Album Review: Michael Jackson – Scream

Happy Halloween from your friends at The BIRN!
Michael Jackson – Scream
Recommended tracks – 1, 4, 8, 13, 14
Review by Jon O’Neal

Get ready to SCREAM with Michael Jackson’s latest release. Scream is a brand new compilation of Halloween-esque tracks. They span Michael’s multi-decade career, and include hits from the Jacksons, his solo career as well as an amazing 5 song mash-up from White Panda. This album is long overdue for the king of pop, and it’s a great addition to a legendary catalog of music. If you’re still looking to get your Halloween fix, be sure to check out this album! It is currently available on CD and in a really cool vinyl package!

Interview: Metz guitarist Alex Edkins discusses the band’s new album

The BIRN’s Ruben Radlauer talked to Alex Edkins, guitarist and singer of the band Metz, before their show at The Sinclair in Cambridge. Here’s what he had to say:

Ruben from The BIRN: Is this [Strange Peace] your first album doing it all live band in the studio?

Alex Edkins: Yeah. The first two records we did in I guess more of a modern way, which would be to get the drums finished and then layer everything on top. This time we got more or less what our show is like on tape all at the same time, except for vocals. It was cool, it was a lot more fun and a lot more easy than what we used to do. Continue reading “Interview: Metz guitarist Alex Edkins discusses the band’s new album”

Album Review: The Marcus King Band – Live at Rockwood Music Hall

Recommended tracks: (1, 2, 3)
Review by Jon O’Neal

Recorded on March 2nd, 2016, The Marcus King Band Live at Rockwood Music Hall showcases the raw energy that the band’s audiences expect and embrace. This 4 song EP is South Carolina soul and blues at its best. Marcus King leads his band with such charisma, that it’s like taking a step back in time, and experiencing a classic 70s rock concert with the familiar sounds of CCR, Otis Redding, James Brown and even Jimi Hendrix. My favorite track has to be “Wade In The Water,” a minute-long song featuring Marcus’ vocals, a cappella. To me, that track constitutes a bare-boned testament to the creativity and musicality of this group, through their main man. Be on the look out for this group coming to a town near you.

Album Review: Pom Poms – Turn You Out

Recommended tracks: 1, 2, 5, 7, 8
Review by Jon O’Neal

Pom Poms, a female fronted pop-rock duo from L.A., with vocalist Marlene Gold and multi-instrumentalist Billy Mohler, makes an incredible debut to the music world, with their album, Turn You Out. It opens with “GO GO,” an in-your-face rock tune that crosses the boundary into punk. It reminds me of songs by bands like Bikini Kill, Blondie and The Go-Go’s. The third track, “Lost My Head,” is eclectically reminiscent of early Doors stuff. Continue reading “Album Review: Pom Poms – Turn You Out”

The BIRN Presents Taylor McFerrin and Denitia: Live at The Red Room @ Cafe 939, Saturday, October 14th at 8:00 PM


Brooklyn-based producer, composer, pianist, DJ and live performer Taylor McFerrin released his first full length LP, Early Riser, in 2014 on Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder record label. Taylor’s musical style is equally influenced by the legends of 60s/70s Soul, the kings of the Modern Beat Generation, Golden Era hip-hop, free form jazz and electronic music. By playing all of the instruments on his productions, while also relying heavily on sampling and chopping up his live takes, he has found a sound that seamlessly bridges myriad musical worlds and draws the listener into a constantly shifting audio soundscape. Continue reading “The BIRN Presents Taylor McFerrin and Denitia: Live at The Red Room @ Cafe 939, Saturday, October 14th at 8:00 PM”

Album Review: Odesza – A Moment Apart

Review by Erin Ober

ODESZA’s highly anticipated album, A Moment Apart, has finally been released, and it is everything you’ve been hoping for. Staying true to the classic synth sounds and production techniques they are known for, the electro-indie-pop duo, Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight, tell an incredibly cohesive story, which radiates an intense feeling of nostalgia. The album truly reflects the group’s artistic development and perspective over the years. The time they took to create A Moment Apart was essential in successfully telling the story, and setting the mood of the album. Continue reading “Album Review: Odesza – A Moment Apart”

Show Review: Jacob Collier

RISE Music Series at the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum, Boston, MA, September 7, 2017

Review by Claire Marie Lim

As part of the RISE Music Series curated by Berklee alums Shea Rose and Simone Scazzocchio, British musical phenomenon Jacob Collier played to a full house at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. A two-time Grammy award winner and an exceptionally skilled multi-instrumentalist, writer, and producer, Collier presented a show filled with loops, live percussion, bass, guitar, keys, and his idiosyncratically harmonized voice – the epitome of a one-man band. Continue reading “Show Review: Jacob Collier”

Interview: Gabe Dixon discusses his Live in Boston album

Gabe Dixon Releases Live In Boston

Nashville-based singer-songwriter Gabe Dixon releases his new album, Live in Boston, on September 8, on BirnCORE. On the album, recorded at Berklee’s Red Room at Cafe 939 in September of 2016, Dixon delivers a blistering nine song solo set featuring some of his most popular songs, including “Crave,” “Flow Like Wine” and “All Will Be Well.”

We were fortunate to get Gabe to answer some of our questions about his career and the new release: Continue reading “Interview: Gabe Dixon discusses his Live in Boston album”