Massachusetts Daily Collegian

‘Bully’ documentary reveals painful reality

By Acacia DiCiaccio

April 24, 2012


Filed under Arts & Living, Movies

From the national spotlight to Amherst Cinema, “Bully” has been all over. “Bully” continues to gain recognition due to its riveting trailer and controversy over the film’s initial R rating that would prevent it from being shown in schools. Amherst Cinema is currently showing “Bull...

How the ‘Harry Potter,’ ‘Twilight’ and ‘Hunger Games’ franchises cradled my generation

By Stephen Margelony-Lajoie

April 24, 2012


Filed under Arts & Living, Culture

There are three things coming to mind when thinking about my generation's cultural heavyweights: “Harry Potter,” “Twilight” and “The Hunger Games.” Despite anyone’s opinions about these three distinct franchises, there’s no doubt that they’ve have all fared well in multiple global industries. All three...

Spiritualized continues psychedelic blues sound in ‘Sweet Heart Sweet Light’

By Sarah Fonder

April 24, 2012


Filed under Arts & Living, Music

As the leader of classic psych acts like Spacemen 3 and Spiritualized, Jason Pierce is no stranger to making music in altered states. While Spiritualized’s seventh album “Sweet Heart Sweet Light” was made under a drug-induced haze, it was less pleasurably hedonistic as it was medically urgent. ...

Avicii worth the wait

By Katie-Rose De Candia

April 23, 2012


Filed under Arts & Living, Music

Swedish DJ Tim Bergling, more popularly known as Avicii, filled the Mullins Center last Thursday with the house beat that has taken many campus arenas by storm. The show was rescheduled from January 31, but as soon as this up-and-coming DJ hit the stage, it was clearly worth the wait. Groups of people...

Podcast: An offer you can’t refuse

By Danny Marchant

April 23, 2012


Filed under Arts & Living, Arts Multimedia, Arts Podcasts, Movies

Last Thursday night, Cinemark Theater made an offer to audiences they couldn’t refuse: The chance to see “The Godfather Part II” on the big screen. Regardless of how many times you’ve watched them at home, there’s no experience like seeing your favorite films where they were meant to be seen: At the movie theater. In celebra...

Jack White’s “Blunderbuss” is solid yet forgettable

By Stephen Margelony-Lajoie

April 23, 2012


Filed under Arts & Living, Music

Jack White’s debut solo album, the rock-n-roll heavy “Blunderbuss,” hits shelves April 24 with high expectations after his fantastic performance on Saturday Night Live last month. However, the album sees White setting the bar a little too high for himself, because it’s nothing like the firearm it’s named after; the album lacks any...

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 bill, with both groups boasting some newly recorded material for eager fans...

“Miss Representation” screened at Cape Cod Lounge

By Acacia DiCiaccio

April 19, 2012


Filed under Arts & Living

Over 100 students and faculty swarmed into the University of Massachusetts Cape Cod Lounge on Wednesday to attend a free screening and discussion of the film “Miss Representation.” The documentary reviews the negative way that women are portrayed in the media – as sex objects, hangers-on to men...

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 lineup of the best and brightest musicians in the greater Northampton...

Mead’s new acquisition sheds light on Gilded Age pedigree

By Abbott Thayer

April 19, 2012


Filed under Arts & Living

What if art is our new religion? An American religion. If so, has any sacred beauty survived the profane corruption of modernity in its treacherous journey to 2012? These, it might be said, are the difficult questions answered by English luminary William Blake’s “The Raising of Jairus’ Daughter,” which is on display at Amherst ...

Avicii take two: DJ performing at Mullins tonight

By Acacia DiCiaccio

April 19, 2012


Filed under Arts & Living, Music

Tim Bergling, commonly known as Avicii, the blond DJ from Sweden with the piercing blue eyes and artist who remixed Etta James to create the song “Good Feeling,” appears to be the new pick in popular music. Avicii has been featured on tracks by famous artists like Flo Rida, Leona Lewis and David Guetta. ...

‘Body Politics’ expressed color through dance, storytelling and improv.

By Nia Decaille

April 19, 2012


Filed under Arts & Living, Culture

In a dark room with no fancy lighting or elaborate stage props there was something somber about the 11 barefooted women beckoning the crowd to snap their fingers. It was dialogue, poetry and personality. It was “Body Politics.” “Body Politics” took place Thursday, April 12, and Friday, April 13, at...