Skegss – My Own Mess (Indie Garage Rock)
This being Skegss first full length album, it’s impressive to hear such catchy and energetic songs throughout the release. Hailing from Byron Bay, Australia, the trio have been playing together since 2013 and putting out music since 2014. their sound is not unfamiliar to most but the excitement and personality that shines through is, well, exciting. It’s the kind of record that makes you want to stay up till 3 AM on the beach with friends surrounding a campfire. Which I can’t imagine being too different from what the boys in Skegss do on a regular basis.
Continue reading “Curtis’ Prime Slices (9/11 – 9/18): Skegss, Charles Bradley”
Tune in to BIRN1 on Sunday, September 23 at 7:00 p.m. for a live performance by vocalist Javiya Minor on Get Right w/ Cvvy.
Get Right w/ Cvvy is a representation of the African Studies Minor Center. The goal is to talk about weekly issues, culture and creating a community of Berklee musicians where we promote and support each other’s music.
Javiya Minor is a performing vocalist and songwriter involved in the genres of funk, hip-hop, country and worship. Coming from Memphis, Tennessee, she now resides in Boston. Minor was just recently in New York City, performing at venues including MajorStage with the band SoulGood.
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Tune in to BIRN1 on Friday, October 19 at 4:00 p.m. for a live performance and interview with singer-songwriter Gina Chavez.
Gina Chavez is a bilingual Latin-folk singer and songwriter. Her blending of sound and sight in her music is what makes her unique. So far, she has won nine Austin Music awards and will go on to win many more based on her ambition, talent, and genius. Not long ago, she was on a 14-country tour as an ambassador with the U.S. State Department. Gina has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered and performed an NPR Tiny Desk Concert which has gained more than 630,000 views. She is now working on her EP Lightbeam and released her single, “Heaven Knows,” to keep the world on its toes. The sound of “Heaven Knows” is described as being “steeped in slow-burn soul and uptempo R&B.”
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Tune into BIRN1 on Sunday, October 7 at 8:00 p.m. for an exclusive interview with Ariel Engle of La Force.
La Force is Ariel Engle, vocalist and newest member of Broken Social Scene. La Force’s music is nocturnal electronic pop, topped with Engle’s enchanting vocals over dynamic production. Engle also brings La Force’s singularity to the familial energy of Broken Social Scene on the band’s 2017 album Hug of Thunder.
Born out of the culmination of AroarA – her previous music project with husband and Broken Social Scene bandmate Andrew Whiteman – La Force is a deep reflection of motherhood and the magical dismantlement that comes with the re-discovery of self. Continue reading “The BIRN Interview with Ariel Engle of La Force”
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”
Tune in to BIRN1 on Saturday, October 13 at 4:00 p.m. for a live performance by alternative Americana band Havins.
Havins creates a unique blend of rock, Americana and alternative music, from guitar-driven rock tunes to mellow alternative folk, recalling the likes of Bon Iver and Ben Howard. The group was officially formed in their first semester at Berklee College of Music, with two members meeting beforehand in Austin, Texas, and playing many shows on the Austin music circuit.
Some of the band member’s individual achievements include appearing on America’s Got Talent, writing music for television, playing with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, and performing at Lollapalooza, as well as notable Austin, New York City, and Atlanta music venues.
Listen to the live session and interview HERE.
Tune in to BIRN1 on Saturday, October 6 at 4:00 p.m. for a live performance by Cindy Latin.
Coming to Boston in 2015 originally to study musical theater at the Boston Conservatory, then discovering her love for songwriting and studying at Berklee College of Music, Cindy Latin shares with us her newly discovered passion through performing her originals.
Cindy’s music style is a blend of soul, R&B, and jazz. Being strongly influenced by jazz harmony while also admiring R&B singers and writers, her main musical influences spread from John Coltrane to Frank Ocean. Continue reading “Cindy Latin to Appear on BIRN Alive”
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”
Iron & Wine – Weed Garden (indie folk rock)
Contrary to the implications presented by the title of Iron & Wine’s latest album, “Weed Garden” is full of beauty and demands to be appreciated. With echoing vocals, layers of percussive guitar lines, and unsettling strings, the album ebbs and flows between suspense and delicate satisfaction. Iron & Wine stays true to the warm sound that they have been known for since day one in this latest release.
Continue reading “Erin’s Prime Slices (9/13): Iron & Wine, Donnie Law”
Tune in to BIRN1 on Saturday, September 29 at 4:00 p.m. for a live performance by folk songwriter Thea Hopkins.
With her fourth album, Love Come Down, Hopkins has achieved an elegance of sound that lives up to her poetic powers. Called “a standout writer” by The Washington Post, Hopkins has created, in just six tunes, a journey of songs that begins with a gentle invocation, ends with a lullaby, and includes a few dark American landscapes in between. Continue reading “Thea Hopkins to Appear on BIRN Alive”