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The Dales Live from The Red Room

Tune in on Saturday, July 21 at 8:00 p.m. EDT to birnCORE for a live broadcast from the Red Room featuring The Dales.

The Dales is a five-piece American roots-rock band based in LA. In August of 2017 They released their debut album Marie, named after and inspired by the bass’ loss of his girlfriend to cancer. “The echoes of that tragedy ring through Marie and resonate in the bittersweet sentiment and alluring melodies that provide its wistful embrace.” It is very clear that the band is influenced by early country music and the classic songwriting style. The Dales have traveled and performed with other artists and bands such as White Buffalo and Cris Jacobs. They have been featured on a couple of NPR’s music specials as well as in interviews on NBC and ABC.

Listen here to join the live broadcast on birnCORE!

Sydney Matlock, Brianna Nelson, and Chavis Chance Live from The Red Room

Tune in on this Friday, July 13 at 8:00 p.m. EDT to birnCORE for a live broadcast from the Red Room featuring Sydney Matlock, Brianna Nelson, and Chavis Chance.

Sydney Matlock is a folk singer-songwriter from Windsor, Ontario, now based in Boston at Berklee College of Music. She recently released her single “Follow You” and her debut EP Lucky Girl. She has either won or been a finalist in multiple competitions in Canada such as “Canada’s Next Rising Star” and “The South Canada Songwriting Competition.” Sydney captures her audience with “her bubbly personality and dimpled smile.” Continue reading “Sydney Matlock, Brianna Nelson, and Chavis Chance Live from The Red Room”

Ruby’s Prime Slices (7/9)

Fit of Body – Black Box No Cops (Lo-Fi House, Bedroom Electronic)

Fit of Body brings a punk ethos to the the usually aloof field of lofi electronic. Black Box No Cops sounds like smooth easy listening hotel music, but with a certain grit. The aesthetic is something of a 2018 bandcamp/soundcloud version of LCD Soundsystem. The subtlety of attitude is what sets this album apart from scores of DIY producers. It gets deeper with each listen.

Snail Mail – Lush (Emo Pop)

The beauty of working within the confines of a genre is that both artist and listener are forced to zero in on the content rather than the presentation. Lush is a classic Emo record if there ever was one. Snail Mail is not trying to change the world. Lindsey Jordan is using the recognizable idiom of the genre as a home for her personal and incredibly catchy songwriting. The purity of an album that tries to be nothing but a good album within a schema is absolutely refreshing.

 

Lorren Chiodo to Appear on BIRN Alive

Tune in to BIRN1 this Saturday, July 14 at 4:00 p.m. EDT for a live performance and interview with Lorren Chiodo.

Lorren is a current Berklee saxophonist, vocalist, and composer from Melbourne, Australia. She “presents contemporary R&B/soul compositions fused with electronic elements and FX pedals, equally dominated by both lead saxophone and vocal performance.”

BIRN Alive is home to great live performances and insightful conversation every Saturday at4:00 p.m. EDT.

Listen to the live session and interview HERE

Special on BIRN Alive: Jas Kayser & Chums

Tune in to BIRN1 on Sunday, July 15 at 8:00 p.m. EDT for a live performance and interview with Jas Kayser & Chums.

Jas & Chums came onto BIRN Alive on Sunday night, July 1. We loved their performance and invited them back to do an ‘Encore Performance.’  In case you missed the last BIRN Alive show with them, Jas is a soon-to-be Berklee alumn who is active in Boston, New York, and London. She has played with a variety of musicians, from Jacques Schwartz-Bart to Donald Harrison, at venues such as Rockwood Music Hall and Scullers Jazz Club. Jas performed at the 2018 Panama Jazz Festival with the Berklee Global Jazz Institute sextet and at the 2018 Next Generation Monterey Jazz Festival with the Ethan Santos Quintet. She is currently preparing to perform and teach at the Newport Jazz Festival Summer Camp.

This summer, Jas & Chums will release the single “Stupid on the Beat” feat. Niu Raza. The project, called “Jafro Beat,” explores the common ground between progressive jazz and soulful, Afro-beat led rhythms.

Listen to the live session and interview HERE.

Aubrey Haddard to Appear on BIRN Alive

Tune in to BIRN1 on Tuesday, July 17, at 8:00 p.m. EDT for a live performance and interview with Aubrey Haddard.

Aubrey Haddard is a Boston based singer-songwriter in the indie-soul genre. Joined by bassist Charley Ruddell and drummer Joshua Strmic, she will be going on tour for her debut album Blue Part. The title is in relation to the blue part of a fire, which is the hottest part of the flame. Aubrey’s album is “an unapologetic testament steeped in concepts of love and passion.” She has performed in many places around the Northeast and is known as “one of New England’s most eccentric and dynamic performers on the touring circuit.”

Listen to the live session and interview HERE.

Strangers by Accident to Appear on BIRN Alive

Tune in to BIRN1 on Wednesday, July 18 at 8:00 p.m. EDT for a live performance and interview with Strangers by Accident.

Formed in Boston, Strangers by Accident are “an authentic, energetic indie-folk act with an old-school respect for their songwriting.” The group was started in 2015 by singer-songwriters Brian Sousa and Amy Wynne, who met by chance and began playing as an acoustic duo at open mics around Boston. Strangers by Accident are now a four-piece band that features three-to-four-part harmonies that have the ability “to cast a spell over the room,” and powerful, lyrically driven songs. Their style veers from suitcase-stomping acoustic, to snare-pounding electric, and yet they are still able to stay true to their original roots. They released their second EP, Reckless, in December.

Listen to the live session and interview HERE.

Aisha Burns to Appear on BIRN Alive

Tune in to BIRN1 Saturday, August 4, at 4:00 p.m. EDT for a live performance and interview with Aisha Burns.

Aisha is a folk-rock violinist, vocalist, and songwriter raised in Texas and now in Massachusettes. She began her journey in the folk-rock world in 2005 and was touring and recording by 2006. Aisha released Life in the Midwater, her debut album, in 2013, and this May released “Argonauta.” NPR points out the “delicate intimacy” of her music while Dazed Magazine describes the works in Life in the Midwater as “twisting, ethereal, and arresting.”

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

Jimmy Lim to Appear on BIRN Alive

Tune in to BIRN1 on Saturday, July 7, at 4:00 p.m. EDT for a live performance and interview with Jimmy Lim.

Jimmy Lim, aka LYM, is a Berklee student singer-songwriter based in Boston. Somber and peculiar, his voice and music capture a particular feeling that takes listeners to a different place. He fuses electric jazz and alternative music, giving his music a unique sound. Lim recently released his EP Hue, on the heels of his single “Wrong.”

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.

Ruby’s Prime Slices (6/28): Now, Now; Self Defense Family; and Jupiter & Okwess

Now, Now – Saved (Pop)

As somebody who has dearly missed the sickeningly sweet rock tinged pop of the mid 2000s (think Avril Lavigne and Kelly Clarkson), Now, Now‘s new album makes me feel Saved. This album is seriously infectious and fun- a pure and emotional pop record both for 2005 and 2018.

Continue reading “Ruby’s Prime Slices (6/28): Now, Now; Self Defense Family; and Jupiter & Okwess”