Music Reviews & Coverage
Nightcrawler: Koker and A Smile
The Valley celebrates “rising” artists; Danny “The Count” Koker kicks off the Big E concert series with a classic rock revival.
CD Shorts: Sid Selvidge
The Cold of the  Morning (Omnivore Recordings)   A legend in Memphis, Sid Selvidge...
A Blessed Event
New Englander Blessing Offor happy to land a spot on Team Pharrell in The Voice; masters of mock rock the Hippodrome.
A New Old-Timey
The Carolina Chocolate Drops’ Dom Flemons moves along the Americana trail.
CD Shorts: Marissa Nadler
July (Sacred Bones)   Marissa Nadler’s latest album doesn’t change her formula...
Nightcrawler: One Life to Livio
Livio Gravini looks to crowdfunding to make his project a reality; blues, brews and barbecue in Greenfield.
CD Shorts: The Dustbowl Revival
Carry Me Home (independent)   The more things change, the more they don’t. Or...
Eight Minutes of Fame
Open mic at Luthier’s Co-Op in Easthampton lets voices be heard
Nightcrawler: Signature Event
Signature Sounds celebrates two decades of sonic excellence; hip injury forces ZZ Top to bow out of Big E
CD Shorts: Tweedy
Sukierae (dBpm)   Jeff Tweedy’s new album arrives without his band Wilco, but...
Nightcrawler: Counting the Days
Danny “The Count” Koker trades classic cars for classic rock covers at Big E; Stone Coyotes celebrate 13th studio effort.
CD Shorts: Amy McCarley, Daphne Lee Martin
Amy McCarley Jet Engines (independent)   Daphne Lee Martin Frost (The...
Chevrolet to Shakespeare
Even if you think you don’t know Cliff Eberhardt’s voice, you probably know Cliff Eberhardt’s...
CD Shorts: Dustin Wong and Takako Minekawa
Savage Imagination (Thrill Jockey)   Sometimes there’s nothing better than listening...
Downtown Jazz
The Northampton Jazz Festival goes from music fest to downtown party.
Nightcrawler: All’s Fair
Amy Fairchild plays the name game; fair-weather friends at Mountain Park; Aaron Lewis’ “fairways and friends.”
Nightcrawler: To Infinity and Beyond
Toad The Wet Sprocket breaks in Hartford’s new Infinity Music Hall; Brooks’ Time Machine touches down in West Springfield.
Nightcrawler: “Smoke” Show
Blackberry Smoke billows blues-based country rock at Wolf Den; Def Lep & KISS turn the clocks back with faithful, classic rock performances.
CD Shorts: Erin and Her Cello
Petits Bisous (independent)   New York City-based Erin Hall proves that a bit of attitude...
Nightcrawler: The Gallery Is Open...
…to sharing the bill on its national tour; Robillard, Pitchell lend talents to Stafford Blues Fest.
CD Shorts: Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang
Four Foot Shack (ATO)   As I was purchasing this album, the two guys behind the counter...
CD Shorts: Spoon
They Want My Soul (Loma Vista)   Spoon has been a good band for a long time—the...
Nightcrawler: Booty Time
Ludlow’s Rock The Boot concert pairs donations with decibels; iconic Hartford rock channel succumbs to a higher power.
CD Shorts: Jon Hassell
City: Works of Fiction (All Saints)   More than a simple reissue, this three-disc expansion...
Sunbeams and Turpentine
Wishbone Zoe makes adventurous music with a big bag of sonic tricks.
Nightcrawler: Northern Exposure
New music series elevated to higher ground; Timberlake’s catalogue finally rivals his pop performance.
Nightcrawler: Upping the Dosage
Upper Valley Music Fest delivers decibels to combat cancer; Colorful characters converge on Sierra Grille.
Two Times the Festival Fun
T his Saturday, Turners Falls is the site of two simultaneous day-long celebrations: the Pocumtuck...
CD Shorts: Mostly Other People Do the Killing
The Coimbra Concert (Clean Feed) Beethoven is turning over a new leaf, goes an old, bad joke....
CD Shorts: Heldon
Allez-Teia (Superior Viaduct)   Guitarist Richard Pinhas has released a lot of albums,...
Taking the Class out of Classics
T he motto of Peter Schickele’s late, lamented music program on public radio, Schickele Mix...
CD Shorts: The Zombies
R.I.P. (Varese Sarabande) One of the most talented British invasion bands, The Zombies have...
Nightcrawler: Comin’ From California
All-female Zep tribute Zepparella visits Iron Horse; Ultimate Tribute band contest finalists battle for opening slot.
CD Shorts: Doug Hewitt
Roots in the Sky (Motif) Doug Hewitt, who’s been gigging regularly in these parts for...
CD Shorts: Jaro Milko
Cigarros Explosivos! (Asphalt Tango)   Welcome to Planet Mashable, featuring a Zurich-based...
Easy Being Green
Easy Being Green   The twenty-eighth annual Green River Festival sets up shop in Greenfield...
Nightcrawler: (Belated) Bombs in the Air
Enfield snares bigger acts by moving festivities further from the Fourth; Laurel Canyon runs deep with regional talent.
Nightcrawler: No-Dough Shows
Pizzeria Uno Springfield Summer Patio series features free nightly music; club circuit boasts big names in Agawam and Ludlow.
CD Shorts: Overhang Party
Complete Studio Recordings (Important) Four discs of avant rock from a little-known Japanese...
CD Shorts: Jack White
Lazaretto (Third Man) Jack White’s music runs a weird gamut, from Led Zeppelin-esque rock...
Nightcrawler: New Kids on the CityBlock
Springfield’s CityBlock full of returning faves and new blood; Wildcat O’Halloran’s blues festival.
Nightcrawler: A Taste of Budding Talent
Amherst Taste serves up a regional sonic sampler; a new heart for Whalen.
Can Music Pay?
The economic realities of making music in the Valley
Nightcrawler: Fairway to Heaven
Rockers link in to regional golf tourneys; Stearns Square summer lineup unveiled.
Nightcrawler: The Father of All Tastes
Springsteen sound-alikes anchor 2014 West Side Taste of The Valley lineup; NRBQ on tap for Noho Summer Brewfest.
CD Shorts: Ahmed Nasheed
Dhaalu Raa (Asasi)   No Wikipedia peeking—where are the Maldives? They’re...
Israeli Riddim
W hen Tel-Aviv’s Zvuloon Dub System visits the Valley this weekend in support of their new album...
Nightcrawler: Countin’ Down the Days
Big E talent buyer firms up concert calendar; Linkin Park narcs on Sublime?
CD Shorts: Claudia Schmidt
New Whirled Order (Red House)   The youth of every generation tend to believe that...
Nightcrawler: The Eleventh Hour
Gentle Hen debuts at Elevens “farewell”; paging Dr. (Jimmy) Page in Boston.
Nightcrawler: You Never Sausage A Festival
Tommy Kielbania resurrects Chicopee’s Kielbasa Fest May 15-18; West Side Showstoppers kick off West Springfield’s 51st annual family concert series
CD Shorts: Russell Kaback
Message of Love (independent)   Take a look at the cover of Greenfield musician Russ...
CD Shorts: Juke Joint Jazz
Live At The Arts Block (independent)   The cover of Juke Joint Jazz’s album ...
CD Shorts: Traditions
Cycles (Take This to Heart) Traditions might seem like an unusual name for a band adhering...
Nightcrawler: Gaine-ing Momentum
Bill Gaines and his Johnny Sixgun fired up about open-air shows; daughter Liv Gaines vies for The Voice.
Nightcrawler: Uploaded
Jo Sallins and Zack Bevelacqua turn an international, 8-year Youtube acquaintance into a local gig.
Nightcrawler: New England and Overlords
Trio de Pumpkintown primes for Singapore gig at Noho’s Parlor Room; Jesse Sterling Harrison is your (Corson) Overlord.
Nightcrawler: Mane Attraction
White Lion’s Mike Tramp talks Danish folk and diehard fans.
Hanging With GWAR
Mike Tramp visits the Palace Theater; Valley bassist Nate Fay recalls the late GWAR member Dave Brockie.
Behind the Beat: Serenade to a Donkey Jawbone
David Wax Museum brings its Mexo-Americana sound back to the Valley.
Behind the Beat: Signs of Intelligent Life
Peter Mulvey performs at the Iron Horse in Northampton, Massachusetts, U.S.A., Earth, Milky Way Galaxy.
CD Shorts: Greg Smith and The Broken English
Greg Smith and The Broken English Ramblin’ Road (independent)   Greg Smith...
Nightcrawler: Doctors in the House
Gone By Daylight unwittingly gives Coldplay the cold shoulder; two Saw Doctors come to town.
Back to the Garden
Heather Maloney Talks about her new EP with Darlingside, Woodstock
Nightcrawler: Fear and Decomposing
Orange Crush frontman fires up sonic blender; a trio of tributes in the Valley.
Moonshine On You Crazy Emerald (City)
Sometimes a pun can be taken too far. Far too far. But other times, said adventurous pun is surprisingly...
CD Shorts: Mystics Anonymous
Dreaming for Hours (independent)   Dreaming for Hours starts with a repetitive loop...
Nightcrawler: Those Metal-ing Kids
Reunited Split Shift and Medicated Savage join Shadows Fall for a hometown throwdown; assorted radio ga ga.
CD Shorts: Betty
Bright and Dark (BETTYRules Music (BMI)) Throughout their career, irreverent all-female pop...
Casting A Spell
UMass’ Magic Triangle Jazz Series year 25
Nightcrawler: Ians of Experience
An interview with Anthrax axe man Scott Ian
Playing the Light
Mary Hallock-Greenewalt and the color of sound
CD Shorts: Nistha Raj
Exit 1 (independent)   Mix the lonesome sounds of Mark O’Connor, the majestic...
CD Shorts: Leyla McCalla
Vari-Colored Songs: A Tribute to Langston Hughes (Music Maker) Leyla McCalla sounds like an...
CD Shorts: Oxen
The Glass Coffin (independent) The Glass Coffin is the four-song debut EP from a “heavy...
Nightcrawler: Impromptu Erna
Last Laugh graced by Godsmack frontman; 3 Doors Down one man down after DUI.
Nightcrawler: Howard Be Thy Name
Local musician attends Stern’s b’day bash; Ratite Studio owner Tony Jilson scores silver screen successes.
Nightcrawler: Giving It a Spin
Max Cap turns DJ loose on turntables with new contest; Justin Moore concert rescheduled.
Nightcrawler: Local Lament for Seeger
Valley notables recall experiences with the late Pete Seeger; former Jamawokee frontman checks in from 2014 Grammys.
CD Shorts: Owls
Two (Polyvinyl) Owls’ new effort, Two , starts with a loping, off-kilter drum part...
CD Shorts: Adrian Raso and Fanfare Ciocarlia
Devil’s Tale (Asphalt Tango)   A bat-flocked Gothic background fronts a lady...
Nightcrawler: Screen Shots
Who tribute band raises funds for Shelburne Falls theater; Crue calls it quits... kind of.
Behind the Beat: Happy Frondus
T he founding members of Stillbridge, Robbie Douglas and Laura Mustard—yes, the latter is a...
Pete Seeger (1919-2014)
A personal remembrance
No Saints
T he gypsy brass rock music circus comes to town New Orleans-style this week, when the Dirty Bourbon...
CD Shorts: Joe Driscoll and Sekou Kouyate
Faya (Cumbancha) A lot of times, genres get mashed up willy-nilly, and the mashers of those...
Nightcrawler: Re-Tooling
Tool tribute band seeks new mouthpiece; back-to-back Beatles shows.
CD Shorts: The Clean
The Clean Vehicle (Captured Tracks)   New Zealand’s answer to the Velvet...
CD Shorts: Sketches
Volume One (BaldHill Records)   It was Jimmy Buffet‘s alter ego Frank Bama who...
Hard Luck to Center Stage
S oul singer Charles Bradley may sound like he should have been making hit records 40 years ago, but...
Nightcrawler: Bottled Up
Bottle Rockets hold two CD release parties; a tale of two divas—Beyonce and Lady Gaga.
Underground Ascension
Holyoke’s Waterfront Tavern becomes the site of a full-fledged dance exposition this weekend...
Nightcrawler: Lou-sing an Icon
It’s a fact that the Velvet Underground’s first release only sold in the thousands. It’s...
Nightcrawler: Striking a Chord
The Joinery looks to whittle away friend’s medical tab; talent show and video contest accepting applications.
CD Shorts: Rusty Belle
Rusty Belle Common Courtesy (independent)   On Rusty Belle’s latest offering,...
Uke Joint
Banjo mechanic Bruce Kriviskey
CD Shorts: The True Jacqueline
If Afrika Bambaataa was looking for the perfect beat and Kinks singer Ray Davies was searching for...
Pix Elation
I t’s a good time to be a Pixies fan. The last year brought the first new music in ages from...
Behind the Beat: The Brown Piano
C arrie Ferguson makes music in her garage, a small, pleasantly cluttered building that’s withdrawn...
Nightcrawler: Merry KISSmas
KISS Army marches to rock’s hallowed hall; three merry music men remembered.
In the Box
The holiday box set season bears fruit.
CD Shorts: The Callas
The Callas Am I Vertical? (Inner Ear) From the first strains of The Callas’ Am...
CD Shorts: Jamie Kent
Embers & Ashes (independent)   The term “folk rock” has been around...
2013 Nightcrawler Notables
A light-hearted look at 2013 musical milestones and other assorted accomplishments of note
Nightcrawler: Season’s Greed-ings
Neil Young, Heart, Willie Nelson and more take on corporate interests via benefit concerts and boycotts.
Aces High
F amily bands aren’t a new concept. The Osmonds, the Bee Gees, even the current indie darlings...
CD Shorts: James Keelaghan
History: The First 25 Years (Borealis)   Twenty-three years ago I interviewed, for...
CD Shorts: Shanta Paloma
Shanta Paloma (independent)   The songs on local singer and songwriter Shanta Paloma’s...
Nightcrawler: Striking a Local Chord
Valley community raises funds for typhoon victims; Odds of Eden celebrates self-titled debut at The Elevens.
CD Shorts: Mutual Benefit
Mutual Benefit Love’s Crushing Diamond (Other Music Recording Co.)   Mutual...
Nightcrawler: Birthday Kiss
Kissy’s 30th pairs crowd-pleasing rockers with cupcakes; Crestview christened by the Hammer of the Gods.
Nightcrawler: Whiskey A Go Go
Whiskey Treaty stirs its sonic stew; Wildcat-care for Valley musicians; Llama Lasagna’s sleeper hit.
CD Short: The Wiyos
The Wiyos make a mighty big noise for three guys playing old-fashioned acoustic instruments.
Nightcrawler: Fleury of Activity
New country club owner takes a swing at live rock; Mayer’s looking for (Instagram) love.
CD Short: Paul Simon
Over the Bridge of Time (Sony Legacy) Love him or hate him, there’s simply no point...
Nightcrawler: Smith and Lessons
Randy Smith dishes on stylistic departures; Gilmer lets Staind fans make their bids.
CD Short
The Limiñanas
Nightcrawler: Can't Find a Better Band
Twenty-plus years after Ten, Pearl Jam shows no signs of slowing; Sighs matter.
Behind the Beat: Room Service
Mother Elk
Nightcrawler: A Tor-rid Affair
Rev Tor’s Halloween bash is “the shit”; a chance to win the kit of “Cult of Personality” drummer Will Calhoun.
CD Short: Cass McCombs
Big Wheel and Others (Domino) In press materials accompanying this latest release from solo...
CD Shorts
Cave,
Sports Fan Erin McKeown
Local folksinger and sports writer Erin McKeown plays the Parlor Room this weekend.
Nightcrawler: A Molly Hatchet
Three electronic dance shows axed at UMass amid ecstasy concerns; a Hank-ering for good eats.
Nightcrawler
From Noho to Napa for Gone By Daylight; Big Shot singer gets big break from Billy Joel.
Not Exactly House Music
The best-loved stories of P.G. Wodehouse feature that imperturbable valet Jeeves and his young aristocratic...
Big Screen Chills
This week, guest conductor/composer Michael Shapiro and 15 members of the The Springfield Symphony...
CD Shorts
Quasi, Up the Chain, Daphne Lee Martin
CD Shorts
Lucy Wainwright Roche; Ka; Suburban Legends
Nightcrawler: View to a Killswitch
Before tour, hometown heroes Killswitch Engage perform CBGB Fest and Rio’s Monsters of Rock.
CD Shorts
Huckleberry Binge;
Behind the Beat: Dapper Mammals
T hings get off to an interesting start on Mammal Dap’s new EP, 5lbsHigh5 . The band’s...
CD Shorts
Çigdem Aslan Mortissa (Asphalt Tango)   Stick around long enough and dive...
The Celtic Bard
Mike Scott's Waterboys bring W.B. Yeats to musical life.
Nightcrawler: Proof of Life
DPR resurfaces with High Proof; Weird Al brings four decades of musical mimicry to Calvin Oct. 6.
Behind the Beat: Ides of March
J im Peternik recalls the day some 20 years ago when he came home to find a message from Sylvester...
CD Shorts
Weird Owl; Of Montreal; Nirvana
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