Nick Hakim and Danielle Ponder play birnCORE Live at the Red Room on Friday, April 19!

We are very excited to announce an amazing lineup for birnCORE Live’s spring 2019 edition, at the Red Room at Cafe 939 on Friday, April 19 at 8:00 p.m. ATO recording artist Nick Hakim will headline the show, performing a solo set, with vocalist and songwriter Danielle Ponder as the support artist.

Tickets are now on sale here. Admission is $20 with student discounts available. Get your tickets before this show sells out!!

There is still time to enter our ticket giveaway for this show. Send your name and phone number to NickHakimLive@thebirn.com by April 1 to be eligible to win tickets to this must see event!

Good luck!!

The BIRN wins big at the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System College Media Awards!!

In our first time submitting, The Berklee Internet Radio Network won its first nationwide college radio award at the 79th Annual IBS Media Conference in New York City on March 2, 2019.

The station won the Best Live Music Broadcast award for our October 20, 2018 broadcast: birnCORE Live featuring Margaret Glaspy and Hannah Siglin. The show was engineered at the BIRN by Mark Aguilar.

Thanks to everyone at Café 939 for your continued help and support and for making our live broadcasts possible.

The BIRN was also a finalist this year in the category Best Streaming Only Radio Station (Under 10,000 Students). IBS received submissions from hundreds of stations across the country for the awards.

Congratulations to all of the students who work so hard to make the BIRN the award winning station it is today!

Lily & Madeleine Live on the BIRN!

Tune in to the BIRN on Saturday, March 9 for two performances by, and a conversation with, duo Lily & Madeleine, kicking off with an appearance on BIRN Alive in the afternoon, followed by a live set from the Red Room at Cafe 939.

Lily and Madeleine Jurkiewicz create candid music with deep emotional and personal resonance. The sisters, who record as Lily & Madeleine, boldly explore what it means to be women in the 21st century, and aren’t afraid to use their music to call out injustices or double standards. This fearless approach has permeated their first three albums, which are full of insightful lyrics and thoughtful indie-pop.

On their fourth studio album, Canterbury Girls—named after Canterbury Park, located in their hometown of Indianapolis, Indiana—the sisters come into their own as women and musicians. That assertiveness reflects new geographic and professional realities. For starters, Lily and Madeleine—now 21 and 23, respectively—moved to New York City in early 2018. Also, instead of recording Canterbury Girls in Bloomington, Indiana, where they recorded their previous efforts, the pair headed to Nashville, Tennessee, to write and work with producers Daniel Tashian and Ian Fitchuk.

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birnCORE Live featuring Margaret Glaspy at the Red Room on 10/20

Tickets are now on sale for birnCORE Live featuring ATO recording artist, Margaret Glaspy! birnCORE Live is the BIRN’s annual live music party hosted at the Red Room at Cafe 939. Past artists have included Kaki King, and Taylor McFerrin.

Glaspy will perform an intimate solo show in support of her latest EP, Born Yesterday. The new EP, is a bookend to her lauded 2016 debut LP, Emotions and Math (ATO Records). Emotions and Math was featured on many year-end lists from prominent publications when it was released in 2016, including the New York Times, NPR Music, Billboard, Mother Jones, and more. Glaspy toured the record intensely, playing countless shows throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.

Touring was the catalyst that led to the writing of the new songs. “I wrote these songs on the road, in my hotel, on the plane, and at soundcheck,” said Glaspy. “They were the product of the little time that I had to myself—three songs about different sides of love: love gone wrong, love gone right, and love at a distance.” Glaspy self-produced the EP, which frames these love stories in catchy choruses, dark harmony, and her ever-evolving sense of the electric guitar. Her finely tuned ear for production and tone shine on Born Yesterday.

birnCORE Live takes place on Saturday, October 20 at 8:00 p.m. Admission is $20, with student discounts available, and can be purchased here.

The Roots Roadshow Live from the Red Room, Featuring Paul Rishell and Annie Raines

Tune in to birnCORE on Tuesday, September 25 at 8:00 p.m. for the first Roots Roadshow broadcast of the semester, live from the Red Room at Cafe 939.

The Roots Roadshow series, presented by the American Roots Music Program, is a showcase that explores and celebrates America’s rich musical heritage. Each month, the series presents a variety show of student bands and ensembles performing styles such as country blues, old-time, bluegrass, new acoustic, Celtic, classic country, and Western swing. Whether it is a faculty-led ensemble, new student project, or band making its name in the Boston scene, you never know what will happen at a Roots Roadshow. Continue reading “The Roots Roadshow Live from the Red Room, Featuring Paul Rishell and Annie Raines”

Devon Welsh and Nick Schofield Live from the Red Room

Tune in to birnCORE tonight, Friday, September 14 at 8:00 p.m. for another great live broadcast. Tonight we are featuring two great artists from Montreal!

Devon Welsh is a singer-songwriter and artist based in Montreal, Canada. He released two critically acclaimed albums as the front man of Majical Cloudz, an electronic duo whose intense and innovative music combined aspects of poetry, hardcore, minimalism, and folk.

Appearing as part of a limited set of four performances this summer, Welsh debuts his new solo project—one that steps out of the strict aesthetic established in Majical Cloudz while continuing and expanding on that project’s core ideas. His new songs are a series of reflections on themes: time, separation, the complexities of love, will, eternal life, and the seasons. Continue reading “Devon Welsh and Nick Schofield Live from the Red Room”

The Cotones, Category 9, and Saint Lune Live from the Red Room at Cafe 939

Tune in to birnCORE on Tuesday, September 18 at 8:00 p.m. EDT for a high energy showcase of three great Boston bands as The Cotones, Category 9 and Saint Lune play the Red Room at Cafe 939.

The Cotones are a Boston–based indie/alternative rock group. Influenced by artists such as Queens of the Stone Age, Father John Misty, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, and the National, The Cotones strive to write songs that come from a genuine place of expressing their worldview while being able to entertain and catch the attention of their listeners. The band puts on an energetic, engaging, and diverse live show that will leave you wanting more. The band’s lyrics span from depression and mental health to love, hate, and the human condition. As people, they try not to take themselves too seriously, but take what they do very seriously. Their debut single, “Heed Your Own Vice,” is available on all major platforms. Continue reading “The Cotones, Category 9, and Saint Lune Live from the Red Room at Cafe 939”

The Mattson 2 & Astronauts, etc. Live from the Red Room

Tune in to birnCORE on Saturday, September 8 at 8:00 p.m. EDT for a live broadcast from the Red Room at Cafe 939 featuring The Mattson 2 and Astronauts, etc..

The Mattson 2, a duo composed of identical twins, has reinterpreted John Coltrane’s classic album A Love Supreme into a 21st century context. Coltrane’s 1965 magnum opus is one of the most revered and influential recordings in the history of jazz, widely regarded as the iconic saxophonist’s masterpiece.
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