Berklee presents its fourth annual CMJ Music Marathon showcase of alumni and student artists, featuring rock, indie pop, singer/songwriter, r&b, and electro-pop by the Prigs, the Wandas, Oceanographer, Julia Easterlin (HRR artist), the Honors, and Liptease (HRR).
The show will be webcast live and can be viewed at BoweryPoetryLive.com. The event includes free raffles for a chance to win a badge to attend next year's CMJ Music Marathon or a Berkleemusic online course. Free copies will also be given away of student-run label HRR's latest album, Dorm Sessions 7, featuring showcase artists Julia Easterlin and Liptease. Now in its 30th year, the CMJ Music Marathon is New York's largest music event, attracting bands, fans, and music industry professionals from around the world. Learn more about the showcase.
Somewhere between New York City and an unassuming Midwestern town, a van filled with high hats, guitar strings, amps, and cables is twisting its way down a two-lane highway. When it stops, its four occupants will pour into a small music club packed with eager followers. The band will plug in, tune up, and drown out the night with a sound destined to be much bigger than the stage their on.
That band is Atomic Tom.
Supporting Atomic Tom will be the band Gentleman Hall. Having already won a VMA for MTV's 2009 Best Breakout Artist Boston, Gentlemen Hall continues its meteoric rise through its latest collaborations with world-renowned producers Earl Cohen (The Temptations, Anita Baker) and Michael Seifert (Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Tori Amos). The band defines itself by the characteristic melodies of vocalists Gavin and Jacob Michael, fused with big guitars, big beats, and even bigger synths. The result is an unforgettable and highly energetic dance experience.
In recent months, he's kicked things up by adding horns, a swingin' rhythm section, and some filthy electric guitar, dubbing the band Zac Taylor & The Drugs. Think Ben Folds' playfulness with some gritty Telecaster. The debut record Salesman is set to be released this spring. Produced by Berklee's own Ben Gebert, the vibe of the record has raw, tube-crunched guitar, rollicking drums, and some old school Wurlitzer to round out a jazzed-tinged, in-your-face pop-rock sound.
Berklee's official SXSW party features alumni and students from all over the United States performing rock, indie pop, hip-hop, folk, and country. Artists include Audible Mainframe from Long Beach, California; The Young Republic from Nashville; Heavy Rotation Records artists Nini & Ben from Boston; Austinites Stefan Wm and Jordan Tarrant (HRR); Ann Driscoll (HRR) from Cincinnati; Love Like Fire from San Francisco; and Shayna Zaid & the Catch from New York. Alumna Sarah Sharp hosts the event.
The party is 21-plus and open to SXSW badge holders; SXSW wristband holders and the general public can RSVP to email@example.com to attend free of charge. Giveaways include SanDisk Sansa mp3 players, a Berkleemusic online course, and copies of HRR's Dorm Sessions 7 CD, featuring students Ann Driscoll and Jordan Tarrant. Learn more about Berklee's SXSW events.