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Run the Jewels are feline just fine with their all-cat rap remix album

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

By Randall Roberts Los Angeles Times (TNS) In a world overwhelmed by one-trick feline Instagram sensations like Snoopy Cat and kitties that earned fame by the oddball luck of nature like Grumpy Cat or trend-chasing (Hamilton the Hipster Cat), the expert furries that purr and paw their way through Run the Jewels’ new all-cat remix album “Meow the Jewels” deliver emotional depth befitting nature’s most psychologically elusive creature. A remix …

Hilltown Voices: Benefit program in Plainfield combines love of nature and music

Saturday, October 3, 2015

The Plainfield Congregational Church on Sunday will host a unique program with two presentations on the Mahican-Mohawk Recreational Trail and a performance by a classical ensemble called “Musical Visions of Nature.” The event is co-sponsored by Friends of Mohawk Trail State Forest and the Franklin Land Trust, to benefit the creation of a 100-mile hiking trail that retraces an ancient Native American route …

Where it all began: Three top classical musicians with Valley roots to perform at Amherst College

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

When Wilhelmina Smith was growing up in Amherst in the early 1980s and studying cello, she remembers going to hear a talented young classical pianist, Lydia Artymiw, who also lived in town and performed every year at a concert series at Amherst College. Fast-forward 30-odd years and Smith and Artymiw, longtime acclaimed musicians, …

Bon Jovi rock shows in China canceled for ‘unforeseen reasons’

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

BEIJING (ap) — Bon Jovi’s concert tour in China next week has been abruptly canceled because of what promoters said were “unforeseen reasons.” AEG Live Asia declined to give the reason for the cancellation, but said in a …

Expanding the classical tradition: ‘Five College New Music Festival’ showcases pioneering sounds of the 20th century

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Just as literature has its classic heavyweights, from Shakespeare to Leo Tolstoy to James Joyce, so classical music has long had its top-ranked composers, drawn primarily from 1650 through the 1800s: Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, Chopin, Handel and Tchaikovsky, …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: ‘Dancing Larry’ Howes’ death leaves void in Valley music scene

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Dancing Larry. Punk-rock spirit was in his every atom. A man of action. For more than three decades he tirelessly went to shows up and down the Valley, showing his support for musicians by getting right in front …

Music review: “Bel Canto Opera’ carries on fine tradition in Blandford

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Opera, once dismissed by 18th-century English writer Samuel Johnson as “exotic and irrational,” flourishes and renews itself largely through local festivals or in towns far from the great (and expensive) stages of the Metropolitan Opera in New York …

Weekend Planner — Music: ‘Preachin’ the Blues’ at the Three County Fair

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Founded by Art Steele, the annual “Preachin’ the Blues” concert at the Three County Fair takes a different tack this year, with an all-star lineup of women scheduled to pay tribute to the roots of American music. Featuring …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Northampton Jazz Festival and other musical goodies this week in the Valley

Thursday, September 3, 2015

“The Northampton Jazz Festival” is upon us! It’s grown beyond just one city, becoming a five-day sprawl that offers live performances, both indoors and outdoors, at many venues in multiple towns, with a lineup that spotlights younger artists …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Eilen Jewell/Dustbowl Revival Double CD Release — Fri., Sept. 11, 8 p.m., Academy of Music, Northampton. $20, $25. academyofmusictheatre.com Diana Ross — Fri., Sept. 18, ., July 31, 8 p.m., Foxwoods. $50-$80. foxwoods.com Anjelah Johnson — Sat., Sept. …

Your Time: Roger Salloom’s summer concert, Look Park, Florence

Thursday, August 27, 2015

On a warm summer evening last Thursday, singer-songwriter Roger Salloom performed his 32nd annual free concert at Look Park. This year, the show was held in a tent outside the park’s Garden House. Salloom was joined again this …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Lake Street Dive’s ‘Amourasaurus’ at Look Park, and much more

Thursday, August 27, 2015

I have personally witnessed Lake Street Dive CDs and LPs flying off the local store shelves. People can’t get enough of the jazzy, soulful Brooklyn band and their records on the Northampton-based label Signature Sounds. The quartet started …

Larry Parnass’ Best Bets: ‘Duck Variations’ play in Huntington; ‘Amoursaurus’ at the Pines Theater in Florence

Thursday, August 27, 2015

BIRDS OF A FEATHER The summer theater season is coming to a close but there’s still a bit of quack in that duck. With September’s studiousness ahead, make this a laughable moment by driving up to North Hall, 40 Searle Road in Huntington, for “The Duck Variations,” David …