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iHeartRadio Music Awards might be one show too many

Monday, March 30, 2015

By Mikael Wood Los Angeles Times (TNS) The stated theme for this year’s iHeartRadio Music Awards was “My Journey,” which meant that the show featured, in addition to performances and acceptance speeches, artists describing formative moments in their careers. There was Kelly Clarkson talking about winning “American Idol.” There was Nicki Minaj recalling her first conversation with her mentor Lil Wayne. There was Hozier remembering how his song “Take Me …

In the spotlight: Former backup singer Lisa Fischer takes center stage at Calvin Theatre

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

BACKUP singer turned solo powerhouse Lisa Fischer is on a national tour that brings her to Northampton Tuesday. After being featured in the documentary film “Twenty Feet from Stardom,” Fischer has gone from singing backup for acts like The Rolling Stones and Sting, to having her name on the marquee at venues all …

Music review: Johannes Quartet delights at Music in Deerfield concert

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Johannes Quartet, new to the Music in Deerfield concerts, performed at Smith College’s Sage Hall Sunday before a large and enthusiastic audience. The concert began with a challenge to the audience, that is, a performance of “Homunculus,” written for the quartet in 2007 by Finnish composer Esa-Pekka Salonen. This short work’s title …

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Young@Heart to perform at Academy of Music

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

“Everybody can perform,” says Bob Cilman, who’s staked his musical career on that credo: Cilman is the founder and director of The Young@Heart Chorus, the wildly popular singing group for seniors that has performed rock hits for audiences …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Deerhoof to kick up its heels at Pearl Street Nightclub

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Dull music is everywhere, so when you’re zapped by sounds that are truly alive, you don’t forget it. One of the most alive bands I know is Deerhoof, and it’s finally coming back to town to play Pearl …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Mystery Train in Amherst celebrates 19th birthday with in-store performance

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Amherst’s hidden-away record shop Mystery Train celebrates its 19th birthday with a cavalcade of live in-store performances from some of its favorite musicians — including Matt Krefting (above, left), Bob Fay, Jen Gelineau, Chris Carlton, Pete Nolan and …

Weekend Planner — Music: ‘Local Vocal Chord Bowl’

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A spin-off of the extremely popular “Silver Chord Bowl” now in its seventh year, the “Local Vocal Chord Bowl” brings Valley high school, college and adult a cappella ensembles together for a community concert to raise funds for …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Dweezil Zappa— Wed., April 8, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $28.50, $38.50, $48.50. 586-8686, iheg.com Miranda Lambert — Sat., April 11, 7:30 p.m., Mohegan Sun. $59, $79. mohegansun.com Gregory Alan Isakov, Jolie Holland — Sat., April 11, 8 …

McCartney, Metallica to headline Lollapalooza

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

CHICAGO — Paul McCartney, Metallica and Sam Smith will be among 130 acts at this year’s Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago. Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell said Florence + the Machine, Bassnectar and The Weeknd are also on the …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Celebrating The Buzz with 2-day mini-palooza

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

“I’ve always been someone who got people together, hosted parties.” So said Carla Racine exactly one year ago, as she readied the debut issue of her local music publication, The Buzz, “a music scene zine for the 413 …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Ms. Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton — Tues., March 31, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $25, $35, $45. 586-8686, iheg.com Dweezil Zappa— Wed., April 8, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $28.50, $38.50, $48.50. 586-8686, iheg.com Miranda Lambert — …

Weekend Planner — Music: Peter Blanchette’s annual Bach concert

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

A certified Valley tradition after eight years, Peter Blanchette’s annual concert celebrating the birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach features the archguitarist’s trademark arrangements of music composed by the honoree, who was born 330 years ago. This year, Blanchette …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Nick Zammuto show at Mass MoCA a must-see

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Books was a uniquely creative duo that chopped up found sounds, text and video and spliced it all together with live instrumentation and a sense of humor. When it broke up in 2011, it was a bummer. …