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KEN MAIURI on Valley music: Tuned In

Friday, February 27, 2015

Summers are perfect for outdoor music festivals, but what happens when winter hits and grassy fields get buried under waist-deep snow and anything paved becomes an icy danger zone? Make way for the indoor music festival. A diverse crew of local bands and artists is pulling out all the stops to throw a Mini-palooza inside The Deuce (aka the World War II Club) in Northampton Saturday from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m., an all-day affair with two stages of continuous music. Half the proceeds will benefit the Soldier’s Home in Holyoke. The lineup includes such performers as Gracefully Aging Hippy Soloists (featuring Eric Gaffney, co-founder …

Viva la musica: 3rd String Trio brings Old-World flavors to Hadley cafe

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Parlez-moi de l’amour. Ah, la dolce vita, la vita d’amore! Even if you can’t understand what they’re saying, there’s something about the way the French and the Italians do zat zing that can be oh, so romantic. With a couple of glasses of merlot or a bottle of moltepulciano at your candle-lit table …

Seldom-seen musician shines through his songs

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

If John Lennon’s White Album song “Julia” was a seed buried in the ground, the resulting stunning vegetation might be Chris Weisman’s new album, “The Holy Life That’s Coming,” released this week on LP and digital download by the NNA Tapes label. Both create an intimate space where gentle acoustic guitar, voice and …

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Advance Bookings

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Fleetwood Mac — Sat., Feb. 7, 8 p.m., Mohegan Sun. $125, $195. mohegansun.com Foreigner, Jamie Kent — Tues., Feb. 10, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $55, $65, $75. 586-8686, iheg.com The New Pornographers, Operators — Wed., Feb. 11, …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: One-of-a-kind The Bad Plus to play Iron Horse in Northampton

Friday, January 23, 2015

Jazz trios don’t come any more dazzling than The Bad Plus. Pianist Ethan Iverson, bassist Reid Anderson and drummer David King make accessibly adventurous music that’s even more fun when you can see the three longtime friends in …

Headliners: ‘Dérive’ at the Unitarian Meetinghouse in Amherst; duoJalal at UMass

Friday, January 23, 2015

The Drifters Noting that everyday life under advanced capitalism was becoming increasingly predictable and monotonous, a group of French intellectuals in the 1950s came up with the idea of the dérive (“drift”). They defined it as “an unplanned …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Mandolin Orchestra of South Hadley to perform Saturday

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

My grandfather played the mandolin. I still have his old instrument, crafted from wood and round-backed, like a teardrop you cradle in your arms. Its four pairs of strings (a regular guitar has six single ones) make a …

Weekend Planner — Clubs: Carolyn Walker at the Iron Horse

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Defined as “bloodred” or “having the pinkish color of flesh,” the term “incarnadine” evokes images of the carnal or physical world, along with its passions, transformations and desires. “For me, ‘incarnadine’ means turning from that inexperienced songwriter who …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Junior Brown plays the Iron Horse and other musical happenings this week in the Valley

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Here comes guitar star Junior Brown, a striking figure making his way over the horizon from his home in Austin, Texas. There’s the larger-than-life cowboy hat, the low baritone voice, the one-of-a-kind signature instrument — a two-headed “guit-steel” …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Fleetwood Mac — Sat., Feb. 7, 8 p.m., Mohegan Sun. $125, $195. mohegansun.com Foreigner, Jamie Kent — Tues., Feb. 10, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $55, $65, $75. 586-8686, iheg.com The New Pornographers, Operators — Wed., Feb. 11, …

Hard Times: Legendary saxophonist Charles Neville talks about the life of black musicians in the Jim Crow South

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Looking back on his years as a young musician playing in the South in the 1950s, Charles Neville can recall the absurdity of some of the Jim Crow laws meant to segregate blacks and whites. Like the time …

Jeff Daniels’ alter ego: Versatile actor to show off his musical side at Northampton concert

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Unless you’ve been living under a rock the last few months, it’s been hard to miss Jeff Daniels. The veteran actor has been all over the news and movie and TV screens, from his role as the not-so-bright …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Nothing goes to waste with Matt Lorenz’s one-man band, Suitcase Junket

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

One person’s discarded stuff is Matt Lorenz’s symphony orchestra. He’s an in-the-moment multi-instrumentalist, a true one-man band, carefully connecting and arranging unique objects around himself so that he’s a singer, guitarist, drummer and percussionist all at once. The …