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Cecil Brace, from left, Matthew Brace, James Lee Thereault, and Kent Mitchell, dance along during a performance Wednesday by the Young@Heart Chorus at the Hampshire County Jail in Northampton.

The joint was jumping at the county jail: Young@Heart Chorus teams up with inmates for a rockin’ in-house concert

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

On a mid-morning in late March at the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction, eight inmates were gathered around an electric keyboard in the visiting room, laughing and talking quietly. Keyboard player Ken Maiuri hit middle C, and together they warmed up with scales. Up and down, they sang: “la-la-la-la-LA-la-la-la-la,” then one note higher: “mi-mi-mi-mi-MI-mi-mi-mi-mi.” Then one note higher, …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Karl Wallinger lets in the light at Iron Horse show

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Karl Wallinger spoke to the Iron Horse crowd in Northampton last Sunday night with a friendly grin, a little self-depreciation and a lot of dark sarcasm: “Here’s another song about how great everything is in the world.” Environmental destruction, constant war, corporate greed, public apathy ... Wallinger has covered all that and more …

Weekend Planner — Music: Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares presents Mario Pavone

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

“He works his strings with the force and persistence of a sculptor chipping away at granite,” says The New Yorker of jazz bassist and composer Mario Pavone: “The sheer dynamism of his playing is matched by the lustre of his writing and arranging for small bands.” On Saturday, Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares hosts …

Joni Mitchell may be out of hospital soon

Monday, May 4, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Folk singer Joni Mitchell may be released from the hospital soon but still cannot confer with doctors about her medical care or long-term treatment, an attorney told a judge on Monday. The assessment by …

Trio’s song finds way into blockbuster movie, ‘Unfriended’

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

It isn’t every day that a song recorded by a couple of local college students makes its way into a major motion picture. That’s precisely what has happened to members of The Bandshes, a trio that includes University …

Weekend Planner — Music: Brooklyn Rider celebrates new album at Smith College concert

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The cutting-edge string quartet known as Brooklyn Rider is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year with the release of a new album, “Brooklyn Rider Almanac,” for which it commissioned 15 works by composers from the worlds of jazz …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Finding the right vibe at the 13th Floor Music Lounge

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Northampton music scene was in flux last fall, and Robert Robinson, an employee at the 13th Floor Music Lounge in Florence, was taking note. The Elevens had closed, the Sierra Grille stopped its long-running weekly live music …

Advance bookings

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Charlie Murphy — Sat., May 9, 8 p.m. Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $25, $35. 586-8686, iheg.com The Tallest Man on Earth — Wed., May 13, 8 p.m. Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $29.50, $39.50. 586-8686, iheg.com Earth, Wind & Fire — …

Art Maker: Carl Clements | Musician

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Easthampton musician Carl Clements, 51, is an active performer and composer of jazz and world music. And we do mean active. In addition to being a visiting assistant music professor at Hampshire College in Amherst, he is working …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Of Montreal comes to Pearl Street, and lots more music in the Valley this week

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Of Montreal began as a modest pop band, with homespun ’60s-influenced songs that came straight from frontman Kevin Barnes’ heart (in fact, his group’s name is a gravestone of sorts for a failed relationship with someone from that …

Headliners: Lydia Lunch at 13th Floor Music Lounge; Katie and Wet Ink Ensemble at Smith College

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Time for Lunch Amid the garbage-strewn streets of drug-and-crime-ravaged downtown New York City in the late ’70s, the New Wave music scene nihilistically turned in on itself and gave birth to the No Wave movement, a short-lived but …

‘American in Paris,’ ‘Fun Home’ get a leading 12 Tony noms

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

By MARK KENNEDY AP Drama Writer NEW YORK — The musicals “An American in Paris” and “Fun Home” each received a leading 12 Tony Award nominations on Tuesday, showing two very different sides of this Broadway season. One …

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. …