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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 … 0

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

Art People: Marcia Gomes | singer-songwriter

Thursday, March 20, 2014

‘There is no me without music,” says singer-songwriter Marcia Gomes. “It’s part of who I am.” Gomes, who lives in Granby, grew up in a music-loving household in central Massachusetts, where her extended family often gathered to tell … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland — The Buzz: New music-scene zine hits the 413 with release party at The Elevens in Northampton

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Carla Racine first arrived in Northampton in 1992. It wasn’t long before she experienced the beloved (and soon to be closed) Sheehan’s, saw The Equalites or Dieselmeat at the Bay State Cabaret (she can’t quite recall) and met … 0

Northampton impresario takes helm at Green River Festival

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

After more than 20 years of booking musical acts for the annual Green River Festival, Jim Olsen of Signature Sounds will launch his own “balloon” with this July’s 27th edition: the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce’s festival will … 1

Kathleen Mellen’s Best Bets: U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors; Peter Blanchette’s Bach Birthday Celebration Concert

Thursday, March 20, 2014

AMERICA’S BIG BAND They joined the Army, and they see the world, but they don’t have to wear flak jackets or eat MREs. They’re the U.S. Army Jazz Ambassadors, and they’ve traveled to all 50 states, and abroad, playing swing, bebop, Latin, contemporary jazz, standards, popular tunes, Dixieland … 0

Weekend Planner — Music: Route 9 Ensemble

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Gustav Mahler’s buoyant 4th Symphony begins with sleighbells and a flute and ends with a song for soprano soloist about “The Heavenly Life.” On Saturday the Route 9 Ensemble — a 12-member group of alumnae of the UMass … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Who was Slint?

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Who was Slint? “Teenagers who thought about music differently than other people did,” is one fan’s simple description of the game-changing quartet from Louisville, Ky. The band only made two enigmatic records in the late ’80s and broke … 0

Headliners: Irish Rovers at the Calvin; pianist Krystian Tkaczewski at MHC

Thursday, March 20, 2014

No more a-roving Unlike Cher, whose ongoing farewell tour seems to have begun a decade or so ago, the famous Irish Rovers really are packing it in as a touring outfit — their current “Farewell to Rovin’ ” … 0

Advance bookings

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Cher — Sat., April 5, 8 p.m., Mohegan Sun. $124.75, $154.75. mohegansun.com The Machine performs Pink Floyd — Sat., April 5, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $25, $35. 586-8686, iheg.com Feist Solo: The Mettle Tour — Wed., April … 0

Track Record

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Kiss Me Once Kylie Minogue Warner Bros.; $19.17 The latest offering from pop goddess Kylie Minogue is like a narcotic disco dream, slightly confused about the time-space continuum, yet very delightful. With her 12th studio album — her … 0

Rolling Stones postpone dates after death of L’Wren Scott

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

LOS ANGELES — The Rolling Stones have thus far postponed a total of seven concert dates after the death of L’Wren Scott, the designer, celebrity stylist and former model who’s long been romantically linked to Stones leader Mick Jagger. All of the dates are part of the “14 … 0