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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Ones to Watch in 2011: Pearl and The Beard

I'm BEYOND excited to see one of my favorite live bands tonight here in Cambridge, MA. If you haven't caught a Pearl and The Beard show yet, you're really missing out. No...really. You're missing out! The Brooklyn, NY-based trio is currently in the midst of a U.S. tour in support of their latest album, Killing The Darlings, which came out May 10th on Family Records.

Pearl and The Beard are three former strangers (Jocelyn Mackenzie, Emily Hope Price and Jeremy Styles) who met in New York and have been making beautiful music ever since.  It's easy to pigeonhole the band into the folk category (not that there'd be anything wrong with that) but they are really so much more.
"Pearl and the Beard is three voices, one cello, one guitar, one glockenspiel, one melodica, several drums, one accordion, ninety-six teeth, and one soul."
"Folk-leaning" is definitely a good way to describe Pearl and The Beard.  They're music is made up of gorgeous three-part harmonies, foot-stomping/hand-clapping beats and most importantly...a sense of humor.  Seeing these guys perform is always half the fun.  Each member's personality really comes through, in both the performance as well as in the songwriting.  If you can, you really should catch one of their gigs.  A good time is certain to be had by all.

Pearl and the Beard - Sweetness by hearhearmusic

Back in June of last year I did a post featuring Pearl and The Beard's unique-sounding Will Smith medley ("Men In Black," "Miami," & "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It") - still as amazing as it was when I first heard it.  As a special treat, check out their brilliant song "Sweetness," up above and if you like what you hear you can download it for free below. I'm also giving you the band's new single, "Reverend" as an added bonus.

You can also check out some live performances that Pearl and The Beard did over on Sleepover Shows, a super cool blog, where the webmasters actually host bands at their place for a "sleepover" and impromptu performance.  Really cool idea, right?  Check out Pearl and The Beard doing three songs - "Sweetness," "Hot Volcano" and "Prodigal Daughter." The new album, Killing The Darlings, was produced by Franz Nicolay and is available now everywhere.  Check out the full list of remaining tour dates below and get out to see Pearl and The Beard! You won't be sorry. I promise.

Tour Dates:

06.16 TT the Bear's, 11:30pm (Cambridge, MA)
06.18 Oak and the Ax, 8pm (Biddeford, ME)
06.23 Garfield Artworks, 8pm (Pittsburgh, PA)
06.26 The Blind Tiger, 8pm (Greensboro, NC)
06.27 The Get Down, 8pm (West Asheville, NC)
06.28 Caledonia Lounge, 8pm (Athens, GA)
06.29 The Pinhook, 8pm (Durham, NC)
06.30 Blue Moon Cafe, 8pm (Shepherdstown, WV)
07.01 The Red Palace, 8pm (Washington, DC)
07.07 Music Hall of Williamsburg, 8pm (Brooklyn, NY)

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Ones to Watch in 2011: Bera

America...get ready for a new teen R&B singing sensation. His name is Bera and he's 16 years old. Hailing from Paris but calling the Republic of Georgia home, this talented musician is a bonafied musical phenomenon. Per his website bio:
"Gifted with perfect pitch, he was handed a violin at age 5 and started piano two years later. He’s classically trained, but it’s his love for jazz that has him motivated to create."
Perfect there anything this boy can't do? Despite having music big whigs like Rob Fusari (Lady Gaga) and Rodney Jerkins (Michael Jackson, Britney Spears) behind him 100%, Bera wanted to do things his way, starting his own record label called Georgian Dream. Sticking with his fiery passion for music and determination to succeed, Bera wrote every single track on his upcoming debut. According to Bera, the album has a fun, up-tempo club persona as well as a more laid back, "loverboy, romantic side." Bera's first single, the Rob Fusari-produced "Favorite Things," is a slick, mid-tempo R&B jam, very reminiscent to me of early JoJo in it's innocent yet mature songwriting style. According to Bera,
“I really love ‘Favorite Things’ because it shows who I am. In three minutes it shows my universe. Everything I say in my songs comes from something real.”
Bera's follow up to "Favorite Things" is a song called "Don't Worry," which is a bit more club-friendly than it's predecessor. The song was produced by Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, who also produced the more up-tempo "Light It Up," which according to Bera's Twitter, will be "dropping soon." While Bera is influenced by modern R&B and hip-hop styles, his musical influences certainly aren't one note. Bera is passionate about a wide array of musical styles and artists, influenced by both jazz and soul music and citing legendary entertainers such as Tupac, Michael Jackson, Notorious B.I.G., Barry White, Lionel Richie and Lenny Kravitz to name a few. Another big influence in Bera's music? Love, of course.
"My songs are very seductive. When I write a song I picture a girl and I’m writing that song for her, even if she doesn’t exist. Even when I write with pain I write it cause of the love."
While Bera may be young, musically-he's mature beyond his years. Not only does this come through in his songwriting but also in his humble attitude about success and fame.
"When someone thinks about me or my music I want them to smile. I don’t need to be a superstar. I don’t want to be that untouchable guy. I want to be like you and I want you to feel my music and enjoy it with me. I just want to share my feelings.”
Download "Favorite Things" on U.S. iTunes HERE or "Don't Worry" HERE. Look for his next single "Light It Up" as well as his debut album, due out later this year. Bera is definitely one to watch.  Check out the sexy Ray Kay-directed music video for "Favorite Things" below.
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