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University of Massachusetts Amherst professor of composition and contrabass Salvatore Macchia, seen here at at Bezanson Recital Hall. Macchia is one of the chief organizers of the Five College New Music Festival; he will also perform at the concerts, and one of his compositions is on the program.

Expanding the classical tradition: ‘Five College New Music Festival’ showcases pioneering sounds of the 20th century

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Just as literature has its classic heavyweights, from Shakespeare to Leo Tolstoy to James Joyce, so classical music has long had its top-ranked composers, drawn primarily from 1650 through the 1800s: Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, Chopin, Handel and Tchaikovsky, to name just a few. But what about Pierre Boulez, Leon Kirchner and Arnold Schoenberg — or Jennifer Ellis, Salvatore Macchia and …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: ‘Dancing Larry’ Howes’ death leaves void in Valley music scene

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Dancing Larry. Punk-rock spirit was in his every atom. A man of action. For more than three decades he tirelessly went to shows up and down the Valley, showing his support for musicians by getting right in front of the band and shimmying, vibrating, wiggling, sweating and smiling. The unflagging energy he put …

Music review: “Bel Canto Opera’ carries on fine tradition in Blandford

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Opera, once dismissed by 18th-century English writer Samuel Johnson as “exotic and irrational,” flourishes and renews itself largely through local festivals or in towns far from the great (and expensive) stages of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, Bayreuth in Germany, and Covent Garden in London. Many towns in Germany have such …

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: FallsFest music, arts festival in South Hadley; Upper Valley Music Festival in Turners Falls

Thursday, July 23, 2015

MUSIC GALORE! I think we can call NRBQ venerable: The band’s been playing in one form or another since the 1960s, led throughout by mad keyboard artist Terry Adams. The group plays Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Beachgrounds in South Hadley as part of “FallsFest,” a music …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: NRBQ and many other bands play FallsFest festival at Beachgrounds in South Hadley

Thursday, July 23, 2015

A lot of bands played the Solid Sound Festival at MASS MoCA last month, but the one that seemed to cause seismic waves of raves wasn’t a whippersnapper indie ensemble, but NRBQ, who’ve been rollicking around the world …

Greg Saulmon’s Best Bets: Omara ‘Bombino’ Moctar at the Iron Horse; Dinosaur Jr at Mountain Park

Thursday, July 23, 2015

SULTAN OF SWING Omara “Bombino” Moctar is like any guitarist who grew up in a nomadic Tuareg tribe in Saharan Africa and found inspiration by watching videos of Jimi Hendrix and Mark Knopfler — which is to say, he isn’t quite like any other rock guitarist. In 2006, …

Advance bookings

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Primus, Dinosaur Jr., The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger — Tues., July 28, 7 p.m., Mountain Park, Holyoke. $39.50. 586-8686, iheg.com Deep Purple — Fri., July 30, 8 p.m., Foxwoods. $35-$75. foxwoods.com Trampled By Turtles — Fri., …

Landmark Boston-area music club closing down

Monday, July 20, 2015

SOMERVILLE — A landmark Boston-area club known for the eclectic mix of artists that graced its stage is closing after nearly 50 years in business. Carla DeLellis, owner of Johnny D’s Uptown Restaurant and Music Club in Somerville, tells The Boston Globe it will close early next year. …

Newport Folk marks 50 years since Dylan’s electric stunner

Sunday, July 19, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — On the night of July 25, 1965, Bob Dylan strode onto a stage at the Newport Folk Festival, plugged in an electric guitar and gave the music world a shock. Wearing a black leather jacket, …

Hilltown Voices: Summer music series in Williamsburg on Thursday evenings; Bryant celebration Saturday

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Now in its sixth season, the Angel Park Summer Music Series brings a variety of musical entertainment to the center of Williamsburg every Thursday evening. The concerts are free and take place in the Angel Park Quiet Reflections Garden off Main Street behind the Williamsburg Grange. Tom Adams, …

Kicking the lid off ‘Yidstock’: Fourth annual festival at Yiddish Book Center expands musical offerings

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

When Europe exploded into war in the middle of the last century, human life wasn’t the only loss. The systematic oppression, deportation and eventual genocide of Jewish populations saw a culture extinguished, and with it, the Yiddish language. …

Music review: Haimovitz, Olevsky in top form in Mohawk Trail concert

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The Mohawk Trail series of summer concerts, under the direction of Mark Fraser, continued last Friday with a recital by distinguished performers, the cellist Matt Haimovitz and the pianist Estela Olevsky. Both are well known in the Pioneer …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Life on the road inspires local musician to create ‘Pamper the Band’

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Quick snapshot of life on the road for a touring band: a bunch of people in a van, crisscrossing the country’s highways, odometer climbing, odors collecting, bonding with talk and tunes and travails, playing a gig and afterward …