New Moon” by Pooja Prema is a must-hear album

From the woman who has brought to the Berkshires and beyond clowning and brilliant floral arrangements; performances in rivers, parking lots and elevators; and her own collective, Rogue Angel Theatre Company, comes a new musical narrative — on ukulele. Pooja Ru Prema’s debut album, “New Moon” is a full-length record of original music, four years […]

Benny Kohn shines through on latest album

Benny Kohn shines through on latest album

Who knew Benny Kohn could sing? For the past decade or so, Kohn, aka “Benny Fingers,” of Windsor, has played keys for well-known Berkshire bands like The Rev Tor Band, Misty Blues Band, and the Sister City Jazz Ambassadors, among others. But last month, the piano man released his own debut album, Fingers First, with […]

Bella’s Bartok’s latest album will ‘Change Yer Life’

Bella’s Bartok’s latest album will ‘Change Yer Life’

Western Massachusetts six-man “modern pop-klezmer” band Bella’s Bartok opened their Halloween set at The Garage at Pittsfield’s Colonial Theater by performing a high-energy, sweat-inducing cover of Danny Elfman’s “This is Halloween” from Tim Burton’s film, “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” That same penchant for eerie vocal harmonies, listen-worthy lyrics, catchy rhythms, echoes throughout the band’s latest […]

Mary Verdi’s ‘Flight’ surrounds you with love

Berkshire singer-songwriter Mary Verdi is a veteran on the local music scene, a lifelong musician who started performing at age 3. Today, she continues to accompany herself and others on piano and guitar, crossing the genres of pop, country, holiday music and more. Her latest album, “Flight,” is Verdi’s sixth release, and nestles well under […]

Sounds and Tones puts out another local album

The Berkshires’ own Sounds and Tones Records has been actively reviving the art of independently producing and promoting musicians from across the country and several genres. Back in November, the label helped North Adams resident Francesca Shanks release her debut full-length album, “Wolf Island,” which she’s performing from this spring. Describing her sound as “Berkshire […]

Oakes & Smith’s latest surges with hope and emotion

Tyringham-based folk-art duo Oakes and Smith, just shy of six months out from releasing a four-song EP, “Evergreen,” the musical and lifelong partners have released a five-song follow-up called, “Between the Earth and the Sky” (Feb. 2). Whereas a reviewer for EssentiallyPop.com described “Evergreen,” as an album “filled with music and lyrics that take the […]

Wandering Oak’s debut EP dynamic range across the metal genre

Recorded in Dalton at RQR Studios around the time of the Autumnal Equinox, “Advent,” Wandering Oak’s debut EP — or, “aural illumination,” as they like to call it — was released in late-November, ahead of the Winter Solstice and next touring season. The four-track album from a four-man band packs in a range of dynamics […]

Hillman’s latest album is a triumph for local Berkshire artists

  It’s very fitting that regional alt-folk artist Justin Hillman’s third album is being released in this season of giving. After all, if it weren’t for a successful crowd-funding campaign, it might not have existed. Fans and friends raised more than $3,200 via Kickstarter.com to bring “Have I Not Found You Yet?” to life via […]