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Ruby’s Prime Slices of the Week

PalmRock 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

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Erin’s Prime Slices of the Week 02/5-02/11

Brazilian Girls – Let’s Make Love “Pirates” [Single] // alternative dance

Right from the start, “Pirates” slaps you in the face with heavy synths, and a bass line you won’t be able to get out of your head. This single just makes you want to move your shoulders and learn the lyrics. Sabina Sciubba’s percussive vocals bring you into her story, and when she switches into her higher register, you’re instantly hooked to their sound. Fun fact: none of the members are actually from Brazil!

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Interview: Erin Birgy of Mega Bog

Erin playing with Mega Bog at The Sinclair (Jan 24 2018)

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”

Upcoming on birnCORE: Viniloversus, Blue Hyenas & Javi Limón Jr.

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.”

Cabaret: The Real Meaning of Valentine’s Day Live on birnCORE!

Tune in to birnCORE on Wednesday 2/14 for Cabaret Live from The Red Room @ Cafe 939.

Cabaret is an intimate, live showcase of Broadway favorites and musical theater–inspired originals. This student initiative, which began in 2012, gives musical theater enthusiasts at Berklee the chance to perform in a professional setting beyond the main stage musical season. This month’s theme is the Real Meaning of Valentine’s Day, showcasing songs that relate to peace, freedom, civil rights, and love. Any song that fits this theme is accepted. Continue reading “Cabaret: The Real Meaning of Valentine’s Day Live on birnCORE!”

Berklee In The Round: Live from the Red Room on Tuesday, 2/13 on birnCORE!

Tune in to birnCORE on Tuesday, 2/13 for a live broadcast from the Red Room @ Cafe 939 as great songwriters are featured on BITR Tuesday.

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. They may also choose a special guest (such as a visiting artist or touring songwriter). Continue reading “Berklee In The Round: Live from the Red Room on Tuesday, 2/13 on birnCORE!”

Listen to the Roots Roadshow live on birnCORE!

Tune in to birnCORE on Tuesday, 2/5 at 8PM EST for a live broadcast from the Red Room @ Cafe 939 featuring some of the amazing roots performers here at Berklee.

The Roots Roadshow series, presented by the American Roots Music Program (ARMP), is a showcase that explores and celebrates America’s rich musical heritage.

Each month, we present a variety show of student bands and ensembles performing styles such as country blues, old-time, bluegrass, new acoustic, Celtic, classic country, Western swing, and more. Continue reading “Listen to the Roots Roadshow live on birnCORE!”

Upcoming Live Broadcast: Driftwood and Sam Robbins Live from the Red Room on Saturday, February 3 @ 8PM EST

Tune in to birnCORE on Saturday, February 3 for a live broadcast from the Red Room @ Cafe 939 featuring Binghamton, NY’s Driftwood. Driftwood is a band with a rock ’n’ roll soul and a folk art mind.. Continue reading “Upcoming Live Broadcast: Driftwood and Sam Robbins Live from the Red Room on Saturday, February 3 @ 8PM EST”