Sometymes Why, the all-star trio of longtime friends Aoife O’Donovan, Ruth Merenda and Kristin Andreassen, brings its harmony-rich sound to the Parlor Room at Signature Sounds in Northampton tonight at 8 p.m. Margaret Glaspy opens.
The newish venue is a true listening room, small capacity and cozy, exactly the right place to experience Sometymes Why, which creates a sparse, focused blend of vocals and string instruments.
Sometymes Why started as a lark at a Brooklyn party in 2004, when Andreassen did an impromptu song and her two friends joined in. “It sounded too dreamy to not want to do it again,” she said.
And so they have, putting out two CDs, including their latest, “Your Heart Is a Glorious Machine,” getting together to play shows whenever their busy schedules allow. Andreassen came onto the national scene with Uncle Earl and recently toured with Jeffrey Lewis; Merenda is half of Mike & Ruthy (and before that co-led The Mammals); O’Donovan fronts her band Crooked Still and, late last year, appeared as a guest vocalist with critically acclaimed jazz trumpet man Dave Douglas and his quintet.
The three friends have gotten high praise — like from the respected UK music lover’s magazine MOJO, which called them “The Crosby, Stills & Nash of the acoustic’n’harmonies renaissance.” Pull up a chair and see Sometymes Why play a rare Valley show.
T. Frederic Jones, Francie Jones and Lazy Goslings perform folk and honky-tonk tonight at the Rendezvous in Turners Falls at 9:30 p.m. Free show.
The people demanded it, so local indie-folk group Here Come The Foxes makes a quick return to the Rendezvous on Saturday at 9:30 p.m. Free show.
Lord Jeff (pictured above), Faun and a Pan Flute, The Taxidermists and Hurricanes of Love appear at the Elevens in Northampton on Monday at 9 p.m.
NYC piano man Bill Charlap has been putting out records for more than 20 years — and late last year accompanied Tony Bennett on NBC’s “30 Rock.” He brings his celebrated trio to the Iron Horse in Northampton on Thursday at 7 p.m.
Bunwinkies, Two Tree and Frozen Corn (pictured above) make up the triple-bill at the Sierra Grille in Northampton on Thursday at 10 p.m.