Growing up in Ecuador, Maria Usbeck was immersed in salsa, merengue, bachata, and Andean music, but was more attracted to German and American culture. She, eventually, moved to the United States, alone, at the age of 17, to attend art school. After five years of fronting the new-wave band Selebrities, and writing songs in English, she knew it was time to let her mother tongue speak. That impulse manifested itself in her debut solo album, Amparo, which reads like an exotic travel diary—music made by a perceptive explorer, tapping into the shared core of human expression.
Happy Halloween from your friends at The BIRN!
Michael Jackson – Scream
Recommended tracks – 1, 4, 8, 13, 14
Review by Jon O’Neal
Get ready to SCREAM with Michael Jackson’s latest release. Scream is a brand new compilation of Halloween-esque tracks. They span Michael’s multi-decade career, and include hits from the Jacksons, his solo career as well as an amazing 5 song mash-up from White Panda. This album is long overdue for the king of pop, and it’s a great addition to a legendary catalog of music. If you’re still looking to get your Halloween fix, be sure to check out this album! It is currently available on CD and in a really cool vinyl package!
The BIRN’s Ruben Radlauer talked to Alex Edkins, guitarist and singer of the band Metz, before their show at The Sinclair in Cambridge. Here’s what he had to say:
Ruben from The BIRN: Is this [Strange Peace] your first album doing it all live band in the studio?
Alex Edkins: Yeah. The first two records we did in I guess more of a modern way, which would be to get the drums finished and then layer everything on top. This time we got more or less what our show is like on tape all at the same time, except for vocals. It was cool, it was a lot more fun and a lot more easy than what we used to do. Continue reading “Interview: Metz guitarist Alex Edkins discusses the band’s new album”
PUBLIC came to be when John Vaughn (lead vocals and guitar) and Ben Lapps (drums and vocals) began writing songs in a basement. Soon after, Matt Alvarado (bass, synthesizer, and vocals) joined them. With its roots in classic rock and indie/pop, the band released its first EP, Red, in 2012, solidifying a strong fan base in its hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. They quick on the road, supporting acts such as Walk the Moon, Twenty One Pilots, and Young the Giant. PUBLIC also began playing major festivals such as Forecastle, Bunbury, CMJ, and SXSW. Continue reading “Public and usLights: Live from the Red Room at Cafe 939, Tuesday, Oct 31 at 8:00 pm on birnCORE”
Born in Bydgoszcz, Poland, Basia Galaj entered the world of music at a very young age. Taking an interest in piano at the age of six, she began taking private lessons and continued her classical piano studies in Missio Musica after moving to Warsaw. Not long after this, she began studying voice. She moved to the US in 2011. By her senior year of high school, she became dually enrolled as a student of the California Baptist University, performing with the University choir and continuing her piano and vocal studies. Continue reading “This Week on BIRN Alive: Basia, Saturday, Oct 28 at 4:00 pm on birn1”
The songs on Oscar Acevedo’s latest album, A Toda Costa, were inspired by his personal experiences as a Berklee graduate, musician and teacher at Universidad de los Andes, in his native Colombia.
“Our intention, with this repertoire,” he explains, “was to return to the fusion sound characteristic of the 1980’s.” A key instrument needed to achieve this sound, is the electric guitar. Acevedo recorded the album under Continue reading “Oscar Acevedo: Live from the Red Room @ Cafe 939, Friday, Oct 27 at 8:00pm on birnCORE”
The Songwriting Department at Berklee presents an evening of hip-hop, highlighting the varied styles of this genre through performances from current students.
Students with an interest in musical theater will strut their stuff at this special event. It marks the first of three cabarets that will take place at Berklee this semester. Bring your friends and enjoy a night of musical theater!
Recommended tracks: (1, 2, 3)
Review by Jon O’Neal
Recorded on March 2nd, 2016, The Marcus King Band Live at Rockwood Music Hall showcases the raw energy that the band’s audiences expect and embrace. This 4 song EP is South Carolina soul and blues at its best. Marcus King leads his band with such charisma, that it’s like taking a step back in time, and experiencing a classic 70s rock concert with the familiar sounds of CCR, Otis Redding, James Brown and even Jimi Hendrix. My favorite track has to be “Wade In The Water,” a minute-long song featuring Marcus’ vocals, a cappella. To me, that track constitutes a bare-boned testament to the creativity and musicality of this group, through their main man. Be on the look out for this group coming to a town near you.
Tune in to BIRNCore this Tuesday, October 24, for the Roots Roadshow: Live from the Red Room @ Cafe 939. Presented by the American Roots Music Program, Roots Roadshow 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. Whether it is a faculty-led Continue reading “Roots Roadshow: Live from the Red Room @ Cafe 939, Tuesday, Oct 24 at 8:00 pm on birnCORE”