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FILE - In this Feb. 18, 1985 file photo, Jill St. John, right, with Robert Wagner, center, and Rod McKuen, left, attend a party for "Night of 100 Stars II," in New York. McKuen, the husky-voiced "King of Kitsch" whose music and verse recordings won him an Oscar nomination and made him one of the best-selling poets in history, has died on Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. He was 81. (AP Photo/Rene Perez, File)

Rod McKuen, mega-selling poet, performer, dies at 81

Thursday, January 29, 2015

NEW YORK — Rod McKuen, the husky-voiced “King of Kitsch” whose avalanche of music, verse and spoken-word recordings in the 1960s and ’70s overwhelmed critical mockery and made him an Oscar-nominated songwriter and one of the best-selling poets in history, has died. He was 81. McKuen died Thursday morning at a rehabilitation center in Beverly Hills, California, where he had …

Project Rehovot presents a concert for a cause

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

For more than 20 years, volunteers from the Jewish Community of Amherst have been lending a helping hand for an educational and social cause nearly halfway around the world. Project Rehovot, as it’s known, is dedicated to helping young immigrants to Israel build a secure footing in their new country; through art projects …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: This ‘Moment’ has staying power

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Drop the needle on drummer Makaya McCraven’s fantastic new album, “In the Moment,” and the sounds of Chicago surround you — the ambience of a live concert, conversations burbling in the background, and the experimental spirit that runs in the city’s musical blood, whether jazz, rock or hip-hop. The record’s 19 tracks flow …

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Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Daniel Hales is many things, among them an English teacher, leader of the band Frost Heaves, and a writer of plays, poems and fiction. But sometimes he needs to don a silver mask and slip out of all …

Weekend Planner — Music: Arcadia Players at Mount Holyoke College

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Supposedly written to showcase his compositional skills and mastery of many styles, Claudio Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610 is a highly theatrical piece of religious music, filled with diverse choral groupings, unusual vocal effects and sumptuous instrumentation. The work …

The sound of music: Hampshire Young People’s Chorus marks 15 years of youthful singing

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

First they shook their hands and feet and shoulders as the chorus director counted in Spanish. Then they did scales to piano accompaniment, singing the notes with the words, “I love to sing.” Once warmed up, they sang …

Weekend Planner — Music: Da Camera Singers perform Friday in Hadley

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A musical setting of the Mass based on a hymn by St. Thomas Aquinas, the “Missa Pange Lingua” was written by the Franco-Flemish composer Josquin des Prez around 1515 and had a strong influence on later composers, including …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: ‘The Great Mix CD Mix-Up’ — A musical message in a bottle

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

January? Dullsville. Gray skies, gray ground, treacherous ice, bitter cold. But luckily every year there’s an event that transforms any winter rut with colorful new sights and sounds: “The Great Mix CD Mix-Up.” Since 2009 it’s been a …

Advance Bookings

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Fleetwood Mac — Sat., Feb. 7, 8 p.m., Mohegan Sun. $125, $195. mohegansun.com Foreigner, Jamie Kent — Tues., Feb. 10, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $55, $65, $75. 586-8686, iheg.com The New Pornographers, Operators — Wed., Feb. 11, …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: One-of-a-kind The Bad Plus to play Iron Horse in Northampton

Friday, January 23, 2015

Jazz trios don’t come any more dazzling than The Bad Plus. Pianist Ethan Iverson, bassist Reid Anderson and drummer David King make accessibly adventurous music that’s even more fun when you can see the three longtime friends in …

Headliners: ‘Dérive’ at the Unitarian Meetinghouse in Amherst; duoJalal at UMass

Friday, January 23, 2015

The Drifters Noting that everyday life under advanced capitalism was becoming increasingly predictable and monotonous, a group of French intellectuals in the 1950s came up with the idea of the dérive (“drift”). They defined it as “an unplanned …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Mandolin Orchestra of South Hadley to perform Saturday

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

My grandfather played the mandolin. I still have his old instrument, crafted from wood and round-backed, like a teardrop you cradle in your arms. Its four pairs of strings (a regular guitar has six single ones) make a …

Weekend Planner — Clubs: Carolyn Walker at the Iron Horse

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Defined as “bloodred” or “having the pinkish color of flesh,” the term “incarnadine” evokes images of the carnal or physical world, along with its passions, transformations and desires. “For me, ‘incarnadine’ means turning from that inexperienced songwriter who …