Nanci S. Leitch

Musically minded youth take to the stage

Brattrock comes to Stone Church on Nov. 18

The youth rock festival Brattrock will return to the Stone Church Saturday, Nov. 18 at with a dynamic lineup of four youth bands/performers.

These in-person performances will showcase three bands - YourArmsAreMyLegs, Godzilla with a Gun, and Ezra Holloway - as well as solo performer Jessica Beck.

Beck describes herself as a "common Greenfield hoodlum" who spends her days playing JRPG (Japanese role-playing games) such as Omori, which has a turn-based battle system with psychological horror elements. She describes her musical inspirations as a mix of the folk punk and anarcho-punk Pat the Bunny and Neutral Milk Hotel, whose music featured a deliberately low-quality sound, influenced by indie rock and psychedelic folk.

The Western Massachusetts–based musicians who comprise YourArmsAreMyLegs tout themselves as a metalcore/post-hardcore band. YourArmsAreMyLegs, formed in 2022, just released its first extended-play album, May Burning Bridges Keep You Warm.

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An essential partnership

Brattleboro’s youth were blessed with Dick Guthrie’s caring and concern

Dick Guthrie, who died on Nov. 18 at age 75, held just about every local law enforcement job there is. Starting at age 21, as the youngest police officer hired by the Brattleboro Police Department, he rose from juvenile officer to police chief to the sheriff of Windham County.

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