CD Shorts: The Juliana Hatfield Three “Whatever, My Love”
Mar03

CD Shorts: The Juliana Hatfield Three “Whatever, My Love”

The Juliana Hatfield Three Whatever, My Love (American Laundromat) Two decades after the first Juliana Hatfield Three record, Hatfield, drummer Todd Philips and bassist Dean Fisher have reunited to make a sophomore release. By her own admission, Hatfield hasn’t tried to “reinvent the wheel.” Whatever, My Love is guaranteed to invite comparisons to other Hatfield projects, though it does have a few twists, including moments of...

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Cinemadope: HerStory, Early feminism and UFOs
Mar03

Cinemadope: HerStory, Early feminism and UFOs

I’m not sure exactly when it was that I realized that my mom wasn’t quite like most of the other moms in our neighborhood. And from the outside, at least when I was still a boy, maybe she didn’t strike others as different, either: husband, two kids, house, a station wagon that took her to a job ringing the register at a local supermarket. There were no price scanners then. But then she came home and sat next to me on the couch, and...

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Nightcrawler: All That Snaz, Vermont indie-rockers’ highly anticipated sophomore effort; Kid Rock offers low-dough summer shows
Mar03

Nightcrawler: All That Snaz, Vermont indie-rockers’ highly anticipated sophomore effort; Kid Rock offers low-dough summer shows

There’s an old line about the issue label types often dub the “sophomore jinx.” And that is, “You have your whole lifetime to write your first album, a matter of months for the follow up.” One need only pick up Dead Ringer, the successor to Meatloaf’s epic Bat Out Of Hell, or Hootie & The Blowfish’s Fairweather Johnson for a sonic sampling of said phenomenon. Would the fact that Brattleboro-based indie rockers The Snaz had the...

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Madame Barfly: Mix It Up, Take a Shot
Mar03

Madame Barfly: Mix It Up, Take a Shot

Shots cut to the chase. Whether you need some quick courage for that karaoke performance or don’t want a drink that sloshes on your dancing shoes, shots are great when you want to get that buzz rolling in one fell shoot. So, why not make it delicious? When it comes to shots, many — myself included — have been known to simply go for the hard stuff, straight up. But mixed shots can be fun, and absolutely delicious, when the moment calls...

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Dive! Five unpolished gems with cheap drinks and charm to spare.
Mar03

Dive! Five unpolished gems with cheap drinks and charm to spare.

Everyone has a favorite dive bar; a place you can go in your old jeans and sweater, have a beer for under $3 and watch some “Wheel of Fortune” with townies looking to unwind. Dive bars — and we use the term lovingly — tend to be physically and metaphysically secluded. Signs are minimal and the website, if it even exists, barely functions. The good ones are tucked away like unpolished backstreet gems. Last week, Advocate writers took...

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Death and Cake: At ‘death cafes’ people discuss death in order to live better
Mar03

Death and Cake: At ‘death cafes’ people discuss death in order to live better

At a recent gathering in a second-story studio in downtown Northampton, Daniel Lombardo of Westhampton read a story about twin fetuses discussing life after birth. One thinks there will be life after delivery, related Lombardo, while the other isn’t so sure. “Nonsense,” says the naysayer. “What kind of life would that be?” “I don’t know, but there will be more light than here,” the other replies. “Maybe we will walk with our legs and...

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