Curtis’ Prime Slices (3/23 -3/29) Daniel Norgren & GRiZ

Daniel Norgren – “Let Love Run The Game” – (Soul/Blues Rock)

Waiting to be heard today was this little gem of a song by Daniel Norgren. I knew I had to feature it the moment it started playing. At first it sounds like something that came straight out of Fats Dominoes repertoire but soon transforms into this anthemic, soulful, and bluesy rock tune. The song sounds like it was recorded live in the same room as you pretty much feel like you’re there with them which gives off that very 50’s recording sound.  The lyrics are simple and find a place in your head after your first listen. The music video, which is a collection of videos taken by the band during various tours and gigs, solidifies the tunes sentimentality. It’s a real feel good song that’ll hopefully get you ready for another week of hittin’ the books. Take a listen!

GRiZ (ft. Wiz Khalifa) – “Find My Own Way” – (Dance / Rap)

This next song is yet another feel good track coming from DJ and saxophonist GRiZ. Having not released an album in 3 years now I’m sure this single has been long overdue. It showcases Wiz Khalifa rapping through the verses about staying strong when people put you down, shutting out negativity, and all that other good stuff.  The tune is incredibly infectious with it’s larger than life horn section and full choir belting the chorus which, like the last song, gets stuck in your head so easily.  To me it seems like a throwback to other early 2000’s feel good songs with really cheesy music videos. But whatever the context or inspiration, it’s an absolute bop so check it out!

Liv’s Prime Slices (3/16 – 3/22): Lucy Rose, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, The Coathangers

Lucy Rose – No Words Left – (singer-songwriter)

This enchanting and truthful collection of songs by Lucy Rose, called No Words Left, is one for the books. It is rare to find a new and upcoming singer-songwriter who writes songs that you feel are coming straight from the heart, not trying to be something they’re not, and not trying to put off a facade. Rose truly captures the beauty of simplicity, with each lyric and melody she shines through her charming voice, accompanied by her piano and guitar playing. This album is a refreshing splash in the face of realization that there still are great songwriters in 2019. I had never heard of Lucy Rose until recently, but now I find myself listening to her song “Solo(w)” in the mornings when I wake up or before I go to bed, repeating the line “But I can’t help it, when I’m solo.” With a beautiful walk down melody, you can’t help but sing along every time. Lucy Rose is most definitely now on my list of favorite songwriters, and I’m looking forward to see how she changes others lives with the music she creates and the growth of her fan base.

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Curtis’ Prime Slices (3/16 – 3/22): Sego, CHAI

Sego – “Shame” – (indie punk rock)

For some reason I completely forgot about this song until I went to write these prime slices today. It’s odd since this is definitely my favorite song that’s come in thus far this year. Sego is a four piece from Los Angeles with a really fun, zany, and thumping sound. The vocalist’s style reminds me a lot of Beck but thankfully not in the rip off kinda way. The song is really entertaining throughout and hits hard with the chorus, making it such a good ear worm. This is the first single off their upcoming album Sego Sucks, coming out April 5th on Roll Call Records. It also comes with an awesome music video that pairs with the song really well. Check ’em out!

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Show Review: Lily & Madeleine

Following the recent release of their fourth full-length album titled Canterbury Girls, Lily & Madeleine finished up their East Coast tour right here in Boston at Cafe 939 on Saturday, March 9th. The sister duo has been writing and performing together since they were in high school, and started their career by uploading home videos of them singing and playing to YouTube. They were discovered from one of their videos by producer Paul Mahern and invited to record their first album in his studio. They have been developing their sound and growing their fanbase ever since.

At the young ages of only 22 and 24, Lily & Madeleine have already released four full-length albums and wrote and produced their most recent album with Grammy-winning producer Ian Fitchuck. The two took the stage with a four piece all female band. It was empowering to watch, to say the least. The connection between all four women was quite evident, as they were perfectly in sync at every moment.

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Curtis’ Prime Slices (3/9 – 3/15): Pottery, Dirt Buyer

Pottery – “Hank Williams” [single] – (garage punk)

To start this off I’d like to mention that for both bands I have today, these are their first releases which I think is pretty awesome. Coming out of the gate real strong is garage punk band Pottery, hailing from the UK and parts of Canada but stationing themselves in Montreal. They’ve gained over 8,000 listeners on Spotify since the release, and for good reason! This new tune starts and ends with an electrifying amount of energy. The instruments and vocals sound fairly raw and gives that sound like you’re hearing them record right in front of you. Their first album, which includes this track, is set to come out on May 10th which just isn’t soon enough. But in the meantime, do yourself a favor and save this little gem.

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Album Review: Scenery by Emily King

Three years since the release of her game-changing album, The Switch, Emily King has finally released her long-awaited follow-up titled Scenery. King has introduced a new wave of sounds in this album, while still sticking to her distinct breathy tones and interesting melodic rhythms. She brings a dose of ’80s pop to both her sound and look on this album, which will definitely attract a wide array of new listeners. Her album art perfectly compliments the 12 songs on this album. Simple, with a pop of ’80s inspired pink in both the background and the rose she holds in her hand.

The album starts with a track titled “Remind Me,” which introduces an upbeat airy vibe. The track is catchy and perfectly combines King’s old and new sounds, making the listener want to hear more. What I love about the album most, is that all of the songs make perfect sense as a collection. There’s nothing more satisfying than listening to an album that makes sense together. All of the tracks display flares of experimental production, while also giving us familiar R&B inspired harmonies. Continue reading “Album Review: Scenery by Emily King”

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!

Show Review: Mike Krol at Great Scott

I’d been waiting for this show to happen for quite a few weeks now and did it live up to expectations? Yes, it absolutely did. Although I thought Krol definitely needed a bigger stage for his energy alone, it’s exciting to be up close and personal with an artist you love and he did an amazing job to put on the best show he could. But let’s get into it.

The first opener was Earthquake Party! who I missed sadly, but after listening to some of their music it has a very similar vibe to Krol’s. Definitely worth a quick listen!

The second opener was SAVAK; a four piece indie punk band from Brooklyn, New York. Their first song came out really strong and got me really excited for the rest of the set but all the other songs didn’t live up to that first tune. It seemed like either it was a new song with a new sound they’re going towards or an old song they peaked on. I’d say half their set had some early Devo influence and the other half was a bit more NOFX sounding. Their image wasn’t terribly put together but they had some good energy between them and a solid sound to go with it. After SAVAK’s set,

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Curtis’ Prime Slices (3/2 – 3/8): The Dip, Benny Sings

The Dip – Delivers! – (Motown / Rock)

This week was one of those weeks that didn’t have a lot to work with. That being said, I’ve been blessed with two solid albums to talk about. First up is The Dip who have created a nice blend of 60’s Motown and rock ‘n’ roll for their second LP The Dip Delivers!. The entire album is packed with high energy, punchy lyrics, and a sweet, sweet horn section. This group of guys have really tapped into a good groove with their songs and it sounds like they have fun playing together. They can put you on your feet with songs like “Sure Don’t Miss You” and “Advertising” but can have you slow dancing on “Atlas” and “Adeline.” This might be one of my top picks for the end of the year, mark my words!

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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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