Nightcrawler: Going Gentle Into That Good Night
Jan23

Nightcrawler: Going Gentle Into That Good Night

After more than two decades delivering the music news in print, Nightcrawler moves online Editor’s Note: Scene stalwart Gary Carra’s Nightcrawler column has long been a fixture at the Valley Advocate — a history that goes back, as he explains here, to the bygone era of Advocate branches in Springfield and New Haven. This week, his column transitions into a semi-regular blog on our refreshed and expanding website. Enjoy some farewell...

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Nightcrawler: Country First
Jan09

Nightcrawler: Country First

This week, a few of the Valley’s more notable country boys will slap on their Stetsons and give the scene a swift, cowboy boot to the posterior. First out of the gate: on Friday Jan. 13, Trailer Trash will serve up heaping portions of modern country rock at Holyoke’s Waterfront Tavern. Cover charge for this 21+ show is $5. The following night, Northampton’s The Bum Steers have rustled up no less than The Lonesome Brothers and Wild...

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Nightcrawler: It’s Not Yuuuge – It’s Jewmongous
Dec19

Nightcrawler: It’s Not Yuuuge – It’s Jewmongous

Sean Altman was best known as a member of the a capella singing group Rockapella, which had a recurring role on the PBS television show Where In The World Is Carmen San Diego? from 1991 to 1995. Since then, based on Altman’s website, he’s been mugging with former senator Joe Lieberman, sharing stages with Billy Joel and Whoopi Goldberg, and hanging out with Terry Gross on NPR. So where in the world is he now? On Friday, Dec. 23,...

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Nightcrawler: Saying Adios to ‘El Tony’ Cruz Reyes
Dec05

Nightcrawler: Saying Adios to ‘El Tony’ Cruz Reyes

Longtime radio personality Mike “Haze” DeJesus’s tale of his first meeting with Springfield-area rockers Hypnotic Kick smacks of a tacky joke set up. “Eighteen years ago, three Puerto Rican gents and an Irish lad walked into the radio station,” he recalled. “I was a fan from day one.” On Sunday, Nov. 27, DeJesus was one of the first to break some devastating news that rocked the regional music scene: Anthony “El Tony” Cruz Reyes, who...

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Nightcrawler: Talkin’ Turkey
Nov21

Nightcrawler: Talkin’ Turkey

Thanksgiving Eve is roundly considered one of the busiest bar days of the year. True to form, this Wednesday, Nov. 23, finds the Valley circuit smattered with live entertainment offerings. Country rockers Trailer Trash will be holding court at Chicopee’s Maximum Capacity, for starters, and Barry Kingston and His Screaming Souls will assume their annual pre-Turkey Day slot at Noho’s Iron Horse. Looking for something a...

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Nightcrawler: Kiss and Time
Nov07

Nightcrawler: Kiss and Time

Can you rock and roll all night and still be home for the 11 o’clock news? The Crawler did — just a couple of Saturdays ago at Mohegan Sun. KISS may be known for their outlandish make-up, ghoulish antics, and fist-pumping anthems. But behind all the greasepaint, the has also managed to amass an impressive knack for tapping opening talent. In fact, many KISS opening acts over the years — which have included Bon Jovi, AC/DC, Iron...

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