Harry Jay & The Bling are an R&B/funk group from D.C., now located in Boston, MA. The Group attend Berklee College of Music, and have been known to give high-energy live performances. They have played all over the Boston and D.C. areas, and have been featured on WEMF radio, in Boston, as well as the Berklee Internet Radio Network, and several other radio stations up and down the East Coast. Continue reading “Harry Jay Smith & the Bling and Claudia B. Swope: Live from the Red Room @ Cafe 939, Wednesday, Nov 15 at 8:00pm on birnCORE”
BAERD is a progressive folk band from Boston, MA. Founded at Berklee College of Music, the group traces together influences from Jazz, Americana, Classical, R&B, and World Music. BAERD’s lyricism and instrumental precision is inspired by the likes of Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, The Punch Brothers, and Radiohead. Continue reading “This Week on BIRN Alive: Baerd, Saturday, Nov 11 at 4:00pm on birn1”
Singer-songwriter Lydia Lovelesss’ highly anticipated new album, Real, was released on August 19th, via Bloodshot Records. This record follows the release of Somewhere Else, which Rolling Stone praised as “…an aching, lusty set of twang and sneer wrapped in electric guitar swagger,” while Pitchfork furthered “Somewhere Else [is] both a bracing and a deeply harrowing listen.” “Longer,” the first track to be revealed off of the record, premiered via Stereogum. Of the song, Stereogum says “It’s like the Replacements soundtracking the sad aftermath of Big Star’s ‘Thirteen’—which is to say, it’s awesome.” Continue reading “Lydia Loveless and Brian Dunne: Live from the Red Room @ Cafe 939, Thursday, Nov 9 at 8:00 pm on birnCORE”
Berklee’s Songwriting Department presents its second Electronic Music Night, highlighting electronic student singer-songwriters.
The evening, hosted by assistant professor Erin Barra-Jean, reflects the department’s efforts to provide a dynamic technology curriculum, which supports its students as writers, producers, and performers.
Based out of Boston, with humble beginnings in Raleigh, NC, Eva & The Oak unites their folky roots with indie/alternative influences. Dark and dreamy, they spark a reminiscent calm within the listener powered by ethereal vocals, haunting guitar progressions, layers of rhythm, and blankets of texture. Natural, branching, beautiful, and grounded, Eva & the Oak tells a tale fit for its name sake.
Alluxe wields power. To send you to emotional depths, standing onstage over her controller, unleashing hard-hitting beats, loops and grooves that cut through on impact. To send your head into a tailspin via her fine-tuned studio concoctions — a mélange of vocal swirls, avant-garde affects and manipulated melodies. The talented artist, producer, DJ, controllerist, violinist and live show designer has programmed and designed groundbreaking shows for some of the biggest names in music; from Kanye West to Drake, The Weeknd to Bon Iver. Continue reading “Alluxe, Alisse Laymac and Tal Flora: Live from the Red Room, Friday, Nov 3 at 8:00 pm on birnCORE”
Growing up in Ecuador, Maria Usbeck was immersed in salsa, merengue, bachata, and Andean music, but was more attracted to German and American culture. She, eventually, moved to the United States, alone, at the age of 17, to attend art school. After five years of fronting the new-wave band Selebrities, and writing songs in English, she knew it was time to let her mother tongue speak. That impulse manifested itself in her debut solo album, Amparo, which reads like an exotic travel diary—music made by a perceptive explorer, tapping into the shared core of human expression.
PUBLIC came to be when John Vaughn (lead vocals and guitar) and Ben Lapps (drums and vocals) began writing songs in a basement. Soon after, Matt Alvarado (bass, synthesizer, and vocals) joined them. With its roots in classic rock and indie/pop, the band released its first EP, Red, in 2012, solidifying a strong fan base in its hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. They quick on the road, supporting acts such as Walk the Moon, Twenty One Pilots, and Young the Giant. PUBLIC also began playing major festivals such as Forecastle, Bunbury, CMJ, and SXSW. Continue reading “Public and usLights: Live from the Red Room at Cafe 939, Tuesday, Oct 31 at 8:00 pm on birnCORE”
Born in Bydgoszcz, Poland, Basia Galaj entered the world of music at a very young age. Taking an interest in piano at the age of six, she began taking private lessons and continued her classical piano studies in Missio Musica after moving to Warsaw. Not long after this, she began studying voice. She moved to the US in 2011. By her senior year of high school, she became dually enrolled as a student of the California Baptist University, performing with the University choir and continuing her piano and vocal studies. Continue reading “This Week on BIRN Alive: Basia, Saturday, Oct 28 at 4:00 pm on birn1”
The songs on Oscar Acevedo’s latest album, A Toda Costa, were inspired by his personal experiences as a Berklee graduate, musician and teacher at Universidad de los Andes, in his native Colombia.
“Our intention, with this repertoire,” he explains, “was to return to the fusion sound characteristic of the 1980’s.” A key instrument needed to achieve this sound, is the electric guitar. Acevedo recorded the album under Continue reading “Oscar Acevedo: Live from the Red Room @ Cafe 939, Friday, Oct 27 at 8:00pm on birnCORE”