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Music

JERREY ROBERTS
Varun Sheel, left, and Curtis Barnes at the Fine Arts Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where they two are students.

Fruits of friendship: Deep roots of band, Solara, planted during childhood

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

You don’t have to look very far to find a group of hometown friends who’ve decided to form a band. It happens all the time in middle schools and high schools across the country, and across the world. Amherst musicians Varun Sheel and Curtis Barnes are following that trend. Sheel and Barnes, both 19, developed a close friendship back in elementary school, when the two joined an afterschool orchestra for fifth-graders. Sheel, who played violin, was attending Wildwood Elementary, Barnes, a cellist, was a student at the Fort River Elementary. Now students at UMass, the two recently formed the band, Solara. It was an early …

Music review: Arcadia Players perform Beethoven

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Arcadia Players performed the music of Beethoven Sunday, and the experience was pure delight. The professional orchestra performs baroque music on original instruments, that is, instruments that were used in the period from the late 17th century to the early 19th century. It is led by Ian Watson, the conductor and a …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Putting their spin on it: Deejays Andujar and Bongohead start own label

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Inside every serious music fan is a new record label waiting to happen — if you care enough to collect vinyl, you’ve probably got some ideas about what the rest of the world needs to hear. Brendon Rule and Pablo Yglesias, aka Andujar and Bongohead, have been deejays for decades, on their own …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Pajama Slave Dancers and much, much more music in the Valley

Thursday, October 23, 2014

You say “Pajama Slave Dancers,” I say “tinfoil.” It takes a lot for something to stick out in my mess of a memory, but of the thousand-plus shows I’ve seen, the Pajama Slave Dancers opening for the Pixies …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Fleetwood Mac — Sat., Nov. 1, 8 p.m., XL Center, Hartford. $49.50-$179.50. xlcenter.com Melisssa Etheridge — Sun., Nov. 2, 7 p.m., Foxwoods. $25-$45. foxwoods.com Mamma Mia! — Musical Mon., Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m., Mullins Center, Amherst. $57.50, $62.50, …

Chris Smither, still on the levee after nearly half a century: Veteran singer-songwriter’s work celebrated in two new albums, upcoming concert

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

It was almost 50 years ago that Chris Smither dropped his college studies in anthropology and, guitar in hand, headed north from his home in New Orleans. His destination was Boston and its burgeoning acoustic music scene. Smither, …

Weekend Planner — Music: Rt 9 Ensemble

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

An up-and-coming talented group of classical musicians, most of whom studied at various times at UMass and are now living in New York City, the Rt 9 Ensemble came together through a passion for collaboration and for sharing …

Music review: ‘Brilliant’ Ariel Quartet opens 36th season of Music in Deerfield at Smith College in Northampton

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The 36th season of Music in Deerfield began with a concert by the Ariel Quartet at Sweeney Hall of Smith College in Northampton last Saturday, attended by a large and appreciative audience. The group, which was formed in …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Pianist Scott Hall returns to Valley with ‘Hallapalooza’

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Since his high school days, Scott Hall has been close to a piano — sometimes very close, like in the Northampton apartment he shared with a friend where he wedged the hulking instrument into his small bedroom. “The …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Sam Amidon plays the Parlor Room

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Sam Amidon is a scientist of song, taking apart tunes new and old, finding out what makes them tick and rebuilding them in his own style. The Brattleboro, Vermont-born multi-instrumentalist (fiddle, banjo, guitar) grew up in a family …

Headliners: The Secret Sisters at the Iron Horse; Pauline Oliveros at Amherst College

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Olde-tyme country Fed up with the high-tech homogeneity of today’s country music? The Secret Sisters are here for you. Not only do Alabama siblings Laura and Lydia Rogers dress and sing like it’s 1954, they record like it …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Skrillex — Thurs., Oct. 23, 8 p.m., Mullins Center, Amherst. $32-$67. mullinscenter.com Salute 2 Summer — Rescheduled concert with The Bronx Wanderers Fri., Oct. 24, 8 p.m., Florence VFW. $20. salute2summer.com Mary Chapin Carpenter, Tift Merritt — Fri., …

Weekend Planner — Music: Wistaria Chamber Music Society

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Wistaria Chamber Music Society celebrates the 25th anniversary of the death of the American composer Virgil Thomson Oct. 11 with a concert of chamber works by Thomson and three of his friends and students: Lou Harrison, John Cage …