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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 …

‘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 …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Barbara Keith and her Stone Coyotes and more musical action this week in the Valley

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Barbara Keith started singing and playing her songs in the 1960s at Cafe Wha? in New York City’s Greenwich Village (the famous club that helped along such performers as Dylan, Hendrix, The Velvet Underground, Joan Rivers and countless …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: One Bar & Grill, live-music club in Northampton, opens with triple bill

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

How often does one get to experience that “new club smell”? It’s one of the rarest of scents, but it’s currently whiffable at One Bar & Grill, the recently opened live-music spot in Northampton. As local booking man …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Fantazia — Fri., Sept. 19, 8:30 p.m., Mullins Center, Amherst. $20-$40. mullinscenter.com Pink Martini — Sat., Sept. 20, 8 p.m., UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall. $25, $50, $55 general; $10, $15, $20 Five College, GCC and youth …

Weekend planner — Music: Ingrid Laubrock’s Nor’easter

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

“Ingrid Laubrock is one of the most significant young voices in jazz today,” says Glenn Siegel of Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares, which begins its third season with a concert by Ingrid Laubrock’s Nor’easter Sept. 11 at the Northampton …

Pelham composer John Cooper headed to India to promote the blending of Eastern and Western musical styles

Monday, September 8, 2014

PELHAM — John Cooper, 89, of Pelham, will head to India for 10 days in November, where he and his longtime friend and collaborator, John McConville, will present a blend of Eastern and Western musical styles through dance …

Jazz at every turn

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Carrying on an oral tradition: ‘Song and Story Swap’ opens new season

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Pioneer Valley Folklore Society will kick off its “Song and Story Swap” season with a fundraising concert featuring contemporary folk and American roots musician Cliff Eberhardt Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. at the Nacul Center, 592 Main …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Jazz Shares: Organic sounds for the soul

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

A farm share gives you healthy food for your body. Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares gives you nutritious sounds for your soul. Jazz Shares is a grassroots organization of Valley music lovers led by Glenn Siegel, WMUA’s longtime administrative …