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Two Man Gentleman Band

Two Man Gentleman Band

On Thursday night Northampton’s Iron Horse had a cozy, old-timey vibe—the perfect antidote to the cold, wet snowflakes falling outside. The Two Man Gentleman Band stole the show, covering just about every vice in their short set: fancy beer, chocolate milk, girls, prescription drugs, reefer, and tikka masala.

Whately Chapel

Watermelon Wednesdays

About fifteen minutes from our Northampton apartment, past fields filled with little leaguers, past a lake, and down a twisty road is the Whately Chapel, facing a garden and a field of horses and cows. During the summer, Wednesdays at the chapel are Watermelon Wednesdays. There’s music, bats, a dog, and, of course, watermelon. Last […]

Susan Werner at the Iron Horse

Susan Werner at the Iron Horse

I’ve been going to singer-songwriter Susan Werner’s shows for more than ten years, though I confess to dropping off the scene soon after she began her all-cabaret-style tour in the mid-2000s. I missed her earlier, guitar-based songs with their clever, mischievous lyrics about life and relationships. Since the cabaret era, she’s released a gospel album, […]

American Idiot

The spectacular American Idiot

Green Day’s American Idiot on Broadway.

CDs that survived the purge

CDs that survived the purge

A few CDs that survived the great purge of 2010.