Archive for April, 2010

My New England Metal and Hardcore Fest Recap: 2 Days of Metal…Can’t Go Wrong!

Posted in Concert Reviews with tags , , , , , , , on April 27, 2010 by zach-attack-shaw

If you had told me when I was a senior in high school looking at colleges that I would get to see so many awesome artists in concerts in Worcester, MA as a student at Clark, I would have laughed and walked away. Well wouldn’t you know it, since my freshmen year back in 2007, I’ve gotten to attend some amazing shows by some big time acts. And a majority of them were right down the street from my campus at the Palladium.

This past weekend, thanks to MetalInsider.net, I got to go to yet another great show down at the Palladium. This time, it was the 12th annual New England Metal and Hardcore Fest. I got to see some really awesome bands that otherwise I might not never have given a chance. Stands outs include Baroness and Between the Buried and Me on the first day (though a band called Grave Maker really impressed me to), while Skeletonwitch, Cattle Decapitation and Swashbuckle stole day two.

I just recently wrote a recap of each day at the festival for MetalInsider.net. So if you are interested, take a look at my coverage/highlights of Day 1 and Day 2. I also took a crap load of pictures of both days, so if you get a chance feel free to check out my pics from the first and second day. (Note: the picture above is of Skeletonwitch during their set on the mainstage).

Big thanks to Bram for getting me into the festival. Also want to say thanks to Justin, Emma, Nathaniel and Melinda (a new writer for MetalInsider.net) for hanging out and enjoying some kick ass metal with me!

Interviewing The Peapod Squad For STIR

Posted in Cool News with tags , , , on April 22, 2010 by zach-attack-shaw


Despite not constantly updating this blog with more pieces, I actually have been doing a lot of writing lately (I know, hard to believe). In addition to MetalInsider.net, I have been doing a lot of free lance stuff for Clark campus related publishings. Most recently, I conducted an interview with the Peapod Squad’s Danny Zeliger for STIR magazine. I got to discuss in great detail with Danny about his experiences in improv/theater and being in what’s arguably the campus’ most recognized comedy troupe. However, because of limited space, many questions and responses had to be left out of the actual piece in the magazine. So with that in mind, I decided to post a few of the responses that you wont see in the magazine (a little exclusive blog stuff you could say). So check out below (or after the hit) some of the questions that didn’t make it into the magazine. Make sure to pick up a copy of this semester’s STIR Magazine (it should be out before the end of the semester, though who knows) to read the actual interview! Above, you can watch video of Danny and the Squad live in action (it’s actually two skits, with Danny in the second one).
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‘It’s Not Easy Being Green’, But The Muppet Show Certainly Helped

Posted in Opinion with tags , , on April 14, 2010 by zach-attack-shaw

On April 16, 2010, something new and exciting happens to me: I become 21 years old. Rather than showing enthusiasm though, when the notion of turning 21 pops in my head, everything around me freezes. “Wait, where the hell has the time gone?”

As I look back on my childhood, two things have helped lead me up to this point in my life. The first was my parents’ constant love and support whenever I was at my weakest. The second, though, was the laughter that came from watching an odd bunch of characters: The Muppets.
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