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Album Review: Goo Goo Dolls – You Should Be Happy

Review by Michelle Schantz

When a band has been as successful and enduring as the Goo Goo Dolls have been, sometimes that success is accompanied by a weight of expectations. Both the band and their fans can feel this weight. It brings to light the fact that change is inevitable, but growth is a choice. Time will continue to move forward, and it’s up to the band whether or not to move forward as artists. This is the realization that Goo Goo Dolls singer, guitarist, and frontman John Rzeznik brought into the creation of the band’s 11th studio album Boxes in 2016 and continues to carry into their newest 5 song EP, You Should Be Happy. Continue reading “Album Review: Goo Goo Dolls – You Should Be Happy”

This Week on BIRN Alive: Ben Higginbotham, Saturday, Aug 12 at 4:00 pm on birn1

Ben Higginbotham is a recording artist, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist from Dallas, Texas. He is currently in his final semester at Berklee College of Music, and lives in Boston, but splits his time between New York and Nashville cowriting and gigging. He has played venues including The Bitter End in NYC, and The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, as well as countless venues in and around Boston.

Check out his awesome Bieber cover! https://youtu.be/xksxUrQ7hSc

Adam Torres, Aisha Burns & Aura Pineda: Live from the Red Room, Friday, Aug 11, at 8:00 pm on birnCORE

Adam Torres is a folk singer-songwriter based in Austin, Texas. In 2006 at age 20, Torres released his debut album Nostra Nova, featuring 11 idiosyncratic and varied songs. With breathtaking moments throughout, it feels full of promise and simultaneously weathered and young. A self-release, Nostra Nova established long-lasting roots in the small Athens, Ohio, community where he lived at the time, but didn’t resonate farther until much later. Continue reading “Adam Torres, Aisha Burns & Aura Pineda: Live from the Red Room, Friday, Aug 11, at 8:00 pm on birnCORE”

This Week on BIRN Alive: VINX, Saturday, Aug 5 at 4:00 pm on birn1

VINX is undoubtedly one of the most gifted improvisational vocalists performing today. With songs that range from jazz to funk, bossa nova to blues and back again, each audience takes a world tour with VINX as their private guide. Soaring vocals, intricate layered melodies and grooves, and his primal hand drum holding it all together mark the signature style that makes VINX a stand out. Infused with tastes from around the world, his songwriting is a tour de force combining the best in storytelling with the heart and soul of a true balladeer. Continue reading “This Week on BIRN Alive: VINX, Saturday, Aug 5 at 4:00 pm on birn1”

Dreamer & Son, usLights & The Penthouse: Live from the Red Room, Wednesday, Aug 2 at 7:00 pm on birnCORE

Dreamer & Son is a dreamy, alt-rock quartet from Boston. Formed in 2015, this collective came together from across the United States to chase a hauntingly similar dream. With their authentic, unique take on rock music, they aim to break down the barriers of genre. Fans of artists such as the Killers, Moose Blood, and Walk the Moon will all find something familiar in their ambient verses, memorable hooks, and explosive live performances. Continue reading “Dreamer & Son, usLights & The Penthouse: Live from the Red Room, Wednesday, Aug 2 at 7:00 pm on birnCORE”

This Week on BIRN Alive: Alondra Ladd, Saturday, July 29 at 4:00 pm on birn1

Alondra Ladd is a singer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, composer and educator, currently based out of Berklee College of Music. Born to a family of successful touring musicians in Mexico, Ladd began experimenting with the violin in middle school, and performed with The Newark Greater Youth Orchestra while in high school. She began writing and performing her own songs when she was 18 years old.

Currently, she leads her own reggae and latin-influenced 7-piece ensemble Miss Cactus and the Desert.

Self Portraits, LANDS and Enta Tenta: Live from the Red Room, Wednesday, July 26 at 8:00 pm on birnCORE

Self Portraits offers a big, modern rock sound and catchy hooks, while pushing the envelope with soaring guitars and technically
difficult, but accessible music. Check out an acoustic version of their song “Time”: Continue reading “Self Portraits, LANDS and Enta Tenta: Live from the Red Room, Wednesday, July 26 at 8:00 pm on birnCORE”

Elliot Taylor, BAERD & The Tree That Falls: Live from the Red Room, Saturday, July 22 at 7:00 pm on birnCORE

 

Elliot Taylor, who was named Sky TV’s best, unsigned live act, has a sound that is unrefined, soulful, and genuine. Taylor draws his lyrical inspiration from traveling the northern English countryside in his 1970 VW camper van, “Bessie.” He has also received BBC Radio 1 airplay and has been featured on several indie film soundtracks. Continue reading “Elliot Taylor, BAERD & The Tree That Falls: Live from the Red Room, Saturday, July 22 at 7:00 pm on birnCORE”

Colombia le Canta a Boston with Joseito Oviedo: Live from the Red Room, Friday, Jul 21 at 7:00 pm on birnCORE

Hailing from the state of Arauca in the eastern plains of Colombia, singer-songwriter Joseito Oviedo gives a performance to celebrate Colombian independence. His music blends the virtuosic nature of traditional joropo music with a modern flare. Joining Oviedo for this very special occasion are current Berklee students Naty “Nativa” Hernández (vocals) and Juan Ruiz (clarinet), as well as Berklee alumna Esther Rojas (bass).

This performance is given in collaboration with the Boston Colombian Committee.

Call Security and Migrant Motel: Live from the Red Room, Thursday, July 20 at 8:00 pm on birnCORE

Based out of Providence, Rhode Island, Call Security is the 2017 winner of 95.5 WBRU’s Rock Hunt contest. They blend a variety of influences into a unique, dynamic sound, that treads the line between modern and vintage. Known for delivering live shows that burst with energy, Call Security is quickly gaining recognition for their unique talents as songwriters, musicians, and performers.  Continue reading “Call Security and Migrant Motel: Live from the Red Room, Thursday, July 20 at 8:00 pm on birnCORE”