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Music

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 crew of local bands and artists is pulling out all the stops to throw a Mini-palooza inside The Deuce (aka the World War II Club) in Northampton Saturday from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m., an all-day affair with two stages of continuous music. Half the proceeds will benefit the Soldier’s Home in Holyoke. The lineup includes such performers as Gracefully Aging Hippy Soloists (featuring Eric Gaffney, co-founder …

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 a couple of glasses of merlot or a bottle of moltepulciano at your candle-lit table …

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 the NNA Tapes label. Both create an intimate space where gentle acoustic guitar, voice and …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: The New Pornographers at the Calvin Theatre, and much more

Thursday, February 5, 2015

In the current galaxy of pop music, few bands burn as brightly as The New Pornographers. Their songs are supercharged with stacks of smart hooks and harmonies, memorably original lyrics, soaring sing-along choruses and a surging spirit — …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: Angela Davis speaks at Smith; TV show, ‘The Americans’ on FX

Thursday, February 5, 2015

ACTIVIST INSIGHT Angela Davis, a political activist who spent 18 months in jail and was on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted” list, will give a public talk at Smith College Saturday as keynoter for the Smith College Black Students Association’s conference. These days, she focuses on social problems …

Rod McKuen, mega-selling poet, performer, dies at 81

Thursday, January 29, 2015

NEW YORK — Rod McKuen, the husky-voiced “King of Kitsch” whose avalanche of music, verse and spoken-word recordings in the 1960s and ’70s overwhelmed critical mockery and made him an Oscar-nominated songwriter and one of the best-selling poets …

Project Rehovot presents a concert for a cause

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

For more than 20 years, volunteers from the Jewish Community of Amherst have been lending a helping hand for an educational and social cause nearly halfway around the world. Project Rehovot, as it’s known, is dedicated to helping …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: This ‘Moment’ has staying power

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Drop the needle on drummer Makaya McCraven’s fantastic new album, “In the Moment,” and the sounds of Chicago surround you — the ambience of a live concert, conversations burbling in the background, and the experimental spirit that runs …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Daniel Hales is many things, among them an English teacher, leader of the band Frost Heaves, and a writer of plays, poems and fiction. But sometimes he needs to don a silver mask and slip out of all …

Weekend Planner — Music: Arcadia Players at Mount Holyoke College

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Supposedly written to showcase his compositional skills and mastery of many styles, Claudio Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 is a highly theatrical piece of religious music, filled with diverse choral groupings, unusual vocal effects and sumptuous instrumentation. The work …

The sound of music: Hampshire Young People’s Chorus marks 15 years of youthful singing

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

First they shook their hands and feet and shoulders as the chorus director counted in Spanish. Then they did scales to piano accompaniment, singing the notes with the words, “I love to sing.” Once warmed up, they sang …

Weekend Planner — Music: Da Camera Singers perform Friday in Hadley

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A musical setting of the Mass based on a hymn by St. Thomas Aquinas, the “Missa Pange Lingua” was written by the Franco-Flemish composer Josquin des Prez around 1515 and had a strong influence on later composers, including …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: ‘The Great Mix CD Mix-Up’ — A musical message in a bottle

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

January? Dullsville. Gray skies, gray ground, treacherous ice, bitter cold. But luckily every year there’s an event that transforms any winter rut with colorful new sights and sounds: “The Great Mix CD Mix-Up.” Since 2009 it’s been a …