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Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Northern Routes New Music Festival is a who’s who of largely New England-based experimental musicians, packing as many creative talents as possible into two days of performances at the 1794 Meetinghouse in New Salem, Friday from 4 to 11 p.m. and Saturday from 2 to 11 p.m. Today’s lineup includes guitarist Glenn Jones, Marissa Nadler (ethereal singer/songwriter with a “Gothic heart,” pictured), Vermont wind trio Glitter Pen (in which John Levin and brothers Chris and Kurt Weisman play recorders and other early instruments, with a repertoire of pieces from the years 1200 to 1600), percussionist Matt Weston, “avant-celestial” guitar/theremin duo Twilight Tipi, Easthampton guitarist … 0

Ken Mairui’s Clubland: Hitting the highway for Hospitality

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

F ew cities as cozy as Northampton have such a wealth of live music — at last count, at least eight venues host regular shows — but even so, sometimes your favorite band isn’t making it to town and you have to start up the car and hit the highway. I’m all for … 0

Weekend Planner — Clubs: Susan Angeletti at Fitzwilly’s in Northampton

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

“I’m starting a new blues ‘n’ soul, glitter-queen, rock ‘n’ roll house gig at beautiful downtown Fitzwilly’s starting this Thursday night!” shouts local blues diva Susan Angeletti. Yes, if you’re anywhere in downtown Northampton July 31 you’ll likely feel the vibes as Angeletti belts out her stuff with her new band, Smoke Stack … 0

Tony wins for ‘Gentleman’s Guide,’ McDonald, Cranston

Monday, June 9, 2014

NEW YORK — The lethal romp “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” got a lot of love at Sunday night’s Tony Awards, nabbing the best new musical trophy on a night that also saw Audra McDonald make … 0

Last stop, Texas, for country star George Strait

Sunday, June 8, 2014

ARLINGTON, Texas — Country music king George Strait capped off the last tour of his career with an epic, star-studded final performance at the billion-dollar stadium where the Dallas Cowboys play, dazzling an audience of nearly 105,000 people … 0

Music review: Da Camera Singers soar in 40th anniversary concert

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

In its 40th anniversary concert Sunday, Da Camera Singers presented Johann Sebastian Bach’s “B minor Mass,” and very nearly built a stairway to heaven. Credit should be given to the group’s conductor, Sheila Heffernon, for the months of … 1

Weekend Planner — Music: Roger Salloom at Arts Block in Greenfield

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

The irrepressible Roger Salloom brings his infectious sound and eclectic band of studio-quality musicians back to Greenfield for a gig at The Arts Block Saturday night. In addition to opener Natalie McKnight, he’ll be joined by Joe Boyle, … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Cuddle Magic gets cozy at the Dream Away Lodge

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Brilliant Brooklyn band Cuddle Magic ended a three-week tour of the United States Sunday with a stop at the Dream Away Lodge in Becket, a venue that has its own kind of magic. “If you think you’re lost, … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Al Stewart at Iron Horse in Northampton June 7, and other gigs in the Valley

Thursday, June 5, 2014

“Year of the Cat,” “Time Passages” — those big ’70s hits are all most people know of Scottish singer-songwriter Al Stewart, but he’s been putting out quality records since 1967, quietly building a unique discography full of treasures … 0

Advance Bookings

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Sandra Bernhard — Fri., June 13 9 p.m., Foxwoods. $25-$45. foxwoods.com Patty Griffin, Parker Millsap — Tues, June 17, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $25, $35, $45. 586-8686, iheg.com Steve Martin and Edie Brickell with the Steep Canyon … 0

‘Gangnam Style’ hits 2 billion YouTube views

Sunday, June 1, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s 2 billion and counting for Psy and his irrepressible “Gangnam Style.” The South Korean pop star’s surprise hit has become the first YouTube video to surpass 2 billion views, crossing the mark around … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Jazz great Sheila Jordan sings at Arts Block in Greenfield, and more music happening this week in the Valley

Thursday, May 29, 2014

There are a lot of jazz lovers in this Valley, and the Arts Block in Greenfield is one of the venues that hosts many a jazz show each month. Vocalist Samirah Evans has her own regular concert series … 0

Weekend Planner — Music: ‘The Bright-Sized Life’

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School celebrates its numerous music ensembles — Spectrum a Cappella, the Rock Ensemble, the Pop/R&B and the Groovy Truth Jazz Ensemble, among others — with a two-night showcase Thursday and Friday … 0