Spring Music Series

Spring brings warmer weather, thoughts of being outside, and the lilting tones and bopping beats of New England Public Radio's Spring Music Series. During Morning Edition this spring, listen for interviews with New England musicians, or check them out right here.

Jack Brown conducts the Berkshire Lyric Chorus during a weekly rehearsal in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPR

About 70 singers greeted each other on a recent Monday night as they settled into their seats at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. A tall, bearded man stood before them next to a piano.

Pamela Means.
Julian Parker-Burns / Courtesy Pamela Means

Protest rock was once fueled by the Vietnam War and civil rights. But every era has musicians who use their art to make a point — and these days, there are plenty of points to make.

The band Landowner, from Holyoke, Massachusetts, plays a basement in Northampton.
Ellery Berenger / NEPR

What do the musical acts The Pixies, Staind, and Taj Mahal have in common? They all had their start in western Massachusetts. 

Jae Matthews, at right, is singer and lyricist for Boy Harsher. At left is bandmate Gus Muller. The duo began singing and songwriting together in early 2013.
Ben James / NEPR

“Escape” is a word you hear a lot from Jae Matthews, singer and lyricist for the genre-defying duo Boy Harsher.

Duende Winds performs at Hampshire College at a Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares concert in December 2018.
Nancy Eve Cohen / NEPR

Nearly seven years ago, jazz concert producer Glenn Siegel found he was saying “no” more than he wanted to say “yes.” He said that’s because more great musicians wanted to perform in the Pioneer Valley than there were venues. So he hatched an idea.