Old Flame on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
Aug19

Old Flame on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

Old Flame is rollicking bluesy garage rock mixed with folk protest music. The local band performed on the Valley Advocate Sessions stage on July 18. The band released its debut EP – Wolf in the Heather – this year and are working on a follow-up EP. BONUS: Interview with Old Flame Like what you’re listening to? Check out the Valley Advocate Sessions page for bands and artists, including Sodada, Seth Newton, EYES, and...

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Staff Picks: Transperformance, Leafies, Surf Rock God Dick Dale+
Aug14

Staff Picks: Transperformance, Leafies, Surf Rock God Dick Dale+

Top events of the coming week chosen by Advocate Staff: TUESDAY // This Must Be Heaven On Tuesday at Look Park you may be able to catch a glimpse of Cher, Kurt Cobain, a Beatle, Sharon Jones, Chris Cornell, Johnny Cash, or Amy Winehouse as this year’s Transperformance is dedicated to rockers who climbed up that stairway to heaven. Transperformance is a long-running show in which local musicians choose an on-theme, popular band (this...

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“Where Were You When …” 9/11, OJ, Cobain and More Defining Moments: An Advocate Chat
Aug16

“Where Were You When …” 9/11, OJ, Cobain and More Defining Moments: An Advocate Chat

The Advocate Chat is a recurring series where the Valley Advocate staff talks about a topic on their minds. The text below has been lightly edited. dave.eisen (Managing Editor Dave Eisenstadter): The past few weeks have had some shocking news. So we wanted to chat about the really shocking news in our lives, those “where were you when” moments that everyone remembers. kristinpalpini (Editor-in-Chief Kristin Palpini): Soooo...

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VIDEO Tease: Old Flame on Valley Advocate Sessions Friday
Aug16

VIDEO Tease: Old Flame on Valley Advocate Sessions Friday

Old Flame is rollicking bluesy garage rock mixed with folk protest music. The local band performed on the Valley Advocate Sessions stage on July 18. Here’s a teaser of Old Flame’s performance, which will be available in its entirety this Friday. Can’t wait for Friday to see more Sessions? Check out some local bands...

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Late-Night Eats In Western Mass: Our Guide To Post-Midnight Grub
Aug14

Late-Night Eats In Western Mass: Our Guide To Post-Midnight Grub

Whether you’re pulling an all-nighter cramming for a test, pub crawling with friends, working the graveyard shift, or just woke up in the middle of the night with the sudden urge for a slice of pizza, there are restaurants, diners, joints, and donut shops in the Pioneer Valley that will answer your call for nourishment beyond midnight. And we don’t mean fast food drive-thru. If you’re hungry after 1 a.m. the Valley has a handful of...

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Building 6: Major expansion and a new building at MASS MoCA
Aug14

Building 6: Major expansion and a new building at MASS MoCA

If a white cube is your comfort zone for viewing contemporary art, then the recent expansion of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) pushes well outside the box. “Building 6” is the modest name of an ambitious project that adds 130,000 square feet to nearly double the museum’s gallery space and augments other institutional amenities such as new art fabrication workshops and support facilities for performing artists...

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Tease Video: Jack Dwyer on Sessions Friday
Aug10

Tease Video: Jack Dwyer on Sessions Friday

Jack Dwyer is a local singer-songwriter who plays a nylon-stringed guitar with a mix of jazz, folk, and blues in the spirit of Tin Pan Alley songs from the 1920s and 1930s. Dwyer performed on the Valley Advocate Sessions stage on July 18 and his full performance will be available this Friday. Can’t wait for Friday? Check out our Sessions page with past performances by local bands and solo artists such as Hammydown, Peter Blanchette,...

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Back Talk: Kudos on Abortion Story, But …
Aug07

Back Talk: Kudos on Abortion Story, But …

Editors’ 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, or visit us online. Keep up to date by signing up for our email newsletter at...

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STAFF PICKS! Roger Salloom Free Concert, DreamCycle, and more
Jul31

STAFF PICKS! Roger Salloom Free Concert, DreamCycle, and more

DreamCycle at the Academy of Music // SATURDAY You won’t find any creepy clowns here. DreamCycle is a traditional circus with acrobats, jugglers, and aerial stunts complete with tightrope walkers tiptoeing across a narrow wire. Acrophobes be warned: you’ll want to cover your eyes. The Academy of Music, 274 Main St., Northampton, 7 p.m. $15 kids, $18 adults. — Dave Eisenstadter Free Annual Roger Salloom Concert // WEDNESDAY...

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Back Talk: Bicyclists Need to Stay Off Sidewalk
Jul31

Back Talk: Bicyclists Need to Stay Off Sidewalk

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, or visit us online. Keep up to date by signing up for our email newsletter at...

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Tease Video: Krunkelstiltskin on Sessions Friday
Aug02

Tease Video: Krunkelstiltskin on Sessions Friday

Krunkelstiltskin is a heavy electronic driven eclectic rock band with a sense of humor. The group played on the Valley Advocate Sessions stage on July 12. Krunkelstiltskin’s full performance will be available online this Friday. Until then, here’s a teaser showcasing the...

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A Look Inside Marc Chagall’s World at Springfield Museums
Jul31

A Look Inside Marc Chagall’s World at Springfield Museums

Put several dozen artists in a building called “The Beehive,” and what do you get? A space brimming and buzzing with new ideas and fresh perspectives on art, as a new exhibit at the Springfield Museums illustrates. Marc Chagall and Friends, a display of prints drawn from the collection of the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, shines a light on a group of artists who, living in close quarters in Paris in the early 20th century, played a big...

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Free Will Astrology: Love Is Your Gritty But Sacred Duty
Jul31

Free Will Astrology: Love Is Your Gritty But Sacred Duty

ARIES (March 21-April 19): In my astrological opinion, your life in the coming days should draw inspiration from the ancient Roman festival of Saturnalia, a six-day bout of revelry that encouraged everyone to indulge in pleasure, speak freely, and give gifts. Your imminent future could (and I believe should) also have resemblances to the yearly Doo Dah Parade in Pasadena, which features a farcical cavalcade of lunatics, like the...

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The DIY Calendar

Editor’s Note: Will Meyer is on vacation this week’s column is a re-run that Meyer suggested because it’s always “useful.” Amherst punk musician Will Killingsworth and Belchertown visual artist, musician, and show-booker Miranda Wiley have noticed a disconnect between subsets of the DIY music scene in Western Mass. Killingsworth — who plays in Longings, Demonbrother, and No Faith — created a blog in 2013 after feeling like “I was...

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Outer Stylie on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
Jul28

Outer Stylie on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

Outer Stylie is a head-banging heavy psychedelic rock band with plenty soul. The four-piece group played on the Valley Advocate Sessions stage on July 12. 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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Tease VIDEO: Outer Stylie on Sessions Friday
Jul27

Tease VIDEO: Outer Stylie on Sessions Friday

Outer Stylie is a head-banging psychedelic rock band with plenty soul. The group played on the Valley Advocate Sesssions stage on July 12. Outer Stylie’s full performance will be available online this Friday. Until then, here’s a teaser showcasing the band. Can’t wait for Friday to see more Sessions? Check out some local bands...

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Get Out With Staff Picks: Hang Out With Master Beaders, or Hit Up ShenaNiFest
Jul24

Get Out With Staff Picks: Hang Out With Master Beaders, or Hit Up ShenaNiFest

200 Master Beaders, 1 Project — ALL WEEKEND This weekend maser beadwork artist Darcy Rosner and beaders from SweetBananberry will be at Three Sisters Sanctuary in Goshen adding another whimsical art installation to the outside gallery. They’ll be assembling a mosaic mannequin out of the beadwork of 200 participating artists from across the globe. The mannequin will become a regular feature at Three Sisters, but if you want to...

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Pioneer Valley Roller Derby Open To More Than Just Fierce Females
Jul24

Pioneer Valley Roller Derby Open To More Than Just Fierce Females

In its heyday in the 1970s and ‘80s, roller derby was known for fierce females, fishnets, spiked hair and names like “Iron Maven.” After a lull in the ‘90s, roller derby was resurrected in the early 2000s as an all-female, athletic sport. But in the Pioneer Valley, which was at the forefront of the roller derby revival, the sport has evolved from, as Pioneer Valley Roller Derby (PVRD) Team Captain Teresa Huang described it, a...

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Free Will Astrology: Libra, You’re Nobler and Sparklier Than the Rest of Us
Jul24

Free Will Astrology: Libra, You’re Nobler and Sparklier Than the Rest of Us

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Are you feeling as daring about romance as I suspect? If so, I’ve composed a provocative note for you to give to anyone you have good reason to believe will be glad to receive it. Feel free to copy it word-for-word or edit it to suit your needs. Here it is: “I want to be your open-hearted explorer. Want to be mine? We can be in foolishly cool drooling devotion to each other’s mighty love power. We can be in...

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Feel Good Drift Acoustic Duo on The Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
Jul21

Feel Good Drift Acoustic Duo on The Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

Alex Rohan & Joe Staf are half of Springfield-based acoustic jam rock band, Feel Good Drift. The duo performed for Valley Advocate Sessions LIVE on the front lawn of the Daily Hampshire Gazette on June 29. 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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Staff Picks: Harry Potter Inspired Music with Draco and the Malfoys
Jul17

Staff Picks: Harry Potter Inspired Music with Draco and the Malfoys

Draco and the Malfoys • Saturday  I held out on Harry Potter mania for years, but finally succumbed when the last book came out in 2007. I read them all in a matter of months, but I didn’t go as far as these folks, who wrote albums of Harry Potter-inspired music. I can’t think of a better venue to appreciate this band than a library, and that’s exactly where they’re having the show. Hoping they play “All...

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Free Will Astrology:Strawberry Is Your Power Fruit, Pisces
Jul17

Free Will Astrology:Strawberry Is Your Power Fruit, Pisces

ARIES (March 21-April 19): The Greek word philokalia is translated as the “love of the beautiful, the exalted, the excellent.” I propose that we make it your keyword for the next three weeks — the theme you keep at the forefront of your awareness everywhere you go. But think a while before you say yes to my invitation. To commit yourself to being so relentlessly in quest of the sublime would be a demanding job. Are you truly prepared...

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The Mary Jane Jones on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
Jul14

The Mary Jane Jones on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

The Mary Jane Jones blends vintage soul, jazz, and blues together with heavy horns, intricate guitar-work, and vocals that transport you back in time to a dimly lit speakeasy. The group performed for Valley Advocate Sessions LIVE on the front lawn of the Daily Hampshire Gazette on June 29. Like what you’re listening to? Check out the Valley Advocate Sessions page for bands and artists, including Shokazoba, Flava Evolution, Peter...

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VIDEO Coming to Sessions: The Mary Jane Jones
Jul12

VIDEO Coming to Sessions: The Mary Jane Jones

The Mary Jane Jones is vintage soul, blues, and jazz with heavy horns. The band played at LIVE set on the front lawn of the Daily Hampshire Gazette and the full performance will be released this Friday on July 14. Until then, here’s a teaser for the The Mary Jane Jones. Can’t wait for Friday to see more Sessions? Check out some local bands...

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CANCELLED Valley Advocate Sessions LIVE performance July 12
Jul11

CANCELLED Valley Advocate Sessions LIVE performance July 12

Unfortunately, we had to cancel the live show due to thunderstorms. Sessions will no longer be open to the public tonight. Hopefully we can plan another event sometime soon!

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Beerhunter: From Homebrew to Hotspot
Jul10

Beerhunter: From Homebrew to Hotspot

Don’t let the name of their new Westfield brewery fool you — Mark Avery and Rich DeSousa aren’t preparing to quit their day jobs. But the two friends and business partners are still opening up every spare hour, every day they can, to get Two Weeks Notice Brewing Company off the ground. Avery’s beers proved a hit during Western Mass Beer Week in June, when Two Weeks Notice collaborated on an IPA with Ludlow’s Vanished Valley Brewing...

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Leo, Press 3 For Fresh Inspiration
Jul10

Leo, Press 3 For Fresh Inspiration

ARIES (March 21-April 19): It’s not your birthday, but I feel like you need to get presents. The astrological omens agree with me. In fact, they suggest you should show people this horoscope to motivate them to do the right thing and shower you with practical blessings. And why exactly do you need these rewards? Here’s one reason: Now is a pivotal moment in the development of your own ability to give the unique gifts you have to give....

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Backtalk: Independent Media More Reliable Than Mainstream Lemmings
Jul10

Backtalk: Independent Media More Reliable Than Mainstream Lemmings

Independent Media for the Win During this past presidential election season mainstream media focused their cameras on an empty podium waiting for Donald Trump to give a speech. They could have broadcast images of Bernie Sanders giving his message to the people but they chose not to do so. This decision was made by mainstream media officials. The present situation has gotten worse. The White House Press Corps has become a bunch of weak...

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Brickabrack on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
Jul07

Brickabrack on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

Brickabrack is a indie garage rock/pop band with a lot of grunge attitude. The band draws its inspiration from popular culture with song names such as “The Abe Vigoda Birthday Bash” and “Tina Fey,” which are featured on their debut album Irrelevant Thoughts released on October 31, 2016. Brickabrack was recorded at the Valley Advocate Offices on June 13. Bonus interview with Brickabrack: Like what you’re listening to? Check out...

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VIDEO Coming to Sessions: Brickabrack is basement rock with grunge attitude
Jul05

VIDEO Coming to Sessions: Brickabrack is basement rock with grunge attitude

Brickabrack is an indie basement rock band with plenty of grunge rock attitude. The local trio played a set on the Valley Advocate Sessions stage and the full performance will be released this Friday on July 7. Until then, here’s a teaser for Brickabrack. Can’t wait for Friday to see more Sessions? Check out some local bands...

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The Future of Western Mass Music Is Here: Next Wave Stage at Green River Fest
Jul03

The Future of Western Mass Music Is Here: Next Wave Stage at Green River Fest

On July 14, attendees of the Green River Festival will get a taste of the future of music in the Valley. The Next Wave Stage will feature a five-band concert with local bands with members ages 18 and younger. As a bonus, anyone 18 and under gets into the festival for free that day. During the spring, bands from Western Mass and Southern Vermont applied to get on the stage’s debut lineup. Jim Olsen, president of Signature Sounds and...

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What’s Next for Weird (Zany) News: An Advocate Chat
Jul05

What’s Next for Weird (Zany) News: An Advocate Chat

The Advocate Chat is a recurring series where the Valley Advocate staff talks about a topic on their minds. The text below has been lightly edited. dave.eisen (Managing Editor Dave Eisenstadter): Last week we got the surprising news that longtime News of the Weird feature writer Chuck Shepherd is retiring! Like, very surprising, because we had no idea this was coming. BUT, the Advocate is all about weird news, so we’re going to...

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The News of the Weird Author is Retiring: Here’s a Retrospective
Jul03

The News of the Weird Author is Retiring: Here’s a Retrospective

Editors Note: News of the Weird is ending, but we’ll be continuing the tradition at the Advocate, starting our own feature highlighting the oddities we find in the news. Watch for it next week! Weird News is forever, but this is my last “News of the Weird” column, as I am now exhausted after almost 30 years in the racket. In this final edition, I remember a few of my favorites. My deep thanks to Andrews McMeel Syndication and to...

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EYES on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
Jun30

EYES on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

EYES is a post-rock/experimental band that excels at creating poly-rhythmic soundscapes and walls of sound that are meditative and engaging. Check out the band’s full performance recorded on June 13 at the Valley Advocate Offices. BONUS: Interview with EYES Like what you’re listening to? Check out the Valley Advocate Sessions page for bands and artists, including Shokazoba, Flava Evolution, Peter Blanchette, and...

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Valley Advocate Sessions Tease: poly-rhythmic post-rock with EYES
Jun28

Valley Advocate Sessions Tease: poly-rhythmic post-rock with EYES

EYES is a post-rock band that excels at creating sonic soundscapes; walls of sound that are meditative and engaging. There are a lot of epic moments with EYES’ music that defy genre conventions. This local experimental quartet appeared on the Valley Advocate Sessions stage and the band’s full performance will be released on Friday, June 30. Until then, here’s a teaser to keep you wanting more. Can’t wait for Friday...

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