Between the Lines: Immigrant abuse – Where’s the outrage, Happy Valley?
Oct16

Between the Lines: Immigrant abuse – Where’s the outrage, Happy Valley?

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey recently slapped five Valley restaurants with about $17,000 in penalties for paying workers less than minimum wage, violating the state’s Earned Sick Time law and other violations of regulations meant to keep workers from financial exploitation. It’s about time. But is it enough? The sanctions came a year after the Daily Hampshire Gazette published “Under the Table,” an investigation into...

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Staff Picks: A HeART for Puerto Rico
Oct16

Staff Picks: A HeART for Puerto Rico

HeART for Puerto Rico Benefit Fundraiser // FRIDAY, SATURDAY, and SUNDAY It’s a weekend of music, live shows, and art at Gateway City Arts in Holyoke all in support of a relief fund for Puerto Rico and the Holyoke community, which is preparing to receive more than 3,500 family members and friends in the coming weeks, who are relocating to the Pioneer Valley after the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria. Bands such as The...

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Mark Schwaber on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
Oct13

Mark Schwaber on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

Mark Schwaber is an indie folk artist with punk rock influences from Easthampton, MA. Check out his complete Valley Advocate Sessions performance and interview in the videos below. Interview with Mark...

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VIDEO: Mark Schwaber on Sessions Friday
Oct12

VIDEO: Mark Schwaber on Sessions Friday

Check out a teaser indie folk rock artist Mark Schwaber on Valley Advocate Sessions. His full performance will be released this Friday. Can’t wait until Friday? Check out our Sessions page to watch past performers such as Tundra Toddler, Lonely Whale, and Court...

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Bizarro Briefs: Flipping the Bird at Priests
Oct09

Bizarro Briefs: Flipping the Bird at Priests

Flipping the Bird at Priests Sometimes church is boring. But every so often — as happened in Flowery Branch, Georgia — a man stands up to flip off and yell at the pastor for recognizing teachers during a service. The man, a homeschooling father, rose to give the pastor the bird and yell at him following his prayer recognizing teachers. That landed him in hot water with police, who charged him with misdemeanor disorderly conduct....

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Staff Picks: Check Out Springfield’s Metal Titans
Oct09

Staff Picks: Check Out Springfield’s Metal Titans

City of Homes // THURSDAY-SATURDAY Springfield metal titans City of Homes are currently in the studio working on new music as well as music videos planned for each song released. 2018 will bring the busiest of years tour-wise for these guys, but in the meantime, you have three options this week to check them out. They embark on a 3-day binger, kicking it off mellow and stripping down to play a free acoustic show Oct. 12 at Luthier’s...

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Free Will Astrology: Thrillseeking Snails Ride on Turtles
Oct09

Free Will Astrology: Thrillseeking Snails Ride on Turtles

ARIES (March 21-April 19): In his book The Logic of Failure, Dietrich Dorner discusses the visionaries who built the Aswan Dam in Egypt. Their efforts brought an abundance of cheap electricity to millions of people. But the planners didn’t take into account some of the important effects of their innovation. For example, the Nile River below the dam no longer flooded its banks or fertilized the surrounding land every year. As a result,...

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Tundra Toddler on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
Oct06

Tundra Toddler on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

Electronic punk and glitch pop artist, Tundra Toddler, played a set for Valley Advocate Sessions on Sept. 20, which is now available to stream. Interview with Tundra...

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VIDEO: Tundra Toddler on Sessions Friday
Oct05

VIDEO: Tundra Toddler on Sessions Friday

Check out the Valley Advocate Sessions teaser video for electro punk and glitch pop artist Tundra Toddler. Tundra Toddler’s full performance will be available for streaming online this...

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Your Advocate Guide to the Pioneer Valley in the Fall
Oct02

Your Advocate Guide to the Pioneer Valley in the Fall

For many New Englanders, fall is a special time that people living in the sun year-round don’t get to experience. The air gets crisp; the leaves blaze bright orange, yellow, and red; apples reach their peak of juicy, crunchy goodness; the smell of harvest is all around; and people are busy enjoying the perfect weather and preparing for the winter hibernation. Fall is for New Englanders, we know how to revel in the season, but in case...

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Back Talk: Thomas Jefferson Sucks
Oct02

Back Talk: Thomas Jefferson Sucks

Editor’s Note: Welcome to our letters to the editor page. Here you’ll find reader comments on Advocate articles and other news. We collect readers’ opinions from emails, letters, Facebook comments, and comments to valleyadvocate.com. Want to get in on this? Email editor@valleyadvocate.com and put “BackTalk” or “letter to the editor” in the subject. Help for Puerto Rico (via email) The devastation from Maria and lack of response in...

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Pong-a-thon
Oct02

Pong-a-thon

When I think about the refugees living here in Northampton, including two young Congolese brothers, Gaylain and Olivier Ngoy, who spent 14 years in a sweltering camp in Borundi, I feel some pride that this America, the America of King Street and the Oxbow and Hospital Hill, is the one that they will know. But when I think of their parents and their four younger sibs stuck back there in the unforgiving bleak, victims of the worldwide...

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Bizarro Briefs: 55 Years of Humpin’
Oct02

Bizarro Briefs: 55 Years of Humpin’

Ric Flair, wrestling’s golden boy in the ‘80s, says he’s slept with around 10,000 women during his 68 years on Earth. Woooo! Known for his flamboyant wrestling persona on WWE, Flair made this confession for an upcoming ESPN 30 for 30 documentary. The Nature Boy says now that he wished he hadn’t revealed the number because he doesn’t want to embarass his grandkids, he told People magazine. Flair isn’t up to his casual shtick anymore....

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Court Etiquette on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
Sep29

Court Etiquette on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

Court Etiquette is a Northampton-based indie pop band fused with rollicking roots rock. The band performed on the Valley Advocate Sessions stage on Sept. 5. Check out the band’s full performance in the video below. Interview with Court...

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VIDEO: Court Etiquette on Sessions Friday
Sep28

VIDEO: Court Etiquette on Sessions Friday

Court Etiquette is a Northampton-based indie pop band fused with rollicking roots rock. The band performed on the Valley Advocate Sessions stage on Sept. 5 and their full performance will be released this Friday. Check out a teaser for Court Etiquette on Sessions...

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Paradise Pond Poetry
Sep25

Paradise Pond Poetry

Saturating the All — Paradise Pond, Northampton There are, amongst the chronic flux of recurring secular miracles, spaces between the miracles that are equally miraculous. Cases in point: the lazy wands of industrial hydro-bazookas saturating the all- female college ball-field; two kayakers forming Aztec consonants on the assonant lake; a dead tree submerged in water yet still channeling autumn’s livid embers through its oblivious...

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Free Will Astrology: Pink Underpants, Not Purple, Taurus
Sep25

Free Will Astrology: Pink Underpants, Not Purple, Taurus

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Conceptual artist Jonathon Keats likes to play along with the music of nature. On one occasion he collaborated with Mandeville Creek in Montana. He listened and studied the melodies that emanated from its flowing current. Then he moved around some of the underwater rocks, subtly changing the creek’s song. Your assignment, Aries, is to experiment with equally imaginative and exotic collaborations. The coming...

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Bizarro Briefs: A Home for the Homeless?
Sep25

Bizarro Briefs: A Home for the Homeless?

A Home for the Homeless? Not having a place to live was not a good enough excuse to get a Turkish man out of house arrest. A 31-year-old homeless man living in Istanbul, was sentenced to house arrest for using and selling drugs in April. In need of a house to be confined to, the Turkish government erected for him a sheet metal box with bars, windows, and no roof or ceiling on a sidewalk by a busy bus station. Although the man could...

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Lonely Whale on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
Sep22

Lonely Whale on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

Lonely Whale is an electric singer-songwriter with rock and indie folk influences. She played Valley Advocate Sessions on September 5 and her entire set is now available for viewing. Check it out in the video below. Interview with Lonely Whale: Like what you’re listening to? Check out the Valley Advocate Sessions page for bands and artists, including The Mary Jane Jones, Sodada, Seth Newton, and...

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VIDEO TEASER: Lonely Whale on Sessions Friday
Sep21

VIDEO TEASER: Lonely Whale on Sessions Friday

This week’s Valley Advocate Sessions artist is Lonely Whale, a local electric singer-writer with indie rock and folk influences. Lonely Whale’s full Sessions performance will be released this Friday. Until then, here’s a teaser video of Lonely...

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Scary Movie Club: Get Your Float On with IT
Sep18

Scary Movie Club: Get Your Float On with IT

All aboard the hype train to Derry, Maine, where a group of 1980s youngins face off against a mysterious shapeshifting clown in the latest adaptation of Stephen King’s 1,000-plus-page horror opus, IT. There’s been dozens of Stephen King adapted films — some great (The Shining), some atrocious, (The Dark Tower) — but the 2017 adaptation of IT with Bill Skårsgard as the monstrously vicious, child-murdering clown-creature has been almost...

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Free Will Astrology: Emily Dickinson Knows The Size of Aquarius Brains
Sep18

Free Will Astrology: Emily Dickinson Knows The Size of Aquarius Brains

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Psychologists say most people need a scapegoat — a personification of wickedness and ignorance onto which they can project the unacknowledged darkness in their own hearts. That’s the bad news. Here’s the good news: The coming weeks will be an excellent time for you to neutralize that reflex and at least partially divest yourself of the need for scapegoats. How? The first thing to do is identify your own...

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Back Talk: Little Ol’ Easthampton’s Punk Rockers
Sep18

Back Talk: Little Ol’ Easthampton’s Punk Rockers

Editor’s Note: Welcome to our letters to the editor page. Here you’ll find comments from readers on Advocate articles and other news. We collect readers’ opinions from emails, letters, Facebook comments, and comments to valleyadvocate.com. Want to get in on this? Email editor@valleyadvocate.com and put “BackTalk” or “letter to the editor” in the subject. What About Radical Christian Terrorism? Donald Trump likes to spout off about...

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Parlicium on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
Sep15

Parlicium on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

Local indie folk trio, Parlicium, performed on the Valley Advocate Sessions stage on August 15. The band has roots in acoustic folk rock and was one of five bands to perform at the Green River Fest 2017’s Next Wave Stage. Interview with Parlicium: Like what you’re listening to? Check out the Valley Advocate Sessions page for bands and artists, including The Buddy McEarns Band, Jeremy Turgeon Quintet, Outer Stylie, and...

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VIDEO: Parlicium on Sessions Friday
Sep13

VIDEO: Parlicium on Sessions Friday

Parlicium is an indie folk trio from Western Mass with acoustic roots. The band is one of five to perform at the Green River Fest 2017’s Next Wave Stage. Check out Parlicium’s full set when it’s released this Friday. Can’t wait for Friday to see more Sessions? Check out some local bands...

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Free Will Astrology: Move Forward Like An Emu, Aries
Sep11

Free Will Astrology: Move Forward Like An Emu, Aries

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Two animals are pictured prominently on Australia’s coat of arms: the kangaroo and the large flightless bird known as the emu. One of the reasons they were chosen is that both creatures rarely walk backward. They move forward or not at all. Australia’s founders wanted this to symbolize the nation’s pledge to never look back, to remain focused on advancing toward the future. The coming weeks will be a...

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The Buddy McEarns Band on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
Sep08

The Buddy McEarns Band on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

The Buddy McEarns Band is blue roots rock n’roll with a voice out of classic soul. The band performed on the Valley Advocate Sessions stage on August 15. Bonus Interview with the Buddy McEarns...

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VIDEO: Buddy McEarns Band on Sessions Friday
Sep07

VIDEO: Buddy McEarns Band on Sessions Friday

The Buddy McEarns Band is blue roots rock n’roll with a voice out of classic soul. The band performed on the Valley Advocate Sessions stage on August 15 and their full performance will be released this Friday. Until then, here’s a teaser of the Buddy McEarns Band playing a cool bluesy original. Can’t wait for Friday to see more Sessions? Check out some local bands...

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Between The Lines: Will Greenfield Get Hooked Up Like The Shea?
Sep05

Between The Lines: Will Greenfield Get Hooked Up Like The Shea?

Forty years ago, the Shea Theater building in downtown Turners Falls was a shell about to collapse in on itself. But Montague leaders saw the building’s potential to boost the village’s economic fortunes and acquired the Shea. With help from grants, Montague rejuvenated the Avenue A landmark into the small downtown arts and cultural engine it has been since the 1980s. In the past few years, a new Shea Theater board of directors has...

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Free Will Astrology: Leo, Eating The Buddha’s Snot Is Good Luck
Sep05

Free Will Astrology: Leo, Eating The Buddha’s Snot Is Good Luck

ARIES (March 21-April 19): You’re half-intoxicated by your puzzling adventures — and half-bewildered, as well. Sometimes you’re spinning out fancy moves, sweet tricks, and surprising gambits. On other occasions you’re stumbling and bumbling and mumbling. Are you really going to keep up this rhythm? I hope so, because your persistence in navigating through the challenging fun could generate big rewards. Like what, for example? Like the...

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Staff PICKS! Lady Snowblood in Amherst, Freak Folkers, Orchard Ballet, and Yucks
Sep05

Staff PICKS! Lady Snowblood in Amherst, Freak Folkers, Orchard Ballet, and Yucks

Lady Snowblood at Amherst Cinema // FRIDAY Ah, the classic story of bloody and brutal revenge. There’s nothing quite like it. Although many think Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill films are the peak of stylized action in the sub-genre, there is another film ready to climb a metaphorical mountain of gore. That film is Lady Snowblood (1973) by Toshiya Fujita, which raises gory revenge to a level of visual poetry. Lady Snowblood...

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Chris Goudreau on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
Sep01

Chris Goudreau on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

Valley Advocate staff writer – Chris Goudreau – is this week’s Sessions performer. Goudreau sings with an operatic sounding voice and has plenty of 12-string guitar chops. Goudreau is also a member of 10-piece avant-garde pop/ experimental theatrical band, The Leafies You Gave Me, in which he sings, plays guitar, and provides surreal Dada inspired comedy. Goudreau performed on the Valley Advocate Sessions stage on August 8. Interview...

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VIDEO: Chris Goudreau on Valley Advocate Sessions Friday
Aug31

VIDEO: Chris Goudreau on Valley Advocate Sessions Friday

Our very own Valley Advocate staff writer – Chris Goudreau – is this week’s Sessions performer. Goudreau sings with an operatic sounding voice and has plenty of 12-string guitar chops. Goudreau is also a member of 10-piece avant-garde pop/ experimental theatrical band, The Leafies You Gave Me, in which he sings, plays guitar, and provides surreal Dada inspired comedy. Goudreau performed on the Valley Advocate...

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Back Talk: So Many Losers
Aug28

Back Talk: So Many Losers

Editor’s Note: Welcome to our letters to the editor page. Here you’ll find comments from readers on Advocate articles and other news. We collect readers’ opinions from emails, letters, Facebook comments, and comments to valleyadvocate.com. Want to get in on this? Email editor@valleyadvocate.com and put “BackTalk” or “letter to the editor” in the subject. So Many Losers (via email) I can’t believe that the first term of The...

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Free Will Astrology: Capricorn: Be Improbable Like Oscar Wilde
Aug28

Free Will Astrology: Capricorn: Be Improbable Like Oscar Wilde

ARIES (March 21-April 19): “We are continually faced by great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems,” said businessman Lee Iacocca. You are currently wrestling with an example of this phenomenon, Aries. The camouflage is well-rendered. To expose the opportunity hidden beneath the apparent dilemma, you may have to be more strategic and less straightforward than you usually are — cagier and not as blunt. Can you...

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