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 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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