Foo Fighters’ Concrete and Gold is Celestial Smash
Sep15

Foo Fighters’ Concrete and Gold is Celestial Smash

Foo Fighters Concrete and Gold (Roswell Records/ RCA Records) Release date: 9/15/17 How does a stadium-filling rock band follow up its most ambitious album ever? In the case of the Foo Fighters, the answer is by achieving rebellion through an embrace of normalcy. Whereas the recording of 2014’s Sonic Highways took place in eight different studios across eight different cities nationwide, the recording of the Foo’s ninth studio album...

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Album Review: Pop and Punk Collide In The Prozacs’ Sci-Fi Influenced “Exist”
Aug04

Album Review: Pop and Punk Collide In The Prozacs’ Sci-Fi Influenced “Exist”

Back in January of this past year, the members of Westfield-based pop punkers, The Prozacs, parted ways. Formed in 2001 by Jay Gauvin (or better known as J Prozac), the band had seen many different line-ups of members throughout their time performing. Gauvin was going to end the band following this year’s breakup, but realized that it made no sense after all the hard work that had been put into making their latest album, Exist. “Also...

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LuxDeluxe Delivers with New Album “Let’s Do Lunch”
Apr07

LuxDeluxe Delivers with New Album “Let’s Do Lunch”

LuxDeluxe Let’s Do Lunch (Spirithouse) Release date: 5/5/17 The latest release from these Northampton rockers is a pretty straightforward affair. In fact, the album’s opening track, “Intro,” even welcomes listeners and lists each band member’s name in succession. Ned King, Jacob Rosazza, Gabriel Bernini, Caleb Rosazza and Jake Edwards, have seen their collective profile rise over the past few years playing sold out shows, earning the...

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Say Yes to Expanded Elliott Smith “Either/ Or” Reissue
Mar10

Say Yes to Expanded Elliott Smith “Either/ Or” Reissue

Elliott Smith Either/ Or: Expanded Edition (Kill Rock Stars) Release date: 3/10/17 Either you are an Elliott Smith fan, or you are not. For some, Smith is the singer and songwriter who contributed a handful of heart-rending songs to the soundtrack of the film “Good Will Hunting,” including the Oscar-nominated number “Miss Misery.” For others, he remains a cult-figure, known equally for his delicate artistry and his sudden death in...

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Emo Core
Oct10

Emo Core

He has played multiple instruments, in multiple bands, for multiple decades. The sum total of all these multiples? Scene stalwart Henning Ohlenbusch has played with or supported acts of almost every genre in his prolific career. Rock, pop, surf, psychedelic… You name it. But even Ohlenbusch must admit, the latest gig he has booked – Nov. 16, at the Iron Horse in Northampton – is a definitive first. It’s an Emo show of...

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