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Beatles 2.0: Fab Faux to recreate ‘Abbey Road’ album in its entirety at UMass concert

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

In early 1969, Paul McCartney sat down with his fellow Beatles and tried to convince them that they should go back on tour, something the band hadn’t done since August 1966 as they concentrated instead on studio recording. As Philip Norman wrote in “Shout,” his 1980 biography of the band, McCartney felt the Beatles, by ceasing to tour, “had broken …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Will Lee — best known as the longtime bassist in David Letterman’s “Late Night” and “Late Show” bands — appreciates a good tribute. Recently on the program, Lee sang lead vocals on a fully orchestrated version of Jimmy Webb’s “MacArthur Park,” a strong performance with a real dedication to the crazy majesty of …

Advance Bookings

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Wailin’ Jennys, The Stray Birds — Fri., May 1, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $28.50, $38.50. 586-8686, iheg.com Disney Live! Three Classic Fairy Tales — Sat., May 2, 2:30 and 5:30 p.m., Mullins Center, Amherst. $17, $27, $32, $67. mullinscenter.com Seth Meyers — Sat., May 2, 8 p.m., Mohegan Sun. $49.50. mohegansun.com Charlie Murphy — Sat., May 9, 8 p.m. Calvin Theatre, …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Celebrating The Buzz with 2-day mini-palooza

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

“I’ve always been someone who got people together, hosted parties.” So said Carla Racine exactly one year ago, as she readied the debut issue of her local music publication, The Buzz, “a music scene zine for the 413 …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Ms. Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton — Tues., March 31, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $25, $35, $45. 586-8686, iheg.com Dweezil Zappa— Wed., April 8, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $28.50, $38.50, $48.50. 586-8686, iheg.com Miranda Lambert — …

Weekend Planner — Music: Peter Blanchette’s annual Bach concert

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

A certified Valley tradition after eight years, Peter Blanchette’s annual concert celebrating the birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach features the archguitarist’s trademark arrangements of music composed by the honoree, who was born 330 years ago. This year, Blanchette …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Nick Zammuto show at Mass MoCA a must-see

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The Books was a uniquely creative duo that chopped up found sounds, text and video and spliced it all together with live instrumentation and a sense of humor. When it broke up in 2011, it was a bummer. …

Headliners: Jason Robinson demystifies contemporary jazz at Unitarian Meetinghouse in Amherst; Liz Longley at the Parlor Room in Northampton

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Jazz on the edge When he’s not teaching at Amherst College, saxophonist/composer/band leader/music scholar Jason Robinson occupies a prominent place in the world of contemporary jazz, a post-modern sort of realm in which improvisation and composition commingle with …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: Peter Blanchette’s “Bach Birthday Concert”; UMass takes Bach to the street

Thursday, March 19, 2015

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, J.S. BACH On Friday at 7:30 p.m., archguitarist Peter Blanchette presents his eighth annual “Bach Birthday Concert,” with guests Duo Orfeo, at the Arts Trust Building, 33 Hawley St., Northampton. The concert will feature Blanchette’s arrangements of music by the German composer, who was born 330 …

Fellow Beatle McCartney ushering Ringo into rock hall

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

By DAVID BAUDER Associated Press NEW YORK — Paul McCartney has agreed to induct his former Beatles mate, Ringo Starr, into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next month. Stevie Wonder, Patti Smith and John Mayer will …

‘Bosch’ series gets second season shortly after Amazon Prime premiere

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

By Greg Braxton Los Angeles Times (TNS) Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch, the veteran LAPD homicide detective with the unbending code of ethics and strict sense of justice, is going to have to put a lot more shine on that shoe leather. He’s going to be on the beat for …

On the road to success: Hatfield native Emily Parasiliti and her band, The Coteries, earn spot on national compilation album

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Emily Parasiliti, 25, is a Hatfield native whose band, The Coteries, is working its way to the big time in the music business. The group — Parasiliti and two acoustic guitarists, Matt Runciman and Ben Bosh — has …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Meat for Tea celebrates new issue with multi-media event

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

For nine years, local magazine Meat for Tea: The Valley Review has showcased local writers and artists of every kind, and not just in its pages — four times a year when new issues are published, editor-in-chief Elizabeth …