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Niall Horan, from left, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles, of One Direction, pose in the press room with the awards for artist of the year, favorite pop/rock album for “Midnight Memories” and pop/rock band, duo or group at the 42nd annual American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

One Direction, Iggy Azalea shine at the 2014 AMAs

Monday, November 24, 2014

One Direction won three honors at the American Music Awards, including artist of the year over powerhouse acts like Beyonce and Luke Bryan, while breakthrough newcomer Iggy Azalea beat out heavyweights Eminem and Drake in the rap categories. Katy Perry, who was absent from Sunday’s awards show because of her world tour, matched One Direction for most wins with three. …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Jamming with singer/songwriter Marcia Gomes

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

“More trees, less traffic, a slower pace and open space” is what singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Marcia Gomes was looking for when she left Boston and moved to the Valley in January 2012. She’d lived in the big city for more than three decades — during which time she graduated from the Berklee College of Music …

Weekend Planner — Music: ‘Raise Your Voice’ at the Academy of Music

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

In six years Jamar Rogers (pictured) went from drug addiction and an HIV-positive diagnosis to acclaim as a finalist on “The Voice,” including appearances on “The Today Show,” “Ellen,” CNN and “E! Entertainment News” and write-ups in USA Today, People magazine, US Weekly and Billboard. On Nov. 22, he’ll be at the Academy …

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Music Review: Jeremy Denk dazzles at Bowker Auditorium

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Pianist Jeremy Denk, who performed Nov. 13 in Bowker Auditorium at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is an engaging personality. He is also a master of communication, both spoken (as he showed during this recital) and written (as …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: The Stray Birds at the Iron Horse and other musical happenings in the Valley this week

Thursday, November 20, 2014

If you find record stores romantic and hope they stay around a while, Oliver Craven, Maya de Vitry and Charles Muench of The Stray Birds have written you a sad love song of sorts, “Best Medicine,” the title …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

James Taylor — Thurs., Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m., Mohegan Sun. $85, $115. mohegansun.com Dark Star Orchestra — Fri., Dec. 5, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $27.50. 586-8686, iheg.com The Nutcracker — Albany Berkshire Ballet Ballet performs Sat., Dec. …

Art Maker: Bill Venman: VLO co-founder

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Bill Venman says when he and his wife, Sally, founded Valley Light Opera 40 years ago, he had no idea it would become a permanent part of his life. Venman, 83, a UMass professor emeritus, used to play …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Local musicians join concert to raise awareness, funds for Epilepsy Foundation

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

I didn’t know much about epilepsy; Springfield resident Mary Kelly has had no choice but to become an expert. She started having seizures at age 11, making her unable to continue to pursue her love of gymnastics. Her …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Dire Honeys plays farewell concerts, and other music in the Valley

Thursday, November 13, 2014

I remember a book from my elementary school years called “Fortunately,” the tale of a kid’s epic journey that see-sawed between good news and bad news. I got a similar feeling from a recent talk with Dire Honeys …

Weekend Planner — Music: Two-Piano Concert at Northampton Community Music Center

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Eugenie Malek has taught piano at the Williston Northampton School, the University of Massachusetts, and Smith and Mount Holyoke colleges. Meg Kelsey Wright teaches piano privately, at the Williston Northampton School and at the Northampton Community Music Center. …

Advance bookings: From John Hodgman to Donnie and Marie, loads of entertainment choices coming up

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

John Hodgman: I Stole Your Dad — Fri., Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m., Academy of Music, Northampton. $20. 584-9032, academyofmusictheatre.com Patti LaBelle — Fri., Nov. 21, 9 p.m., Foxwoods. $35-$75. foxwoods.com John Butler Trio, Monica Heldal — Sat., Nov. …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Winterpills, the duo, ready to hit the road

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Philip Price and Flora Reed of the band Winterpills are fitting in an interview as they finish their lunch. Price juggles what’s left of his fresh-baked Hungry Ghost pretzel; Reed glances over to the hand-drawn calendar on the …

Headliners: Battlefield Band at the Parlor Room; Agnes Obel at the Iron Horse

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Highland jam Not a military ensemble, Scotland’s Battlefield Band takes its name from the Glasgow suburb of Battlefield, where the group was formed by four students in 1969. Distilling its own brand of Scottish traditional music over 40 …