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Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Bottle Rockets, Marshall Crenshaw at Iron Horse; good book: ‘Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War’



Friday, February 07, 2014
ROOTS ROCK AND MELODIC ROCK

Marshall Crenshaw had a string of memorable songs in the 1980s/early 1990s like “Whenever You’re On My Mind” and “Fantastic Planet of Love” that straddled the line between pop and rock. The Bottle Rockets, meanwhile, sang populist songs about the small towns of the Midwest with a Woody Guthrie ethos and a hard-rocking sound. They’re both at the Iron Horse in Northampton Saturday at 7 p.m.; the Bottle Rocks open, then back Crenshaw for a second show. iheg.com.

ANOTHER GOOD BET

The new year marks a grim milestone: the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I. In “Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War” (Knopf), the eminent British military historian Max Hastings has written a great narrative account of how the disaster began and the first five months of fighting.