Barbieri’s Pregame KICKS! Dig it, Devils!

We LOVE that senior Paul Barbieri, “backbone for Burlington Hockey,” makes music part of his pregame ritual, and we certainly don’t mind that his ritual includes The Foo Fighters’ “Pretender.” This track – the lead single on the band’s 2007 album Echoes, Silence, Patience, and Grace – presents powerhouse guitars and energetic builds that make it just about impossible to remain neutral while listening. Dave Grohl does not disappoint on this aggressive track.

Barbieri shares some qualities with Grohl, who pounded the drum kit for Nirvana before moving up to the mic as lead in the Foo Fighters. This high school goalie not only protects the net, a position not often associated with taking the lead; he is also a driving force steering the team. Coach Conceison describes him as a “powerful voice” in the locker room and on the ice. We’re not sorry that Grohl or Barbieri moved up to the front.

The choice of this song as a pregame pscyh-up makes perfect sense. Lyrically about confrontation, the track is conflict-oriented and can help any listener face an opponent. Much like Barbieri, it’s about standing up and standing out. Plus, it straight up rocks.

You can catch Barbieri and the Devils this Saturday at the Ice Palace, and the Foo Fighters at Fenway this July. Both shows are not to be missed. Dig it!

TDP Recommends: Bjork’s “Blissing Me”

Screen Shot 2017-11-24 at 11.21.02 AM.pngUtopia, the eighteenth release and ninth studio album from wonderfully strange alternative pop star Bjork, drops this week. If the first single, “Blissing Me,” is any indication, the album will not disappoint. With more than a dozen flutists credited in the liner notes mixed in with other sonic delights, such as “Venezuelan bird calls,” there is no question that Bjork fans will be delighted.

Following her last album, Vulnicura, a critically acclaimed break-up album that didn’t get a lot of love in pop culture, Utopia is intended to be a brighter, lighter release.  This single certainly fits that description. Full of romance and hope, “Blissing Me,” is an airy song with classical baroque sounds combined with unabashedly contemporary lyrics about two music nerds texting each other MP3s. Within this beautifully electronic, harp-filled piece, Bjork thoughtfully declares, “I’m falling in love with a song,” and that’s just what we did when we heard this one.

Dig it, Devils!


Lip Sync Battle was Bars!

Last night, TDP and Poetic Ramblings co-hosted the BHS second annual lip sync battle, and it was epic. That’s right. Epic. Students from all grade levels stood on stage, channeled famous performers, and battled for the glory of winning. Drawing from childhood favorites like Spongebob’s “This Grill is Not a Home” and Lemonade Mouth’s “Determinant,” performances hit the nostalgia notes hard and had audiences laughing down memory lane. A few more contemporary pieces made the stage as well. From impressive dance numbers punctuating KPop hits to perfectly choreographed Hamilton scenes, students brought their game to this year’s battle. With emcees Emily Campagna and Laura Prendergast keeping the show going, the event was a success. Thanks to all who came out and supported The Devils’ Playlist and Poetic Ramblings!

Though all performances were stellar, we had to name winners.

In FIRST PLACE, the champs for two years in a row: Leila Kiddu; Alexandria Floyd, Kellsee Lynch, Laura Prendergast, and Christina Charmant with their performance of “Non-Stop” from Hamilton.

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In SECOND PLACE: Saarim Shakaib, David Kolifrath, Seamus Bell with their performance of Michael Jackson’s “Beat It”

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Tied for THIRD PLACE: Grace Visco, Caroline O’Callaghan, Mia Campbell, Ivy Saltsman  for their performance of Hakuna Matata from The Lion King… AND…Ananya Gurjar, Nadia Zaganjori, Caitlin Shea, Sam Luecke, Bella Alessi with their performance of “The Mysterious Ticking Noise”Potter Puppet Pals

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Here’s a list of the other performances:

“Since You Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson: Margaret Forbush- 11th grade, Sarah Owens

“Greased Lightning” John Travolta: Mike Winters, Sean Hurley, Robby Griffin, Rishabh Prakash, Tommy Splagounias, and Luciano Székely Corsi

“Look What You Made Me Do” by Taylor Swift: Laura Harder, Kristen Harder 

“Blame it on the Boogie” by The Jacksons: Kristina Wolinski, Ashwini Shinde, Gati Aher, Akhila John

“Peekaboo”- Red Velvet: Cathy Chang, Rayna Parry, Kristen Harder

“Bella’s Finals” : Alyson Pinkham, Amy Deleo, Sydney Matai, Kaitlyn Marchese, Meghan McDonald, Maddy Metzdorf, Jessie Goober

“All I Want for Christmas is You” by Mariah Carey: Suzanna Samuel, Merna Seleman, Erica Carney

“Determinant” from Lemonade Mouth: Serina Khalifa, Sanjana Manghnani, Olivia Virgin, Amanda McCombs 

“This Grill is Not a Home” from Spongebob Squarepants: Nate Trofimow and Harry White (alum)

“Me Too” by Meghan Trainor: The BEST Counselors

“Bop to the Top” from High School Musical: Ms. Graham and Mrs. Janovitz

New Devil Profile: Ms. Eshelman

BHS has quite a few new teachers and staff members this year. What better way to get to know them than to learn about what music they love? We asked each new faculty and staff member a series of questions to find out a little bit about who they are and what they listen to. We’ll be posting them throughout the next few weeks. Our first New Devil Profile highlights one of the new members of the English Department: Sarah Eshelman.


Ms. Eshelman teaches Introduction to Literature II, American Literature, aScreen Shot 2017-11-02 at 8.52.18 PMnd Journalism. She also serves as the advisor for The Devil’s Advocate, the BHS newspaper. Here’s what she had to say about her connection to music:

What are you currently listening to? Usually whatever is on 88.9 WERS, but generally I enjoy listening to my Spotify playlists, like “80sMusic” (featuring Billy Idol, David Bowie, and Cyndi Lauper) or “GirlMusic” (female-led acts like Robyn, Chvrches, and LP).

What are you always listening go? The entire Hamilton musical soundtrack and Mumford & Sons (namely the first two albums: Sigh No More and Babel). I also will always have a soft spot for RelientK, a band I loved way back in middle school.

What are your psych-up songs?  “My Shot” (Hamilton), “Tightrope” (Janelle Monae), or “Little Secrets” (Passion Pit).

What are your cool-down songs? I don’t have too many cool-down songs, specifically; I usually just put on the Classical Music station.

What is your relationship with music? What do you love about it? I love how it both energizes and focuses me – I usually put it on if I need to focus on something like cleaning, cooking, or grading. Music is always with. I tend to hum random songs or otherwise have a song stuck in my head at all times.

What’s your theme song? No idea! Maybe “Drumming Song” by Florence + The Machine.

Thanks for sharing, Ms. Eshelman. Now, get pscyhed up because we’re making our next morning music song “Tightrope” by Janelle Monae!

TDP Playlist: Editors’ Picks

Screen Shot 2017-11-02 at 10.13.24 PMOur new editors – Julia Feist, Ashley Koman, and Ivy Saltsman – put together a playlist of some of the songs they’ve been listening to lately, and we love it. Ranging from indie to alternative to folk to R&B, it’s a great way to chill out after hitting submit on your Common App. It’s also a great way to get psyched after hitting submit on your Common App. Whatever your mood, it’s a great list. Check it out, Devils!


Super America by Bad Bad Hats

Homecoming Heroes by The Head and The Heart

Big Idea by Ages and Ages

Crossfire / So Into You by Nei Palm

Sympathy by The Goo Goo Dolls

Four Five Seconds by Katja Petri

Campus by Vampire Weekend

Rivers and Roads by The Head and the Heart

If I Only Had a Heart by Jesse Ruben

Catch by Dresses

We Are Going to Be Friends by The White Stripes

Better by Regina Spektor

Holland Road by Mumford and Sons

Shame by Bad Bad Hats


TDP Recommends: “Across the Universe”

Today’s morning music selection, “Across the Universe” by The Beatles, goes out to everyone struggling with the recent events impacting our global world. From terrorist attacks to climate agreements, we are currently living in a world of uncertainty. This song by The Beatles helps remind us to hold on to the constants that give us meaning and joy, to remember that “limitless, undying love…shines around [us] like a million suns,” and that we can maintain control of who we are and what we mean in the universe.

TDP Recommends: “Feel it Still”

Trying to “stay woke” isn’t easy, especially when there’s so much to stay on top of these days. There’s no doubt, you gotta be informed and keep your eyes open. Working to find information, evaluate your sources, get out of your echo chamber, and be an engaged citizen is pretty exhausting. And, while being informed is necessary, so is being energized. Lucky for us, Portugal.The Man’s video for their new single, “Feel it Still,” keeps us on track.

The song, a super catchy pscyh-pop jam, calls out the sort of hipster “rebel” whose in the fight “just for kicks” while reminding us that there’s something real to fight for. The “feel” of resistance is more than just a social justice vibe, a slogan for your new graphic t-shirt, or a reason to argue with your uncle at family gatherings. Injustice is real. This swinging song reminds us that music still has an important role in serving social justice, just as it did in 1966 (as the song suggests).

In the past couple of years, a lot of musicians have used their music to comment on social and political issues. PTM is not unique in that way. They are, as always, bringing innovation to the latest music movement, however. In the video for “Feel it Still,” their first release since their 2013 album Evil Friends, PTM provides 30 ways to fight the power, so to speak. As the press release for their new interactive video states: while watching, viewers are “encouraged to find hidden Easter eggs designed to help #theresistance movement.” These “eggs”  include a direct dial to the White House, donation sites for Planned Parenthood and the ACLU, and a whole bunch of suggestions for actions of “resistance.” To experience the interactive version, “fight apathy” and “find the tools to resist,” head to their official site. If you’re more into the music than the message and just want to see some cool cars ready for demo while a guy dances through the junkyard, check out the version below.

This song is going to be in your head ALL DAY LONG. You’re welcome, Devils!

If you like bands like Cage the Elephant, Grouplove, and Modest Mouse, give Portugal.The Man a try. We think you’ll love them. They’ll be at the House of Blues on June 1st if you want to catch them live.

TDP Event: BHS Lip Sync Battle

We are teaming up with Poetic Ramblings to host the BHS Lip Sync Battle! Pull up your playlists and start searching for the perfect song to perform on stage. Grab your friends and break out some choreography. Encourage your teachers to sign up for the battle. What’s a school spirit week event without teacher participation? Get into the competitive spirit before heading to the pep rally. It’s going to be epic!

Date: Thursday, November 22nd

TIME: 7:00 – 9:00

Place: The BHS Auditorium

Cost: $5.00 (for participants and audience members)

Prize: $100.00 for the winning student performance. (Teachers will compete for glory.)


  • Participants must choose a song, and identify a one minute segment of that song to “perform” for the audience. Songs are subject to advisor approval.
  • Partner/Group performances are welcome (the more the merrier).
  • Costumes are not required, but they are encouraged.
  • Deadline for registration is Monday, November 14th.

REGISTER HERE: Lip Sync Sign Up.



TDP Recommends: Soy Yo

This morning’s Music Monday selection, “Soy Yo” by Bomba Estéreo is a perfect way to start the week. As described by the Feminist List and Bust Magazine, the song is an “ode to Latina girls everywhere.” It seems like contemporary female artists are really trying hard to create the latest feminist anthem, and with varied levels of success. This song, much more subtle than the recent feminist rally cries we are seeing in modern music, finds success in its images of accessible and universal empowerment. Also, the video is AMAZING!!!




TDP Review: The Weeknd’s New Singles

This past Saturday night, October 1st, marked the 42nd season premiere of SNL, hosted by Margo Robbie with musical guest the Weeknd. While the main focus of the episode was on the week in politics as the show unveiled their new Trump, played by Alec Baldwin, the real star was the Weeknd. He performed the first two singles from his latest album, Starboy, scheduled to drop on November 25th. Starting with he acclaimed titular track “Starboy,” and finishing with  his latest dance floor noir song “False Alarm,” The Weeknd did not disappoint. Both recently released songs have gained some traction and certainly suggest that there’s a lot to look forward to in Starboy‘s release.

After Abél Makkonen Tesfaye, the musician known as The Weeknd, was so successful with his Billboard topping “Can’t Feel My Face,” Grammy Award-winning “The Hills,” and Academy Award-nominated “Earned It,” he truly is a Starboy. So, it’s no surprise that the title track of his upcoming album is about his huge and rapid rise to fame. As the song says, The Weeknd “took the [last] year like a bandit.” The lyrics, more typical of today’s hip hop songs, taut his accomplishments; brag about the multiple beautiful women he spends his time with; and reference drugs, money, cribs, and cars. The difference is that the song has a rather dark tone, typical of the artist . “Look what you done,” a line prominent in the song’s refrain, carries dual meanings: acknowledge these amazing accomplishments, AND look at the aftermath of success. While the song catalogs evidence of American success, it also seems to be criticizing these definitions of success. Regardless of the artist’s intent here, the song is unquestionably fun. With the dark thoughts of Tesfaye paired with Daft Punk’s subtle dance sounds, it’s a track you will sing along to in the car.

While the somber lyrics of “False Alarm” focus on a superficial and emotionally unavailable woman drawn in by drugs and alcohol and money and jewelry (typical subject matter for the artist), the sound is high energy. This track simultaneously throws back to early 2000’s dance-punk and brings listeners to today with the creative ambient sounds, especially in the intro and outro, and injections of passion most clearly noted in the scream preceding the song’s hook. Whether you are a fan of Abél Makkonen Tesfaye’s music or not, whether you prefer your dance music more authentic or not, this single will get you moving.  That’s the real point, isn’t it?