Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Yo La Tengo remain indie champions

By Mark Schiffer

September 25, 2011

Filed under Arts & Living, Music

The Academy of Music in Northampton was abuzz with music nerds and flannel-wearers this Wednesday, for longtime indie-rock favorites Yo La Tengo had come to town. Consisting of James McNew on bass and married couple Georg...

Yo La Tengo to bring its ‘heart’ to NoHo

By Mark Schiffer

September 19, 2011

Filed under Music

This Wednesday, Hoboken-based indie rock trio Yo La Tengo will bring their warm organ tones and squalling waves of Sonic Youth-influenced feedback to the Academy of Music. Without question, it will be a show well worth attending due to their normally lengthy and engaging performances. Fellow indie ...

The case for Kate Bush

By Mark Schiffer

April 5, 2011

Filed under Music

It’s a chancy thing, to traverse the world of female singer-songwriters. In addition to the risk of infringing on one’s masculinity, there is always the occasional schlock factor. For every Joni Mitchell there will be a Carly...

The case for prog rock

By Mark Schiffer

March 30, 2011

Filed under Music

Several years ago, the Danish indie-rock band Mew instigated a small progressive-rock revival, which, for a brief period of time, managed to unify both well-rounded fans of music with devotees of virtuoso-oriented bands like The...

Kurt Vile rocks out

By Mark Schiffer

March 10, 2011

Filed under Music

Kurt Vile has been playing the same stoned classic rock riffs for several years now. What elevates him to the upper-echelon of indie-rock songwriters that he now occupies is a glorious lack of self-consciousness about this aesthet...

Overlooked cult classics

By Mark Schiffer

February 8, 2011

Filed under Movies

With the recent resurgence in popularity of such films as “The Holy Mountain” and “Suspiria,” the cult film is a phenomenon that won’t be dying any time soon. For audiences looking for the most unusual films of yesteryear, here is a guide that includes everything from a mostly...

Swans reunite the roost, release best album of 2010

By Mark Schiffer

January 26, 2011

Filed under Arts & Living, Music

The 2010 release “My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky,” by catharsis-rock pioneers Swans begins with the harshly beautiful sound of chimes segueing into the ever-reliable pounding guitars of old; horns blow and ...

‘Void’ not totally fulfilling

By Mark Schiffer

December 5, 2010

Filed under Arts & Living, Movies

Gaspar Noe has long been a polarizing force in the world of film. His previous effort, “Irreversible,” has been dividing viewers since its 2002 release due to disturbingly free-flowing camerawork, over-the-top violence and...

Dylan not ‘Forever Young’

By Mark Schiffer

November 21, 2010

Filed under Arts & Living, Music

Let us make a few facts clear: Bob Dylan played a solid show this past Friday at the Mullins Center. He sang and played with energy, even occasionally soloing on guitar and organ. Fears that old age has left the man slow and...

Bob Dylan rolls into Mullins Center

By Mark Schiffer

November 18, 2010

Filed under Music

Music fans, the so-called “holy grail” of folk-rock has arrived: Bob Dylan, the creator of what has turned out to be some of the most enduring music of all-time, will be playing the Mullins Center this Friday at 8 p.m. Even his biggest fans have begun discussing the possibil...

“The Humbling” is a smashing success

By Mark Schiffer

October 20, 2010

Filed under Arts & Living, Words

Philip Roth has long intertwined his literary world with his personal. From the Zuckerman novels, whose titular character’s past and profession closely mirrors that of his creator, to the frequently used New York/New Jersey setti...

“Legend” soars with stunning imagery

By Mark Schiffer

October 20, 2010

Filed under Movies

Whether or not you enjoyed the violence-pornography hybrid that was “300,” it was undeniably the film through which director Zack Snyder created his own kind of visual signature. Snyder’s most recent film, “Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole,” proves to be a product of his post-”300...