Dinosaur Jr. Roars Again on New Album
Aug05

Dinosaur Jr. Roars Again on New Album

Dinosaur Jr. Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not (Jagjaguwar) Release date: 8/5/16 Break out the ear plugs. Western Massachusetts’ own alt-rock power trio, Dinosaur Jr., is back. New album Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not marks the fourth release by the band since the acclaimed 2005 reunion of the group’s original line-up – J Mascis (guitar, vocals), Lou Barlow (bass, vocals) and Murph (drums). In fact, this current incarnation of Dinosaur...

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Indian Oven Cooks Up Full-Length Album Full of Surprises
Aug12

Indian Oven Cooks Up Full-Length Album Full of Surprises

Indian Oven Tenderness (Self-release/ DIY) Release date: 8/12/16 In a 2013 interview, the members of the Western Massachusetts indie rock band Indian Oven – Sam Carpenter (vocals, guitar, bass) and Griffin Bazzeghin (drums, percussion, harmonica, backup vocals) – mentioned exciting plans of starting work on a full-length album. Now, three years later, the duo has emerged with the finished product. With a name like Tenderness,...

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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 Palpini GZA/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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