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Curtis’ Prime Slices (3/30 – 4/5): Field Medic, White Denim

Field Medic – “used 2 be a romantic” – (indie folk)

First up this week we have a brand new single from indie-folker Field Medic. “used 2 be a romantic” is a very personal song about the realities of his musical career. The opening lines set the mood pretty quickly “I need a cigarette, those f***ers talked over my whole set, but I don’t have any time to reflect, I gotta sell some shirts to try and make the rent.” The lyrics have a little something for everyone to relate to with themes of un-appreciation, alcoholism, and financial struggles. The song thrives in its simplicity and gets you with its really hooky chorus. His new album fade into the dawn is set to release on April 19th and it’s shaping up to be a another successful one. Give it a listen!

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April 19: birnCORE Live featuring Nick Hakim with Danielle Ponder

ATO recording artist and Berklee alumnus Nick Hakim is the featured artist at the spring 2019 edition of birnCORE Live, a live music series that presents some of the most creative, cutting edge performers working in the industry today. Prior shows have featured Taylor Mcferrin, Kaki King and Margaret Glaspy.

This semester’s birnCORE Live takes place on Friday, April 19 at the Red Room at Cafe 939. Hakim blends experimentation and psychedelia with classic soul, and his solo debut album, Green Twins, was praised by Pitchfork as “full of life and energy, often operating at a fever pitch.”

Hakim is joined by Rochester, New York’s Danielle Ponder, a vocalist and songwriter whose voice ranks with the best working in the industry today.

Student tickets are $15 to this must see show and you can get them here. The show starts at 8:00 p.m. EDT.

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Curtis’ Prime Slices (3/23 -3/29): Daniel Norgren, GRiZ

Daniel Norgren – “Let Love Run The Game” – (soul/blues rock)

Waiting to be heard today was this little gem of a song by Daniel Norgren. I knew I had to feature it the moment it started playing. At first it sounds like something that came straight out of Fats Domino’s repertoire, but soon transforms into this anthemic, soulful, and bluesy rock tune. The song sounds like it was recorded live in the same room as you pretty much feel like you’re there with them, which gives off that very ’50s recording sound.  The lyrics are simple and find a place in your head after your first listen. The music video, which is a collection of videos taken by the band during various tours and gigs, solidifies the tune’s sentimentality. It’s a real feel-good song that’ll hopefully get you ready for another week of hittin’ the books. Take a listen!

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Liv’s Prime Slices (3/16 – 3/22): Lucy Rose, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, The Coathangers

Lucy Rose – No Words Left – (singer-songwriter)

This enchanting and truthful collection of songs by Lucy Rose, called No Words Left, is one for the books. It is rare to find a new and upcoming singer-songwriter who writes songs that you feel are coming straight from the heart, not trying to be something they’re not, and not trying to put off a facade. Rose truly captures the beauty of simplicity, with each lyric and melody she shines through her charming voice, accompanied by her piano and guitar playing. This album is a refreshing splash in the face of realization that there still are great songwriters in 2019. I had never heard of Lucy Rose until recently, but now I find myself listening to her song “Solo(w)” in the mornings when I wake up or before I go to bed, repeating the line “But I can’t help it, when I’m solo.” With a beautiful walk down melody, you can’t help but sing along every time. Lucy Rose is most definitely now on my list of favorite songwriters, and I’m looking forward to see how she changes others lives with the music she creates and the growth of her fan base.

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Curtis’ Prime Slices (3/16 – 3/22): Sego, CHAI

Sego – “Shame” – (indie punk rock)

For some reason I completely forgot about this song until I went to write these prime slices today. It’s odd since this is definitely my favorite song that’s come in thus far this year. Sego is a four piece from Los Angeles with a really fun, zany, and thumping sound. The vocalist’s style reminds me a lot of Beck but thankfully not in the rip off kinda way. The song is really entertaining throughout and hits hard with the chorus, making it such a good ear worm. This is the first single off their upcoming album Sego Sucks, coming out April 5th on Roll Call Records. It also comes with an awesome music video that pairs with the song really well. Check ’em out!

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Show Review: Lily & Madeleine

Following the recent release of their fourth full-length album titled Canterbury Girls, Lily & Madeleine finished up their East Coast tour right here in Boston at Cafe 939 on Saturday, March 9th. The sister duo has been writing and performing together since they were in high school, and started their career by uploading home videos of them singing and playing to YouTube. They were discovered from one of their videos by producer Paul Mahern and invited to record their first album in his studio. They have been developing their sound and growing their fanbase ever since.

At the young ages of only 22 and 24, Lily & Madeleine have already released four full-length albums and wrote and produced their most recent album with Grammy-winning producer Ian Fitchuck. The two took the stage with a four piece all female band. It was empowering to watch, to say the least. The connection between all four women was quite evident, as they were perfectly in sync at every moment.

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Curtis’ Prime Slices (3/9 – 3/15): Pottery, Dirt Buyer

Pottery – “Hank Williams” [single] – (garage punk)

To start this off I’d like to mention that for both bands I have today, these are their first releases which I think is pretty awesome. Coming out of the gate real strong is garage punk band Pottery, hailing from the UK and parts of Canada but stationing themselves in Montreal. They’ve gained over 8,000 listeners on Spotify since the release, and for good reason! This new tune starts and ends with an electrifying amount of energy. The instruments and vocals sound fairly raw and gives that sound like you’re hearing them record right in front of you. Their first album, which includes this track, is set to come out on May 10th which just isn’t soon enough. But in the meantime, do yourself a favor and save this little gem.

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Nick Hakim and Danielle Ponder play birnCORE Live at the Red Room on Friday, April 19!

We are very excited to announce an amazing lineup for birnCORE Live’s spring 2019 edition, at the Red Room at Cafe 939 on Friday, April 19 at 8:00 p.m. ATO recording artist Nick Hakim will headline the show, performing a solo set, with vocalist and songwriter Danielle Ponder as the support artist.

Tickets are now on sale here. Admission is $20 with student discounts available. Get your tickets before this show sells out!!

There is still time to enter our ticket giveaway for this show. Send your name and phone number to NickHakimLive@thebirn.com by April 1 to be eligible to win tickets to this must see event!

Good luck!!