White Denim – “Shanalala” [Single] – (Fuzz Rock)
Coming in hot this week is a fiery new single from Austin band White Denim. This song is a mix of King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard & early Eagles of Death Metal with a really driving chord progression as well as the singers nonchalant vocal delivery. The lyrics aren’t easy to understand through the verses and are almost used as a rhythm part until the chorus where, “I don’t believe you” is repeated. It’s a really simple and effective tune that makes you wanna groove along so check it out.
Mike Krol – Power Chords – (Garage Rock)
This next album I’m reviewing for two reasons. First, I think it’s a pretty solid and catchy album and second, more people should be listening to Mike Krol even if it’s not this album. Krol broke through with his 2011 debut album I Hate Jazz; an album full of short punky songs with some great hooks like “Fifteen Minutes” & “Natural Disaster”. Now on his 4th studio album he’s still the same Mike Krol everyone fell in love with but with a heavier and fuller sound while still having all tracks at peaking volume. It’s very consistent all the way through and showcases Krols unique blend of garage, pop punk, and Indie Rock. Show him some love!
The BIRN wants you to win a pair of tickets to see Disney DCappella live at the Emerson Colonial Theatre on Sunday, February 24.
To win tickets, email your name and phone number to DisneyDCapella@thebirn.com. The deadline to enter is Wednesday, February 19 at 11:00pm.
Disney Music Group’s new a cappella group features 7 world class vocalists performing arrangements of Disney classic and modern hits. Berklee a cappella groups Upper Structure and Women of the World will also be featured performers. Berklee and Boston Conservatory at Berklee students can take advantage of a special student offer: $30 tickets, 2 per valid student ID, available only at the box office. Winners will be chosen at random.
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Squid – “The Dial” – (indie punk)
At the very top of my list and will definitely appear again at the end of this year, is Squid’s new single “The Dial.” Squid is a relatively new band from the U.K. who have only released a few singles thus far in their career. This is currently their heaviest track but easily their catchiest. The vocal delivery is hard hitting and aggressive as he repeats with more intensity each time “The dial doesn’t change, oh the dial stays the same.” It’s one of those songs that gets you angry even if you weren’t before. It’s a real punch you in the face kinda song and it’s my new favorite. CHECK THIS OUT!
Continue reading “Curtis’ Prime Slices (2/9 – 2/15): Squid, Claude Fontaine, Andrew Bird”
Pip Blom – “Daddy Issues” [single] – (indie fuzz rock)
There’s a little pressure trying to pick the first prime slices of the year but so far I’ve been given some pretty good choices. First on my list is Pip Blom hailing from Amsterdam. Fronted by the singer-songwriter of the same name, they’ve been putting out music since 2016 but recently broke through with their new EP Paycheck, released in October of last year. This single is following the same trajectory with their sound and I hope it can snag them some new fans. It’s a punchy song with a fuzzy wall of guitars and a great hook. Give it a listen!
Continue reading “Curtis’ Prime Slices (2/2 – 2/8): Pip Blom, Cass McCombs, Pamela York”
Ralph Rosen, manager of Libraries and Learning Resources at Berklee, surveys the country blues in the first episode of the Ralph’s Corner podcast series.
The BIRN wants you to win a pair of tickets to see Berklee and Thelonious Monk Institute alumnus Godwin Louis live at the Red Room at Café 939 on Wednesday, February 13 at 8:00 p.m. Louis will be playing selections from his upcoming debut release, Global, which features some of the hottest young musicians on the New York City jazz scene.
To win tickets, email your name and phone number to GodwinLive@thebirn.com. There are four chances for you to win a pair of tickets to this can’t miss show.
The winners will be chosen at random. The deadline to enter is Tuesday, February 12 at 11:00 p.m.
Shizuno Furuya is a recent graduate of Berklee and founder of the non-profit music education program EchoKids. Shizuno started the program while attending Berklee, and has grown the program immensely since. There are currently five mentors and 17 students at EchoKids, and it is growing every day.
EchoKids is a private lesson program that teaches kids from the ages of 2-13 various music lessons such as piano, voice, violin, etc. The mentors are all current Berklee students who have a passion for teaching and sharing their craft. Lessons are currently held at Berklee and take place 7 days a week, depending on both the families and the mentor’s schedules.
Shizuno grew up in Miami, Florida and started taking piano lessons at age three. Looking back on a few of her teachers growing up, Shizuno really understood the importance of making learning music fun when you’re young. Because of her positive lesson experiences, she carried a few specific skills with her into her own teaching. During her sophomore year at Berklee, she listed herself online for teaching opportunities around Boston. She started teaching lessons around the area, and became popular with families because of how qualified yet affordable she was. She realized this was something she was really passionate about, and decided to make it a career.
While she was in her last semester at Berklee, Shizuno crafted the idea for EchoKids in one of her business classes, taught by Joe Miglio. With the help of five other classmates, the idea for EchoKids was created and soon became a real business. Continue reading “Featured Interview: Shizuno Furuya, Founder and CEO of EchoKids”
Thank you to everyone who tuned in and to all the musicians who came to play and allowed us to broadcast your music. We wish you all a safe and happy rest of 2018 and look forward to seeing you again in 2019!
Compiled in no particular order by Music Directors Erin Ober and Curtis Heimburger
Thirdstory – Cold Heart (soul pop)
This album is heart wrenching and painfully well thought out from start to finish. The lyrics are flawless in message and flow, and the vocals are simply insane. You will want to cry and dance and call your ex (maybe don’t act on that last one) upon hearing Thirdstory’s luxurious harmonies and consistent connection. They remind me of a more soulful and sensitive One Republic with a much heavier focus on lyrical content and storytelling.
Haley Blais – Let Yourself Go EP – (indie folk)
Haley Blais is an indie folk artist hailing from Vancouver, B.C. Let Yourself Go is her first release with Rumpus Room Records, engineered and mixed by Trevor Lang. The EP starts out slow and sweet with soft vocals and ukulele and quickly picks up to an almost ABBA inspired vibe. The record has a nice balance of Haley’s personal side of life and her natural ability to write a catchy song. Her style is easy to love and even easier to relax to.
Continue reading “2018 in Review: Top 10 Prime Slices of the Year”