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CAROL LOLLIS
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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, who’d been bitten by the blues and by the folk music boom led by Bob Dylan, didn’t have an exact plan in …

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 classical music in non-traditional venues. Beginning their second season, they return to their old stomping …

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 Israel in 1998, is the quartet in residence at the Conservatory of the University of …

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Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Fundraiser for Karl Hendricks at Flywheel, and much, much more

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Pittsburgh-based singer/songwriter Karl Hendricks (pictured) was diagnosed with oral cancer this past spring. After three surgeries and a course of radiation treatments, he’s back working part-time at the store he owns, Sound Cat Records, though he can barely …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Kneebody churns up the music at Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Towering bass player Kaveh Rastegar was the affable spokesperson for Kneebody, a brilliant bicoastal jazz quintet that played the Iron Horse in Northampton this past Monday night. The small audience (35 people tops) was appreciative and enthusiastic — …

Advance Bookings: Lil' John, Mamma Mia!, O.A.R., Cirque Dreams

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Wild On: UMass featuring Lil John — Sun., Oct. 12, 8:30 p.m., Mullins Center, Amherst. $30-$40. mullinscenter.com Jake Shimabukuro — Fri., Oct. 17, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $26, $36. 586-8686, iheg.com In Collaboration: The Milk Carton Kids …

Track Record: Reviews of new CDs

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Bringing Back The Sunshine Blake Shelton Warner Nashville; $9.99 Blake Shelton’s public persona — a mix of smart-aleck whimsy and thoughtful sensitivity — has made him country music’s most ubiquitous male star. A full-grown man with a boyish …

Christopher Hogwood, British conductor of early music, dies at 73

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Christopher Hogwood, an eminent English conductor, musicologist and harpsichordist who took a scholarly approach to early-music and Baroque repertoires, has died. He was 73. Hogwood died Wednesday at his home in Cambridge, England, after an illness that had lasted several months, according to an announcement on his official …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Kneebody at Iron Horse in Northampton and other Valley gigs

Thursday, September 25, 2014

As much as I love jazz, I’m not interested in the solos as much as I am the unique colors and shapes of the musical themes themselves, and Kneebody is a quintet with cooler hues than most. They …

The healing arts: Northampton guitar concert aims to help children in Iraq

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

War is the ugliest manifestation of the human experience. You might say it’s the greatest example of humanity’s inhumanity. Art is the flip side — it’s an activity designed to create and appreciate beauty, to celebrate the best …

Weekend planner — Music: ‘Ugandan Suite’ at UMass

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

During a “life-changing” research trip to Uganda in 2011, UMass professor of jazz, saxophone and composition Felipe Salles discovered that “although the specific influence of Ugandan music in jazz is undocumented, the rhythmic similarities point to a great …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Dinosaurs! Cowboys! Bunnies! Electric shocks! All that, and more, make for strong triple bill at Platinum Pony

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A vicious dinosaur! At war with a handful of cowboys on horses! The action scene played silently on the movie screen at Easthampton club The Platinum Pony this past Monday night. And in the venue itself: crickets. Well, …

Advance Bookings: Wild On: UMass featuring Lil John and other area gigs

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Wild On: UMass featuring Lil John — Sun., Oct. 12, 8:30 p.m., Mullins Center, Amherst. $30-$40. mullinscenter.com Jake Shimabukuro — Fri., Oct. 17, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $26, $36. 586-8686, iheg.com In Collaboration: The Milk Carton Kids …