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FILE - This March 20, 2008 file photo shows Joni Mitchell, left, and Herbie Hancock perform as part of Nissan Live Sets on Yahoo! Music in Los Angeles. A Los Angeles judge on Monday, May 4, 2015, appointed Mitchell's longtime friend Leslie Morris as the Grammy winner's temporary conservator, giving her emergency powers to make health care and lifestyle decisions. The ruling came after Morris' attorney told a judge that Mitchell may be released from a hospital in the next few days. (AP Photo/Mark Mainz, File)

Joni Mitchell may be out of hospital soon

Monday, May 4, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Folk singer Joni Mitchell may be released from the hospital soon but still cannot confer with doctors about her medical care or long-term treatment, an attorney told a judge on Monday. The assessment by attorney Alan Watenmaker compelled a judge to place the singer-songwriter’s longtime friend in charge of health care decisions for Mitchell. Superior Court …

Trio’s song finds way into blockbuster movie, ‘Unfriended’

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

It isn’t every day that a song recorded by a couple of local college students makes its way into a major motion picture. That’s precisely what has happened to members of The Bandshes, a trio that includes University of Massachusetts Amherst student Athena Demaille Von Schmidt and Smith College student Zoe Chatfield, both …

Weekend Planner — Music: Brooklyn Rider celebrates new album at Smith College concert

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The cutting-edge string quartet known as Brooklyn Rider is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year with the release of a new album, “Brooklyn Rider Almanac,” for which it commissioned 15 works by composers from the worlds of jazz (guitarist Bill Frisell and pianist Vijay Iyer), rock (Glenn Kotche, the drummer of the group …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Finding the right vibe at the 13th Floor Music Lounge

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Northampton music scene was in flux last fall, and Robert Robinson, an employee at the 13th Floor Music Lounge in Florence, was taking note. The Elevens had closed, the Sierra Grille stopped its long-running weekly live music …

Advance bookings

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Charlie Murphy — Sat., May 9, 8 p.m. Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $25, $35. 586-8686, iheg.com The Tallest Man on Earth — Wed., May 13, 8 p.m. Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $29.50, $39.50. 586-8686, iheg.com Earth, Wind & Fire — …

Art Maker: Carl Clements | Musician

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Easthampton musician Carl Clements, 51, is an active performer and composer of jazz and world music. And we do mean active. In addition to being a visiting assistant music professor at Hampshire College in Amherst, he is working …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Of Montreal comes to Pearl Street, and lots more music in the Valley this week

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Of Montreal began as a modest pop band, with homespun ’60s-influenced songs that came straight from frontman Kevin Barnes’ heart (in fact, his group’s name is a gravestone of sorts for a failed relationship with someone from that …

Headliners: Lydia Lunch at 13th Floor Music Lounge; Katie and Wet Ink Ensemble at Smith College

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Time for Lunch Amid the garbage-strewn streets of drug-and-crime-ravaged downtown New York City in the late ’70s, the New Wave music scene nihilistically turned in on itself and gave birth to the No Wave movement, a short-lived but …

‘American in Paris,’ ‘Fun Home’ get a leading 12 Tony noms

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

By MARK KENNEDY AP Drama Writer NEW YORK — The musicals “An American in Paris” and “Fun Home” each received a leading 12 Tony Award nominations on Tuesday, showing two very different sides of this Broadway season. One …

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. …

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 …

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 …

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 …