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Nicki Minaj, winner of the awards for viewers choice and best female hip hop artist, poses in the press room at the BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, June 28, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Chris Brown, Beyonce win big at BET Awards

Monday, June 29, 2015

By MESFIN FEKADU AP Music Writer Though she was absent, Beyonce won three BET Awards, including video of the year for “7/11,” while Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj also won multiple awards at the all-star show Sunday night. But the show was less about the awards — video of the year didn’t even make the live broadcast — as performances …

Squire, bassist with Yes, dies at 67

Monday, June 29, 2015

NEW YORK — Chris Squire, the bassist and co-founder of the progressive rock band Yes who recently announced he had leukemia, has died, according to a statement from his band members on Sunday. He was 67. The band posted a statement on its Facebook page saying Squire “peacefully passed away” Saturday in Phoenix, …

Peter Mulvey’s song ‘Take Down Your Flag’ urges end to flying Confederate symbol

Friday, June 26, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A local musician is leading a musical charge urging South Carolina to take down the Confederate flag at its Statehouse with his song “Take Down Your Flag.” Peter Mulvey was preparing to open for Ani DiFranco at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton on June 19 when he wrote the first version of his song, which he dedicated to 87-year-old Susie Jackson …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Easthampton gets its groove on with 2nd annual ‘Cultural Chaos’

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Afternoon near-summer sun ablaze, I stood on the closed-to-traffic Cottage Street in Easthampton, blinking, getting accustomed to the tide of happy people moving around me. Because even brighter than the sunshine was the community spirit on this special …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Diana Krall — Sun., June 21, 2:30 p.m., Tanglewood. $26.50-$115. bso.org Mike Gordon — Sun., June 21, 8 p.m., Academy of Music, Northampton. $30. academyofmusictheatre.com Keb’ Mo’ — Sun., June 21, 8 p.m. Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $25, $35, …

Track record

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The Thompson Fields Maria Schneider Orchestra ArtistShare; $22.95 Maria Schneider’s big band has remained together nearly 25 years, extending into the 21st century the orchestral jazz tradition exemplified by Duke Ellington and her mentor Gil Evans. “The Thompson …

Art Maker: Jeff Olmsted | composer/songwriter

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Composer/songwriter Jeff Olmsted, 60, is a native of Northampton and a graduate of Northampton High School. He spent most of his adult life in the New York City area, where he founded and directed the Interfaith Fellowship Choir. …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: EZTV transports its summer sound from Brooklyn to Florence

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Never underestimate the power of lovingly recorded layers of strummed and jangling guitars. Big Star, The Go-Betweens, The La’s, Real Estate — whatever the decade, that sparkling summery sound sticks around, as comforting as breeze in the sun-splashed …

Finnegan begin again: Hampshire College alum’s adaptation of ‘impenetrable’ James Joyce novel is music to the ears

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

A Hampshire College alumnus hopes to inspire more readers to tackle the “impenetrable” text of “Finnegans Wake,” the 1939 novel by Irish writer James Joyce, through a musical version of the book. Derek Pyle, 24, who lives in …

Weekend Planner — Music: Vocal chamber music concert includes premiere of ‘The Fish’ at Amherst College

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

A seemingly straightforward set of lines in which a speaker catches “a tremendous fish,” scrutinizes it in fantastic detail and ultimately lets it go, Elizabeth Bishop’s poem “The Fish” is sufficiently rich in assonance and other musical elements …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: A dinner serenade with Bella’s Bartok; Gregory Raimo and Bhi Bhiman pop into the Valley; Johnny Irion plays Dream Away

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

If it’s a Thursday night and busy members of the local band Bella’s Bartok aren’t out on the road, they’re hoofing it over to Hinge in Northampton, bringing a collection of instruments and their collective jukebox brain to …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

RP Quartet and Joscho Stephan with Tim Kliphius — Fri., June 19, 7:30 p.m., Academy of Music, 274 Main St., Northampton. Part of “Django in June.” $25 advance; $30 day of. 584-9032. Ani DiFranco, Peter Mulvey — Fri., …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Shokazoba celebrates new CD at Bishop’s Lounge, plus other music happenings this week in the Valley

Thursday, June 11, 2015

“Afrobeat is the perfect vehicle to drop a heavy message in an uplifting way,” said Jason Moses, keyboardist/percussionist/vocalist for the Northampton ensemble Shokazoba. Last month the Afrobeat-inspired band released its new album, “One Destiny,” and will celebrate with …