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Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Jimmy Webb gives his all at Iron Horse concert

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

“Who knows, I may get around to playing a song here in a minute,” Jimmy Webb said with a grin during one of his many rambling and engaging stories at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton Saturday night. Webb’s nearly two-hour set showed off his raconteur side as much as his legendary songwriting — he played a mere eight …

Advance Bookings

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Miranda Lambert — Sat., April 11, 7:30 p.m., Mohegan Sun. $59, $79. mohegansun.com Gregory Alan Isakov, Jolie Holland — Sat., April 11, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $25, $35. 586-8686, iheg.com Stephen Petronio Company — Thurs., April 16, 7:30 p.m., UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall. $15, $38, $42 general; $10, $12, $15 …

Music Review: Academy of St. Martin of the Fields

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

There was a full house at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Fine Arts Center Concert Hall Saturday to hear The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, London’s, and perhaps Europe’s, most distinguished chamber orchestra. The audience was not disappointed. The orchestra consists of 21 string players forming a disciplined group to play …

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Midwinter in the Valley: A classical music roundup

Thursday, February 12, 2015

There have been many concerts in the Pioneer Valley during these cold winter days. The most unusual was Ronald Perera’s one-act children’s opera, “The Araboolies of Liberty Street,” performed in Sweeney Hall at Smith College in Northampton on …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Sturgill Simpson at Pearl Street Nightclub and other Valley gigs

Thursday, February 12, 2015

When you work in a record store, you know an artist is on his way to bigger things when multiple customers suddenly start asking for him or her by name. Recently, that name has been Sturgill Simpson. He …

Advance bookings

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The Sing-Off Live Tour — Sat., Feb. 21, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $28.50, $38.50, $48.50. 586-8686, iheg.com Grupo Corpo — Tues., Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m., UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall. $15, $38, $42 general; $10, $12, …

Pharrell, Beyonce, Rosanne Cash win 3 Grammys each

Sunday, February 8, 2015

LOS ANGELES — Pharrell’s two-year-old song is still bringing him happiness: The performer, who won four Grammys last year, won three awards Sunday. The singer-rapper-producer won best pop solo performance for a live version of “Happy,” released in …

CD for Cynthia: Musician remembers photojournalist friend, Smith grad, killed while covering Chechen-Russian War

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Tony Jillson can still remember the moment, in late December 1994, when the phone rang in his Brooklyn apartment. A reporter from The New York Times was on the line, asking about a childhood friend of his, Cynthia …

Sliding away — on guitar Parlor Room gig will feature four standout guitarists on bottleneck slide and dobro

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Song swaps are a pretty regular staple in acoustic music circles, where three to four solo artists take turns singing one of their tunes while the others provide leads, background harmonies or other support — and everyone on …

Music review: The Nields release impressive 17th album

Thursday, February 5, 2015

The Nields released their 17th album, “XVII,” Monday and their voices are as powerful as ever. After almost 25 years of playing together, Katryna, 45, and Nerissa Nields, 47, have produced some of the best material of their …

Weekend Planner — Music: Pioneer Valley Symphony

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Musical prodigy Ilana Zaks began studying violin at the age of 3½, with her mother. Now all of 15, the Needham resident has appeared as a soloist with the Boston Civic Symphony, the New England Philharmonic, the Nashua …

Weekend Planner — Kids: Musician Sarah Pirtle at the Hitchcock Center in Amherst

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Having penned over 100 songs about the Earth and the environment during her career, children’s musician and recording artist Sarah Pirtle has made the theme of ecology her own. In 2007, the Children’s Music Network acknowledged her widespread …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: ‘Music in Motion’ debuts at next “Four Sundays in February” show

Thursday, February 5, 2015

The idea for this week’s “Four Sundays in February” show was first floated during the dog days of summer, according to Steve Sanderson, event producer for the Northampton Arts Council and frontman of the long-running Valley band Drunk …