Music Reviews & Coverage
Nightcrawler: New England and Overlords
Trio de Pumpkintown primes for Singapore gig at Noho’s Parlor Room; Jesse Sterling Harrison is your (Corson) Overlord.
Hanging With GWAR
Mike Tramp visits the Palace Theater; Valley bassist Nate Fay recalls the late GWAR member Dave Brockie.
Behind the Beat: Serenade to a Donkey Jawbone
David Wax Museum brings its Mexo-Americana sound back to the Valley.
Behind the Beat: Signs of Intelligent Life
Peter Mulvey performs at the Iron Horse in Northampton, Massachusetts, U.S.A., Earth, Milky Way Galaxy.
CD Shorts: Greg Smith and The Broken English
Greg Smith and The Broken English Ramblin’ Road (independent)   Greg Smith...
Nightcrawler: Doctors in the House
Gone By Daylight unwittingly gives Coldplay the cold shoulder; two Saw Doctors come to town.
Back to the Garden
Heather Maloney Talks about her new EP with Darlingside, Woodstock
Nightcrawler: Fear and Decomposing
Orange Crush frontman fires up sonic blender; a trio of tributes in the Valley.
Moonshine On You Crazy Emerald (City)
Sometimes a pun can be taken too far. Far too far. But other times, said adventurous pun is surprisingly...
CD Shorts: Mystics Anonymous
Dreaming for Hours (independent)   Dreaming for Hours starts with a repetitive loop...
Nightcrawler: Those Metal-ing Kids
Reunited Split Shift and Medicated Savage join Shadows Fall for a hometown throwdown; assorted radio ga ga.
CD Shorts: Betty
Bright and Dark (BETTYRules Music (BMI)) Throughout their career, irreverent all-female pop...
Casting A Spell
UMass’ Magic Triangle Jazz Series year 25
Nightcrawler: Ians of Experience
An interview with Anthrax axe man Scott Ian
Playing the Light
Mary Hallock-Greenewalt and the color of sound
CD Shorts: Nistha Raj
Exit 1 (independent)   Mix the lonesome sounds of Mark O’Connor, the majestic...
CD Shorts: Leyla McCalla
Vari-Colored Songs: A Tribute to Langston Hughes (Music Maker) Leyla McCalla sounds like an...
CD Shorts: Oxen
The Glass Coffin (independent) The Glass Coffin is the four-song debut EP from a “heavy...
Nightcrawler: Impromptu Erna
Last Laugh graced by Godsmack frontman; 3 Doors Down one man down after DUI.
Nightcrawler: Howard Be Thy Name
Local musician attends Stern’s b’day bash; Ratite Studio owner Tony Jilson scores silver screen successes.
Nightcrawler: Giving It a Spin
Max Cap turns DJ loose on turntables with new contest; Justin Moore concert rescheduled.
Nightcrawler: Local Lament for Seeger
Valley notables recall experiences with the late Pete Seeger; former Jamawokee frontman checks in from 2014 Grammys.
CD Shorts: Owls
Two (Polyvinyl) Owls’ new effort, Two , starts with a loping, off-kilter drum part...
CD Shorts: Adrian Raso and Fanfare Ciocarlia
Devil’s Tale (Asphalt Tango)   A bat-flocked Gothic background fronts a lady...
Nightcrawler: Screen Shots
Who tribute band raises funds for Shelburne Falls theater; Crue calls it quits... kind of.
Behind the Beat: Happy Frondus
T he founding members of Stillbridge, Robbie Douglas and Laura Mustard—yes, the latter is a...
Pete Seeger (1919-2014)
A personal remembrance
No Saints
T he gypsy brass rock music circus comes to town New Orleans-style this week, when the Dirty Bourbon...
CD Shorts: Joe Driscoll and Sekou Kouyate
Faya (Cumbancha) A lot of times, genres get mashed up willy-nilly, and the mashers of those...
Nightcrawler: Re-Tooling
Tool tribute band seeks new mouthpiece; back-to-back Beatles shows.
CD Shorts: The Clean
The Clean Vehicle (Captured Tracks)   New Zealand’s answer to the Velvet...
CD Shorts: Sketches
Volume One (BaldHill Records)   It was Jimmy Buffet‘s alter ego Frank Bama who...
Hard Luck to Center Stage
S oul singer Charles Bradley may sound like he should have been making hit records 40 years ago, but...
Nightcrawler: Bottled Up
Bottle Rockets hold two CD release parties; a tale of two divas—Beyonce and Lady Gaga.
Underground Ascension
Holyoke’s Waterfront Tavern becomes the site of a full-fledged dance exposition this weekend...
Nightcrawler: Lou-sing an Icon
It’s a fact that the Velvet Underground’s first release only sold in the thousands. It’s...
Nightcrawler: Striking a Chord
The Joinery looks to whittle away friend’s medical tab; talent show and video contest accepting applications.
CD Shorts: Rusty Belle
Rusty Belle Common Courtesy (independent)   On Rusty Belle’s latest offering,...
Uke Joint
Banjo mechanic Bruce Kriviskey
CD Shorts: The True Jacqueline
If Afrika Bambaataa was looking for the perfect beat and Kinks singer Ray Davies was searching for...
Pix Elation
I t’s a good time to be a Pixies fan. The last year brought the first new music in ages from...
Behind the Beat: The Brown Piano
C arrie Ferguson makes music in her garage, a small, pleasantly cluttered building that’s withdrawn...
Nightcrawler: Merry KISSmas
KISS Army marches to rock’s hallowed hall; three merry music men remembered.
In the Box
The holiday box set season bears fruit.
CD Shorts: The Callas
The Callas Am I Vertical? (Inner Ear) From the first strains of The Callas’ Am...
CD Shorts: Jamie Kent
Embers & Ashes (independent)   The term “folk rock” has been around...
2013 Nightcrawler Notables
A light-hearted look at 2013 musical milestones and other assorted accomplishments of note
Nightcrawler: Season’s Greed-ings
Neil Young, Heart, Willie Nelson and more take on corporate interests via benefit concerts and boycotts.
Aces High
F amily bands aren’t a new concept. The Osmonds, the Bee Gees, even the current indie darlings...
CD Shorts: James Keelaghan
History: The First 25 Years (Borealis)   Twenty-three years ago I interviewed, for...
CD Shorts: Shanta Paloma
Shanta Paloma (independent)   The songs on local singer and songwriter Shanta Paloma’s...
Nightcrawler: Striking a Local Chord
Valley community raises funds for typhoon victims; Odds of Eden celebrates self-titled debut at The Elevens.
CD Shorts: Mutual Benefit
Mutual Benefit Love’s Crushing Diamond (Other Music Recording Co.)   Mutual...
Nightcrawler: Birthday Kiss
Kissy’s 30th pairs crowd-pleasing rockers with cupcakes; Crestview christened by the Hammer of the Gods.
Nightcrawler: Whiskey A Go Go
Whiskey Treaty stirs its sonic stew; Wildcat-care for Valley musicians; Llama Lasagna’s sleeper hit.
CD Short: The Wiyos
The Wiyos make a mighty big noise for three guys playing old-fashioned acoustic instruments.
Nightcrawler: Fleury of Activity
New country club owner takes a swing at live rock; Mayer’s looking for (Instagram) love.
CD Short: Paul Simon
Over the Bridge of Time (Sony Legacy) Love him or hate him, there’s simply no point...
Nightcrawler: Smith and Lessons
Randy Smith dishes on stylistic departures; Gilmer lets Staind fans make their bids.
CD Short
The Limiñanas
Nightcrawler: Can't Find a Better Band
Twenty-plus years after Ten, Pearl Jam shows no signs of slowing; Sighs matter.
Behind the Beat: Room Service
Mother Elk
Nightcrawler: A Tor-rid Affair
Rev Tor’s Halloween bash is “the shit”; a chance to win the kit of “Cult of Personality” drummer Will Calhoun.
CD Short: Cass McCombs
Big Wheel and Others (Domino) In press materials accompanying this latest release from solo...
CD Shorts
Sports Fan Erin McKeown
Local folksinger and sports writer Erin McKeown plays the Parlor Room this weekend.
Nightcrawler: A Molly Hatchet
Three electronic dance shows axed at UMass amid ecstasy concerns; a Hank-ering for good eats.
From Noho to Napa for Gone By Daylight; Big Shot singer gets big break from Billy Joel.
Not Exactly House Music
The best-loved stories of P.G. Wodehouse feature that imperturbable valet Jeeves and his young aristocratic...
Big Screen Chills
This week, guest conductor/composer Michael Shapiro and 15 members of the The Springfield Symphony...
CD Shorts
Quasi, Up the Chain, Daphne Lee Martin
CD Shorts
Lucy Wainwright Roche; Ka; Suburban Legends
Nightcrawler: View to a Killswitch
Before tour, hometown heroes Killswitch Engage perform CBGB Fest and Rio’s Monsters of Rock.
CD Shorts
Huckleberry Binge;
Behind the Beat: Dapper Mammals
T hings get off to an interesting start on Mammal Dap’s new EP, 5lbsHigh5 . The band’s...
CD Shorts
Çigdem Aslan Mortissa (Asphalt Tango)   Stick around long enough and dive...
The Celtic Bard
Mike Scott's Waterboys bring W.B. Yeats to musical life.
Nightcrawler: Proof of Life
DPR resurfaces with High Proof; Weird Al brings four decades of musical mimicry to Calvin Oct. 6.
Behind the Beat: Ides of March
J im Peternik recalls the day some 20 years ago when he came home to find a message from Sylvester...
CD Shorts
Weird Owl; Of Montreal; Nirvana
Nightcrawler: Snow Job
Fresh off a Top 10 release in Ireland, Declan O’Rourke comes to Noho; a (Hard) Rocking Big E exhibit.
Northampton, 1806
A new opera explores a dark chapter in Paradise City’s history.
CD Shorts
Fiesta Brava, Walking Papers, Susanna and Ensemble neoN
Nightcrawler: Have A Hart
City of Hartford skewered by Chappelle, optimistic about its arts-laden, alt-rock vision.
Southside Johnny heads to Northampton; Four Town Fair offers great audio.
Grilling With Guillermo
Boston band Guillermo Sexto visits the Sierra Grille this week in support of the Sept. 24 release of...
CD Shorts
Wire, PitchBlak Brass Band, Bill Frisell
Bill Hunt Flies Rite
F or Northampton’s Cow Island Music record label owner Bill Hunt, creating a roster is a labor...
Nightcrawler: Cool Customer
Stone Coyotes lament loss of friend Elmore Leonard; Donais more than a hired gun for Anthrax?
CD Shorts
Kishi Bashi, Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker, Shuggie Otis
Behind the Beat: Mr. Roboto
Few people have had their fingers in as many musical pies in the Valley as Rob Ives, aka Robo and/or...
Nightcrawler: Not So Humble Beginnings
Springfield’s Humble Patients undefeated in sonic struggles; a new chapter in KISS-tory.
CD Shorts
A Severe Joy, Arp, Nate Currin
Dog Day Afternoon
Unbuckled Records, brainchild of Longmeadow’s David Smith, is up 'n’ moving to Boston....
Behind the Beat: On the Bob Training
I t’s the end of August, the crickets and cicadas are reminding you that, yes, the summer is...
CD Shorts
The Dodos, RocketNumberNine; Colorway
Graylight Savings
With members sporting stage names like Snaxx, V-Chip, Murder, Tal Vez and Shorty, Easthampton Savings...
Salloom Promise
Roger Salloom continues 30-year run of free summer concerts; Dropkicks drop into Mountain Park.
CD Shorts
Steph Casey   Whisper and Holler (independent) Steph Casey, a New Zealand-based...
Watch This
Doug Ratner isn’t what you’d call a poet. His lyrics are often filled with somewhat clichéd,...
Nightcrawler: Shucks and Yuks
Blues Traveler to headline Milford Oyster Festival; Burr brings acerbic wit to MGM at Foxwoods.
Behind the Beat: Triangulation Station
Spouse’s Jose Ayerve has long been a wanderer, touring extensively and, even at his most rooted,...
CD Shorts
Hot Club of Cowtown, Wildcat O'Halloran, Swimming Pool Qs
Nightcrawler: All That Jazz
Johnson jazzed about tour with Mike Sterns; Eagles land at Mohegan Sun.
CD Shorts
Robin Nolan, Lazy, Sara Hickman
Green River Fest a perennial favorite; cruisin’ with Aaron; raising money for the Minneys.
Brood II
It’s been 17 years since the 1996 release of Massachusetts, the Scud Mountain Boys’ last...
Nightcrawler: Non-Cents in Noho
STP, Pearl Jam plan fall tours; Wormtown unearths greenbacks for Greenfield.
CD Shorts
Purson, Pale Cowboy, Boxcar Lilies
CD Shorts
Andy Kaufman; Mark Lanegan and Duke Garwood; Larry Dulong
Annual gig continues despite the passing of its instigator; Armory honors Benny Goodman.
Behind the Beat
L ocal duo The Demographic have rocked the Valley for more than a few years now, slinging energetic...
Ever Green
F ranklin County’s Green River Festival has grown over the years into an annual tradition...
Still Smells Like Diesel
I couldn’t help but smile when I received the latest Lonesome Brothers CD with a handwritten...
Behind the Beat: King’s Ex
Most Valley-ites and at least a healthy chunk of New Yorkers probably remember Peyton Pinkerton as...
CD Shorts
Savages, Melvins, Cartwheel
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