I was really happy to catch this performance Tuesday night at the Sinclair. I got there early enough to hear the very first openers, Halfsour, a three piece classic indie rock band. Front woman, Zoë Wyner, doubled on vocals and bass, speaking for the band but making it clear that talking in between songs was her least favorite part of being on stage. They were a pretty quirky little trio and had a great set, but their level of quirk was nothing in comparison to the next band, Palberta.
Palberta was peculiar and off beat, but completely on brand. All three members switched instruments multiple times which kept the audience on the edge of their seats (in a general admission standing room). They conversed with the audience like they were making weird small talk with a stranger in an elevator, but everyone laughed through the uncomfortableness and seemed to enjoy the bands personality and overall sound. Continue reading “Show Review: Speedy Ortiz at the Sinclair – 11/27”
Since this week will be cut short by Thanksgiving, I only had one prime slice pick: Speedy Ortiz’s newest album Twerp Verse. Although beginning the recording process all the way back in the fall of 2016, the band decided to rethink a lot after election day (for obvious reasons). As a band that prides themselves on releasing politically driven music from their very first project, Speedy Ortiz felt that they couldn’t release some of the tracks that had focused on more frivolous topics. The title “Twerp Verse” is a phrase coined by front woman Sade Dupius to describe “when a musician guests on a track and says something totally outlandish – like a Lil Wayne verse – but it becomes the most crucial part.” This album acts as one big “Twerp Verse” for Speedy Ortiz, holding some pretty substantial messages about the struggles faced in the current, skewed world we live in.
Continue reading “Erin’s Prime Slice (11/25-12/1): Speedy Ortiz”
Filing in from around both sides of the sidewalk were mostly young girls excitedly anticipating the show at the Sinclair last Wednesday, November 7. Although I think the hype in the air was mainly for the headliner, MAX (best known for his song “Lights Down Low”), I was there to see the first opener, EZI. EZI is a younger artist who just released her first EP, Afraid of the Dark, this year. She is a former Nickelodeon star that rebranded herself after being selected as the very first artist signed to Steve Madden’s 5Towns Record label, and she’s been putting out some pretty awesome tunes ever since.
Continue reading “Show Review: EZI at the Sinclair – 11/7”
By Curtis Heimburger
Last night at 10:15 on the dot, Liz Phair took the stage during her fourth to last show of her tour, as thunderous applause filled the venue. This tour being a recognition of the 25th anniversary of her influential debut album Exile In Guyville, there was no shortage of old tunes as it made up almost half of the setlist. This tour was definitely one for her fans and they couldn’t have been happier.
Before her ’93 debut release, Liz was living and playing in Chicago. At the time, the indie rock scene was heavily male dominated, making her stand out from the crowd quite a bit. Exile In Guyville was an instant hit in the underground, selling just under half a million copies in only a few years. Soon after her success, labels started signing and recording more singer-songwriter type acts that might’ve been viewed as risky before. Even today her influence is still prevalent in bands such as Snail Mail and Soccer Mommy. Continue reading “Show Review: Liz Phair at Royale”
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.
Stop by 7 Haviland on Friday, October 5 between noon and 3:00 p.m. to celebrate college radio day with the BIRN! We will be holding a raffle with prizes including: T-shirts, free tickets to the Red Room show on October 20, and a chance to win the grand prize of a live session at the BIRN!
We will have a table set up in front of 7 Haviland with pizza for anyone interested in learning more about The BIRN. You can’t miss out on these awesome prizes!
Tune in to birnCORE on Thursday, October 4 at 7:00 p.m. as Berklee faculty and students pay tribute to legendary Puerto Rican bass innovator Sal Cuevas at the Red Room at Cafe 939. They will perform music from Ray Barretto’s album Rican/Struction (on which Cuevas appeared) with special guest Rubén Rodríguez.
Rodríguez was born in New York City and grew up in East Harlem and Puerto Rico. He has been recognized as one of the best and hardest-working Latin music bass players in the United States. Rodríguez, whose father played classical guitar, taught himself the bass in junior high, then spent some time under the tutelage of esteemed bassist Victor Venegas. Continue reading “Tribute to Sal Cuevas Live from the Red Room”
Tune in to BIRN1 on Saturday, October 27 at 4:00 p.m. for a live performance by Ecuadorian singer-songwriter Oriana Setz.
Oriana is a Boston based singer-songwriter hailing from Ecuador. She is finishing her studies here at Berklee College of Music as a Professional Music major. Setz blends her South American roots with Indie Pop and Rock citing influences that include Michael Jackson, Florence + the Machine, and Natalia Lafourcade. The poetry in her music is greatly inspired by self-empowerment, social activism, and personal reflection.
Listen to the live session and interview HERE.
Tune into birnCORE on Sunday, September 30 at 8:00 p.m. for performances 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’s debut EP, Bad Habit, was produced by Tommy English (BØRNS), Stint (Gallant, AlunaGeorge, and NAO), and Nicky Davey (Internet and Syd tha Kid), and released on Neon Gold Records in August. She also recently appeared as a featured artist on alternative rapper Rejjie Snow’s debut. Continue reading “Your Smith and The Blue Live from the Red Room”
Tune into birnCORE on Monday, October 1 at 8:00 p.m. for a performance at the Red Room at Cafe 939 by Donovan Woods and the Opposition.
Donovan Woods is a notable Nashville singer-songwriter coming from folk and country roots, with credits by Billy Currington, Charles Kelley, Tim McGraw and Charlie Worsham.
Woods’s new album Both Ways, highlighting the push-and-pull aspect of life, especially in relationships, unfolds with acoustic instruments and Woods’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 the songs are guitar-driven. Yet they stop short of full-blown rock ‘n’ roll. Continue reading “Donovan Woods and the Opposition Live from the Red Room”