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
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!
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 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!”
Tune in to BIRN1 on Saturday, February 3, for a live performance and interview with performer and producer Dolltr!ck. Painting dreams with synths and drum machines, dolltr!ck’s works aim to engage emotions and highlight the human condition by fusing electronica, Korean pop, house, and techno.