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Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Miro Sprague at the Arts Block Cafe in Greenfield and other musical happenings this week in the Valley

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Pianist and Shutesbury native Miro Sprague has made the most of 2014. He graduated from the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance at UCLA, joined with six of his fellow students to create the band Holophonor (which recorded and released its self-titled debut CD) and then also put out his own album as a leader, “Blue Dreaming.” Finishing the …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Low & Close whips up the magic at One Bar & Grill

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

It was a mellow Wednesday night at home, 11 p.m., not a creature was stirring ... and then the phone on the table sprang to life, punctuating the silence with a sunny DING! It was a music-loving friend texting me about a local R&B cover band he’d just seen. “So much fun,” the …

Music review: St. Petersburg Quartet returns to Northampton

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

By MARK MORFORD Gazette Contributing Writer The Russian string quartet from St. Petersburg made a welcome return to the Music in Deerfield concerts Sunday at Smith College’s Sweeney Concert Hall in Northampton. The program began with an arrangement by Boris Vayner, the quartet’s violist, of J.S. Bach’s Chaconne, the final movement of the …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Dire Honeys plays farewell concerts, and other music in the Valley

Thursday, November 13, 2014

I remember a book from my elementary school years called “Fortunately,” the tale of a kid’s epic journey that see-sawed between good news and bad news. I got a similar feeling from a recent talk with Dire Honeys …

Weekend Planner — Music: Two-Piano Concert at Northampton Community Music Center

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Eugenie Malek has taught piano at the Williston Northampton School, the University of Massachusetts, and Smith and Mount Holyoke colleges. Meg Kelsey Wright teaches piano privately, at the Williston Northampton School and at the Northampton Community Music Center. …

Advance bookings: From John Hodgman to Donnie and Marie, loads of entertainment choices coming up

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

John Hodgman: I Stole Your Dad — Fri., Nov. 21, 7:30 p.m., Academy of Music, Northampton. $20. 584-9032, academyofmusictheatre.com Patti LaBelle — Fri., Nov. 21, 9 p.m., Foxwoods. $35-$75. foxwoods.com John Butler Trio, Monica Heldal — Sat., Nov. …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Winterpills, the duo, ready to hit the road

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Philip Price and Flora Reed of the band Winterpills are fitting in an interview as they finish their lunch. Price juggles what’s left of his fresh-baked Hungry Ghost pretzel; Reed glances over to the hand-drawn calendar on the …

Headliners: Battlefield Band at the Parlor Room; Agnes Obel at the Iron Horse

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Highland jam Not a military ensemble, Scotland’s Battlefield Band takes its name from the Glasgow suburb of Battlefield, where the group was formed by four students in 1969. Distilling its own brand of Scottish traditional music over 40 …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Robyn Hitchcock at the Iron Horse and other musical offerings in the Valley

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Bob Dylan, Doctor Who, John Lennon, Syd Barrett — put them all into your space-age transmogrifying contraption and you might get Robyn Hitchcock, the English singer-songwriter whose memorable songs combine the personal and the surreal. After first going …

Weekend Planner — Film: ‘Speciesism: The Movie’

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

While there are many stories of people who are willing to strike blows against racism, sexism, ageism or any other system of belief that consigns a portion of humanity to secondary status, you don’t hear too much about …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

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; $10, $12, …

First week for Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ album? 1.287 million in sales

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Taylor Swift’s “1989” album racked up sales of 1.287 million copies during its first week of release, upending widespread music industry speculation that the million-plus retail sales week had become a relic of glory days long past. “Industry experts predicted 1989 would sell 650k first week,” the 24-year-old …

Devil and angel Listening to Jerry Lee Lewis’ and Pat Boone’s newest

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Whether through twist of fate or divine guidance, the singers Jerry Lee Lewis and Pat Boone represent competing poles within music over the last 60 years. A devil on one shoulder, an angel on the other: One is …