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Summer songs soak up the sunshine

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

By Malcolm X Abram Akron Beacon Journal (TNS) Calling out around the world, are you ready for a brand new beat? Summer’s here and the time is right, for ... listening to your favorite summer songs. Independence Day weekend is just around the corner, which marks the height of the summer season, a time when certain songs just seem to capture the feeling. Whether it’s riding around town with your …

Chris Brown, Beyonce win big at BET Awards

Monday, June 29, 2015

By MESFIN FEKADU AP Music Writer Though she was absent, Beyonce won three BET Awards, including video of the year for “7/11,” while Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj also won multiple awards at the all-star show Sunday night. But the show was less about the awards — video of the year didn’t even …

Squire, bassist with Yes, dies at 67

Monday, June 29, 2015

NEW YORK — Chris Squire, the bassist and co-founder of the progressive rock band Yes who recently announced he had leukemia, has died, according to a statement from his band members on Sunday. He was 67. The band posted a statement on its Facebook page saying Squire “peacefully passed away” Saturday in Phoenix, …

The joint was jumping at the county jail: Young@Heart Chorus teams up with inmates for a rockin’ in-house concert

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

On a mid-morning in late March at the Hampshire County Jail and House of Correction, eight inmates were gathered around an electric keyboard in the visiting room, laughing and talking quietly. Keyboard player Ken Maiuri hit middle C, …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Karl Wallinger lets in the light at Iron Horse show

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Karl Wallinger spoke to the Iron Horse crowd in Northampton last Sunday night with a friendly grin, a little self-depreciation and a lot of dark sarcasm: “Here’s another song about how great everything is in the world.” Environmental …

Weekend Planner — Music: Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares presents Mario Pavone

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

“He works his strings with the force and persistence of a sculptor chipping away at granite,” says The New Yorker of jazz bassist and composer Mario Pavone: “The sheer dynamism of his playing is matched by the lustre …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Brian Marchese’s Sitting Next to Brian at Luthiers Co-Op

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Back in December, Northampton singer/songwriter/drummer-and-more Brian Marchese released a 12-song collection called “The Cobbler,” his fourth album under the name Sitting Next To Brian. But before he and his bandmates could give the CD a big release party, …

Advance Bookings

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

America — Thurs., May 28, 7:30 p.m., Colonial Theatre, Pitsfield. $50, $95, $125. berkshiretheatregroup.org Lynyrd Skynyrd — Fri., May 29, 8 p.m., Foxwoods. $45, $65. foxwoods.com Hurray for the Riff Raff! — Fri., June 5, 8 p.m., Academy …

Taylor Swift makes history at Billboard Music Awards

Monday, May 18, 2015

LAS VEGAS — Taylor Swift had a historic night at the Billboard Music Awards: The pop star is the most decorated artist in the show’s history with 20 wins, beating Garth Brooks’ 19-win record. She won eight awards …

B.B. King, guitar legend and ‘King of the Blues’, dead at age 89

Friday, May 15, 2015

LAS VEGAS — B.B. King, whose scorching guitar licks and heartfelt vocals made him the idol of generations of musicians and fans while earning him the nickname King of the Blues, died late Thursday at home in Las …

The indispensable Scott Bailey accompanies Hampshire Choral Society as it readies for concert

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Scott Bailey is the longtime accompanist for the Hampshire Choral Society, a 160-voice amateur choir that rehearses in Northampton and performs in Hampshire County. But the term “collaborative pianist” better describes what Bailey accomplishes with the chorus, says …

Music review: A life in music and words: Bruce Cockburn explores range of human emotion at Iron Horse show

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

When you’ve been writing and playing songs for 45-plus years, you have a lot of material to work with. In fact, you might have so much that you’d need to write a memoir to put it all in …

Weekend Planner — Festival: Six Week of Fun Festival

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The South Hadley Public Library begins its Six Week of Fun Festival Saturday with a performance of jazz from the 1920s and ’30s by the newly former duo Skylarkz — flutist Sarah Clay and pianist Nick Kachulis. The …