Flashback: Stearns Square Over Time
Jul20

Flashback: Stearns Square Over Time

1881 — Chester W. Chapin, a railroad tycoon and congressman from Springfield, commissions renowned sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens to create a bronze statue of his ancestor and early city settler, Deacon Samuel Chapin. Springfield builds a small park, Stearns Square, to showcase the artwork. 1887 — Saint-Gaudens’ statue, The Puritan, is unveiled in Stearns Square. The square, which is most likely named for real estate speculator...

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Kristen Ford’s One-Woman Band Returns to the Valley
Jul19

Kristen Ford’s One-Woman Band Returns to the Valley

Ramblin’ Woman In May 2014, Greenfield native Kristen Ford packed up her stuff, sold whatever wouldn’t fit in her van, parked her fiancée in the seat next to her, and set off on what she refers to as “the never-ending tour.” After two years on the road, playing more than 300 shows in 45 states and four countries, Ford, now 29, eventually settled in Nashville. At this point, she has seen a lot of this beautiful home we call...

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Music Review: Haas Kowert Tice
Jul11

Music Review: Haas Kowert Tice

Triple Threat I tried to be open-minded as a young music lover, but despite the curious sonic wanderings of my teenage years, my ears could never quite latch onto songs with no vocals. As soon as I’d hit a track called “Instrumental,” I’d stubbornly skip it (the decline of cassettes during that time and the rise of CDs made this all too easy). I thought nothing of my blind spot. Instead, I wondered: what’s the point? Without lyrics,...

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‘Something about people lifting and throwing logs gets me all giggly and shouty’ Staff Picks for July 14-20, 2016
Jul12

‘Something about people lifting and throwing logs gets me all giggly and shouty’ Staff Picks for July 14-20, 2016

Split Shift/Fear Nuttin Band – Saturday Split Shift and Fear Nuttin Band are clebrating their 15th anniversaries this weekend. iRockRadio presents Rock Fest featuring the two bands, along with other locals: Sakara, Sever The Drama, NoSho, Neon Fauna, Sanity is Chaos, and The Search For. The all-day outdoor rock fest will be haeld at Watefront Tavern, 920 MAin St., Holyoke; 1-10 p.m.; 21-plus;...

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Saturday’s Tribute to Daddy K (KJ Morris) @ Diva’s
Jul05

Saturday’s Tribute to Daddy K (KJ Morris) @ Diva’s

This past Saturday at Diva’s Nightclub in Northampton, a tribute to KJ Morris was held. Under the name Daddy K, Morris was a dancer and drag performer at Diva’s and was a huge part of the LGBT community in the Valley. Drag queens and kings, close friends, acquaintances and more came out to celebrate the life and impact that Morris left behind. Diva’s was packed with familiar faces and there was a constant line to get...

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Nightcrawler: The Name Game
Jun22

Nightcrawler: The Name Game

SWMRS boasts unique punk pedigree What’s in a name? The members of SWMRS are barely in their 20s and can already claim quite a lot. Reportedly inspired by watching Jack Black and his homage to headbanging — the film School of Rock — together in elementary school, the band first emerged on the West Coast scene as The Raining Souls. Shortly after, the took a brief turn as The Clocks before settling on Emily’s...

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