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John Rinehart, front, sings with other members of the Young@Heart Chorus in an April 1 concert at the Academy of Music.

Building on the past, with an eye toward the future: Young@Heart Chorus charts new course as an independent group

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

They’ve long been an institution in the Valley as well as a hit in other parts of the country. They’ve toured overseas, been the subject of an acclaimed documentary and become a symbol of elderly people staking out new definitions of aging — as well as bringing new interpretations to pop, rock and R&B songs from the past 50 years. … 0

Weekend Planner — Music: Jesse Arnaud Cook plays Calvin Theater in Northampton

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

When rock ‘n’ roll overtook Spain in the late ’50s and early ’60s traditional flamenco music receded from the scene but did not die. During the ensuing decades it was instead infused with other sounds and re-emerged in the ’80s as nuevo flamenco, a labile blend of jazz, rock, swing, salsa or what-have-you … 0

Clubland: John Darnielle makes magic at Pearl Street show in Northampton

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

“I stand stark before the face of the infinite,” said a grinning John Darnielle to the shoulder-to-shoulder mega-crowd upstairs at Pearl Street in Northampton late Tuesday night. He was actually sitting at a keyboard, right before his first encore, and the grand sentence was his way of saying, “I have no idea what … 0

Advance bookings

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Irish Rovers — Sat., March 22, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $25, $35. 586-8686, iheg.com Pat Metheny Unity Group — Wed., March 26, 7:30 p.m., UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall. $15, $40, $45 general; $10, $12, … 0

Mamoru Samuragochi, disgraced composer, apologizes for his lies

Monday, March 10, 2014

He isn’t completely deaf. He didn’t really compose his own music. And now he’s sorry for lying about it. Mamoru Samuragochi, the composer who was once popularly referred to as the Beethoven of Japan, appeared at a news conference in Tokyo on Friday and apologized for deceiving the … 0

Belafonte gets honorary degree from Berklee

Thursday, March 6, 2014

BOSTON — Boston’s Berklee College of Music has presented an honorary doctor of music degree to singer, songwriter and activist Harry Belafonte. The entertainer was honored Thursday night during a concert in his honor. He playfully stuck out … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Ed Blackwell tribute, open mic night and more

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Drummer Ed Blackwell — an influential figure due to his musical work with the great Ornette Coleman (as well as Don Cherry, Eric Dolphy, Dewey Redman, Mal Waldron, Anthony Braxton, David Murray and others) — took the rhythms … 0

Advanced bookings

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Irish Rovers — Sat., March 22, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $25, $35. 586-8686, iheg.com Pat Metheny Unity Group — Wed., March 26, 7:30 p.m., UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall. $15, $40, $45 general; $10, $12, … 0

Steve Martin, Edie Brickell partnership thrives

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Steve Martin has found a lot of inspiration from very talented people over the years: actors such as Diane Keaton and Martin Short, and writers like David Mamet and Dennis Potter, for instance. Edie Brickell fires his imagination … 0

Track Record

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Beautiful Life Dianne Reeves Concord; $9.49 On her first studio album in five years, four-time Grammy winner Dianne Reeves comes back strong with a genre-crossing collection of 12 love-themed songs on which she infuses her impressive jazz stylings … 0

Weekend Planner — Music: Illuminati

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Last December’s debut concert by the new Valley vocal ensemble Illuminati — intended as a benefit for the Sidney F. Smith Toy Fund — was snowed out and “we weren’t able to find a time to perform the … 0

The big bang of older boomer broadcast television viewers

Monday, March 3, 2014

Prime-time TV is going gray. After decades chasing young viewers, the broadcast networks are starting to shift tactics - peppering their lineups with shows and actors who appeal to the growing audience of aging baby boomers. “The Millers” … 0