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Fanny, one of rock 'n' roll's first all-female groups, circa early 1970s. June Millington is at far right and her sister Jean Millington is second from left. David Bowie called the band "colossal and wonderful." Photo by Linda Wolf.

‘Four Sundays in February’ honors pioneering rock ‘n’ roller June Millington

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The official name is “Four Sundays in February.” But as Steve Sanderson sees it, it’s really a month-long arts party. The longtime event, produced by the Northampton Arts Council, has traditionally featured a variety of art performances, held each Sunday in February at the Academy of Music. But Sanderson, the event producer for the Arts Council, says he and the …

A vision of majesty: After years of restless travel, Lord Russ has settled back in the Valley

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

When Russell Brooks was a teenager, he had a vision. The vision revealed to him that he had been King Arthur in a previous life. …

Whole Children receives NEA grant for November concert

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Whole Children’s Joyful Chorus will perform later this year with Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion in a concert made possible by a $10,000 “Challenge …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: The Bottle Rockets and Marshall Crenshaw at the Iron Horse; “Take a Seat” exhibit at UMass

Thursday, January 28, 2016

BOTTLED LIGHTNING Roots-rock veterans The Bottle Rockets have been getting a lot of attention, courtesy of a new album, “Lean Forward,” and a catchy single, “Monday (Every Time I Turn Around).” Their populist, guitar-based anthems are like a sound track to small-town America. They’ll bring those tunes to …

Art Maker: Ann Knickerbocker | Abstract painter

Thursday, January 28, 2016

When Florence artist Ann Knickerbocker started college as an art major, she says, she loved tiny little sketches and etchings. She wanted to draw a tree branch like Rembrandt did, she says, and it seemed everyone else already …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Film, ‘We Like It Like That,” shows boogaloo’s roots

Thursday, January 28, 2016

“Latin soul,” “cha-cha with a back beat” — however you describe it, boogaloo (or, in Spanish, Bugalú) is music that makes chairs and shyness disappear. It’s an all-inclusive, up-on-your-feet party music that’s also a uniquely American sound, a …

Book Bag: ‘The Last Dawn’ by Joe Gannon; ‘Exit Right: The People Who Left the Left and Reshaped the American Century’ by Daniel Oppenheimer

Thursday, January 28, 2016

THE LAST DAWN By Joe Gannon Minotaur Books joegannon.wix.com/joe-gannon In the late 1980s, Northampton novelist Joe Gannon spent time in two hot spots — Nicaragua and El Salvador — as a freelance journalist. Two years ago, he drew …

Valley Readings

Thursday, January 28, 2016

The following author appearances, readings and book events are planned for the coming week in the Valley: THE BASEMENT: Straw Dog Writers Guild sponsors “Writer’s Night Out,” a monthly evening of readings, Tuesday, 7-9 p.m., 21 Center St., Northampton. Featured reader: Lisa Taylor. For information, call Jacqueline Sheehan, …

Headliners: Campbell Brothers at Buckley Recital Hall; ‘The Randy and Mr. Lahey Show’ at the Iron Horse

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Holy steel A subgenre of African-American gospel music featuring lap and pedal steel guitars, “sacred steel” originated in a schismatic Pentecostal denomination known as the House of God where it was introduced into church services in place of …

Jerrey Roberts photo gallery: Hurry up and wait

Thursday, January 28, 2016

As a swim meet between Northampton and Belchertown high schools earlier this month was just about to start, I got into position for the first race. But, there was a delay. Swimmers who had lined up at their …

Bruce Springsteen’s tour showcases new way of serving fans

Thursday, January 28, 2016

NEW YORK — Bruce Springsteen’s tour showcasing his 1980 album “The River” is more than an exercise in nostalgia. It’s a telling example of how veteran artists are adjusting to the new realities of the music business by …

Coldplay sets US stadium concert tour

Thursday, January 28, 2016

NEW YORK (ap) — After its upcoming Super Bowl halftime show, Coldplay expects to be accustomed to big stages. The British rockers said Thursday they would be performing seven stadium gigs in the United States this summer, touring in support of their album, “A Head Full of Dreams.” …

A drama-filled weekend: “La Boheme” and “Frankenstein” onstage at Northampton’s Academy of Music

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

From the dark recesses of Victor Frankenstein’s laboratory, to the streets of Paris in the 1840s — and with a quick nod to the macabre imagination of Edgar Allan Poe — Northampton’s Academy of Music plays host this …