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Hampshire Life: KEN MAIURI’S Tuned In

Thursday, March 5, 2015

“They rock!” That two-word sentence has been uttered by more than a couple smiling fans of The Snaz, a young band from Brattleboro that’s wowed the powers that be at 93.9 The River and the Iron Horse Entertainment Group. The quartet is releasing a new CD, “Running Away From Home,” and celebrating with a show at the Iron Horse in …

Music, movie mogul David Geffen donates $100M to Lincoln Center

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) — Entertainment industry executive David Geffen has donated $100 million to New York’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The performing arts building — long known as Avery Fisher Hall — will be renamed David Geffen Hall in September, Lincoln Center Chair Katherine Farley announced Wednesday. “As a native New …

KEN MAIURI on Valley music: Tuned In

Friday, February 27, 2015

Summers are perfect for outdoor music festivals, but what happens when winter hits and grassy fields get buried under waist-deep snow and anything paved becomes an icy danger zone? Make way for the indoor music festival. A diverse crew of local bands and artists is pulling out all the stops to throw a …

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Jeff Daniels’ alter ego: Versatile actor to show off his musical side at Northampton concert

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Unless you’ve been living under a rock the last few months, it’s been hard to miss Jeff Daniels. The veteran actor has been all over the news and movie and TV screens, from his role as the not-so-bright …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Nothing goes to waste with Matt Lorenz’s one-man band, Suitcase Junket

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

One person’s discarded stuff is Matt Lorenz’s symphony orchestra. He’s an in-the-moment multi-instrumentalist, a true one-man band, carefully connecting and arranging unique objects around himself so that he’s a singer, guitarist, drummer and percussionist all at once. The …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Get the Led Out: The American Led Zeppelin — Sat., Jan. 17, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $25, $35. 586-8686, iheg.com Eddie Izzard — Sat., Jan. 17, 9 p.m., Foxwoods. $45-$65. foxwoods.com Fleetwood Mac — Sat., Feb. 7, 8 p.m., Mohegan Sun. $125, $195. mohegansun.com Foreigner, Jamie Kent …

Weekend Planner — Kids: music with Nick Deysher

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

While engaging imagination and musicianship to transport kids to outer space in one song and then back in time 65 million years to stomp around with the dinosaurs in another, children’s singer Nick Deysher keeps the sensibilities of …

Weekend Planner — Music: Northern Harmony’s ‘Music in Midwinter’

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Based in Vermont, Northern Harmony is a shifting collaboration of singers and instrumentalists that explores choral traditions from the Renaissance to contemporary world music. In its latest configuration — a quartet consisting of Suzannah Park, Emily Miller, Patty …

Track Record

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

The Pinkprint Nicki Minaj Young Money/Cash Money/Republic Records; $16.88 Maybe we knew — even in 2010 — when Nicki Minaj released her debut set, that beneath the fluorescent wigs and zany accents, there resided a real-life grown-up. On …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Jeff Daniels at the Iron Horse and other music happening this week in the Valley

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Jeff Daniels doesn’t just tell stories through his acting roles (HBO’s “The Newsroom,” the “Dumb & Dumber” movies, “The Purple Rose of Cairo” and countless other films and TV shows) — he’s also a singer/songwriter with a knack …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: 2014: A year to remember — a ‘best of’ wrap-up

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The year 2014 has waved goodbye, and before my memory slips away with it, here’s a Clubland “best of” wrap-up, sharing concert highlights of the previous year, where more than ever venues seemed to be super-packed or cricket-quiet; …

Weekend Planner — Clubs: Amherst Jazz Orchestra

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

On Monday night the Amherst Jazz Orchestra will mark the start of its 16th year of bimonthly performances at the Amherst Brewing Company. Appearing on the first and third Mondays of each month, the AJO — founded and …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Clementine reunites at the O’s in Sunderland and other musical happenings this week in the Valley’s clubs and restaurants

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The guitar-driven rock sound of the post-Nirvana ’90s comes roaring back to life when the reunited Clementine plays its first show in more than 15 years, at the O’s in Sunderland Friday at 8:30 p.m. To celebrate the …