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Beatles 2.0: Fab Faux to recreate ‘Abbey Road’ album in its entirety at UMass concert

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

In early 1969, Paul McCartney sat down with his fellow Beatles and tried to convince them that they should go back on tour, something the band hadn’t done since August 1966 as they concentrated instead on studio recording. As Philip Norman wrote in “Shout,” his 1980 biography of the band, McCartney felt the Beatles, by ceasing to tour, “had broken …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Will Lee — best known as the longtime bassist in David Letterman’s “Late Night” and “Late Show” bands — appreciates a good tribute. Recently on the program, Lee sang lead vocals on a fully orchestrated version of Jimmy Webb’s “MacArthur Park,” a strong performance with a real dedication to the crazy majesty of …

Advance Bookings

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Wailin’ Jennys, The Stray Birds — Fri., May 1, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $28.50, $38.50. 586-8686, iheg.com Disney Live! Three Classic Fairy Tales — Sat., May 2, 2:30 and 5:30 p.m., Mullins Center, Amherst. $17, $27, $32, $67. mullinscenter.com Seth Meyers — Sat., May 2, 8 p.m., Mohegan Sun. $49.50. mohegansun.com Charlie Murphy — Sat., May 9, 8 p.m. Calvin Theatre, …

Music Review: UMass presents enthralling performance of Bach’s ‘St. John Passion’

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

“The St. John Passion” by J. S. Bach was performed Saturday at Grace Episcopal Church in Amherst, part of the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s Bach Festival. Bach composed this musical account of the passion of Jesus in 1724 for performance during the Vespers service in Good Friday in …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Jack Simons brings ‘the good stuff’ with new album

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Todd Rundgren, Prince, Stevie Wonder, R. Stevie Moore, Adam Elk of the Mommyheads in his “Swiss Army Knife” phase, Ray Mason in his ’80s, homespun days, XTC’s Andy Partridge out in his demo-writing shed — they’re all one-stop …

‘James and the Giant Peach’ album to be released for free

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

By MARK KENNEDY AP Drama Writer NEW YORK — The Tony Award-nominated songwriting team behind the musical “James and the Giant Peach” have good news for their fans — and even better news. The good news is that …

A passion for Bach: UMass festival celebrates music, legacy of baroque composer

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

It started with a T-shirt. More specifically, it was the T-shirt that Amanda Stenroos, a University of Massachusetts Amherst graduate student in music, was wearing one day in early 2014 when she walked in for a violin class …

Weekend Planner — Music: ‘Spring Arts Festival’ at Amherst College

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Amherst College’s weeklong “Spring Arts Festival” closes with a medley of presentations and performances by arts faculty Sunday at 3 p.m. in the college’s Kirby Theater. Amherst composer-in-residence Eric Sawyer will collaborate with theater and dance professor Ron …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Sufjan Stevens’ concert a revelation of mother’s love and loss

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Take a seat in the vast golden chamber of Mortensen Hall in the Bushnell Center in Hartford, Connecticut. Magnificent layers of intricate design — inlaid suns, moons, stars, clouds and muses — arc above the stage and up …

Music Review: Amherst Symphony Orchestra performs Mahler’s Third Symphony with verve, aplomb

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The most important concert of the year was performed Saturday in Buckley Hall of Amherst College by the Amherst Symphony Orchestra. The program consisted of a single work, Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 3, composed in 1895-1896 and first performed in its entirety in 1902, in Krefeld, Germany, with …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The brand-new Mammal Dap CD features the band’s portrait in needlepoint (done by Sarah Laakso), displayed on wood paneling, as if in grandma’s rec room. But the simplified figures and font also look like something from a classic …

Advance Bookings

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Kenny Chesney — Fri. and Sat., April 24-25, 7:30 p.m., Mohegan Sun. $95, $125. mohegansun.com Timeflies, Hoodie Allen, Chance the Rapper — Sun., April 19, 7 p.m., Mullins Center, Amherst. $45 general; $25 Five College students and UMass …

Percy Sledge dies; sang No. 1 hit ‘When A Man Loves a Woman’

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

By REBECCA SANTANA Associated Press NEW ORLEANS — Percy Sledge, who soared from part-time singer and hospital orderly to lasting fame with his aching, forlorn performance on the classic “When a Man Loves a Woman,” died Tuesday in …