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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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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