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PHOTO COURTESY OF THE WOMAN SONGWRITER COLLECTIVE
The Woman Songwriter Collective performsDec. 4 at the Iron Horse in Northampton.

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: The Woman Songwriter Collective: All for one, one for all

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

One strong way for a new band to get the word out is to use an audio business card, aka a CD. The Woman Songwriter Collective has one fresh-off-the-press, ready to share with the world, as member Christa Joy said in an interview earlier this week: “Now we can say, ‘This is us, this is what WE sound like collectively.’ ” Joy and fellow singer/songwriters Lisa Marie Ellingsen, Saera Kochanski, Carolyn Walker and Lexi Weege make up the Woman Songwriter Collective; their new mini-album features one song by each member of the group, all arranged and performed by the full band. The quintet celebrates the …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Signature Sounds anniversary concerts; Tracy Grammer and Jim Henry at the Parlor Room

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

IT WAS 20 YEARS AGO TODAY As of Tuesday, there were still tickets available for three of four Thanksgiving weekend concerts at Northampton’s Academy of Music, presented by Signature Sounds to celebrate the label’s 20th anniversary. From folk-blues troubadour Chris Smither, to alt-bluegrass pickers Crooked Still, to the noirish Eilen Jewel, there’s a wealth of sounds on tap. Shows at 7 p.m. Friday, …

Weekend Planner — Music: ‘Messiah’ season

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The “Messiah” season is upon us and Da Camera Singers offers the opportunity for fellow vocalists of all persuasions to get their musical chops polished with a sing-along of popular choruses from Handel’s oratorio on Sunday at the Second Congregational Church of Greenfield. Da Camera will be providing scores, a piano accompanist and …

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Advance bookings

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Advance bookings Abba Mania — Fri., Nov. 14, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $23.50, $28.50, $38.50. 586-8686, iheg.com Martha Graham Dance Company — Tues., Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m., UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall. $15, $45, $50 general; …

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 …

Cream vocalist, bassist Jack Bruce dies at 71

Sunday, October 26, 2014

LONDON — Jack Bruce was part Mississippi Delta and part Carnaby Street. In his glorious heyday as bassist and lead vocalist of 1960s power trio Cream he helped create a sound that combined American blues and psychedelia to …

Academy of Music Gaea Star Goddess Show Saturday night celebrates water, opposes pipeline

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Worthington performer Mariam Massaro and the Gaea Star Band will perform at the Academy of Music in Northampton Saturday. The show is a celebration of clean water resources, and Massaro said it is dedicated to raising awareness about …

Taking the plunge: Jamie Kent looks for a bigger stage in Nashville

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

If you’re a screenwriter and you want to break into the movies, you head to Los Angeles. Serious about theater? Go to New York. Want to make it as a songwriter and musician? Nashville might just be your …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Firing up the musical time machine — Scott Bradlee, Postmodern Jukebox play for ‘sea of happy faces’ at Pearl Street Nightclub

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Scott Bradlee — the creator, arranger and bandleader of the ensemble Postmodern Jukebox — plays piano like the keys are hot. His nimble fingers skitter around to make whiplash ragtime, dainty ’50s arpeggios and anything else that sparks …

Weekend Planner — Music: Arcadia Players play Beethoven in Hadley

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Generally regarded as a minor work composed as “polite entertainment,” Beethoven’s Triple Concerto is nonetheless wonderfully Beethovian in its stately themes and the ingenious ways they are traded between the three solo instruments. Featuring violinist Susanna Ogata, cellist …

Weekend Planner — Kids: Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra’s ‘Monsters’ Ball’ in South Hadley

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra’s annual “Monsters’ Ball” is a costumed dance party performed especially for children, and their parents, who are invited to come in costume and dance to waltzes and polkas by Johann Strauss and Frederic …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Pajama Slave Dancers and much, much more music in the Valley

Thursday, October 23, 2014

You say “Pajama Slave Dancers,” I say “tinfoil.” It takes a lot for something to stick out in my mess of a memory, but of the thousand-plus shows I’ve seen, the Pajama Slave Dancers opening for the Pixies …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Fleetwood Mac — Sat., Nov. 1, 8 p.m., XL Center, Hartford. $49.50-$179.50. xlcenter.com Melisssa Etheridge — Sun., Nov. 2, 7 p.m., Foxwoods. $25-$45. foxwoods.com Mamma Mia! — Musical Mon., Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m., Mullins Center, Amherst. $57.50, $62.50, …