One of a series of music profiles I wrote for a client of Rhode Island-based design firm, Rustle and Spark. Here's how this one starts:
If you already have a playlist featuring the likes of Alabama Shakes, Leon Bridges, or Norah Jones, it’s time to add singer-songwriter and guitarist Laura Jean Anderson to the mix.
She’s an artist who seems hell-bent on making fresh hay out of the American roots tradition...
When Needham vocalist JoJo David performs in concert at Boston College on Thursday, it will be a milestone in a long and sometimes difficult road back to being a performing artist.
Not long ago, it looked like a moment that would never come.
Hochschild is a regular guest on Boston Public Radio's concert roundtable, a preview of upcoming performances in a wide variety of musical genres. He appears with WGBH's Brian O'Donovan and WCRB's Brian McCreath. In this episode, Hochschild previewed three upcoming concerts: American Symphony of Soul, Jens Lindemann, and Yoko Miwa.
They're lauded as some of the best musicians at Berklee. But when students in the Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI) recently toured Africa, they did so without any of the egocentric trappings you might expect from people so young and talented. All they seemed to care about was connecting with audiences...
With a lead role on Broadway in The Color Purple and a recording contract with Blue Note Records, Elisabeth Withers-Mendes '94 is living her dreams.
Influenced as much by punk as folk music, England’s great singer-songwriter Billy Bragg has always placed politics and social activism at the center of his creative life. Bragg has a new book out about the history and impact of skiffle: Roots, Radicals, and Rockers.
He paused during his book tour to talk about it all.
When Paul Wachter—financial advisor to many of the biggest names in entertainment and sports—visited Berklee on April 25, he turned one of the most-heard career maxims on its ear.
"It's not about who you know, it's about what you know," he told a group of Berklee students..."
This is a segment of audio captured from the WGBH radio program, Boston Public Radio. I am fortunate to occasionally be asked to be a guest on this program, along with my fellow music obsessives, Brian O'Donovan and Brian McCreath, to discuss upcoming concerts. It's an opportunity to talk about my musical passions in front of a large audience.
The Boston Public Radio Concert Roundtable previews upcoming performances in a wide variety of musical genres. As always, we are joined for the roundtable by Rob Hochschild, an associate professor of liberal arts at Berklee College of Music, Brian O’Donovan, the host of WGBH’s A Celtic Sojourn, and WCRB’s Brian McCreath, the producer of WCRB’s Boston Symphony Orchestra broadcasts, the executive producer of WCRB In Concert, and host of an interview...
Berklee awarded vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist Willie Nelson an honorary doctorate at the 2013 commencement. Hours before the commencement concert, I was invited on to his bus to ask him a few questions about his musical background and influences.
Beyond the cycle of classes, hours of study, and carefully orchestrated ceremonies, the daily unfolding drama of college life has a way of generating random circumstances that inevitably impact its actors for years to come. Look at Walter Becker and Donald Fagen '66. As undergraduates at a small liberal arts college in New York in the 1960s, a couple of smart teenagers equally obsessed with jazz, rock, and black humor, they sought out like-minded jam session buddies with whom to have some kic...