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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Pick of the Day 4/11: Jesse Cook at the Academy of Music
Apr11

Pick of the Day 4/11: Jesse Cook at the Academy of Music

Guitarist Jesse Cook says, “I want to take people to places they haven’t been,” and he’s traveled the world looking for and mastering sounds that speak to him. His new album, Beyond Borders, is an expression of that world music combination his fans love so much. Cook has earned Juno (Canada’s Grammy) nominations – and a win, for  2001’s Free Fall – in the World Music and Instrumental...

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VIDEO: Fuzz Puddle on Advocate Sessions Friday
Apr11

VIDEO: Fuzz Puddle on Advocate Sessions Friday

Fuzz Puddle is an alternative rock duo that mixes indie jazz influences with an experimental approach. Check out a teaser video for the band’s upcoming Advocate Sessions performance to be released this...

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Easthampton-based singer-songwriter Seth Glier takes home three Independent Music Awards
Apr04

Easthampton-based singer-songwriter Seth Glier takes home three Independent Music Awards

Easthampton-based folk pop multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Seth Glier won three Independent Music Awards on March 31 during the 16th annual awards ceremony at Lincoln Center in New York City. Glier, an Emmy nominated musician, took home awards for best album in the folk/ singer-songwriter category for his 2017 album Birds recorded at Eastworks in Easthampton as well as best song in the same category for “Like I Do” and...

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Ginja Low Main on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
Apr04

Ginja Low Main on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

Ginja Low Main mixes its blend of jazz fusion and funk with a side of psychedelic rock. Check out the band’s complete Advocate Sessions performance filmed by Northampton Community Television and recorded by Signature Sounds Recordings. (Click on the video below) Interview with Ginja Low...

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VIDEO: Ginja Low Main on Valley Advocate Sessions Friday
Apr04

VIDEO: Ginja Low Main on Valley Advocate Sessions Friday

Ginja Low Main mixes jazz fusion with funk and jammy psychedelic rock that doesn’t skimp on the groove. Check out a teaser for the band’s upcoming Valley Advocate Sessions video to be released this...

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Basemental: What happens ‘After the Gig’
Apr04

Basemental: What happens ‘After the Gig’

What happens after the gig is over, the room is reset, and everyone goes home? This is the prompt being posed by a new collective that is organizing a festival later this month by the name, well, After the Gig Fest. “We wanted to use the phrase ‘After The Gig’ in order to express that these values aren’t just about one weekend, or any kind of performative display,” the organizers wrote in a statement. Adding that “We want to encourage...

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Pick of the Day 3/30: Brooks Williams at the Parlor Room
Mar30

Pick of the Day 3/30: Brooks Williams at the Parlor Room

The Advocate’s intern Sarah Heinonen made a wise staff pick a few days ago; Brooks Williams is performing tonight. This is what Sarah says:  “Wind down your week with some good old fashioned blues at The Parlor Room. Georgia-born guitarist and songwriter Brooks Williams will be performing his special style of soulful blues. He’s been called “a mean finger-picker and a stunning slide guitarist.” Songs like “Walk You...

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Maurice Soulfighter Taylor on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
Mar30

Maurice Soulfighter Taylor on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

Maurice “Soulfighter” Taylor’s performances are slam poetry meets socially conscious hip hop. Check out his complete Valley Advocate Sessions performance. Interview with Maurice “Soulfighter”...

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Drummer for ‘Black Panther’ soundtrack visits Pioneer Valley for first view of film
Mar29

Drummer for ‘Black Panther’ soundtrack visits Pioneer Valley for first view of film

Black Panther smashed global box office records when it opened in February, and like any good action movie part of the magic of Black Panther is the soundtrack. While watching the movie, there’s one part of the soundtrack that you might not notice at first: the tama, or the talking drums. The album written by Kendrick Lamar to accompany the movie got a lot of hype, but the music that really carries the action of the film is the...

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Valley Show Girl: Friday the 23rd!!
Mar28

Valley Show Girl: Friday the 23rd!!

Friday the 13th has become a horror franchise with 12 (and I’m sure there will be many more in the future) slasher films, television shows, comics, novels, video games and, of course, merchandise; take a look at the number of Jason’s masks roaming around on Halloween. When the first movie came out in 1980, the boy named Jason Vorhees emerged from Crystal Lake and has been a vicious killer for almost 40 years. The very first “Jason”...

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The CDs You Gave Me: Rob Maher’s ‘Man of Many Misses’ hits the mark
Mar23

The CDs You Gave Me: Rob Maher’s ‘Man of Many Misses’ hits the mark

Northampton-based singer-songwriter Rob Maher’s debut 10-track album, “A Man of Many Misses,” is a an ode to the underdog and to overcoming life’s pains with a wry sense of humor and unshakable empathy.  It’s a record that blends melancholy folk with haunting alternative rock in a union that, despite sounding depressing, results in emotions that are uplifting through hard earned moments of epiphany. What’s most surprising about...

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Pinedrop on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
Mar22

Pinedrop on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

Pinedrop is a jammy bluegrass meets rocking Americana band from Brattleboro, VT.  Check out the band’s complete Valley Advocate Sessions performance. (Click on the video below) Interview with...

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Pick of the Day 3/23: Jeremy Turgeon Quintet at Rootstock
Mar22

Pick of the Day 3/23: Jeremy Turgeon Quintet at Rootstock

Jeremy Turgeon is a young guy, but man does he have chops and the Jeremy Turgeon Quintet, or “JTQ,”  brings a fresh, new sound to modern jazz. As part of Rootstock tonight, they’ll be making magic, fusing the timeless combination of Jazz, R & B and Neo-Soul.  They’ve been around since November of 2014 and just recently dropped their sophomore CD called What Matters Most. Check them out on Valley Advocate...

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VIDEO: Pinedrop on Valley Advocate Sessions Friday
Mar22

VIDEO: Pinedrop on Valley Advocate Sessions Friday

Pinedrop is jammy bluegrass meets rocking Americana. Check out a teaser video of the band’s upcoming Valley Advocate Sessions performance online this Friday.

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Dar Williams Makes A Northampton Homecoming: a Q&A with the Pop Singer-Songwriter
Mar21

Dar Williams Makes A Northampton Homecoming: a Q&A with the Pop Singer-Songwriter

Folk-pop super-group Cry Cry Cry, a trio consisting of acclaimed singer-songwriters Dar Williams, Lucy Kaplansky, and Richard Shindell, is heading to the Calvin Theatre in Northampton on Saturday, March 31. The band made their debut in 1998 with a self-titled release and is known for its lush three part harmonies and reworkings of cover songs. Now, the group plans to release new music as part of their reunion tour. Dar Williams is no...

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Pick of the Day 3/21: Smiles of A Summer Night at Amherst Cinema
Mar21

Pick of the Day 3/21: Smiles of A Summer Night at Amherst Cinema

It took Ingmar Bergman fifteen films to attract an international following, and it was his 1955 erotic comedy Smiles of a Summer Night (Sommarnattens Leende) that did it. The black and white film follows 8 Swedes (four women and four men) through mating rituals and flirtatious propositions during a weekend in the country. Lots of fun and a witty script make this a good romp for an almost spring afternoon. Swedish with English...

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Three Decades of Music: Q&A with Cowboy Junkies vocalist Margo Timmins
Mar16

Three Decades of Music: Q&A with Cowboy Junkies vocalist Margo Timmins

Toronto-based alternative country, blues, and folk rockers, Cowboy Junkies, creates a melancholic feeling that’s combined with a mixture of genres and a collection of rock originals, cover tunes, and traditional songs. The band is best known for its critically acclaimed record, The Trinity Session, but has released more than a dozen albums over its three-decade history, and is heading to the Academy of Music Theatre in Northampton on...

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Sunshine Brothers Inc. on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
Mar16

Sunshine Brothers Inc. on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

Sunshine Brothers Inc  is a funky psychedelic pop group with waves of synth and surf. Interview with Sunshine Brothers...

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VIDEO: Sunshine Brothers Inc on Advocate Sessions Friday
Mar15

VIDEO: Sunshine Brothers Inc on Advocate Sessions Friday

Sunshine Brothers Inc  plays funky psychedelic pop with waves of synth and surf. Check out a teaser video of the band’s upcoming Advocate Sessions video, which will be released this...

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Pick of the Day 3/16: Dustbowl Revival at Gateway City Arts in Holyoke
Mar15

Pick of the Day 3/16: Dustbowl Revival at Gateway City Arts in Holyoke

We made it! It’s Friday and it’s time to let it all hang out … in Holyoke. The Dust Bowl Revival is blowing into Gateway City Arts tonight.  It’s a nine-piece juggernaut of super sonic jazz and folk-inspired music. You might be witness to a power outage when they start playing their gloriously powerful, old-fashioned music. Bring a flashlight.  Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8. Tickets are $20...

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Pick of the Day 3/15: Pinedrop at Hawks & Reed in Greenfield
Mar15

Pick of the Day 3/15: Pinedrop at Hawks & Reed in Greenfield

Beware the Ides of March … or not. But you might want to head up to Greenfield to check out Brattleboro’s Pinedrop band. In staff writer Chris Goudreau’s Staff Pick this week, he describes them as “folk and jammy bluegrass quartet.” Lexi Weege and the Wondertwins and House Sparrow will also be performing. 8 p.m. $5 in advance and $10 the day of. Hawks and Reed Performing Arts Center, 289 Main St.,...

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Basemental: Tundrastomper Cleans It Up
Mar13

Basemental: Tundrastomper Cleans It Up

Before writing this column, I stopped by Tundrastomper’s band house near the border of Easthampton and Southampton. Bassist Andrew Jones was getting surgical with a vacuum in the suburban home’s awkwardly large bathroom. He then offered me a bowl of black beans, which he had prepared, and I proceeded to microwave them and then spill them on the floor in such a way that they splattered 20-feet, making a clear trail all the way across...

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Stacy Waldman loves dick pics so much she published a book of them
Mar09

Stacy Waldman loves dick pics so much she published a book of them

Stacy Waldman loves Dick pics. “I’ve got big Dicks, little Dicks, Dick dates, Dick destinations, driving Dicks, friends play with Dick, lady Dicks….” Waldman lists a few other categories, but it’s abundantly clear that she’s sitting on a lot of Dicks. As a matter of fact, Waldman has so many Dick pics, she decided to publish a book full of them. And yes, her book is called “Dick,” and yes, her hard Dick have already sold out —...

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Pick of the Day 3/11: Homeward Vets Music Fest at World War II Club
Mar09

Pick of the Day 3/11: Homeward Vets Music Fest at World War II Club

It’s the last day of the Homeward Vets Music Fest; it’s been a full weekend of local live music at the World War II Club in Northampton.  Proceeds from this festival go to support previously homeless veterans transitioning into housing. Bands will wrap up their back to back sets from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. tonight. I can’t really tell you who’s on stage today; there’s a dearth of information from the...

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