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PHOTO COURTESY OF THE WOMAN SONGWRITER COLLECTIVE
The Woman Songwriter Collective performsDec. 4 at the Iron Horse in Northampton.

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: The Woman Songwriter Collective: All for one, one for all

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

One strong way for a new band to get the word out is to use an audio business card, aka a CD. The Woman Songwriter Collective has one fresh-off-the-press, ready to share with the world, as member Christa Joy said in an interview earlier this week: “Now we can say, ‘This is us, this is what WE sound like collectively.’ ” Joy and fellow singer/songwriters Lisa Marie Ellingsen, Saera Kochanski, Carolyn Walker and Lexi Weege make up the Woman Songwriter Collective; their new mini-album features one song by each member of the group, all arranged and performed by the full band. The quintet celebrates the …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Signature Sounds anniversary concerts; Tracy Grammer and Jim Henry at the Parlor Room

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

IT WAS 20 YEARS AGO TODAY As of Tuesday, there were still tickets available for three of four Thanksgiving weekend concerts at Northampton’s Academy of Music, presented by Signature Sounds to celebrate the label’s 20th anniversary. From folk-blues troubadour Chris Smither, to alt-bluegrass pickers Crooked Still, to the noirish Eilen Jewel, there’s a wealth of sounds on tap. Shows at 7 p.m. Friday, …

Weekend Planner — Music: ‘Messiah’ season

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The “Messiah” season is upon us and Da Camera Singers offers the opportunity for fellow vocalists of all persuasions to get their musical chops polished with a sing-along of popular choruses from Handel’s oratorio on Sunday at the Second Congregational Church of Greenfield. Da Camera will be providing scores, a piano accompanist and …

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Miranda Lambert makes history at 2014 CMAs

Thursday, November 6, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Miranda Lambert has reached new heights as a female country performer: The fiery singer is the most decorated female artist in the history of the Country Music Association Awards. Lambert’s four wins Wednesday night give …

Miranda Lambert is ‘All About That Bass’

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Blake Shelton isn’t the only person Miranda Lambert is texting these days — she’s also been chatting it up with breakthrough singer Meghan Trainor. The country star, who will perform with the “All About That Bass” singer at the Country Music Awards, said she has …

Back to the basement with Bob Dylan

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

It’s the most famous room in the annals of pop music, its history equal parts legend and truth. In the decades since its use as a rehearsal space, this subterranean refuge has become known as the birthplace of …

New ‘Basement’ ensemble aimed for same esprit de corps as ’67 recordings

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

How fertile was the “Basement Tapes” period in 1967 when Bob Dylan holed up in upstate New York, away from fan and media scrutiny, writing and recording song after song after song with the group soon to be …

Taylor Swift breaks up with Spotify: ‘Valuable things should be paid for’

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Taylor Swift’s latest hit, “Shake It Off,” was written as a message encouraging listeners to ignore trend-conscious bullies, but it’s now also the message she has effectively sent to Spotify. Four days after her new album, “1989,” was …

Fruits of friendship: Deep roots of band, Solara, planted during childhood

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

You don’t have to look very far to find a group of hometown friends who’ve decided to form a band. It happens all the time in middle schools and high schools across the country, and across the world. …

Music review: Arcadia Players perform Beethoven

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Arcadia Players performed the music of Beethoven Sunday, and the experience was pure delight. The professional orchestra performs baroque music on original instruments, that is, instruments that were used in the period from the late 17th century …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Putting their spin on it: Deejays Andujar and Bongohead start own label

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Inside every serious music fan is a new record label waiting to happen — if you care enough to collect vinyl, you’ve probably got some ideas about what the rest of the world needs to hear. Brendon Rule …

KenMaiuri’s Tuned In: Richard Buckner performs in the very cozy Flying Object in Hadley

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Some artists are mass-market ready, or become that way; others are more like secrets, passed on personally from friend to friend — like singer-songwriter Richard Buckner. That’s how I first heard him, back in the late ’90s. “You …

Weekend Planner — Music: Angelique Kidjo at UMass FAC

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

“The undisputed queen of African music” (Daily Telegraph), Grammy Award-winning singer Angélique Kidjo cross-pollinates Afropop with jazz, gospel, Congolese rumba and Caribbean zouk; and she’s as likely to launch into George Gershwin’s “Summertime” as she is the Rolling …