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Varun Sheel, left, and Curtis Barnes at the Fine Arts Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where they two are students.

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. Amherst musicians Varun Sheel and Curtis Barnes are following that trend. Sheel and Barnes, both 19, developed a close friendship back in elementary school, when the two joined an afterschool orchestra for fifth-graders. Sheel, who played violin, was attending Wildwood Elementary, Barnes, a cellist, was a student at the Fort River Elementary. Now students at UMass, the two recently formed the band, Solara. It was an early …

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 to the early 19th century. It is led by Ian Watson, the conductor and a …

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 and Pablo Yglesias, aka Andujar and Bongohead, have been deejays for decades, on their own …

Advance Bookings: Jake Shimabukuro at the Calvin and more

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Jake Shimabukuro — Fri., Oct. 17, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $26, $36. 586-8686, iheg.com In Collaboration: The Milk Carton Kids and Sarah Jarosz — Sun., Oct. 19, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $25, $35. 586-8686, iheg.com Skrillex …

Music Review: Smith College music department, invited professionals, shine in performance of choral masterpiece, C.P.E. Bach’s ‘Magnificat’

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

A remarkable concert was performed in the Helen Hills Hills Chapel of Smith College on Sunday. It was presented by the Smith College music department in honor of the 300th anniversary of the death of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, the second of the six sons of Johann Sebastian …

A concert with a cause: Easthampton High School students bring country-music performers to town Oct. 4 to raise money for S.A.D.D.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

After months of planning, organizing and budgeting, two Easthampton High School students have put together a concert starring two country music performers. Bryan Delaney, 17, and Jacob LaPrade, 17, are high school seniors, best friends, and the president …

Weekend Planner — Clubs: Wild Bill and the Flying Sparks, The Free Radicals in Florence

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Wild Bill and the Flying Sparks, Northampton’s newest roots-rock Americana band, has been kindling excitement over the past year at the Shutesbury Athletic Club, Liston’s Bar & Grill in Worthington and at Greenfield’s Independence Day celebration. Featuring acoustic, …

Headliners: Regina Carter at UMass Amherst; Aspire to Inspire, Laura Whitely at WWII Club in Northampton

Thursday, October 2, 2014

A master of improvisational jazz violin... ...Regina Carter is known for her amalgamation of a wide range of styles — Motown, Afro-Cuban, swing, folk, world — into a signature style that she’s lately been directing into adventurous territory. …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Fundraiser for Karl Hendricks at Flywheel, and much, much more

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Pittsburgh-based singer/songwriter Karl Hendricks (pictured) was diagnosed with oral cancer this past spring. After three surgeries and a course of radiation treatments, he’s back working part-time at the store he owns, Sound Cat Records, though he can barely …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Kneebody churns up the music at Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Towering bass player Kaveh Rastegar was the affable spokesperson for Kneebody, a brilliant bicoastal jazz quintet that played the Iron Horse in Northampton this past Monday night. The small audience (35 people tops) was appreciative and enthusiastic — …

Advance Bookings: Lil' John, Mamma Mia!, O.A.R., Cirque Dreams

Wednesday, October 1, 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 …

Track Record: Reviews of new CDs

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Bringing Back The Sunshine Blake Shelton Warner Nashville; $9.99 Blake Shelton’s public persona — a mix of smart-aleck whimsy and thoughtful sensitivity — has made him country music’s most ubiquitous male star. A full-grown man with a boyish …

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 …