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Music review: Brooklyn Rider returns to Valley with engaging performance

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The Brooklyn Rider string quartet played at Sage Hall of Smith College Saturday, a return from its well-received performance two years ago. This was the last concert of the 2014-2015 season of “Music in Deerfield.” These fine musicians played standing up (which gives a better sound than being seated), except for the cellist, who was perched on a stack of …

Weekend Planner — Music: Susana Ogata, Ian Watson in Amherst

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Prior to Beethoven, composers wrote duo sonatas for “...and piano,” the implication being that the keyboard was basically accompaniment. Beethoven, however, wrote sonatas for “Piano and...,” giving weight to the proposition that the piano was first among equals (and to the fact that the keyboard parts of his duos are often of greater …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Lord Russ looks for ‘quieter moments’ at The Parlor Room

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

In a valley full of bands, there are a lot of frontmen, but only one showman/shaman communicating with the spirit of the ’60s, and that’s Russell Brooks, better known as Lord Russ. Brooks will play a special solo listening-room show — accompanied by trippy, swirling video projections by visual artist David Drew Longey …

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Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The brand-new Mammal Dap CD features the band’s portrait in needlepoint (done by Sarah Laakso), displayed on wood paneling, as if in grandma’s rec room. But the simplified figures and font also look like something from a classic …

Advance Bookings

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Kenny Chesney — Fri. and Sat., April 24-25, 7:30 p.m., Mohegan Sun. $95, $125. mohegansun.com Timeflies, Hoodie Allen, Chance the Rapper — Sun., April 19, 7 p.m., Mullins Center, Amherst. $45 general; $25 Five College students and UMass …

Percy Sledge dies; sang No. 1 hit ‘When A Man Loves a Woman’

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

By REBECCA SANTANA Associated Press NEW ORLEANS — Percy Sledge, who soared from part-time singer and hospital orderly to lasting fame with his aching, forlorn performance on the classic “When a Man Loves a Woman,” died Tuesday in …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Protomartyr brings moody, muscular rock to Iron Horse; Rob Mazurek at the Parlor Room, both in Northampton

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Detroit band Protomartyr is keeping post-punk drama alive and well, carrying on in the tradition of The Fall, Pere Ubu and other acts where the frontman doesn’t need an instrument, he just strikes up an intense one-sided conversation …

Weekend Planner — Music: Amherst College Symphony Orchestra

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

A work of vast scale conceived as a paean to the natural world, Gustav Mahler’s Third Symphony is performed less often than his other symphonies due to its great length (an hour and a half) and the extravagant …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In

Thursday, April 9, 2015

“We’re all gonna die.” Those words are sung in breathy unison by Sufjan Stevens, with multiple recordings of his voice stacked together so that he becomes a feather-light choir. The blunt truth is spun so prettily that you …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Rhiannon Giddens, Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn — Thurs., April 16, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $25, $35, $45. 586-8686, iheg.com Timeflies, Hoodie Allen, Chance the Rapper — Sun., Apri 19, 7 p.m., Mullins Center, Amherst. $45 general; …

Mick Jagger: ‘Empire’ is ‘a really good show’

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

NEW YORK — “Empire” is a powerhouse, but it might have just received its biggest endorsement: Mick Jagger says he’s a fan of the musical drama series. “It’s been very successful and it’s great that a show about …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Jimmy Webb gives his all at Iron Horse concert

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

“Who knows, I may get around to playing a song here in a minute,” Jimmy Webb said with a grin during one of his many rambling and engaging stories at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton Saturday …

Music Review: Academy of St. Martin of the Fields

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

There was a full house at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Fine Arts Center Concert Hall Saturday to hear The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, London’s, and perhaps Europe’s, most distinguished chamber orchestra. The audience was …