LIVE: Cheap Time @ the Half Moon, 6/18/13

July 11th, 2013, 11:38 am by Greg
Jessica McFarland, Ryan Sweeney and Jeffrey Novak

Cheap Time: Jessica McFarland, Ryan Sweeney and Jeffrey Novak

Review and photographs by Kirsten Ferguson

Nashville garage-punk trio Cheap Time played Hudson’s Half Moon last month, a newly re-opened space that balances hipster and dive-bar elements in just the right measures. The revamped 1940s-style neighborhood bar with glass-brick accents was the perfect setting for a production by CAVESTOMP!, the well-known New York City garage rock “festacular” that has migrated north to host monthly Half Moon shows.

DJ Peter Aaron (of the Chrome Cranks) set the stage for Cheap Time by playing their punk forebears – the Stooges, the Dictators, the Dead Boys – while DJ Jeff the Chef started the spinning with 45s of old-school soul enlivened by tasty videos of hot-stepping dancers from old musical flicks, curated by VJ Spike Priggen.

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LIVE: Cheap Time @ Flywheel, 11/15/11

December 12th, 2011, 4:30 pm by Greg
Cheap Time

Cheap Time

In early October, the Flywheel venue in Easthampton, Massachusetts, scored a cultural coup of sorts when elusive outsider-musician Jandek played a very rare East Coast show there.

And this fall, the volunteer-run arts collective, located just over the Berkshire hills from Nippertown, has hosted a number of cutting-edge performances, from San Francisco art-rock trio Grass Widow to New Jersey punk band Screaming Females.

Since moving in 2007 from a vacant cabinet store to a larger space in the old town hall building on Main Street, the non-profit venue is looking to provide an alternative to the nearby Iron Horse Entertainment-dominated Northampton music scene.

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