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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 little chat balloon said. “I think you’d …

Headliners: Arcadia Players’ ‘The Messiah’

Friday, December 19, 2014

Silver and gold ‘Messiahs’ Bringing its 25th anniversary season to a close — along with the 10th anniversary of Ian Watson as its artistic director — Arcadia Players will present its annual performance of “The Messiah” Friday night at 7:30 in Mount Holyoke College’s Abbey Chapel. The Cummington Village Church, meanwhile, will be …

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 …

Miranda Lambert makes history at 2014 CMAs

Thursday, November 6, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Miranda Lambert has reached new heights as a female country performer: The fiery singer is the most decorated female artist in the history of the Country Music Association Awards. Lambert’s four wins Wednesday night give …

Miranda Lambert is ‘All About That Bass’

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Blake Shelton isn’t the only person Miranda Lambert is texting these days — she’s also been chatting it up with breakthrough singer Meghan Trainor. The country star, who will perform with the “All About That Bass” singer at the Country Music Awards, said she has …

Back to the basement with Bob Dylan

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

It’s the most famous room in the annals of pop music, its history equal parts legend and truth. In the decades since its use as a rehearsal space, this subterranean refuge has become known as the birthplace of …

New ‘Basement’ ensemble aimed for same esprit de corps as ’67 recordings

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

How fertile was the “Basement Tapes” period in 1967 when Bob Dylan holed up in upstate New York, away from fan and media scrutiny, writing and recording song after song after song with the group soon to be …

Taylor Swift breaks up with Spotify: ‘Valuable things should be paid for’

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Taylor Swift’s latest hit, “Shake It Off,” was written as a message encouraging listeners to ignore trend-conscious bullies, but it’s now also the message she has effectively sent to Spotify. Four days after her new album, “1989,” was …

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. …

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 …

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 …

KenMaiuri’s Tuned In: Richard Buckner performs in the very cozy Flying Object in Hadley

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 …