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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 — …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: A revolution: ‘Eradicating the tyranny of 4/4 time’

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Throw darts at any pop chart and you can bet everything you hit will be a song in 4/4 time. Rock, country, R&B, dance, it doesn’t matter — kick-snare-kick-snare is today’s main groove. Local bassist Paul Kochanski has …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Dada Masilo: Swan Lake — Tues., Jan. 26, 7:30 p.m., UMass FAC Concert Hall. $20, $35, $40; general; $10, $12, $15 Five College, GCC and ages 17 and under. 545-2511, fac.umass.edu A Tribute to Swan Lake and Carnival …

Tuned In: Kalliope Jones plays locally, and much more music in the Valley

Thursday, January 14, 2016

I remember being 14, and as much as I loved music, the idea of writing (never mind performing) my own songs was a totally alien notion. Great songs were things made by adults on record labels, not some …

Legendary musician David Bowie dies of cancer at 69

Monday, January 11, 2016

NEW YORK — David Bowie, the other-worldly musician who broke pop and rock boundaries with his creative musicianship, nonconformity, striking visuals and a genre-spanning persona he christened Ziggy Stardust, died of cancer Sunday. He was 69 and had …

Jackson’s ‘Off the Wall’ to be rereleased with Spike Lee doc

Friday, January 8, 2016

LOS ANGELES — Michael Jackson’s “Off the Wall” is being reissued with a new Spike Lee documentary about the hallmark 1979 album. Jackson’s estate and publisher Sony Music are rereleasing the 36-year-old album with a DVD of the …

Weekend Planner — Music: Claudia Schmidt and Sally Rogers at PV CoHo

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

A volunteer-run monthly music series hosted by Pioneer Valley Cohousing in North Amherst, First Friday Concerts at CoHo showcases both local talent and touring artists. Performances take place in the community’s Common House Great Room — “a space …

Music review: Berkshire Bach achieves sheer perfection in concert

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Berkshire Bach celebrated its 25th season with a concert of 18th-century music Saturday at the Academy of Music in Northampton. The group is professional, and every one of its members could be a soloist if called upon, as many were in this concert. Kenneth Cooper directed from the …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Pop-up music: The Expandable Brass Band takes it to the streets

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Since 2009, the Pioneer Valley-based Expandable Brass Band has been taking it to the streets ... and sometimes the sidewalks, as they did last Thursday afternoon during the sunny early hours of First Night Northampton. It was 1:30 …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

La Boheme — PanOpera performs Fri., Jan. 22, 7:30 p.m. and Sun., Jan. 24, 2 p.m., Academy of Music, Northampton. $30, $45 general; $25, $40 students and seniors. academyofmusictheatre.com Frankenstein and The Masque of the Red Death — …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Edith Gawler and Bennett Konesni at The Parlor Room and much, much more music this week in the Valley

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Countless performers describe their sound as “roots music,” but the husband-and-wife duo of Edith Gawler and Bennett Konesni use that phrase in a fuller sense than most. Bennett is co-founder of Sylvester Manor, a 243-acre nonprofit educational farm, …