Mastodon Release Creepy, Goofy Videos Teasing New Music

Atlanta-based metal group and Game of Thrones co-stars Mastodon have released two videos that hint at a new album being in the works. The first features a band member with his face blurred and voice distorted to disguise his identity (his tattoos are left uncovered, so feel free to ID him based on those and let…

Can Co-Founder and Integral Avant-Rock Drummer Jaki Liebezeit Dead at 78

Jaki Liebezeit, founder member of Can and one of the defining drummers of German psychedelic rock, passed away this weekend at the age of 78. A statement on the band's Facebook page announced Liebezeit's passing: "It is with great sadness we have to announce that Jaki passed away this morning from sudden pneumonia. He fell…

Woody Harrelson & John Popper Perform With Grateful Dead Members At Sundance

Three of the four surviving members of the Grateful Dead performed together at the Sundance premiere of a documentary film about the legendary band.

Make a Fish Hook Out of a Zipper, and More Useful Survival Tips

If you’re lost in the wild and in dire need of food, you can make a fish hook out of something you’re almost guaranteed to have on you.Read more...

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ARIES (March 21-April 19): Westward Ho! is the name of a village in southwestern England. Its name is impressive because of the exclamation point. But it’s not as dramatic as that of the only town on earth with two exclamation points: Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!, which is in Quebec. I invite you Aries folks to be equally daring. According to my...

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Thursday 1/26  Brewmaster’s Jazz: Weekly at 7 p.m. Superb jazz played by the area’s hottest musicians with special guests every week. Includes fresh-brewed drinks and offerings from the Mothership Gourmet food truck. New City Brewery, 180 Pleasant St., Easthampton.  Exploratory Devices: Click Workspace’s new music series begins with a double-bill featuring George Langford (Javelin) and 3rdness by Noam Schatz. 7-9 p.m....

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Thursday 1/26  Brown Bag Lunch with Police Chief Scott Liningstone: Noon. Part of the League of Women Voters’ series How a Small Town Makes Big Things Happen. Free. Police Station Community Room, 111 Main St., Amherst. (413) 549-3622, trishfarr45@gmail.com.  Create and Curate: Become a curator for the night as you cast your vote for the Mead’s next acquisition. Presentations by student...

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Art, Life, and the Connecting Corridor In last week’s opinion column “Between the Lines: Censorship or Good Sense?” editor Kristin Palpini asked readers for their thoughts on a painting depicting police officers as feral pigs, which was recently removed from a pedestrian tunnel at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. after months of controversy and a tug-of-war over whether the art...

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Art for the Soul Gallery: Alternative Realities. Exhibiting the paintings and sculpture of Dean Nimmer. Said to represent Nimmer’s ongoing quest to delve into the nature of abstraction itself, letting the creative process reveal what’s hidden beyond the surface of the blank canvas. Programming includes an artist talk, book signing, and workshop. Through Jan. 30. Free. 1500 Main St....

The Man Upstairs

Let me say this right up front: I’ve never acted a day in my life. The closest I came was tagging along with a friend while he auditioned for an open call for extras on a pirate movie, where my college-freshman goatee briefly attracted the attention of someone with a clipboard. Maybe I missed my calling, even if I...