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Beatles 2.0: Fab Faux to recreate ‘Abbey Road’ album in its entirety at UMass concert

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

In early 1969, Paul McCartney sat down with his fellow Beatles and tried to convince them that they should go back on tour, something the band hadn’t done since August 1966 as they concentrated instead on studio recording. As Philip Norman wrote in “Shout,” his 1980 biography of the band, McCartney felt the Beatles, by ceasing to tour, “had broken …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Will Lee — best known as the longtime bassist in David Letterman’s “Late Night” and “Late Show” bands — appreciates a good tribute. Recently on the program, Lee sang lead vocals on a fully orchestrated version of Jimmy Webb’s “MacArthur Park,” a strong performance with a real dedication to the crazy majesty of …

Advance Bookings

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Wailin’ Jennys, The Stray Birds — Fri., May 1, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $28.50, $38.50. 586-8686, iheg.com Disney Live! Three Classic Fairy Tales — Sat., May 2, 2:30 and 5:30 p.m., Mullins Center, Amherst. $17, $27, $32, $67. mullinscenter.com Seth Meyers — Sat., May 2, 8 p.m., Mohegan Sun. $49.50. mohegansun.com Charlie Murphy — Sat., May 9, 8 p.m. Calvin Theatre, …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Protomartyr brings moody, muscular rock to Iron Horse; Rob Mazurek at the Parlor Room, both in Northampton

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Detroit band Protomartyr is keeping post-punk drama alive and well, carrying on in the tradition of The Fall, Pere Ubu and other acts where the frontman doesn’t need an instrument, he just strikes up an intense one-sided conversation …

Weekend Planner — Music: Amherst College Symphony Orchestra

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

A work of vast scale conceived as a paean to the natural world, Gustav Mahler’s Third Symphony is performed less often than his other symphonies due to its great length (an hour and a half) and the extravagant …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In

Thursday, April 9, 2015

“We’re all gonna die.” Those words are sung in breathy unison by Sufjan Stevens, with multiple recordings of his voice stacked together so that he becomes a feather-light choir. The blunt truth is spun so prettily that you …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Rhiannon Giddens, Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn — Thurs., April 16, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $25, $35, $45. 586-8686, iheg.com Timeflies, Hoodie Allen, Chance the Rapper — Sun., Apri 19, 7 p.m., Mullins Center, Amherst. $45 general; …

Mick Jagger: ‘Empire’ is ‘a really good show’

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

NEW YORK — “Empire” is a powerhouse, but it might have just received its biggest endorsement: Mick Jagger says he’s a fan of the musical drama series. “It’s been very successful and it’s great that a show about …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Jimmy Webb gives his all at Iron Horse concert

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

“Who knows, I may get around to playing a song here in a minute,” Jimmy Webb said with a grin during one of his many rambling and engaging stories at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton Saturday …

Music Review: Academy of St. Martin of the Fields

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

There was a full house at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Fine Arts Center Concert Hall Saturday to hear The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, London’s, and perhaps Europe’s, most distinguished chamber orchestra. The audience was …

Weekend Planner — Music: Jesse Holstein, Heath Marlow, Jeff Louie perform at Unitarian Meetinghouse in Amherst

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Meeting at Greenwood Music Camp in Cummington some 25 years ago, Jesse Holstein, Heath Marlow and Jeff Louie went on to divergent musical careers, Holstein (pictured) as a violinist, Marlow as cellist, and Louie as a musician proficient …

Headliners: Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem at the Iron Horse; ‘The Nile Project’ at UMass FAC

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Sugar-free love songs Use of the word “eclectic” to refer to a particular musical performance style ought henceforth to be banned, except in the case of the Valley’s favorite acoustic string ensemble, Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem, who …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Dweezil Zappa at the Calvin and other musical happenings in the Valley this week

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Dweezil Zappa has dedicated his life to the electric guitar, but also in more recent years to the compositions of his father, Frank, which he plays with an all-star cast of virtuoso musicians under the name Zappa Plays …