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Lisa Fischer says appearing in the film "Twenty Feet From Stardom" was "a gift from heaven."

In the spotlight: Former backup singer Lisa Fischer takes center stage at Calvin Theatre

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

BACKUP singer turned solo powerhouse Lisa Fischer is on a national tour that brings her to Northampton Tuesday. After being featured in the documentary film “Twenty Feet from Stardom,” Fischer has gone from singing backup for acts like The Rolling Stones and Sting, to having her name on the marquee at venues all around the country. Fischer will take center …

Music review: Johannes Quartet delights at Music in Deerfield concert

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Johannes Quartet, new to the Music in Deerfield concerts, performed at Smith College’s Sage Hall Sunday before a large and enthusiastic audience. The concert began with a challenge to the audience, that is, a performance of “Homunculus,” written for the quartet in 2007 by Finnish composer Esa-Pekka Salonen. This short work’s title …

Young@Heart to perform at Academy of Music

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

“Everybody can perform,” says Bob Cilman, who’s staked his musical career on that credo: Cilman is the founder and director of The Young@Heart Chorus, the wildly popular singing group for seniors that has performed rock hits for audiences worldwide. The group takes the stage Wednesday at 7 p.m. for its second annual “April …

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 …

Advance bookings

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Umphrey’s McGee, Tauk — Wed., Feb. 18, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $26. 586-8686, iheg.com 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. …

Art Maker: Eric Berlin | musician

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Trumpet player Eric Berlin, a music professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been nominated for a Grammy Award, along with his UMass Wind Ensemble. The nod is for the group’s performance, with Berlin as soloist, of …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: The New Pornographers at the Calvin Theatre, and much more

Thursday, February 5, 2015

In the current galaxy of pop music, few bands burn as brightly as The New Pornographers. Their songs are supercharged with stacks of smart hooks and harmonies, memorably original lyrics, soaring sing-along choruses and a surging spirit — …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: Angela Davis speaks at Smith; TV show, ‘The Americans’ on FX

Thursday, February 5, 2015

ACTIVIST INSIGHT Angela Davis, a political activist who spent 18 months in jail and was on the FBI’s “Ten Most Wanted” list, will give a public talk at Smith College Saturday as keynoter for the Smith College Black Students Association’s conference. These days, she focuses on social problems …