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Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Maxwell Hughes at the Montague Bookmill and other gigs in the Valley

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Two hands and a six-string acoustic guitar. Maxwell Hughes starts with those average implements and builds music that lives in the same neighborhood as creative greats like Michael Hedges, Kaki King and Tommy Emmanuel. Hughes uses alternate tunings and comes at the instrument from every which way. He finger-taps the strings over the top of the neck, slaps the wooden body for sharp punctuation or steady rhythm and flicks crisp harmonics from the frets, often sounding like multiple guitarists at once — even during the one composition that he plays entirely with his left hand hammering on the strings, his right hand relaxing at his … 0

Review: Value in Amazon Prime goes beyond shipping

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Spending $99 a year for an Amazon Prime membership to get free shipping hardly seems like a deal. After all, I can usually get free shipping by spending at least $35 on a single order. But Prime’s benefits became apparent gradually over the nine months I’ve used it. During a trip last month, … 0

Weekend Planner — Music: Buckley Chamber Players

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Formed in 2007, the Buckley Chamber Players consists of Five College music faculty members violinist Joel Pitchon (Smith College), cellist Volcy Pelletier (Smith College) and pianist Alissa Leiser (Amherst College), plus violist Ronald Carbone, first chair of the American Ballet Theater orchestra (not pictured). On Friday at 8 p.m. the ensemble will gather … 0

Advance Bookings

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Justin Timberlake — Fri., July 18, 7:30 p.m., Mohegan Sun. $75, $125, $195. mohegansun.com Netsayi — Zimbabwean folk singer Sat., July 19, 8 p.m. Mass MoCA. $12, $16, $20. massmoca.org Sarah McLachlan — Sun., July 20, 8 p.m., … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: The music scene takes a note from summer, and sizzles

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

It’s seriously summer, and the thermometer on the melting porch isn’t the only thing approaching triple digits — the concert calendar is as busy as it gets, with a dizzying number of shows happening, both indoor and outdoor. … 0

Browne, Lynn to get Americana awards

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jackson Browne, Loretta Lynn, conjunto musician Flaco Jimenez and blues musician Taj Mahal will receive lifetime achievement awards at The Americana Music Association Honors and Awards ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee, in September. Browne, who … 0

tuned in Ken Maiuri on Valley music

Thursday, July 3, 2014

For jazz vocalist/pianist Karrin Allyson, the song’s the thing. She’s a four-time Grammy nominee, she sings in five languages, she spent 20 years on the same record label, she’s done a TED talk and performed with symphony orchestras. … 0

Clubland: Bulldog brings it with jazzy, neo-soul sound

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Maybe you loved jazzy soul-pop when it enriched the airwaves in the '70s. Or maybe you found your sonic sanctuary in the neo-soul movement — ’90s artists who combined that '70s melodic sophistication with the rhythmic language of … 0

The 6 most memorable moments from the BETs

Monday, June 30, 2014

LOS ANGELES — After nearly four hours of prizes, performances and the occasional bleeped expletive, the 2014 BET Awards came to a close. When it was all over, Pharrell Williams had two trophies, as did newcomer August Alsina, … 0

Angel Park Music Series in Williamsburg opens Thursday

Friday, June 27, 2014

Summer has arrived, and with it comes a host of craft shows, fairs, barbecues, concerts and outdoor activities throughout the Hilltowns. The Angel Park Music Series will kick of its fifth summer of live musical entertainment in Williamsburg on Thursday. Through Aug. 24, local musicians will perform at … 0

Tuned In Ken Maiuri on Valley music

Thursday, June 26, 2014

For 40 years, Fitzwilly’s has been a Northampton landmark for eating and drinking and this weekend, to celebrate the anniversary, they’ll turn their parking lot into a place for music and dancing. The summery happening is called “Party … 0

Laurie Loisel Best Bets for June 27

Thursday, June 26, 2014

GUILTY PLEASURE My guilty pleasure this summer is the FX series “The Americans,” superbly acted by Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys (some of us fondly remember him from “Brothers and Sisters”) playing Soviet KGB officers posing as an all-American couple while they carry out their spy duties on … 0


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

On Tuesday night, Beck played up in North Adams at Mass MoCA — or, as it could have been named, Northampton West, since countless locals had made the trek: musicians, professors, bartenders, filmmakers, deejays, poets, painters, parents and … 0