Ciaran Lavery and Alex2e Live from The Red Room

Tune in to birnCORE this Saturday, June 23, at 8:00 p.m. EDT for a live broadcast from the Red Room at Cafe 939 featuring Ciaran Lavery and Alex2e.

Ciaran Lavery is a singer-songwriter from Aghagallon in County Antrim, Ireland. He is highly acclaimed for his poetic, heart-stopping lyrics. Lavery also won the Northern Ireland Music Prize for his album “Let Bad In,” which was released in 2016.

He recorded his new album, Sweet Decay. “I acknowledge the darkness inside of me, one that has the potential to let people down and make the wrong decisions,” he says. He released the first single “To Chicago” as a teaser to the album and Lavery keeps it close to his heart. “In its purest form, this is a romantic song. I wanted to write something unapologetically good, a message of love without conditions. I haven’t heard any recent songs about love that didn’t come without a trap door and I miss that the sentiment cannot exist just as it is.” With Sweet Decay, Lavery will head out on his biggest tour to date across Europe, the United Kingdom, the United States, Ireland, and Canada.

Alex2e (Alex Touhey) is an alternative-acoustic singer-songwriter from Western Massachusettes. His career and love for songwriting began when he picked up his sister’s guitar after major surgery. He developed his skills and eventually got his debut EP Strange Company onto the top 10 albums iTunes singer/songwriter chart. He has worked with big artists like Zac Brown Band and is still on his way up the ladder of the music world.

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This Week on Birn Alive: Ciaran Lavery

Tune in to BIRN1 this Saturday, June 23, at 4:00PM EST for a live performance and interview with Ciaran Lavery.

Ciaran Lavery is a singer-songwriter from Aghagallon in County Antrim, Ireland. He writes poetic, heart-stopping lyrics and has up to 80 million streams on Spotify in just a 5-year solo career so far. Lavery also won the Northern Ireland Music Prize for his album “Let Bad In”, which was released in 2016.

BIRN Alive is home to great live performances and insightful conversation every Saturday at 4:00 PM EST.

Listen to the live session and interview HERE

Elise LeGrow and Ben Aler Live from The Red Room

Tune in to birnCORE on Wednesday, June 20, at 8:00 p.m. EDT for a live broadcast from the Red Room at Cafe 939 featuring Elise LeGrow and Ben Aler.

Elise LeGrow is a Canadian powerhouse who melds fiery passion and sophistication with just a hint of sandpapery grit in a voice that could only belong to a star. She started singing when she started speaking and was working through the American songbook by the time she was a teen.

LeGrow is influenced by artists from Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey to Nina Simone and Martha and the Vandellas. She is currently touring with her indie rock band to a few stops on the East Coast. This summer she’ll also be making appearances at multiple music festivals throughout Canada.

LeGrow will be drawing from her recently released album Playing Chess throughout her set.

Ben Aler is a funky blues-rock guitarist and vocalist at Berklee.

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The Rare Occasions and More Live from The Red Room

Tune in to birnCORE on Thursday, June 21, at 8:00 p.m. EDT for a live broadcast from the Red Room at Cafe 939 featuring The Rare Occasions, Colbis the Creature, and RVRCT.

The Rare Occasions are a Los Angeles-based retro band influenced by garage rock music. They mesh angular guitar riffs with indie pop melodies. This variability and depth of styles, layered with lyrical themes of existentialism and self-reflection, are what both define the Rare Occasions and set them apart.

Colbis the Creature is an indie rock/pop band from Boston.

RVRCT (Rivercat) is a Boston based dream pop-psychedelic band formed at Berklee.  Its self-titled debut record was released in 2017, and the band is currently working on a follow-up album, Agave.

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David Keenan and Grace Givertz Live from The Red Room

Tune in to birnCORE on Thursday, June 14, at 8:00 p.m. EDT for a live broadcast from the Red Room at Cafe 939 featuring David Keenan and Grace Givertz.

David Keenan is an Irish songwriter, “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. Keenan is an artist who advocates expression through all forms possible.

Grace Givertz is an indie-folk, singer-songwriter based in Boston. She released an EP last year titled The Light, where she shows off her powerful vocals as well as her skills on guitar, banjo, ukulele, harmonica, and foot tambourine. Givertz is “a massive tour-de-force musician… the only real option is to smile at how much she packs into a tiny punch of a song.”

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This Week on BIRN Alive: Rose Oliver

Tune in to BIRN1 on Saturday, June 16, at 4:00 p.m. EDT for a live performance and interview with Boston based artist Rose Oliver.

Rose’s style is influenced by her favorites: Regina Spektor, Bright Eyes, Panic! At The Disco, Kimya Dawson, Elliott Smith, and Death Cab for Cutie. Her music “feels like a heart-to-heart with a dear friend. Her whimsical creations are intimate, honest, and just a little off-center.”

BIRN Alive is home to great live performances and insightful conversation every Saturday at 4:00 p.m. EDT.

Listen to the live session and interview HERE.

Childish Japes, Killer Cortez, and Lev Freedman Live from The Red Room

Tune in tonight, June 5th @ 8 PM EST to birnCORE for a live broadcast from the Red Room @ Cafe 939 featuring Childish Japes, Killer Cortez, and Lev Freedman.

Childish Japes is equal parts collective, band, and art project—committed to fearless musical exploration and a blurring of genre lines. With no fixed front person, it constantly features a slew of killer singers, rappers, and instrumentalists (or just playing as a trio). At this show, the band will play its entire new album, Salamandra, which features Berklee College of Music alumnus and emotive powerhouse Dave Vives on vocals.

Killer Cortez is a Boston, Massachusetts–based progressive rock bandmade up of two-thirds of the former band Moniker. The band upends convention with its cavernous sound and dynamic, multilayered compositions. Its sound has been described as sonic storytelling with U2 textures, Radiohead rhythms, Pink Floyd psychedelia, and Muse levels of apocalyptic stadium rock. The band is currently working on a follow-up to its debut album and expects to release it later this year.

Lev Freedman is a singer-songwriter from Newburgh, New York. His deeply personal songwriting and soothing pop vocals make for a powerful show. Freedman’s influences range from artists such as James Taylor to Frank Ocean. Lev is Currently in his last year at Berklee College of Music, and he is preparing for a career in songwriting and performing.

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Sam Tsui Live from The Red Room

Tune in on Wednesday, June 6th @ 8 PM EST to birnCORE for a live broadcast from the Red Room @ Cafe 939 featuring Sam Tsui.

Sam Tsui went from sharing his talent from a dorm room on YouTube to releasing multiple albums and EPs. He recently released his album titled “Trust.” The singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist is now on tour and coming to Boston. “Sam continues to use his powerful digital platform to share his distinctive music and creative video content with his fans, the ‘Samily’.”

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Show Review: Editors at Paradise Rock Club 5/16

Story by Justin Cameron

Editors brought their Violence tour to Boston a couple weeks ago. The band’s set was heavy on the new songs, playing 6 of the 9 from Violence, and they all translated well to a live setting. They sounded almost exactly as they do on record, if not better, and the crowd seemed to agree. The majority of the crowd actually ended up dancing to the songs, and the band seemed to feed off that energy, giving an energetic set from start to finish.

The lights perfectly complimented their sound: flashing during the heavier, more industrial parts, and calming down for the quieter songs. Editors’ sound combined with the lights ended up being very reminiscent of Nine Inch Nails and Depeche Mode.

These days, Editors has a high energy, danceable set that should not be missed.