CD Shorts: Rebirth, This World Is Ours
Jun30

CD Shorts: Rebirth, This World Is Ours

Rebirth This World Of Ours (independent) Valley band Rebirth has one of the most unusual origin stories you’ll hear: the band formed a few years ago when its members lost a friend, activist Julius Ford. Bassist/guitarist/vocalist Cinamon Blair told the Advocate in 2011, “I truly believe Rebirth would have eventually formed with Julius as a member if he were still in the physical form.” The music of Rebirth is an unusual mix of...

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Nominations are in … See who’s moving on to the next round in the Grand Band Slam
Jun30

Nominations are in … See who’s moving on to the next round in the Grand Band Slam

Thank you to everyone who nominated a band for the 2015 Grand Band Slam. Below is a list of the top 25 vote-getters. The bands are a good mix of the Valley’s musical scene featuring rock, country, hip-hop, reggae, dub, heavy metal, folk, industrial, and “other.” The next wave of voting will be online at http://www.valleyadvocate.com July 9-23 (don’t worry, we’ll remind you). Right now we’re busy building a page that can host music...

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Nightcrawler: KISS and Tell
Jun30

Nightcrawler: KISS and Tell

Others can light up the skies this Independence Day weekend. Big E Talent Buyer John Juliano says he’s hoping to light up the ticket purchase phone lines when he announces a “major country act” who will join his 2015 roster “on or around” July 4. In the meantime, Juliano was willing to speak Frehley — as in recently confirmed act Ace Frehley of KISS infamy. “Ace is a guy I have been looking at for the past few years, and with his...

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Intertwining Roots: Teens explore race relations through music and dance
Jun23

Intertwining Roots: Teens explore race relations through music and dance

Bernice Kwade lives in two worlds at the same time. “When I’m at home, it’s a totally different environment than when I go out,” she said. “My parents are trying to instill traditional African values in me, but we live in America now. I want to have a more liberal view on life.” Bernice, 16, and her twin sister Benedicta left their mother in Ghana and flew to live with their father six years ago on a pair of one-way airplane tickets....

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CD Shorts: Of Monsters and Men, Beneath the Skin
Jun23

CD Shorts: Of Monsters and Men, Beneath the Skin

Of Monsters and Men Beneath the Skin (Republic Records) The anthemic pop rock Of Monsters and Men pounds out is destined for Coldplay-sized stadium crowds. The band’s songs lean on thundering drums, huge hooks, and wholehearted harmonies, and the formula has been paying off. The quintet’s 2011 debut album My Head is an Animal went platinum in the U.S. and swept international charts, and they’ve been touring ever since. But the band...

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Nightcrawler: For Penniless Parrotheads
Jun23

Nightcrawler: For Penniless Parrotheads

From country to crooners, Wilbraham’s free Fountain Park concert series springs nocturnal, offering all of this and more on Thursdays 6:30-8 p.m. Kicking things off June 25 are Margaritaville-inspired Buffett mimics Changes In Latitudes. Country rockers Whiskey & Rye (July 2), hip-hop’s West End Blend (July 9) and the Valley’s own Jimmy Mazz (July 16) carry the torch throughout the month. Circuit veterans The Cartells (July 23)...

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