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"if you’re listening to me and I sound like I’m wearing a starched collar, or drinking tea with my pinkie extended, just smack me,” John Nowacki says.

Happy to be back in the field John Nowacki, former deejay, is the new host of WFCR-FM’s morning classical musical show

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Several years back, John Nowacki, who’d spent years doing classical music broadcasting, suddenly found himself wearing a different hat when the Connecticut station he’d worked for switched to an all-news format. He enjoyed some of that experience — he served as the local host for the “All Things Considered” program of National Public Radio — but eventually he left the station and tried his hand at voice-over and narration work for different employers. But now, after a nearly nine-year hiatus, Nowacki is back in the classical music world, and in a prominent position at that: He’s the new host of the morning show on WFCR-FM/New … 1

VIDEO: KenMaiuri’s Clubland: Planning your next road-trip mixtape

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The snow is gone, the potholes are being repaired, the temps are hearteningly hitting the 60s and 70s — road trip! Here’s a short mix of songs by local artists to pop into the CD player and celebrate getting outside and going places. Stringbean — “Vacation (I Got a)” Any collection of local … 0

Weekend planner — Music: The Fab Faux at the Calvin Theatre, Northampton

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Name notwithstanding, The Fab Faux actually consists of five musicians who, as their motto — “It’s About the Music” — indicates, are dedicated to accurately reproducing the sound of The Beatles without (thank God) trying to look like them. Performing complex material like “Strawberry Fields Forever,” “I Am the Walrus” and “Mr. Kite” … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Benefit show for Letha Melchior and more, this week in the Valley

Thursday, April 3, 2014

In December 2010, painter and experimental musician Letha Melchior was diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma; one month later she found out she also had breast cancer. Since then she’s had more than 10 operations. Through it all she’s … 0

Music review: As Haimovitz and O’Riley shuffled and played, the audience gladly listened

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The distinguished cellist Matt Haimovitz returned to the University of Massachusetts Amherst Monday, together with the brilliant pianist Christopher O’Riley, with “Shuffle.Play.Listen,” an unusual (if not eccentric) concert before a full house in the Fine Arts Center Concert … 0

Headliners: Green Street Trio’s Northampton Jazz Workshop; Nellie McKay at the Iron Horse

Friday, April 4, 2014

Noho jazz workshop turns four A Tuesday night fixture in Northampton since April 2010, the Green Street Trio’s Northampton Jazz Workshop is set to celebrate its fourth anniversary on April 8 at The Loft at the Clarion Hotel … 0

Weekend Planner — Music: Kenny Garrett at UMass

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

A performance by eight-time and current DownBeat Magazine Poll-winning alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett and his quintet on Saturday night in UMass’ Bowker Auditorium will figure as part of the UMass music department’s 6th Annual High Jazz Festival. The … 0

Advance Bookings

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Carolina Chocolate Drops — Fri., April 11, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $25, $35. 586-8686, iheg.com Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo— Sun., April 13, 4 p.m., UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall. $20 general; $10 college students and youth 17 … 0

Track Record: Ronnie James Dio: This Is Your Life and Jerrod Niemann: High Noon

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Ronnie James Dio: This Is Your Life Various Artists, Rhino; $11.88 One of the greatest heavy metal vocalists, Ronnie James Dio left an indelible mark on the genre through his work with Rainbow, Black Sabbath and his solo … 0

One Direction cleans up at Kids’ Choice Awards

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Robert Downey Jr. turned inspirational speaker at the Kids’ Choice Awards, Pharrell set another fashion trend, David Blaine lost his head during a slime-induced illusion, One Direction and Jennifer Lawrence cleaned up, and the green goo bath finally … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Smith College Chamber Singers pinch hit with aplomb at ‘Music in the Noon Hour’

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

I was settling in for a free “Music in the Noon Hour” concert at Sweeney Hall on the Smith College campus this past Tuesday, a program of “contemplative and celebratory Irish songs” (in honor of the just-passed St. … 0

Headliners: Matt Haimovitz, Christopher O’Riley at UMass FAC: Local Vocal Chord Bowl at NHS

Friday, March 28, 2014

Mixing it up Cello virtuoso (and former Valley resident) Matt Haimovitz has long been a critic of what he calls the artificial and outmoded boundaries that divide classical and popular music, and with the emergence of the iPod … 0

Weekend Planner — Music: Kate Soper, Mivos String Quartet, team up for concert at Smith College in Northampton

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

In addition to being an assistant professor of music at Smith College, Kate Soper is a composer and performer whose work explores “the wonderfully treacherous landscape of the human voice.” On Sunday she’s teaming up with the Mivos … 0