Basemental: New Tricks from the (not so) Young Tricksters
Oct23

Basemental: New Tricks from the (not so) Young Tricksters

The Young Tricksters have returned. After what felt like forever, the Amherst quartet have broken their quiet to give the people what they want: a full-length album. After releasing a couple self-recorded demos back when the dinosaurs roamed the earth (March 2013 to be exact), the group will be finally posting their magnum opus on Bandcamp this week, before joining And The Kids at the Parlor Room in Northampton on Oct. 27. The...

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Concert to Support Puerto Rico to be Held Saturday in Greenfield
Oct20

Concert to Support Puerto Rico to be Held Saturday in Greenfield

Activist Doug Wight is hosting a fundraiser for he and engineer Garrett Connelly to fly to Puerto Rico to help install two-tank rainwater-fed drinking water systems. The event is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 21, from 7 to 11 p.m. at 237 Conway St. in Greenfield. “Our huge performance tent is waiting for you in the back yard,” he wrote in a statement. Tickets can be purchased for $10 by calling Wight at 413-320-3653 or can...

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Seth Glier on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
Oct20

Seth Glier on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

Seth Glier is an Easthampton-based multi-instrumentalist pop and folk singer-songwriter, who switches between guitar and keyboard. He’s been nominated for a Grammy and has released numerous past records, including his most recent album, “Birds,” released in 2017. Interview with Seth Glier: Check out our past Sessions performers, including Seth Newton, Old Flame, Shokazoba, and Tang...

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Stagestruck: Going for Goal
Oct19

Stagestruck: Going for Goal

The timing was kind of perfect. Last week, just as the U.S. men’s soccer team was being eliminated from qualifying for next year’s World Cup, Hartford’s TheaterWorks was opening The Wolves, an energetic if puzzling play about women’s soccer. Make that girls’ soccer. Sarah DeLappe’s high-spirited drama is about a team of suburban teenagers competing in six-a-side indoor soccer. In the context of this show, the World Cup news invites...

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Amherst Church Offers Physical Sanctuary to Undocumented Immigrant
Oct19

Amherst Church Offers Physical Sanctuary to Undocumented Immigrant

In an extraordinary step, the First Congregational Church in Amherst is providing physical sanctuary to undocumented immigrant Lucio Perez. Perez, a Springfield resident who has been in the country for 20 years, told a group of about 100 clergy members, activists, reporters, and other interested residents on Thursday, Oct. 19, that he is grateful to the church. Perez was scheduled to be deported this month and on Oct. 18 was denied...

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VIDEO: Seth Glier on Valley Advocate Sessions Friday
Oct19

VIDEO: Seth Glier on Valley Advocate Sessions Friday

Check out a teaser video for multi-instrumentalist pop and folk songwriter, Seth Glier. His full Sessions performance will be released this Friday.

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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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Stagestruck: A Light, a Lake and a Lady
Oct16

Stagestruck: A Light, a Lake and a Lady

In last week’s column I covered a fistful of shows playing in the Valley, and now it’s the Berkshires’ turn. Shakespeare & Company’s God of Carnage recently completed a late-season run, and three quite varied fall productions are now running on other western stages.   In Pittsfield, Patrick Hamilton’s 1938 psychothriller Gaslight is playing at Barrington Stage Company through this weekend. The inspiration for reviving this...

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Backtalk: All The Best to Kristin Palpini
Oct16

Backtalk: All The Best to Kristin Palpini

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. All the Best to Kristin Palpini Many readers took the opportunity to respond to editor...

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LuxDeluxe’s Let’s Do Lunch is a bite of pure nostalgia
Oct16

LuxDeluxe’s Let’s Do Lunch is a bite of pure nostalgia

Northampton-based indie rock band LuxDeluxe’s newest 12-track record, Let’s Do Lunch, is a meditation on crafting the perfect two to three minute pop song. The group draws its influence from classic bands like the Beatles, NRBQ, and the Rolling Stones, and excels at crafting songs that sound like they’re off a late 1960s rock record that has just been unearthed from a time capsule. LuxDeluxe consists of lead singer Ned King, Jacob...

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Best of the Valley Annual Manual TRIVIA!
Oct16

Best of the Valley Annual Manual TRIVIA!

Editor’s Note: Check out the links below to find the answers to our trivia questions.  1. You won’t have to ask to turn up the volume at this local used record, CD, and DVD shop. 2. This vape and smokeless tobacco shop is enthusiastic about it’s hookahs and glass pipes. 3. Star Trek actor and famous Facebook user George Takei would probably say his catchphrase after visiting this local adult novelty store. 4. The only place in...

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Valley Show Girl: Luthier’s Unplugged: Metal, Grunge, and Singer/Songwriter Action
Oct16

Valley Show Girl: Luthier’s Unplugged: Metal, Grunge, and Singer/Songwriter Action

After having a so-long get together at Galaxy in Easthampton with my coworkers to send off Kristin Palpini on her next adventure, I dragged my sad ass down the street to Luthier’s Coop. And I tell ya, there’s nothing like seeing Pee Wee Herman’s inviting goofiness to bring a smile to my face. Kudos to whoever put that delight at the entrance. The small venue is illuminated with white string lights, the walls are lined with all...

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Stream Queen: Shudder Offers Thrills and Chills for Cheap
Oct16

Stream Queen: Shudder Offers Thrills and Chills for Cheap

If you’re anything like me, you’ve shuffled through the Horror section on Netflix, glassy-eyed yet hopeful that somehow, while you weren’t looking, they added something worth watching. It feels like you’ve seen everything in this section worth seeing, and next month they’ll just take away something good and replace it with Leprechaun: Back 2 tha Hood. You barely even check Hulu anymore, because you know the selection is even more...

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Moldovan wine a welcome invasion from former Soviet Union
Oct16

Moldovan wine a welcome invasion from former Soviet Union

You already know that Russia hacked our election. What you might not have heard is how Russia has also inadvertently hacked our American wine market. And the two main culprits currently under investigation are from Agawam, the husband and wife team of Andrei Birsan and Daria Ratnikova from VinDistributors. Daria is originally from Moscow and Andrei is from Moldova. Moldova? Is that another country made-up by our Russian-compromised...

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Cinemadope: Blank’s Canvas
Oct16

Cinemadope: Blank’s Canvas

In his four-plus decades of filmmaking, director Les Blank (1935-2013) embodied the best of American documentary filmmaking. While his best-known work remains Burden of Dreams (a wild look at the insanity that was the production of his fellow director and friend Werner Herzog’s film Fitzcarraldo), his true impact comes from not one film, but from his wide-ranging view of American culture. Training his camera on smaller pockets of...

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Bizarro Briefs: Do They Make Hard Hats That Small?
Oct16

Bizarro Briefs: Do They Make Hard Hats That Small?

Do They Make Hard Hats That Small? Ever have one of those days where you just wanted someone else to do your work for you? Well, there are bacteria out there being trained for just that! Researchers at Duke University taught a bunch of bacteria — using gene manipulation — to assemble a three-dimensional, working pressure sensor. The researchers provided the bacteria with gold nanoparticles (these are swanky bacteria), and they did the...

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Free Will Astrology: Stick with Garfunkel For Now, Scorpio
Oct16

Free Will Astrology: Stick with Garfunkel For Now, Scorpio

ARIES (March 21-April 19): “I am my own muse,” wrote painter Frida Kahlo. “I am the subject I know best. The subject I want to know better.” Would you consider trying out this perspective for a while, Aries? If so, you might generate a few ticklish surprises. You may be led into mysterious areas of your psyche that had previously been off-limits. You could discover secrets you’ve been hiding from yourself. So what would it mean to be...

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2017 Best of the Valley Annual Manual
Oct16

2017 Best of the Valley Annual Manual

Get Out! Place to see local bands 1. Iron Horse Music Hall 2. The Parlor Room at Signature Sounds 3. Luthiers Co-op Place for karaoke 1. World War II Club 2. Amy’s Place 3. Doc’s Place   Neighborhood bar 1. Amy’s Place 2. Packards Bar 3. The Brass Cat   Brew pub 1. Northampton Brewery 2. The People’s Pint 3. Amherst Brewing/Hangar Pub and Grill   Winery 1. Black Birch Winery 2. Mineral Hills...

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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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AmeRican Migration: Fleeing Devastation, Many Puerto Ricans Expected In Western Mass
Oct09

AmeRican Migration: Fleeing Devastation, Many Puerto Ricans Expected In Western Mass

These weren’t the circumstances in which Holyoke resident Israel Rivera had imagined he would be meeting his nieces — ages 13 and 17 — for the first time. Rivera, who is of Puerto Rican descent, recently agreed to house his sister’s children after his sister Amarilis De Léom and her family endured devastation from Hurricane Maria on the island. They arrived on a flight to Teterboro, N.J., on Wednesday, Oct. 4. The trip down and back...

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Editor Kristin Palpini’s Advocate Farewell: Riding Off Into The Sunset, Y’all
Oct09

Editor Kristin Palpini’s Advocate Farewell: Riding Off Into The Sunset, Y’all

It’s been real, but it’s time for me to be moving on. I’ve stepped down as editor to pursue other writing opportunities and I’m looking forward to getting back into reporting on, rather than assigning, stories. Reporting is how I got my start in the business back in 2003 at the Advocate’s sister pub, the Daily Hampshire Gazette. Good God, what can I say about 15 years with the same company, the last three of them leading the Valley...

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Your Hot Steaming Guide to Local Mac & Cheese From Springfield to Brattleboro
Oct09

Your Hot Steaming Guide to Local Mac & Cheese From Springfield to Brattleboro

The weather is getting colder, so it’s time for us New Englanders to look inward for some of that warm toasty comfort — literally. Fill yourself with some happy via one of everyone’s favorite comfort foods, mac ‘n’ cheese (even the dish’s name is nice ‘n’ cozy). At its best mac ‘n’ cheese is a sumptuous joy ride for the mouth across various plains of strong and/or creamy cheeses strung together by buttered noodles. Mac ‘n’ cheese...

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The Beerhunter: A Crafty New Crop
Oct09

The Beerhunter: A Crafty New Crop

Stone Cow Brewing helps keep an old dairy farm going Massachusetts used to be covered in dairy farms. But industries change with the times. “You can’t really make it in New England solely as a dairy farmer anymore,” says Sean DuBois. “Wholesale milk prices have really fallen off a cliff.” DuBois lives in Barre, a rural Worcester County town chock-full of scenic views of Central Mass. It serves as a quiet mirror image of Valley...

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Backtalk: Keep Your Prayers, Act On Gun Control
Oct09

Backtalk: Keep Your Prayers, Act On Gun Control

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. Keep Your Thoughts and Prayers. Act on Gun Control (via email) Well, it has happened...

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Sun Parade’s newest record an instant classic with local roots
Oct09

Sun Parade’s newest record an instant classic with local roots

Northampton-based psychedelic pop and garage grunge quintet, Sun Parade, delivers a hard rocking album that doesn’t skimp on delivering quiet moments of poignancy on its 12-track record, Shuggy Mtn. Breakdown, released on Oct. 12. Sun Parade consists of Chris Marlon Jennings (vocals, guitar), Jeff Lewis (vocals, guitar), Max Wareham (bass, vocals), Karl Helander (drums, vocals), and Eli Salus-Kleiner (keyboard). The band has its...

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Stagestruck — Fall Harvest: A Bumper Crop of Valley Shows
Oct09

Stagestruck — Fall Harvest: A Bumper Crop of Valley Shows

At the end of summer, there’s a pause before the fall season unfolds — or rather, explodes. Suddenly, this weekend and next there’s a bumper crop of shows in an abundance of Valley venues. By my count, no fewer than seven productions are on hand — 21 if you count the 15-act Double Take Festival next weekend. And they come in as many shapes and varieties as the leaves on the season’s glorious trees. Let’s begin with Albatross, this...

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Basemental: Smartyr Packs Political Punches in its Short Punky Songs
Oct09

Basemental: Smartyr Packs Political Punches in its Short Punky Songs

Stretched between Brattleboro and Northampton, a new band, Smartyr, has come on the scene. I kept running into Chad, the main singer, at shows starting last summer. He had left behind his New Haven, CT-based band, The Chore Boys, and moved to Northampton. Every time I ran into him — at shows or the grocery store where he works — he’d insist that this was the month he was going to get a new project off the ground and start playing...

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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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Down to Earth: Are Maples Next On Climate Change’s Chopping Block?
Oct09

Down to Earth: Are Maples Next On Climate Change’s Chopping Block?

No living being on this Earth symbolizes my childhood and its joys more clearly than the maple. In my backyard as a child, my favorite climbing tree was a slender sugar maple right at the farthest edge of the back woods. I’d shimmy up the branches and feel the tree hold me like a second mother. My dog, a constant companion to me until I was 15, would settle resignedly at its base to wait for me to come down. The tree would sway...

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Cinemadope: Films Fulfilling Three Kinds of Dread
Oct09

Cinemadope: Films Fulfilling Three Kinds of Dread

It’s October in New England, and that means it’s time for some annual traditions. Some are timeless, passed down through the generations—apple picking, hayrides—while others are more recent, and hopefully less long-lasting—the inane back and forth bickering of the warring pumpkin spice factions. (Seriously, people, it’s okay for someone to like something that you don’t.) But for many, at least in my circles, October means just one...

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Valley V-Spot: Facing Jelly as a Poly
Oct09

Valley V-Spot: Facing Jelly as a Poly

Hi Yana, I’m newly in a poly triangle with two dear friends. We’re all very open about how we view partnership and love in all forms, and I didn’t hold any jealousy for their relationship until recently. Before I was a part of the relationship I wasn’t at all jealous that “Josie” was spending all her time with “Katie” and would hang out with me when convenient. Because to me they were in a relationship and I was a friend. Now that...

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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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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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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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