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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

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

Stooges drummer Scott Asheton dies

Monday, March 17, 2014

NEW YORK — Scott Asheton, drummer for the influential punk rock band the Stooges, has died. He was 64. Publicist Michele Adler confirmed Monday that Asheton died Saturday. No other details were provided. Bandleader Iggy Pop posted on his Facebook page Sunday that he’s “never heard anyone play … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Clubland: Tuxedos and poise — UMass Wind Ensemble performs at Fine Arts Center in Amherst

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The last time I can recall being in the University of Massachusetts Fine Arts Center Concert Hall was in 1989 to see Public Image Limited. Lead singer John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten) wailed and strutted and spat loogies … 0

Performance by Jupiter String Quartet a joyous occasion

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The final concert of Music in Deerfield’s 2013-2014 season was presented by the Jupiter String Quartet Sunday at Sage Hall at Smith College. The time, 4 o’clock on a brilliantly sunny afternoon, seemed to affect everyone in chasing … 0

Ken Maiuri’s Tuned In

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Keyboard man Marco Benevento often plays with his fantastic trio, but on rare occasion he heads out on his own for an evening of solo piano, which is what he’ll present at the Arts Block in Greenfield on … 0

Weekend Planner — Clubs: The Haberdashery

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Haberdashery is a retail store in Easthampton devoted to “supporting the rising tides of a post-consumerist culture” by providing “materials, information, guidance and instruction for a wide variety of pursuits towards self-sufficiency,” including candle-making, book-binding, upholstery, agriculture, … 0

Weekend Planner — Music: ‘Beethoven and the Romantic Violin’

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Known for its fiendishly difficult violin part and highly passionate first movement (in Tolstoy’s novella of the same name it’s the inspiration for murder), Beethoven’s “Kreutzer” sonata for violin and piano is one of three works on the … 0

Track Record

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Louder Lea Michele Columbia Records; $10.99 On some of the songs from her debut album, Lea Michele is convincing. On others, it’s like she is acting. The “Glee” star, known for her big voice, provides the pipes on … 0

Advance bookings

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Irish Rovers — Sat., March 22, 8 p.m., Calvin Theatre, Northampton. $25, $35. 586-8686, iheg.com Pat Metheny Unity Group — Wed., March 26, 7:30 p.m., UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall. $15, $40, $45 general; $10, $12, … 0

Mamoru Samuragochi, disgraced composer, apologizes for his lies

Monday, March 10, 2014

He isn’t completely deaf. He didn’t really compose his own music. And now he’s sorry for lying about it. Mamoru Samuragochi, the composer who was once popularly referred to as the Beethoven of Japan, appeared at a news conference in Tokyo on Friday and apologized for deceiving the … 0