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Zak Trojano will celebrate the release of his second solo album, "Yesterday's Sun," with a show at the Parlor Room in Northampton.
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Sounds Local: Zak Trojano releases 2nd solo albumn

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

If you follow the local music scene then you know Zak Trojano. He is the guitarist and drummer for the popular genre-blurring folk band Rusty Belle and has worked as a backing musician for singer-songwriters like Peter Mulvey and Jeffrey Foucault. But what you might not know is that Trojano, a Greenfield resident, also performs and records as a solo … 0

Q&A with 10-time Grammy winner Bob Ludwig

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

NEW YORK — His role is at the finish line of an album — helping it sound as perfect as possible before it’s available to the masses. He’s won 10 Grammys, including three consecutive wins for album of the year from 2013-2015. And he’s collaborated with contemporary leaders like Pharrell and Daft Punk … 0

Encores and Curtain Calls: French horn will take center stage in Feb. 13 Pioneer Valley Symphony concert

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The sound of the horn is the soul of the orchestra. — Robert Schumann Never underestimate the feistiness factor of a French horn player. For feistiness — right along with artistry — are, in equal measure, what it takes to master this most daunting of instruments. Just listen to the testimony of one … 0

Sounds Local: Erica Wheeler mixes love of music & geography for Mocha Maya’s show

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

One of the best things about camping is gathering around a late-night campfire, swapping stories, singing songs and simply soaking up the overall good vibes generated by the experience. Unfortunately it is also the kind of activity we … 0

Sounds Local: It's January - time to find the music

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

As we approach the end of January, chances are that you are starting to experience a case of the winter doldrums. Here at Sounds Local we know that music is a great way to combat this feeling, so … 0

Encores and Curtain Calls: A new African spin on classic ballet

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

I had seen the ballet of ‘Swan Lake’ as a child but it was as an adult, when I saw a production featuring Erik Bruhn, that I first noticed how significant a part the ever-present threat of violence … 0

Sounds Local: And the Neighbors come knocking

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

When the alt-country duo And the Neighbors made their debut performance at Mocha Maya’s last January, sharing her words with an audience was a relatively new experience for singer/songwriter Debra DeMuth. Unlike her partner, guitarist/singer Dave Houghton who … 0

Sounds Local: Fawns celebrate new release

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

We are less than a week into 2016 and we have already seen the release of some excellent new music by some Pioneer Valley notables. “Goodnight, Spacegirl,” the new album by the Northampton-based band The Fawns made its … 0

Encores and Curtain Calls: Partying with Bach at the new year

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

If Bach is not in Heaven.....I am not going! —William F. Buckley Among the region’s most scintillating seasonal rituals is the yearly convocation of the Baroque Berkshire Bach Society. The shindig, entitled “Virtuosi Concerti for the New Year,” … 0

Sounds Local: Rocking the old year to sleep

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

As we bid farewell to 2015 and prepare to welcome 2016, it’s time to look back and reflect on what proved to be a memorable year for the local music scene. It was a year where music fans … 0

Sounds Local: Plan to rock in the New Year

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

New Year’s Eve is one of our favorite holidays here at Sounds Local because it’s a night of celebrating, and almost all these celebrations include music — local music! There is music everywhere on New Year’s Eve, in … 0

Album review: Prince’s ‘Phase Two’ charges ahead in meaning and vitality

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Is this becoming a habit? That’s the question Prince raised Saturday morning when, without warning, he released a new album, “HitNRun Phase Two,” on the streaming-music service Tidal. As its title suggests, the 12-track set follows an earlier … 0

Encores and Curtain Calls: 1950s urban fever hits the big screen

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Now it begins, now we start One hand, one heart, Even death won’t part us now. — Stephen Sondheim There are certain films — and types of films — that cry out to be seen on the big … 0