Berklee at CMJ Music Marathon
|John Engle '10 of Liptease got the crowd dancing to the group's infectious electro-pop beats.|
|Photo by Tony Brown|
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Berklee, Heavy Rotation Records (HRR), and Berkleemusic.com hosted their fourth official showcase at the CMJ Music Marathon, New York's largest music festival. Mixing and mingling to the sounds of six up-and-coming acts featuring Berklee alumni and students, the crowd got a varied sampling of different music styles coming out of Berklee, from the electro-pop of Liptease, the Honors' self-described "cave wave," and the jazzy vocals of Julia Easterlin, to shoegazer pop from Oceanographer, raucous, earnest rock from the Wandas, and '80s pop meets prog from the Prigs.
Berklee presented a nighttime showcase for the first time, a move that proved to be highly successful. Facing stiff competition from hundreds of bands from around the world playing official and unofficial showcases that Friday night, the bands held their own, packing the club with alumni, students, fans, and CMJ festival-goers. The audience at the Bowery Poetry Club numbered more than 200 people, with many hundreds more tuning in to a live webcast of the event.
Fans didn't leave empty-handed; both the Wandas and the Honors were swarmed by audience members for copies of their latest CDs, and 150 copies of HRR's Dorm Sessions 7 CD were handed out to patrons wanting to hear more of Liptease and Easterlin, who are featured on the CD.
Click the image to see photos from the event and check out Berklee-Blogs for a band-by-band recap, interviews with each artist, and performance videos from the show.