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Brandi Carlile at the Berklee Performance Center

Earlier this month, well over a thousand people packed into the Berklee Performance Center, many for the first time at the venue, to see a rare, solo performance by the chart-topping singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile. The sold-out show can partially be attributed to the singer’s fame with her popular songs, such as “The Story,” but also for her notoriety as an incredible performer. And the huge applause Carlile received after listing each and every Boston venue she’s played in the last decade (House of Blues, Orpheum, Paradise, etc) only reinforced the already-overwhelming anticipation for her performance.

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Berklee Presents Kiesza at the Kendal Square Lunch Series

Not sure of exactly what I was about to see, I took a drive to Kendal Square to see Kiesza perform last Thursday. It only took a minute after she started to play to know that I was about to have a great time.

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Pop/Rock Live! Featuring Charlie Worsham 2011

I know what you’re thinking. A flutist at a Pop/Rock show? Well, that’s because this was no ordinary pop/rock show, in that, most of the performers weren’t pop/rock at all.

Robert Reid Gillies performing with the Pop/Rock Live! Band

Not that I’m complaining, because the performers did share something in common – their undeniable talent as singer-songwriters studying at Berklee.  In fact, I don’t think I’ve seen a concert at Berklee that represented so many styles from funk, to Japanese folk, to country, and sometimes, even, pop and rock.

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Spalding and Bieber to Collaborate?

Now that got your attention! It’s not entirely irrelevant, I swear…

Arriving at SXSW on Wednesday, the day before the start of Berklee’s events – read more and watch videos here – I hit the convention center to catch a few panels before the craziness started. Looking through the SXSW Directory – which was about as thick as a mid-sized-city’s yellow pages (but who uses one of those anymore…) – I saw that two Berklee alumni were on an upcoming panel, so I headed over.

The Intersection of Jazz and Hip Hop was moderated by Berklee alumnus Brian “Raydar” Ellis ‘05, now an instructor of turntablism, and included alumna Meghan Stabile ‘06, founder of the Revive Music Group and online music journal the Revivalist. The other panelists were producer Erin Davis, son of Miles Davis; Vincent Wilburn Jr., CEO of Nefdrum Productions (and nephew of Miles Davis); Andre Torres, editor of influential music magazine Wax Poetics; and noted turntablist DJ Logic.

Torres, Ellis, Stabile, Davis, Wilburn, Logic. Best I could do without a flash...

I didn’t see the whole panel, but much of it focused on Miles Davis’s enduring influence on jazz, hip-hop, and pop music in general. Ellis opened up with

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Noite de Pop e Rock no BPC (Pop/Rock night at BPC)

Nesta terça-feira eu fui ao Berklee Performance Center assistir a noite de Pop e Rock da primavera de 2011. O Guitar Department avaliou vários vídeos enviados por bandas do gênero até escolher todos os atos que apresentaram naquela noite.

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