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Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Richard Thompson at the Academy of Music and more music this week in the Valley

Thursday, February 11, 2016

The only way that you, dear reader, are not already a big Richard Thompson fan, is that you haven’t seen him perform live. Here’s your chance: the six-string troubadour (and original member of the legendary Fairport Convention) plays the Academy of Music in Northampton Saturday at 8 p.m. “Our greatest living guitarist,” proclaimed a U.K. paper last year, and if you’re cocking an eyebrow in doubt, know that Thompson doesn’t deal in blues cliches like the vast majority of players. His style, even playing solo acoustic shows, is impassioned and unconventional, with a jazz-like way of coming at you sideways and surprising. Add to that …

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Headline In 1907, when she was 40 years old, the German artist Käthe Kollwitz executed a series of etchings depicting scenes from the 16th-century German Peasants’ War that included “After the Battle,” a work showing a woman with a lantern picking through corpses in search of her son that proved eerily premonitory. Kollwitz’s …

Weekend Planner — Clubs: Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown at the Iron Horse

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Formed in London in 1966 and repeatedly dying and being reborn over the next five decades, the blues band Savoy Brown faltered in its native England when the British blues boom faded in the early ’70s. But it gained widespread popularity in the U.S., where it increasingly concentrated and where its founder — …

Coldplay sets US stadium concert tour

Thursday, January 28, 2016

NEW YORK (ap) — After its upcoming Super Bowl halftime show, Coldplay expects to be accustomed to big stages. The British rockers said Thursday they would be performing seven stadium gigs in the United States this summer, touring in support of their album, “A Head Full of Dreams.” …

Live TV version of ‘Grease’ aims to get viewers dancing along

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

By Yvonne Villarreal Los Angeles Times (TNS) During a recent rehearsal for Fox’s upcoming, live broadcast of the musical “Grease,” Aaron Tveit and Julianne Hough waited for their musical cue to jump in the fray and gambol alongside a troupe of frenetic dancers. The number was “We Go …

Marching through history: UMass music professor talks football, music and racism

Saturday, January 23, 2016

It’s difficult to argue against Beyonce’s greatness, it is true. But skimming through clips of marching bands past elicits one big question about the Super Bowl halftime shows of today: with all the fireworks and special effects, have …

Sonya Kitchell returns to the Valley with first full album since 2008

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

It might seem a little premature to reinvent yourself when you’re 26. But when you’ve won nationwide notice for your music at 17, then tried to figure out what the next step should be, some careful self-assessment might …

Weekend Planner — Music: Jamie-Rose Guarrine at UMass

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Soprano Jamie-Rose Guarrine comes to the UMass campus as an assistant professor of music pretty much straight from the opera stage, where she’s sung the roles of Olympia in “Tales of Hoffmann” (with Wolf Trap Opera Company), Papagena …

Weekend Planner — Clubs: Zydeco Connection at Wendell Town Hall

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Did you know that the term zydeco comes from the Lousiana Creole French pronunciation of “les haricots” (green beans)? Me neither. In any case, dominated by the accordion and a washboard, it’s an irresistably rhythmic form of music …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Getting back on track at the Midnite Tavern

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Bitter winter wind howled beyond the glass front door, but inside the One Bar & Grill in Northampton, in the bigger of the two rooms where live music often happens (but not tonight), it was warm, quiet and …

Music review: Variations on Elizabethan themes — well played by a consort of viols

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The Arcadia Viols performed a concert of 17th-century music Sunday at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Hadley before an audience that filled the church. The consort of viols, which is associated with Arcadia Players, consists of five viol players, supplemented by Christopher Kendall, lutenist; Ian Watson, harpsichordist; …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Silver Chord Bowl — Annual collegiate a cappella competition Sun., Feb. 2, 2 p.m., Academy of Music, Northampton. $15-$30. academyofmusictheatre.com Tao: Seventeen Samurai — Wed., Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m., UMass FAC Concert Hall. $20, $35, $40; general; $10, …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: The Weather Station at the Iron Horse, and much more music this week in the Valley

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Recently I was driving home, late on a blustery 15-degree night, with clouds sailing fast past the moon above. Inside my car, the heat was cranked, and so was “Loyalty,” the newest album by The Weather Station, the …