Local news? Kind of. Drag City Records is readying a seven-song release by the Blue Jean Committee, described as “the proud products of the late 70’s Northampton, Massachusetts, music scene.”
Surprise, surprise: Neil Young isn’t wild about Donald Trump playing “Rockin’ in the Free World” when the purported billionaire announced Tuesday that he is a candidate for president in 2016.
In all of Hartford’s long, not always glorious history, one event stands out for the scope of its calamity: the circus fire of 1944 that resulted in nearly 170 deaths and hundreds of injured, many of them children. Naturally, a tragedy so fraught with drama has carried over into books, music and theater.
Like many college students in my day, I would often watch David Letterman to at least see the top 10 list. And as a younger music fan than I am now, in the days before DVRs, I’d tune in to catch a singer or band I was keen to see perform.
Turns out Heather Maloney has a lot to say. After three years living and working in a silent meditation retreat in western Massachusetts, the Northampton singer and songwriter has found her voice with a string of increasingly compelling albums.
There’s a lot of children’s music that seems to operate on the premise that banality is just fine for little kids, and then there’s Turkey Andersen.
It simply seemed like a nice gesture this week when Tim McGraw said he would donate 100 percent of the proceeds from his performance July 17 in Hartford to Sandy Hook Promise.
As much as Connecticut’s music scene has grown and strengthened over the years, there haven’t been a lot of bands carrying a flag for dance-pop with a new wave edge. Glamour Assassins fills that void.
Truth be told, the fuss over Sufjan Stevens’ music has always mystified me. Sure, some of the Christmas songs are clever, but most of his work comes across as self-consciously precious.