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!


TDP Recommends: Hiatus Kaiyote

I recently became obsessed with Hiatus Kaiyote after my voice teacher showed me some of their music. My music taste at the moment is mainly rooted in R&B and soul, so this band was right up my alley! The lead singer, Nai Palm, has such a unique quality to her voice that I almost immediately latched onto. She also has her own original music aside from that of the band and released her solo album Needle Paw, which I have also been listening to, in October. Her song “Crossfire/So Into You” is my current “I-put-this-on-repeat-for-days-because-I-love-it-so-much” song; it’s also on the TDP Editor’s Picks Spotify playlist, so you shoulddefinitely check it out if you’re interested! You won’t regret it, I promise.

Hiatus Kaiyote, which includes members Naomi “Nai Palm” Saalfield, Paul Bender, Simon Mavin and Perrin Moss, refer to themselves as a “future-soul” band. I definitely think is an accurate genre title, as their music has many qualities of soul music while also having a distinct, futuristic vibe. They use different types of sounds outside of the standard instrumentals, which is partially why I find this band so entertaining. Also, Hiatus Kaiyote utilizes a variety of tempos and intensities in their songs: some are smooth and flowing while others are more upbeat and faster-paced. I always look for these different dimensions of songs while listening to any band, and Hiatus Kaiyote is easily at the top of my list for ingenuity in this respect. I hope more people come to know and (hopefully) love them in all of their amazingness!

You can find Hiatus Kaiyote and Nai Palm’s albums on basically any music service (Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play Music, Pandora, etc.). Here’s one of my favorites from Hiatus Kaiyote’s second-most recent album, Choose Your Weapon, called “Fingerprints”. Dig It, Devils!

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 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?




Matt Martin’s Goodbye Playlist

TDP and meBefore it all began, The Devils’ Playlist was just an idea, a concept thought up by my AP Literature and Composition teacher, Mrs. Janovitz, but over the course of this year, I was able to see it grow into something absolutely amazing. Originally, Mrs. Janovitz had casually mentioned TDP in class one day, saying that she was going to be setting up a table at the club fair for all those interested in discussing and writing about music. Naturally, I was interested, and ever since our first club meeting in October, I became hooked on writing about music news and doing my own reviews. I started following music news websites and innumerable artists, and I found a passion that I had never even considered up until this year. I met a group of individuals that was equally impassioned by music as much as I was, and my music library soon began growing at an unprecedented rate.

Whether it be for our articles, our recommendations, or our podcast, the amount of support we have received from both the BHS faculty and the student body throughout this year has been not only pleasing but also extremely flattering. I am more than satisfied with how TDP has grown in such as short time. Joining The Devils’ Playlist was one of the best decisions I made throughout my entire high school career, and I want to give my dearest and most sincere thanks to Mrs. Janovitz, every reader we have had, and every member of TDP for making it such an enjoyable and memorable experience. I can only hope that TDP will live on in the years to come because I will certainly be back to write some articles in the future. As for my ‘goodbye playlist,’ these songs are a sort compilation of the emotional stages I’ve felt in my final days in high school. So without any further adieu, here are my ‘goodbye’ songs, BHS.

Stage One – Disbelief: “I Feel So” by Boxcar Racer

Stage Two – Nostalgia: “Lightspeed” by Grieves

Stage Three – Acceptance: “Move Along” by All-American Rejects

Stage Four – Growth: “The Adventure” by Angels & Airwaves

Stage Five – Energetic Bliss: “Ain’t No Rest For the Wicked” by Cage the Elephant

Stage Six – More Bliss: “A Night At the Spleen” by Closure in Moscow

Stage Seven – Fear for Future:  “Help I’m Alive” by Metric

Stage Eight – Ready for Future: “Drive” by Incubus




TDP Recommends: Atlantic Manor- “Pull”

Atlantic Manor – a collaboration between BHS Devils’ Playist’s very own   and BHS alumnus, and lead singer of Grandview, Billy Restivo – digitally released their first track “Pull” earlier this week. The song’s lyrical depth presents cries of altered love, pleas for strength of action, and expressions of self questioning. The alternative sound starts slow, paralleling the wistful longing present in the early lyrics, and progresses to a powerful crescendo of percussion that culminates with frustrated questioning layered over a subtle screaming. Somehow simultaneously soft and loud, angry and affectionate, well crafted oppositions permeate the song and reflect the conflicting emotions present in changing relationships. The track, recorded at Billerica’s Kennedy Studios and engineered by BHS alumni Chris LaRocque and Nick Stewart, is a fantastic listen. Dig it, Devils!

TDP Recommends: “Pigeon Feathers” by River Whyless

River WhylessIn the words of the members themselves, North Carolina-based folk group River Whyless “is named in spirit of its ongoing love affair with the natural world,” and it is this propensity for a sort of ‘organic’ inspiration that has fueled the band’s amazingly unique folk-based sound. The quartet has been labeled as “folk-rock, nature-pop, and baroque-folk,” but in listening to the group’s 2012 release A Stone, A Leaf, An Unfound Door it is evident that the band’s music can be best described as thoroughly passionate both musically and lyrically.  Being one of the best tracks from this release, “Pigeon Feathers” acts as an epitomic representation of the album’s array of emotions, its interesting twists on traditional folk song structure, and the band’s impressive construction of varied dynamics and blissful melodies. If you’re in need of a sweet folk jam in your life, this track is for you. Dig it, Devils!

You can also download this track for free on the group Bandcamp page here:


TDP Recommends: ‘The Scope of All of This Rebuilding’ by The Hotelier

homeOften when listening to a record, one can tell whether or not the band or artist put everything they had into it, and it is quite evident that emo rockers The Hotelier know what it means to put every ounce of their heart and soul into an album. On their new record – Home, Like Noplace Is There – the Worcester, MA-based four-piece showcases a forefront of wholehearted lyrical and musical emotion that makes the record both captivating and unforgettable. With a guitar-driven sound characterized by an unabridged energy and lyrical passion, The Hotelier have taken the better aspects of their previous releases and combined them with an early emo rock influence to create a record that is both impressive and unique. This standout track, “The Scope of All of This Rebuilding,” is an excellent representation of the record’s intense emotional honesty and pensive mood.  Check out “The Scope of All of This Rebuilding” below, and dig it, Devils!


TDP Recommends: Archie Pelago

Technology today has not only facilitated the recording and producing of traditional music, but also has spurred on the synthesis of totally new and exciting branches of sound design and performance. New York-based “creative collective” Archie Pelago combines the highly traditional and melodic tones of the cello and saxophone with the session management and creative beat-making capabilities of the DJ. Together with the aid of various digital and hardware tools, the trio of Cosmo D, Kroba, and Hirshi create eclectic and melody-driven songs and live mixes that retain the musical beauty and technical mastery of the instruments used, yet rebound with the energy of punchy electro-style beats and pulse of dance music. Archie Pelago’s marriage of the old and new is easy for non-musicians to enjoy while still providing the musical connoisseur and analyst with much to explore, study, and reflect upon. Check them out, Devils; you’ll dig them!

 The trio’s latest EP, Lakeside Obelisk, is available on iTunes. You can also find an in-depth interview and authentic studio performance on the Ableton website at: