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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: Junior Brown plays the Iron Horse and other musical happenings this week in the Valley

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Here comes guitar star Junior Brown, a striking figure making his way over the horizon from his home in Austin, Texas. There’s the larger-than-life cowboy hat, the low baritone voice, the one-of-a-kind signature instrument — a two-headed “guit-steel” …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, January 14, 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, …

Hard Times: Legendary saxophonist Charles Neville talks about the life of black musicians in the Jim Crow South

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Looking back on his years as a young musician playing in the South in the 1950s, Charles Neville can recall the absurdity of some of the Jim Crow laws meant to segregate blacks and whites. Like the time …

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 …