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John Rinehart, front, sings with other members of the Young@Heart Chorus in an April 1 concert at the Academy of Music.

Building on the past, with an eye toward the future: Young@Heart Chorus charts new course as an independent group

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

They’ve long been an institution in the Valley as well as a hit in other parts of the country. They’ve toured overseas, been the subject of an acclaimed documentary and become a symbol of elderly people staking out new definitions of aging — as well as bringing new interpretations to pop, rock and R&B songs from the past 50 years. … 0

Weekend Planner — Music: Jesse Arnaud Cook plays Calvin Theater in Northampton

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

When rock ‘n’ roll overtook Spain in the late ’50s and early ’60s traditional flamenco music receded from the scene but did not die. During the ensuing decades it was instead infused with other sounds and re-emerged in the ’80s as nuevo flamenco, a labile blend of jazz, rock, swing, salsa or what-have-you … 0

Clubland: John Darnielle makes magic at Pearl Street show in Northampton

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

“I stand stark before the face of the infinite,” said a grinning John Darnielle to the shoulder-to-shoulder mega-crowd upstairs at Pearl Street in Northampton late Tuesday night. He was actually sitting at a keyboard, right before his first encore, and the grand sentence was his way of saying, “I have no idea what … 0

Headliners: Matt Haimovitz, Christopher O’Riley at UMass FAC: Local Vocal Chord Bowl at NHS

Friday, March 28, 2014

Mixing it up Cello virtuoso (and former Valley resident) Matt Haimovitz has long been a critic of what he calls the artificial and outmoded boundaries that divide classical and popular music, and with the emergence of the iPod … 0

Weekend Planner — Music: Kate Soper, Mivos String Quartet, team up for concert at Smith College in Northampton

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

In addition to being an assistant professor of music at Smith College, Kate Soper is a composer and performer whose work explores “the wonderfully treacherous landscape of the human voice.” On Sunday she’s teaming up with the Mivos … 0

Track Record

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Shakira Shakira RCA Records; $9.97 Shakira’s domination in America has dwindled since she became a hip-swiveling goddess of festive pop hits like “Whenever, Wherever” and “Hips Don’t Lie.” Already a superstar in her native Colombia, the multitalented singer-songwriter-instrumentalist … 0

Art People: Marcia Gomes | singer-songwriter

Thursday, March 20, 2014

‘There is no me without music,” says singer-songwriter Marcia Gomes. “It’s part of who I am.” Gomes, who lives in Granby, grew up in a music-loving household in central Massachusetts, where her extended family often gathered to tell … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland — The Buzz: New music-scene zine hits the 413 with release party at The Elevens in Northampton

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Carla Racine first arrived in Northampton in 1992. It wasn’t long before she experienced the beloved (and soon to be closed) Sheehan’s, saw The Equalites or Dieselmeat at the Bay State Cabaret (she can’t quite recall) and met … 0

Northampton impresario takes helm at Green River Festival

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

After more than 20 years of booking musical acts for the annual Green River Festival, Jim Olsen of Signature Sounds will launch his own “balloon” with this July’s 27th edition: the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce’s festival will … 1

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors; Peter Blanchette’s Bach Birthday Celebration Concert

Thursday, March 20, 2014

AMERICA’S BIG BAND They joined the Army, and they see the world, but they don’t have to wear flak jackets or eat MREs. They’re the U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors, and they’ve traveled to all 50 states, and abroad, playing swing, bebop, Latin, contemporary jazz, standards, popular tunes, Dixieland … 0

Weekend Planner — Music: Route 9 Ensemble

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Gustav Mahler’s buoyant 4th Symphony begins with sleighbells and a flute and ends with a song for soprano soloist about “The Heavenly Life.” On Saturday the Route 9 Ensemble — a 12-member group of alumnae of the UMass … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Who was Slint?

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Who was Slint? “Teenagers who thought about music differently than other people did,” is one fan’s simple description of the game-changing quartet from Louisville, Ky. The band only made two enigmatic records in the late ’80s and broke … 0

Headliners: Irish Rovers at the Calvin; pianist Krystian Tkaczewski at MHC

Thursday, March 20, 2014

No more a-roving Unlike Cher, whose ongoing farewell tour seems to have begun a decade or so ago, the famous Irish Rovers really are packing it in as a touring outfit — their current “Farewell to Rovin’ ” … 0