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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Valley Show Girl: And The Kids’ Whimsical Indie Rock
Feb14

Valley Show Girl: And The Kids’ Whimsical Indie Rock

Signature Sounds recording artists And The Kids from Northampton have made a name for themselves throughout their active musician years in the Valley. They’ve been locally and nationally covered and very recently had a live set at Paste Magazine that was streamed through social media. They are about to release their latest masterpiece on Feb. 22. Guitarist and vocalist Hannah Mohan and drummer Rebecca Lasaponaro first met in junior...

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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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Basemental: Mibble Q&A – Hadley’s Mike Parham’s solo project, Mibble
Feb08

Basemental: Mibble Q&A – Hadley’s Mike Parham’s solo project, Mibble

Hadley’s Mike Parham, whose solo moniker is Mibble, recently released a new album, “Welcome the Earth Dog.” Parham’s superb home recordings sound like miniature musical collages, complete with sound effects, samples, and a lackadaisical posture towards the constructs of time, money, and fame. Evoking Neil Young and the sonic idea of clouds, Earth Dog builds nicely on Parham’s previous releases — 2016’s Wide Awake Western...

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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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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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Valley Show Girl: The Gift of Music – A 2018 Local Music Retrospective
Jan07

Valley Show Girl: The Gift of Music – A 2018 Local Music Retrospective

The gift that keeps on giving is always the gift of music. You can go all out and get someone you love a new record player with a handful of vinyl for them to christen the needle with. You can pick up a CD or even a cassette, and you can purchase the album online to receive the download code to upload to your electronic device. So many options! Here are some of my recommendations with the newer albums I’ve been listening to nonstop,...

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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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Josh Pearson on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
Nov30

Josh Pearson on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

Josh Pearson plays country, blues, and folk music with a dose of wry songwriting wit. Check out his complete Valley Advocate Sessions performance in the video below. Interview with Josh...

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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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Basemental: Why do we like live music anyway?
Nov08

Basemental: Why do we like live music anyway?

There are two reasons I like music. The first is that euphoric feeling you get when you see an amazing band (especially for the first time); the second is I like musicians and their stories. I enjoy compulsively consuming them. Gotta scrape the bottom of the Wikipedia references to get the fullest scoop (that is still incomplete and inadequate); also those glib Youtube interviews where the band is drinking beer and pretending to...

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Chris James on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
Nov03

Chris James on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

Chris James is a folk/pop singer-songwriter with a sweet tenor voice matched by remarkable falsetto. Check out his full Advocate Sessions performance in the video below. Interview with Chris...

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Basemental: Landowner’s new release, Blatant, skewers consumerism
Oct26

Basemental: Landowner’s new release, Blatant, skewers consumerism

Self described “weak hardcore” band Landowner leaves few stones unturned in skewering today’s tattered state of affairs on their August album Blatant. Everything from consumerism and television to insecure men and elite self-congratulation gets a scathing treatment by vocalist Dan Shaw, who is an urban planner in Holyoke. Weaving together a tight and precise soundscape with sparse post-punk riffs, the band — Elliot Hughes, Josh...

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John-Michael Field on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
Oct19

John-Michael Field on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

John-Michael Field performs spiritually themed folk with a dose of humor. Check out his full Advocate Sessions performance in the video below. Interview with John-Michael...

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Moxie on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage – Our 100th Sessions Video!
Oct12

Moxie on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage – Our 100th Sessions Video!

Moxie is a soulful teenage indie pop and rock group from Brattleboro, VT, and also our 100th act to be featured on Advocate Sessions. Check out Moxie’s set below alongside an interview with the band and a special 100th Sessions Video Retrospective in which David Newland (NCTV), Jared Libby (Signature Sounds Recordings) and Valley Advocate staff writer/ Sessions host Chris Goudreau share their favorite moments over the past two...

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Scott Cadwallader on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
Oct05

Scott Cadwallader on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

Scott Cadwallader is a folk/country singer-songwriter from Northampton and host of the weekly Thursday Yellow Sofa open mic at the Thirsty Mind. Cadwallader is a prolific songwriter, who has published dozens of his own original songs on YouTube. Check out his Advocate Sessions performance below. Interview with Scott...

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Anjali Rose on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
Sep28

Anjali Rose on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

Local singer-songwriter Anjali Rose Kumar performs a melange of indie folk-tinged looped vocals and guitar with a world music perspective. Interview with Anjali...

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Eva Cappelli on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
Sep21

Eva Cappelli on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

Eva Cappelli is a local songwriting queen who plays everything from blues and country to jazz and rock. Check out her Advocate Sessions performance in the video below. Interview with Eva...

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Basemental: Pussyvision Debuts Self-Release, Replicate
Sep17

Basemental: Pussyvision Debuts Self-Release, Replicate

Two years ago when I wrote a profile about Finley Janes’ project Pussyvision, the project was just getting started. A year prior, Janes wasn’t making music—yet. Pussyvision had yet to go on multiple tours, one of which took Janes as far as Mexico, and produce, record and self-release a debut album, Replicate, which came out earlier this summer. Coming up in the local experimental/noise scene, sharing bills with musicians spanning many...

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Riley Godleski on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
Sep14

Riley Godleski on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

Riley Godleski is a local singer-songwriter who perfroms indie pop mixed with bittersweet melodies and melancholy alternative folk. Interview with Riley...

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Austin & Elliott on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
Sep07

Austin & Elliott on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

Austin & Elliott are an acoustic folk duo who write ballads about love and death. Check out their complete Advocate Sessions performance in the video below. Interview with Austin &...

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Basemental: The swampy grunge anthems of Owen Manure
Aug31

Basemental: The swampy grunge anthems of Owen Manure

Western Massachusetts is known for its rich lineage of foundational bands that have defined underground music from different eras. Of course Dinosaur Jr. comes to mind, not to mention Pixies. While the shadow of bands like that certainly looms large (“omg, Murph just came into the bakery where I work!”), it’s hard to deny the depth of talent that often seems endless — always appearing in musty basements when you don’t expect it: From...

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Mike Spector on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
Aug31

Mike Spector on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

Mike Spector is a local singer-songwriter who writes soulful folk ballads about love and heartache. Check out his complete Advocate Sessions performance in the video below. Interview with Mike...

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VIDEO: Mike Spector on Valley Advocate Sessions Friday
Aug30

VIDEO: Mike Spector on Valley Advocate Sessions Friday

Check out a teaser video of this week’s Advocate Sessions performer – soulful folk singer-songwriter Mike Spector. His full Valley Advocate Sessions video and interview will be released this...

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Pick of the Day 8/29: Betty: They Say I’m Different
Aug29

Pick of the Day 8/29: Betty: They Say I’m Different

Betty Davis was more than just Miles Davis’ wife; she was a funky musical force who was a head of her time when it came to demanding control over her image and her recordings. In the early 1980s Betty disappeared from public life.  In 2012 filmmakers discovered Betty living in Pittsburgh and eventually captured her story. Amherst Cinema, 28 Amity St.,...

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Pick of the Day 8/28: Mama Caught Fire, Kimaya Diggs, and Emma June at the Iron Horse
Aug28

Pick of the Day 8/28: Mama Caught Fire, Kimaya Diggs, and Emma June at the Iron Horse

 Minneapolis trio Mama Caught Fire heads a line up of girl power tonight! Kimaya Diggs and Emma June complete the trifecta. Iron Horse Music Hall, 10 Center St.,...

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Pick of the Day 8/25: BSO celebrates Bernstein Centennial at Tanglewood
Aug25

Pick of the Day 8/25: BSO celebrates Bernstein Centennial at Tanglewood

The great conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein would be 100 this year! Happy birthday, Maestro! Celebrate with the BSO at Tanglewood tonight. 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the Shed. 297 West St., Lenox.

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Pick of the Day 8/24: RPM
Aug25

Pick of the Day 8/24: RPM

Three days of metal, punk, and rock? Could it be? Yes! And it happening NOW!!  RPM Fest is New England’s biggest heavy music and camping festival, featuring 50 bands including Black Tusk, Tombs, Whores, Acid Witch, Child Bite, INCITE, Against the Grain, S.N.A.F.U. , Dead Empires, BARISHI, Heavy Temple, Worshipper, and more!  Performances on three stages, beer, food, vendors, games, and more.  Millers Falls Rod and Gun Club. 210...

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