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Curtis’ Prime Slices (9/22 – 9/25): The Dirty Nil, Raquel Rodriguez

    The Dirty Nil – Master Volume (hard rock)

Canadian hard rock trio The Dirty Nil came at me today with a brutal amount of force, to say the least. This being the band’s third studio album, they’ve seemed to have found a sound they’re comfortable with that consistently wants to punch you in the face (in a good way!). The problem I have with a lot of bands in this genre is they rely too much on what they listen to and end up trying to recreate something that ultimately sounds like a knock off; this however is not the case. Their riffs and melodies are fun to listen to and feel new and exciting. Fans of bands like Pup and White Reaper will definitely dig this.

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Celebrate College Radio Day with The BIRN

Stop by 7 Haviland on Friday, October 5 between noon and 3:00 p.m. to celebrate college radio day with the BIRN! We will be holding a raffle with prizes including: T-shirts, free tickets to the Red Room show on October 20, and a chance to win the grand prize of a live session at the BIRN!

We will have a table set up in front of 7 Haviland with pizza for anyone interested in learning more about The BIRN. You can’t miss out on these awesome prizes!

Tribute to Sal Cuevas Live from the Red Room

Tune in to birnCORE on Thursday, October 4 at 7:00 p.m. as Berklee faculty and students pay tribute to legendary Puerto Rican bass innovator Sal Cuevas at the Red Room at Cafe 939. They will perform music from Ray Barretto’s album Rican/Struction (on which Cuevas appeared) with special guest Rubén Rodríguez.

Rodríguez was born in New York City and grew up in East Harlem and Puerto Rico. He has been recognized as one of the best and hardest-working Latin music bass players in the United States. Rodríguez, whose father played classical guitar, taught himself the bass in junior high, then spent some time under the tutelage of esteemed bassist Victor Venegas. Continue reading “Tribute to Sal Cuevas Live from the Red Room”

Erin’s Prime Slices (9/20): Tirzah, Odesza

Tirzah – Devotion (synth, British R&B)

Repetitive yet entirely unpredictable, Devotion is a wild ride from start to finish. Tirzah’s vocals are raw and soulful amidst some seriously hypnotic synthesizers. While tracks like “Say When” feature a simple repeated arpeggiated piano line beneath solo vocals, others such as “Holding On” involve a bit more production and moving parts. Overall, a very interesting listen I would recommend anyone try out.

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Oriana Setz to Appear on BIRN Alive

Tune in to BIRN1 on Saturday, October 27 at 4:00 p.m. for a live performance by Ecuadorian singer-songwriter Oriana Setz.

Oriana is a Boston based singer-songwriter hailing from Ecuador. She is finishing her studies here at Berklee College of Music as a Professional Music major. Setz blends her South American roots with Indie Pop and Rock citing influences that include Michael Jackson, Florence + the Machine, and Natalia Lafourcade. The poetry in her music is greatly inspired by self-empowerment, social activism, and personal reflection.

Listen to the live session and interview HERE.

Your Smith and The Blue Live from the Red Room

Tune into birnCORE on Sunday, September 30 at 8:00 p.m. for performances by Your Smith and The Blue live from the Red Room at Cafe 939.

Your Smith, formerly known as Caroline Smith, relocated from her native Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Los Angeles, California, after signing with Pulse Recording. Inspired by the history of Laurel Canyon and moving through a city that’s been immortalized in music throughout the ages, Smith concocted her own sound, bringing together the funk/R&B “Minneapolis sound” of her roots and the classic songwriting of her L.A. folk heroes.

Your Smith’s debut EP, Bad Habit, was produced by Tommy English (BØRNS), Stint (Gallant, AlunaGeorge, and NAO), and Nicky Davey (Internet and Syd tha Kid), and released on Neon Gold Records in August. She also recently appeared as a featured artist on alternative rapper Rejjie Snow’s debut. Continue reading “Your Smith and The Blue Live from the Red Room”

Donovan Woods and the Opposition Live from the Red Room

Tune into birnCORE on Monday, October 1 at 8:00 p.m. for a performance at the Red Room at Cafe 939 by Donovan Woods and the Opposition.

Donovan Woods is a notable Nashville singer-songwriter coming from folk and country roots, with credits by Billy Currington, Charles Kelley, Tim McGraw and Charlie Worsham.

Woods’s new album Both Ways, highlighting the push-and-pull aspect of life, especially in relationships, unfolds with acoustic instruments and Woods’s quietly compelling delivery. He shows the rare ability to distill complicated situations and emotions into songs that are intriguing and relatable throughout his album, showing the importance of leaving lyrics open to interpretation. A number of the songs are guitar-driven. Yet they stop short of full-blown rock ‘n’ roll. Continue reading “Donovan Woods and the Opposition Live from the Red Room”

Bill Laurance (of Snarky Puppy) Live from the Red Room

Tune into birnCORE on Wednesday, September 26 at 7:00 & 9:00 p.m. for two show performances by pianist and composer Bill Laurance (of Snarky Puppy) live from the Red Room at Cafe 939.

Bill Laurance, a Grammy Award-winner and original member of the internationally acclaimed band Snarky Puppy, has worked as a professional musician since he was 14 years old. Laurance has toured internationally as a pianist, keyboard player, composer, producer, and arranger with artists such as David Crosby, Bobby McFerrin, Morcheeba, Susana Baca, and many more. Continue reading “Bill Laurance (of Snarky Puppy) Live from the Red Room”

The Roots Roadshow Live from the Red Room, Featuring Paul Rishell and Annie Raines

Tune in to birnCORE on Tuesday, September 25 at 8:00 p.m. for the first Roots Roadshow broadcast of the semester, live from the Red Room at Cafe 939.

The Roots Roadshow series, presented by the American Roots Music Program, is a showcase that explores and celebrates America’s rich musical heritage. Each month, the series presents a variety show of student bands and ensembles performing styles such as country blues, old-time, bluegrass, new acoustic, Celtic, classic country, and Western swing. Whether it is a faculty-led ensemble, new student project, or band making its name in the Boston scene, you never know what will happen at a Roots Roadshow. Continue reading “The Roots Roadshow Live from the Red Room, Featuring Paul Rishell and Annie Raines”

Curtis’s Prime Slices (9/11 – 9/18): Skegss, Charles Bradley

      Skegss – My Own Mess (Indie Garage Rock)

This being Skegss first full length album, it’s impressive to hear such catchy and energetic songs throughout the release. Hailing from Byron Bay, Australia, the trio have been playing together since 2013 and putting out music since 2014. their sound is not unfamiliar to most but the excitement and personality that shines through is, well, exciting. It’s the kind of record that makes you want to stay up till 3:00 a.m. on the beach with friends surrounding a campfire. Which I can’t imagine being too different from what the boys in Skegss do on a regular basis.

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