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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Nightcrawler: Mercury Rising Queen For A Night in Springfield; Foxwoods’ Battle Of The Bands Seeks Combatants
Apr20

Nightcrawler: Mercury Rising Queen For A Night in Springfield; Foxwoods’ Battle Of The Bands Seeks Combatants

By Gary Carra There’s been a growing trend in tribute circles over the past decade. While the songs remain the same for bands like Zep-licators Get The Led Out (coming to Holyoke’s Mountain Park Aug. 5) and Billy Joel recreators Big Shot, the need to physically look like the act one emulates has gone the way of Blockbuster store. Let’s face it, bad wigs, moustaches and tacky costumes are the quickest way to turn a solid, sonic...

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Basemental: DIY Music, welcome to Basemental, a new column about the Valley’s underground music scene
Apr18

Basemental: DIY Music, welcome to Basemental, a new column about the Valley’s underground music scene

As a 24-year-old musician in the Valley, my world centers around Hadley basements and Easthampton community centers — the places where you can catch the best of the area’s DIY music scene. The what scene? Exhausted by the exploitative pay-to-play model often used by established venues — in which up-and-coming bands have to sell a certain amount of tickets to make any money — my musical peers and I continually choose to build...

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Nightcrawler: Kobra Kai Ready for a Body Bag? 80s cover kings strike Whiskerz, but then what? Outer Stylie Puzzle
Apr12

Nightcrawler: Kobra Kai Ready for a Body Bag? 80s cover kings strike Whiskerz, but then what? Outer Stylie Puzzle

A little more than a month ago, the Valley’s own Jon Donais arrived in Chile, Santiago. He had flown in with his present band, hardcore heroes Anthrax, along with headliners Iron Maiden on “Ed Force One” — an aircraft infamous in aviational circles for both its “Book Of Souls/Iron Maiden” graphics outside and Iron Maiden frontman/official pilot Bruce Dickinson inside manning the stick. Later that evening, both bands would perform...

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Nightcrawler: A Not-So-Bright Idea, Matthew Larsen, Mitchells go back to the Dark ages; Green River Festival
Apr05

Nightcrawler: A Not-So-Bright Idea, Matthew Larsen, Mitchells go back to the Dark ages; Green River Festival

Everyone wants to be a Renaissance man, in a Renaissance band … or at very least, ensconced in a scene or city that has been awarded the “Renaissance” brand. But Matthew Larsen is kicking it old school — back to the “dark” ages, one could say. Back in 2006 while still recovering from a stem cell transplant, Larsen says he had the bright idea to bring his music to a more intimate, dimly-lit atmosphere. “I didn’t have the energy needed...

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Nightcrawler: Miracle Men, Legion reunites; Valley Talent Showcase in full swing
Mar29

Nightcrawler: Miracle Men, Legion reunites; Valley Talent Showcase in full swing

By all accounts, regional college rockers Miracle Legion had a miraculous 13-year run, scoring rave reviews and even regular rotation flirtations with MTV back in the heyday. In 1996, however, they released a disc the band now affectionately refers to as their “swan song before the swan dive.” It was titled Portrait of a Damaged Family, and set against the backdrop of not having a label and on-going legal wrangling with the last one...

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