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Nightcrawler: Happy Campers

Nightcrawler: Happy Campers

This weekend, July 8-10, marks the 30th year of Greenfield’s Green River Festival. The much-ballyhooed hullabaloo has been feted by the likes of Rolling Stone and USA Today as one of the nation’s must-catch summer festivals in recent years, with its...
A Concerted Effort

A Concerted Effort

When I was a younger man, I looked at my father’s record collection as if it were a collection of lost gospels. He was a Dylan nut who branched out to collect lesser-known folk types, and while my friends were keeping up with what was happening in our own time, I...
Home Coming

Home Coming

Gene Brienre, makes his way to the opening celebration for the 44-unit Gordon H. Mansfield Veterans Community building — his new home.Select Soldier On military veterans were given the opportunity to purchase an equity stake in their homes. The idea is for veterans to...

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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Events in the coming week may trick your mind and tweak your heart. They might mess with your messiah complex and wreak havoc on your habits. But I bet they will also energize your muses and add melodic magic to your mysteries. They will...
Club Picks: June 30 to July 6

Club Picks: June 30 to July 6

SUNDAY: High Water MarkIt’s been one year since the relaunch of the Ashfield Lake House, which means a funkadelic anniversary show with music inside and outside, featuring the return of What Cheer? Brigade, Providence’s best 18-member brass band, plus performances by...
The Ultimate Valley Picnic Basket

The Ultimate Valley Picnic Basket

Picnic Perfect Fourth of July is the most picnic-iest holiday of the year, and we’re here to help you pack the most delicious, envy-inspiring, locally-sourced picnic basket of your life. You’ll notice that we didn’t make any of the food ourselves; that’s because this...
Nightcrawler: FAT of the Land

Nightcrawler: FAT of the Land

The Springfield Business Improvement District isn’t trimming any fat with its 16th installment this year. Rather, they’re leading off with it. Or, more specifically, the locally notable band of same name.”FAT’s annual concert at Cityblock has always...
Art Show: Big Brothers Big Sisters

Art Show: Big Brothers Big Sisters

Sibling RevelryThe Springfield-based Center for Human Development has been matching kids with mentors through its program Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County since 1975. Over the past four decades, more than 2,000 “littles” between the ages of 6 and 16 have...
Punk Local

Punk Local

 It is worth noting the congruity between the Western Mass underground 30 years ago and the scene now.    Take the power duo Wydyde. In the Bandcamp tags for their recently released debut EP Hadley Fire, Wydyde claim Dinosaur Jr. as a reference point. And there are...
Nightcrawler: ‘Kids’ Stuff

Nightcrawler: ‘Kids’ Stuff

And The Kids share the ‘Love’ & some seed-y characters in West Whately Paul Newlin is going to party like it’s 1999 this week. No, it’s not another homage to his royal purpleness and his recent passing. Rather, it was this fateful year...

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Letter from the Editor: New columnsThis week’s Advocate marks the second column in a new series we’re calling Basemental. The column will focus on the local DIY music scene, artists who play and record in alternative spaces, like basements and barns, old churches and...
This Week’s Club Picks

This Week’s Club Picks

Turbine at Bishop’s LoungeNYC-based quintet band Turbine is one funky, rough, finely-tuned act. Full of big, brash rock lines and upbeat, soulful vocals, Turbine’s music is also surprisingly inventive, marked by shaken-up time signatures and unusual song structures....
Stagestruck: Loud Ladies

Stagestruck: Loud Ladies

The subtitle of the best-selling book and its 1995 Broadway adaptation — The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years — is no exaggeration. Both the memoir and the play cover more than a century of African-American history, seen from the centenary vantage point of two...
Crepes Tea House 

Crepes Tea House 

Traveling down Union Street, through the heart of the sprawling industrial section of West Springfield, an oasis appears on the horizon. Amid the landscape of parking lots and deteriorating buildings, Crepes Tea House is a spot of color: a small, unassuming building...
Scene Here: #DivestTheRest

Scene Here: #DivestTheRest

Divest UMass supporters hold hands before leaving the Whitmore Administration Building after staging a sit-in for the fifth consecutive day Friday, April 15, demanding that UMass officials divest from fossil fuel companies. Though UMass has divested from coal and less...

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Place to see local bands Iron Horse Music Hall 20 Center St., Northampton (413) 586-8686 www.iheg.com Since 1979 the Iron Horse has hosted a wide variety of music and entertainment acts both local and far-flung, under the slogan, “Music alone shall live.” During the...
Show Us Your Tattoos – Zelda

Show Us Your Tattoos – Zelda

I’m a wicked Zelda geek. I grew up playing the Nintendo series on every console it came out on. When my friend Doug Poole started apprenticing at Shark Tank Tattoo in Easthampton, I asked him to do Link’s life hearts and the Hylian Shield. He’s done...
Artist to re-create Amherst History Mural

Artist to re-create Amherst History Mural

Three-hour trip ‘round the world For the second year in a row, the Five Colleges are throwing an international festival on the Amherst Common. Organized by the UMass International Students Club, the free event features cultural displays — such as dancing, singing, and...
Staff Changes at the Advocate

Staff Changes at the Advocate

Good news, everyone! The Advocate has made some staff changes that we think will create a more balanced and exciting paper. First up, staff writer Hunter Styles has been promoted to arts editor. Styles will be drawing on his background in theater and his deep love of...
Get Out with Staff Picks

Get Out with Staff Picks

Shokazoba featuring DJ Megha • Friday Friday nights were made for chill reggae and funky beats, especially Fridays that cap the first full post-holiday week. Breathe deep, relax, and shake that thang with Northampton-based Afrofunk band Shokazaba. DJ Megha Amira will...
War Stories

War Stories

Military veterans aren’t always open to sharing their war stories with a public that can’t possibly comprehend what it’s like to be in a foreign land, with a gun, an enemy, and a mission. So when people who have given a portion of their lives to protecting the nation...
Recent Releases

Recent Releases

Oxen The Vanishing, LP Oxen is a heavy rock band that forgoes a front man and introduce multi-member vocals that run the gamut from soaring melodies to gruff intensity, over heavy riff driven music. Tom Newton No Bones About It, LP Newton is a multi-instrumentalist...
Astonishing Inspirations

Astonishing Inspirations

Through November 28th, the Forest Park Gallery is showing an exhibit by Dr. Gloria Caballer-Arce, a local artist and retired educator. The exhibit, Astonishing Inspirations, features work defined by geometric shapes, lines, and intense colors. The opening reception,...

Halloween Haunts

This Halloween, get your costumes ready and head over to the Iron Horse for the Annual Halloween Bones Shakedown with DJs LeFox (Sugar Biscuit) & Hip Sockit (Pollinate). It’s a dance party with prizes, so to win, you gotta DANCE! A night of costumed attendees and...
Guerrilla Feminism

Guerrilla Feminism

On Thursday, the anonymous feminist activist group Guerrilla Girls will be holding a public talk at Smith College, including a live performance conveying the story of the group’s activism and creative work, in order to discuss sexism and racism in the arts. The talk...
Life is Beautiful

Life is Beautiful

On Friday, UMass Amherst Fine Arts Center welcomes five-time Grammy winner Dianne Reeves. The jazz singer, accompanied by an award-winning quintet, is on tour performing work from her first new album in five years, “Life is Beautiful,” including covers of Bob Marley,...
Everyday Vamps

Everyday Vamps

Friday, the Bing Arts Center will host a costume party to accompany a screening of the vampire mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows (rated R). The film, which stars Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, and Jonathan Brugh, follows the adventures of four vampires who live...
Spirits Stirring

Spirits Stirring

On Halloween, Carl and Martin Bridge — the brothers behind Janus Arts — will transform Gateway City Arts into a kaleidoscopic wonderland for the third year running. Swirling specters and luminous skeletons will abound as a host of musicians and DJs drop bone-rattling...
Mind the Bollocks

Mind the Bollocks

In Western Mass, we like our Irish music year-round and the Big Bad Bollocks brings it. Screenwriter William Monahan describes the group succinctly as the “Pogues fused with the Sex Pistols.” Big Bad Bollocks: Friday, 7 p.m. to midnight, VFW Florence, 18 Meadow St.,...
CD Short: Mikey Sweet, The North King

CD Short: Mikey Sweet, The North King

Mikey Sweet The North King (Independent) Mikey Sweet may have grown up in the Valley, but his debut album, The North King, tells us he’s been places. Songs like “Driftwood” illicit images of a boy and his guitar and the road, and song titles like “Oklahoma Wind” show...

Summer Wish List Number Six

It is, I realize, July and it is already summer. I tend to post my Annual Summer Wish List a good bit earlier, sometime in June. Better late than never, people!   In general, I end up with a dizzying list that includes many things I may or may not ever do (that...
Falcons, Folk Art, and Postcards

Falcons, Folk Art, and Postcards

Northampton’s Hosmer Gallery (inside the Forbes Library) offers an intriguing abundance of art this month. For the series “Curatorial 365,” Easthampton’s Leslie Tane (whose work is pictured) created a 4×6-inch postcard every day during 2014. Each was crafted...

Wonder Kids

  One thing that I found especially shocking when I became a first-time mama to a boy was the assumption that boys are genetically programmed to like trucks and balls and big creatures like dinosaurs. Some boys adore all of the above. Some don’t. The fact that my...
Scene Here: Gimme Shelter

Scene Here: Gimme Shelter

Kevin Gutting Photo Some shiver; some don’t. Some stamp their feet to keep warm, while others sit on benches and hug themselves. When the wind dies down, the March sun almost feels warm. Spring is coming, supposedly, but on this Tuesday the temperature at this...