who choose to record at Studio B are met with a rigorous list of requirements, including using a recording method appropriate during the studios heyday. Since the studio is a working museum by day, the entirety of McPhersons workspace had to be reset at night: Load in all equipment in the late afternoon, work until 3:00 or 4:00 a.m., and leave no trace nightly. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Those rules would probably turn a lot of bands off, but they turned us on, 100 percent, McPherson says. I really love walking into a classic studio as much as I love getting my hands on a really old guitar. I like knowing that something was used for a long time and has good things in it.But this isnt an old Nashville record, by any measurement, nor is it the record McPherson set out to make, with credit due to co-producer Dan Molad (also the drummer for Lucius). Theres a pretty broad gap in our tastes, what we do and what were into, McPherson says. Where hes as likely to lean on The Cramps as he is Irma Thomas for inspiration, Molads left-field production suggestions included a Casio synthesizer and running a Fender Rhodes through a tape delay. (McPherson nixed the former; the latter became the signature sound of one of the records tracks.) We ended up learning a lot from each other, and he did a lot of stuff Id have never thought to do. During the song Lets Get Out of Here While Were Young, JD sputters the line Weve worn out all the songs weve sung. This is not a statement McPherson takes lightly. This record was difficult for me to make, difficult to write, difficult to record. It took a lot for me to say that I cant force these songs to be the way people are expecting, McPherson says. Undivided Heart & Soul is a statement record, one that asserts McPherson as he is now, battle-weary but stronger than ever.

Venue:
Gateway City Arts
92-114 Race Street Holyoke

When:
Thu, 19 Apr 2018 8.00pm -
Thu, 1 Jan 1970 1.00am


Gary Clark Jr.



Its been a banner year for Grammy Award-winning, genre-spanning guitar virtuoso Gary Clark Jr. He released his second critically-revered live album Live North America 2016, toured with Eric Clapton and My Morning Jacket, played numerous festivals around the world, and once again was invited to participate in this years GRAMMY Awards as both a presenter and performer. Clark also impacted radio with his first hit single, his updated version of The Beatles classic Come Together from Justice League Soundtrack. Most recently Clark has been busy writing and preparing new material for his next studio album. Clarks incendiary performances showcase an artist who is ever-morphing and one of the truly great improvisers of his generation and our time. A guitar hero of potent magnetism. The New York Times

Venue:
Pines Theater at Look Park
300 North Main Street Florence

When:
Mon, 30 Jul 2018 7.00pm -
Thu, 1 Jan 1970 1.00am


Unknown Mortal Orchestra



Venue:
Pearlstreet Nightclub
10 Pearl Street Northampton

When:
Sun, 22 Apr 2018 8.00pm -
Thu, 1 Jan 1970 1.00am


moe.



Venue:
Calvin Theatre
19 King Street Northampton

When:
Sat, 28 Apr 2018 8.00pm -
Thu, 1 Jan 1970 1.00am


Hop Along


with Saintseneca
Frances Quinlan has been meditating a lot on power. When I was younger, I kept thinking that one day I would have a partner and that person would give me power, she says. That never came to be. Instead, what Quinlan, the songwriter, lead vocalist, and rhythm guitarist of Hop Along, has found is that power has an inherent awfulness to it and people who have it tend to be disappointing in how they wield it. In this particular moment in history, this thought begs a greater question: what do we do with power and the men who so freely brandish it? Im angry that I believed in this false idea for so long, that a man would come along and show me what I was worth. This theme propels the Philadelphia-based bands third studio record, Bark Your Head Off, Dog. Written over the course of 2016 and 2017 and recorded in the summer of the latter year by Quinlan, Tyler Long (bass), Joe Reinhart (guitar), and Mark Quinlan (drums), the album imagines what its like to cast off longheld perceptions, often without being certain about the new ones that will replace them. Much like on Hop Alongs first and second records, Get Disowned and Painted Shut, Quinlan seeks in real time to work through these emotions. On Bark Your Head Off, Dog, she also grasps at something more complicated. Growing up I was constantly in my head and not a part of the world, she says. Now Im trying to force myself into the world. Throughout Bark Your Head Off, Dog, one gets the sense that Quinlan is wandering in the thicket of a foresta state of being that will feel familiar to longtime listenersand on this outing, she hasnt left a trail of breadcrumbs behind her. The albums artwork, which Quinlan painted herself, invites the listener into that forest, as well. There is a terror in getting lost, she says, the woods are at the same time beautiful and horrifying. This curious wandering gives the album, both lyrically and musically, a heightened dimensionality. On Somewhere a Judge, Hop Along explores a dancier side to their sound, while What the Writer Meant showcases a string section and enormous, full harmonies. One That Suits Me welcomes and embraces the sound of a Rhodes and tambourine, but with a syncopated vocal rhythm on top, almost building to a call-and-response. Throughout, the music is full of gratifying, new deviations. Bark Your Head Off, Dog is, without question, Hop Alongs most dynamic and textured record yet. Self-produced and recorded at The Headroom in Philadelphia by Reinhart and Kyle Pulley, Bark Your Head Off, Dog features the familiar sounds that have always made the band allergic to genre: grunge, folk, punk, and power pop all appear, with inspiration from ELO to Elvis Costello to 70s girl group vocal arrangements. This time around, theyve added strings, more intricate rhythms, lush harmonies (featuring Thin Lips Chrissy Tashjian), along with a momentary visit with a vocoder. In more than one place, Mark Quinlan drums like hes at a disco with Built to Spill. We wanted to get back to using the studio as a writing tool and bring elements of that in, Reinhart says of the production process. When youre sitting there and you force yourself to figure something out, in the studio, there are unlimited possibilities. This visit to the studio often required a lot of throwing things at Quinlans new demos, then scaling them back after the fact. Why are we doing mandolin? Its 5am. We have to get on a plane tomorrow, Reinhart says of the thirty-five day recording process. But then we ended up keeping it. On the albums opening track, How Simple, Quinlan wrangles with what its like to learn about yourselfwhich can get ugly. People romanticize the idea of finding themselves, but when they do, at least in my experience, it can be really difficult. You see how you fail others and how others fail you. The theme carries through to How You Got Your Limp and Not Abel, where Quinlan sings about the ways other people can be disappointing, relative strangers and biblical figures. The record also calls upon references that Quinlan has woven throughout all of the bands albums: the wild presence of animals (rabbits, foxes, dogs, and blue jays all appear on this record) and historical touchstones (from a podcast on World War I to books by Karl Ove Knausgaard). Hop Alongs songs continue to reveal the curiosities nesting in Quinlans mind. Most significantly, Bark Your Head Off, Dog shows the band at its strongest and most cohesive. Hop Along (which originally began as Quinlans solo project under the moniker Hop Along, Queen Ansleis) has never sounded so deliberate, so balanced. Really, there are four producers in the band, Reinhart says. Everybody has ideas. Maybe somebody riffs on this thing, while somebody else says, Lets do it like that, but backwards. The last record was a snapshot of a band becoming a band. On this record, they are truly that: a band. Our confidence grew in our ability to express what we mean, Quinlan says. So strange to be shaped by such strange men is a line that repeats on more than one song on the album. Ive been thinking about that a lot. That I just deferred to men throughout my life, Quinlan says. But by thinking youre powerless, youre really robbing yourself. Im at a point in my life where Im saying instead, Well, what can I do?

Venue:
Gateway City Arts
92-114 Race Street Holyoke

When:
Wed, 2 May 2018 8.00pm -
Thu, 1 Jan 1970 1.00am


An Evening with Ana Popovic


“Ana Popovic is one helluva a guitar-player.” - Bruce Springsteen. “Ana rocks the blues in fine, fine fashion.“ - Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top)

Venue:
Iron Horse Music Hall
20 Center Street Northampton

When:
Mon, 23 Apr 2018 7.00pm -
Thu, 1 Jan 1970 1.00am


Public talk, "Untitled, 2018" by Artist Andrea Fraser


Andrea Fraser is an artist best known for forms of performance art, institutional critique, and feminist practice that turn art world conventions on their head. Fraser lives in Los Angeles, where she chairs the UCLA Department of Art. This program is part of Excavating the Image, an annual collaboration between the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute and the Smith College Museum of Art. Image: Fraser, Andrea, American (1965 - ). "Little Frank and His Carp", 2001. One 6 minute video and one 6 minute DVD. Purchased with funds from the Contemporary Associates.

Venue:
Weinstein Auditorium in Wright Hall
Smith College Northampton

When:
Thu, 26 Apr 2018 4.30pm -
Thu, 26 Apr 2018 6.00pm


They Might Be Giants (14+ Event)



Venue:
Academy Of Music Theatre
274 Main Street Northampton

When:
Thu, 26 Apr 2018 8.00pm -
Thu, 1 Jan 1970 1.00am


Sinead O'Connor



Venue:
Academy Of Music Theatre
274 Main Street Northampton

When:
Wed, 25 Apr 2018 7.30pm -
Thu, 1 Jan 1970 1.00am


The Corvettes Doo Wop Revue



Venue:
Citystage
1 East Columbus Avenue Springfield

When:
Sat, 21 Apr 2018 7.30pm -
Thu, 1 Jan 1970 1.00am

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