Nightcrawler: Dog Day Afternoon, Lord Russ Brooks juggles pooches and music
Jul28

Nightcrawler: Dog Day Afternoon, Lord Russ Brooks juggles pooches and music

From “Knights In White Satin” to Pomeranians with problem foot pads: welcome to a day in the life of Russell Brooks. “I just opened my own dog grooming salon in Northampton,” the music scene stalwart explains, “and I’ve been busier than ever with my life and work. And up to my knees in fur.” When not catering to canines at his Green Groomer Salon on Hawley Street, Brooks can often be found fronting his Moody Blues tribute band Voices...

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Together Again: Songwriters Mark Herschler and John Cruz reunite and offer two new solo albums
Jul28

Together Again: Songwriters Mark Herschler and John Cruz reunite and offer two new solo albums

Near the back door of Mark Herschler’s Northampton house and studio sits a group of boulders. “I think there might be Native American spirits in there,” Herschler says with a smile. “I think it’s helping with the recording.” Sitting inside, we can hear a commotion from other current residents of the large Laurel Park house, mostly from the basement studio. “I’m hoping to repeat the Home for Wayward Musicians idea, like I did in...

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Nightcrawler: A Leprechaun Looks Back, Lazer’s Rob “The Leprechaun” reflects on a decade at the mic
Jul22

Nightcrawler: A Leprechaun Looks Back, Lazer’s Rob “The Leprechaun” reflects on a decade at the mic

In an industry in more upheaval than the Athens Stock Exchange, Rob “The Leprechaun” Allen’s aluminum anniversary at Lazer 99.3 FM would probably be more accurately accounted for utilizing dog-year calculations. The Crawler recently checked in with the veteran jock. Crawler: I imagine you have quite a few career highlights, and possibly some lows. Rob Allen: I was working a meet-and-greet for Trapt and 30 Seconds To Mars one time, and...

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VIDEO Concert, Goodbye, Kool Thing, Kim Gordon makes her exit
Jul22

VIDEO Concert, Goodbye, Kool Thing, Kim Gordon makes her exit

Goodbye, Kool Thing Standing inches away from me moaning her iconic voice into the mic for soundcheck stood Kim Gordon. The longtime Northampton resident is bidding farewell to the Pioneer Valley, and she picked the perfect place to say goodbye. On top of the historic Florence building that includes the Miss Florence Diner rests the 13th Floor Music Lounge, a place where you see friendly faces every time you visit. It’s a small and...

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Nightcrawler: Rock ’n’ Remember, Northampton’s summer series and Living Colour at Mohegan Sun
Jul14

Nightcrawler: Rock ’n’ Remember, Northampton’s summer series and Living Colour at Mohegan Sun

The Northampton Summer Concert Series kicks off its freebie Friday shows July 17. And while event producer Jamie Kent notes that he and his Collective Music Group are certainly looking to uphold the established tradition of offering fresh, new acts, he is quick to note that this year’s installment also gives a solemn nod to series past. “We are dedicating the season to Dan Yacuzzo, who passed away earlier this year and was absolutely...

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CD Shorts: Moonlapse
Jul14

CD Shorts: Moonlapse

Moonlapse Conscious (independent) When you hear the name Moonlapse, you may well figure this is an earthy-crunchy folk group. In fact, this New York City one-man project is cashing in on the spacier connotations of that name. Though the music that directly inspires 21-year-old composer/producer/multi-instrumentalist Ben Strick is prog-rock, his is a particular mellow, comfortable incarnation of that genre. Though at its most ornate...

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