Basemental: A Wikipedia Rant by Will
Nov20

Basemental: A Wikipedia Rant by Will

Last week my colleague Jennifer Levesque reported on musician and rock documentarian Tanya Pearson’s efforts to challenge Wikipedia edits. While trying to revise entries on the free encyclopedia, Pearson discovered that many edits and entries weren’t getting past male editors due to thin (often false) claims of “poor sourcing.” This effectively has marginalized independent female, trans, and nonbinary musicians from having...

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Ritmo Gitano on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
Nov17

Ritmo Gitano on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

Ritmo Gitano is a local duo that plays traditional gitano and Romani music on fiddle (Zoe Darrow) and Spanish guitar (Tony Silva). Check out the group’s complete Valley Advocate Sessions performance in video below. Interview with Ritmo...

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Valley Show Girl: The Case of the Missing Wiki Edits
Nov13

Valley Show Girl: The Case of the Missing Wiki Edits

Tanya Pearson has been accumulating a continuous list of female musicians for her Women in Rock Oral History Project which she started at Smith College in December 2014. Accompanied by 29 video interviews (so far!) with some of them available on http://www.womenofrock.org, she has set the bar for having underrepresented female musicians speak their truth and tell their story behind what it’s like to be a female musician in a “Man’s...

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Klar’s ‘Paradise’ is Poetic and Fiery
Nov13

Klar’s ‘Paradise’ is Poetic and Fiery

Northampton-based singer-songwriter Jake Klar has undergone a metamorphosis from an acoustic driven folk artist to an alternative rock-poet who fuses psychedelic instrumentation with his knack for lyrical storytelling on his newest record, Until the Wild Fire Become Paradise, released on Oct. 20. Klar’s newest album sounds like all the best parts of The Basement Tapes era Bob Dylan, shoegaze rock a la Mazzy Star, and the alt-country...

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Literally, what would Jesus do? A chat with Jesus Christ Superstar’s Ted Neeley
Nov06

Literally, what would Jesus do? A chat with Jesus Christ Superstar’s Ted Neeley

Ted Neeley is not the second coming of Jesus Christ. But he does play one in the extremely popular show and accompanying 1973 movie Jesus Christ Superstar. The show went from being protested in the streets to one of the biggest Broadway sensations, touring around the world. Neeley still plays the part decades later, and participates in talkbacks at screenings of the film, but an upcoming event at Hawks and Reed in Greenfield this...

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Basemental: Landowner’s Edgy Riff on the ‘American Dream’
Nov06

Basemental: Landowner’s Edgy Riff on the ‘American Dream’

When I heard there was a local band called Landowner, I thought: “Surely, they’re joking. This is satirical, right?” But punk is weird these days — everyone is on Facebook hoping companies will sponsor them — so I wasn’t completely sure. I started asking friends, “They’re not for real, right?” And no one knew. But what stunned me is that some not only took the name at face value, but thought it had merit, especially those who aspired...

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Lisa Martin on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
Nov03

Lisa Martin on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

Lisa Martin writes original songs ranging from country to folk roots music, but with a dash of bluesy rock. Check out Lisa Martin’s complete Valley Advocate Sessions performance below. Interview with Lisa...

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VIDEO: Lisa Martin on Valley Advocate Sessions Friday
Nov01

VIDEO: Lisa Martin on Valley Advocate Sessions Friday

Check out a video teaser for Lisa Martin trio’s upcoming Valley Advocate Sessions performance, which will be released this Friday. Martin plays country, folk roots with a dash of bluesy rock.  ...

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Valley Show Girl: A Bloody Good Time
Oct30

Valley Show Girl: A Bloody Good Time

Later this month, Chicopee’s Maximum Capacity will close and open at some point in the future with new ownership. Will there still be shows? If so, will they include metal/rock shows? Only time will tell. But in the meantime, you still have a chance to get to “one last show.” Over the years of going to certain clubs/venues, you develop memories that either bring a smile to your face, or a head shake, like “wow, yeah, that totally...

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Reverend Dan and the Dirty Catechism on Advocate Sessions Stage
Oct27

Reverend Dan and the Dirty Catechism on Advocate Sessions Stage

Reverend Dan and the Dirty Catechism, Springfield-based preacher rock n’ roll with a side of post punk. BONUS: Reverend Dan and the Dirty Catechism interview: Check out our past Sessions performers, including Seth Newton, Old Flame, Shokazoba, and Tang...

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VIDEO TEASER: Reverend Dan and the Dirty Catechism
Oct26

VIDEO TEASER: Reverend Dan and the Dirty Catechism

This week’s Valley Advocate Sessions artist is Reverend Dan and the Dirty Catechism, preacher rock n’ roll with a side of post punk. RD&tDC’s full Sessions performance will be released this Friday. Until then, here’s a teaser...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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VIDEO: Tundra Toddler on Sessions Friday
Oct05

VIDEO: Tundra Toddler on Sessions Friday

Check out the Valley Advocate Sessions teaser video for electro punk and glitch pop artist Tundra Toddler. Tundra Toddler’s full performance will be available for streaming online this...

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‘E’-asy Come.. ‘E’-asy Go: The Big E’s final weekend and more
Sep29

‘E’-asy Come.. ‘E’-asy Go: The Big E’s final weekend and more

Still haven’t secured your Maine baked spud or lobster-laden Mac N’ Cheese from the New Hampshire building? Better hurry. Its almost time to shepherd the Clydesdales back into the trailers and put the burlap sacks of the Giant Slide in mothballs. But that still doesn’t mean all hope is lost in terms of checking out some solid, “free with admission” musical sets by so notable names at The Eastern States...

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Court Etiquette on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
Sep29

Court Etiquette on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

Court Etiquette is a Northampton-based indie pop band fused with rollicking roots rock. The band performed on the Valley Advocate Sessions stage on Sept. 5. Check out the band’s full performance in the video below. Interview with Court...

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VIDEO: Court Etiquette on Sessions Friday
Sep28

VIDEO: Court Etiquette on Sessions Friday

Court Etiquette is a Northampton-based indie pop band fused with rollicking roots rock. The band performed on the Valley Advocate Sessions stage on Sept. 5 and their full performance will be released this Friday. Check out a teaser for Court Etiquette on Sessions...

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Mama’s Marmalade’s Goodbye, Black Velvet Reviewed
Sep25

Mama’s Marmalade’s Goodbye, Black Velvet Reviewed

Mama’s Marmalade is a burst of sunshine that makes dark clouds dissipate with the band’s lush vocal harmonies and jammy acoustic newgrass blend of mandolin, banjo, violin, bass, and guitar. On June 2, the Northampton-based bluegrass quintet released its debut 10-track album, Goodbye, Black Velvet, which evokes the feeling of a Sunday drive on a warm summer evening. The band consists of Rich Hennessy on banjo/vocals, Lily Sexton on...

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Lonely Whale on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
Sep22

Lonely Whale on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

Lonely Whale is an electric singer-songwriter with rock and indie folk influences. She played Valley Advocate Sessions on September 5 and her entire set is now available for viewing. Check it out in the video below. Interview with Lonely Whale: Like what you’re listening to? Check out the Valley Advocate Sessions page for bands and artists, including The Mary Jane Jones, Sodada, Seth Newton, and...

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Pixies at Smith College
Sep21

Pixies at Smith College

The Pixies rocked out a 31-song set, which was close to 2 hours of non-stop jams last night at the John M. Greene Hall, at Smith College in Northampton. Here’s a sample of some pictures and video from their show. — Jennifer Levesque, jlevesque@valleyadvocate.com          ...

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Valley Show Girl: Millpond.live Hosts Music Under the Stars
Sep18

Valley Show Girl: Millpond.live Hosts Music Under the Stars

For the last six weekends of summer, Millpond.Live puts on a free grassroots festival at Millside Park in Easthampton for all ages to enjoy. Produced by Laudable Productions, a creative agency in Easthampton that has a plethora of services including community engagement to concert production. The concert is powered by volunteers in the community and sponsored and supported by local businesses, including us at the Valley Advocate....

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Parlicium on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
Sep15

Parlicium on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

Local indie folk trio, Parlicium, performed on the Valley Advocate Sessions stage on August 15. The band has roots in acoustic folk rock and was one of five bands to perform at the Green River Fest 2017’s Next Wave Stage. Interview with Parlicium: Like what you’re listening to? Check out the Valley Advocate Sessions page for bands and artists, including The Buddy McEarns Band, Jeremy Turgeon Quintet, Outer Stylie, and...

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VIDEO: Parlicium on Sessions Friday
Sep13

VIDEO: Parlicium on Sessions Friday

Parlicium is an indie folk trio from Western Mass with acoustic roots. The band is one of five to perform at the Green River Fest 2017’s Next Wave Stage. Check out Parlicium’s full set when it’s released this Friday. Can’t wait for Friday to see more Sessions? Check out some local bands...

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Interview: Peter Wolf of J. Geils Band On Music, Art School, And Playing Western Mass
Sep13

Interview: Peter Wolf of J. Geils Band On Music, Art School, And Playing Western Mass

Peter Wolf, the dynamic rock and blue-eyed soul frontman singer for the J. Geils Band, who co-wrote some of the band’s most popular songs such as “Love Stinks,” and “Must Of Got Lost,” is gearing up to play the Academy of Music in Northampton on Oct. 13. Valley Advocate Staff Writer Chris Goudreau interviewed Wolf about his upcoming performance in Northampton, his early days as an art student in Boston, past performances in Western...

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The Buddy McEarns Band on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
Sep08

The Buddy McEarns Band on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

The Buddy McEarns Band is blue roots rock n’roll with a voice out of classic soul. The band performed on the Valley Advocate Sessions stage on August 15. Bonus Interview with the Buddy McEarns...

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VIDEO: Buddy McEarns Band on Sessions Friday
Sep07

VIDEO: Buddy McEarns Band on Sessions Friday

The Buddy McEarns Band is blue roots rock n’roll with a voice out of classic soul. The band performed on the Valley Advocate Sessions stage on August 15 and their full performance will be released this Friday. Until then, here’s a teaser of the Buddy McEarns Band playing a cool bluesy original. Can’t wait for Friday to see more Sessions? Check out some local bands...

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Interview: The Pixies On Music, Reuniting, And Annoying The Neighbors
Sep05

Interview: The Pixies On Music, Reuniting, And Annoying The Neighbors

There’s no band quite like the Pixies with its blend of dissonant noise pop, psychedelic hard rock, surf-drenched reverb, punk rock-ish DIY leanings, and surreal lyrics that cover bizarre topics from extraterrestrials to biblical violence. Since the band’s 1986 formation at UMass Amherst, the Pixies have played thousands of shows across the world and on Sept. 20, the band returns to Western Mass to play Smith College’s John Greene...

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Michael Ruffino of the Unband: All Rock, No Bullshit
Sep05

Michael Ruffino of the Unband: All Rock, No Bullshit

Unband bassist Michael Ruffino doesn’t bullshit. Outside on the deck at Northampton Brewery,  I ask the rocker with a new memoir about music, the Valley, LA, the creative process, his book; and he’s refreshingly candid. How do you feel about the music in the ‘90s, Mike? “Just self-centered people, trying to be deep, but not being deep. It’s like, talk to a professional about this instead; don’t make me sit through it.” What do you...

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