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johnny Irion
Fionn Reilly

Our friend Johnny Irion is opening two concerts in our region this week.

On Thursday he’ll be at Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, MA with Good Friends, a new musical project from Ian O'Neil & Dennis Ryan of Deer Tick. Johnny will start the evening  with a solo set followed by Ian & Dennis in one of the first live gigs for Good Friends project, They will all play a few at the end of the show together.

On Saturday he’ll be at Helsinki Hudson, opening for Raleigh, N.C.-based Chatham County Line.

  In June 1980, 19-year-old James McDonnell (known as Slim Jim Phantom) boarded a plane from New York City to London with his childhood friends and bandmates Brian Setzer and Lee Rocker. In less than a year, they went from being homeless, hungry, and living in punk rock squats to the toast of the London music scene.

The Stray Cats developed a signature sound and style that swept across the world, released multiplatinum albums, and were embraced and befriended by classic rock acts like the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin, as well as original punk heroes such as the Sex Pistols, the Damned, and the Clash, and rock-and-roll originators Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis. After ten years of marriage to actress Britt Ekland, Slim Jim moved down the hill to Sunset Strip, where his son was raised and he owned the world-famous rock-and-roll bar Cat Club while continuing to play with a host of well-known musicians.

Slim Jim Phantom's memoir is A Stray Cat Struts: My Life as a Rockabilly Rebel.

Lau At FreshGrass

Sep 15, 2016

  Lau is a British folk band from both Scotland and England, formed in 2005. They are playing at The FreshGrass Festival at MASS MoCA on Saturday.

The trio is Kris Drever, Martin Green, and Aidan O'Rourke. Lau are fearless innovators a lauded band that never stands still. They are creating some of the best music being made anywhere in any genre. Vocalist and guitar player Kris Drever joins us.

Train At Tanglewood

Aug 22, 2016
Train at Tanglewood
Hilary Scott / Boston Symphony Orchestra

It isn’t summer without a visit by the band Train to our region. Train will be at Tanglewood tomorrow night at 7PM along with Andy Grammer. The multi-platinum band Train made its mark on music history with the Grammy Award-winning song "Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)." They also had chart-topping singles like "Meet Virginia" and "Calling All Angels." Train earned its third Grammy in 2011 for the worldwide smash "Hey Soul Sister" from Save Me, San Francisco.

That song was the top-selling single of 2010, "Hey Soul Sister" hit #1 on radio in the United States and in fifteen countries abroad. In 2014, Train released their seventh album, Bulletproof Picasso, which charted in the Top 5 that year. A new album is coming soon. But, before it does – Train comes to Tanglewood tomorrow and we get to chat with the band’s lead singer – Pat Monahan.

  The Felice Brothers' new album, Life in the Dark, is out on Yep Roc records and they’re heading out on a huge tour this summer.

We’re lucky to have them playing several spots in the greater WAMC listening region -- they’ll be at Green River Fest in Greenfield, MA on 7/9; Troy Riverfront Park on 7/20, The Catskill Brewery in Livingston Manor, NY on 8/6; and the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in Hillsdale, NY on 8/7.

We were very excited to have them stop by The Linda to talk about what’s new and play some tunes.

  In 1994 in his hometown of Portland, Oregon, Thomas Lauderdale was working in politics, thinking that one day he would run for mayor. Like other eager politicians-in-training, he went to every political fundraiser under the sun but was dismayed to find the music at these events underwhelming, lackluster, loud and un-neighborly.

Drawing inspiration from music from all over the world and hoping to appeal to conservatives and liberals alike, he founded the “little orchestra” Pink Martini in 1994. One year later, Lauderdale called China Forbes, a Harvard classmate who was living in New York City, and asked her to join Pink Martini. The rest, as they say, is history.

Pink Martini has released eight best-selling albums of tuneful, sultry songs in 25 languages that blend world, jazz, pop, lounge and classical styles. They are playing at the Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center in Chester, NY this Wednesday and at The Mahaiwe in Great Barrington, MA on Monday, July 13th.

    

  The veteran Scottish alternative rock-band, Simple Minds, has returned with Big Music, their first album of new material in five years - three and a half decades since their first landmark album, 1980's Empires and Dance. The Glasgow quintet with front-man Jim Kerr and guitarist Charlie Burchill as their creative core, are rekindling the energy and attitude that made them one of the great bands of that era.

The band scored a string of hit singles and are best known for their 1985 hit "Don't You Forget About Me" from the soundtrack of the John Hughes film, The Breakfast Club; their other hits include "Alive and Kicking," and "Belfast Child."

Peter Larson

    This Friday, the Brooklyn based band, Lucius, will be at The Hollow in Albany, NY. The last time we welcomed them to The Roundtable, they were hours away from a breakout performance at the Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA. Since then, they’ve released an album, a deluxe version of that album and toured the US and Europe - a lot.

    The duo Honeyhoney - Ben Jaffe and Suzanne Santo - is playing two shows in the region next weekend.

On April 11th they’ll play a benefit concert for Arts Programs at Mt. Greylock Regional High School where Ben attended and graduated from as a mediocre student (his words). For that show, they’ll play WITH Mt. Grelock’s high school band.

They are also playing a Billsville House Concert at the Elks Lodge in North Adams, MA on April 12th.