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Ought – Room Inside The World (post punk, art rock)
Ought’s latest album manages to be thrilling and repetitious at the same time. Room Inside The World incorporates more synths than Ought’s previous work without taking focus away from the unique guitar lines and idiosyncratic vocals.
Favorite Tracks: Disgraced In America, Take Everything, These 3 Things
Chemtrails – Calf of The Sacred Cow (Garage Rock, Pop)
If trash pop was an official genre, Chemtrails could be the textbook example. Calf of The Sacred Cow brings to mind the late great Jay Reatard but with a 21st century chip tune spin. As the band name might suggest, there’s a certain playfulness to the whines and snarls found in Chemtrails music. It is a thoroughly fun album without being annoyingly so.
Favorite Tracks: Killer or a Punchline, Watch Evil Grow, Milked
Ezra Furman – Transangelic Exodus // psychedelic rock, musical novel
Tune in to birnCORE on Saturday, February 24 for an amazing live broadcast from the Red Room @ Cafe 939 featuring Robert Stevenson of A Silent Film and I Am Strikes .
For 12 years, Robert Stevenson was the front man, producer, and primary songwriter of British rock band A Silent Film. Stevenson will play the band’s hits and other fan favorites in stripped-down, acoustic arrangements. Continue reading “Upcoming on birnCORE: Robert Stevenson of A Silent Film and I Am Strikes”
Palm – Rock Island (Math Rock, Indie Rock)
Math rock for people who hate math rock. Palm uses repetition and a cutting pop melodic sense to paint emotional pictures within the tropes of a genre that is too often devoid of feeling. Rock Island is one of the freshest sounding rock records of the past few years.
Favorite Tracks: Composite, (Didn’t What You Want) Happen, Dog Milk, Pearly
Brazilian Girls – Let’s Make Love “Pirates” [Single] // alternative dance
I got a chance to sit down with Erin Birgy, the mastermind behind avant-garde pop band Mega Bog, before their show at the Sinclair with Destroyer. Here are some of her thoughts on music, Star Trek and pierogies:
Ruben: Is there a motif or concept that tends to drive your music?
Erin: Suffering (laughs). I think there’s a lot to be said. Actually one of my favorite writers passed away yesterday, Ursula Le Guin. In one of her books she talks about how the whole purpose of human, or what it is to be human, is to share and absorb other people’s suffering and make it less of a burden on one person. To like actually take that pain into yourself so you will feel bad but you will be helping somebody else feel less bad. I think that’s a lot of what it’s about and lot of where writing and songs come from. Continue reading “Interview: Erin Birgy of Mega Bog”
Tune in to birnCORE on Friday, February 16 for an amazing live broadcast from the Red Room @ Cafe 939 featuring three great bands!
Viniloversus is a Latin Grammy–winning rock band based in Miami, Florida. Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, the band recently released its first English album, Days of Exile, a follow-up to its first three albums, all critically acclaimed. The album is available on vinyl as well as all digital platforms. Continue reading “Upcoming on birnCORE: Viniloversus, Blue Hyenas & Javi Limón Jr.”