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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.
Submitted photo/Molly Cooksy

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

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 are not able to enjoy during the long winter months — or on second thought, … 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 we’ve offered up a few suggestions that are sure to help offset those winter blahs. … 0

Jamie Kent at the Iron Horse

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

When we last heard from Jamie Kent, it was the fall of 2013 and he had just released his EP “Embers and Ashes,” a disc on which the Northampton native moved away from groove rock sounds of his … 0

Sounds Local: Dancing! Mayhem! Fun!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

If you go to a Bella’s Bartok show, be prepared to dance. And that includes you chair-loving, vow-to-never-step-foot-on-a-dance-floor people. The six-piece band from Northampton, whose music is a circus-y Hungarian-influenced folk punk blend, is known for its wild, … 0

Sounds Local: “Hey guys, you want to put on a show?”

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Nan Parati knows a thing or two about good music. Parati, the owner of Elmer’s Store in Ashfield, is a former resident of New Orleans, a city that is synonymous with good music. She moved to Ashfield in … 0

Sounds Local: Sexism debate puts national spotlight on local teen rockers

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

When Kalliope Jones, a local band of Franklin County teens, recently entered a Battle of the Bands competition at the Three County Fair in Northampton, it walked away with third prize and a stinging lesson about sexism in … 1

Sounds Local: Franklin County fair rounds up a great musical lineup

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

“I think that this year we’ve got the best lineup and the widest variety of talent going that we could ever have at the fair,” Steve DeJoy proudly said of the musical roster at this year’s Franklin County … 0

Sounds Local: Fall brings overflowing cornucopia of music

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

As I was taking in all the great music at the Amourasaurus festival this past weekend, it really hit me that summer was about over. Even though the weather remained warm, by 8 p.m. the darkness had crept … 0

Sounds Local: Rise of the Amourasaurus!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Everyone has heard of a tyrannosaurus rex, a stegosaurus and a brontosaurus, but what about the Amourasaurus? That fictional beast, invented by members of the band Lake Street Dive, will rear its head on Sunday, Aug. 30, at … 0

Sounds Local: Transperformance marks 25th

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

One of the most enjoyable aspects of summer is enjoying music outdoors. But unfortunately, as the month of August rolls along, the opportunities to do this are fast coming to an end. One event that always signifies that … 0

Sounds Local: Gaslight Tinkers to headline Heath Fair

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Since forming in 2012, The Gaslight Tinkers has been delighting audiences with a danceable brand of music that draws from a wild mix of influences. Reggae beats, funky bass lines, Celtic jigs and traditional folk are just some … 0

Sounds Local: Shelburne Falls Music Fest debuts

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

It’s been an incredible summer for music festivals here in Franklin County and now there is a new one making its debut this weekend. The Shelburne Falls Music Fest will be held on Saturday, Aug. 8, beginning at … 0

Sounds Local: ‘The Giantness of Little Things’

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

“I’m coming from this place where my three core values are beauty, healing and community, and basically I want everything I do to be a manifestation of those values” said singer-songwriter Katie Sachs in a recent phone conversation … 0

Sounds Local: Festival with a cause — The Upper Valley Music Festival returns with acts known and new to help fight cancer

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

When you’re planning a birthday celebration and you have a lot of musician friends who want to play at your party, maybe it would make sense to turn the party into a music festival. Such was the thinking … 0