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Speedy Ortiz Sports a New Release

Speedy Ortiz Sports a New Release

Fronted by Brooklyn transplant Sadie Dupuis, Northampton’s Speedy Ortiz hits the road with a new EP after wowing the critics in Boston NORTHAMPTON — They just released a five track EP entitled “Sports” with songs called “Basketball,” “Indoor Soccer” and “Curling.” Their band name conjures up images of Big Papi lumbering around the diamond at Fenway. […]

June 27th, 2012 | Posted in Headlines, Music | Read More »

Well-Loved Local Musician and Occupy Wall Street Crusader Jameson Greeley Lavo Mourned by Friends

Well-Loved Local Musician and Occupy Wall Street Crusader Jameson Greeley Lavo Mourned by Friends

NORTHAMPTON — Word traveled fast among Northampton’s tight community of young indy band musicians, club-goers, artists and activists last Friday afternoon. Jameson Greeley Lavo, 28, a guitar player and drummer who lived for social justice and a better world, was dead of an apparent suicide. Lavo was the man police found deceased on June 1 […]

June 8th, 2012 | Posted in Headlines, Music, News | Read More »

After years in the trenches with Group DeVille, Rick Murnane goes on his first solo flight

After years in the trenches with Group DeVille, Rick Murnane goes on his first solo flight

In “Wednesday Child,” multi-instrumentalist Rick Murnane lays down tracks with Chris Collingwood of Fountains of Wayne by DAVE MADELONI Rick Murnane was born on a Wednesday. His first solo record was conceived on a series of Wednesday night sessions, in the home studio of Chris Collingwood, the lead singer for Fountains Of Wayne. What started […]

May 30th, 2012 | Posted in A&E, Headlines, Music, News | Read More »

Doug Ratner & The Watchmen Kickstart Concept EP

Doug Ratner & The Watchmen Kickstart Concept EP

By DAVE MADELONI NORTHAMPTON — Doug Ratner & The Watchmen play what they call “down & dirty rock n’ roll,” which make them a bit of an anomaly in the Pioneer Valley’s music scene. At the recent Valley Rising Compilation CD release party hosted by The Iron Horse, eleven regional acts graced the stage. Only […]

January 24th, 2012 | Posted in A&E, Music, News | Read More »

Valley Rising to Showcase Top Local Music Talent

Valley Rising to Showcase Top Local Music Talent

Valley Rising Compilation Album Release Party: Joshua Meltzer, Dave Dersham, Wolfman Conspiracy, Doug Ratner and The Watchmen, The Raft, Sandy Bailey, Infinite August, Lux Deluxe, Jamie Kent & The Options, The Sun Parade, Darlingside. Iron Horse Music Hall, 16 Center Street, Sunday Dec. 11, 7 p.m.; $15 at the door.. NORTHAMPTON— “Hey, that t-shirt’s a […]

December 10th, 2011 | Posted in A&E, Events, Headlines, Music, Valley Culture, Videos | Read More »

Henning Goes To The Movies. . . and The Bookmill

Henning Goes To The Movies. . . and The Bookmill

MONTAGUE — Since Pleasant Street Video and Blockbuster were no longer available, there was no better place than the intimate Montague Bookmill for Henning Ohlenbusch to host his “Henning Goes To The Movies” CD release party. Surrounded by shelves of books and flanked by the Film Biographies section, the lanky singer-songwriter took the audience to […]

October 26th, 2011 | Posted in Headlines, Music | Read More »

Transperformance 2011: Royalty Graces the Stage

Transperformance 2011: Royalty Graces the Stage

BY DAVE MADELONI NORTHAMPTON — If our city were to crown a King of Transperformance, it could easily bequeath the throne to either King Radio or Lord Russ. Both have had absolutely majestic performances year after year, and each has nobility etched right into their name. This year’s “Nohobility” Transperformance — with its emphasis the […]

August 29th, 2011 | Posted in Featured, Headlines, Music | Read More »

The Baseball Project Slides Into Town

The Baseball Project Slides Into Town

Winterpills to open for all-star band; doors open at 5:30 p.m. BY DAVE MADELONI NORTHAMPTON — The Baseball Project is playing the Iron Horse on Friday night. Not the Football Project. Not the Basketball or Tennis Project. What is it about our national pastime that stirs and inspires folk and rock songwriters, while other sports […]

August 25th, 2011 | Posted in Music | Read More »