Artist & Band Features

Hack Monet: Bringing rock to the Bershires

Hack Monet: Bringing rock to the Bershires

If you’re a fan of rock music, you may have noticed that the scene is pretty stale. Nowadays we have more subgenres than we know what to do with. In the Berkshires, we have what some would consider a serious shortage of real rock acts. We’ve got some, sure, but they tend to fall into […]

Izzy Heltai: Sad music you can listen to all day

Izzy Heltai: Sad music you can listen to all day

Izzy Heltai has been making some waves lately. Izzy arrived on the Berkshire folk scene in 2014, moving from Boston to North Adams to study Arts Management at MCLA. While relatively new to the scene here, Izzy’s never been a stranger to music, starting on piano at 4. “Piano sets you up with a good […]

Mike Shea creates his own unique and dynamic musical expression

Mike Shea creates his own unique and dynamic musical expression

Many musicians, artists and poets pursue their passion with focus and respect for creating something inspired.  Eschewing the idea of developing an image, they instead choose to hone their ability to become a conduit for sincerity within their expression. Mike Shea, 29, of Pittsfield, characterizes that kind of impetus in very piece of music he […]

“Hip-Hop 4 Change” Charity Concert Series

Since 2005, SimplySkilled Productions has been putting on hip-hop shows to raise funds for charitable causes at the Downtown Pub in Crowne Plaza Hotel, Pittsfield. They have done over 40 shows in the last five years, and plan to do many more. In an area with not much of a hip-hop scene, their shows are […]

The Righteous Ruckus of Moonshine Holler shines through

Paula Bradley and Bill Dillof are walking encyclopedias of American music history. The music they bring to life in their band Moonshine Holler is “old-time” music, pre-bluegrass rural American music from the 1920s and ‘30s. These are vernacular roots songs from before the 20th century that only started to be recorded on 78 rpm records […]

The Road to Darling Valley: New Name, New Album, New Beginnings

The Road to Darling Valley: New Name, New Album, New Beginnings

If you want a quick visual representation of the mood of Darling Valley’s new album, Crooked Orchards, watch their homemade lyric video for the first single, “Graces.” The four band members take turns standing against a blue wall, flanked by balloons, and hold up poster-board signs with handwritten lyrics à la Bob Dylan. The number […]

MASS Gathering 2016: Bacon, Yoga, and Rock ‘n’ Roll

MASS Gathering 2016: Bacon, Yoga, and Rock ‘n’ Roll

I am standing on the vernal summer slopes of Ski Butternut in Great Barrington, amid a crowd of people gathered in the thick humidity to watch Matisyahu perform. Skirts are billowing, bare feet twirling, heads nodding, wristbanded arms flung up in the air. In the middle of the gaggle of bodies a man dances with […]

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