Hey – did y’all know there’s a totally sweet place in western Massachusetts called Northampton which has this network of venues that mostly seem to get really good music? Oh…you did? Well, shut up. I’m from upstate New York. I know nothing. (For those of you who aren’t aware, Northampton is about halfway between Boston and Albany, has a population of about 30k, and from what I can tell sounds a lot like New Paltz or any of your other standard mid-sized artsy Catskill towns. If you still don’t know what I’m talking about, Wikipedia some of that shit, yo.)
Anyway, I saw that Interpol is coming to the Pearl Street Ballroom there near the end of July in support of the new album they’re planning to release in September. This was downright miraculous for me because they’re coming to Boston on August 5th, which would be a double-booking and an extremely Sophie’s Choice-type decision between them and Local Natives, who I have tickets to see at the Middle East that night. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to make it out for Interpol as it’s kind of far and the semester will be in more than full swing by then, but I saw that the various venues in Northampton, known collectively as the Iron Horse Entertainment Group, have a lot of cool shit coming by throughout the coming months. So, for my fellow Massachusettsians, I’m going to supply you with the highlights I spotted in the schedules. You can view the complete schedules for all of Iron Horse’s venues here, too.