Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Bringing out the ‘Dead’

By John Shaver

November 24, 2009

Filed under Music

Northampton was alive Friday night as renowned cover band Dark Star Orchestra brought the Grateful Dead back to western Massachusetts. With the Donna Jean Godchaux Band and Jeff Mattson as their opener, the night was filled with sounds of music flashbacks. Donna Jean appeared on stage and pl...

Iron Horse fills with ‘Fun and Laughter’

By Sam Butterfield

November 22, 2009

Filed under Music

Montreal indie rockers Land of Talk brought their tight, fast-paced act to Northampton’s Iron Horse Music Hall Friday night, drawing a solid crowd of devoted fans to promote their new EP “Fun and Laughter.” The set lasted...

Land of Talk frontwoman Elizabeth Powell talks

By Sam Butterfield

November 19, 2009

Filed under Music

Sometimes it pays to put things into perspective and remember what made you want to do something in the first place. After a brush with losing her voice while touring last year, that’s the lesson Elizabeth Powell, frontwoman...

Big D and the Kids Table to bring adult language to NoHo

By Ellie Rulon-Miller

November 19, 2009

Filed under Music

Boston’s Big D and the Kids Table will be taking the stage at Pearl Street in Northampton for the first time in several years tonight. Joining the ska-punk band will be three other bands: illScarlett from Ontario, Canada,...

Raising the Dead: Dark Star Orchestra to play the Calvin

By John Shaver

November 19, 2009

Filed under Music

The spirit of the Dead will rise tonight at the Calvin Theatre. The world-renowned Dark Star Orchestra (DSO) will bring the Grateful Dead back to Northampton tonight. They have been touring with the legendary Donna Jean Godchaux,...

ACDC’s Box of old tricks

By Dmitriy Gabriel

November 19, 2009

Filed under Music

As if “Black Ice” wasn’t enough, the musical juggernaut that is AC/DC has decided yet again to bless the collective musical universe with a new product. “Backtrack,” a new three-disk box set, contains some fun and delightfully...

Jesse Ruben: Bringing acoustic back to pop

By Anshalee Guarnieri

November 18, 2009

Filed under Music

For the past year, Jesse Ruben has relentlessly toured up and down the east coast to support his debut album. His quick wit and handsome boy-next-door style makes his performances wonderfully entertaining and carefree. A Jesse ...

Former Dresden Doll brings sophisticated punk to Pearl Street

By Angela Stasiowski

November 16, 2009

Filed under Music

Amanda Palmer brought her sophisticated burlesque punk to Pearl Street last Friday, serenading the packed Ballroom with tunes from her debut solo release, “Who Killed Amanda Palmer.”  As the former singer and pianist for punk cabaret outfit the Dresden Dolls, Palmer is no stranger...

Crowd Finds “No Need to Argue” at Cranberries Show

By Kate MacDonald

November 16, 2009

Filed under Music

Rocking music, a raucous crowd and drunken fans being arrested in the middle of the venue means just another night at an Irish band’s concert. Fans experienced all this and more at The Orpheum Friday night when The Cranberries took ...

Doughty is ‘Doubly Gratifying’

By Rachel Dougherty

November 15, 2009

Filed under Music

‘Busting up a Starbucks’ on the way to a Mike Doughty show is something every fan should do at least once. Fortunately, there is a Starbucks just one street away from the Iron Horse in Northampton, where Doughty played The...

90s hit makers to reunite in Boston

By Kate MacDonald

November 12, 2009

Filed under Music

Incorporating an infusion of Irish music, rock, pop and grunge, The Cranberries wrote some of the most popular songs worldwide in the 1990s. Unless you’ve lived under a rock during that whole decade and at least part of this,...

Raekwon and Sean P drop legendary beats in Noho

By Yoel Drachman

November 12, 2009

Filed under Music

Steven Baum also contributed to this report. What happened in the Pearl Street Night Club in Northampton on Saturday night was the makings of legends.  In a venue smaller than the basketball court at UMass’s new recreation c...