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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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Gaye’s children win $7.4M award for ‘Blurred Lines’

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

LOS ANGELES — A jury awarded Marvin Gaye’s children nearly $7.4 million Tuesday after determining singers Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams copied their father’s music to create “Blurred Lines,” the biggest hit song of 2013. Marvin Gaye’s daughter …

Madonna, Rihanna, Sam Smith to perform at iHeartRadio Awards

Monday, March 9, 2015

NEW YORK — Madonna, Rihanna and Sam Smith will perform at the second annual iHeartRadio Music Awards this month. Iggy Azalea, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean and Meghan Trainor will also hit the stage on March 29 at …

Jamaica moving to reclaim global dominance in reggae

Sunday, March 8, 2015

KINGSTON, Jamaica — For decades, the sound of Jamaica has been reggae, the infectious, uniquely syncopated music that transformed the small Caribbean island into a cultural powerhouse. But the genre’s success has taken it far beyond its roots, …

Hampshire Life: KEN MAIURI’S Tuned In

Thursday, March 5, 2015

“They rock!” That two-word sentence has been uttered by more than a couple smiling fans of The Snaz, a young band from Brattleboro that’s wowed the powers that be at 93.9 The River and the Iron Horse Entertainment …

Music, movie mogul David Geffen donates $100M to Lincoln Center

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — Entertainment industry executive David Geffen has donated $100 million to New York’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The performing arts building — long known as Avery Fisher Hall — will be renamed David …

KEN MAIURI on Valley music: Tuned In

Friday, February 27, 2015

Summers are perfect for outdoor music festivals, but what happens when winter hits and grassy fields get buried under waist-deep snow and anything paved becomes an icy danger zone? Make way for the indoor music festival. A diverse …

Viva la musica: 3rd String Trio brings Old-World flavors to Hadley cafe

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Parlez-moi de l’amour. Ah, la dolce vita, la vita d’amore! Even if you can’t understand what they’re saying, there’s something about the way the French and the Italians do zat zing that can be oh, so romantic. With …

Seldom-seen musician shines through his songs

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

If John Lennon’s White Album song “Julia” was a seed buried in the ground, the resulting stunning vegetation might be Chris Weisman’s new album, “The Holy Life That’s Coming,” released this week on LP and digital download by …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In

Thursday, February 19, 2015

You, New Englander, standing there whipped by the windchill — you’re in an icy arctic world, devoid of funk. But George Clinton and his Parliament-Funkadelic mob have the heat and they’re headed this way, prepared to melt that …

Advance Bookings

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

ZZ Top — Sat., March 7, 8 p.m., Foxwoods. $45, $65. foxwoods.com Craig Ferguson — Fri., Feb. 27, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $28.50, $38.50, $48.50. 586-8686, iheg.com Eddie Palmieri Salsa Orchestra — Sat., Feb. 28, 8 p.m., …