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Working full-time in a record store means you hear a lot of music every day. A LOT of music. Countless albums come and go and get forgotten, but Jim K. & Co.’s debut “No Holding Back” was a regularly played CD in our store, For the Record in Amherst, in the early 2000s. The clarity and classic vibe of the local trio’s bluesy/jazzy rock sound made a lasting impression.
Guitarist/vocalist Jim Kaminski, a founding member of the legendary ’70s Valley band Fat, is no stranger to longtime local music fans, and “No Holding Back” was a batch of original songs with a timeless spark.
“Give It All You Got,” for example, really sounds like a classic rock staple from the late ’70s, not a self-released local tune from the recent past. Classy minor ninth chords, a catchy chorus, an authoritative guitar solo, it’s all there.
After 13 years, Kaminski will finally have a new release out next month, a five-song EP (titled “5”), for which the guitarist is accompanied only by multi-instrumentalist genius Jim Weeks. Kaminski describes the music as a little bit of a departure from his first album. “Not rock, not blues, but very soulful,” he said earlier this week.
Jim K. & Co. — with bassist Rudi Weeks and drummer Dave Nelson backing up the guitarist — perform at Snowzees Music Shack in Sunderland tonight at 9 p.m.
Ray Mason plays a solo show — “one man, one Silvertone guitar” — at Bread Euphoria in Haydenville Saturday at 6 p.m.
Doug, Ben Demerath and Goddess Lounge make up the triple bill at the Luthiers Co-Op in Easthampton Saturday at 7 p.m.
Shangri Lips, the new reverb-swaddled trio of guitarist/vocalist Margaret Garrett, bassist Suzanne Lomanto and drummer Heather Beck, plays a double bill with TRUCKS at the Basement in Northampton Saturday at 8 p.m.
The Rick Murnane Band (in trio format, though some special guests may drop in) plays its first gig of the year at Mocha Maya’s in Shelburne Falls Sunday at 2 p.m.
Kishi Bashi is the solo of project of K Ishibashi (who’s toured with Of Montreal and Regina Spektor): one man, two microphones, a violin, a looper and other effects pedals and lots of energy. Last year NPR named him a “best new artist.” He’ll be at the Iron Horse Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. Also on the bill are Tall Tall Trees and Fideles.
If you haven’t seen “The Z Three: Organ Trio Tribute to the Music of Frank Zappa” (Tim Palmieri on guitar, Beau Sasser on organ and Bill Carbone on drums) at one of its packed-solid small venue shows over the years, now’s your chance to see them on the Iron Horse stage Thursday at 10 p.m. You don’t have to be a Zappa fan to appreciate the trio’s gonzo spirit, playing complicated compositions with bar-band abandon, as if they’ve loved the music deep in their hearts since they were kids (and they probably have). Serious, smiling musicians having a blast.