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Music

JERREY ROBERTS
Varun Sheel, left, and Curtis Barnes at the Fine Arts Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where they two are students.

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 19, developed a close friendship back in elementary school, when the two joined an afterschool orchestra for fifth-graders. Sheel, who played violin, was attending Wildwood Elementary, Barnes, a cellist, was a student at the Fort River Elementary. Now students at UMass, the two recently formed the band, Solara. It was an early …

Music review: Arcadia Players perform Beethoven

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Arcadia Players performed the music of Beethoven Sunday, and the experience was pure delight. The professional orchestra performs baroque music on original instruments, that is, instruments that were used in the period from the late 17th century to the early 19th century. It is led by Ian Watson, the conductor and a …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Putting their spin on it: Deejays Andujar and Bongohead start own label

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Inside every serious music fan is a new record label waiting to happen — if you care enough to collect vinyl, you’ve probably got some ideas about what the rest of the world needs to hear. Brendon Rule and Pablo Yglesias, aka Andujar and Bongohead, have been deejays for decades, on their own …

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 — …

‘Mift or tift’, ‘Wicked Walli’ and other fond memories: Jordi Herold, founder of Iron Horse Music Hall, recalls it all in new memoir

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Jordi Herold began a recent interview by saying he didn’t have colorful stories at the ready (“They don’t just all sit there. I’m not a raconteur from the folklore society”), yet in reality, one simple recollection at that …

Your Time: Hot jazz

Thursday, September 11, 2014

It was a three-H day — hot, humid and hazy — last Saturday for the final, main-stage event of the fourth annual Northampton Jazz Festival. Perhaps fittingly, as the temperature reached into the 90s, it felt more like …