Valley Show Girl: Adam Kozak and Music To Die To
Mar19

Valley Show Girl: Adam Kozak and Music To Die To

Adam Michael Kozak grew up in the ‘80s listening to DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince and Aerosmith. When he was a child, his mother played the digital organ they had set up in their living room, which she mainly played Barbara Streisand and Andrew Lloyd Weber show tunes on. Adam had begged for piano lessons, simply to learn to play Motley Crue’s “Home Sweet Home.” After only two months of lessons, he grew bored and didn’t touch an...

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Basemental: So Riffy and Good
Mar15

Basemental: So Riffy and Good

Where have all the rock bands gone? Back in June, I wrote about multi-talented guitarist Wendy Eisenberg’s solo album Time Machine. Then she told me that she “just wants to be a good person and make very complicated music.” Still, since then, she’s been hitting the practice room formulating a grungy rock band, Editrix, marked by sleek, slacker riffs, mushrooming choruses, destined to turn bobbing heads in any local basement. Together...

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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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Editorial: So Long, Sam’s Pizzeria
Mar13

Editorial: So Long, Sam’s Pizzeria

Last Saturday night after returning home from The Big Surf Dance, an indoor, 12-hour winter music fest supporting veterans transitioning into housing, at Hawks & Reed in Greenfield, I heard the sad news that Sam’s Pizzeria in Northampton was closing after 12 years of business. For me, the news was pretty stinging as I imagine it was for others, especially local musicians. The Sam’s Pizzeria open mic night was one of the best and...

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Valley Show Girl: A queer punk drag show double rainbow
Mar07

Valley Show Girl: A queer punk drag show double rainbow

I’ve been hibernating the past couple of months. I just bought a house and have been focused mainly on that. The closest I’ve been to live music is listening to my vinyl — live — in my living room. I broke out of my hibernation recently, however, and attended my first show of the year. I tell ya, it was quite the experience to pop my 2019 show cherry with, too. This column is about a show organized by Tanya Pearson. (I know you know...

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