Tuned In: Gabe’s Band, and more

  • Clark Gayton

  • Jo Chattman

  • Awjin Ahn and Catherine Xiang

  • Robin Hitchcock

  • Gabe's Band

Published: 4/5/2018 2:38:46 PM

Gabe Bernini is best known as the keyboardist of the Valley’s own LuxDeluxe. But last autumn, when he wasn’t traversing the country as a touring member of Deer Tick, he was making his solo debut in his home studio, playing all the instruments himself.

The finished product is “Gabe’s Album,” and Bernini celebrates its release with a show at The Parlor Room in Northampton on Friday (tonight) at 8 p.m. 

To create his album, Bernini set up shop among his trusty Hammond B3 organ, piano, clavinet, and a palette of borrowed guitars, basses and drums. He wrote more than 60 songs before whittling them down to the 17 that appear on the finished record.

The first single, “Noble,” has some Wilco flavor, “Wearing Red” shares some bluesy, quirky effervescence with NRBQ, and “Both Guilty” zips along with a little Paul Westerberg-ian propulsion. Bernini’s songs weave together timeless strands of rock and pop, but his sparkling homemade recordings fit right in with the laid-back side of 21st century indie sounds (like the smooth Mac DeMarco groove of “Lord of My Love”). 

Bernini’s live group is called, appropriately enough, Gabe’s Band, and features his friends Jeff Lewis and Chris Jennings (of The Sun Parade) and Zack James and Nina Singleton-Spencer (of The Snaz).

They’ll share a bill with fellow locals Court Etiquette, an indie-pop band celebrating the release of its own new record. DJ Quills will be spinning vinyl before, after and between the live music.

Fancy Trash celebrates early springtime’s mud season by teaming up with And the Neighbors and Ray Mason for a show at the Ashfield Lake House in Ashfield on Friday at 7 p.m.

Guitar wizard masked man Buckethead brings his virtuoso pyrotechnics back to Pearl Street in Northampton on Friday at 8:30 p.m.

Arc Iris (pictured at right) and local band Home Body bring you a theatrical, colorful double-bill at Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center in Greenfield on Friday at 9 p.m.

Chris Smither celebrates the release of his new album, “Call Me Lucky” (his first record with original songs in six years), with a concert at the Shea Theater in Turners Falls on Saturday at 7 p.m. Joan Shelley opens.

Richard Lloyd, of the legendary CBGB’s-era band Television, makes a rare Valley appearance, playing two in-studio musical performances at Sonelab in Easthampton on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Each show will be recorded by Sonelab engineers Mark Alan Miller and Justin Pizzoferrato, and will have an optional after-event with Lloyd that includes a personally autographed copy of his recent memoir, “Everything Is Combustible.” Tickets are limited and (may still be) available online at silentpartnerproductions.com

Valley vocalist/songwriter Kimaya Diggs celebrates the release of her intimate new album “Breastfed” (recorded over the past couple years by her husband, LuxDeluxe’s Jacob Rosazza) by performing it in its entirety with a full band (which includes the Diggs sisters on violin, viola and backing vocals) at Gateway City Arts in Holyoke on Sunday at 7 p.m. Singer/songwriter Alexa Renaud Clark opens the show.

Cowboy Junkies, best known for their classic 1988 album “The Trinity Session” and its cover of Lou Reed’s “Sweet Jane,” appear at the Academy of Music on Sunday at 7:30 p.m.

Robyn Hitchcock brings his tendril-filled catalog of unique pop songs back to The Iron Horse in Northampton on Tuesday at 7 p.m. He’s one of the most entertaining between-song talkers, but don’t be surprised if his surreal comic banter is followed by an emotional tune, like “Raymond and the Wires,” a Byrds-y mesmerizer about his late dad and the trolley buses they used to ride together in the ’60s. 

Singer/songwriter Amy Helm (daughter of Levon) begins her three-week residency at The Parlor Room with her first weekly show, on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Nellie McKay has a new record due out next month (“Sister Orchid”), but the celebrated singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/activist is coming to town now with a show at The Iron Horse on Thursday at 7 p.m.

Steve Earle & The Dukes celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the “Copperhead Road” album with a show at the Academy of Music in Northampton on Thursday at 8 p.m. The Mastersons are the opening act.


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