Win Tickets to see “So, What Do You Want To Know?” An Evening Of Conversation With Nick Cave

The BIRN would like you to win tickets to So, What Do You Want To Know?” An Evening Of Conversation And Open Discussion With the legendary Nick Cave on Tuesday, May 1 at the Boch Center Shubert Theatre.

The show is inspired by Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds’ 2017 world tour and Cave’s evolving releationship with his audiences. The shows became vast communal affairs and it is this relationship that Cave hopes to explore through this series of conversation events. The BIRN has three pairs of tickets to give away and the winners’ names will be given to Nick Cave, so get your questions ready! To enter, please email your name and contact phone information to by Sunday, April 29 at 11:59 p.m. The winners will be chosen at random. Good luck!

There are $20 student tickets by using the code: STUDENT. Please click here.

Show Review: Dead Horses and Kate Rhudy at the Red Room 4/11

Review by Allie Kersten (Dead Horses) and Curtis Heimburger (Kate Rhudy)

On Thursday, April 12, the Dead Horses played their first ever show in Boston at the Red Room. They seemed to make the new environment intimate and familiar in no time by schmoozing with the audience as though they were long-time friends. This was the ninth show on their My Mother The Moon Album Release Tour.

Most of the songs that Dead Horses played Thursday night were from My Mother The Moon, including all-time favorites like “Turntables”, “American Poor”, and “My Many Days.” The group’s close bond is clearly portrayed in their playing and stage presence. Throughout the show, the exchanges of smiles and laughs are obvious as they play some of their own favorite tunes. It seems as though each of the members had their own special song in the set.

Every song had unique characteristics that you could pick out to match the persona of a band member (or multiple members). Sarah Vos (lead vocals/guitar) and Daniel Wolff (double bass/vocals) were joined by their outstanding tour members, Ryan Ogburn (mandolin/vocals) and Jamie Gallagher (drums). Ryan and Jamie seemed to be the perfect match for Dead Horses. Ryan switched between a couple different types of mandolins and an electric guitar, playing effortless and beautiful melodies on each. Jamie on the other hand, played his drum set as if it were a part of his soul. He used his whole body and every inch of his equipment to create all sorts of sounds throughout the show. Sometimes he would spin his symbols to support rippling feelings in the music, while other times he would use his hand to drum rather than sticks or brushes to express a soft timbre. Everyone in the group had their own unique personality with their instrument and the way that they played. It made the show that much more interesting to watch.

Opening up for the Dead Horses was North Carolina folk singer/songwriter, Kate Rhudy. Equipped with an acoustic guitar and a very large bottle of water she took to the stage. Kate is very soft spoken, but makes up for it with her witty sense of humor that shows up often in her songs including “I Don’t Like You or Your Band” and “Kissing My Friends.” Being a sucker for good lyrics I had my fingers crossed and sure enough, she delivered. Her songs were all very personal but very relatable: talking about past relationships, bad tours, and one lonely Independence Day. I found myself both trying to contain my laughter & my tears during her set and was extremely impressed that one person could move me like that. Behind every song she played there was a story and Kate is able to reel you into her world with ease.

All in all, both Dead Horses and Kate Rhudy wowed the crowd with their talent and friendly, warm, and comedic personalities. They complimented each other perfectly and created a cozy environment that everyone should experience. Dead Horses will be touring until July 22nd and Kate will be with them until May 2nd, so make sure to catch them if you can!

Check out Dead Horses’ most popular song, “Turntables” below.

Check out Kate Rhudy’s crowd favorite song from the show, “I Don’t Like You or Your Band.”



Shows of the Week 4/16: JD McPherson, Sure Sure, Beans on Toast, and more

JD McPherson plays the Sinclair Tuesday, April 17th

JD McPherson’s music brings back the vintage rock and roll sound from the 40’s and 50’s. He’s cowritten with Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, featured members of Lucius on his new album, and worked with the Raconteurs guitarist, Jack Lawrence. JD McPherson is pure rock and roll. Tickets are available here. Check out his video for “Lucky Penny” below.

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Coming up on birn1 – Rhythms and Frequencies: CWP Student Concert Preview

On Tuesday, April 17 @ 1 pm tune into birn1 for a preview of the CWP Student Concert! The concert itself will be on Wednesday, April 18 @ 8 PM @ the BPC.
The Contemporary Writing and Production (CWP) Student Concert features some of the department’s best students and their dynamic songs and arrangements in an exciting mix of music.
During this preview, artists (Nono Chen, Pauly German, Carlos Saenz, and Alexis Leroy-Pleshoyano) will be talking about their goals, their writing process, and about the show.
Tune in here.

Album Review: Editors – Violence

Review by Justin Cameron

Working remotely with a producer whom they’ve never met led to Editors taking a new approach to their sound with Violence. They kept the same dark tone of their previous releases but added more pop elements to them: making some parts of the album brighter than once expected.

Their songs are grand and have huge climaxes, taking notes from acts including Coldplay and U2. They also keep an electro-rock feel and industrial elements reminiscent of Depeche Mode and Nine Inch Nails. Continue reading “Album Review: Editors – Violence”

Shows of the Week 4/9: Nicolas Dupuis, U.S. Girls, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, and more

Nicolas Dupuis and Mosie play the Great Scott Tuesday, April 10th

Tonight, Tuesday, April 10th, former Gramatik keyboardist, Nicolas Dupuis is bringing his live electronic project, Anomalie to the Great Scott. He’s currently touring with a 4 piece live band that brings his jazztronica to life. Opening the show is the ever hip Mosie, whose sound is a crisp blend of hip-hop and 80’s disco creating a very unique and fresh sound. This show is SOLD OUT! Continue reading “Shows of the Week 4/9: Nicolas Dupuis, U.S. Girls, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, and more”

Album Review: Preoccupations – New Material

Story by Justin Cameron

Post-punk rockers Preoccupations explore a new, darker, and deeper sound for New Material.

“My perfect goal for a record would be to have something that you know is rock music but you can’t tell what any of the instruments are,” explains Scott Munro. They’ve achieved just that in New Material. With it being difficult at times to differentiate between a guitar and synth, the album keeps the listener on their toes. Continue reading “Album Review: Preoccupations – New Material”

Erin’s Prime Slices of the Week (4/1-4/8): Polish Club, French Kiwi Juice

Polish Club – Beeping/Able // rock&roll soul punk

With only two members, Polish Club takes up an enormous amount of space with this latest two-track release. Novak’s vocals are energetic to say the least – his performance of the song can almost be heard in the recording of “Beeping”. The duo, John Henry and Novak, seem to spend a lot of time on dynamics in order to keep the songs full and interesting. It can be hard to sound complete with only drums and guitar, but Polish Club has truly mastered their sound and are clearly strong enough musicians to carry that classic, soul-infused rock sound. Its loud and intense, but its played from the heart in a way thats hard to ignore.

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Berklee in the Round Live From The Red Room

Tune in on Tuesday, April 10th @ 7 PM EST to birnCORE for a live broadcast from The Red Room @ Cafe 939 of Berklee in the Round.

Berklee in the Round (BITR) occurs on the second Tuesday of every month. Each month, a faculty member selects four to five students and hosts a concert. He or she may also choose a special guest (such as a visiting artist or touring songwriter). Based on the in-the-round performances at the famous Bluebird Café in Nashville, Tennessee, songwriters sit in a circle, where they take turns playing to the audience seated around them, lending an intimate feel.

Tune in here to join the live broadcast