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Music

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Northern Routes New Music Festival is a who’s who of largely New England-based experimental musicians, packing as many creative talents as possible into two days of performances at the 1794 Meetinghouse in New Salem, Friday from 4 to 11 p.m. and Saturday from 2 to 11 p.m. Today’s lineup includes guitarist Glenn Jones, Marissa Nadler (ethereal singer/songwriter with a “Gothic heart,” pictured), Vermont wind trio Glitter Pen (in which John Levin and brothers Chris and Kurt Weisman play recorders and other early instruments, with a repertoire of pieces from the years 1200 to 1600), percussionist Matt Weston, “avant-celestial” guitar/theremin duo Twilight Tipi, Easthampton guitarist … 0

Ken Mairui’s Clubland: Hitting the highway for Hospitality

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

F ew cities as cozy as Northampton have such a wealth of live music — at last count, at least eight venues host regular shows — but even so, sometimes your favorite band isn’t making it to town and you have to start up the car and hit the highway. I’m all for … 0

Weekend Planner — Clubs: Susan Angeletti at Fitzwilly’s in Northampton

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

“I’m starting a new blues ‘n’ soul, glitter-queen, rock ‘n’ roll house gig at beautiful downtown Fitzwilly’s starting this Thursday night!” shouts local blues diva Susan Angeletti. Yes, if you’re anywhere in downtown Northampton July 31 you’ll likely feel the vibes as Angeletti belts out her stuff with her new band, Smoke Stack … 0

tuned in Ken Maiuri on Valley music

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Easthampton’s Flywheel has a history of hosting underground bands that later burst into the big time — Bright Eyes, Ra Ra Riot and tUnE-yArDs are three that immediately come to mind — and now there’s another to add … 0

Clubland

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Middle school pals don’t always stick together, especially through high school and college and beyond, but Hadley natives Michael Sokol, David Skelly and Brett Long have stayed tight. They’ve gone to concerts, geeked out over music they love, … 0

A joyful gathering of Djangologists Northampton’s gypsy jazz festival keeps on rolling

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Django Reinhardt likely didn’t set out to create a style all his own. But when the legendary French guitarist looked for a way to play the American jazz he was hearing on records back in the 1930s, the … 0

Art People: Alice Ivy-Pemberton | violinist

Thursday, June 12, 2014

It began, as these things often do, as more of an afterthought than a well-laid plan. When Alice Ivy-Pemberton was 4, living in Leverett, a friend of her mother’s was looking for someone to take violin lessons with … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: ‘The Rusty Nail Re-Union’ with James Montgomery and Peter Newland

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Rusty Nail is one of those long-gone area clubs that people still regularly speak of with love. Blues vocalist and harmonica man James Montgomery played many a gig at the Sunderland nightspot, and for the first time … 0

NHS grad Abigail Adams to present violin recital June 15 at First Churches in Northampton

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Abigail Adams, who graduated June 1 from Northampton High School, will celebrate with a violin recital June 15 at 4 p.m. at First Churches Sanctuary in Northampton. A reception will follow in Lyman Hall. Adams, 18, who has … 0

Weekend Planner — Music: Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares presents Boneshaker

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

“Hostilities in Progress,” the debut CD of Boneshaker, was listed by Downbeat magazine as one of the best recordings of 2013. Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares is presenting a concert by the trio — reed player Mars Williams, bassist … 0

The long and the short of it: A review of last Saturday’s music at the 13th Floor Music Lounge in Florence

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

In a Valley of live venues, the 13th Floor Music Lounge in Florence is one of the newest kids on the block. Located above JJ’s Tavern, its painted logo adorns the stage wall: the “13th” in a moon, … 0

Advance Bookings

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Steve Martin and Edie Brickell with the Steep Canyon Rangers — Thurs., June 19, 7:30 p.m., The Bushnell, Hartford. $29.50 and up. bushnell.org An Intimate Evening with Art Garfunkel — Thurs., June 19, 8 p.m., Academy of Music, … 0

Ray Davies, estranged brother Dave hint at a Kinks reunion

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

One of the most enduring sibling rivalries of the last half century is showing signs of a detente: The Kinks’ Ray Davies has confirmed conversations with his younger brother Dave that could reunite the band after decades of fraternal distance. Creators of such stone-cold rock classics as “All … 0