Amourasaurus Roars Again!
Aug22

Amourasaurus Roars Again!

The Valley’s cheeriest new festival doubles in size for its second year The hip cats that comprise Lake Street Dive must be halfway through their nine lives by now. Since the four members met at Boston’s New England Conservatory of Music in 2004, their sound has changed a lot, jumping gleefully from pop, folk, and jazz to Motown, rock, and country. For years, they were passionate part-timers, playing live and recording with scraps of...

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Amourasaurus II: The Line-Up
Aug22

Amourasaurus II: The Line-Up

CHRISTINA COURTIN Saturday, 3:00 – 3:40 The Brooklyn-based Courtin may not be the only Juilliard-trained classical violinist and composer on hand this weekend, but she is definitely the most colorful, bending genres as exuberantly as she can switch between voice, violin, viola, and guitar. A session player and solo artist, as well as a member of the neo-classical NYC ensemble The Knights, Courtin gets around, scooping up strange...

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Rock, With a Twist: 17 Acts Play Transperformance Fest
Aug22

Rock, With a Twist: 17 Acts Play Transperformance Fest

Out Standing in Their Fields For 26 years now, the Advocate has awarded high marks to all of those Valley musicians willing to pack their muscle, humor, skill, and silly costume pieces out into the beautiful, grassy Look Park every year for Transperformance, the concert to raise funds for school arts enrichment and the ArtsEZ grant program. This year’s theme is LABOR PARTY, which means the bands will impersonate musical acts whose...

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RPM Fest Invades Greenfield Friday and Saturday
Aug22

RPM Fest Invades Greenfield Friday and Saturday

Shake the Trees The woods of Western Mass promise to be rather loud this weekend for RPM Fest, which brings three days of rock, punk, and metal to Greenfield. As usual, this will be a totally awesome time: vendors, games, raffles, BYOB camping, and live sets by Lich King, Barishi, OXEN, Problem With Dragons, Godeater, Scissorfight, Black Pyramid, Lord Almighty, Second Grave, The Humanoids, Condition Critical, Conclave, Led to the...

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Basemental: Talking Rock and Net Neutrality with Candace Clement
Aug22

Basemental: Talking Rock and Net Neutrality with Candace Clement

We Buffer, We Suffer Candace Clement has been a been a member of the Northampton band Bunny’s A Swine for eight years. On songs like “Greetings from the Bottom,” her Strat intertwines with Emerson Stevens’ 3-string guitar contraption like a ball of twine, which gets tangled and balled up against a backbeat by drummer Dustin Ashley Cote. When she isn’t singing, she does advocacy work on media equity, most recently championing “net...

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Cinemadope: These New Kid Flicks Aren’t Just For Kids
Aug22

Cinemadope: These New Kid Flicks Aren’t Just For Kids

No Kidding One of the great myths of cinema is that kids movies are for kids. Sure, they might be a bit more brightly colored than most, or hit most of their punch lines a little more on the nose, but never forget that these films are made by grown-ups. Peel back that sweet outer layer, and very often you’ll find a richer, more complex flavor just beneath the surface. This week, a small army of “kid’s movies” land on area screens,...

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