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Tuned In by Ken Maiuri

  • Titus Andronicus

  • Lucy Wainwright Roche

  • Alex Nahas

  • Chandler Travis and Berke McKelvey of the Chandler Travis Three-O Belinda Rawlins

  • Dana Tarr Photography

  • Guy Viau


Thursday, October 11, 2018

The Chandler Travis Three-O appears with special guest Kami Lyle at the Luthier's Co-op in Easthampton on Thursday at 8:45 p.m.

 In an age where music has been reduced to tacky ever-present wallpaper, canned and tinny at gas station pumps or airplanes parked at the gate, Travis (left) and his band transform it back into a vital life force via their whimsical and soulful performances, a celebration of community and heart, with songs that include folk, power pop, vaudeville and some New Orleans spirit.

The Three-O has a new album out, “Backward Crooked From the Sunset,” and a new song, “Advice To the President” (the video for which, now on YouTube, shows them performing the stately tune in front of the White House last November).

 Brandi Ediss, singer/songwriter and member of local bandsKing Radio and Simple Friend, saw The Chandler Travis Three-O recently and described the group as “the joy of music personified, just brimming with wit, warmth, and childlike wonder. I found myself on the verge of happy tears for ¾ of their set, and when they played the song ‘National Geographic,’ I was just done for. Something about the utter sweetness of Travis’ voice, the lovely instrumentation and harmony from the band behind him, and the earnestness of this beautiful little song about learning more about the world around us just killed me (in a good way). It was a powerful reminder of the goodness and light that exists even when things in the world seem sort of dark. The Three-O is an antidote for all the dark stuff.”

 

Mark Schwaber is this week’s featured performer at the Fall Fridays Singer-Songwriter Series at The 413 in Easthampton on Friday at 6 p.m.

 

Singer/songwriter Lucy Wainwright Roche returns to The Parlor Room in Northampton on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Dennis Crommett (Winterpills, Spanish for Hitchhiking) is the opener.

 

Rootstock is a themed residency produced by Cait Simpson that celebrates local music and art and how it grows from community. The latest installment, “The Depths,” features performances by Mad Habits, Paper City Picture Show and Chris Goodreau, with Simpson hosting and offering poetic interludes. At Gateway City Arts in Holyoke on Friday at 8 p.m.

 

TapRoots is a “cultural fusion” project from multi-instrumentalist and producer Matthew King that mixes rock, reggae, salsa, soul, folk and more. The band just released its first music video (“Walk Lightly ‘Pon the Land,” now on YouTube) and appears at the Hawks and Reed Performing Arts Center in Greenfield on Friday at 6 p.m. Opening the show is Rebirth.

 

Philadelphia singer/songwriter/producer Ross Bellenoit (The Sweetback Sisters, Amos Lee, Chris Kasper, etc.) was raised in the Pioneer Valley, and he returns to the area for a set of original compositions, backed by local pros Paul Kochanski on bass and J.J. O'Connell on drums, at the Luthier’s Co-Op on Friday at 9:30 p.m.

 

Titus Andronicus (at right) just released a new EP, “Home Alone On Halloween,” and the acclaimed Brooklyn punk band plays Pearl Street in Northampton on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. Summer Cannibals start off the night.

 

Valley Show Girl presents an early Halloween show — its poster has a suggestion for  attendees: “Dress up. Get Weird.” — and it stars Bunnies, PussyVision, Left Hand Backwards and SMARTYR, at the 13th Floor Music Lounge in Florence on Saturday at 9 p.m.

 

Vocalist and Chapman Stick player Alex Nahas (from the Brooklyn art rock duo Bright Brown) plays a solo show at New City Brewery in Easthampton on Monday at 7 p.m.

 

Jazz on bassoon? That’s the specialty of NYC musician Michael Rabinowitz, a founding member of the Charles Mingus Orchestra. He’s this week’s special guest with the Green Street Trio at the Northampton Jazz Workshop, held at City Sports Grille inside Spare Time Northampton on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. The open jazz jam session follows at 8:30 p.m.

 

Providence-based theatrical trio Arc Iris (at right), led by vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Jocie Adams, plays The Parlor Room on Thursday at 7 p.m. Local faves Carinae are the opening act.

 

Stand-up legend Emo Philips (at left) returns to the Iron Horse in Northampton on Thursday at 7 p.m. Carla Rhodes opens. (And if you haven’t heard local hero Henning Ohlenbusch’s touching ode to Emo, director Jason Mazzotta made a beautiful video for the song, a must-see, currently on YouTube.)