Concert

Me vs Gravity / Melanie Lynx / Carly Tefft

Friday / March 1, 2013 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
Me vs Gravity

In the short time they've been together, Me vs Gravity has been blowing up the Boston scene with their epic pop/rock style. Since their first show a year ago, Me vs Gravity released a self-produced, self-titled seven-song EP along with a music video for the EP's lead single, "Walls," which now has more than 200,000 views on YouTube. With a strong online presence, a bombastic live show, and a drive like no other, Me vs Gravity is a force to be reckoned with.

Melanie Lynx discovered she had a talent for singing at an early age and began her musical journey, succeeding at competitions both locally and nationally. Some noteworthy accomplishments include her participation in Hollywood Week on Fox's American Idol season 10, performing at the Apollo Theater and Carnegie Hall in New York, and performing in more than 350 shows with one of New England's top cover bands. Lynx is currently developing her original music with producers Chris Leon and Jay Weiss, as well as producing YouTube covers.

When asked how to describe her sound, 18-year-old Carly Tefft responds with, “There’s a lot of rock and roll influence from the Police, mixed with some funky alternative roots from Sheryl Crow and Jason Mraz, blended with the lighter sounds of Sara Bareilles and Colbie Caillat.” The Cape Cod singer-songwriter strives to be “creative without being cliché." With one year at Berklee College of Music under her belt, Tefft has hit the ground running, releasing her first independent studio EP, Loud and Clear. Kathleen Szmit of The Barnstable Patriot describes it as “an album that could easily hold its own against the likes of Gwen Stefani, Hayley Willians, Sara Bareilles, and, yes, Taylor Swift."

Admission: 
$10 admission, $8 with Berklee ID

reVERB Poets presents Mary Lambert with Rose McAleese

Tuesday / January 22, 2013 / 7:30 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

Mary Lambert is an accomplished singer-songwriter with a spoken word background. In addition to her famed contribution to the Mackelmore and Ryan Lewis track “Same Love,” and her debut EP letters don’t talk, she was also featured on HBO in Russell Simmons’s Brave New Voices International Competition in 2008, and was Seattle’s 2011 Grand Poetry Slam Champion and the 2012 Northwest Regional Slam winner.

Joining Mary is poet and filmmaker Rose McAleese from Seattle. McAleese was named Individual Youth Slam Poet in 2007 and 2008, and was a member of the Seattle Youth Slam Poetry Team in 2007, 2008, and 2009. She also competed on the University of Washington poetry team at the 2010 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational, where she was nominated Best Female Poet. She was a member of the 2011 Seattle Adult Poetry Slam team, and in 2012 she represented Seattle at the Women of the World Poetry Slam.

Stay tuned for details about a special VIP after-party with Lambert and McAleese.

Admission: 
Free

Steven Wilson

Saturday / April 27, 2013 / 8:00 p.m.
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115

One of the most eclectic and prolific artists in rock music, Steven Wilson has been writing, recording, and producing music continuously since the age of 10. He is perhaps best known as the lead guitarist/singer and songwriter for progressive rock band Porcupine Tree, but his projects are numerous, including collaborations with Israeli superstar Aviv Geffen, Blackfield, and a long-running partnership with Tim Bowness.  Wilson comes to the Berklee Performance Center in support of his third solo album, The Raven That Refused to Sing (and Other Stories).

 

Admission: 
$27.50, $35, $45, reserved seating

Caitlin Callas: Viola Recital of Righteousness

Thursday / January 31, 2013 / 7:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

 

Caitlin Callas will be presenting a program of original works, including arrangements of Radiohead tunes for two violas and pieces she has cowritten with guitarist Bob Holiday.

 

Admission: 
Free

Mike Block: Solo Faculty Recital

Wednesday / January 30, 2013 / 7:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

 

New cello faculty member Mike Block will present a solo recital mixing original and cover songs for cello and voice, a Bach cello suite, and instrumental arrangements of folk music. Special guests to be announced.  

 

Admission: 
Free

Jazz Night with Linnéa Lundgren

Tuesday / January 29, 2013 / 7:00 p.m.
Oliver Colvin Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

 

This will be vocalist Linnéa Lundgren's first recital at Berklee as a bandleader. She has put together a lovely band to perform some good old standards as well as her own compositions. 

 

Admission: 
Free

Mikael Chauvet Joergensen: Scratch

Tuesday / January 29, 2013 / 7:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

 

 
Drummer Mikael Chauvet Joergensen will present his new band, Scratch (full rhythm section with horns.)  The band will perform tunes with jazz and funk influences.

 

Admission: 
Free

Louis Fram and Friends

Tuesday / January 29, 2013 / 4:00 p.m.
Berk Recital Hall
1140 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02215

 

 

Bassist Louis Fram and his band will perform styles ranging from bluegrass to jazz to popular music. Please come and enjoy.

 

Admission: 
Free

Wake Owl / Andy Shauf

Wednesday / February 20, 2013 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
Wake Owl

Singer-songwriter Colyn Cameron of Wake Owl has been immersed in the world of music for the past 10 years. Now based in Vancouver, British Columbia and Portland, Oregon, Cameron was originally born and raised in southern California. “In the beginning I was mostly into rhyme stuff/hip hop,” Cameron notes, “I wrote rap basically. I used to go around the school ground rapping my verses to whoever would listen. Then about seven years ago I picked up a guitar and taught myself basic stuff and immediately began writing songs.” After graduation Cameron trained in organic agriculture at Emerson College in England; worked on different farms throughout the U.K., Germany, Chile, and Canada; and traveled the world. Cameron found his journeys to be a catalyst for writing songs. “My writing process is always changing. I usually find the most inspiration after these long periods of not having too much of my own space, touring or traveling. A lot just tends to pour out rather quickly,” he reflects. Upon returning to Vancouver, Cameron spent some time playing in bands before deciding to record the songs he had written after his journey, and thus began the Wild Country EP. “With this EP I was really focused on just creating recordings I could be proud of and felt connected to as a group of songs. I wanted to capture and represent, in all its instrumentation and arrangement, what those songs mean to me,” he says. The result is a five-song EP that harvests raw, honest, emotion through Cameron’s words and melodies.

For almost a decade Andy Shauf has been building a cult following that hangs on his every word. The dark storytelling and bold gift of melody he displays in his recordings and intimate live shows have drawn comparisons to the early work of Paul Simon, Elliott Smith, and Neil Young. On November 6, Shauf released his first full-length record in over four years, The Bearer of Bad News. It is also undeniably his best, capturing a journey of long winter nights spent writing and hot summer days spent on the road with friends. Recorded alone in the basement, the album is 11 songs built on a weathered piano, a warm guitar, a clarinet, and the melody of a broken heart. At its heart is Shauf’s one-of-a-kind voice and dark knack for story. It eventually found its way to producer and engineer Jonathan Anderson, who gave the songs a humble trademark polish and helped them find a way to speak for themselves.

 

Admission: 
$8 in advance, $10 day of show, general admission

Stone Cold Fox / Branches / Broken Anchor

Saturday / February 16, 2013 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115
Stone Cold Fox

 

Olken and Loh met as classmates at SUNY Purchase where Stone Cold Fox originated as an acoustic bedroom project. It has since expanded and grown into a solid indie-folk group that “emanates a youthful and energetic sense of comfort through beautiful songs, simple aesthetics, and innovative production.” (FIKA Coffee Break). Drawing its musical influences from Radiohead and more, Stone Cold Fox's exceptional musicianship grew from a place of deep-seeded knowledge, rooted in the members' early experimentation with a variety of genres. Now complete with Justin Bright (electric bass/bass synth), Graham Stone (guitar, back-up vocals) and David Tedeschi (drums), Stone Cold Fox shows off “heavy, irreverent songwriting under catchy, indie pop tunes“ (Hyphen Magazine) that “capture the spirit of being young in America.” (Given and Taken in Ink Music)

Best friends turned band-mates, the lady and gentlemen of Branches are an independent, self-writing and self-producing collective. Birthed in a living room in the suburbs of Los Angeles in 2010, Tyler, Natalie, Jacob, Mitch, Tyler, and Mike have since spent their time playing shows, writing, and recording songs. Their debut EP, O, Light! and their sophomore release, Cabin, offered an eight-song sample of their sound. The sounds of O, Light! and Cabin offer the full spectrum of what this band is capable of: indie-folk-rock-family-fun in a style that has been compared to the likes of Arcade Fire, Mumford and Sons, and Freelance Whales. Branches are thrilled and proud to have recently released its first full-length album, Thou Art the Dream.

The story of new indie rock band Broken Anchor begins in a home studio in Los Angeles' diverse Echo Park neighborhood, where the song “Broken Anchor Blues” was recorded in 2012. The project grew organically out of a collaboration between Austin Hartley-Leonard and producer, Brad Gordon. The music reflects a broader influence from Hartley-Leonard's previous efforts, lending itself to comparisons with Band of Horses and Fleet Foxes and what Gordon calls “a kind of elegant lo-fi retro vibe." Broken Anchor is a stunning ride through a songwriter's exploration of life and love, created with a clarity of vision only the journey can provide.

 

Can't make it to the show? This event will stream live on Concert Window.

Admission: 
$10, general admission

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