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Berklee to give Harry Belafonte honorary doctorate March 6

Posted by Emily Wright March 3, 2014 02:23 PM


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After a concert Berklee College of Music in his honor, Harry Belafonte will be awarded an honorary doctorate in recognition of his "inspiring musical and humanitarian achievements," the school announced on Monday.


Life is good Festival 2013 schedule and info

Posted by Matthew Juul September 18, 2013 01:11 PM


(Charles Sykes/Associated Press)

Hip-hop band The Roots rehearsing at NBC Studios in New York City Feb. 19, 2009. The band will be taking the stage at this year's Life is good Festival.

The Life is good Festival will be returning to Prowse Farm in Canton Sept. 21-22 for two days of music, fundraising, and fun.

The event will feature interactive arts activities, games, and plenty of live musical performances, including Hall and Oates, Jack Johnson, The Roots, Dawes, and more. There will also be a strong local presence, including acts with New England ties like Jesse Dee, Lake Street Dive, Gentlemen Hall, Ryan Montbleau, and more.

Check below to find out all the info you'll need for this year's Life is good Festival.


Boston Calling Music Festival schedule and info

Posted by Matthew Juul August 29, 2013 10:49 AM


(Jack Plunkett/Invision/Associated Press)

Vampire Weekend performing at the 2013 SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas on March 16. The band will be taking the stage at the Boston Calling Music Festival on Saturday, Sept. 7.

The Boston Calling Music Festival will be returning to the Hub for two-days of festival fun at City Hall Plaza Sept. 7-8.

Twenty live performances will hit the stage throughout the weekend event, featuring the likes of Vampire Weekend, Passion Pit, Kendrick Lamar, and Major Lazer. The festival will also have a host of local food vendors as well as two beer gardens on hand.

Check below to find out all the info you'll need for this year's Boston Calling Music Festival.


Ready for the MTV VMAs?

Posted by Glenn Yoder September 6, 2012 01:25 PM

When the MTV Video Music Awards kick off tonight at 8 p.m., the actual music could bring plenty of drama to the show.

In addition to live performances from the likes of P!nk, Taylor Swift, and One Direction, Green Day will take the stage after lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong was taken to an emergency room with a bad flu on Sunday. Nicki Minaj will perform with a special guest after apparently recently endorsing Mitt Romney for president.

What do you expect from this year's show? Will you be watching?

Karmin finalist in Rolling Stone contest

Posted by Mawuse Ziegbe August 3, 2012 03:44 PM


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Amy Heidemann from the duo Karmin performs on ABC's "Good Morning America" on Friday, July 20, 2012 in New York City.

A local gal may be on the cover of Rolling Stone - if you vote her onto the storied music magazine.

Amy Heidemann, the sassy, rapping, pompadour-sporting half of Karmin, the YouTube sensation turned chart-topping pop duo formed at Berklee, is up against pop upstart Rita Ora to win the magazine's "Women Who Rock" contest. The victor will be on the back cover of RS's upcoming "Women Who Rock" issue in September.

Both starlets will perform at Lollapalooza in Chicago this weekend, and fans will be able to vote for which performances they like, as well as other Karmin and Rita Ora videos and interviews, online.

For more info and to vote, log on to Rolling Stone's Women Who Rock site.

For a Karmin refresher, check out their chat.

Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds to headline Life is good festival

Posted by Mawuse Ziegbe June 7, 2012 12:13 PM


Chad Batka for The New York Times

Dave Matthews of the American jam band Dave Matthews Band performs at the 2010 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn.

The full lineup for the 2012 Life is good Festival has been revealed, and Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds are set to headline. Other acts include Sara Bareilles, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, and Michael Franti & Spearhead.

This year's festival will take place from Sept. 22-23 at Prowse Farm in Canton. Check out pictures from last year's event, and see more acts listed below:

Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds
Sara Bareilles
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
Eric Hutchinson
The Infamous Stringdusters
Ryan Montbleau Band
Sarah Jarosz
Allen Stone
Katie Herzig
Muck And The Mires
Orange Television

For more information, head to the Life is good website.

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