90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW
Here and Now with Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson
Public radio's live
midday news program
With sponsorship from
Mathworks - Accelerating the pace of engineering and science
Accelerating the pace
of engineering and science
Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Barr Brothers Move Past ‘Guitar Hero’ To Indie Music

The Barr Brothers. (Andre Guerette)

The Barr Brothers band. (Andre Guerette)

Brad and Andrew Barr grew up in Rhode Island and in high school played in a experimental rock band called “The Slip.”

They also had a song featured on Guitar Hero. But after years of touring the brothers gave it all up the for the indie music scene in Montreal where they met up with harpist Sarah Page and keyboard player Andres Vial.

The four are now The Barr Brothers, and they released a self-titled debut album that reflects their quieter side.

Brad Barr told Here & Now’s Robin Young that the band came about almost by accident.

“I moved into an apartment building and Sarah was my next door neighbor, and so I used to hear her playing her harp through my bedroom wall. And the song ‘Sarah Through The Wall’ was interesting because I heard her playing this little piece, this little motif, kind of repeating it, repeating it, and I liked it so much that I took the little bit that I heard and wrote the rest of the song and then went to her house and knocked on her door and said ‘let’s learn it, together,” he said.

Guests:

  • Brad Barr, musician
  • Andrew Barr, musician
  • Sarah Page, musician

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
Spotlight

We now have a digital bookshelf! Explore all our books coverage or browse by genre.

Robin and Jeremy

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

January 29 Comment

DJ Sessions: Go Deadhead

The Grateful Dead celebrates 50 years since the band's start this year.

January 29 13 Comments

Middle-Aged And Living Alone

"There might be an initial honeymoon period, but what does living alone eventually do to you?" Sandra Tsing Loh asks.

January 28 15 Comments

Zillow And ‘The New Rules Of Real Estate’

The CEO and chief economist of the groundbreaking real estate website explain how the rules have changed.

January 27 117 Comments

Nun Hopes For More Gender Equality In The Church

Sister Joan Chittister describes how the Vatican's tone toward nuns has changed and shares her hopes for the Catholic church.