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.
Joji – BALLADS 1 (dark electro pop)
After receiving this album in my inbox, I suddenly started seeing a ton of Spotify video ads promoting Joji. Although I had already given each track a brief listen, like any good millennial, I decided to revisit the album after realizing people online thought it was a big deal. And it totally is! BALLADS 1 opens alternating between a simple piano line and distorted heavy bass in its first track “ATTENTION” grabs just that from the listener. “CAN’T GET OVER YOU (feat. Clams Casino)” is super unique, relatable lyrically, and probably one of my favorite tracks off of the album. Definitely check out Joji and keep up with him as I am sure this is not the last we will hear from him. Besides, when is the last time you listened to an album with song titles in all caps that didn’t turn out to be a complete success??
Johnny Payne – Johnny (pop indie rock)
Something I’ve noticed about most modern pop-based groups is the lack of hooky innocence that a lot of 50’s and 60’s bands used to have. Perhaps I’m old fashioned but I love a good song about holding hands. Which is why when I heard Johnny Payne’s new EP Johnny, it was like a breath of fresh air. Known previously as the co-frontman for The Shilohs, Payne has decided to leave and pursue a career of his own. This release gives off feelings of hope as he discusses trying to find comfort in letting go of the past. Songs like “Lazy Love” and “Alice On the Other Side,” are great examples. To sum up Johnny’s sound, as described by himself, it’s chipped champagne glasses, smeared bathroom mirrors and a lone romantic standing under the disco ball waiting for a slow dance.
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”
Hippo Campus – Bambi (indie/alternative rock)
Opening with an atmosphere of spacey synths, droning strings, and harmonious vocals that I can only describe as a barbershop-quartet-of-the-
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!
Rebecca Loebe is a singer-songwriter that captures the inspiration of soul, folk, and southern rock. Accompanied by a five piece band, Loebe has honed her voice as one of the Americana music scene’s most exciting new songwriters and earned a place on Alternate Root magazine’s annual list of the top 10 female singers in America. Continue reading “Rebecca Loebe to Appear on BIRN Alive”
Hitting number one on the iTunes R&B/Soul album chart in Japan at only 18, RIRI is just getting started. She has collaborated with famed EDM producer Zedd, covering his hit song “Stay” in Japanese. This year, she released her self titled album RIRI, combining lyrics in both English and Japanese. She draws from the vocal styles of Beyonce, Ariana Grande, and Whitney Houston.
We were so delighted to have the chance to interview RIRI in-studio when she visited campus recently. Don’t miss the exclusive live performance on BIRN Global.
RIRI’s interview airs June 4 – June 24 at the times below.
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On Sunday night at the Brighton Music Hall, the Brazilian Girls performed in promotion of their latest album, Let’s Make Love. As a fairly diverse group currently based out of New York, the Brazilian Girls bring in influences from all over the world and are known for their eclectic alternative, electronic sound. Anticipation crowded the room, especially knowing that the band has not put out an album since 2009 when their album, New York City, was nominated for a Grammy Award.
BIRN Global’s interview with Nativa airs through June 3. Schedule below.
Channeling her ancestors from the marvelous landscapes of Medellín, Colombia, Nativa brings you music to feed your soul. A singer-songwriter, guitarist and bassist, her sound pulls from Latin American folkloric music with a pop sensibility. Continue reading “Now Playing on BIRN Global: Nativa”