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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 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 …

Headliners: Rock Voices: America’s Community Rock Chorus; the Sub Rosa Collective

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Like karaoke, only bigger One measure of the expansion of the Valley Rock Choir is the fact that it recently jettisoned its parochial name and rechristened itself more grandiosely as Rock Voices: America’s Community Rock Chorus. Another is …

Advance Bookings

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Dancing with the Stars Live — Fri., Jan. 9, 8 p.m., Mohegan Sun. $45. mohegansun.com 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 …

Messiah Sing in Cummington on Sunday continues 50 years of tradition

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

CUMMINGTON — Marking 50 years of tradition, the Village Church in Cummington will host its annual Messiah Sing on at 4 p.m. Sunday. The Messiah Sing in Cummington began in 1964 when church and community members gathered to lift their voices in celebration of Christmas and George Frideric …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: LuxDeluxe takes over Pearl Street Nightclub in Northampton

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

As 1968 drew to a close, The Rolling Stones were the ringleaders of a rock ‘n’ roll circus, putting live music under a big top (on a London soundstage). Here at the end of 2014, local rockers LuxDeluxe …

Joe Cocker, gravelly voiced rock star, dies at 70

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Joe Cocker, a musician best known for hits such as “With a Little Help From My Friends,” “Have a Little Faith,” and “You Are So Beautiful,” has died. Cocker died at his home in Colorado on Monday after …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Low & Close whips up the magic at One Bar & Grill

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

It was a mellow Wednesday night at home, 11 p.m., not a creature was stirring ... and then the phone on the table sprang to life, punctuating the silence with a sunny DING! It was a music-loving friend …

Headliners: Arcadia Players’ ‘The Messiah’

Friday, December 19, 2014

Silver and gold ‘Messiahs’ Bringing its 25th anniversary season to a close — along with the 10th anniversary of Ian Watson as its artistic director — Arcadia Players will present its annual performance of “The Messiah” Friday night …