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The Woman Songwriter Collective performsDec. 4 at the Iron Horse in Northampton.

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: The Woman Songwriter Collective: All for one, one for all

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

One strong way for a new band to get the word out is to use an audio business card, aka a CD. The Woman Songwriter Collective has one fresh-off-the-press, ready to share with the world, as member Christa Joy said in an interview earlier this week: “Now we can say, ‘This is us, this is what WE sound like collectively.’ ” Joy and fellow singer/songwriters Lisa Marie Ellingsen, Saera Kochanski, Carolyn Walker and Lexi Weege make up the Woman Songwriter Collective; their new mini-album features one song by each member of the group, all arranged and performed by the full band. The quintet celebrates the …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Signature Sounds anniversary concerts; Tracy Grammer and Jim Henry at the Parlor Room

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

IT WAS 20 YEARS AGO TODAY As of Tuesday, there were still tickets available for three of four Thanksgiving weekend concerts at Northampton’s Academy of Music, presented by Signature Sounds to celebrate the label’s 20th anniversary. From folk-blues troubadour Chris Smither, to alt-bluegrass pickers Crooked Still, to the noirish Eilen Jewel, there’s a wealth of sounds on tap. Shows at 7 p.m. Friday, …

Weekend Planner — Music: ‘Messiah’ season

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The “Messiah” season is upon us and Da Camera Singers offers the opportunity for fellow vocalists of all persuasions to get their musical chops polished with a sing-along of popular choruses from Handel’s oratorio on Sunday at the Second Congregational Church of Greenfield. Da Camera will be providing scores, a piano accompanist and …

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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 …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Robyn Hitchcock at the Iron Horse and other musical offerings in the Valley

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Bob Dylan, Doctor Who, John Lennon, Syd Barrett — put them all into your space-age transmogrifying contraption and you might get Robyn Hitchcock, the English singer-songwriter whose memorable songs combine the personal and the surreal. After first going …

Weekend Planner — Film: ‘Speciesism: The Movie’

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

While there are many stories of people who are willing to strike blows against racism, sexism, ageism or any other system of belief that consigns a portion of humanity to secondary status, you don’t hear too much about …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Abba Mania — Fri., Nov. 14, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $23.50, $28.50, $38.50. 586-8686, iheg.com Martha Graham Dance Company — Tues., Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m., UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall. $15, $45, $50 general; $10, $12, …

First week for Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ album? 1.287 million in sales

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Taylor Swift’s “1989” album racked up sales of 1.287 million copies during its first week of release, upending widespread music industry speculation that the million-plus retail sales week had become a relic of glory days long past. “Industry experts predicted 1989 would sell 650k first week,” the 24-year-old …

Devil and angel Listening to Jerry Lee Lewis’ and Pat Boone’s newest

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Whether through twist of fate or divine guidance, the singers Jerry Lee Lewis and Pat Boone represent competing poles within music over the last 60 years. A devil on one shoulder, an angel on the other: One is …