Rice: An American Band on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
Mar22

Rice: An American Band on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

This week’s Advocate Sessions band is Americana, blues and jamming rock n’ roll band Rice: An American Band. Check out Rice’s performance in the video below. Interview with Rice: An American...

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Valley Advocate Staff Picks: Goblet and Jeopardy, Poetic Open Mic, Women’s Film Fest
Mar21

Valley Advocate Staff Picks: Goblet and Jeopardy, Poetic Open Mic, Women’s Film Fest

Goblet and Jeopardy at The Perch // THURSDAY Mar. 21 Thrashy Thirsty Thursday! The top floor of the Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center in Greenfield is a nice open spot for some pits. Western Mass bastard thrasher’s Goblet and Brattleboro’s thrash metalist’s Jeopardy will inspire people to utilize that nice open spot for sure. 8:30 p.m, $10. The Perch at Hawks & Reed, 289 Main St, Greenfield. 413-774-0150. hawksandreed.com....

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Free Will Astrology: Read banned books, Aquarius
Mar18

Free Will Astrology: Read banned books, Aquarius

ARIES (March 21-April 19): During the coming weeks, everything that needs to happen will indeed happen only if you surprise yourself on a regular basis. So I hope you will place yourself in unpredictable situations where you won’t be able to rely on well-rehearsed responses. I trust that you will regard innocence and curiosity and spontaneity as your superpowers. Your willingness to change your mind won’t be a mark of weakness but...

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The Green Sisters on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
Mar15

The Green Sisters on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

This week’s Advocate Sessions performer are The Green Sisters with their mix of old timey, folk, Celtic, and bluegrass music with lush four part harmonies. Interview with The Green...

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Staff Picks: The Mammals at Hinterland; Art of Adam Bosse; The Fly at Amherst Cinema
Mar14

Staff Picks: The Mammals at Hinterland; Art of Adam Bosse; The Fly at Amherst Cinema

Saturday, March 16 // The Mammals at Hinterland One of my favorite folk bands of all time, The Mammals, led by Ruth Ungar and Mike Merenda (Mike + Ruthy), will be playing at Valley View Farm in Haydenville this Saturday in collaboration with Laudable Productions. The Mammals are much more than just a folk band, they combine traditional folk with old-timey music, blues, indie pop, soul, rock, jazz, and a bunch of other genres of music,...

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Free Will Astrology: Your hairlessness makes you dogged, Scorpio
Mar11

Free Will Astrology: Your hairlessness makes you dogged, Scorpio

ARIES (March 21-April 19): The coming weeks might be a good time to acquire a flamethrower. It would come in handy if you felt the urge to go to a beach and incinerate mementoes from an ex-ally. It would also be useful if you wanted to burn stuff that reminds you of who you used to be and don’t want to be any more; or if you got in the mood to set ablaze symbols of questionable ideas you used to believe in but can’t afford to believe...

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OroborO on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
Mar08

OroborO on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

OroborO combines experimenatal rock with punk, metal, and mathy riffs. Check out the band’s Advocate Sessions performance in the video below. Interview with...

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Staff picks: 17 Years Boy: Epilogue; Big Surf Dance; Spring Bulb Show
Mar07

Staff picks: 17 Years Boy: Epilogue; Big Surf Dance; Spring Bulb Show

Imo Nse Imeh: 17 Years Boy: Epilogue // Through March 15 Visual artist Dr. Imo Nse Imeh’s latest project “17 Years Boy: Epilogue” is now on display at Readywipe Gallery in Holyoke. His work is remarkable and powerful and absolutely beautiful. The exhibition stems from a project started last year in response to the death of Trayvon Martin. Imeh painted a large-scale portrait of the teenager over a 17-hour period, then destroyed the...

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Bizarro Briefs: Polly Wants a Hit of Opium
Mar06

Bizarro Briefs: Polly Wants a Hit of Opium

Polly wants a hit of opium The farmers who grow fields of poppies in India to produce opium, which is sold on the medical market, often have to contend with seasons of uneven rainfall — but there’s another unpredictable factor that has been wreaking havoc on the crop this year — addicted parrots. The brightly-colored, backtalking birds have been biting into seed pods and even carrying them off to, one imagines, opium nests out of...

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Wellness: Going Barefoot to Connect with the Natural World
Mar05

Wellness: Going Barefoot to Connect with the Natural World

Remember playing shoeless in the grass as a kid, or feeling the earth under your feet as you ambled down your favorite path or sat barefoot by a lake or around a campfire? For some of us, those carefree days of foot freedom are but a fond memory. However, there are many reasons why we may want to reconsider kicking off our shoes when we can. From the simple joy and freedom that our unshod feet may elicit, to increasing strength and...

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Free Will Astrology: Stick with it like Bob Dylan, Gemini
Mar04

Free Will Astrology: Stick with it like Bob Dylan, Gemini

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Genius inventor Thomas Edison rebelled against sleep, which he regarded as wasteful. He tried to limit his time in bed to four hours per night so he would have more time to work during his waking hours. Genius scientist Albert Einstein had a different approach. He preferred 10 hours of sleep per night, and liked to steal naps during the day, too. In my astrological opinion, Aries, you’re in a phase when it...

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Orlen, Gabriel, and Avery on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
Mar01

Orlen, Gabriel, and Avery on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

Orlen, Gabriel, and Avery perform folk music with rich vocal harmonies, lap steel slide licks, and ragtime inspired guitar. Check out the group’s Advocate Sessions performance in the video below. Interview with Orlen, Gabriel, and...

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Staff Picks: Stop Making Sense/Bach and Friends/Krewe les Gras
Feb28

Staff Picks: Stop Making Sense/Bach and Friends/Krewe les Gras

Talking Heads Film @ Amherst Cinema // Friday, MARCH 1 This Friday, March 1, Amherst Cinema brings Talking Heads’ fantastic and groundbreaking concert film “Stop Making Sense,” to the screen as part of its Late Nights series. The film was shot during the course of three nights in December 1983 and features, arguably, the best versions of the band’s famous songs such as “Psycho Killer,” and “Burning Down the House.” The film will be...

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Lifting Every Voice: Springfield Black History Month lecture series educates and inspires
Feb27

Lifting Every Voice: Springfield Black History Month lecture series educates and inspires

On a cold night in the middle of February, lights are glowing in the windows of Spring of Hope Church of God in Christ, a small brick church on Alden Street in Springfield. Inside, the pews are about three-quarters full, and the attendees are listening to a different kind of sermon. “Out of fires, great things happen,” said 1999 Pulitzer Prize winner, Karen Hunter, after recalling a conversation between Martin Luther King Jr. and...

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Olivia Frances on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
Feb22

Olivia Frances on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

Olivia Frances is a folk/pop singer-songwriter with environmentalist themes. Check out her Advocate Sessions performance in the video below. Interview with Olivia...

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Free Will Astrology: Time for female empowerment, Taurus
Feb20

Free Will Astrology: Time for female empowerment, Taurus

ARIES (March 21-April 19): South Koreans work too hard. Many are on the job for fourteen hours a day, six days a week. That’s why a new concept in vacations has emerged there. People take sabbaticals by checking into Prison Inside Me, a facility designed like a jail. For a while, they do without cell phones and Internet and important appointments. Freed of normal stresses and stripped of obsessive concerns, they turn inward and...

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Book Bag: ‘Enchantée’ by Gita Trelease; ‘Seven Full days’ by Ferris Shelton
Feb19

Book Bag: ‘Enchantée’ by Gita Trelease; ‘Seven Full days’ by Ferris Shelton

ENCHANTÉE By Gita Trelease Flatiron Books gitatrelease.com In Paris in 1789, as poverty grips most of the populace, and the aristocrats’ indifference to people’s suffering breeds growing anger, 17-year-old Camille Durbonne is struggling to provide for herself and her younger sister, Sophie. The girls’ parents have died from smallpox, and their dissolute brother, Alain, is busy gambling away what little money they have. Camille, the...

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Stoner Will & The Narks on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
Feb16

Stoner Will & The Narks on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

Stoner Will & The Narks play slacker rock with a biting satirical bent. Check out the band’s Advocate Sessions performance in the video below. Interview with Stoner Will & The...

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Advocate Staff Picks: Feb. 15 – 23
Feb15

Advocate Staff Picks: Feb. 15 – 23

Ch’CHUNK! at Luthier’s Co-op // FRIDAY, Feb. 15 Ch’Chunk is self-described as “a modern take on classic swing.” The band plays great original songs as well as Tin Pan Alley classics that instantly transports your mind to a dimly lit speakeasy. So, with that in mind, let guitar bar Luthier’s Co-op on Friday be your mind speakeasy this week from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Plus there’s two other great local bands that have performed on...

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Free Will Astrology: There are more galaxies near the big dipper than you think, Gemini
Feb15

Free Will Astrology: There are more galaxies near the big dipper than you think, Gemini

ARIES (March 21-April 19): When directors of movies say, “It’s a wrap,” they mean that the shooting of a scene has been finished. They may use the same expression when the shooting of the entire film is completed. That’s not the end of the creative process, of course. All the editing must still be done. Once that’s accomplished, the producer may declare that the final product is “in the can,” and ready to be released or broadcast....

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Purging Plastic: The quest to break the addiction to single-use garbage
Feb14

Purging Plastic: The quest to break the addiction to single-use garbage

Eight billion metric tons. According to Industrial Ecologist Roland Geyer of the University of California, Santa Barbara, that is the amount of plastic that has been produced since the 1950s, and almost half of that, was created after the year 2000, causing plastic pollution and its environmental impacts to explode as well. Many argue that it is our societal addiction to convenience and a lack of forward thinking that has allowed...

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Electrio on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
Feb09

Electrio on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

Electrio combines blues rock with progressive rock, funky grooves, and experimental stylings. Check out the band’s Advocate Sessions performance in the video below. Interview with...

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Raspberry Jam on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
Feb01

Raspberry Jam on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

Raspberry Jam plays catchy progressive indie rock that’ll get you on the dance floor. Check out the band’s Valley Advocate Sessions performance in the video below. Interview with Raspberry...

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No Lens on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
Jan25

No Lens on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

No Lens combines reggae rock with acoustic folk and funk grooves. Check out the band’s performance on Valley Advocate Sessions in the video below. Interview with No...

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Dicey Riley with Zoe Darrow on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
Jan18

Dicey Riley with Zoe Darrow on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

Dicey Riley with Zoe Darrow is a Celtic-folk influenced rock band with virtuoso fiddle and electric bagpipes. Check out the band’s full Valley Advocate Sessions performance in the video below. Interview with Dicey Riley and Zoe...

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Best of the Valley Readers’ Poll 2019 VOTE!
Dec20

Best of the Valley Readers’ Poll 2019 VOTE!

Best of the Valley Readers’ Poll The poll will be open from noon on December 20th through 5 p.m. on January 31st. For over thirty years, the people of Western Massachusetts have been making their voice heard by voting in the Valley Advocate’s Best of the Valley Readers’ Poll. From favorite art museum and pizza place, to hair salon and dentist, Best Of voters have been showing their support for those businesses that...

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Moving Day on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
Jan11

Moving Day on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

Moving Day is a an indie rock duo in the spirit of 1960s pop music. Check out the band’s Valley Advocate Sessions performance in the video below. Interview with Moving...

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Uncle Brothers on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
Jan04

Uncle Brothers on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

Uncle Brothers is a a progressive jazz metal band with electric trumpets and heavy distorted guitar riffs. Check out the band’s Advocate Sessions performance in the video below. Interview with Uncle...

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Scott Meyers on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
Dec28

Scott Meyers on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

Scott Meyers is a mellow folk singer-songwriter with heart and soul. Check out his Advocate Sessions performance in the video below. Interview with Scott...

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Dirty Words on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
Dec21

Dirty Words on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

Dirty Words is a project that combines soulful poetry with introspective jazz presented by singer-songwriter Cait Simpson (The Greys). Simpson created a special version of her poetry-driven performance for Valley Advocate Sessions, which you can watch in the video below. Interview with Cait...

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Ali Kat and the Revelators on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
Dec14

Ali Kat and the Revelators on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

Ali Kat and the Revelators perform rocking funk and soul with sax, guitars, and high energy vocals. Check out the band’s Advocate Sessions performance in the video below. Interview with Ali Kat and the...

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Mtali Banda Oneness Project on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
Dec08

Mtali Banda Oneness Project on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

Mtali Banda Oneness Project performs meditative jazz alongside R&B and gospel influences. Check out the group’s Valley Advocate Sessions performance in the video below. Interview with Mtali Banda Oneness...

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Michael Graffius on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
Nov28

Michael Graffius on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

Michael Graffius is a performer who plays sweet melancholy folk mixed with poetic indie and punk lyricism. Check out his Advocate Sessions performance in the video below. Interview with Michael...

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Sunny D & The Tangy Originals on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
Nov16

Sunny D & The Tangy Originals on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

Sunny D & The Tangy Originals is the solo project of guitarist Tom Del Negro (Lexi Weege & The Wondertwins). Sunny D performs electrified virtuoso looped guitar compositions, blending pre-recorded sounds with intricate soloing. Interview with Sunny...

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Lexi Weege & The Wondertwins on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
Nov08

Lexi Weege & The Wondertwins on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

Lexi Weege & The Wondertwins perform hot jazz music with close vocal harmonies with blues roots. Check out the band’s full Valley Advocate Sessions performance in the video below. Interview with Lexi Weege & The...

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