Blame Cadence on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
May18

Blame Cadence on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

Blame Cadence is a one woman chorus of looped soulful a cappella pop. Watch Blame Cadence’s full Valley Advocate Sessions performance in the video below. Interview with Blame...

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Pick of the Day 5/17: Matthew Logan Vasquez
May17

Pick of the Day 5/17: Matthew Logan Vasquez

Matthew Logan Vasquez is a bit of a modern Bob Dylan … no really.  He’s got similar qualities but his music is meatier and his vocals are better — which isn’t that difficult. Dylan insults aside, Vasquez brings his storytelling and agreeable sound to the Iron Horse tonight. He’s released two solo efforts, but he’s known as the front man for Delta Spirit and a member of Middle Brother. Check him out...

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Local Calendar: Thursday 5/17- Sunday 5/20
May17

Local Calendar: Thursday 5/17- Sunday 5/20

THURSDAY 5/17 MUSIC CLICK Music Presents: Annie Patterson & Peter Blood: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Advance Sales $12, Door Sales $15. Join Annie Patterson & Peter Blood in an in evening of music and stories. CLICK Workspace, 9 1/2 Market St., Northampton. 413-570-0040. Disc Jam Pre-Party ft. Kung Fu w/Shantyman and SixFoxWhisky: 9 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. $18 – $22. Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St.,...

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VIDEO: Blame Cadence on Valley Advocate Sessions Friday
May16

VIDEO: Blame Cadence on Valley Advocate Sessions Friday

Blame Cadence is a one woman chorus of looped soulful a cappella pop. Check out a teaser video of Blame Cadence’s Valley Advocate Sessions performance, which will be released this...

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Holyoke-based granola business features blends of local bands
May16

Holyoke-based granola business features blends of local bands

Maple Local Granola, a Holyoke-based granola business that uses locally-sourced ingredients, has released different blends of granola inspired by local bands such as indie pop group, And the Kids, as well as bluesy Amherst-based art rock band Old Flame. Tony “Tonez” Hall, co-owner and manager of Maple Local Granola, told the Valley Advocate he introduced the idea of creating flavors inspired by local bands to co-owner Erin...

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Pick of the Day 5/16: Rising Appalachia
May16

Pick of the Day 5/16: Rising Appalachia

Two sisters from New Orleans bring the sounds of the Appalachians to Northampton tonight. Multi-instrumentalists Leah and Chloe Smith pick, strum, drum and sing — nothing fancy but appealing all the same.  It’s quiet music that expects you to listen to the lyrics so be sure to keep your ears open.  8 p.m. – 12 a.m. Pearl Street Nightclub, 10 Pearl St.,...

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Pick of the Day 5/14: The Sea and Cake
May14

Pick of the Day 5/14: The Sea and Cake

The Sea and Cake is an indie band formed in the way back — 1992. They’re straight out of Chicago and they’re in Northampton tonight at the Iron Horse. Their sound is light and airy, a friendly flurry of melodies and hooks that are very hard to dislike. There’s a little dash of jazz, but mostly just nice — in a really good way. I guess you’ll have to hear them for yourselves. They’re at the Iron Horse...

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Pick of the Day 5/11: The Wailers
May11

Pick of the Day 5/11: The Wailers

The legendary Wailers band is at Hawks and Reed tonight. Yep, Bob Marley’s bandmates Aston “Familyman” Barrett, Julian Junior Marvin and Donald Kinsey are in Greenfield to carry on what Spin Magazine listed as #4 in the “50 Greatest Bands of All Times.”  For seven years Bob Marley and the Wailers toured and recorded the world and made reggae the giant that it is today. Rastaman Joshua David Barrett is the lead singer...

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Amber Belle on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
May11

Amber Belle on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

Amber Belle is a singer-songwriter with a honey toned voice who performs original folk and country music. (To watch Amber Belle’s performance click on the video below) Interview with Amber...

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VIDEO: Amber Belle on Valley Advocate Sessions Friday
May09

VIDEO: Amber Belle on Valley Advocate Sessions Friday

Amber Belle is a singer-songwriter with honey toned vocals who performs folk and country songs. Check out a teaser video of her upcoming Advocate Sessions video to be released this Friday.

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Staff Picks: The Invisibles, Mudbound, and Christa Joy and Scott Meyers
May09

Staff Picks: The Invisibles, Mudbound, and Christa Joy and Scott Meyers

Mudbound MASS MoCA // SATURDAY, MAY 12 Mudbound has been on my list of things to see since it first started making waves at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. While it is available to watch online, MASS MoCA is bringing in the director of the film Dee Rees for a conversation with exhibiting artist Allison Janae Hamilton, whose Pitch also draws influence from the sights and sounds of the southern landscape. $5. MASS MoCA. 1040 MASS MoCA...

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Pick of the Day 5/9: Brand X at the Iron Horse
May09

Pick of the Day 5/9: Brand X at the Iron Horse

Brand X has been on the music circuit off and on since 1975, and they’re coming to the Iron Horse tonight. They’re “a multi-national jazz fusion band formed in London by the great Phil Collins and a couple of other blokes. They’ve recently released their CD Locke and Loaded and are making the rounds.  The Iron Horse describes their sound as thus:  “Today the band carries with it more Funk and Rock and...

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Pick of the Day 5/7: Bob Schneider at the Iron Horse
May07

Pick of the Day 5/7: Bob Schneider at the Iron Horse

Bob Schneider is a bona fide artist. Not only is this guy an award winning singer/songwriter, he’s a terrific visual artist, as well.  The Dallas Morning News says of his musical stylings: Bob Schneider is “a musical omnivore eager to devour any genre that sounds appetizing.” He’ll be stopping by the Iron Horse tonight at 7 p.m., delighting audiences with his chill, relaxed vocals and easy coolness. Check him out! Iron...

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Valley Advocate Q&A with YouTube star and political song parodist Randy Rainbow
May04

Valley Advocate Q&A with YouTube star and political song parodist Randy Rainbow

Randy Rainbow achieved Internet stardom with his series of political spoofs and song parodies satirizing mainstream media and conservative leaders such as Donald Trump through green screened mock interviews and now he’s set to bring his unique brand of song comedy to the Calvin Theatre in Northampton on May 18. Rainbow spoke with Valley Advocate staff writer Chris Goudreau about his upcoming performance and speaking truth to power...

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The Gaslight Tinkers on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
May04

The Gaslight Tinkers on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

The Gaslight Tinkers perform traditional Celtic fiddle music mixed with Afrobeat, funk, reggae, and Latin grooves. Check out the band’s Advocate Sessions performance in the video below. Interview with The Gaslight...

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VIDEO: The Gaslight Tinkers on Valley Advocate Sessions Friday
May02

VIDEO: The Gaslight Tinkers on Valley Advocate Sessions Friday

The Gaslight Tinkers perform traditional Celtic fiddle music mixed with Afrobeat, funk, reggae, and Latin grooves. Check out a teaser video of the band’s Advocate Sessions performance, which will be online this...

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From the Palace to the Parlor Room: Celtic fiddler Jamie Laval on playing for Dave Matthews, Queen Elizabeth
May01

From the Palace to the Parlor Room: Celtic fiddler Jamie Laval on playing for Dave Matthews, Queen Elizabeth

American Celtic fiddler Jamie Laval is world renowned for his unique approach to traditional Scottish music by adding virtuosity and a contemporary ear to ancient reels or jigs. Laval will be performing in Western Massachusetts on Sunday, May 13 at the Parlor Room in Northampton. Laval spoke with Valley Advocate staff writer Chris Goudreau about his passion for Celtic music, performing on a Dave Matthews record, and getting to play...

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Pick of the Day 4/28: OroborO, John Trudeau, Rebel Base, and Joy on Fire
Apr27

Pick of the Day 4/28: OroborO, John Trudeau, Rebel Base, and Joy on Fire

Chris Goudreau is a music aficionado; he thinks this show at Hawks and Reed is a must see. He says, “It’s a night of awe inspiring, shredding, progressive bands this Saturday at Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center in Greenfield, including Amherst-based math rock group OroborO, progressive rock synth sorcerer John Trudeau (a session alumnus), and doom-laden stoner metal duo Rebel Base from Greenfield, as well as touring band...

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Pick of the Day 4/29: Salt City Shakedown at the Stone Church in Brattleboro
Apr27

Pick of the Day 4/29: Salt City Shakedown at the Stone Church in Brattleboro

Syracuse may be one of the dreariest cities in the union, but that doesn’t mean their music scene doesn’t have a few bright spots. Check out Salt City Shakedown, a three band tour featuring Sophistafunk, who combines spoken-word, old-school hip hop, and funky rhythms; reggae veterans Root Shock, whose heavy drum and bass blended with American roots and soul make them hometown faves; and Syracuse funk/rockers Skunk City. They’re at the...

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Pick of the Day 4/27: Gaslight Tinkers at Hawks and Reed in Greenfield
Apr27

Pick of the Day 4/27: Gaslight Tinkers at Hawks and Reed in Greenfield

This pick is like a nesting doll: My buddy and co-worker Meg Bantle gave the green light for The Gaslight Tinkers performing tonight at Hawks and Reed as her Staff Pick.  Her pick is based on our buddy and co-worker Chris Goudreau’s description. Here’s how she relays Chris’ description of the band: “Gaslight Tinkers play fiddle-driven music that strays from classic folk tunes with the addition of global...

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World Renowned Saxophonist and Valley resident Charles Neville dies at age 79
Apr27

World Renowned Saxophonist and Valley resident Charles Neville dies at age 79

One of the brightest music stars in the Pioneer Valley and the world succumbed to pancreatic cancer. Saxophonist Charles Neville, age 79, passed away Thursday, April 26, at his home in Huntington. A member of the acclaimed Neville Brothers band, Charles Neville’s storied career spanned over 60 years. The Neville family released a statement regarding Charles Neville’s death today. Neville was a staple on the Pioneer Valley...

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Izzy Heltai on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
Apr27

Izzy Heltai on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

Izzy Heltai is an indie folk singer-songwriter with a penchant for storytelling. Check out his full Valley Advocate Sessions performance in the video below. Interview with Izzy...

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Local jazz legend Charles Neville dies at 79
Apr27

Local jazz legend Charles Neville dies at 79

Charles Neville, Grammy award winning saxophonist and member of R&B, soul, and funk group, The Neville Brothers, died on Thursday at the age of 79. He had been battling pancreatic cancer for the past several months. Aaron Neville, Charles’ brother and another member of the Neville Brothers, tweeted a tribute to Charles on Thursday afternoon. “My dear brother Charlie the horn man, just want you to know that if I...

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Valley Show Girl: Snacktime! Musical story time with a pirate from the Valley
Apr26

Valley Show Girl: Snacktime! Musical story time with a pirate from the Valley

Valley Advocate writer alum Tom Sturm has a new gig these days. Dressing like a pirate and singing the songs of pirate life for kids — but pleasantly appealing for adults as well. With the album glued in my CD player in my car for weeks, my 7-year-old son and I knew each song by heart. And when the music on my phone synced up to the car, he’d request Snackbeard instead of his normal faves, The Talking Heads or Bowie. I sadly missed...

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Basemental: Attention to detail sets new Taxidermists’ record ‘Tax’ apart
Apr26

Basemental: Attention to detail sets new Taxidermists’ record ‘Tax’ apart

Tucked away in an old house in Hadley live two musicians named Sal and Cooper, who collectively make up the rock duo The Taxidermists. The band has nurtured something of a cult following from DIY persistence and their 2015 record Honesty Box. One showgoer recently told me told me it was his favorite record of all time. Once associated with the now defunct Dark World Collective, Sal McNamara (drums) and Cooper Handy (guitar/vocals)...

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VIDEO: Izzy Heltai on Valley Advocate Sessions Friday
Apr25

VIDEO: Izzy Heltai on Valley Advocate Sessions Friday

Check out a teaser for video for Izzy Heltai, a North Adams-based indie folk songwriter with a penchant for storytelling. A full performance will be released this Friday.

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Pick of the Day 4/23: Ana Popovic at the Iron Horse
Apr23

Pick of the Day 4/23: Ana Popovic at the Iron Horse

“Raw power,” “emotional complexity,” and “vibrant,” are words that have been used to describe Ana Popovic’s sound.  She’s a singer and guitar slinger and she’ll be at the Iron Horse tonight.  Big Blues Bender says, “Popovic is one of most exciting Blues performers you’ll witness with a universal expression of joyous abandon and ecstatic pleasure.” Well okay, then....

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Pick of the Day 4/22: After the Gig Fest in Easthampton
Apr20

Pick of the Day 4/22: After the Gig Fest in Easthampton

Have you ever heard of “a weekend-long DIY/punk fest full of bands, workshops, and skill shares?”  Well you have now; After the Gig is at the Flywheel in Easthampton, and 100% of what you pay will be split between the Pioneer Valley Workers Center and Flywheel Arts Collective.  The weekend is described as one of creativity, activism, and radicalism. The goal is to bring these things “to life beyond just the shows we...

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Anders Warringer on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
Apr20

Anders Warringer on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

Anders Warringer performs eclectic acoustic originals with a side of absurdity. Interview with Anders...

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The CDs You Gave Me: ‘Hush Money’ is pure catharsis
Apr18

The CDs You Gave Me: ‘Hush Money’ is pure catharsis

Last year, I reviewed psychedelic bluesy rock band, Old Flame, with their debut extended play (EP) “Wolf in the Heather.” Now, a year later the band has released a new six-song EP called “Hush Money” continuing to create political charged art rock that takes an every-man approach mixing politics with raw emotion.   Hush Money by Old Flame Hush Money kicks off with “Hollow,” a psych rock meditation with intricate guitar riffs that...

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VIDEO: Anders Warringer on Valley Advocate Sessions Friday
Apr18

VIDEO: Anders Warringer on Valley Advocate Sessions Friday

Anders Warringer performs eclectic acoustic originals with a side of absurdity. Check out a teaser for Anders’ upcoming Advocate Sessions video to be released this...

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Staff Picks: What Cheer? Brigade, Holyoke Innovation Week, Poor People’s Campaign
Apr17

Staff Picks: What Cheer? Brigade, Holyoke Innovation Week, Poor People’s Campaign

What Cheer? Brigade and Landowner at Hawks & Reed // SATURDAY, APRIL 21 Odds are you haven’t seen a band like What Cheer? Brigade. The 20-piece brass band from Providence, Rhode Island, is basically a dance party version of a marching band and returns to Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center in Greenfield on April 21. The bill also includes local act, Landowner, which plays minimalist punk and weak hardcore. Hawks & Reed...

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Pick of the Day 4/15: Fatai at the Parlor Room
Apr13

Pick of the Day 4/15: Fatai at the Parlor Room

Fatai is a big deal. She’s sold-out multiple headline tours in North America, Australia, and New Zealand, and is touring again internationally. She’s making stops at SXSW and The Parlor Room in Northampton! Check out this young phenom up close and personal tonight at the Parlor Room. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. $10/Adv, $13/Door. The Parlor Room. 32 Masonic St.,...

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Fuzz Puddle on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
Apr13

Fuzz Puddle on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

Fuzz Puddle is an alternative rock duo that mixes indie jazz influences with an experimental approach. Interview with Fuzz...

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Staff picks: Ingmar Bergman, Katherine First, and Mtali Shaka Banda
Apr12

Staff picks: Ingmar Bergman, Katherine First, and Mtali Shaka Banda

Ingmar Bergman’s Persona // SUNDAY, APRIL 15 It’s tax time and to increase your psychological stressors, check out Ingmar Bergman’s film Persona. Amherst Cinema has been celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Swedish master’s birth. Hooray! Persona is another trippy Bergmanian piece wrought with WTFs. Liv Ullmann plays Elisabet, an actress who, without reason, has gone mute. Bibi Andersson’s, character, Alma, is the exact...

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