A weekly mix of trending topics and themes

What Is Contemporary Music?

It's practically Berklee's middle name—but what are we talking about when we say "contemporary music"?

Berklee Now Series

Soul of Her Own Machine: Merrill Garbus Reveals the Human Side of Looping

During a recent songwriting clinic, visiting artist Merrill Garbus, of the indie band Tune-Yards, pulled back the curtain on her distinctive approach to performing.

4 Steps Songwriters Can Take Now to Prepare for the Music Modernization Act

For songwriters and music publishers, the game is about to change in a big way. Here’s how to get ready.

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith’s Orchestra of Electricity

Take a moment to clear your mind with the alumna synth composer's organic, meditative music, featured on this episode of Sounds of Berklee.

Grammy-winning producer Che Pope

Kanye Producer Talks Modern Definitions of Success

Grammy-winning producer Che Pope (Kanye West, Lauryn Hill, the Weeknd) reflected on his career as part of this year's Business of Hip-Hop/Urban Music Symposium.

How Dogs Can Teach You to Sing Heavy Metal

David Benites, founder of the Extreme Vocal Institute, summoned the powers of metal—and classic vocal technique—at a recent clinic.

Chinese classical music being performed by an orchestra

More than Mozart: A Global Take on Classical Music

Inspired by a Chamber Series performance at the Conservatory, listen to examples of classical music that go far beyond the Western idiom.

Naty Hernandez

Listen to a New Song from Women in Music Award Winner Naty Hernandez

The award provided the Colombian multi-instrumentalist with the resources to produce the song "Besar el sol."

Berklee and Halo Neuroscience Announce Collaboration To Accelerate Music Learning

Can a pair of headphones help you learn music faster, practice more efficiently, and increase creativity?

Jilian Medford of the band IAN SWEET

How Shoegaze Lived, Died, and Came Back to Influence a New Generation

If you like Coldplay, Beach House, or even the 1975, then you probably like shoegaze—even if you didn't know it.

Electronic musician performing in the dining hall

5 Essentials of Music Career Success

Want to build a sustainable career in the music industry? Here are a few tips on how to get started.

Kelsey's Prime Slices: Will Johnson, Husky Loops

Read about and hear new releases recommended by BIRN staff member Kelsey Johnson the week of August 5.


Ryan's Reviews: Let's Rock by the Black Keys

BIRN staff member Ryan Reid checks out the ninth studio album by the blues rock stalwarts, their first in five years.