2013 marks my sixth year as a resident of Massachusetts. Over the years, I’ve been perpetually awed by how many inspired artists live, make, and play here, and equally awed by the fact that so many of them inevitably go unheard by anyone outside of this state. In addition, I feel like I constantly have friends from New York and other parts of the country/world asking, "hey .
UPDATE: Speedy Ortiz can't make it out from NoHo due to the snow outside, so Varsity Drag are filling in. Gonna shake up my WFNX playlist @ 5pm and add "Billy Ruane." Listen in at WFNX.com.
Very fitting that on a day where My Bloody Valentine's Kevin Shields announced a follow-up his 1991 shoegaze classic Loveless, there will be lots of beautiful sonic sludge thrown around within the friendly walls of Great Scott.
Living driving distance from Western Mass totally rules: during a quick trip on any given day, there’s likely to be a rad local punk, garage, or experimental show happening at the Flywheel Arts Collective in Easthampton. On the other side of town, you can visit Northampton label Feeding Tube Records’ physical shop, full of underground releases and rare vinyl.