So, you want to be an entertainment reporter. You love music, movies, TV, celebrity slap-fights or whatever, and you’re convinced that your life’s work should involve discussing them in public, for as wide an audience as you can reach. Excellent. It’s a fun job. Here’s how not to suck at it: Don’t write like an entertainment reporter.
Beck doesn’t often perform in western Massachusetts. In fact, the last time he played a show around here was in May 2003, when he squeezed into the Iron Horse in Northampton
Home improvement work goes awry in Blue Skies for Black Hearts’ new video for “It’s Gone on Too Long,” premiering today on Listen, Dammit.
There’s no shortage of artists with compelling backstories and interesting songs — artists like Debbie Neigher. The San Francisco singer and songwriter (and one time study-abroad student in Ghana) released her second album, “Unravel,” last fall, after giving up her job working with at-risk teens to focus full-time on music. Like her self-titled first album, Neigher recorded “Unravel” with John…
Such is Jay Farrar’s preference for opacity that the veteran singer and songwriter makes a subtle lyric change in concert to his most revealing song — on the rare occasions when he performs it.
John Darnielle’s Mountain Goats fanbase is so devoted that when he said something onstage Tuesday at Pearl Street in Northampton about having recently written a bunch of Mountain Goats songs that will never get released, there were people in the crowd who wanted to hear them — all of them. Darnielle wisely kept to just one, voicing his suspicion that others who…
There was always a chance Brent Amaker was an android: that rumbling baritone, the stylized western-style songs, the aura of pure badassness, all of it seemed somehow extra-human.