Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Rewind!: To U2 or not to U2?

By Dave Coffey

August 5, 2012

Filed under Archives, Arts & Living, Music

Editor's note: This is part of the Daily Collegian's St. Patrick's Day special issue. Let’s get the obvious out of the way early – I love U2. I have loved U2 since I first stole “Rattle & Hum” from my sister when...

What college can’t teach you

By Dave Coffey

April 30, 2012

Filed under Senior Columns

A thought occurs: Frank Zappa was right! Yeah, yeah, Stravinsky is, like, totally radical, dude. But no, I mean he was right about college. The brilliantly mustachioed avant-rocker had a famous quote about institutions of alleged...

Our Lady Peace’s latest album hampered by transitions

By Dave Coffey

April 24, 2012

Filed under Arts & Living, Music

Contrary to popular belief, reality is not singular – there are always at least two realities at any given time. One is actual, factual, concrete and more importantly, demonstratively so. The other type of reality is no less real, pe...

Jamie Kent/Darlingside Iron Horse release parties

By Dave Coffey

April 23, 2012

Filed under Arts & Living, Music

This past Saturday, a packed house at Iron Horse was treated to not just one, but two stellar release parties in a single evening. Northampton favorites Jamie Kent and The Options and Darlingside headed up the double-headliner...

Darlingside to play Iron Horse tonight

By Dave Coffey

April 19, 2012

Filed under Arts & Living

Darlingside will host coinciding release parties for each act’s latest recorded efforts. Both bands were recently featured in the ambitious “Valley Rising” project, a one-off gig and compilation album featuring a star-studded...

St. Patrick’s playlist

By Dave Coffey

March 15, 2012

Filed under Arts & Living, Music

Editor's note: This is part of the Daily Collegian's St. Patrick's Day special issue. Break out the shot glasses and get ready to sleep on your side, because it’s the most wonderful time of the year. No, it’s not Christ...

Doug Ratner and the Watchmen Pearl Street CD release show preview

By Dave Coffey

March 15, 2012

Filed under Arts & Living, Music

This Friday night at the Pearl Street clubroom in Northampton, Springfield natives Doug Ratner and the Watchmen, also known as DRAW, will host a CD release party for their brand new EP “Lessons Well Learned.” Westfield fo...

‘Lessons Well Learned’ album merges classic rock and unique songwriting

By Dave Coffey

March 6, 2012

Filed under Arts & Living, Music

A couple years after their full-length debut – 2009’s raucous, rambling “Eye to Eye” – Doug Ratner & the Watchmen have released another album, the condensed EP “Lessons Well Learned.” While it continues ...

Blind Pilot performance an eye-opener at Pearl Street on Sunday

By Dave Coffey

February 14, 2012

Filed under Arts & Living, Music

On Sunday night, Portland indie folksters Blind Pilot played to a packed house at the Pearl Street ballroom in Northampton in promotion of their most recent album, Sept. 2011’s “We Are The Tide.” Montreal American...

‘Wasting Light’ not a waste of time

By Dave Coffey

February 9, 2012

Filed under Arts & Living, Music

Check out other reviews of Grammy nominated albums: Adele rolls into deep success with ‘21’ | Bruno Mars an unlikely contender in Grammys | Grammys for Gaga | Rihanna gets ‘Loud’ with nominations If Pitchfork eve...

La Veracruzana offers authentic Mexican

By Dave Coffey

January 22, 2012

Filed under Arts & Living, Food & Drink

Amherst certainly has a plethora of both affordable and delicious dining options – but sometimes you just really, really need a burrito. And while Bueno y Sano certainly wears the big boy pants when it comes to Mexi-American...

Valley Rising CD release party at Iron Horse preview

By Dave Coffey

December 8, 2011

Filed under Arts & Living, Music

This Sunday, the Iron Horse Music Hall will host a behemoth show for the release party of the “Valley Rising Compilation Album,” a record which will feature a dozen independent music artists native to Northampton. Out o...