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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 …

Music review: St. Petersburg Quartet returns to Northampton

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

By MARK MORFORD Gazette Contributing Writer The Russian string quartet from St. Petersburg made a welcome return to the Music in Deerfield concerts Sunday at Smith College’s Sweeney Concert Hall in Northampton. The program began with an arrangement …

Advanced bookings

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Kenny Rogers Christmas — Fri., Dec. 19, 8 p.m., Mohegan Sun. $35. mohegansun.com Mark Anthony — Fri. and Sat., Dec. 19-20, 9 p.m., Foxwoods. $95, $175. foxwoods.com Donny and Marie — Tues., Dec. 23, 8 p.m.; Sat., Dec. …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Miro Sprague at the Arts Block Cafe in Greenfield and other musical happenings this week in the Valley

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Pianist and Shutesbury native Miro Sprague has made the most of 2014. He graduated from the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance at UCLA, joined with six of his fellow students to create the band Holophonor (which …

Police demonstrations bring new protest songs

Thursday, December 11, 2014

BERKELEY, Calif. — Stop. Hey, what’s that sound? Protest songs are taking their place alongside chants of “I can’t breathe” and “Hands up, don’t shoot” as demonstrators raise their voices to condemn the deaths of unarmed black men …

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In: Bill Kirchen and his all-Austin band at the Iron Horse, and other music this week in the Valley

Thursday, December 11, 2014

There are musicians unknown to the average joe who get spoken about in reverent tones by longtime fans; one such musician is guitarist Bill Kirchen. In the late ’60s and early ‘70s he tore up the fretboard with …

Laurie Loisel’s Best Bets: Westfield State University’s Night Owls; Valley Festival Brass Choir

Thursday, December 11, 2014

VOICE POWER In my mind, there’s almost nothing more joyful than a strong a cappella performance. When that a cappella group is an energetic college ensemble, all the better. Westfield State University’s Night Owls performs Friday on their campus. Around since 2002, they’ve had 12 years to hone …

Steve Pfarrer’s Best Bets: Dar Williams at the Calvin Theatre; The Surly Temple at the Parlor Room

Thursday, December 11, 2014

DAR WILLIAMS RETURNS Folkie Dar Williams got her start some 20-odd years ago in Northampton; her breakthrough moment came with the release in 1994 of “The Honesty Room,” a homegrown album that began to open doors for her, including invitations to open for Joan Baez and Ani DiFranco. …

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Fashion People Records ready to launch at Iron Horse Music Hall

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

It’s apocalyptic chaos out there in the world of recorded music! Newspaper headlines regularly trumpet that CD sales are plunging to their inevitable death. Vinyl sales are rising, but the record remains a niche item, bought by pockets …

Advance bookings

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Kenny Rogers Christmas — Fri., Dec. 19, 8 p.m., Mohegan Sun. $35. mohegansun.com Mark Anthony — Fri. and Sat., Dec. 19-20, 9 p.m., Foxwoods. $95, $175. foxwoods.com Donny and Marie — Tues., Dec. 23, 8 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 27, 2 and 8 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 28, 4 p.m., …

Weekend Planner — Music: Pioneer Valley Orchestra and Chorus concert

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

For its annual holiday concert this year, the Pioneer Valley Orchestra and Chorus is enlisting for the first time both the PVS Youth Orchestra and the Deerfield Festival Chorus (pictured). The PVS Youth Orchestra will join the adult …