Massachusetts Daily Collegian

Kilted Lovers Bring Scotch (pop) to Pearl Street

By Garth Brody

November 24, 2009


Filed under Music

Glasgow-based indie pop group Camera Obscura will bring their melodic melancholy to the Pearl Street Ballroom tonight. Formed back in 1996  by unassuming frontwoman Tracyanne Campbell, Camera Obscura did not record an album until 2001. The band has been steadily building buzz ever since their debut, “Bi...

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 played a short set, ...

Tween drama sucks the hemoglobin out of audiences’ wallets

By Lindsay Pierce

November 23, 2009


Filed under Movies

For better or worse, Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” saga is an unavoidable phenomenon.  The film adaptation of “New Moon,” the second installment in the series, opened Friday, Nov. 20 to massive crowds. With $140.7 million earned opening weekend, there’s no dawn in sight for this box-office bl...

‘New Moon’ premiere stirs frenzy

By Nora Drapalski

November 22, 2009


Filed under Movies

By 10:30 on Thursday night, the main lobby of Cinemark in Hadley was packed with fans of the “Twilight” series, all eager to see the premiere of “New Moon.” Two Twilight fans dying to see the new movie, Brittany and Hanna, were waiting in line for their seat and had been there since 9 p.m....

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 just under an hour and the group played just one song from the new release,...

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 for the Montreal indie trio Land of Talk, learned. After what she described...

Goats Beware: Clooney new tricks up his sleeve that may cause your heart to stop

By Nora Drapalski

November 19, 2009


Filed under Movies

George Clooney brings audiences back in time with his new film, “The Men Who Stare at Goats.” Based on the nonfiction book by Jon Ronson, “The Men Who Stare at Goats” follows journalist Bob Wilton as he goes to Iraq in order to find his next big story. Humor is aplenty in this wonderfully...

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, The Stereo State (formerly known as FiveAcrossTheEyes) from Holyoke, Mass.,...

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, who was in the Grateful Dead during the 1970s. DSO has worked with...

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 odd and obscure tracks, as well as more live songs and video footage...

Demon barber to possess crowds at the FAC

By Alissa Mesibov

November 18, 2009


Filed under Theatre

The UMass Theater Guild’s production of Sweeney Todd opens tonight. The musical features a cast and artistic team composed almost entirely of UMass students. The plot surrounds the story of Benjamin Barker, a barber who returns to London after more than a decade of exile. After finding the remnant...

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 Ruben show feels like a group of friends jamming around the living room. ...