On The Deerfield River

Running from Southern Vermont down to the Connecticut River in Greenfield, MA, the Deerfield River is both a center of whitewater recreation and a major source of hydroelectric power in the Western New England region. AudioFIles intern Jake Hochberger brings us to the town of Charlemont to hear…

Strange Noir Fest 2015 at Flywheel Arts

The Pioneer Valley is home to a thriving music scene, including many artists of color who want to make their voices heard. The Strange Noir Festival, held recently at the Flywheel Arts Collective in Easthampton, celebrated these performers. The event also served as a benefit for a Strange Noir summer tour…

UMass Voices: Finals Week for Students of Color

During finals week at UMass Amherst, Lucy Martirosyan set out to interview a teacher as well as a classmate about dealing with the stress of the closing school year. After speaking with her former World Literature professor, Neelofer Qadir, the conversation turned…

Trouble with Natural Hair: A Mt. Holyoke Story

In recent years, more and more women with Afro-textured hair have begun embracing styles which maintain the natural texture of their hair, a process frequently […]

UMass Voices: The Armenian Students Association

For the first time, an Armenian student group has organized on the campus of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Founded this semester, the Armenian Students […]

Flywheel’s 2015 Pioneer Valley Zine Fest

On Saturday April 11th, 2015, the Flywheel ​Arts Collective hosted the Pioneer Valley Zine Fest as part of the Easthampton Book Festival. Flywheel is a DIY music venue and arts collective that’s been around for 15 years.

Pioneer Valley Politics in Electronic Dance Music

Pitchfork recently featured the Pioneer Valley in an article entitled, “The Next Generation of Western Massachusetts Indie Rock”, showcasing artists like Speedy Ortiz, And the […]