As the audience trickled into the Sinclair, it seemed that no one had any idea what to expect from Laraaji, the opening act for the Jonathan Wilson show. He shuffled out on stage toward a small table, draped with a tapestry, just slightly off center. For the next 45 minutes, Laraaji took the audience on a spiritual journey, plucking his electronic zither with closed eyes and a soft demeanor. Continue reading “Show Review: Jonathan Wilson at The Sinclair 3/10”
Tracy Thorn– Record (Pop)
Tracy Thorn’s third solo album post Everything But The Girl revels in 80s pop and disco nostalgia in a natural and genuine way that seems left out of a lot of current 80s revival. On Record, the synths are warm, the drums are fat, and Tracy Thorn’s voice cuts through with clarity and power. Continue reading “Ruby’s Prime Slices (3/4-3/11): Tracy Thorn, The Breeders”
Friday, March 16th @ 8 PM EST! Tune in to birnCORE for a live broadcast from The Red Room @ Cafe 939 featuring Ingrid Andress.
Ingrid Andress is a country singer-songwriter who splits time between Nashville and Los Angeles. She grew up on a wide range of music, captivated by vocalists from Whitney Houston to Sarah McLachlan and Robert Plant. But it was the country sensibilities of Joni Mitchell, Faith Hill, the Dixie Chicks, and even John Denver that stole her heart and fired her imagination. As a result, her country songs are unguarded and raw, focusing on her gutsy-but-vulnerable voice and the feelings pulled from her wanderer’s soul.
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Palehound is the lo-fi indie rock project of Boston based singer-songwriter and guitarist, Ellen Kempner. Their debut EP, Bent Nail, is a mix of grunge-folk and 90’s influenced indie. It gained her enough attention to decide to drop out of school and record her first full length album, Dry Food. Continue reading “Palehound plays BIRN Alive on Wednesday, March 14 at 7:00 pm EST on BIRN1”
Current Joys – A Different Age // lo-fi rock
“A Different Age” is the type of album you want to listen to from start to finish after a really long week. Nicholas Rattigan, the sole songwriter behind Current Joys, cuts deep with his lyrics and heart-wrenching vocal delivery. The songs are simple and lo-fi – mostly just vocals, guitar, light synths, and a simple drum pattern – but that kind of seems to be the point. Songs like “No Words” have a strong meditative vibe, while the title track “A Different Age” tells an emotional story about being an artist in todays world. Be sure to check out each track’s corresponding video, as this is a visual album (link for “A Different Age” below). Continue reading “Erin’s Prime Slices of the Week (3/4-3/11)”
This week on Birn Alive: Birdgangs, Saturday, March 10 at 4:00 pm.
Birdgangs are a Boston based rock band, taking influence from bands like the Arctic Monkeys, The Strokes and Real Estate. They bring a rare mix of passionate artistry, honest lyricism, and explosive stage presence to every show that raises audiences to their feet through pulse-pounding melodies, and fierce, unrelenting rhythms. Their debut EP, Maximum Suction, is out March 23, and they’ll be playing a release show at O’Brien’s Pub.
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Morningbird is a five-piece alternative rock band hailing from various parts of the world that came together in Boston. John Cattini and Max Challis formally founded Morningbird in the summer of 2014 with a couple of bedroom recording sessions that became their debut self-titled EP. In 2016 John and Max recruited their long time friends Isak Kotecki, Connor Frawley, and Ian Ho to form a five piece band. Continue reading “Upcoming Broadcast on birnCORE: Morningbird and The House On Cliff Live From the Red Room”
Tune in on Thursday, March 8 at 8:00 PM EST for a live broadcast from The Red Room @ Cafe 939 featuring Bob Lanzetti and Dynamo.
Bob Lanzetti is a Brooklyn, New York–based professional guitarist, composer, producer, and educator. He has performed and recorded with many artists throughout the New York City area and has played in more than 40 countries with the three-time Grammy Award–winning jazz/funk collective Snarky Puppy. Continue reading “Upcoming on birnCORE: Bob Lanzetti and Dynamo Live From the Red Room”
Joan As Police Woman – Damned Devotion (R&B, Singer Songwriter)
Lou Reed and Elton John collaborator, Joan Wasser, returns with her Joan As Police Woman project to deliver an excellent album that sounds both current and referential. Damned Devotion feels as though it has always existed. Wasser’s songwriting and arrangements are front and center and accented by the warm and clear production.
Favorite Songs: Wonderful, Warning Bell, The Silence
Superorganism – Superorganism // experimental electro