Sacred Native American sites in the Valley Destroyed with a Mighty Shrug
Sep18

Sacred Native American sites in the Valley Destroyed with a Mighty Shrug

A steady stream of gray incense-like smoke with the scent of pine wafted from the grass lawn on the Shutesbury Town Common as Rolf Cachat-Schilling said a prayer blessing in a native language, to ward off evil intentions. A group of half a dozen people slowly lined up to be part of the ceremony. “We came here to do a memorial service, partially for our departed who we’re concerned are going to be dug up or their resting places are...

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Interview: Peter Wolf of J. Geils Band On Music, Art School, And Playing Western Mass
Sep13

Interview: Peter Wolf of J. Geils Band On Music, Art School, And Playing Western Mass

Peter Wolf, the dynamic rock and blue-eyed soul frontman singer for the J. Geils Band, who co-wrote some of the band’s most popular songs such as “Love Stinks,” and “Must Of Got Lost,” is gearing up to play the Academy of Music in Northampton on Oct. 13. Valley Advocate Staff Writer Chris Goudreau interviewed Wolf about his upcoming performance in Northampton, his early days as an art student in Boston, past performances in Western...

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Between The Lines: Massachusetts Reps Should Get With Arnold to Terminate Gerrymandering
Sep11

Between The Lines: Massachusetts Reps Should Get With Arnold to Terminate Gerrymandering

Not in a million years would I have predicted the Governator would be the one to kickstart a campaign to stop the legal election-rigging scheme used to weaken the voting power of one political power over another, aka gerrymandering, but here we are. I am less surprised that Massachusetts has yet to get on board with tearing down this cynical barrier to democracy. After all, the Bay State gave birth to gerrymandering. I’ll try to...

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Interview: The Pixies On Music, Reuniting, And Annoying The Neighbors
Sep05

Interview: The Pixies On Music, Reuniting, And Annoying The Neighbors

There’s no band quite like the Pixies with its blend of dissonant noise pop, psychedelic hard rock, surf-drenched reverb, punk rock-ish DIY leanings, and surreal lyrics that cover bizarre topics from extraterrestrials to biblical violence. Since the band’s 1986 formation at UMass Amherst, the Pixies have played thousands of shows across the world and on Sept. 20, the band returns to Western Mass to play Smith College’s John Greene...

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Chris Goudreau on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
Sep01

Chris Goudreau on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

Valley Advocate staff writer – Chris Goudreau – is this week’s Sessions performer. Goudreau sings with an operatic sounding voice and has plenty of 12-string guitar chops. Goudreau is also a member of 10-piece avant-garde pop/ experimental theatrical band, The Leafies You Gave Me, in which he sings, plays guitar, and provides surreal Dada inspired comedy. Goudreau performed on the Valley Advocate Sessions stage on August 8. Interview...

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