Marc Hirsh

Marc Hirsh lives in the Boston area, where he indulges in the magic trinity of improv comedy, competitive adult four square and music journalism. He has won trophies for one of these, but refuses to say which.

He writes for the Boston Globe and has also been spotted on MSNBC and in the pages of Amplifier, the Nashville Scene, the Baltimore City Paper and Space City Rock, where he is the co-publisher and managing editor.

He once danced onstage with The Flaming Lips while dressed as a giant frog. It was very warm.

[ Ahoy, there be New Girl spoilers ahead, through the most recently aired episode, "Mars Landing." ] A few weeks ago, New Girl neared the end of its third season the way it began it: by admitting that it doesn't know what it's doing. In "Mars Landing," the last episode that aired before the show returns Tuesday night, weirdo roommate couple Nick and Jess put together a toy for the infant son of Jess's friend Sadie (a literally phoned-in June Diane Raphael) while hung over, and they broke up...

Each year's Grammy Awards offer their own questions and controversies based on how the nominations pan out, but there are a few points of contention that come up year after year. There's the difference between Song Of The Year and Record Of The Year. How a song can be eligible for nomination this year when the album it came from was nominated last year (or vice versa). The precise eligibility requirements for Best New Artist, a category that can be (and has been) won by performers several...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8h02lSufbSg http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1N9G63ldhAQ It's Thursday, which means that you can turn to network television tonight to see the most sympathetic, realistic portrayal of grown-up nerds currently airing. Or you could watch The Big Bang Theory instead. For quite some time now, Parks And Recreation has quietly been proving itself to be the best show about nerds (and the nerds who love them) on television. There are no cheap shots, no assumptions that...

This is a big week for Mystery Science Theater 3000 , or as big a week as can be had for a show that's been off the air since the waning days of the 20th century. The show first aired a quarter of a century ago this past Sunday, and the 25th-anniversary volume (XXVIII, if you're keeping Roman score of the ongoing DVD releases and not the anniversaries) hit shelves on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Thursday marks the return of an MST3K Thanksgiving tradition, the Turkey Day marathon . So it seems as good...

Stagecraft does not come naturally to Katy Perry. She does very well by candy-colored fever-dream videos; shooting whipped cream from her cupcake boobs, throwing cartoonishly out-of-control neon-'80s ragers and becoming a B-movie jungle queen all fall quite comfortably within her skill set. Live performance, though, is a different matter. As the musical guest this past weekend on Saturday Night Live , Perry previewed her upcoming album, and "Walking On Air" put her limitations as a performer ...

The closer we get to the end of Breaking Bad , the less I want to read about it. I'm not calling for a moratorium on Breaking Bad content from now until the finale (and not only because of ... you know, futility.) From now until then, I expect an avalanche of recaps, interviews, think pieces, retrospectives, speculations and so forth. That's exactly as it should be with any show coming to a close, let alone a show as great as this one. And I'm not even sick of the coverage that's taken place...

As The Voice returns to NBC this week for its fourth season, viewers are seeing two new, if quite familiar, faces as Shakira and Usher occupy the coaches' seats vacated by Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green. Its talent-show rival over on Fox, The X Factor , will also see two new judges when (if? no, "when," surely) it comes back in the fall. So why does The Voice seem so healthy and The X Factor so wobbly? For one thing, The Voice is coming from a place of cautious confidence, riding high...

Whether this week's announcements that both ABC's Don't Trust The B- In Apt. 23 and Fox's Ben & Kate are being yanked from the schedules mark the beginning of the Great Sitcom Massacre of 2013 remains to be seen. It almost certainly means the end of two strong shows whose casts were clearly having a blast making them. In the case of Ben & Kate , it also means that television's current comedy slate is losing one of its rare shows where everyone likes everyone else. There are no characters who...

If there's one thing that HBO's The Newsroom is especially good at, it's portraying journalists who aren't especially good at journalism. Well, maybe that's not fair. The fact is, they haven't had much opportunity to engage in journalism, since every major story that's come their way has been cracked not through know-how, persistence and telephonic grunt work but through the fortuitous involvement of people with whom the fictional News Night staffers happen to already be good buddies....

On June 19, a week and a half ago, Fiona Apple released a brand new album, her first in seven years. The entire album had been available for streaming by NPR Music for a week and a half by then. Three days later, my copy arrived in the mail. It hasn't left my desk since. I still haven't listened to it. Mind you, I've been looking forward to The Idler Wheel... more than maybe any other album this year. Her stunning Boston show in March floored me; it was unquestionably the best concert I've...