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  • Frog Eyes / PS I Love You / Skinny Bones

    Friday, August 22, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    Frog Eyes / PS I Love You / Skinny Bones

    Post-punk collective Frog Eyes' music combines a carnival atmosphere, frenetic energy, and diabolical scheming to produce an atmosphere of psychedelic unease.

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    Victoria, British Columbia, quartet Frog Eyes are the antithesis of its quiet Canadian village. Utilizing the carnival atmosphere of Rain Dogs-era Tom Waits, the frenetic energy of vintage Cramps, and the diabolical scheming of pre-Murder Ballads Nick Cave, the post-punk collective created an atmosphere of psychedelic unease with its 2002 full-length debut, The Bloody Hand.

    Lead singer Carey Mercer, who mined similar territories in his previous group, Blue Pine, leads the indie rock ensemble, which also includes his wife, Melanie Campbell; Grayson Walker; and Michael Rak. In 2003, after the critical success of The Bloody Hand, the group released the enigmatic Golden River on the Animal World label, resulting in another flurry of raves and a newly minted fan base. They signed to Absolutely Kosher the following year and released their strongest record to date, the volatile and charismatic Folded Palm, as well as the lo-fi acoustic EP Ego Scriptor. Other records include Tears of the Valedictorian (2007) and Paul's Tomb: A Triumph (2010). In 2014, the band issued the appropriately titled Carey's Cold Spring, a nine-track collection of new material that reflected Mercer's recent throat cancer diagnosis, as well as the passing of his father.

    PS I Love You is a Canadian indie rock band formed in 2006 in Kingston. The band is signed to Canadian independent record label Paper Bag Records. The band is a duo, with Paul Saulnier on vocals/guitar/bass pedals and Benjamin Nelson on drums.

    Skinny Bones is a folktronica duo from Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. The band explores the boundaries between acoustic and electronic, organic and inorganic sounds, and organized recording and field recording—all without losing sight of a pop framework. Both in studio and on stage, Skinny Bones is constantly looking for new ways to create sounds, doing everything from playing a sack of coins to singing into a guitar.

    Watch Frog Eyes' official video of "The Sensitive Girls" here:

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  • Rocco DeLuca

    Thursday, September 4, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]

    Rocco DeLuca revels in a spirited spontaneity and intimacy no doubt achieved through many an inspired home recording session among friends.

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    Rocco DeLuca’s self-titled release is his second album for 429 Records and his fourth LP overall. Produced by seven-time Grammy-winner Daniel Lanois, DeLuca builds upon the brooding and haunting mood of his last solo album, 2011’s Drugs ‘N’ Hymns. DeLuca recently hosted recording sessions in his East Hollywood bedroom with a number of notable local musicians, “local folks and family,” including drummer Oliver Charles (Ben Harper), guitarist and vocalist Christian Letts (Edward Sharpe), bassist Seth-Ford Young (Edward Sharpe), violinist Odessa Jorgensen, bassist Gus Siefert (The Black Keys, Beck), vocalist Soko, and drummers Josh Collazo (Edward Sharpe) and Jonathan Wright. Whereas Drugs ‘n’ Hymns was notable for its spare, quiet intensity and attention to the darker side of things, DeLuca revels in a spirited spontaneity and intimacy no doubt achieved through many an inspired (and oftentimes unacknowledged) home recording session among friends.

    Watch DeLuca perform "Save Yourself" live here:

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  • Black Prairie / Kristin Andreassen / Frank Fairfield

    Monday, September 8, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    Black Prairie / Kristin Andreassen / Frank Fairfield
    Black Prairie

    Black Prairie is an Americana band from Portland, Oregon with a dose of Led Zeppelin-inspired rock energy. Kristin Andreassen is a talented singer-songwriter best known for her catchy song "Crayola Doesn't Make a Color for Your Eyes."

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    Black Prairie is a band with its own character, momentum, and style though describing that style has become increasingly difficult. “I gave up a long time ago,” says guitarist Jon Neufeld of the Portland, Oregon-based band, which formed in 2007 when Chris Funk gathered local musicians for a chance to write music and play instruments he wasn’t utilizing in his role as guitarist in the Decemberists.

    Black Prairie’s recent material adds a dose of Led Zeppelin-inspired rock energy to its Americana roots.

    Watch a music video for Black Prairie’s “Let It Out” here:

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    Kristin Andreassen is a diverse musician who has toured three continents, playing festival stages as big as Bonnaroo, living in rooms smaller than a train car, and everything in between. The influence of traditional music is still strong Andreassen’s writing. Her catchy song “Crayola Doesn’t Make a Color For Your Eyes,” which opens her solo album Kiss Me Hello, was inspired by an old-fashioned pattycake rhythm. “Crayola” won the John Lennon Song Contest Grand Prize for Children’s music, has been covered by choirs and marching bands, and remains a favorite on kids’ radio. 

    Watch Kristin Andreassen’s music video for “Crayola” here:

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    Fresno, California native Frank Fairfield is a banjo-picker, fiddle-hummer, and song-singer. Grayson Currin of Pitchfork writes, "Fairfield is worthy of your consideration, even if you’ve never heard or considered the old-time music. He plays with a rare integrity, offering up his life in a way that does exactly what folk music must do– it relates the world as the singer sees it, mixing sadness with sweetness, excitement with low-down and miserable depression. This has nothing to do with genre; hip-hop, jazz and rock all feel this way, too. Like the best of it all, Fairfield’s music seems inexorably real and entirely necessary."

  • FORQ

    Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    FORQ

    Fresh off the release of its eponymous debut album, the New York/Dallas all-star quartet FORQ is embarking on its first-ever international tour.

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    Fresh off the release of their eponymous debut album, the New York/Dallas quartet FORQ is embarking on their first-ever international tour.

    Made up of Lost Tribe founder Adam Rogers on guitar (Brecker Brothers, Chris Potter, Norah Jones, Paul Simon), Rudder founder Henry Hey on keyboards (Jeff “Tain” Watts, David Bowie, Empire of the Sun), Snarky Puppy founder and Grammy Award-winner Michael League on bass (Kirk Franklin, Wayne Krantz/Ari Hoenig Quartet, Lalah Hathaway), and Jason “JT” Thomas on drums (Roy Hargrove’s RH Factor, Marcus Miller, D’Angelo), FORQ is an all-star ensemble of sorts, but with the spirit and cohesiveness of a garage band.

    Though based in New York City, the group retains a subtle Texas accent, where League and Thomas established a fast friendship and musical rapport through almost two years of weekly gigs in legendary keyboardist Bernard Wright’s trio. Upon moving to the East Coast, League teamed up with Hey and Rogers (who are East Village neighbors, by coincidence) to form a group rooted deeply in that distinctly Southern groove, but with both the fire and inventiveness that NYC is known for. Hey and Rogers contribute all but one of the tracks on FORQ’s debut album, a mixture of fierce, playful, and soulful material. It’s the Texas-meets-Manhattan cocktail that has a created a sound rich in both musical intelligence and undeniable pocket.

    FORQ’s double-disc CD/DVD (which features full-length, in-studio video of each track) will be released on GroundUP Music in September 2014.

     

  • Propaganda / JGivens

    Thursday, September 11, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    Propaganda / JGivens
    Propaganda

    With an uncompromising message intertwined with hot rhythms and beats, the Los Angeles-based Propaganda delivers potent lyrics and relevant music that reaches across the spectrum of youth and pop culture.

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    With an uncompromising message intertwined with hot rhythms and beats, the Los Angeles-based Propaganda delivers potent lyrics and relevant music that reaches across the spectrum of youth and pop culture. Propaganda has toured with KRS-One and has performing alongside and/or with groups such as De La Soul, the Visionaries, and the LA Symphony. From aggressive battle raps to smooth and introspective soul and to the head-nodding beats and rhymes California is known for, Propaganda is the total package.

    JGivens will open the concert.

    Watch a video for Propaganda's "Crimson Cord" here:

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    Watch a video for JGivens's "JackPot" here:

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  • The Music from Chile

    Friday, September 12, 2014, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]

    This clinic and performance by Berklee students from Chile will feature the great diversity of Chilean music.

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    This clinic and performance by Berklee students from Chile will feature the great diversity of Chilean music.

    Free
  • GIZMO / Common Thread

    Friday, September 12, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    GIZMO / Common Thread
    GIZMO

    Bassist Kenneth “GIZMO” Rodgers draws on influences spanning the realms of jazz, pop, funk, rock, Latin, and hip-hop to create an impressive sonic landscape, while Common Thread is rapidly bringing the funk to the next generation.

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    Most musicians wait a lifetime to share stages with their musical heroes. Hoping to accomplish such a feat while still racking up college credits would be considered nothing more than a pipe dream. But having performed with such esteemed artists as Meshell Ndegeocello, Talib Kweli, and Victor Wooten as well as serving as music director for such acclaimed artists as Bilal and Lalah Hathaway, it’s safe to say that 23-year-old bassist Kenneth “GIZMO” Rodgers has been living that dream for quite some time now.

    Drawing on a vast array of musical influences spanning the realms of jazz, pop, funk, rock, Latin, and hip-hop, GIZMO is already creating an impressive sonic landscape.

    Common Thread is a collective of like-minded musicians from all over the globe, brought together by a passion for good vibes, inspiring one another, and building musicianship amongst each other. Common Thread was founded in 2013 by bassist Alissia Benveniste, guitarist Maddie Rice, and drummer Amber Baker.

    Watch GIZMO’s music video for “White Walls” here:

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    Watch Common Thread perform "For the One Time" at Berklee here:

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  • The Hunts

    Saturday, September 13, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    The Hunts

    The Hunts are an indie folk band from the southlands of Chesapeake, Virginia. These seven brothers and sisters have a passion for creating compelling music and so, have collaborated one another’s gifts of writing, composing and musicianship to endeavor that...

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    The Hunts are an indie folk band from the southlands of Chesapeake, Virginia. These seven brothers and sisters have a passion for creating compelling music using stringed instruments, enchanting harmonies, and thrilling rhythms to create an organic, yet transcendent, sound. The Hunts have toured nationwide and worldwide for more than 10 years. In November 2012, they released their newest album, We Were Young, which features 10 original songs that tell tales of youthful memories, conquering fears, aching hearts, and inspiring journeys. The Hunts's first track on the album, “Make This Leap,” is already receiving regional radio play on the East Coast. 

  • BITR

    Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    BITR

    BITR, Berklee In the Round, occurs on the second Tuesday of every month. 

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    BITR, short for Berklee In the Round, occurs on the second Tuesday of every month. Each month a different faculty member selects four or five students and one special guest (a visiting artist, touring songwriter, or other performer), and hosts an in-the-round performance. The event, based on in-the-round performances at the famous Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, seats songwriters in a circle where they take turns playing their songs. The audience is seated around the performers, lending a more intimate feel to the show. 

    Free
  • Brendan James

    Thursday, September 18, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    Brendan James
    Brendan James

    Brendan James is a pianist and singer-songwriter hailing from Derry, New Hampshire known for his socially conscious lyrics whose songs have been featured on many television shows.

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    Brendan James is a pianist and singer-songwriter hailing from Derry, New Hampshire whose songs have been featured on many television shows, including Private Practice, American Idol, Bones, Army Wives, and One Tree Hill. His first three albums climbed the iTunes Top 10 pop charts and his touring schedule has seen him playing alongside the likes of John Mayer, Paula Cole, and Keb Mo.

    James is known for his socially conscious lyrics, which tackle issues such as gun violence and marriage equality.

    In 2013, James released his fifth album, Simplify, which was produced by Matt Chiaravalle (Warren Zevon, Joe Bonamassa). Of the album’s title track, James says, “The process of evolution, especially technological evolution, is occurring at such blinding speeds these days that we must take collective moments to breathe together, find calm together, or we will forever leave behind our real essence as animals in paradise.”

    Watch a music video for Brendan James’s “Simplify” here:

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  • Break of Reality / I/Ø

    Friday, September 19, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    Break of Reality / I/Ø
    Break of Reality

    Cello rock band Break of Reality performs original music and interpretations of songs by groups such as Tool, Metallica, and System of a Down. I/Ø draws influence from bands like Explosions in the Sky, Sigur Ros, and Hammock.

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    Break of Reality has been applauded for its  “genuine technique” and ability to “rock out like they mean it,” according to Time Out/New YorkWith a sound described as having “excitement, originality, and an undeniable intensity that louder, heavier bands only dream of,'' as the Rochester City Newspaper put it, Break of Reality is a cello rock band originally formed at the Eastman School of Music in 2003. The band is filling concert venues around the country with fans eager to hear their original music as well as interpretations of Tool, Metallica, and System of a Down. Cinematic, subdued, and heavy all at once, it draws fans of Led Zeppelin, Radiohead, and Yo-Yo MaBreak of Reality has given hundreds of performances across the country at performing arts centers, colleges, rock clubs, and music festivals such as South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. Through its affiliation with Pandora Radio, Break of Reality’s music has been streamed for millions of listeners around the U.S. The band’s three albums, The Sound Between (2006), Spectrum of the Sky (2009), and Covers (2012), have sold more than 40,000 copies worldwide. 

    Based out of Boston, Massachusetts, I/Ø has been playing together since fall of 2012. Drawing heavy influence from bands like Explosions in the Sky, Sigur Ros, and Hammock, I/Ø finished their first instrumental full-length album over the summer of 2013. Based on open textures, nuanced melody, and a heavy artillery dynamic, the I/Ø sound allows the audience to form its own subjective aesthetic intention for the music, free from the confines of language and clarity. The band’s songwriting process is organic, similar to the ebb and flow of the emotional states that fuel the final product—difficult to observe and often impossible to define. I/Ø believes human experience can be too beautiful and grotesque, inspiring and abhorrent, heartwarming and traumatic, to put into words.

  • The Doyle Brothers / The Interlopers / The Black Moons

    Saturday, September 20, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]

    The Doyle Brothers and the Interlopers will co-headline this show of spirited, soulful rock tuness, joined by the Black Moons, a recently-formed band that counts several Berklee students among its members.

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    Todd Doyle and Ryan Jacob Doyle grew up in a household that was constantly filled with music, so it was only natural that the brothers have found their path in musical expression together, honing their sound with spirited songs that feature accessible but often uncommon arrangements, as evidenced on the duo’s new EP, New Synapse. The Doyle Brothers frequently play throughout New York City, where the duo is based, and on independent nationwide tours of the college circuit.

    The Interlopers began as a few high school kids making music in a basement but has evolved into a joy-inducing musical force that wallops listeners with its unique amalgamation of classic R&B/soul, ‘60s- and ‘70s-era rock, funk, hip-hop, jazz, and pop music. The band consists of drummer/lead vocalist Curtis Kelley, guitarist Nicholas Veinoglou, Jakob Rabitsch on keyboard, Nick Frenay on bass, Ariel Shrum on trumpet, and Diego Huaman on saxophone. Together, the band commands the stage with deep pocket grooves, rich and smooth harmonies, inspiring and powerful lyrics, and a fat, lively horn section. The result is a rich sonic experience executed with a boundless enthusiasm for improvisation.

    The Black Moons are a five-piece, Boston-based rock band formed in 2013. Its first album release, Half-Hearted & Climbing, was recorded before the band’s first live performance, resulting in a summer full of shows promoting it. Counting several Berklee students among its members, the band aims at a modern take on classic folk, rock, and soul music.

     
  • Dawn of Midi / Cookies

    Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    Dawn of Midi / Cookies
    Dawn of Midi

    Listenable and insane: that’s the sound Dawn of Midi spent years shaping, culminating in its most mesmerizing work yet, Dysnomia.

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    Listenable and insane: that’s the sound Dawn of Midi spent years shaping, culminating in its most mesmerizing work yet, Dysnomia.

    In many ways, Dysnomia is the first record that truly reflects the trio’s critically acclaimed live show, a test of endurance and trust that involves bassist Aakaash Israni, pianist Amino Belyamani, and percussionist Qasim Naqvi performing their compositions note-for-note, without ever appearing the least bit predictable. If anything, Dawn of Midi’s sets are as red-blooded and rhythmic as a seamlessly mixed DJ set, casting spells on crowds in the same way the group’s favorite experimental and electronic acts have for decades. Perhaps this is why The New Yorker‘s music critic, Sasha Frere-Jones, wrote “an hour flew by in what seems like minutes” after witnessing Dawn of Midi's high-wire act last year, and Radiolab host Jad Abumrad said “[I've] seriously never seen anything like these guys.”

  • Auguster / Rich People Food / Kristen Olsson

    Thursday, September 25, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    Auguster / Rich People Food / Kristen Olsson
    Auguster

    Auguster blends rock, pop-punk and electronic music to deliver emotional arena-ready rock reminiscent of groups such as Foo Fighters and Coldplay. Rick People Food delivers melodic alt-pop, and Kristin Olsson opens the show.

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    Formed in early 2013, Auguster has built a successful reputation around the Boston area. Started by singer-songwriter Jimmy Marino, the six-piece band seamlessly blends rock, pop-punk, and electronic music, producing songs reminiscent of Say Anything, Foo Fighters, Coldplay, and Yellowcard. Using memorable lyrics, arena-style choruses, and a huge dynamic range, Auguster aims to create emotionally powerful music and stunning live shows. Despite going through multiple member changes since the beginning of 2014, the band has since solidified its lineup, and its new EP, Fragments, is slated for a fall 2014 release.

    Rich People Food began in 2011 and has happily morphed into the band it is today. Steve Weston (lead guitar) and Lisa Hickox (synthesizer/keyboard/bass) anchor Rich People Food with strong, melodic alt-pop sensibilities, while Brian Bernhard (vocals and rhythm guitar) brings with him a raw and honest lyrical sentiment, and Brendan Reza (drums) provides the band’s diverse and dynamic backbone. Armed with an ever-expanding catalog of unique sounds, Rich People Food can be seen all around Boston and the coastal Northeast. The group released a new five-song EP in early 2014.

    Kristen Olsson delivers raw, emotional indie pop with a twist of jazz; a debut EP is slated for release this September.

  • Barcelona/ Bel Heir

    Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    Barcelona/ Bel Heir
    Barcelona

    Barcelona is a band from Seattle. Its sound is harmonious and piano-based with elements of rock.

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    Barcelona is a band from Seattle. The band's sound is harmonious and piano-based with elements of rock. Formed in 2005, the band cites U2, Coldplay, Copeland, Death Cab for Cutie, and Lovedrug as its influences.

    Barcelona independently released its debut album, Absolutes, in September 2007. The band also created its own label, NBD Music, in order to be able to focus on songwriting. In December 2008, the band announced that it had signed with Universal Records, which later remixed Absolutes. Barcelona released a new version of the album in April 2009, which has four new songs. The band parted ways with the label in early 2010.

  • BGJI Masters Speak Series Featuring Fred Taylor

    Thursday, October 2, 2014, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]

    The Berklee Global Jazz Institute proudly presents the Masters Speak Series featuring Fred Taylor. Born and raised in Newton, Massachusetts, Taylor’s illustrious career as one of Boston’s premier jazz promoters dates back to 1963. Today he is the entertainment director of Scullers Jazz Club, and a board member of JazzBoston. 

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    The Berklee Global Jazz Institute proudly presents the Masters Speak Series featuring Fred Taylor. Born and raised in Newton, Massachusetts, Taylor’s illustrious career as one of Boston’s premier jazz promoters dates back to 1963, when he ran Paul’s Mall and the Boston Jazz Workshop on Boylston Street, across from the Lenox Hotel.  

    John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and Dizzy Gillespie played there, and so did Bruce Springstein, Billy Joel, and Earth, Wind & Fire when they were starting their careers.

    Taylor ran the clubs until 1978, then went on to produce concerts in Boston Symphony Hall and the Boston Garden, working with Bob Dylan, Miles Davis, and others.

    In 1991, Taylor began working at Scullers Jazz Club at the Doubletree Hotel in Allston, and turned it into one of the top 10 jazz clubs in America. From 2001 to 2007, he was the artistic director for the Tanglewood Jazz Festival, and today is the entertainment director of Scullers Jazz Club, and a board member of JazzBoston. 

    The Masters Speak Series is a collection of interactive, exclusive interviews led by jazz radio legend Steve Schwartz. Boston-based radio host Schwartz will interview Street. Born and raised in Boston, Schwartz has spent over 20 years in radio, most notably at WGBH, until 2012. Schwartz has interviewed George Garzone and Dave Liebman as part of the Masters Speak Series.

    Free
  • NIght Lights / Great Caesar

    Friday, October 3, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    NIght Lights / Great Caesar
    Night Lights

    Night Lights brings together an eclectic assortment of indie-, rock-, and soul-influenced sounds in an effort to make people dance and feel feelings. Great Caesar will open the show.

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    With members from Mexico, Texas, Japan, California, and Norway, Night Lights brings together an eclectic assortment of indie-, rock-, and soul-influenced sounds in an effort to make people dance and feel feelings.

    The Boston-based band met in 2012 and has since discovered a balance between profound lyrics, hooky melodies, danceable music, and intriguing harmonic progressions. Its songs touch on the subject of existentialism and the confrontation of the self, hoping to discover a truth grounded in music, community, and conversation. Drew's warped soundscapes, Yusuke's intricate riffs, Jeff's melodic bass lines, Dag's colorful rhythmic creations, and Mau's captivating melodies and otherworldly voice effects all come together to take you on an unparalleled audio adventure.

    Great Caesar aims for the heart with a vulnerable blend of brass, voice, and indie-rock, drawing from acts like Arcade Fire and Beirut to create music that confronts the things that really matter: love, legacy, and the complexity of human relationships. The New York City band’s 2014 debut phenomenon, "Don’t Ask Me Why," combines art and activism in a video that juxtaposes the civil rights movement of the 1960s with today’s fight for sexual equality. Supported by figures as varied as Russell Simmons, Deepak Chopra, Arsenio Hall, and Superbowl champion and LGBT advocate Brendon Ayanbadejo, the video has already challenged hundreds of thousands to take a stand for love and equality.

    "Don’t Ask Me Why" is available now via all major digital outlets, and will appear on CD and vinyl as part of a forthcoming EP produced by Griffin Rodriguez (Beirut, Modest Mouse, A Hawk and a Hacksaw).

  • CANCELED: Sinkane / Helado Negro

    Friday, October 3, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    CANCELED: Sinkane / Helado Negro
    CANCELED: Please contact the box office for information on refunds.

    A formidable player on guitar, bass, keys and drums, Sinkane (Ahmed Gallab) is a one-man band. Helado Negro will also perform. 

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    Sinkane (Ahmed Gallab) and his family left Sudan when he was a boy, emigrating to the U.S. While in high school in Kent, Ohio, he found a musical community in the town’s thriving post-hardcore scene. He became the touring drummer for Caribou in 2008, then toured with Of Montreal before moving to New York City. Soon, he joined Yeasayer and toured the world with them. The name Sinkane comes from a verson Kanye West’s “Never Let Me Down.” A formidable player on guitar, bass, keys and drums, Gallab is a one-man band, playing at least four instruments on every track on Mars. The influence of ‘70s soul icons like Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye, and Stevie Wonder can be heard on this album; also Sudan.

    The son of Ecuadorian immigrants, Helado Negro was born in South Florida in 1980. His childhood was suffused with tropical heat, humidity, hurricanes, all refracted with the rich sounds and colors of the various Latin American cultures of southern Florida. Pounding bass beats from passing cars, boom boxes bouncing down the block, and late-night parties called “peñas” provided a foundation for Helado Negro’s interest in sound and quest to discover the unlimited variety of objects used to produce music. Most recently he created a new collaborative group with Julianna Barwick called OMBRE, releasing a debut album in 2012 called Believe You Me. Helado Negro has worked with Bear in Heaven mixing Beast Rest Forth Mouth. He also produced Prefuse 73‘s 2010 album, Everything She Touched Turned Ampexian. Other projects include Epstein, Helado Negro’s “beats and loops” effort, which includes a series of digital releases, full-lengths, and a remix album—gauzy, sunny dance music that references DJ mixing, block parties, and mellow compositional noise. 

    Watch Sinkane's official video of Runnin' here:
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  • Bushwalla

    Saturday, October 4, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    Bushwalla

    The self-proclaimed "Original Gangster from Cleveland," Bushwalla represents the eclectic talents of Billy “Bushwalla” Galewood.

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    The self-proclaimed "Original Gangster from Cleveland," Bushwalla represents the eclectic talents of Billy "Bushwalla" Galewood. Bushwalla started performing musical theater at the age of 9 and he crafted his performing skills over the next 10 years as a professional clown with the Cleveland Opera, Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival, and the Cleveland Ballet. Later, in New York, he supported himself as a street performer, entertaining onlookers with juggling, magic, chair-balancing, and fire-breathing.

  • Cabaret

    Monday, October 6, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    Cabaret

    The Cabaret is an intimate, live showcase of Broadway favorites as well as musical theater-inspired originals. 

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    The Cabaret is an intimate, live showcase of Broadway favorites as well as musical theater- inspired originals. Begun in 2012, Cabaret is a student initiative to give musical theater enthusiasts at Berklee the chance to perform in a professional setting beyond the mainstage musical season. Run successfully for two years at different Berklee venues, it has become a staple monthly event in the Berklee musical theater community. 

     

    Free
  • Natalie Cressman / Paige Chaplin

    Thursday, October 9, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    Natalie Cressman / Paige Chaplin

    Raised in an eclectic and musical household, Natalie Cressman is a trombonist, vocalist, and composer. Also performing: singer-songwriter Paige Chaplin. 

     

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    Raised in an eclectic and musical household, Natalie Cressman has diversified and expanded her musical universe. This trombonist, vocalist, and composer has assimilated the full range of her sonic influences into a mature, original voice that melds the sophistication of modern jazz with captivating storytelling and intoxicating melodies reminiscent of indie rock's most distinctive songwriters. From Carnegie Hall to the House of Blues, from the Apollo to Lincoln Center, her versatility and enthusiasm for new music has propelled her into a richly diverse musical career. Cressman has spent much of the last four years touring the jam band circuit with Phish's Trey Anastasio, while also performing with jazz luminaries Nicholas Payton, Wycliffe Gordon, and Peter Apfelbaum. Those varied experiences are reflected on her gorgeous second release, Turn the Sea. Cressman switched coasts in 2009 to study at the Manhattan School of Music, and the following year was enlisted by jam band pioneer Trey Anastasio for his touring band.

    On August 10th 2012, Paige Chaplin released her self-produced debut record, He Has Gone, Said Her Heart. This release and the general success of the record propelled her into the music scene in Boston and around Berklee College of Music, where she studied Professional Music and Voice for two years. Still These Bones is a departure from her first record, although the essence remains. Most of the songs have more instrumentation and melodic depth than before.

    Watch Cressman's New Moon here:

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  • Judah & The Lion

    Friday, October 10, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    Judah & The Lion
    Judah & the Lion

    As a band, Judah & the Lion owes much to fate and to the small town feel of Nashville, the city that brought the trio together from scattered parts of the country...

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    Judah & the Lion is an Americana pop trio with roots in Nashville. Drawing on many influences, the band's folk instrumentation showcases fresh musicianship and powerful vocal harmonies. The band got its start in December of 2011 and exists to create honest and relatable music. Lead singer Judah Akers, banjo player Nate Zuercher, and mandolinist Brian Macdonald present the kind of vocal harmonies that make the heart ache. The group has released two successful EPs, First Fruits and Sweet Tennessee. The latter blasted onto the Billboard charts, hitting the Top 20 in a variety of genres – #2 on Bluegrass, #9 on Heatseekers and #15 on Folk. Sweet Tennessee also made it to #1 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart and broke into the Top 25 chart of albums overall. The band has hit the road repeatedly in support of both releases, making the cross-country trek for extensive national tours and playing to sold-out crowds throughout the South and in the group's collective birthplace, Nashville. In 2014, Judah & the Lion released Kids These Days, embracing the band’s folk trio roots and expanding into the territory of new instrumentation from there.

    Watch a music video for Judah & the Lion's "Sweet Tennessee" here:

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  • BUGLE feat. Steve Grand

    Saturday, October 11, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    BUGLE feat. Steve Grand

    BUGLE (Berklee Union of Gays, Lesbians, and Everybody Else) is hosting a concert in celebration of National Coming Out Day. The concert will feature Berklee student performers who will open for singer-songwriter Steve Grand. 

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    BUGLE (Berklee Union of Gays, Lesbians, and Everybody Else) is hosting a concert in celebration of National Coming Out Day. The concert features Berklee student performers who will open for our featured artist, the singer-songwriter Steve Grand, the first openly gay male country musician to attract mainstream attention in the US. The music video of his first hit “All-American Boy” went viral on YouTube in less than a week in July 2013. This attention landed Steve on “Good Morning America,” CNN, and other national media. Buzzfeed ranked the video on its list of the “24 Most Brilliant Music Videos from 2013,” and Out magazine named Grand to its annual “Out100” list of the year’s most compelling LGBT people. In addition to being a musician, Steve has become an active figure in the LGBT equality movement.

     

    Watch Steve Grand's Stay, here:

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  • Broadway Open Mic

    Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 7:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]

    Come hear your favorite Broadway tunes performed by Berklee's Musical Theater students. 

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    Come hear your favorite Broadway tunes performed by Berklee's Musical Theater students. 

    FREE
  • Cordelia & the Buffalo / The Western Den / Mike Caprarola

    Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    Cordelia & the Buffalo / The Western Den / Mike Caprarola
    Cordelia & the Buffalo

    In an evening of folk rock, Cordelia & the Buffalo, the Western Den, and Mike Caprarola deliver honest and emotionally resonant performances.

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    The story of Cordelia & the Buffalo begins with Cordelia, a Mexican/American musician, singer, songwriter, and producer who draws inspiration from the Mexican Indian and Native American cultures. In 2011, she set out to find the perfect combination of musicians to give life to a fresh sound. Singing and playing keyboards and synthesizers, she became the founder of a band with Berklee College of Music students Yusuke Sato (guitar), Dag Hanken (synthesizers/percussion), Rodrigo Gramitto (guitar), Diego Diaz (drums), and Daniel McCallum (bass). The band’s vibrant sound developed from a fusion of explosive beats, exotic instruments, powerful lyrics and soothing melodies, incorporating influences from band members hailing from Alaska, Japan, Mexico, Norway, and Venezuela. Together, these members forged the soul of an indie rock/electronic sound and the Buffalo was born.

    Formed in February 2013 and driven by a shared passion to create music with purpose, The Western Den is the collaborative work of Deni Hlavinka and Chris West, who together blend compelling folk harmonies with ambient textures to produce a sound all their own. The duo released their debut EP, Battle Hymns, in May 2013 and premiered themselves to the public, opening for Melissa Ferrick on the northeastern leg of her national tour, in the summer of the same year. The Western Den is currently based in Boston, performing, and working on a full-length album.

    Mike Caprarola is a Boston-based musician from New Jersey. He combines raw and emotional storytelling with pop-punk and folk influences. Backed by drummer Taylor Palusky and bassist Avery Miller (The Hazmats), he hopes to help his audience get a little more in touch with its feelings while also having a good time rockin’ out.

     

     

  • Rinat Tregerman's Senior Recital

    Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]

    In her final rectial at Berklee, pianist and jazz composer Rinat Tregerman presents diverse and unique original music that combines several styles ranging from jazz to Israeli folk music.

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    In her final rectial at Berklee, pianist and jazz composer Rinat Tregerman presents diverse and unique original music that combines several styles ranging from jazz to Israeli folk music.

    Free
  • Lisa O'Neill

    Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    Lisa O'Neill
    Lisa O'Neill

    Irish-born singer Lisa O'Neill's unrushed, naturalistic, straight-talking approach and witty lyrics have made her a new favorite on Dublin's folk and traditional music scene.

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    Lisa O’Neill started writing songs and music at an early age in her native Ballyhaise, a village in Ireland’s County Cavan. She moved to Dublin at age 18 to study music full time. Early on, she was welcomed into the folk and traditional scene in pubs and venues around the city, where her singular voice, witty lyrics, and observations on modern Irish life gained her popularity and set her apart as a unique talent.

    Her independently released debut album, aptly titled Has an Album, was launched in August 2009 and sold out throughout the country, displaying her popularity not just in Dublin but nationwide. Her second album, Same Cloth or Not, showcases her unrushed, naturalistic, straight-talking approach. O’Neill is like a musical version of Flannery O’Connor.

    Watch a video preview for O’Neill’s new album:

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  • Lewis Watson

    Thursday, October 30, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    Lewis Watson
    Lewis Watson

    London-based singer/songwriter Lewis Watson got his start in music while still a teenager by quietly uploading cover versions of his favorite songs to a sleepy YouTube account in 2010.

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    London-based singer-songwriter Lewis Watson got his start in music while still a teenager by quietly uploading cover versions of his favorite songs to a sleepy YouTube account in 2010. With an acoustic guitar and a booming, soulful voice, he began uploading original compositions to great response. Before long, he was playing in support of larger acts and releasing a series of EPs.

    By 2012, the buzz was enough to bring several record labels knocking on his door, and he eventually entered into a contract with Warner Bros., which came with festival performances, Billboard chart appearances, and an ever-growing fan base. Watson has collaborated with Arctic MonkeysFlorence and the Machine, and some top songwriters and producers, including Richard Wilkinson (Kaiser Chiefs) and Mr Hudson.

    Watson has now released his debut full-length album, The Morning, which also comes in a deluxe edition that contains every song he has ever released.

    Watch a music video for Lewis Watson’s “Holding On” here:

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  • Giulia Malaspina in Musica

    Friday, October 31, 2014, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]

    Pianist and composer Giulia Malaspina presents an afternoon of original tunes and arrangements.

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    Pianist and composer Giulia Malaspina presents an afternoon of original tunes and arrangements.

    Free
  • Tessanne Chin

    Friday, October 31, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    Tessanne Chin

    Tessanne Chin is the fresh soulful voice of a new generation of Jamaican musical talent.

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    Tessanne Chin is the fresh soulful voice of a new generation of Jamaican musical talent. She fuses dancehall and reggae with edgy rock riffs and honest, heartfelt original lyrics, creating a musical style all her own. With her youth and unmistakable stage appeal, Tessanne has opened for Patti Labelle, Gladys Knight, Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack, Atlantic Starr, Boyz II Men, and Mary J. Blige, among many others. She also toured the world as a backup singer with the reggae legend Jimmy Cliff for three years.

  • From the 'Hood to Carnegie Hall Tour

    Saturday, November 8, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    From the 'Hood to Carnegie Hall Tour

    Thee Phantom combines the raw energy and passion of hip-hop with the beautiful, sweeping sounds of live orchestration. Hailing from Philadelphia, Phantom is stalking his dream of bringing his brand of B-Boy Meets Beethoven to Carnegie Hall.

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    Thee Phantom combines the raw energy and passion of Hip-Hop, with the beautiful, sweeping sounds of live orchestration. Hailing from Philadelphia, Phantom is stalking his dream of bringing his brand of B-Boy Meets Beethoven to Carnegie Hall.

  • Brian Seymour's Senior Recital

    Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]

    Woodwind doubler Brian Seymour will play his original jazz fusion tunes and arrangements with his band.

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    Woodwind doubler Brian Seymour will play his original jazz fusion tunes and arrangements with his band.

    Free
  • Cory McCullough: Playing Some Tunes

    Friday, November 14, 2014, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]

    For his final recital at Berklee, guitarist Cory McCullough will present an afternoon of bebop, bossa nova, blues, and more.

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    For his final recital at Berklee, guitarist Cory McCullough will present an afternoon of bebop, bossa nova, blues, and more.

    Free
  • Cory McCullough: Some Tunes

    Friday, November 14, 2014, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]

    Guitarist Cory McCullough and his quartet will perform a selection of pieces in styles including blues and bossa.

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    Guitarist Cory McCullough and his quartet will perform a selection of pieces in styles including blues and bossa.

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  • Juan Dhas: Live at The Red Room

    Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]

    Modern jazz guitarist Juan Dhas will be presenting his senior recital with his quartet's take on pieces by other contemporary jazz artists.

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    Modern jazz guitarist Juan Dhas will be presenting his senior recital with his quartet's take on pieces by other contemporary jazz artists.

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  • Milad Zendehnam Band

    Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]

    For his first and final recital at Berklee, guitarist Milad Zendehnam will lead his band through an hour of jazz tunes.

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    For his first and final recital at Berklee, guitarist Milad Zendehnam will lead his band through an hour of jazz tunes.

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  • Mirel Wagner

    Saturday, December 6, 2014, 8:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]
    Mirel Wagner

    Mirel Wagner's songs are like a smooth, polished pebbles thrown into a bottomless pond, drops of life that set the darkness rippling.

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    Mirel Wagner's songs are like a smooth, polished pebbles thrown into a bottomless pond, drops of life that set the darkness rippling. Her acoustic balladry is as far as you’ll get from clichéd coffee house folk, having more to do with the primeval darkness of Swans than the folksy bonhomie of Bob Dylan. Her background couldn’t be more normal: a relatively sheltered childhood in the suburbs of Helsinki. Her self-titled debut is still causing ripples today. Its nine songs distill the very essence of darkness, the hollowed-out bones of the blues. They seem ancient, worn, and frank in their brutal honesty. When the Cellar Children See the Light of Day is uniform and cohesive set of songs. Wagner wrote most of these songs in a log cabin on the peninsula of Hailuoto in northern Finland. It traces the melody absentmindedly, like you’d trace the outline of the back of a sleeping lover, humming as it ambles along. At times playful, at other times chillingly emotionless, Wagner is difficult to pin down. Her vocals are louder than ever on this new record, with the whisper of yesteryear drawing each breath.

    Enjoy Wagner's official video of Oak Tree from her upcoming album When The Cellar Children See the Light of Day here:

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  • Jihye Lee's Senior Recital

    Monday, December 8, 2014, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]

    Vocalist, composer, and arranger Jihye Lee will present her senior recital.

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    Vocalist, composer, and arranger Jihye Lee will present her senior recital.

    Free
  • Juan Ale Quartet

    Thursday, December 11, 2014, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]

    Drummer Juan Alejandro and his quartet will play original compositions as well as jazz standards.

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    Drummer Juan Alejandro and his quartet will play original compositions as well as jazz standards.

    Free
  • Dag Hanken's Senior Recital

    Friday, December 12, 2014, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]

    Drummer Dag Hanken gives his final recital at Berklee. The concert will showcase improvised electronic music as well as Dag's Boston-based indie band, Night Lights.

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    Drummer Dag Hanken gives his final recital at Berklee. The concert will showcase improvised electronic music as well as Dag's Boston-based indie band, Night Lights.

    Free
  • Lauren George's Senior Recital

    Thursday, April 23, 2015, 1:00 pm
    939 Boylston Street
    Boston Massachusetts 02115 [Map]

    Singer Lauren George and her band perform a broad array of music from artists such as Sara Bareilles, Allen Stone, and Concha Buika.

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    Singer Lauren George and her band perform a broad array of music from artists such as Sara Bareilles, Allen Stone, and Concha Buika.

    Free