Reviews

Birds in the Woods

By Brant Buckley
Contributing Writer

Birds in the Woods started from humble beginnings, as a simple duet jamming in the Berklee College of Music dorms between Sue Buzzard on violin and George Woods on guitar and vocals. The group, though …


Ashley Alexander Sells Out the Red Room @ Cafe 939

By Callum MacKenzie
Staff Writer

The audience was packed at Ashley Alexander’s sold-out show at Café 939, and those who could not get seats stood to hear her energetic blend of country and pop music. Her honeyed voice was surrounded …


Kings of Leon: Only by the Night

By Chris Carlson
Contributing Writer

Many times after a very successful album, it can be a daunting task for any band to deliver. Everyone who listens to the newest effort will be comparing it to the earlier masterpiece. With Only …


Motown Ensemble Gets Down

By Grant Himmler
Promotional Director

Each semester, one lucky group of Berklee students receives a crash course in Detroit soul. Led by Larry Watson, one of the more dazzling and infectious personalities on the Berklee campus, the students are immersed …


Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Kinsmen

By Callum MacKenzie
Staff Writer

Kinsmen, the new album from Rudresh Mahanthappa, fuses Indian Classical (Carnatic) music and jazz, and shows that Mahanthappa’s idiosyncratic technique can translate to genres other than straight jazz. Kinsmen is Mahanthappa’s first album since …


Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler

By Zac Taylor
Editor-in-Chief

Mickey Rourke is a smash hit, and administers a few of his own, in director Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler. Randy “The Ram” Robinson (Rourke) is a washed up WWE Professional Wrestler that has trouble paying …


Defiance: Holocaust Action Movie?

By Ann Driscoll
Associate Editor

Defiance is exactly the kind of movie that Tropic Thunder skewers: a big-budget Hollywood effort that converts a tragic historical event into action-packed bombast (in Tropic Thunder, it’s Vietnam; in this, it’s the Holocaust). …


Back Bay Guitar Trio: The Journey

By Callum MacKenzie
Staff Writer

Boston’s Back Bay Guitar Trio, composed of Berklee faculty and alums, is not a guitar trio in the jazz sense (guitar, bass, drums), but literally made up of three acoustic guitarists: David Newsam, Steve Marchena …