Show Review: Sam Tsui at the Red Room

by Allie Kersten

Sam Tsui brought the house down on Wednesday, June 6, at the Red Room at Cafe 939. His show in Boston was the second-to-last of his East Coast tour. It was obvious that his voice was tired and worn out, but he put his all into the show and it was unforgettable. His charisma and passion were not only showing from his performance, but his band’s as well.

Sam began sharing his love of music through YouTube from his dorm room in 2011. That love only grew, and people noticed. It didn’t take long for Sam to develop a loyal and loving fan base of viewers that supported him in all he did. While his show at Red Room was small and intimate, you could tell how devoted every audience member was to him and his goals.

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In Studio Performance by Irish Songwriter David Keenan

Irish songwriter David Keenan stopped by BIRN Alive on June 13, in advance of his show at The Red Room at Cafe 939, for a performance that included the songs “A Corner Boys Lament” and “Lawrence of Arkadia.”

Keenan is “a young artist who uses his lyrics to paint pictures with words on canvases of silence, curating a body of work which is steeped in the poetic tradition of old but delivered in such a way that is entirely his own.” He is currently on a tour of the East Coast. His live shows have been described as visceral and spiritual and he advocates expression through all forms possible.


The BIRN Interview with Singer-Songwriter Julie Byrne

Singer, songwriter, guitarist and poet Julie Byrne stopped by the Berklee Internet Radio Network studio in 2017 for an interview. Her latest album, Not Even Happiness, was released in January of that year. Byrne talks poetry, her evolution as a songwriter, and performing live.

The audio features “Natural Blue” and “Morning Dove” from Not Even Happiness.

Show Review: Rise Music Series featuring Gretchen Parlato and Mirella Costa

On Thursday, April 26, Gretchen Parlato and Mirella Costa performed at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s Calderwood Hall as part of the monthly Rise Music Series. Costa, a current Berklee College Of Music student, opened the show. It was clear that she brought a good amount of support from the college due to the enthusiastic audience response when she was introduced. With her robust and warm voice echoing up to the top of the balconies of the venue, she effortlessly sang Brazilian jazz tunes with her impeccable band. She moved around the center of the floor as though it was her hundredth time singing in that space. Mirella was the perfect opener since her warm personality perfectly complimented the serenity of Gretchen’s. Continue reading “Show Review: Rise Music Series featuring Gretchen Parlato and Mirella Costa”

Lauren Ruth Ward – The BIRN Interview

Lauren Ruth Ward is a massively talented singer from Baltimore who picked up and relocated to LA to pursue a career in the music business. When I say talented, I mean like Beth Hart talented. Her voice can stop you in your tracks. It is soulful, powerful and raw. But this story sounds familiar right? Here is where this story diverges from the thousands of others that start out the same way. In three short years, Lauren has put together a band and inked a record deal. The former hairdresser is currently on tour in support of her debut full-length record, Well, Helland you should go see her while you can still get close enough to see what color her eyes are.

Besides being a great vocalist, she is also grounded, savvy and real. A combination that makes fans and friends come easily. We were fortunate enough to do a quick phone chat with Lauren before her east coast swing and got the lowdown on everything from her writing process to her advice to those making the move to LA. Continue reading “Lauren Ruth Ward – The BIRN Interview”

Win Tickets to see “So, What Do You Want To Know?” An Evening Of Conversation With Nick Cave

The BIRN would like you to win tickets to So, What Do You Want To Know?” An Evening Of Conversation And Open Discussion With the legendary Nick Cave on Tuesday, May 1 at the Boch Center Shubert Theatre.

The show is inspired by Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds’ 2017 world tour and Cave’s evolving releationship with his audiences. The shows became vast communal affairs and it is this relationship that Cave hopes to explore through this series of conversation events. The BIRN has three pairs of tickets to give away and the winners’ names will be given to Nick Cave, so get your questions ready! To enter, please email your name and contact phone information to by Sunday, April 29 at 11:59 p.m. The winners will be chosen at random. Good luck!

There are $20 student tickets by using the code: STUDENT.

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BerkleeNYC: A Student’s Perspective

Story by Darcy Davis

If you’re a student at Berklee, you’ve probably heard about the recent acquisition of Power Station studios, read the press release, watched the video and thought “this is awesome but what does this mean for us?” As an MP&E student, I wanted to know what sort of opportunities we would get to utilize the space in order to expand our careers in New York, and where other technology majors such as EPD and CWP would fit into the vision. So I caught up with Stephen Webber, executive director of BerkleeNYC, to talk more about the grand plan for the studio and why we should be excited. Continue reading “BerkleeNYC: A Student’s Perspective”

Radio Paila, Taller Than Trees and AM Dandy Live from the Red Room

Tune in tonight @ 8 PM EST to birnCORE for a live broadcast from The Red Room @ Cafe 939 featuring three great bands.

Radio Paila is a Spanish grunge band heavily influenced by Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Rage Against the Machine, and Nirvana. Its music carries a social critique packed with satirical remarks against mundanity and the constant struggle between the ego and self. The four-piece band is composed of Godi Gaviria (Colombia) on guitar/vocals, Ramiro Marziani (Argentina) on lead guitar, Felipe Aranha (Brazil) on drums, and Simon Fagerstedt (Sweden) on bass. Continue reading “Radio Paila, Taller Than Trees and AM Dandy Live from the Red Room”