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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Wendy Eisenberg on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
Aug24

Wendy Eisenberg on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

Wendy Eisenberg is a virtuoso guitarist who combines experimental songwriting with jazz and indie folk. Check out her full performance in the video below. Interview with Wendy...

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Pick of the Day 8/23: Dick Dale

“King of the Surf Guitar” Dick Dale is at the Iron Horse tonight.  Dale  “pretty much invented the style single-handedly.” Just think of Pulp Fiction‘s reintroduction to “Misirlou.” He’s the precursor to Jimi Hendrix and Eddie Van Halen. Catch him tonight,...

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Pick of the Day 8/22: Louise Dunphy’s “Celtic Crossing” at the Iron Horse
Aug22

Pick of the Day 8/22: Louise Dunphy’s “Celtic Crossing” at the Iron Horse

Louis Dunphy’s Celtic Crossings began in 2005 as a LIVE radio program on WMUA 91.1fm Amherst and now airs every Sunday morning @ 7am on The River.  The show focuses on Celtic music and often hosts nationally and internationally recognized performers with live studio interviews and performances.  Dunphy will celebrate a milestone birthday with headliners House of Hamill. Local musicians, John Coster and Friends will open. The...

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Pick of the Day 8/21: Transperformance 28: Amperbands
Aug21

Pick of the Day 8/21: Transperformance 28: Amperbands

Celebrate community and the arts with Transperformance 28: AmperBands! Featuring Colorway as Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Soul Magnets as Sly & the Family Stone, Fancy Trash as Paul McCartney & Wings, King Radio as Simon & Garfunkel, Eric Olsson and Free Range Cats as Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention, and so many more!  4:00-9:30 p.m.  Pines Theater-Look Park, 300 N Main St., Florence.   Adults $10;...

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Pick of the Day 8/20: Michelle Malone at the Iron Horse
Aug20

Pick of the Day 8/20: Michelle Malone at the Iron Horse

The New York Times says Michelle Malone is “the kind of singer and songwriter who can jolt things into overdrive.” She’s been on the scene for decades and she’s  collaborated with artists like Steve Earle Malone,  the late Gregg Allman, ZZ Top, and The Indigo Girls.  She’s known for “explosive” live performances and she’s also released more than a dozen records.  Slings and Arrows is her...

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The True Jacqueline on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
Aug19

The True Jacqueline on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

The True Jacqueline are an art rock/ noise pop band from Northampton. Check out the band’s complete Advocate Sessions performance. Interview with the True...

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Pick of the Day 8/19: Runa at the Iron Horse
Aug19

Pick of the Day 8/19: Runa at the Iron Horse

Quickly gaining recognition as one of Irish music’s new “super-groups,” Runa prides itself on pushing the boundaries of Irish folk music by merging it with the Americana and roots music formats.  There’s a taste of Ireland and Scotland mixed with  jazz, bluegrass, flamenco and blues.  The group has won Top Group and Top Traditional Group in the Irish Music Awards and four Independent Music Awards including Best Live Album, Best...

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Pick of the Day 8/17: Tuvan Throat Singers
Aug17

Pick of the Day 8/17: Tuvan Throat Singers

Tuvan throat singers to perform in Brattleboro, Vermont Brattleboro Museum & Art Center presents Alash Ensemble, a trio of Tuvan throat singers. The central Asian republic of Tuva is home to a style of throat singing whereby  one singers produces two or more notes simultaneously. “Often a low drone and a high-pitched melody or other-worldly vocal effects not found in western music.” The musicians of Alash, however,...

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Pick of the Day 8/16: Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers
Aug16

Pick of the Day 8/16: Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers

If you’re aching for the Blues, check out Erin Harpe and the Delta Swingers at Hawks & Reed tonight. Or if you’re yearning for some “Electric Delta Boogie–” you got it, check out Erin Harpe and the Delta Swingers at Hawks and Reed.  Harpe has been called one of “the most dynamic, talented, and exciting roots rocking blues women on the scene,” by Living Blues Magazine.  8 p.m. (doors open at 7...

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Pick of the Day 8/15: The Quebe Sisters at the Iron Horse
Aug15

Pick of the Day 8/15: The Quebe Sisters at the Iron Horse

If you’re a fan of Americana, Western, Progressive and Jazz-influenced Swing, Country, and Texas-Style Fiddling, you’re a fan of the Quebe Sisters. Hailing from Dallas, between these three sibs, they’ve won a number of state, regional, and national fiddle championships. The vocals are reminiscent of swing era harmonies. Performing since 2003, these ladies know how to have a good time. Iron Horse, 20 Center St.,...

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Pick of the Day 8/12: Sweet Crude at the Iron Horse
Aug12

Pick of the Day 8/12: Sweet Crude at the Iron Horse

If you have doubts about the beauty of all the different ethnic and cultural nooks and crannies in America, this act may well erase them.  Sweet Crude is straight out of Louisiana and they proudly sing out in French and in English.  As a matter of fact, one of their desires is to preserve the relevancy of their beautiful French language in the arts.  Fun, energetic, bayou-y, and just plain talented, Sweet Crude is at the Iron Horse...

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Pick of the Day 8/11: Punk Prom at the Flywheel Arts Collective

It’s not an ordinary lame prom at the Flywheel. Western Mass punks unite wearing their best alternative formal wear as they jam to local favorites, pose in a photobooth, and stop by a temporary tattoo station. The musical lineup for the evening includes pop punk band Nanny, alternative fuzz pop group Kindling, math metal punk band OroborO, atl-country meets punk group Julie Cira & the Wake, and Brinna Dessert. The Flywheel Arts...

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The Frost Heaves and Hales on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
Aug10

The Frost Heaves and Hales on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

The frost heaves and hales perform as a psych folk duo with one-minute songs about birds and other animals on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage. Interview with The frost heaves and...

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Pick of the Day 8/10:Colorway at Luxe Burger Bar in Springfield
Aug10

Pick of the Day 8/10:Colorway at Luxe Burger Bar in Springfield

Colorway is awesome. They blew us away during their Advocate Sessions performance and I’ve gotten to see them here and there since then. Here’s a chance to catch them at a no cover, all ages show in Springfield. Luxe Burger Bar, 1200 West Columbus Ave., Springfield. 413-785-5893.

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Valley Show Girl: Reliving childhood punk nostalgia with Blondie at MassMoCA
Aug09

Valley Show Girl: Reliving childhood punk nostalgia with Blondie at MassMoCA

I’d just devoured a bowlful of multi-colored Chicklet gum, then jumped up and down on the couch with my blonde pigtails smacking up against my cheeks. Blondie’s “Rapture” blared from the 80’s radio/boombox in the kitchen while my mother was either cooking or cleaning. I sang along to the lyrics, through my gum-infused sugar high. That is one of the first happy memories I can remember. Blondie has always been one of those bands...

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