Music Pick: Hothfest at Max Cap
Jan09

Music Pick: Hothfest at Max Cap

Bone Chilling Metal Turn those cold winter blues into face-melting metal this weekend at the 3rd Annual Hothfest! Two full days of killer lineups featuring local bands scattered throughout touring bands. “When death metal takes over New England!” says the man behind it all: organizer and Disguise the Curse drummer Jamie Cross. DTC are slated to play midday Sunday. Among the almost 30 bands scheduled to perform are Splattered Entrails,...

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Electrifying the Vinyl: Electric Eye Records in Florence is a vinyl lover’s go-to destination
Nov21

Electrifying the Vinyl: Electric Eye Records in Florence is a vinyl lover’s go-to destination

That slight scratching sound the needle makes when you gently place it on the record. The brief static that comes through the speakers before the music hits. Then: bam! Just like magic, music emerges from my vintage suitcase record player, sounding like nothing else. It was my mother’s. She gave it to me when I was a child, and I was immediately drawn to it. Surely the ’70s rainbow design on the inside lid was the initial culprit....

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Scene Here: Dreaming Away with Deer Tick
Aug08

Scene Here: Dreaming Away with Deer Tick

Down an old country road, tucked into the mountains in Becket, rests the 200-year-old Dream Away Lodge. The romantic name suits the intimate atmosphere with dim lighting and couples in every nook. It’s a lot like entering a good friend’s living room with unique, mismatched decor and a friendly black poodle hanging out. On this Saturday night, Ian O’Neil and Dennis Ryan of the folk rock band Deer Tick were performing an acoustic gig. I...

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Saturday’s Tribute to Daddy K (KJ Morris) @ Diva’s
Jul05

Saturday’s Tribute to Daddy K (KJ Morris) @ Diva’s

This past Saturday at Diva’s Nightclub in Northampton, a tribute to KJ Morris was held. Under the name Daddy K, Morris was a dancer and drag performer at Diva’s and was a huge part of the LGBT community in the Valley. Drag queens and kings, close friends, acquaintances and more came out to celebrate the life and impact that Morris left behind. Diva’s was packed with familiar faces and there was a constant line to get...

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Review: Gaiah’s Perfect Disaster
Feb16

Review: Gaiah’s Perfect Disaster

A couple weekends ago, I went and saw Springfield-based Gaiah perform at Maximum Capacity to support their recent release, Perfect Disaster. The performance was far from a disaster. I mean, these guys have been around the Valley music scene for some time. They are far from new to this. Do you remember nights at the Fat Cat Bar & Grill in Springfield in the early 2000s? To relive that era in my distant memories always leaves me...

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Women in Rock’s Luminaries
Jan25

Women in Rock’s Luminaries

When you hear the term “rock star,” who comes to mind first? Elvis Presley maybe, or The Rolling Stones? When I was little, I was introduced to Pink Floyd, Bruce Springsteen, and Led Zeppelin. All male-based rock bands. When I stepped out of my parent-influenced taste in music – all while still loving them – I found the ladies. Heart, Joan Jett and Blondie were some of the earlier treats that made me realize rock music is...

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Halloween Haunts

This Halloween, get your costumes ready and head over to the Iron Horse for the Annual Halloween Bones Shakedown with DJs LeFox (Sugar Biscuit) & Hip Sockit (Pollinate). It’s a dance party with prizes, so to win, you gotta DANCE! A night of costumed attendees and dance-fueled music that’ll keep the dance floor moving all night. 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Iron Horse Music Hall, 20 Center St., Northampton, (413)...

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Show Us Your Tattoos
Oct26

Show Us Your Tattoos

The message here needs no explanation. I am a war tax resister, and this was my fourth and last tattoo from Saved Tattoo in Brooklyn, NY. (right) — Tom Wilson, Shelburne Falls My favorite Disney movie is The Little Mermaid, so that’s the reason why I decided to do that theme. Plus, I love the ocean and always have had a closeness with the sea. — Tonianne Silva, Indian...

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My Favorite Walk: Route 20’s Hidden Gem
Aug12

My Favorite Walk: Route 20’s Hidden Gem

Along scenic Route 20 in Chester, is the Chester-Blandford State Forest. On a 95-degree summer afternoon, the natural shade from the tall trees kept us cool as we walked the mile up to the Sanderson Brook Falls. Walking along the path, we only saw a few small groups of people. All said hello when they passed and continued in the opposite direction. One woman had a small dog that I don’t think barked once. It was almost as if, as soon...

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VIDEO Concert, Goodbye, Kool Thing, Kim Gordon makes her exit
Jul22

VIDEO Concert, Goodbye, Kool Thing, Kim Gordon makes her exit

Goodbye, Kool Thing Standing inches away from me moaning her iconic voice into the mic for soundcheck stood Kim Gordon. The longtime Northampton resident is bidding farewell to the Pioneer Valley, and she picked the perfect place to say goodbye. On top of the historic Florence building that includes the Miss Florence Diner rests the 13th Floor Music Lounge, a place where you see friendly faces every time you visit. It’s a small and...

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