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JERREY ROBERTS
Jamie Kent crosses Main Street in Northampton last week.

Taking the plunge: Jamie Kent looks for a bigger stage in Nashville

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

If you’re a screenwriter and you want to break into the movies, you head to Los Angeles. Serious about theater? Go to New York. Want to make it as a songwriter and musician? Nashville might just be your ticket. As Jamie Kent sees it, Nashville, long the storied home of country music, has become much more than that: It’s also …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Firing up the musical time machine — Scott Bradlee, Postmodern Jukebox play for ‘sea of happy faces’ at Pearl Street Nightclub

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Scott Bradlee — the creator, arranger and bandleader of the ensemble Postmodern Jukebox — plays piano like the keys are hot. His nimble fingers skitter around to make whiplash ragtime, dainty ’50s arpeggios and anything else that sparks his highly musical mind. But as technically impressive as his playing is, Bradlee has another …

Weekend Planner — Music: Arcadia Players play Beethoven in Hadley

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Generally regarded as a minor work composed as “polite entertainment,” Beethoven’s Triple Concerto is nonetheless wonderfully Beethovian in its stately themes and the ingenious ways they are traded between the three solo instruments. Featuring violinist Susanna Ogata, cellist Guy Fishman and fortepianist Ian Watson, the performance on Oct. 26 by Arcadia Players at …

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 …

A lifetime of music; Smith College Alumnae Chorus to honor composer Alice Parker, class of 1947, in special concert

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Who says your time singing in college has to end with graduation? For members of the Smith College Alumnae Chorus, launched four years ago, choral music remains a means for forging connections among graduates of different classes and …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: The Soul Magnets, will bring the funk to ‘RibFest Cook-Off Fundraiser’ at Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

“There is so much good music that other people have written that it seems a little silly to write more,” said Luke Jaeger, the guitarist and force behind the brand-new Valley group The Soul Magnets, a cover band …

Weekend Planner — Music: ‘Amherst Schubert Project’

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

In addition to its formal concert Sept. 19 at 8 p.m., the Brentano String Quartet and cellist Michael Kannen will play two “live recording” concerts this weekend in Amherst College’s Buckley Recital Hall, with Franz Schubert’s Cello Quintet …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Ava Luna at The Platinum Pony in Easthampton and other Valley gigs

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Part soul music, part panic attack — Brooklyn quintet Ava Luna makes experimental pop songs that cast a lasting spell. As the band winds up a 22-date tour, it visits the Valley and shares a bill with tourmates …