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The Sun Parade
Members of The Sun Parade, whose emotional and cathartic song “Need You By My Side” ruled local airwaves (it was the No. 1 song of 2011 on 93.9 The River), haven’t been sitting around basking in the glow from such an achievement.
The band, led by Chris Jennings and Jefferson Lewis, put out a full-length album last year (“Yossis”) that proved the one hit was no fluke. They’ve already started recording a new full-length. One of the tunes in the next batch is “Molly Before Dawn,” which the group performed with strummy gusto at the Really Big Show back in February; the crowd whooped it up right back at them.
The Sun Parade has also taken to the road, with its latest jaunt being a run of shows to and from the famed South By Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas, earlier this month. The trek began with a Cambridge gig, at which they shared a bill with noted author (and “drooling fanatic” about music) Steve Almond.
The long hours on the interstates have brought them back to Northampton for the last stop on their tour. The Sun Parade will play for a hometown crowd with two shows at the Parlor Room tonight at 7 and 9 p.m.
Boston duo 90 Mile Portage appears at Mocha Maya’s in Shelburne Falls tonight at 7:30 p.m. Andrew Geano opens.
Singer-songwriters John Sheldon and Lisa McCormick discuss their craft in “song circle” format at the debut of the Songwriter’s Roundtable at the Arts Block in Greenfield tonight at 8 p.m. Hosted by Daniel Kasnitz.
Here Come the Foxes and Sandy Bailey play The Rendezvous in Turners Falls tonight at 9:30 p.m.
The Salvation Alley String Band, starring the vocals of Ryan Quinn and Brandee Simone, brings its country sounds to the Parlor Room Saturday at 8 p.m. The Dire Honeys open.
Hieronymous Bogs, Opel and The Frost Heaves String Duo play a free show at the Rendezvous Saturday at 9:30 p.m.
Local group Oweihops and Canadian singer-songwriter Ora Cogan perform at the Montague Bookmill Monday at 7:30 p.m.
Golden Grrrls (Glasgow/London trio with a new album out on the revered Slumberland indie label; pictured below), What Next? (NYC-based group featuring members of The Beets, Cause Co-Motion and more), Save Me John Stockton (fuzzy garage-pop locals) and Beach Honey (a new area band featuring former members of The Novels) make up the quadruple-bill at Flywheel in Easthampton Tuesday at 8 p.m.
Leon Redbone was an unforgettable, mysterious presence on Saturday Night Live in the e_SSRq70s and though he’s now a talkative live performer, little else has changed in the decades since. The unmistakable voice, the understated guitar, the hat, the chair, the classic Tin Pan Alley songs — if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, and Redbone’s well-oiled routine returns to the Iron Horse in Northampton Thursday at 7 p.m.
Local groups Sore Eros and Supreme Dicks have teamed up for shows in the past and they join forces again at The Elevens in Northampton Thursday at 9 p.m.