(updated as of 8/22/12 at 3:53 PM)
Here’s our list of who to see at Pearl Street Nightclub (10 Pearl St.) in Northampton, Massachusetts. Tickets are available at www.nbotickets.com. You can view the entire schedule of shows at www.iheg.com.
9/28 – Kill The Noise
9:00 PM 16/20 + fees
There’s a new ghoul haunting parties worldwide – a diamond-eyed skull slapped to turntables. Grinning off sweat-drenched t-shirts and gleaming from 20-foot neon screens. It’s the bony mascot of Kill The Noise, the buzzing young producer and DJ whose uniquely intense take on electronic dance music has kept him rocking around the globe; from packed nightclubs to sold-out festivals. His music has been released on some of dance music’s most prestigious record labels including Deadmau5’s Mau5trap Recordings, and his own imprint, Slow Roast Records, founded with 5x DMC world-champion DJ Craze. The boutique label is distributed by indie powerhouse Fool’s Gold.
9/30 – Saving Abel
w/ Zarnia, Lentner 7:00 PM 12.50/15 + fees
Corinth, Mississippi’s Saving Abel combine riff-heavy rock and memorable melodies with authentic southern flare. They’ve toured with Creed and Nickelback and won over an ever-growing legion of fans with songs like “Addicted,” “18 Days,” and “Drowning (Face Down).” With their second album Miss America, guitarist Will Bartlett observes, “We are creating the new Southern Rock.” Every member of the band has a family member in the military. This past March (2010), as part of their eight-day, three-country USO tour to the combat zone in the Persian Gulf, Saving Abel performed seven concerts at eight military bases., the band also signed autographs, posed for photos and spent time with soldiers. The band is also into NASCAR and performed the National Anthem at Fontana Speedway recently.
10/3 – Wolfgang Gartner
w/ Pierce Fulton, Popeska 9:00 PM 22.50/25 + fees
“I have to make something that’s never been made before; have to make the best thing that I’ve ever done in my life – otherwise it gets stagnant or worse,” says producer/DJ Wolfgang Gartner. His progressively more maximilist take on electro-house has fueled his exponentially steep rise through the electro-house ranks.Flipping Beethoven’s 5th for the 4 am crowd; eight #1 tracks on Beatport; remix/collabs with Britney Spears, Timbaland and Black Eyed Peas; festival-highlight performances at Coachella and Electric Daisy. Where Joey Youngman, the one-time party kid from San Luis Obispo, CA and another-time househead old soul, has been electro-house’s dark (work) horse, Weekend in America, his debut full-length for Ultra Music, is Wolfgang Gartner becoming dance music’s one-man parallel universe, outpacing electro-house and outdoing himself.
10/5 – Trevor Hall
w/ Jon and Roy 9:00 PM 15/18 + fees
If Trevor Hall’s 2009 self-titled Vanguard Records debut represented the young musician’s struggle with finding himself, his follow-up, Everything Everytime Everywhere (August 23, 2011) is a courageous affirmation that he has become the man he had been seeking. The warm linearity of his prior work gives way to a mature artist hitting his stride, an image that persists throughout this body of work, from the easy reggae slide of the opening “The Return” and the anthemic “Brand New Day” straight through to the momentous closing track, “The Mountain.” Hall’s signature blend of catchy pop/rock songs infused with tasteful shades of reggae has made this diverse 24-year-old one of the most lauded up-and-coming musicians on the American music scene.
10/12 – Rebelution & Passafire
w/ Through the Roots 8:30 PM 17.50/20 + fees
Santa Barbara’s Rebelution rule the Cali-Reggae scene with crafty melodies, socially-conscious lyrics, and savvy musicianship. Their kick back, “worry free” vibes, catchy refrains, and highly danceable grooves have made them a powerful draw beyond the reggae genre.The band continuously tours across the country, ventured to South America and Europe, and has previously performed at Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits They just released “Peace of Mind,” a triple album which includes Peace of Mind: Acoustic as well as Peace of Mind: Dub. Marking the highest chart debut of Rebelution’s career, Peace of Mind debuted at #13 on the Billboard Top 200, #1 Reggae and #1 Independent albums as well as #4 on the iTunes overall album chart. The band previously had four top 10 albums on the Reggae chart and their 2009 release Bright Side of Life debuted at No. 54 on the Top 200 and #1 Reggae.
Passafire was formed in 2003 by students attending Savannah College of Art and Design. They play hundreds of shows a year with bands like 311, Pepper, Rebelution, Matisyahu, Michael Franti, The Wailers. On Passafire’s fourth album. Start From Scratch, the they are truly starting from scratch. Injected with energy from a new member (keyboardist Mike DeGuzman), a freshly formed band-owned label (FlameGuy Records) and a new producer, Paul Leary (Butthole Surfers, Sublime, Meat Puppets), the band have made their best album to date.
Through the Roots
THROUGH THE ROOTS’ uplifting music includes a tantalizing blend of reggae, rock, and pop mixed with a vast array of ear pleasing guitar, drums and keyboard/synth play to mesh with the band’s catchy vocals, creating its unique sounds. TTR excels in live performances, allowing its young and older fans to truly experience the total musical package as the pumping crowd is wrapped into a high-energy, free-flowing show that leaves fans with a positive reaction.
10/26 – Paper Diamond
w/ The Knocks, Morri$ 9:00 PM 15/20 + fees
Forward is not just a direction, it’s a way of life for Colorado based producer Paper Diamond a.k.a Alex B who is rolling out big tunes under the new guise of Paper Diamond. The new project finds the trusted producer moving into previously untraveled musical territory. The Paper Diamond sound has raw energy and the kind of dramatic anticipation only a seasoned producer can incite. Driving beats and bass grab on tight while deep, rich tones rumble under layers of spacey synthesizers, sweet melodies, and catchy vocals. One thing is for sure. The energy is high.
10/27 – Kung Fu & The Alchemystics
w/ Flabberghaster 8:00 PM 10/15 + fees
Hatched from a Monday night jam session in late 2009, Connecticut quintet Kung Fu push the boundaries of improvisation on a quest to make fusion cool again. The band effortlessly ride the waves between Headhunters-era Herbie Hancock, Jaco Pastorius’ Weather Report, and Mahavishnu Orchestra. They have variously played with the likes of John Scofield, Warren Haynes, Dave Matthews Band, The Breakfast and RAQ. Kung Fu is a true super group featuring Tim Palmieri (The Breakfast/guitar), Todd Stoops (RAQ/keys), Kris Jensen (sax), David Livolsi (bass) and Adrian Tramontano (The Breakfast/drums). Hyaaaah!!!
The Alchemystics have moved crowds in dancehalls, theaters, clubs, festivals and campuses across the Northeast since 2004. Reggae, Hip Hop, Dub and Soul are the foundations of their uniquely modern and uplifting style; irresistible grooves, evocotive lyrics and stirring harmonies inspire high spirits and uninhibited dancing in any setting.
11/1 – Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
8:00 PM 15/20 + fees
On stage and in the studio, The Jon Spencer Blue Explosion have destroyed and rebuilt American roots music with such ferocity and wild abandon, that it’s hard to believe there is anything left. It’s been twenty years since Spencer and his sonic terrorists first tore up the indie-rock landscape with fever and a visceral, untouchable vision of rock’n’roll. Meat And Bone is their first studio album in eight years and comes on the heels of the meticulous and loving 2010 reissues of the band’s Matador albums, including the classics Extra Width, Orange, and Now I Got Worry.
11/4 – Dillion Francis
w/ Clockwork, Baauer 9:00 PM 20/25 + fees
Almost out of nowhere, Los Angeles’ Dillon Francis has broken from the throng of young electronic music dj/producers. With a stream of world-class remixes and releases, Dillon has caught the attention of some of the top players in club land, including Steve Aoki, Diplo, Will I. Am, Drop The Lime, Sinden, and Tittsworth. At ease behind the turntables and in the studio, in the electro world and in dubstep, Dillon is what you would call an open-format electronic dj who sees no delineation between making music and playing it.
11/7 – MiM0sa
9:00 PM 15/20 + fees
Mimosa takes the listener on a space age psychedelic journey of bittersweet ecstasy. Only a two year veteran of the west coast sound movement, Mimosa is quickly making a name for himself as one of the top west coast exports. This young producer’s energy while performing is magnetic; the word has spread fast and Mimosa has recently shared the stage with the likes Benga, Skream, Rusko, Datsik, Glitch Mob, ill.gates, Bassnectar and Flying Lotus, playing shows across the US and festivals like Coachella, Symbiosis Gathering, Burning Man and Decibel Festival. Fans know Mimosa as someone who brings a ‘good-time’ energy that is as fierce as it is friendly, taking them on journeys through urban chaos and ethereal euphoria.
11/8 – Big Gigantic
w/ Crizzly 9:00 PM 17/20 + fees
Big Gigantic, whose blend of mind-bending beats, thunderous bass, and frenetic melodies has developed a rabid following since forming in 2008, has taken their sound to yet another dimension with the release of their newest album ‘Nocturnal’ (available now for FREE download at www.biggigantic.net). The album, by Boulder, CO-based saxophonist/producer Dominic Lalli and drummer Jeremy Salken, solidifies Big Gigantic as a key player in the worlds of electronic, dance, and hip-hop.
11/10 – Dopapod
w/ Orange Television 8:00 PM 12.50/15 + fees
Thumping up from basement parties in Boston, to bumping the sounds systems of major venues all across the east coast, Dopapod has been steadily growing as a musical tour-de-force for 3 years. Dopapod’s debut album, “Radar” has received critical acclaim from national publications such as Performer Magazine, calling Dopapod’s members “incredibly talented musicians”, and that the band has “set the bar respectfully high for their first full length recording”. Dopapod has shared the stage with many great bands and musicians such as Sam Kininger (Soulive, Lettuce), Lotus, Brothers Past, Biodeisel (Johnny Rabb) Dave Grippo (Phish, Trey Anastasio) Timo Shanko (G-Love n Special Sauce) Dana Colley (Morphine) Mr. Rourke (Club D’elf) and more.
11/12 – Zion I
w/ Minnesota 8:30 PM 12.50/15 + fees
After delving into upbeat, electronic music on 2009′s The Takeover, Oakland hip-hop stalwarts Zion I enter a new phase of their chameleonic career with Atomic Clock (November 9th, Gold Dust), a moody, emotional record inspired by the group’s longtime admiration for reggae and dub. While the group’s roots are still firmly planted in hip-hop, Atomic Clock’s cavernous, atmospheric vibe recalls both the classic roots reggae of Max Romeo and The Congos and forward-thinking dub mixing of UK artists such as Adrian Sherwood. “The Takeover was a very external record and we wanted to focus on fun, party music,” says emcee Zumbi AKA Zion. “This one is much more reflective and internal. We didn’t want to just recreate what we did last album. Art is not about living in the past.”
12/26 – Badfish: Sublime Tribute
w/ Scotty Don’t 7:00 PM 16/20 + fees
Badfish plays the music of Sublime. Very well. Named after a song appearing on the album “40 Oz. to Freedom,” they Formed in 2001 at the University of Rhode Island. They began playing local clubs and quickly began selling out shows, exploding nationwide. They are a gift to Sublime fans who were never were able to see the band due to Bradley Nowell’s 1996 death.