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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Aizhou to Appear on BIRN Alive

Tune in to BIRN1 on Saturday, September 15 at 4:00 p.m. EDT for the first BIRN Alive session of the fall semester featuring singer-songwriter Aizhou.

Beijing-born and Shanghai-raised, Aizhou grew up in a richly multicultural environment, impacting her outlook and the music she produces. She started classical training in piano at 5, but her musical journey truly began when she discovered Western punk and pop rock in her teens. Inspired by these genres and her traditional Chinese music roots, Aizhou started writing her own songs and taught herself to play guitar. At 17, she founded a rock band and went on to represent her high school in local showcases and events.

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Show Review: Sam Tsui at the Red Room

by Allie Kersten

Sam Tsui brought the house down on Wednesday, June 6, at the Red Room at Cafe 939. His show in Boston was the second-to-last of his East Coast tour. It was obvious that his voice was tired and worn out, but he put his all into the show and it was unforgettable. His charisma and passion were not only showing from his performance, but his band’s as well.

Sam began sharing his love of music through YouTube from his dorm room in 2011. That love only grew, and people noticed. It didn’t take long for Sam to develop a loyal and loving fan base of viewers that supported him in all he did. While his show at Red Room was small and intimate, you could tell how devoted every audience member was to him and his goals.

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In Studio Performance by Irish Songwriter David Keenan

Irish songwriter David Keenan stopped by BIRN Alive on June 13, in advance of his show at The Red Room at Cafe 939, for a performance that included the songs “A Corner Boys Lament” and “Lawrence of Arkadia.”

Keenan is “a young artist who uses his lyrics to paint pictures with words on canvases of silence, curating a body of work which is steeped in the poetic tradition of old but delivered in such a way that is entirely his own.” He is currently on a tour of the East Coast. His live shows have been described as visceral and spiritual and he advocates expression through all forms possible.


The BIRN Interview with Singer-Songwriter Julie Byrne

Singer, songwriter, guitarist and poet Julie Byrne stopped by the Berklee Internet Radio Network studio in 2017 for an interview. Her latest album, Not Even Happiness, was released in January of that year. Byrne talks poetry, her evolution as a songwriter, and performing live.

The audio features “Natural Blue” and “Morning Dove” from Not Even Happiness.