Massachusetts Daily Collegian

The Blind Boys of Alabama, “Duets”

By Garth Brody

November 8, 2009

Filed under Music

The Blind Boys of Alabama formed their singing group 70 years ago, and have been performing and recording gospel music ever since. As the legends of the industry they’ve become during that timespan, its not suprising that they have collaborated with a number of notable musicians. “Duets,” their...

Raekwon to bring gritty hip-hop to Pearl Street

By Yoel Drachman

November 5, 2009

Filed under Music

This Saturday night, Nov. 7th, at 9 p.m., Raekwon “the Chef”, Sean Price and Hendersin will be playing at the Pearl Street Night Club in Northampton. Hendersin, began his rapping career at age 10, using school events to showcase his lyrical and performance abilities. By the age of 17 he had begun...

Fab(ricated) Four to play Noho

By Rachel Dougherty

November 5, 2009

Filed under Music

Woodstock may be a page in a history book, but the sixties will live on this Saturday night when 1964 The Tribute recreates the sounds and styles of the Beatles at Calvin Theater in Northampton. Named the “best Beatles tribute band in the world” by Rolling Stone Magazine, the Ohio-based 1964 The...

Second solo album from "The Chef" has critics talking

By Noah Steinberg-DiStefano

November 5, 2009

Filed under Music

Wu-Tang fans unite! Raekwon “The Chef” has led the group back to the hip-hop forefront with his latest solo album, “Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…Part II.”  The album, released on Sept. 8, features guest performances from all seven living members of the original Wu-Tang Clan and has been hailed ...

Amherst teenage prodigies, Who Shot Hollywood to play Pearl Street

By Dave Mansfield

November 5, 2009

Filed under Music

No one in the band is old enough to drive. Not even close. Yet the members of Who Shot Hollywood, all 14 and 15 years old, have produced their own records, played all over the country, and have already begun to endear themselves to larger acts such as The Fray and Man Man. Hailing from the heart of Amherst,...

Classic Cohen performance moves and engages

By Mark Schiffer

November 4, 2009

Filed under Music

As August waned in 1970, the anti-Woodstock took place at the Isle of Wight music festival. The potential of the 60s was beginning to segue into the stagnation of the 70s, and the people were restless. What was meant to only have a 100,000 person turnout ended up being gate crashed by a crowd of over...

Play ‘Hockey’: Portland band releases fresh debut

By Angela Stasiowski

November 4, 2009

Filed under Music

Never before has a band named after a Canadian-created sport had as much soul as Portland’s Hockey. There is no need to explain the band’s musical back-story.  Their debut album “Mind Chaos” speaks for itself. “What kind of accomplishment is throwback?  I was the first one to prefer...

The Bad Plus: Good

By Craig Holland

November 3, 2009

Filed under Music

Last Thursday, the Iron Horse Music Hall was crowded, and nobody noticed as three men shuffled their way to the front of the room and ascended the stairs to the stage. The upright bass lay on its side, and a grand piano stood poised on the stage, its lid opened halfway with microphone cables streaming...

Student psych-out: Adventures in Mental Health Services

By S.K. Murphy

November 3, 2009

Filed under Columns, Lifestyle

“So what’s been bothering you?” inquires the therapist who I’ve just overheard in the lobby griping about having to fit another basket case into an already over-packed afternoon. So it goes at Mental Health Services: A place made known to me last semester after one of my friends had a crack-up...

Liquid Breakfast satisfies NoHo with a side of Orange

By Christiana McDougal

November 2, 2009

Filed under Archives, Music

The Iron Horse was abuzz with the sounds of The Breakfast on Thursday night as costumed fans waited outside for the show to begin. It was the 11th anniversary of both their annual Halloween inspired Fonghoulish Freakout Tour and the band’s creation. Opening for The Breakfast was UMass’ own funk/rock band, Orange Television. Orange Television’s lead singer and...

Genetic Imperfection shadows soon-to-be cult classic “Repo”

By Alissa Mesibov

November 1, 2009

Filed under Theatre

On Friday, Oct. 30, Genetic Imperfection of South Hadley presented their first annual Halloween production of “Repo: The Genetic Opera” at the Academy of Music in Northampton. The group of performers mimicked, or “shadowed,” the every movement of the 2008 film, as it was shown on a screen b...

Hampshire Halloween gives Amherst a trippy treat

By Sam Butterfield

October 29, 2009

Filed under Lifestyle

The leaves are turning, and the tacky decor displays are out at CVS. That can only mean one thing: Hampshire Halloween and all of its madness, depravity and carnal merry-making must be nearly upon us. Hampshire Halloween, colloquially referred to as Trip or Treat, is a campus tradition which dates...