Scene Here: Gorilla Fingers in the Mist
May03

Scene Here: Gorilla Fingers in the Mist

At Extravaganja 2016 at Northampton’s Three County Fairgrounds, the crowd is as high as the marijuana-leaf balloon floating overhead. About 24,000 red eyes look on as local musicians blast out funky jams and marijuana-tinged tunes. Police officers meander in pairs around the perimeter. Though there’s no shortage of customers at donut carts and french fry vendors, grape is the flavor of the day. “It’s dope,” remarks Devon Turner, 19, a...

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Nightcrawler: ‘Hole’-d Up
May02

Nightcrawler: ‘Hole’-d Up

Sutherland swaps silver screen for six-string; Gartska jams with guitar gods… briefly He was a “Lost Boy.” A “Young Gun.” One of “A Few Good Men” to enjoy a three decade career on both the silver and small screens alike. But in 2015, actor Kiefer Sutherland says he was holed up in a recording studio working on some demos he originally wanted other artists to record. When two songs became four,...

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StageStruck: Revolting Children
Apr28

StageStruck: Revolting Children

When Matilda the Musical opened in Stratford-upon-Avon in 2010 – quickly moving to the West End, where it still resides – the British press greeted it as an “anarchically joyous, gleefully nasty” antidote to the sugary concoctions of other kid-centered musicals. (That reference to Stratford, by the way, isn’t a misprint. The show was commissioned and premiered by the Royal Shakespeare Company, which occasionally strays from the...

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Scene Here: Afternoon Nighthawks
Apr25

Scene Here: Afternoon Nighthawks

A crisp smack of cold beer hits my palate; a dark, hearty rye. I’m engulfed by laughter and spirited conversation, lost in the dull roar, a wave washing over me. A sudden crash, a peaceful respite as it rolls back, redoubling its efforts at sweeping me away … but not for a little while longer. It’s 6 p.m. on a Thursday at the High Horse in Amherst. A few tables have filled up in the dining section, but most of the barstools are...

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Review: Sweet Soul Music with Mikey Sweet
Apr25

Review: Sweet Soul Music with Mikey Sweet

Last fall, Northampton-based singer-songwriter Mikey Sweet hitchhiked around the Northeast for two weeks, busking with a cardboard sign that read “Broke Musician Need Money to Finish Album w/Big Shot Producer and Hot Band! God Bless.” After paying an Albany outlaw a jar of pennies and a sandwich to drive him home, he came back with $2,200 in Kickstarter donations. In return, his sophomore album Road Dog Gospel was birthed. The “big...

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Nightcrawler: Decade-dence, 90s pop, 80s rock and Guns N bobbleheads
Apr25

Nightcrawler: Decade-dence, 90s pop, 80s rock and Guns N bobbleheads

Better call Mr. Peabody and Sherman. Looks like someone’s gotten a hold of the Wayback Machine. First stop: Foxwoods Resort Casino’s Grand Theater this Friday, April 29. Not only will female hip-hop heavyweights Salt-n-Pepa be there, but so will literal heavyweight Biz Markie, Coolio, Tone Loc, and Vanilla Ice (Ice Baby). The tour is called “I Love The ’90s,” and tickets range from $60 to $100, depending on your proximity to the frat...

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