Childish Japes is equal parts collective, band, and art project—committed to fearless musical exploration and a blurring of genre lines. With no fixed front person, it constantly features a slew of killer singers, rappers, and instrumentalists (or just playing as a trio). At this show, the band will play its entire new album, Salamandra, which features Berklee College of Music alumnus and emotive powerhouse Dave Vives on vocals.
Killer Cortez is a Boston, Massachusetts–based progressive rock bandmade up of two-thirds of the former band Moniker. The band upends convention with its cavernous sound and dynamic, multilayered compositions. Its sound has been described as sonic storytelling with U2 textures, Radiohead rhythms, Pink Floyd psychedelia, and Muse levels of apocalyptic stadium rock. The band is currently working on a follow-up to its debut album and expects to release it later this year.
Lev Freedman is a singer-songwriter from Newburgh, New York. His deeply personal songwriting and soothing pop vocals make for a powerful show. Freedman’s influences range from artists such as James Taylor to Frank Ocean. Lev is Currently in his last year at Berklee College of Music, and he is preparing for a career in songwriting and performing.
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Sam Tsui went from sharing his talent from a dorm room on YouTube to releasing multiple albums and EPs. He recently released his album titled “Trust.” The singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist is now on tour and coming to Boston. “Sam continues to use his powerful digital platform to share his distinctive music and creative video content with his fans, the ‘Samily’.”
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Editors brought their Violence tour to Boston a couple weeks ago. The band’s set was heavy on the new songs, playing 6 of the 9 from Violence, and they all translated well to a live setting. They sounded almost exactly as they do on record, if not better, and the crowd seemed to agree. The majority of the crowd actually ended up dancing to the songs, and the band seemed to feed off that energy, giving an energetic set from start to finish.
The lights perfectly complimented their sound: flashing during the heavier, more industrial parts, and calming down for the quieter songs. Editors’ sound combined with the lights ended up being very reminiscent of Nine Inch Nails and Depeche Mode.
These days, Editors has a high energy, danceable set that should not be missed.
Liza Anne is one of the most genuine artists I have had the pleasure to listen to in a while. She is currently on tour to promote her latest album “Fine, But Dying;” an intensely emotional outpouring of Liza’s internal struggles that will make you want to dance and bawl your eyes out all at once. Liza is so completely down to earth and inviting, as are her lyrics and storytelling.
Although I realized that I would not be able to attend the concert upon my arrival to the Great Scott on Friday night (curse not being 21+!), I was lucky to be able to sit down with Liza for a short interview before she was set to perform. I picked her brain about the creation of her latest album, her life as a young artist, and her battle with her panic disorder over the past couple of years.
Sunday night shows are an unpredictable beast, but far away from their homes in Texas, Loma and Jess Williamson brought their joyous best, and the crowd reciprocated. A two band bill of wildly different but similarly tempered groups was the perfect way to close out the weekend.
Jess Williamson has been primarily known for her work in the country-Americana-rock-singer-songwriter vein, but she showed her ability to reach beyond that realm Sunday night, playing exclusively material off her upcoming record, Cosmic Wink. Though the country flair was still present, the music incorporated synths and dance grooves that brought it into its own space. Jess was a captivating voice and presence to front the band, and her songs were full of life and character.
I decided to listen to this album for the sole fact that I thought the album cover was cool, and thank god I did. This trio has a sound like a tidal wave that hits you at the chorus every time. Filled with reverb and a wall of instruments, this LP feels incredibly big. The bands personal lives come out a lot throughout, whether it’s upbeat or slow. They talk about old friends and experiences they had in they’re youth with a theme that says they have unfinished business. The songs are catchy and full of interesting riffs and melodies. A great summer album no less.
Favorite tracks: Mistake, Bought It, Edge of Town, On My Knees
On May 1st, 2018, NanoStern, one of Chile’s top artists, visited the BIRN for an honest interview and lovely performance hosted by Songwriting /MP&E assistant professor Daniel Cantor. Also joining them was recent Berklee graduate/Chilean songwriter Nicolás Emden.
Conexão does what an EP is supposed to do. It hooked me right from the start, delivered four excellently catchy and groovy tracks, and left me wanting more. The production is simple and sparse, letting Amber Mark’s catchy and powerful vocals shine and highlighting the ingenious songwriting. This EP is about to introduce Amber Mark to the spotlight.
OHMME is an experiment in voice and sound by Sima Cunningham and Macie Stewart. Inspired by the free improvisational music scene in Chicago and influenced by avant-garde rock their music draws comparisons to PJ Harvey, Nirvana, and Kate Bush.
Miette Hope is a singer-songwriter and independent artist attending Berklee College of Music on the first ever Vans Off The Wall Scholarship. Her style features emotional, honest lyrics over spatially rhythmic grooves. Hope plays with a five-piece band.