Basemental: Straight to Video, bassist Sam Hadge’s wild concert footage
Jun20

Basemental: Straight to Video, bassist Sam Hadge’s wild concert footage

The magic of live music stems from the intimacy of being in the same room as the performer, but Sam Hadge’s talent is capturing that intimacy for the online world who couldn’t make it to the show. Since I started going to DIY shows with regularity about a year and a half ago, Hadge has been a fixture. It seems he’s at nearly every single show in Western Mass with his video camera in hand, recording each set in its entirety, then...

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Basemental: What’s a Jaume I? New Performing Art Space in Greenfield
Jun14

Basemental: What’s a Jaume I? New Performing Art Space in Greenfield

Downtown Jam Matt Robidoux is nervous. He is sitting on a patch of grass in downtown Greenfield, adjacent to a municipal parking lot and the Mexican restaurant Mesa Verde. Across the street, a small handful of musicians are shooting the shit and smoking cigarettes, waiting outside a storefront with the word “ART” hanging above the entrance. Robidoux and this cohort — musicians from the Belchertown noise group Radio Head, Greenfield...

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Basemental: Playing the Game
May05

Basemental: Playing the Game

Northampton self-proclaimed pop-punks Potty Mouth formed at Smith College in 2011. Their self-titled EP came out in August. The EP, produced by John Goodmanson in Seattle (Sleater-Kinney, Bikini Kill) delivers five tightly-packed, driving songs that are severely catchy. All the tracks are between 3:02 and 3:31 minutes in length. On the first track, “Cherry Picking,” the band — Abby Weems, Ally Einbinder, and Victoria Mandanas — breeze...

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Nightcrawler: ‘Hole’-d Up
May02

Nightcrawler: ‘Hole’-d Up

Sutherland swaps silver screen for six-string; Gartska jams with guitar gods… briefly He was a “Lost Boy.” A “Young Gun.” One of “A Few Good Men” to enjoy a three decade career on both the silver and small screens alike. But in 2015, actor Kiefer Sutherland says he was holed up in a recording studio working on some demos he originally wanted other artists to record. When two songs became four,...

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Basemental: DIY Music, welcome to Basemental, a new column about the Valley’s underground music scene
Apr18

Basemental: DIY Music, welcome to Basemental, a new column about the Valley’s underground music scene

As a 24-year-old musician in the Valley, my world centers around Hadley basements and Easthampton community centers — the places where you can catch the best of the area’s DIY music scene. The what scene? Exhausted by the exploitative pay-to-play model often used by established venues — in which up-and-coming bands have to sell a certain amount of tickets to make any money — my musical peers and I continually choose to build...

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Nightcrawler: Decade-dence, 90s pop, 80s rock and Guns N bobbleheads
Apr25

Nightcrawler: Decade-dence, 90s pop, 80s rock and Guns N bobbleheads

Better call Mr. Peabody and Sherman. Looks like someone’s gotten a hold of the Wayback Machine. First stop: Foxwoods Resort Casino’s Grand Theater this Friday, April 29. Not only will female hip-hop heavyweights Salt-n-Pepa be there, but so will literal heavyweight Biz Markie, Coolio, Tone Loc, and Vanilla Ice (Ice Baby). The tour is called “I Love The ’90s,” and tickets range from $60 to $100, depending on your proximity to the frat...

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