Big Rock, Little Valley: How Big is Too Big For Green River Fest?
Jun06

Big Rock, Little Valley: How Big is Too Big For Green River Fest?

Interstate 24 carries traffic through the heart of Manchester, Tennessee. But on June 21, 2002, the highway turned into a parking lot. The cause: Bonnaroo.In the 14 years since, the music and arts festival has streamlined the traffic plan with police and city planners. But that Friday’s snafu was front-page news in The Tennessean, which recently wrote that “some longtime locals and commuters still shudder when the fest returns each...

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GZA GZA GZA GZA!!!! Wednesday
Jun06

GZA GZA GZA GZA!!!! Wednesday

Get Schooled The GZA (minus the RZA, the Ol’ Dirty BZA, U-God, Chef, and the Ghostface Killah) is stopping by the Valley to hold a master class in lyrical flow Wednesday night at Pearl Street. Known as the “spiritual head” of the seminal Wu-Tang Clan, GZA/Genius is touring in promotion of his seventh solo album, the “quantum-inspired” Dark Matter. — Kristin PalpiniGZA/Genius: Wednesday 8 p.m. $20. Pearl Street Ballroom, 10 Pearl St.,...

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15 Group Band Photo Cliches and What They Really Mean
Jun06

15 Group Band Photo Cliches and What They Really Mean

There’s only so many ways to take a group photo of a bunch of musicians — we know this because we see a lot of repetition in band publicity photos. How is it that creative and talented musicians across the planet keep coming up with the same band photo over and over again? Is looking off-camera while your photo is taken somewhere in a musician’s DNA? Or is the publicity pic just the last thing on a long list of taxing promotional...

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Is This 8-bit Drone Gypsy Jazz Trio For Me? Music Genres Defined
Jun06

Is This 8-bit Drone Gypsy Jazz Trio For Me? Music Genres Defined

It’s okay to be stumped when your friend invites you out to see his favorite math rock funk band — tonight with a Zydeco guest washboard player! The variety of musicians in the Valley is immense, and so is the range of music they play. So, if you ever wondered whether an 8-bit drone gypsy jazz trio is something you’d like to see, here’s a list defining some of the genres you can find being performed in the Valley. 8-bit: Using old...

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And The Kids near indie rock graduation on new album “Friends Share Lovers”
Jun04

And The Kids near indie rock graduation on new album “Friends Share Lovers”

And The Kids Friends Share Lovers (Signature Sounds) Release date: 6/3/16In the midst of graduation season in Western Mass, it’s easy to forget that graduation itself is about more than caps and gowns. Students, who four years ago were mere freshmen in high school or college, are now readying for their respective commencement days, which will launch them into the next stages of their lives.Many are a bundle of nerves. Others are...

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