Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Lana del Rey’s ‘Born to Die’ album enjoyable, does not deserve Grammy

By Emily Merlino

February 7, 2012

Filed under Arts & Living, Music

Somewhere amidst the roar of controversy that followed her cringe-inducing Saturday Night Live performance, Lana del Rey managed to release her first album. “Born to Die,” a record that plays like a soundtrack to Instag...

Coldplay remains consistent, brings the goods

By Jessica Troland

February 5, 2012

Filed under Arts & Living, Music

After almost three years of waiting, Coldplay fans finally have a reason to celebrate as of Oct. 21, when the band released its newest album, “Mylo Xyloto.” The album satisfies every expectation fans may have antic...

Sister Sparrow swoops into Iron Horse

By Chelsie Field

February 3, 2012

Filed under Archives, Arts & Living, Music

This weekend, Northampton will bear witness to a handful of very funky females. Brooklyn-based Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds as well as Amherst’s own Who’da Funk It will perform this Saturday at the Iron Horse Music Hall. Both bands feature ...

Avicii concert postponed due to sickness

By DailyCollegian.com Staff

January 31, 2012

Filed under Music

Avicii’s “House for Hunger Tour” – previously scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 31 at the University of Massachusetts Mullins Center – has been postponed. The event was rescheduled for Thursday, April 19 at 7:30 p.m....

‘Shame’ draws audiences into dark places

By DailyCollegian.com Staff

January 30, 2012

Filed under Arts & Living, Music

Steve McQueen’s “Shame” – rated NC-17 for “explicit sexual content” – gives a powerful and thought provoking insight into the life of a sex addict named Brandon, played by Michael Fassbender. In a world where...

Mortensen, Knightley shine in ‘A Dangerous Method’

By Acacia DiCiaccio

January 29, 2012

Filed under Music

“A Dangerous Method” explores the lives of two of the most renowned names in psychology: Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung. The story opens in 1904 with Jung, played by Michael Fassbender (“Inglorious Basterds”), performing his fi...

“Crazy Clown Time” an imaginative, yet flawed album

By Victoria Knobloch

January 26, 2012

Filed under Arts & Living, Music

Film director David Lynch is known for highlighting the weirdness inherent in the mundane. His bizarre portraits of American life include the surreal horror of unexpected fatherhood, the literal nightmare of abuse and crime in...

Five albums for the depressed this winter

By Acacia DiCiaccio

January 22, 2012

Filed under Arts & Living, Music

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is defined as “episodes of depression that occur at a certain time of the year, usually during winter” according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. While approximately 4 to 6 percent...

The Sounds of Winter: Winter Playlist

By Alexa Wilansky

January 22, 2012

Filed under Arts & Living, Music

Nothing except the rush of final exams brings quite as much excitement for winter break. As students may drop to their knees saying “thank you for letting me get through this semester,” they rise, shoulders relieved of the...

Mike Gordon to play at Calvin Theatre

By DailyCollegian.com Staff

December 9, 2011

Filed under Arts & Living, Music

Mike Gordon returns to the Pioneer Valley for the first time since the Phish bassist rocked the Mullins Center with his band for two nights last October. Though in less prolific company, the stage Saturday will suffer no shortage of ...

“Music’s mad scientist” Keller Williams coming to Noho

By Brian Canova

December 8, 2011

Filed under Arts & Living, Music

Keller Williams is coming to the Pearl Street Ballroom in Northampton on Friday, and he won’t be selling foreclosed homes. No, this Keller Williams takes a more right-brained approach to making a living. A one-man band dubbe...

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...