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Rock House Podcast
27 minutes | Dec 26, 2018
s4e8: Gems of 2018 - Songs You Might Have Missed But Should Have Heard
In this final episode of Season 4, Stephen shares 10 of his favorite songs released in 2018. This is a specially curated list of songs under 500,000 Spotify plays that you might have missed but should have heard. You can find the full list on our website: AllstonRockRecords.com/gems and on Spotify @LearsonPeak
27 minutes | Jul 9, 2018
s4e7: What We Miss Most from Block Island
June has been a very busy month of performances and celebrations. We made it back from a long weekend on Block Island and share our best memories. Stephen reflects on his keytar battle with Marc Scortino of Captain Nick's. Michelle learns an important lesson at Fete Music Hall and starts to work on the Space Unicorn music video. Learson Peak announces a show on July 28th for the launch of AERONAUT's beer garden in Arlington, MA.
37 minutes | Jun 3, 2018
s4e6: 3 Biggest Surprises from Boston Calling and Occupy Harvard Square
We recap Boston Calling 2018 and highlight three biggest surprises. Michelle shares a tip on t-shirt designs. Stephen finds himself caught in the middle of an ongoing battle between local musicians and the Harvard Square Business Association
21 minutes | May 14, 2018
s4e5: Making an Instagram Robot
We share how we celebrated Mother's Day last Sunday and highlight a special photo from our drummer Jules Jenssen. Michelle talks about her new found ability and dilemma of launching an Instagram robot. We look forward to Boston Calling.
27 minutes | May 6, 2018
s4e4: The Final Show on Block Island
Stephen makes an apology and reads The Indobox statement about their final shows. Michelle recaps Dr. Dog and a revelation about foreign currency. We discuss the upcoming Green River Festival on July 13 and learn about the infamous 27 Club. Michelle starts to make new designs for Block Island 2018.
21 minutes | Apr 27, 2018
s4e3: Music Documentaries You Should Watch
We update you on Stephen's birthday festivities, news from House of Blues Foundation Room and a short introduction to must-watch music documentaries. Stephen debuts his new video series - Synthesizer Show & Tell - with the Behringer Model D (a birthday gift).
14 minutes | Apr 7, 2018
s4e1: What Are the Four Questions?
Something new for you as we start off a fresh season - Michelle answers 4 questions each week about the progress of Stephen's new band - Learson Peak: 1. What went well for the band last week? 2. What didn't go so well for the band last week? 3. What is something interesting we learned? 4. What are we excited about next week?
27 minutes | Jan 8, 2018
s3e2: Burning Slow - Learson Peak Track #1
We explore the first song off of the Learson Peak album - Burning Slow. Find out why Stephen wrote the song, and all the cool synthesizers he used to create the effects. Michelle gives us an update on the the past weekend and formation of the Learson Peak live band. Learson Peak is playing their debut show on Monday, Jan 15 @ Thunder Road in Somerville, MA. Hope to see you there. Photography Credit: Xinhua Zhou (Michelle's mom)
28 minutes | Jan 1, 2018
s3e1: Gems of 2017 - Songs You Might Have Missed But Should Have Heard
In this 2nd Annual New Years episode, Stephen shares 10 of his songs from Gems of 2017 plus 10 honorable mentions - a specially curated list of our favorite songs released in 2017 that you might have missed. You can find the full list on our website: AllstonRockRecords.com/Gems and on Spotify @LearsonPeak
2 minutes | Dec 28, 2017
Season 3 Teaser
Welcome back! To celebrate the new year, we are announcing the release of Season 3, coming to your ears in January 2018. Season 3 will bring to your ears a deconstructed view of each track on Stephen's new album - Learson Peak. Stay tuned for the Rock House Supernova.
28 minutes | Jan 3, 2017
s2e8: Gems of 2016 - Songs You Might Have Missed But Should Have Heard
In this special New Years episode, Stephen shares 11 of his songs from Gems of 2016 - a specially curated list of our favorite songs released in 2016 that you might have missed. You can find the full list on our website: AllstonRockRecords.com/gems
38 minutes | Dec 21, 2016
s2e7: Karl Denson of The Rolling Stones & Lenny Kravitz
Karl Denson - an acclaimed singer, saxophonist and floutist - reflects on his journey in jazz and rock music. Karl has had a long career touring and recording with a wide variety of artists such as Lenny Kravitz, Soulive, and the Rolling Stones. He also leads his own successful project - Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe. Happy holidays everyone!
38 minutes | Nov 15, 2016
s2e6: Michael League of Snarky Puppy - From YouTube to the Grammys
Michael League, leader of the Grammy award-winning band Snarky Puppy, reveals what it was like to write with David Crosby.
31 minutes | Aug 16, 2016
s2e5: Ian Chang of Son Lux
Ian Chang, a classically-trained drummer from Hong Kong, explains how his voracious appetite led him to the maximalist band Son Lux. We had a chance to speak with Ryan Lott, leader of Son Lux, as well as guitarist Rafig Bhatia. Special thanks to Adam Schatz (Landlady) and Justin Chang (Ascot Chang) for being guests on our show.
34 minutes | Jul 18, 2016
s2e4: Turkuaz - Rules We Break on Tour
Turkuaz, a colorful 9-piece power funk band from Brooklyn, shares how the band originally formed, chose their name and grew their fan base. Singers Sammi and Shira read through a list of the band's rules of the road - which they break all the time, and we also get a chance to hear from Thor Harris, the original author of the viral list: "How to Tour in a Band or Whatever." Stephen gets to practice a fascinating vocal tip. Thank you to our sponsor Izotope for making our show possible. Special thanks to Stephanie Deluca Photo credit: Dani Brandwein
39 minutes | Jul 4, 2016
s2e3: Jeff Apruzzese - Why I Left Passion Pit
Jeff Apruzzese, former bassist for Passion Pit, reveals why he left the band and joined Berklee Popular Music Institute. We complete the Altamont story wtih Jeff Dorenfeld, our guest from Episode 2. Thank you to our sponsor Izotope for making our show possible.
36 minutes | Jun 19, 2016
s2e2: Jeff Dorenfeld - Getting to Lollapalooza
Listen to our conversation with the former manager of the multi-platinum band Boston: Jeff Dorenfeld. He has tour-managed Sammy Hagar and worked as tour accountant for Ozzy Osbourne. Jeff is the mastermind behind the launch of the Berklee Popular Music Institute (BPMI), a new experiential program that taking students to large music festivals across the world. Thank you to our sponsor Izotope for making our show possible.
41 minutes | Jun 2, 2016
s2e1: Nikki Glaspie of The Nth Power, former drummer for Beyonce
Season 2 of the Rock House kicks off with one of the most talented drummers in the music industry: Nikki Glaspie. Nikki has played with Beyonce, Chaka Kahn, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Maceo Parker, Destiny's Child and George Michael. In 2012, Nikki left Beyonce and started her own band, The Nth Power. In this episode, we were lucky enough to speak with Nikki as well as Nate Edgar (bass) and Nick Cassarino (guitar, vocals). Thank you to our sponsor Izotope for making our show possible Special thanks to Sounds of Berklee Podcast Photo Credit: Jeremy Scott
29 minutes | Apr 9, 2016
Season 2 Teaser
SURPRISE! We have a very special bonus track where we introduce Turkuaz - one of our feature bands for Season 2 of the Rock House. After the short preview, Stephen spends some time with his long-time piano teacher, Mrs. Elaine Friedlander of Friedlander Piano Studio. Michelle gives us an update on her Podquest.
32 minutes | Mar 11, 2016
s1e12: Brian J of Pimps of Joytime
In our Season 1 finale episode, we bring you a glimpse into the mysterious life of Brian J, lead guitarist and singer for the Brooklyn band Pimps of Joytime. David Bailis (bass / keyboards / synths) discusses the band's song-writing process and gigging thirty nights a month in Brooklyn while Kim Dawson (vocalist) shares her perspective on working with Brian. Stephen and Michelle prepare for Season 2.
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