Concert

Rogue Heroes / Cambion / The SnowLeopards

Friday / September 19, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Rogue Heroes

The Rogue Heroes are a band that have willingly ventured into new territory, seamlessly blending influences ranging from '50s rockabilly to funk and of course, '70s punk a la early Clash. Not only expanding on the sound of their genre, the Rogue Heroes are a well-versed punk band that seemingly, has no boundaries.

Cambion's songs bewitch those who hear them with their variety and freshness, combining beguiling lyrics and catchy choruses, with silver tongued vocals and tight professional playing.

Hearkening to the golden days of '70s and '80s FM rock (Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, Joan Jett), the SnowLeopards strive to make radio-ready hits with memorable choruses and guitar solos that you can sing along to.

Admission: 
TBA

The Alternate Routes

Thursday / September 18, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
The Alternate Routes

"The way that I make is my own, but I know what I'm in for," sings Tim Warren, front man and cofounder of the Alternate Routes. Whatever fate has in store for this promising young band, it's sure to make for a good story… and an even better song. The Alternate Routes have never been afraid to roll the dice during their brief and turbulent journey, always relying upon their heartfelt brand of music to pull them through the ups and downs that come with the territory. A classic example of a whole being greater than the sum of its parts, the Alternate Routes are now poised to spread the word and take on whatever new challenges come their way.

Admission: 
$12 General Admission

Tom Baxter/Charlie Winston/Tom Glynn

Tuesday / September 16, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Tom Baxter

When you multiply the power of Tom Baxter’s writing by the intensity of his performances, strange things happen. One night this summer, he was playing a gig in Ireland when a girl was so moved, she proposed to him. Real songwriting will always make its presence felt, and that’s why it’s time for Baxter to reach the massive audience he deserves. The newly re-energized Charisma label is proud to present the English singer/songwriter’s second album, Skybound as the first essential album of 2008.
Skybound is a collection of ten extraordinarily powerful compositions, from which the unforgettable love song "Better" will appear as a single on December 3. That follows its prestigious appearance on the soundtrack of the Simon Pegg/Dylan Moran comedy Run, Fat Boy, Run, directed by David Schwimmer. It also comes on the heels of an extensive October tour of the U.K. and Ireland by one of the most acclaimed live performers of recent years.

Skybound is a worthy sequel to Baxter's 2004 debut Feather and Stone, which built via word of mouth and his own irresistible live shows to impressive U.K. sales of 70,000. Baxter coproduced the new album with Jeremy Stacey, known for his work with Nerina Pallot, Sheryl Crow, Roddy Frame, and others.

Tom Glynn is someone who’d rather let his music and lyrics speak for themselves in our world of overblown hype, which has helped him earn a reputation among other acclaimed musicians and the Boston music community at large as a songwriter’s songwriter. His new album, Living Proof, is indeed just that. Steve Morse of the Boston Globe calls Glynn “a pop tunesmith at the top of his game.” It’s also the reason why the title track on the new CD was recently voted Best Rock Song by listeners at Our Stage in an online competition among thousands of songs. Four of the songs on the disc have been added to XM Satellite Radio channel The Loft, along with airplay on 60 stations across the country so far.

Admission: 
$12 general admission, student discount available at the Berklee Performance Center Box Office

Katie Thiroux at the ICA

Thursday / September 11, 2008 / 6:00 p.m.
Institute of Contemporary Art
Putnam Investment Plaza, 100 Northern Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02210

Katie Thiroux, from Los Angeles, California, is the recipient of the Phil Ramone Presidential Scholarship to Berklee, a rare, full-ride award. She has just completed her second year at the college. Thiroux performed at the 2004 and 2005 IAJE conferences as both a bassist and vocalist. For four years in a row, she was selected to be a member of the elite Gibson/Baldwin Grammy National Honor Jazz Ensemble. She has also received fellowships to the prestigious Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony, and the Vail Jazz Festival. In 2005 she was awarded the Los Angeles Jazz Society's "Shelly Manne New Talent Award," and also received the Downbeat Magazine Student Music Awards for Outstanding Vocal Performance, and Outstanding Bassist, in 2006.

Admission: 
Free Admission

Katie Thiroux at Kendall Square

Thursday / September 11, 2008 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States

Katie Thiroux, from Los Angeles, California, is the recipient of the Phil Ramone Presidential Scholarship to Berklee, a rare, full-ride award. She just completed her second year at the college. Thiroux performed at the 2004 and 2005 IAJE conferences as both a bassist and vocalist. For four years in a row, she was selected to be a member of the elite Gibson/Baldwin Grammy National Honor Jazz Ensemble. She has also received fellowships to the prestigious Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony and the Vail Jazz Festival. In 2005 she was awarded the Los Angeles Jazz Society's Shelly Manne New Talent Award. She received the Down Beat Student Music Award for Outstanding Vocal Performance (2005) and Outstanding Bassist (2006).

Admission: 
Free Admission

Dan Carpel

Thursday / September 25, 2008 / 12:00 p.m.
Kendall Square
300 Athenaeum Street
Cambridge
MA
United States

From Minneapolis, Dan Carpel started playing the tuba at the age of 10. Intrigued by the low end, he began playing the electric bass seriously at 15. Carpel came to Berklee as a performance major on the electric bass, but after seeing Dave Holland perform several times, he gravitated toward the upright instrument. He made a full-time switch to the upright in the fall of 2006. Carpel has studied with Whit Browne, Paul Del Nero, Ron Mahdi, and Bruce Gertz. He toured the Pacific Northwest during the summer of 2007 as a member of the Berklee Monterey Quartet, and currently plays with innovative string jazz band Dr. Magpie.

Admission: 
Free Admission

Together Tonight

Wednesday / October 15, 2008 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Faculty vocalist Lisa Thorson will present an evening of spirited and soulful jazz featuring her longtime collaborators Tim Ray, piano; faculty bassist David Clark; drummer George Schuller; and special guest faculty vocalist Joey Blake. Compositions include works by Ellington, Jobim, Sting, and Thorson, as well as featured wordless originals and songs featuring Lisa's lyrics.

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Pete and J/Jonah Smith

Saturday / October 11, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Pete Harper and Jason Blynn are known to themselves, and in turn by others, affectionately but usually appropriately as "Pete and J." Pete and J tour nationally and occasionally in the U.K. Most of the time, Pete and J are a band consisting of four people (a bassist and drummer in addition to the Pete and the J).

Based in New York, where they flourish in the sweet exhaust and excitement of city life, they tour much of the year, so occasionally see both grass and trees. A few albums are out there, including Without a Band and Dressed for Conversation. A new album is forthcoming.

Jonah Smith and his band have been touring and recording together for over five years. For being cramped into a tiny van together for so long, they get along pretty well. In 2005, Jonah signed a record deal with Relix Records (as in the magazine) and entered the studio with producer Lee Townsend. The album, which took over a year to complete, is considered to be a personal statement by Jonah. No studio trickery, just a band playing music in a really nice room captured for your enjoyment. Tthe record does have some special guests including the Mason Brothers on horns, the legendary Garth Hudson on accordion, Bill Frisell on guitar, and Carrie Rodriguez on vocals and fiddle.

Admission: 
$15 general admission, student discount available at the Berklee Performance Center Box Office

Tips for Singers Book Release Concert

Thursday / October 2, 2008 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Singer/songwriter Carolyn Wilkins will present a concert to celebrate the release of her new book, Tips for Singers. Published by Berklee Press, Carolyn's new book is the perfect complement to books about singing technique. Designed to assist singers in any style of music, Tips for Singers offers advice on developing stage presence, choosing songs, understanding musical notation, finding the best key for your voice, choosing microphones and PA systems, overcoming stage fright, doing your best at auditions, and many other topics. Assisted by an all-star cast of Berklee faculty, Wilkins will perform an eclectic mix of original compositions, jazz standards, and African American spirituals. In addition, she will demonstrate some of the techniques described in Tips for Singers and answer questions from the audience.

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Rachael Yamagata

Monday / September 29, 2008 / 8:00 p.m.
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
United States
02115
Rachael Yamagata

A few rounds of heartbreak … a broken wrist … eight stitches … a blown-out eardrum … and label realignment.

It wasn’t easy getting here for Rachael Yamagata. Three years after she began to appear on the public’s radar with her self-titled debut EP and full-length album Happenstance, Yamagata will release Elephants…Teeth Sinking into Heart, a single record in two parts, on October 7, 2008.

The nine tracks on Elephants are darker and more vulnerable than the five gritty, defiant rock songs on Teeth Sinking into Heart. Taken together, the two halves present a complete timeline of the emotions that revolve around complicated relationships and the accompanying fallout.

Yamagata sometimes worries that her need to analyze heartache in her songwriting is too often mistaken as depressed obsession. After all, her songs are famously populated by breakups. “I see it more as a fascination with human relationships and behavior,” she says, “the struggles we create and the strength we gain.” Her lyrics display an ability to draw new wisdom and confidence from every devastating experience in the hope that the next time will be different. Elephants…Teeth Sinking into Heart, reveal a woman not only undaunted by such losses, but smart enough to know she deserves a lot more than she’s been asking for.

Admission: 
$25 general admission

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