Valley Show Girl: The Neon Oxen
Oct02

Valley Show Girl: The Neon Oxen

On the first fall evening that actually felt like fall I walk into the 13th Floor Music Lounge in Florence just in time to catch soundcheck for the first band, Holyoke’s stoner psych-rock, Oxen. Let’s take a trip down memory lane. Oxen’s first EP The Glass Coffin was my first music review, almost 4 years ago. That was when I realized, not only do I love music, I love writing about it, experiencing it. The now 3-piece are...

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Court Etiquette on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
Sep29

Court Etiquette on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

Court Etiquette is a Northampton-based indie pop band fused with rollicking roots rock. The band performed on the Valley Advocate Sessions stage on Sept. 5. Check out the band’s full performance in the video below. Interview with Court...

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VIDEO: Court Etiquette on Sessions Friday
Sep28

VIDEO: Court Etiquette on Sessions Friday

Court Etiquette is a Northampton-based indie pop band fused with rollicking roots rock. The band performed on the Valley Advocate Sessions stage on Sept. 5 and their full performance will be released this Friday. Check out a teaser for Court Etiquette on Sessions...

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Mama’s Marmalade’s Goodbye, Black Velvet Reviewed
Sep25

Mama’s Marmalade’s Goodbye, Black Velvet Reviewed

Mama’s Marmalade is a burst of sunshine that makes dark clouds dissipate with the band’s lush vocal harmonies and jammy acoustic newgrass blend of mandolin, banjo, violin, bass, and guitar. On June 2, the Northampton-based bluegrass quintet released its debut 10-track album, Goodbye, Black Velvet, which evokes the feeling of a Sunday drive on a warm summer evening. The band consists of Rich Hennessy on banjo/vocals, Lily Sexton on...

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Basemental: Water Your Waiting For
Sep25

Basemental: Water Your Waiting For

Last Monday, I reluctantly went to a house show in Hadley. I was going ’cause my friends were going — probably, but I was also vaguely interested in seeing some band from Minnesota that was supposed to be good. Honestly, I had radically low expectations. I saw the Miami Dolphins — which “has no affiliation, sponsorship, or connection whatsoever with any sports teams, professional or otherwise.” Not only did the Minneapolis-based band...

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