Staff Picks: Fall festivals, and Fear Nuttin Band’s last leg
Oct17

Staff Picks: Fall festivals, and Fear Nuttin Band’s last leg

Halloween Thrash Bash 3 • Friday Maximum Capacity’s 3rd Halloween costume party is among us. Come dressed as anything but yourself! I may be in attendance sporting a blue wig. Drink specials all night and not to mention a killer line-up who may appear on  stage in costume as well! Featuring: SLIP-NOT, Grzelakurse, Disguise The Curse, One Ton Tommy Gun, Blood Grease & Dirt. $10-$12. 21-plus; 8 p.m., door. 116 School St., Chicopee....

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Basemental: Straight to Video, bassist Sam Hadge’s wild concert footage
Jun20

Basemental: Straight to Video, bassist Sam Hadge’s wild concert footage

The magic of live music stems from the intimacy of being in the same room as the performer, but Sam Hadge’s talent is capturing that intimacy for the online world who couldn’t make it to the show. Since I started going to DIY shows with regularity about a year and a half ago, Hadge has been a fixture. It seems he’s at nearly every single show in Western Mass with his video camera in hand, recording each set in its entirety, then...

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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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Must Have More Chaos: Cultural Chaos in Easthampton
Jun06

Must Have More Chaos: Cultural Chaos in Easthampton

More Chaos, Please Flying trapeze artists, puppets, Hula hoop extraordinaires, buskers, artists, crafters, bands, authors, dancers, and performing artists are among the funky folk who will converge on Cottage Street in Easthampton this Saturday for Cultural Chaos. The festival, produced by Easthampton City Arts+, is designed to celebrate unique creation in all its many forms — hence the chaos. From noon to 7 p.m., Cottage Street in...

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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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