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KenMaiuri’s Tuned In

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Some artists are mass-market ready, or become that way; others are more like secrets, passed on personally from friend to friend — like singer-songwriter Richard Buckner. That’s how I first heard him, back in the late ’90s. “You gotta hear this record,” friends said, showing me the faded cardboard packaging for his album “Since” as the music poured out of …

You can’t always get what you want: Rolling Stones book will cost $5,000

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Yes, it’s true. A very big-ticket Rolling Stones book is being published just in time for the holidays. Taschen is publishing a $5,000 collectors’ edition and a selection of $10,000 art editions of “Rolling Stones,” which officially goes on sale in December. But of course readers of wealth and taste, with plenty of room on their credit cards, can preorder now online. “Rolling …

Fruits of friendship: Deep roots of band, Solara, planted during childhood

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

You don’t have to look very far to find a group of hometown friends who’ve decided to form a band. It happens all the time in middle schools and high schools across the country, and across the world. Amherst musicians Varun Sheel and Curtis Barnes are following that trend. Sheel and Barnes, both …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Kneebody at Iron Horse in Northampton and other Valley gigs

Thursday, September 25, 2014

As much as I love jazz, I’m not interested in the solos as much as I am the unique colors and shapes of the musical themes themselves, and Kneebody is a quintet with cooler hues than most. They …

The healing arts: Northampton guitar concert aims to help children in Iraq

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

War is the ugliest manifestation of the human experience. You might say it’s the greatest example of humanity’s inhumanity. Art is the flip side — it’s an activity designed to create and appreciate beauty, to celebrate the best …

Weekend planner — Music: ‘Ugandan Suite’ at UMass

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

During a “life-changing” research trip to Uganda in 2011, UMass professor of jazz, saxophone and composition Felipe Salles discovered that “although the specific influence of Ugandan music in jazz is undocumented, the rhythmic similarities point to a great …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Dinosaurs! Cowboys! Bunnies! Electric shocks! All that, and more, make for strong triple bill at Platinum Pony

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A vicious dinosaur! At war with a handful of cowboys on horses! The action scene played silently on the movie screen at Easthampton club The Platinum Pony this past Monday night. And in the venue itself: crickets. Well, …

Advance Bookings: Wild On: UMass featuring Lil John and other area gigs

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Wild On: UMass featuring Lil John — Sun., Oct. 12, 8:30 p.m., Mullins Center, Amherst. $30-$40. mullinscenter.com Jake Shimabukuro — Fri., Oct. 17, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $26, $36. 586-8686, iheg.com In Collaboration: The Milk Carton Kids …

A lifetime of music; Smith College Alumnae Chorus to honor composer Alice Parker, class of 1947, in special concert

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Who says your time singing in college has to end with graduation? For members of the Smith College Alumnae Chorus, launched four years ago, choral music remains a means for forging connections among graduates of different classes and …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: The Soul Magnets, will bring the funk to ‘RibFest Cook-Off Fundraiser’ at Three County Fairgrounds in Northampton

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

“There is so much good music that other people have written that it seems a little silly to write more,” said Luke Jaeger, the guitarist and force behind the brand-new Valley group The Soul Magnets, a cover band …

Weekend Planner — Music: ‘Amherst Schubert Project’

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

In addition to its formal concert Sept. 19 at 8 p.m., the Brentano String Quartet and cellist Michael Kannen will play two “live recording” concerts this weekend in Amherst College’s Buckley Recital Hall, with Franz Schubert’s Cello Quintet …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Ava Luna at The Platinum Pony in Easthampton and other Valley gigs

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Part soul music, part panic attack — Brooklyn quintet Ava Luna makes experimental pop songs that cast a lasting spell. As the band winds up a 22-date tour, it visits the Valley and shares a bill with tourmates …

Advance bookings: Tig Notaro at the Calvin Theatre and much, much more

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Tig Notaro — Fri., Sept. 26, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $25, $35. 586-8686, iheg.com Cher Dressed to Kill Tour — Sat., Sept. 27, 8 p.m., XL Center, Hartford. $29.50-$129.50. xlcenter.com Wild On: UMass featuring Lil John — …