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Sorry for being a little bit quiet over here lately; we have been dealing with some ~news~


Click the image to read the full story from Wednesday’s Valley News.

Yes, as my partner here pointed out the other day, it’s true, I am taking on this new challenge. (Thanks so much, Amanda!)

So yeah, apologies for going MIA for a while but we’ve some ch-ch-changes going on over here and will do our best to update UV INDEX as much as we can as we handle ’em. Thanks for reading and thanks for your support.

Oh yeah …

And one more thing …

Thanks for the chips!

The Upper Valley’s own Sir Babygirl makes NPR

I’ve only seen Sir Babygirl perform once, at the Main Street Museum, and the set was truly a tour de force — got ya laughin’, thinkin’ and perhaps most importantly, very dancin’.

And now Sir Babygirl, aka Kelsie Hogue, has been highlighted by NPR Music. They wrote about her new music video for “Haunted House.”

As of right now, Sir Babygirl has two additional tracks available on Spotify: “Heels” and “Flirting With Her,” and they are both bangin’. You can also follow her on Instagram @sir_babygirl. It’s a treat.


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According to NPR, Sir Babygirl’s debut album “Crush on Me” comes out Feb. 15 via Father/Daughter Records.


Check out this beautiful music video featuring an Upper Valley animator’s work

Yayyyy, Bona! It’s so beautiful!

Animator Bona Bones, who has graced the pages of the Valley News and UV INDEX a number of times, did the animation work for the music video for “Over The Moon,” a single by the Los Angeles-based psychedelic soul band The Marías.

This is the same video that Valley News features writer David Corriveau let you know about last month, before it was released. It’s been on YouTube since last Friday and already has more than 40,000 views!

And, jussayin, four of them in the last 12 minutes are from me. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

A still image from Bona Bones’ stop animation video for “Over the Moon,” a song by the Los Angeles band The Marias. (Courtesy Bona Bones)


Georgia-born, Nashville-based rock artist Ron Pope croons about White River Junction

White River Blumption earlier this year. Photo by yours truly.

Thanks to my colleague Matt Hongoltz-Hetling for the heads up on this: It seems we’re both way behind the curve, but did YOU know that since 2016, there’s been a country-ish pop-rock song by a touring artist about the Upper Valley’s favorite comeback kid? Because we did not.

Here is a snippet from Ron Pope’s description of the song “White River Junction,” via his YouTube:

“White River Junction” is the first song I wrote for this album and in my mind, it is the quickest route on the road to explaining “What does the new album sound like?” It’s a pretty vivid narrative; I saw a sign that said White River Junction when we were on tour in Vermont. I was sick and exhausted from months of non-stop traveling and anxious to get off the freezing bus at the next stop to get back on stage (which is the only place I ever want to be when we’re on tour). Every once in a while, on the road, I’ll look up how far we are from Atlanta even though I haven’t lived there in years; all I could think was, “Damn, we’re far from home.”

It also deals with drug use quite a bit (see the refrain, “Cocaine / cocaine / cocaine”), so there’s that. The song was posted in March 2016 and has more than 11,600 views on YouTube as of today.

Ron Pope was raised in Marietta, Georgia, and founded the record label Brooklyn Basement Records with his wife, Blair, in Nashville, according to his website and Wikipedia page. (And if it makes me sound old to cite a rock-and-roll artist’s Wikipedia page in describing him because of a song that came out more than two years ago, then that’s just how it’s gonna have to be.)


Closing time at the downtown Lebanon Listen thrift store after 41 years

See you at the former Bridgman’s furniture store.

Jeremy Hamel, left, and his father, Junior Hamel, put down vinyl plank flooring on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, at the new Listen Community Services building in Lebanon, N.H. Listen hopes to open its new 8,000-square-foot flagship thrift store in early October. (Valley News – Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.