Massachusetts Daily Collegian

“Master of Shadows:” deeper than the normal spy-thriller

By Andrew Cogan

October 21, 2010

Filed under Words

Despite what James Bond would have us believe, the real-life games of espionage often have little to do with fast cars, beautiful women, and unnecessarily large explosions – but that doesn’t mean the work is dry, either....

James Franco gives accurate portrayal of Allen Ginsberg in “Howl”

By Andrew Cogan

October 18, 2010

Filed under Movies

“Howl,” titled after Allen Ginsberg’s most famous poem, opened this weekend at Amherst Cinema. On Saturday night, writers and directors Rob Epstein and Jerry Friedman were on hand to present the movie and answer questions...

“Never Let Me Go” fails to move

By Andrew Cogan

October 12, 2010

Filed under Movies

“Never Let Me Go” is the movie adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro’s stunning novel about three British school children that are tragically unaware of the special purpose a dystopian society has ordained for them. Set in an alternative late 20th century Britain, the three friends, Kat...

Deerhoof pulls out all stops at Pearl Street performance

By Andrew Cogan

October 11, 2010

Filed under Arts & Living, Music

In the dark confines of the Pearl Street clubroom, with but several multi-colored lights over the stage, Deerhoof unleashed their raw and powerful energy on Saturday night. Euphoric blasts of noise caromed off the low ceiling. Deep, thundering drums reverberated through the cro...

Deerhoof and Xiu Xiu set to experiment this weekend

By Andrew Cogan

October 7, 2010

Filed under Music

Any fans of experimental music must find a way to be at Pearl Street this Saturday night at 9 p.m. Seminal avant-garde pop band, Deerhoof, is coming to town, supported by their contemporaries, Xiu Xiu. Over the many years of their careers, both bands have distinguished themselves as artis...

Yorn yearns for new sound, but is it a blunder?

By Andrew Cogan

October 6, 2010

Filed under Music

Pete Yorn, a folk singer-songwriter turned alternative rock artist made his Northampton debut Monday night. Yorn dropped in for a quick set at Pearl Street to promote his new self-titled album. The album was released Sept. 28 on Vagrant Records, and produced by Frank Black of the Pixies. Yo...

Barefoot Truth tiptoes towards success

By Andrew Cogan

October 6, 2010

Filed under Music

For a long time, the Barefoot Truth has been up-and-coming, teetering on the edge of mainstream success, but not anymore. The socially conscious roots-rock band rolled out the red carpet Friday night with a spectacular performance at Pearl Street. With their infectious songs, tight musi...

Pete Yorn to make Pioneer Valley debut

By Andrew Cogan

October 3, 2010

Filed under Arts & Living, Music

Rock and pop singer-songwriter Pete Yorn is on his way to Northampton for the first time in support of his new, self-titled album. Yorn will be performing at 8 p.m. this Monday, Oct. 4 at the Pearl Street Ballroom in Northampton. ...

Decades later, “Z” lives on

By Andrew Cogan

April 20, 2010

Filed under Movies

A French film that debuted in 1969, “Z” is a political thriller directed by Costa Gavras based on the novel by Greek author Vassilis Vassilikos. Steeped in the fractured and highly antagonistic politics of Cold War Greece,...

Land mark political thriller coming to Amherst Cinema

By Andrew Cogan

April 13, 2010

Filed under Arts & Living, Movies

Amherst Cinema is screening a new print of the seminal political thriller “Z” tonight at 7 p.m. Directed by Costa Gavras, the film is based on the 1966 novel of the same name by Greek author Vassilis Vassilikos. A French-language...

‘How to Win Friends and Influence People’ still a relevant source of advice

By Andrew Cogan

March 29, 2010

Filed under Arts & Living, Words

“How to Win Friends and Influence People,” by Dale Carnegie, is a book on why generosity is the greatest good you can do to yourself and others. Its lessons are simple, easy to understand and readily applicable in everyday...

Barefoot Truth will have feet tapping

By Andrew Cogan

February 18, 2010

Filed under Music

"Universal consciousness" is the concept behind "Threads," the new album released on Feb. 16 by American roots-rock band, Barefoot Truth. The band describes the motivation for their latest release, "as we emerge from the ...