Album Review: Editors – Violence

Review by Justin Cameron

Working remotely with a producer whom they’ve never met led to Editors taking a new approach to their sound with Violence. They kept the same dark tone of their previous releases but added more pop elements to them: making some parts of the album brighter than once expected.

Their songs are grand and have huge climaxes, taking notes from acts including Coldplay and U2. They also keep an electro-rock feel and industrial elements reminiscent of Depeche Mode and Nine Inch Nails. Continue reading “Album Review: Editors – Violence”

Album Review: Preoccupations – New Material

Story by Justin Cameron

Post-punk rockers Preoccupations explore a new, darker, and deeper sound for New Material.

“My perfect goal for a record would be to have something that you know is rock music but you can’t tell what any of the instruments are,” explains Scott Munro. They’ve achieved just that in New Material. With it being difficult at times to differentiate between a guitar and synth, the album keeps the listener on their toes. Continue reading “Album Review: Preoccupations – New Material”

Berklee in the Round Live From The Red Room

Tune in on Tuesday, April 10th @ 7 PM EST to birnCORE for a live broadcast from The Red Room @ Cafe 939 of Berklee in the Round.

Berklee in the Round (BITR) occurs on the second Tuesday of every month. Each month, a faculty member selects four to five students and hosts a concert. He or she may also choose a special guest (such as a visiting artist or touring songwriter). Based on the in-the-round performances at the famous Bluebird Café in Nashville, Tennessee, songwriters sit in a circle, where they take turns playing to the audience seated around them, lending an intimate feel.

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Album Review: Nathaniel Rateliff – Tearing at the Seams

Story by Justin Cameron

We’re in the middle of a blues-rock revival from the 60’s. What was previously led by the likes of Gary Clark Jr. and Brittany Howard from Alabama Shakes, now has a new face in Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats. Their self-titled debut broke them onto the scene in 2016 with the catchy, danceable hits “S.O.B” and “I Never Get Old;” Since then, they have been busy tearing up the scene with their following release (later that year) and a live album from Red Rocks with Preservation Hall Jazz Band in 2017. Continue reading “Album Review: Nathaniel Rateliff – Tearing at the Seams”

Show Review: Nada Surf at Brighton Music Hall 3/10

Story by Justin Cameron

Nada Surf brought their Let Go 15th Anniversary Tour to Brighton Music Hall on Saturday night. Matthew Caws came out with his acoustic guitar to a sold-out crowd and began strumming the intro to “Blizzard of 77.” They wasted no time getting the other members of the band (Ira Elliot and Daniel Lorca) on stage to play the rest of Let Go (the album that contains beloved songs such as, “Inside of Love”, and “Blonde on Blonde”) in its entirety. The band kept the time in between songs brief, only to tell stories of how the songs were written some 15 years ago.  

After playing the album front to back, the band came back out to play a second set containing more fan favorites such as their mid 90’s hit “Popular”, “Always Love”, and “Your Legs Grow.” They included “Stalemate” which led into a cover of Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart” and closed the show with “Blankest Year” off of The Weight is a Gift. They showed their strength by going from melancholy riffs to more distorted, driving guitar and they kept the energy up as if they easily could’ve played for another two hours. The band was excellent and seemed to really enjoy being on stage.

Songs For Social Change Live From The Red Room

Tune in on Monday, April 9th @ 7 PM EST to birnCORE for a live broadcast from The Red Room @ Cafe 939 of Songs For Social Change.

The Songs for Social Change concert showcases the winners and runners-up of the Songs for Social Change contest. These performers represent a wide variety of musical styles, social issues, and backgrounds. Join us to hear incredible, inspiring music.

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The Movement Presents Battle of the Bands Live From The Red Room

Tune in on Sunday, April 8th @ 6 PM EST to birnCORE for a live broadcast from The Red Room @ Cafe 939 of the Movement’s Battle of the Bands.

Five Berklee bands will be selected to compete for the opportunity to be a headliner at a gig in Boston. This event is being held in efforts to collect food to donate to the Greater Boston Food Bank.

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Matthew Stevens and Justin Brown Live From The Red Room

Tune in on Saturday, April 7th @ 8 PM EST to birnCORE for a live broadcast from the Red Room @ Cafe 939 featuring Matthew Stevens and Justin Brown.

Canadian born and Harlem based artist, Matthew Stevens, is a superb composer and guitar player of the jazz-rock style . He has built quite the reputation for himself after graduating from Berklee in 2004 by networking and collaborating with artists such as Harvey Mason, NEXT Collective, and Esperanza Spaulding. Stevens worked on her D+Evolution project as well as Exposure, which he played on as well helped to compose and produce. He has been included in DownBeat Magazine’s 25 For The Future issue and the Annual Critics Poll Rising Star Guitar Category two years in a row. Continue reading “Matthew Stevens and Justin Brown Live From The Red Room”

Show Review: MGMT at the Orpheum Theater 3/16

Story by Justin Cameron

MGMT never really left, but Little Dark Age feels like a comeback. Oracular Spectacular made them into indie rock gods, but they stepped away from the spotlight and Little Dark Age has brought them right back.

They opened to a sold-out crowd at the Orpheum Theater with the title track of their latest release, Little Dark Age, and from there they played a set heavy with songs from the new album. Peppered in throughout were the top hits from Oracular Spectacular: “Time to Pretend”, “Electric Feel”, and “Kids” kept the crowd moving, and deservingly received the most reaction. Most of the songs from the new album received a positive reaction with highlights being “James” and “Me and Michael.”

The band as a whole sounded great and was tight throughout their set while the new songs translated well to the live setting accompanied by some new, trippy visuals. Their sound could have easily been mistaken for someone just playing the record over speakers. The visuals (such as having a phone with familiar apps floating behind them during “TSLAMP”) added a new layer to their set and complimented the songs.

Armed with new songs and visuals, MGMT is on top of their game right now and is an absolute must see.

 

Win tickets to see Dead Horses with Kate Rhudy Live at The Red Room

Tune in on Wednesday, April 11th @ 8 PM EST to birnCORE for a live broadcast from the Red Room @ Cafe 939 featuring Dead Horses and Kate Rhudy.

“At fifteen, Dead Horses frontwoman Sarah Vos’ world turned upside down. Raised in a strict, fundamentalist home, Vos lost everything when she and her family were expelled from the rural Wisconsin church where her father had long served as pastor.” The Dead Horses’ new album titled “My Mother the Moon” is one that is “full of trauma and triumph, despair and hope, pain and resilience. Blending elements of traditional roots with modern indie folk, the songs are both familiar and unexpected, unflinchingly honest in their portrayal of modern American life, yet optimistic in their unshakable faith in brighter days to come.” Continue reading “Win tickets to see Dead Horses with Kate Rhudy Live at The Red Room”