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Berklee Popular Music Institute Artists to Perform at Summer Music Festivals

April 26, 2018

BPMI students to perform at Essence, Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, and more. 

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BPMI Showcases Its 2018 Festival Artists at the Sinclair on March 6

February 21, 2018

Berklee Popular Music Institute presents its annual showcase of artists chosen by students in the program to represent Berklee at major music festivals this summer, including Essence Festival, Lollapalooza, Osheaga, and Outside Lands.

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Paloma Menendez

PODCAST: Inside Berklee—Paloma Menendez

September 26, 2017

In this episode of Inside Berklee, music business/management major Paloma Menendez calls in from her semester abroad at Berklee’s campus in Valencia, Spain, where she’s taking a respite from her music-business-heavy schedule to re-energize her singing and songwriting.

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The band Lady Pills

PODCAST: Sounds of Berklee—Lady Pills

August 8, 2017

This week's Sounds of Berklee episode features a new song from rock band Lady Pills, which is fresh off its set at summer festival mainstay Lollapalooza.

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NPR: Bands Prep for the Big Stage at Berklee

July 17, 2017

NPR's Weekend Edition featured the Berklee Popular Music Institute in a story about the Berklee band Aversed, which recently appeared at the Chicago Open Air metal festival.

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WBUR: Berklee Class Preps Students For Lollapalooza, Governors Ball, and Other Big Name Music Festivals

June 27, 2017

WBUR's Morning Edition featured the Berklee Popular Music Instutute in a story about the program preparing students to perform at major summer festivals.

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Berklee Artists to Perform at Top Music Festivals This Summer Through BPMI

May 25, 2017

The Berklee Popular Music Institute (BPMI) is sending seven artists to perform at top music festivals in the U.S. and Canada this summer including the Governors Ball, Essence Festival, Chicago Open Air, Lollapalooza, and Outside Lands.

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Bastille Talks with Berklee Students about Going from London Basement to Arenas Worldwide

March 30, 2017

In town Monday night for its show at the Agganis Arena, the members of the British indie pop band Bastille, perhaps best known for the chart-topping song "Pompeii," stopped by Berklee that afternoon to screen its new documentary and talk to students. 

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BPMI Releases Its Dorm Sessions 12 Compilation through Stem Platform

March 21, 2017

Berklee Popular Music Institute, and its student-run label Heavy Rotation Records, releases Dorm Sessions 12 through Stem, a financial platform that simplifies payments for musicians and content creators. 

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Weakened Friends, featuring bassist and alumna Annie Hoffman B.M. '09

PODCAST: Weakened Friends

March 7, 2017

Indie rock trio Weakened Friends will kick off a tour of the eastern half of the U.S. starting at this year's South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival in Austin, Texas, where they will meet up and perform with several other Berklee alumni and student bands for the festival's Boston and Beyond party on St. Patrick's Day (March 17).

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BPMI Showcases Its 2018 Festival Artists at the Sinclair on March 6

February 21, 2018

Berklee Popular Music Institute presents its annual showcase of artists chosen by students in the program to represent Berklee at major music festivals this summer, including Essence Festival, Lollapalooza, Osheaga, and Outside Lands.

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Press Hit

NPR: Bands Prep for the Big Stage at Berklee

July 17, 2017

NPR's Weekend Edition featured the Berklee Popular Music Institute in a story about the Berklee band Aversed, which recently appeared at the Chicago Open Air metal festival.

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Press Release

BPMI Releases Its Dorm Sessions 12 Compilation through Stem Platform

March 21, 2017

Berklee Popular Music Institute, and its student-run label Heavy Rotation Records, releases Dorm Sessions 12 through Stem, a financial platform that simplifies payments for musicians and content creators. 

Read more

Weakened Friends, featuring bassist and alumna Annie Hoffman B.M. '09

PODCAST: Weakened Friends

March 7, 2017

Indie rock trio Weakened Friends will kick off a tour of the eastern half of the U.S. starting at this year's South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival in Austin, Texas, where they will meet up and perform with several other Berklee alumni and student bands for the festival's Boston and Beyond party on St. Patrick's Day (March 17).

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Berklee, Vanyaland Announce SXSW Party, Boston and Beyond, March 17

February 22, 2017

At South by Southwest (SXSW) 2017, fast-rising Berklee alumni and student acts will perform dream pop, folk, surf, psych-rock, fuzz-rock, and more. The lineup features Aüva, Bat House, Boketto the Wolf, Contact, Rebecca Loebe, TRISHES, and Weakened Friends.

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Dorm Sessions 12 Release Party Brings Berklee Artists to the Sinclair February 16

February 2, 2017

The Berklee Popular Music Institute presents Dorm Sessions 12, the new release by its student-run label, Heavy Rotation Records (HRR), with a release party featuring Berklee groups and artists who will be touring to major music festivals this summer.

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2016 Berklee Lollapalooza Scholarships Awarded

July 21, 2016

Teen musicians from Muskogee, Oklahoma, and Chicago, Illinois, have received scholarships through Berklee's partnership with iconic music festival Lollapalooza.

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Boston and Beyond: Berklee's CMJ Music Marathon Showcase October 16

October 1, 2015

Berklee’s official CMJ showcase of alumni and student artists, Friday, October 16 at Carroll Place, is presented by the Red Room at Cafe 939, Berklee Alumni Affairs, and Heavy Rotation Records (HRR), with media sponsor Vanyaland.

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Kyle Thornton

Berklee Bands Make Their Mark on the Summer 2015 Festival Circuit

August 3, 2015

Berklee bands land slots in North America’s premier summer concert festivals, including South by Southwest (SXSW), Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Boston Calling, Osheaga, and the Lowell Summer Music Series.

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Vanyaland: Listen to Performances from Berklee's SXSW Party

March 30, 2015

Listen to live performances from Berklee's SXSW Party: Boston and Beyond.

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Berklee's 10th Annual SXSW Party: Boston and Beyond

February 24, 2015

Berklee presents its 10th annual SXSW Party: Boston and Beyond on Thursday, March 19, 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at Brush Square Park West Tent in Austin, Texas.

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Heavy Rotation Records Releases Dorm Sessions 10

February 3, 2015

Heavy Rotation Records (HRR) presents Dorm Sessions 10, a mix of rock, folk, indie pop, singer-songwriter, psychedelic soul, R&B, electronic, and Latin pop by Berklee students and alumni.

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