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Niall Horan, from left, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles, of One Direction, pose in the press room with the awards for artist of the year, favorite pop/rock album for “Midnight Memories” and pop/rock band, duo or group at the 42nd annual American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

One Direction, Iggy Azalea shine at the 2014 AMAs

Monday, November 24, 2014

One Direction won three honors at the American Music Awards, including artist of the year over powerhouse acts like Beyonce and Luke Bryan, while breakthrough newcomer Iggy Azalea beat out heavyweights Eminem and Drake in the rap categories. Katy Perry, who was absent from Sunday’s awards show because of her world tour, matched One Direction for most wins with three. …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Jamming with singer/songwriter Marcia Gomes

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

“More trees, less traffic, a slower pace and open space” is what singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Marcia Gomes was looking for when she left Boston and moved to the Valley in January 2012. She’d lived in the big city for more than three decades — during which time she graduated from the Berklee College of Music …

Weekend Planner — Music: ‘Raise Your Voice’ at the Academy of Music

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

In six years Jamar Rogers (pictured) went from drug addiction and an HIV-positive diagnosis to acclaim as a finalist on “The Voice,” including appearances on “The Today Show,” “Ellen,” CNN and “E! Entertainment News” and write-ups in USA Today, People magazine, US Weekly and Billboard. On Nov. 22, he’ll be at the Academy …

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 …

Miranda Lambert makes history at 2014 CMAs

Thursday, November 6, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Miranda Lambert has reached new heights as a female country performer: The fiery singer is the most decorated female artist in the history of the Country Music Association Awards. Lambert’s four wins Wednesday night give …

Miranda Lambert is ‘All About That Bass’

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Blake Shelton isn’t the only person Miranda Lambert is texting these days — she’s also been chatting it up with breakthrough singer Meghan Trainor. The country star, who will perform with the “All About That Bass” singer at the Country Music Awards, said she has …

Back to the basement with Bob Dylan

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

It’s the most famous room in the annals of pop music, its history equal parts legend and truth. In the decades since its use as a rehearsal space, this subterranean refuge has become known as the birthplace of …

New ‘Basement’ ensemble aimed for same esprit de corps as ’67 recordings

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

How fertile was the “Basement Tapes” period in 1967 when Bob Dylan holed up in upstate New York, away from fan and media scrutiny, writing and recording song after song after song with the group soon to be …

Taylor Swift breaks up with Spotify: ‘Valuable things should be paid for’

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Taylor Swift’s latest hit, “Shake It Off,” was written as a message encouraging listeners to ignore trend-conscious bullies, but it’s now also the message she has effectively sent to Spotify. Four days after her new album, “1989,” was …