Love is in the Ear: The Alternative Bangin’ Sex Playlist
Feb06

Love is in the Ear: The Alternative Bangin’ Sex Playlist

Feel like makin’ love? You could bang along to the radio Top 40, Advocate reader, but that’s probably not your style. If you’re not into Selena Gomez, Ed Sheerhan, or Calvin Harris — ugh — we’ve got you covered with alternative love songs. Because metal heads, rude bois, club queens, kweens, and hipsters need love, too. “Push It” — Salt-N-Pepa An oldie, but a goodie; the song puts sex on the agenda no matter where you hear it. “The...

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Music Pick: Hothfest at Max Cap
Jan09

Music Pick: Hothfest at Max Cap

Bone Chilling Metal Turn those cold winter blues into face-melting metal this weekend at the 3rd Annual Hothfest! Two full days of killer lineups featuring local bands scattered throughout touring bands. “When death metal takes over New England!” says the man behind it all: organizer and Disguise the Curse drummer Jamie Cross. DTC are slated to play midday Sunday. Among the almost 30 bands scheduled to perform are Splattered Entrails,...

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Jammin’ for Justice
Jan09

Jammin’ for Justice

Jammin’ for Justice The nonprofit Watermelon Wednesdays has been providing musical education and holding concerts for the past 17 years. This Wednesday, the group is putting on In It Together, a fundraiser for community, diversity, and social justice to benefit the Markham-Nathan Fund. Guests include Chris Brashear and Ben Demerath, Wisteria String Quartet, Charles Neville Quartet, Mister Sun, and Valley Jazz Divas and Friends....

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Cinemadope: Cracking a Chestnut
Dec12

Cinemadope: Cracking a Chestnut

When my wife and I began seeing each other — a decade ago, now — one of our early big dates was an afternoon out for a December performance of The Nutcracker, put on by the Pioneer Valley Ballet at the Academy of Music in Northampton. It felt special and somehow grand, with both of us in clothes we didn’t wear so often, each done up a bit for the occasion. But it also felt sweetly innocent and profoundly local, seeing those kids...

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Nightcrawler: Saying Adios to ‘El Tony’ Cruz Reyes
Dec05

Nightcrawler: Saying Adios to ‘El Tony’ Cruz Reyes

Longtime radio personality Mike “Haze” DeJesus’s tale of his first meeting with Springfield-area rockers Hypnotic Kick smacks of a tacky joke set up. “Eighteen years ago, three Puerto Rican gents and an Irish lad walked into the radio station,” he recalled. “I was a fan from day one.” On Sunday, Nov. 27, DeJesus was one of the first to break some devastating news that rocked the regional music scene: Anthony “El Tony” Cruz Reyes, who...

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