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The Beerhunter: Local Breweries Adapt to a New, Locked-Down World

This article was supposed to be about gathering in large groups. Less than a month ago, I had planned to dedicate this craft beer column...

The V-Spot: Five Months of Sexual Unfulfillment

Dear Yana, I’ve been in a relationship for the last five months. Our relationship is hard for me to describe — it isn’t full of...

Valley Show Girl: The Valley Needs Doc Westchesterson 

One day late last week I scrolled through Facebook to find memes to laugh at and maybe some new music to check out. I...

Cinemadope: Alone Together

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m starting to miss the world. Out of work and holed up in the house...

JJ Slater on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

This week’s Advocate Sessions performer is singer-songwriter JJ Slater, who writes original music that blends together folk-rock and psychedelic pop with jazzy chord progressions. Interview...

We needed unemployment reform years ago, and there’s a crisis now

I’m sad to report that I was among those laid off last week by Valley Advocate parent company Newspapers of New England, which also...

Fred Cracklin’s ‘Anxiety Kinship’ — A Mad Science Experiment Gone Right 

Western Mass-based experimental/math rock duo Fred Cracklin takes its name from a live action character played by Sonic Youth frontman Thurston Moore in the...

The V-Spot: Polyamorous During a Pandemic

Hi Yana, I’m writing to see if you have any advice for the polyamorous community during the COVID-19 outbreak. While there aren’t many cases in...

Educators rising to remote learning challenges

Schools across the state, country and the globe are closed amid the coronavirus pandemic. Here in Massachusetts, though schools are slated to reopen at...

Fire Letters on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

This week’s Advocate Sessions performance is by synth duo Fire Letters, which combines synth pop with alternative rock influences. Check out the band’s Sessions...

Buffalo police riot squad quit to back officers who shoved man

The police union says the two officers who pushed over an elderly man "were simply doing their job".