Massachusetts Daily Collegian

“Good Rockin’ Tonight” reintroduces legend to new generation

By Mark Schiffer

November 29, 2009

On Aug. 17, 1977, a very sad and confused southern boy was found dead in his hotel room. Whether you believe it was the result of too many prescription pills, or simply too many stresses related to touring, it was without question a loss that had a powerful cultural impact worldwide. It was at this...

Big D makes a big splash for area ska fans

By Ellie Rulon-Miller

November 25, 2009

I have been going to ska shows on a regular basis ever since I was about 13 years old. It started with local bands from my high school playing small fundraising shows around town. Although in retrospect the music was mediocre and most of the kids at the shows were early incarnations of today’s hipsters,...

‘Skanking’ too much for those unfamiliar to ska crowds

By Garth Brody

November 25, 2009

I had never been to a ska show before this one, save for local high school groups with even sillier names than the ones on tap for Friday night’s show. So my four-step initiation to the genre (Skasome Society through Big D himself) was sure to be enlightening. To preface, I had known what ska was –...

Chatterton-Purdy Speaks of Icons of The Civil Rights Movement

By Lisa Linsley

November 25, 2009

From Nov. 16 through Nov. 24, Pamela Chatterton-Purdy’s Icons of The Civil Rights Movement exhibit was featured in the Student Union Art Gallery. Chatterton-Purdy, a University of Massachusetts M.F.A. 1966 alum, spoke about her exhibit on Tuesday at 12 p.m. in the art gallery. The Icons of The Civil ...

Newman Student Association Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive

By Lisa Linsley

November 25, 2009

This week, more than 120 families in Amherst would have gone without a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. From Sunday, Nov. 1 through Sunday, Nov. 22, the Newman Student Association (NSA), in conjunction with the Amherst Survival Center, ran a food drive for local Amherst families that could not afford...

Thanksgiving Leftover Specialties

By Andrew Sheridan

November 25, 2009

Tomorrow is a day for friends and family. It is a day when those of us who can stand to see our relatives will wake up bright-eyed and ready to join together for the annual feast of merriment and gluttony. But what about the next day? While some may know of the day after Thanksgiving as “Black Friday”,...

Kilted Lovers Bring Scotch (pop) to Pearl Street

By Garth Brody

November 24, 2009

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

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

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 23, 2009

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

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

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...