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Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In

  • PHOTO COURTESY OF IHEG<br/>Beth Orton

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    Beth Orton

  • Chain and the Gang

    Chain and the Gang

  • PHOTO COURTESY OF IHEG<br/>Chris Pureka

    PHOTO COURTESY OF IHEG
    Chris Pureka

  • PHOTO COURTESY OF IHEG<br/>Hurray For the Riff Raff

    PHOTO COURTESY OF IHEG
    Hurray For the Riff Raff

  • PHOTO COURTESY OF IHEG<br/>Lianne la Havas

    PHOTO COURTESY OF IHEG
    Lianne la Havas

  • Proton Layer

    Proton Layer

  • PHOTO COURTESY OF IHEG<br/>Yes

    PHOTO COURTESY OF IHEG
    Yes

  • PHOTO COURTESY OF IHEG<br/>Beth Orton
  • Chain and the Gang
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF IHEG<br/>Chris Pureka
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF IHEG<br/>Hurray For the Riff Raff
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF IHEG<br/>Lianne la Havas
  • Proton Layer
  • PHOTO COURTESY OF IHEG<br/>Yes

“A 19-year-old musician has composed space music, the newest in rock ‘n’ roll.” Those are the words of legendary Boston multi-instrumentalist Roger Miller circa 1970, long before he was a legend, long before he lived in Boston, describing his own then-current psychedelic rock band Sproton Layer.

It was an Ann Arbor-based teenage trio that featured Miller and his younger brothers Ben and Larry along with a trumpet player. Their unique music didn’t catch on in an era when people wanted party/boogie music, but after Miller had bigger successes with his later groups Mission of Burma, Birdsongs Of the Mesozoic and Alloy Orchestra, Sproton Layer got some attention again.

A recent reissue of the band’s unreleased-at-the-time LP, “With Magnetic Fields Disrupted,” got them described as “an amazing band that sounded like Syd Barrett fronting Cream.” Their stripped-down sound also has echoes of the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Soft Machine, and the trumpet really gives the music an Elephant 6 sound — 25 years ahead of time.

Miller and his brothers have reformed the band and will make a rare appearance at Flywheel in Easthampton Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Local group Bunnies (whose debut album “Devoted To the Process of Action” is out now on Frank Black’s record label, The Bureau) will play its own space-age psychedelic sounds to open the show.

Local singer-songwriter Chris Pureka has a new EP called “Chimera Vol. II.” She just started a month-long tour that will take her to the Midwest and back — and on her way out of New England she’ll perform at the Iron Horse in Northampton Friday at 7 p.m. Emy Reynolds Band opens the show.

Freddie Mercury and his Queen bandmates were legendary for their complicated and masterful vocal harmonies, which they then layered over and over again in the recording studio. That rich, majestic sound would be hard for any group to try and pull off in a live situation, but the 100 voices of the Valley Rock Choir are going to give it their best shot at two shows this weekend at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Hadley, on Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday afternoon at 4. The choir, directed by Tony Lechner, will be accompanied by a live band led by Mitch Chakour.

The latest lineup of Yes — longtime members Chris Squire, Steve Howe and Alan White, plus new vocalist Jon Davison and returning keyboardist Geoff Downes — performs three of the band’s most-loved albums in their entirety (1971’s “The Yes Album,” 1972’s “Close To the Edge” and 1977’s “Going For the One”) at Mountain Park in Holyoke Saturday at 8 p.m.

The Freddie Bryant Trio (led by guitarist Bryant, who graduated from Amherst College in ’87) and the Alex Snydman Trio (led by drummer Snydman, who released the strong debut CD “Fortunate Action” last year) team up for an inspired night of jazz at the Arts Block in Greenfield on Saturday at 8 p.m.

Singer/songwriter Beth Orton returns to the Iron Horse Monday at 7 p.m. Dawn Landes opens.

Hurray for the Riff Raff, the New Orleans-based Americana band led by vocalist Alynda Lee Segarra, performs at the Iron Horse Tuesday at 7 p.m. Frank Fairfield opens.

British vocalist/guitarist Lianne La Havas is still touring for her celebrated debut album, “Is Your Love Big Enough?” Her quirky, bluesy, groovy guitar parts are a great playground for her soulful voice. See her at the Iron Horse Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Chain & the Gang (featuring Ian Svenonius, who once led such beloved D.C.-based bands as Nation of Ulysses and The Make-Up) headlines a quadruple-bill that also includes Anthro Rex, comedian Sharkee Katz and Palmer-based outfit Young Enthusiasts. At Flywheel Wednesday at 8 p.m.

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