Simon & Garfunkel’s song “America” had a certain native significance when the duo released it as part of their 1968 album “Bookends.”
Covers albums are trickier than they seem. Do a straight-up version of someone else’s song and it can seem more like imitation than homage, but misfire in reinterpreting the song’s essence and it’s a short fall into sacrilege. That makes for a small sweet spot, and Winterpills mostly manages to find it on “Echolalia” (Signature Sounds/Soft Alarm), the Northampton-area band’s new collection…
Together, Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain created the definitive overview of punk-rock in the 1970s with “Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk.” Now they’re applying the same approach to southern California culture between 1965-69, a time and place that gave rise to the Laurel Canyon folk scene that included bands like the Byrds and the Mamas and…
Meredith DiMenna’s voice has been one to reckon with since her days fronting the sleek Bridgeport pop-rock band Saint Bernadette. As bands do, they broke up, and DiMenna teamed with John Torres in the more roots-oriented Oh, Cassius! The duo today released “Carpenter,” the first song from their forthcoming seven-song EP, “On Such a Full Sea We Are Now Afloat.”
Zach Schonfeld, a writer for Newsweek, recently decided to read and reply to every PR email he received for a week, a task that he turned into this entertaining account of what sounds like a grueling seven days. He’s not the only one inundated with press releases and pitches.
Northampton’s Signature Sounds record label celebrates its 20th anniversary this Thanksgiving weekend with a three-day celebration featuring performances by Lake Street Dive, Chris Smither and a reunited Crooked Still.
Watching the Replacements tear through their set Sunday evening in City Hall Plaza at the Boston Calling Music Festival was a first-rate concert experience, no question.