Review: Beach House at Pearl Street in Northampton, August, 2015
Aug25

Review: Beach House at Pearl Street in Northampton, August, 2015

Beach House Aug. 19, 2015 at Pearl Street Nightclub, Northampton A sweat lodge triggers mystical experiences, or so they say. I haven’t tried it, but Pearl Street’s crowded and steamy concert by Beach House last Wednesday got me pretty close. My glasses fogged up upon arriving upstairs, so it’s a good thing the band is so chill. The dreamy duo from Baltimore play a laid-back brand of indie rock, and their recordings fall somewhere...

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Nightcralwer: King for a Day
Aug25

Nightcralwer: King for a Day

Since he’s a lifelong Valley resident — not to mention a veritable scene stalwart — one would think Jeff King would know his way around the area by now. The Crawler caught up with the journeyman musician to inquire about his recent radio appearance, however, and it appears he actually arrived at Springfield’s Rock 102 studio by way of Denver. “We get requests for John Denver quite a bit through the years, and somewhere along the way,...

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Grand Band Slam Top 4 Finalists Announced!
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Nightcrawler: Apple Jame pairs a picnic with high-caliber acts; MTrain tour permanents derailed
Aug19

Nightcrawler: Apple Jame pairs a picnic with high-caliber acts; MTrain tour permanents derailed

The Apple Jam Roots Music Festival stems from what was once little more than a backyard picnic on a family property. On the back of the sonic spread that accompanied the annual Russell-based shindig, however, Apple has blossomed into a coveted festival stop for many a roots-music notable. “Our goal was to create a music event where all ages could have an equal amount of fun,” explains organizer Caitlin Phelps as the 2015 installment —...

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Scene Here: Homecoming, crowd surfing, and the hot breath
Aug19

Scene Here: Homecoming, crowd surfing, and the hot breath

PHOTO CREDIT: DANIELLE DESJARDINS At 9:30 p.m. on a Friday, the crowd at Hinge on Main Street in Northampton is packed like sardines, and the show doesn’t start for another half-hour or so. “Excuse me,” says a woman trying to push past those of us standing in front of the bar, waiting our turn to order a beer. I try to oblige, but there’s simply no room to excuse her. We, the awaiting audience, hear a violin and the sound of...

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Review: Mac Demarco, Another One
Aug19

Review: Mac Demarco, Another One

Mac Demarco Another One (Captured Tracks) The shambling, gap-toothed Canadian rocker Mac Demarco makes what some have called “slacker rock,” and although that’s not a genre you see advertised in music stores, one listen to his fourth studio album confirms that description. Running only 25 minutes, this mini-LP feels less like a record and more like a brief, lackadaisical mood, the aural equivalent of a nap in a hammock on a...

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