WBUR Sound On: Massachusetts Musicians to Watch


Looking for the song of the summer? Find out with WBUR’s arts and culture journalist Amelia Mason and music reviews Mano Sundaresan and Karen muller, in their revamped newsroom series showcasing emerging local musicians – “Sound On”.

“From Allston’s basements to Brockton Studios, New England produces some of the best music in the country, and we want you to know that.”

Arts and culture journalist Amelia Mason

In sound and images, Mason, Sundaresan and Muller – with the photographer JO Slaughter as a visual creative director – immerse yourself in the art and life of performers. The artists of “Sound On” span the gamut of new faces, new to the scene and experiencing a meteoric rise to proven musicians who have been around for decades and create their most resonant work to date. But the most important element of each artist featured in the series is that they produce excellent, original and compelling work – right in our own backyard.

Recent profiles include indie jazz band Really, hip-hop artist $ ean Thread and singer-songwriter Squirrel flower. In addition to eye-catching and eye-catching reporting, WBUR’s Arts and Culture team celebrates artists with musical performances virtually and in person.

Françoise forever, Massachusetts’ favorite concert at the Tiny Desk (featuring NPR and WERS), was among the last to perform live ahead of the pandemic at WBUR CitySpace. Kweeng Doll, winner of Tiny Desk’s favorite Massachusetts 2020 concert, has performed virtually at the ICA. In May 2021, “Sound On” artist $ ean Wire performed a virtual concert at The Record Co. for WBUR.

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