Your Smith with The Blue Live from the Red Room

Tune into birnCORE Sunday, September 30 at 8:00 p.m. for a performance by Your Smith and The Blue Live from the Red Room at Cafe 939.

Your Smith, formerly known as Caroline Smith, relocated from her native Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Los Angeles, California, after signing with Pulse Recording.

Inspired by the history of Laurel Canyon and moving through a city that’s been immortalized in music throughout the ages, Smith concocted her own sound, bringing together the funk/R&B “Minneapolis sound” of her roots and the classic songwriting of her L.A. folk heroes.

Your Smith is wrapping up her debut EP, produced by Tommy English (BØRNS), Stint (Gallant, AlunaGeorge, and NAO), and Nicky Davey (Internet and Syd tha Kid), arriving on Neon Gold Records this spring. She also recently appeared as a featured artist on alternative rapper Rejjie Snow’s debut.

The Blue is a country punk/retro alternative duo created by India Shore and Claire Altendahl in early 2016. Growing up in Brooklyn, India Shore spent her youth flying from bars as a gymnast before falling in love with and wanting to become Judy Garland. Claire Altendahl, fueled by the challenges of being young and gay in the Midwest, strove to play every dive bar in Minnesota before she turned 20.

Both left home at 18 to study at Berklee College of Music, and first met when Shore asked Altendahl to accompany her for an audition. Though they would fail, the judges gave one piece of helpful advice: “You guys should play together more.” Taking inspiration from artists such as the Clash, Patsy Cline, Grand Funk Railroad, and the Cure, the Blue strives to make a new sound that brings back the vintage charm of their idols.

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Donovan Woods and the Opposition Live from the Red Room

Tune into birnCORE on Monday, October 1 at 8:00 p.m. for a performance at the Red Room @ Cafe 939 by Donovan Woods and the Opposition.

Donovan Wood’s is a notable Nashville singer-songwriter coming from folk and country roots, with credits by Billy Currington, Charles Kelley, Tim McGraw and Charlie Worsham.

Wood’s New Album Both Ways, highlighting the push-and-pull aspect of life, especially in relationships, unfolds with acoustic instruments and Wood’s quietly compelling delivery. He shows the rare ability to distill complicated situations and emotions into songs that are intriguing and relatable throughout his album, showing the importance of leaving lyrics open to interpretation. A number of songs are guitar-driven. Yet they stop short of full-blown rock ‘n’ roll.

This masterful perspective coming from Wood’s himself, has led to nominations for the Polaris Prize and the Juno Awards. While his catalog has accrued nearly 45 million streams, he also has the accomplishment of having his single What Kind of Love Is That? Climb to No.1 on the CBC Top 20 Chart.

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Bill Laurance (of Snarky Puppy) Live from the Red Room

Tune into birnCORE on Wednesday, September 26 at 7:00 & 9:00 p.m. for two show performances by pianist and composer Bill Laurance (of Snarky Puppy) live from the Red Room at Cafe 939.

Bill Laurance, a Grammy Award-winner and original member of the internationally acclaimed band Snarky Puppy, has worked as a professional musician since he was 14 years old. Laurance has toured internationally as a pianist, keyboard player, composer, producer, and arranger with artists such as David Crosby, Bobby McFerrin, Morcheeba, Susana Baca, and many more. Continue reading “Bill Laurance (of Snarky Puppy) Live from the Red Room”

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”

Curtis’s Prime Slices (9/11 – 9/18): Skegss, Charles Bradley

      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 3:00 a.m. 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.

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Javiya Minor to Perform on Get Right w/ Cvvy

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.

Listen here for the performance and interview on BIRN1!

Gina Chavez to Appear on BIRN Alive

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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The BIRN Interview with Ariel Engle of La Force

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”

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”

Havins to Appear on BIRN Alive

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.