Lazer-like Focus: 99.3 FM’s Leslie speaks Stern, sweets, and cheap cologne
Feb08

Lazer-like Focus: 99.3 FM’s Leslie speaks Stern, sweets, and cheap cologne

Between corporate takeovers, format changes and, quite literally, the omnipresent threat of satellites looming overhead, the average life expectancy of local radio stations these days seems to only slightly exceed that of say, a Betta fish. Set that gloomy backdrop to the prospect of a female jock looking to anchor a major rock morning show — sans a sidekick, no less — and now we’re looking at average career lengths rivaling the shelf...

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Get Out with Staff Picks
Feb03

Get Out with Staff Picks

Lexi Weege at Fort Hill Brewery • Friday Westfield native Lexi Weege has been making waves in recent years, sharing her enchanting vocals and unashamed lyrics throughout the region, but this weekend she plays at “her favorite place in all of the Valley” — Fort Hill Brewery in Easthampton. The jazz-indie artist will perform tunes off her latest release, Sweet Moon. It’s always refreshing to hear the uninhibited poetry she writes into...

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Bernin’ Down the House
Feb03

Bernin’ Down the House

Citizen Sanders sees a groundswell of support from sea to shining sea, and the Valley is no different (just last week, the Springfield office for the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign officially opened its doors). Bernie has pledged to fuel his run for the White House with small donations rather than with fat checks from Big Money, and so far, the average contribution made to his campaign is about $25. Every little bit counts —...

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Club Picks: Feb. 4-10
Feb03

Club Picks: Feb. 4-10

Free Popsicles Valley loveables And The Kids will play a free show presented by Jittery’s Live! When it comes to genre, they call themselves “unconscious, accessible, existential, indie, glitter popsicle crisis,” so that in itself makes them worth checking out. 9 p.m. Davis Ballroom of Smith College, Northampton. — Jennifer Levesque June in February June Millington — who just happened to be the focus of last week’s Advocate — is gonna...

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Blaise’s Bad Movie Guide: Rock N’ Roll High School
Jan25

Blaise’s Bad Movie Guide: Rock N’ Roll High School

Blaise’s Bad Movie Guide Rock ‘n’ Roll High School It’s a literal blast when The Ramones show up The holidays are over and the kids are back in school, though it’s my guess that no one ever attended a school quite like Vince Lombardi High, aka “Rock ’n’ Roll High School,” the brainchild of B-movie master Roger Corman. Corman has said he initially wanted to make a picture about a school that is taken over by disco-loving students (this...

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Women Rock: sexism and music go together like rock and roll
Jan25

Women Rock: sexism and music go together like rock and roll

Attending a Veruca Salt concert as a teenager in the ’90s, Tanya Pearson never imagined that 20 years later she’d be asking lead vocalist-guitarists Nina Gordon and Louise Post about sexism in the industry. A photo documenting Pearson’s reunion with the two band members last year — she interviewed them for the Women of Rock Oral History Project she started at Smith College — shows her squinty-eyed and beaming with fangirl excitement....

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