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iHeartRadio Music Awards might be one show too many

Monday, March 30, 2015

By Mikael Wood Los Angeles Times (TNS) The stated theme for this year’s iHeartRadio Music Awards was “My Journey,” which meant that the show featured, in addition to performances and acceptance speeches, artists describing formative moments in their careers. There was Kelly Clarkson talking about winning “American Idol.” There was Nicki Minaj recalling her first conversation with her mentor Lil Wayne. There was Hozier remembering how his song “Take Me …

In the spotlight: Former backup singer Lisa Fischer takes center stage at Calvin Theatre

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

BACKUP singer turned solo powerhouse Lisa Fischer is on a national tour that brings her to Northampton Tuesday. After being featured in the documentary film “Twenty Feet from Stardom,” Fischer has gone from singing backup for acts like The Rolling Stones and Sting, to having her name on the marquee at venues all …

Music review: Johannes Quartet delights at Music in Deerfield concert

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Johannes Quartet, new to the Music in Deerfield concerts, performed at Smith College’s Sage Hall Sunday before a large and enthusiastic audience. The concert began with a challenge to the audience, that is, a performance of “Homunculus,” written for the quartet in 2007 by Finnish composer Esa-Pekka Salonen. This short work’s title …

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Headliners: Jason Robinson demystifies contemporary jazz at Unitarian Meetinghouse in Amherst; Liz Longley at the Parlor Room in Northampton

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Jazz on the edge When he’s not teaching at Amherst College, saxophonist/composer/band leader/music scholar Jason Robinson occupies a prominent place in the world of contemporary jazz, a post-modern sort of realm in which improvisation and composition commingle with …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Peter Blanchette’s “Bach Birthday Concert”; UMass takes Bach to the street

Thursday, March 19, 2015

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, J.S. BACH On Friday at 7:30 p.m., archguitarist Peter Blanchette presents his eighth annual “Bach Birthday Concert,” with guests Duo Orfeo, at the Arts Trust Building, 33 Hawley St., Northampton. The concert will feature Blanchette’s arrangements of music by the German composer, who was born 330 …

Fellow Beatle McCartney ushering Ringo into rock hall

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

By DAVID BAUDER Associated Press NEW YORK — Paul McCartney has agreed to induct his former Beatles mate, Ringo Starr, into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next month. Stevie Wonder, Patti Smith and John Mayer will …

‘Bosch’ series gets second season shortly after Amazon Prime premiere

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

By Greg Braxton Los Angeles Times (TNS) Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch, the veteran LAPD homicide detective with the unbending code of ethics and strict sense of justice, is going to have to put a lot more shine on that shoe leather. He’s going to be on the beat for …

On the road to success: Hatfield native Emily Parasiliti and her band, The Coteries, earn spot on national compilation album

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Emily Parasiliti, 25, is a Hatfield native whose band, The Coteries, is working its way to the big time in the music business. The group — Parasiliti and two acoustic guitarists, Matt Runciman and Ben Bosh — has …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Meat for Tea celebrates new issue with multi-media event

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

For nine years, local magazine Meat for Tea: The Valley Review has showcased local writers and artists of every kind, and not just in its pages — four times a year when new issues are published, editor-in-chief Elizabeth …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: The Mary Jane Jones at HINGE in Northampton and other music in the Valley

Thursday, March 12, 2015

It’s not like The Mary Jane Jones wasn’t dynamic enough when it began as a simple quartet — the soulful local band was led by powerhouse vocalist Mandy Pachios and guitarist/arranger Dan Thomas, whose musical inspirations range from …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields with Pianist Jeremy Denk — Sat., March 28, 8 p.m., UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall. $20, $50, $55 general; $10, $12, $15 Five College and GCC students and youth 17 …

Headliners: The ‘24-Hour Theater Project’; ‘St. John Passion’ with Arcadia Players

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Creative hysteria “Bigger than ever and never better!” declares Elizabeth Foley, coordinator of the ‘24-Hour Theater Project,’ which this year is set to unfold in the commodious space of Smith College’s Theatre 14. It all starts Friday at …

Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Lambert to perform at ACM Awards April 19

Thursday, March 12, 2015

By MESFIN FEKADU AP Music Writer NEW YORK — A-list acts including Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean and George Strait are set to perform April 19 at the Academy of Country Music’s 50th awards show. The ACMs announced Wednesday that Blake Shelton, Kenny Chesney, Eric …