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Staff Picks: The Roches, Rachmaninov, and the Brubeck Brothers Quartet
May15

Staff Picks: The Roches, Rachmaninov, and the Brubeck Brothers Quartet

 Cajon, Honky-Tonk, and songs by the Roches at Luthier’s Co-op // THURSDAY, MAY 17 If you’re looking for an excuse to get your cowboy boots on, look no further. The Maypops, a honky-tonk and two step band, are hosting an evening of dancing and fun at Luthier’s Co-op in Easthampton. Jerks on the Loose open the night with songs by The Roches, followed by The Maypops whose ephemeral country music will make it hard to resist some...

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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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Staff Picks: Donnie Darko, The Gaslight Tinkers, OroborO, John Trudeau, Rebel Base, and Joy on Fire
Apr25

Staff Picks: Donnie Darko, The Gaslight Tinkers, OroborO, John Trudeau, Rebel Base, and Joy on Fire

Far Out Film Discussion: Donnie Darko // MONDAY, April 30 Forbes Library in Northampton hosts the Far Out Film Discussion, which is basically a book club for weird cult classic and art house films. The next meeting the group will be discussing 2001’s cult classic, Donnie Darko, written and directed by Richard Kelly and starring a young Jake Gyllenhaal as the title character. The film is somewhat science fiction, but is dream-like and...

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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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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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Staff Picks: Brooks Williams, Adam Ezra, Sylvan Esso
Mar28

Staff Picks: Brooks Williams, Adam Ezra, Sylvan Esso

Brooks Williams // Friday, March 30 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 Off My Mind and Statesboro Blues will have you tapping your toes and swaying in your seat. The Parlor Room, 32 Masonic St., 7...

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Staff Picks: Official After Party of the Women’s March, Thrill Mill Comedy Show, Eric Carle
Jan16

Staff Picks: Official After Party of the Women’s March, Thrill Mill Comedy Show, Eric Carle

Lilith of the Valley: Fierce Femmes of the 413 // SATURDAY The official after-party for the Pioneer Valley Women’s March this year being held in Northampton, brings even more woman power to close out the day. A night of music and activism will continue to pump through your already fiery veins as you enjoy the talented musicians of the evening. Performances by Ursula Elmes, Emma June, Courtney Parker, along with guitar and synth-driven...

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Staff Picks: Check Out Springfield’s Metal Titans
Oct09

Staff Picks: Check Out Springfield’s Metal Titans

City of Homes // THURSDAY-SATURDAY Springfield metal titans City of Homes are currently in the studio working on new music as well as music videos planned for each song released. 2018 will bring the busiest of years tour-wise for these guys, but in the meantime, you have three options this week to check them out. They embark on a 3-day binger, kicking it off mellow and stripping down to play a free acoustic show Oct. 12 at Luthier’s...

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STAFF PICKS! Roger Salloom Free Concert, DreamCycle, and more
Jul31

STAFF PICKS! Roger Salloom Free Concert, DreamCycle, and more

DreamCycle at the Academy of Music // SATURDAY You won’t find any creepy clowns here. DreamCycle is a traditional circus with acrobats, jugglers, and aerial stunts complete with tightrope walkers tiptoeing across a narrow wire. Acrophobes be warned: you’ll want to cover your eyes. The Academy of Music, 274 Main St., Northampton, 7 p.m. $15 kids, $18 adults. — Dave Eisenstadter Free Annual Roger Salloom Concert // WEDNESDAY...

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Staff Picks: Math Rock Rocks!
Jun27

Staff Picks: Math Rock Rocks!

Giraffes? Giraffes! + More Math — Friday It’s a night of awesome math rock at Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center in Greenfield this Friday. Expect unusual time signatures, angular guitar lines, and sheer epic experimental forays into the boundaries of rock n’ roll. Giraffes? Giraffes! is an immensely popular Western Mass-based math rock duo that headlines the night. Other great acts include the jazzy, mathy, and...

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Long Live the Staycation! Why Leave Western Mass?
Jun26

Long Live the Staycation! Why Leave Western Mass?

Hanging around the house is something we all do, but usually in an unfocused, squished-between-chores-and-obligations sort of way. But when you stay home for vacation, your dwelling can become a sanctuary, free from the day-to-day grind. If you can’t afford to get out of town, treat your home like a resort: stock it with your favorite goodies, splurge a bit on something comfy, and postpone responsibilities for a while. Indulge in the...

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Staff Picks: A Movie About Obituary Writers Is Actually Awesome
Jun12

Staff Picks: A Movie About Obituary Writers Is Actually Awesome

Led Zeppelin Acoustic Tribute • Saturday The Acoustic Led Zeppelin Tribute Orchestra Project (TALZTOP, of course) will be performing the songs of Led Zeppelin without the use of electricity. The show will feature Houses of the Holy and the band’s strangely titled fourth album. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door of The Gathering. 700 Southbridge St., Worcester. 8 p.m. — Dave Eisenstadter Amherst Cinema • Thursday A...

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Staff Picks: Gloom, Death, And Heavy Metal At Stoned To Death II
May30

Staff Picks: Gloom, Death, And Heavy Metal At Stoned To Death II

Karaoke • Tuesday Singing karaoke with DJ Greg Reil sounds like a good way to belt out whatever is in my soul. I don’t take requests. Karaoke with Reil goes down on Tuesday nights, free, at the Platform Sports Grill and Bar, 125A Pleasant St., Northampton. — Dave Eisenstadter Lisa Marie Ellingsen   • Friday Local singer-songwriter Lisa Marie Ellingsen will release her new album, NoLa to NoHo, on June 2 at the Parlor Room in...

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Staff Picks: See The Greys in Agawam
May09

Staff Picks: See The Greys in Agawam

The Greys at The Still in Agawam • Friday The Greys came in a couple months ago to perform a Sessions set with us and the duo had me in awe. The powerful, whispering voice of singer Cait Simpson folds perfectly inside the jazz-styled stand up bass plucking of Chris Merritt. They make their debut at The Still this Friday playing some originals along with “haunting renditions” of covers. 7 p.m., The Still, 858 Suffield St. — Jennifer...

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David Crosby of Crosby, Stills & Nash Talks Songwriting, Politics, and Fame
May05

David Crosby of Crosby, Stills & Nash Talks Songwriting, Politics, and Fame

David Crosby — the founding member of legendary 1960s and 1970s rock groups such as the Byrds and Crosby, Stills, & Nash — is coming to Northampton’s Academy of Music Theatre on May 19 for a show with his electric backing band. The two-time Rock n’ Roll Hall of Famer singer-songwriter and guitarist is set to release his third album in two years, Sky Trails, sometime this year. The Valley Advocate interviewed Crosby on May 3 to...

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What Are Those Flowering Trees/Bushes I Drive By Every Day?
May05

What Are Those Flowering Trees/Bushes I Drive By Every Day?

The bloom is on the branch and spring has sprung. And even in my short commute to work, I pass about a dozen varieties of flowering trees and bushes. It occurred to me that I haven’t the slightest idea what most of them are called. So I took out my phone and took a few photos on my way to work and reached out to some tree aficionados and a local expert at UMass Extension to help me out. What trees do you see in the Pioneer...

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Staff picks: Get out there and enjoy the Valley!
Apr25

Staff picks: Get out there and enjoy the Valley!

Upper Valley Music Festival – Saturday, April 29 My wife is going to be participating in an all-day yoga event Saturday, leaving me with our 3-month-old. What better way to entertain the little guy than 12 hours of live music in Greenfield with dozens of acts on five stages? Tickets are $20. Venues throughout downtown Greenfield. Music goes from noon to midnight. More information at http://www.uppervalleymusicfest.com. -Dave...

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Top 12 Halloween Events in the Valley This Weekend
Oct24

Top 12 Halloween Events in the Valley This Weekend

Calling All Hallows Admit it: we’re a happy Valley because we’re all a bunch of freaks. And Halloween seems to be the time of year we most like to let those flags fly. The night is a dark, blank canvas for creative expression and demonic possession. That’s why it proved hard for us to spotlight one event this week. So we dedicate this page to a bunch of ungodly fun that we’ll have to check out, or curse ourselves for skipping. Here...

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Staff Picks: Get your haunted house on
Sep28

Staff Picks: Get your haunted house on

  DementedFX Haunted House • Starts Saturday, It’s that time of year when all the Halloween-infused happenings pop up. If you’re into getting scared and are going to hit up a haunted house this season, this is the one to go to. In it’s third year, and a whole new location, DementedFX is sure to make your heart race and terrify you enough to make you feel like you’re in a scene from a horror movie. For more...

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Staff picks: Get out there with Rob Schneider… or tubas
Sep12

Staff picks: Get out there with Rob Schneider… or tubas

Rob Schneider at Hu Ke Lau • Thursday I saw Rob Schneider at the Hu Ke Lau a few years ago. I left feeling I had my fill of his weird comedic persona. Former SNL regular and a staple in pretty much every Adam Sandler movie known to man, he brings out the dumb giggles. “You can do it!” Plus the Hu Ke Lau has some yummy comfort food and some funky drinks for your dining pleasures. $25, 8 p.m., 705 Memorial Dr., Chicopee — Jennifer...

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Staff picks: Get out there and hang with the Dude
Sep07

Staff picks: Get out there and hang with the Dude

Retrofaire 2016 Open Air Market • Saturday Fan of vintage fashion, jewelry, hard-to-find music gear, vinyl records and live jazz? The Northampton Arts Council presents the third annual RETROFAIRE, held in the space between Thornes Marketplace and the Northampton parking garage. Sidewalk chalk art, yo-yo shows, outdoor wine café and oyster bar as well! 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  — Jennifer Levesque   BrewFest in Holyoke • Sept. 9-10 The...

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Valley Advocate Staff picks – Get out there!
Aug22

Valley Advocate Staff picks – Get out there!

CT HorrorFest • Saturday My favorite time of the year is around the corner, and all these marvelous Halloween events keep popping up. This Saturday, feast your eyes upon some of horror’s finest. Meet and greet with the “Godfather of the Dead” George A. Romero. The ladies of one of my all-time favorite films Evil Dead will be there, too. Go to http://www.cthorror.com for full details and guests. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Matrix Conference...

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Get Out with Staff Picks
Mar01

Get Out with Staff Picks

Amherst Art Walk • Thursday The first Thursday of every month is Art Walk night in Amherst. From 5 to 8 p.m. downtown galleries throw open their doors to art lovers. This Thursday, check out Stephen Gingold’s nature photography, Hillary Wilbur Ferro’s prints and paintings, and Eva Fairchild’s Carpe Diem photo exhibit. It’s all free. After, party at the Lumber Yard with live music. — Amanda Drane Badmagick @ Kaptain Jimmy’s • Saturday...

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Get Out with Staff Picks
Feb17

Get Out with Staff Picks

June Millington Retrospective • Sunday The good thing about celebrating the godmother of rock is that audience members be graced with not only her majesty’s music but that of all her successors. Members from Millington’s legendary band Fanny will perform at this celebration of the rock n’ roll pioneer, as well as Christine Ohlman, Sonya Kitchell, Holly Near, and more. Come and watch everybody “Play Like a Girl” on Sunday starting at 3...

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Get Out with Staff Picks
Feb03

Get Out with Staff Picks

Lexi Weege at Fort Hill Brewery • Friday Westfield native Lexi Weege has been making waves in recent years, sharing her enchanting vocals and unashamed lyrics throughout the region, but this weekend she plays at “her favorite place in all of the Valley” — Fort Hill Brewery in Easthampton. The jazz-indie artist will perform tunes off her latest release, Sweet Moon. It’s always refreshing to hear the uninhibited poetry she writes into...

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Get Out with Staff Picks!
Jan13

Get Out with Staff Picks!

Wine tasting for Dakin • Sunday What’s better than wine and cheese? Wine and cheese, plus knowledge? You had me at wine and cheese. Wine and cheese and knowledge, plus the proceeds go to animals in need? I’m sold three times over! Get your wine basics on with sommelier Nancy Clarke whilst you sip and eat cheese. Hosted at the South Deerfield Polish American Club on Jan. 17 at 4:30. Cost is $10 per person, all of which goes to Dakin...

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Get Out on NYE with Staff Picks!
Dec30

Get Out on NYE with Staff Picks!

Drunk Stuntmen at the World War II Club Looking for something to do during the day? Never fear! Northampton’s First Night is here! The city’s annual 12 hour NYE’s party includes entertainment at 22 venues. I’ll be hitting up the Deuce (World War II Club) on my lunch break to check out the Valley’s infamous Drunk Stuntmen at 2 p.m. 50 Conz St, Northampton. Go to the First Night website for information about how to get your button for...

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Get Out with Staff Haikus
Dec23

Get Out with Staff Haikus

Santa’s Got a Brand New Bag o’ Funk • Saturday James Brown gets it done with his Funky Christmas style. No more problems, dude. 9 p.m. at The Rendezvous on Dec. 26; 78 3rd Street, Turners Falls. — Amanda Drane   Edward Scissorhands • Wednesday Scissors for hands, eh? Who falls in love with Ryder? Popcorn in my face. Movie night: Dec. 30, 7 p.m. Free. Academy of Music Theatre, 274 Main St., Northampton.   — Jennifer Levesque...

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Staff Haikus: Smack My Bishop, Yuletide Market and more
Dec16

Staff Haikus: Smack My Bishop, Yuletide Market and more

Smack My Bishop at McLadden’s • Thursday Smack My Bishop’s here for crazy holiday fun. Get your jollies on! Dec. 17, 8 p.m. Free! McLadden’s in Northampton.  — Amanda Drane   1st annual Yuletide Market • Saturday Winter Solstice is fast approaching. Celebrating with crafts, workshops and edibles Ending with drum beats. Dec. 19, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Powder Mill Barn, 32 South Maple St., Enfield, CT.   — Jennifer Levesque  ...

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Staff Haikus: Jingle Jam, Stars & Skulls Crafty Craft Fair and more
Dec09

Staff Haikus: Jingle Jam, Stars & Skulls Crafty Craft Fair and more

Four-band punk rock show • Tuesday Big Ups to Perfect Pussy, Honeysuck, and your Demonbrother, too. Flywheel Arts Collective in Easthampton, 7:30 p.m. $10 before; $12 at the door. (413) 527-9800. — Amanda Drane, adrane@valleyadvocate.com Jingle Jam, rock’n’roll holiday event • Saturday Tis the season for giving, Local rock bands, cheers with beers… Celebrations all around! The Tank American Legion Post 185, 478 Springfield St.,...

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Staff Picks: The Demse Legacy, Northampton Record Fair and more
Dec02

Staff Picks: The Demse Legacy, Northampton Record Fair and more

The Demse Legacy • Sunday About six months ago, beloved Valley reggae band The Alchemystics lost leader Demse Zullo and roadie Brian “Budzy” White in a car accident. While coping with their loss, the band surged ahead into festival season. Now, they’re taking a minute to breathe and remember the men they lost with some of the music that brought them all together. They’ll be joined by ReBelle, Cheat Code, Bay Rd, and DJ Vibewise for a...

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Staff Picks: DJ Studebaker Hawk, Third Annual Mustachio Baschio and more
Nov25

Staff Picks: DJ Studebaker Hawk, Third Annual Mustachio Baschio and more

DJ Studebaker Hawk • Saturday Let’s face it — Thursday and Friday night’s activities (and workouts) will likely be lost to a tryptophan-induced food coma. Turkey dinners will become leftover turkey sandwiches for lunch and come 8 p.m. Friday evening it will be a struggle to get our still-bloated bodies out and about. But come Saturday, we’ll need to get moving and grooving. You can fulfill that need over at the Platform Sports Bar’s...

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Staff Picks:  And the Neighbors, Pink Panther and more
Nov18

Staff Picks: And the Neighbors, Pink Panther and more

Rhythm Inc With Total Collision • Saturday This Thanksgiving week, Rhythm Inc and Total Collision — featuring members of the Springfield-based Fear Nuttin Band — will remind the Valley we have some awesome reggae-hip-hop fusion to be grateful for. The two groups will get into the groove at Bishop’s Lounge this Saturday, and then again Wednesday (Thanksgiving Eve) at Hinge. Both shows start at 9:00 p.m., Saturday’s tickets are $5, and...

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Staff Picks: Bo Burnham at the Calvin, Springfield Falcons hockey and more
Nov11

Staff Picks: Bo Burnham at the Calvin, Springfield Falcons hockey and more

Bo Burnham at the Calvin • Sunday Bo Burnham turned heads five years ago when, at 20 (he looked 16) he cracked up crowds of all ages with his self-deprecating, oft-dirty, and clever music-based comedy. On Sunday, he makes his way to his native Massachusetts for an 8 p.m. show at the Calvin. In his maturation, he’s gotten a little less dirty and a little more theatrical, but still hilarious. His shows integrate stand-up, music, and...

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Staff Picks: An evening with Johnny Cash, Internet Cat Festival and more
Nov05

Staff Picks: An evening with Johnny Cash, Internet Cat Festival and more

Mass Appeal 2 • Saturday At this 413 Battle League event, it’s every Massachusetts man for himself — the event’s headline rap battles, Massachusetts vs. Everyone, pit Mass MCs against out-of-state rivals. As if watching these lyrical engineers fight to outwit and belittle their opponents with words wasn’t enough, DJ Live will be on the tables all night and Tox, of 80 80 Entertainment, will grace the evening with a performance. The...

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