Win tickets to see Xavier Rudd, Guerilla Toss and Banners on the BIRN!

Start the fall 2019 semester off the right way by winning tickets to see one of three amazing shows. The BIRN has a pair of tickets for you to see Banners at Brighton Music Hall on September 18, Guerilla Toss at Brighton Music Hall on September 20 or Xavier Rudd at the Paradise Rock Club on September 24. Send an email to tickets@thebirn.com and let us know which show you would like to attend by putting the name the band or artist in the subject line. Also include your contact phone information so we can let you know that you won! There is 1 pair of tickets to win for each show and winners will be chosen at random. Good luck!!

Kelsey’s Prime Slices of the Week (9/9-9/13): St.Arnaud, Amber Run

St.Arnaud – “A Sweet Song” [single] – indie pop

St.Arnaud’s single “A Sweet Song” sounds unlike any other song I’ve heard in a while. The track is quite eclectic, weaving together multiple influences and sounds to create something entirely new and refreshing. “A Sweet Song” features tambourine and harmonies that seem to have walked straight out of the 1950’s and 60’s, and seamlessly combines them with modern drum beats and timeless bass lines. St.Arnaud’s creativity is evident and inspiring. They have the unique ability to effortlessly connect generations, as illustrated in this nostalgic yet contemporary tune. No matter your age, you will love this track. Check out “A Sweet Song” below!

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This week on the BIRN!!

If you missed our first meeting of the semester this past Monday, you still have time to join the BIRN this semester. Join us at 6:30 p.m. in room 112 of the 22 Fenway building on Monday, September 16 to find out everything you need to know about how to join. Membership is open to all Berklee and Boston Conservatory at Berklee students.

The Berklee Internet Radio Network is home to up to 5 amazing live performances every week from some of the best venues in Boston. Local heroes, Club d’Elf return to Cafe 939 for a show on Thursday, September 12 at 8:00 p.m. The band is a fusion of avant garde jazz, jam band, afro pop and dub and features a revolving cast of some of Boston’s premiere musicians. For this show, bassist/composer Mike Rivard and drummer Dean Johnston are joined by special guests David Tronzo, Alain Mallet, and Phil Grenadier—all Berklee faculty—along with DJ Mister Rourke. Stream the entire show here on birnCORE. Buy tickets to see the show here.

London, UK’s Matthew and the Atlas bring their alternative folk sounds to the Red Room on Thursday, September 13. They released their lastest album, Morning Dancer in May of this year. The band has over 800,000 monthly listeners on Spotify alone. Boy Bjorn is the new solo project from Brian Holl, formerly of the duo, Foreign Fields. If you are interested in moody, atmospheric pop music, this may be the band for you. Listen to the entire show beginning at 8:00 p.m. here on birnCORE.

BIRN Alive returns on Saturday, September 14 featuring Provo, Utah based folk pop band, The National Parks. Listen to the exclusive live set and interview with the band at 4:00 p.m. EDT on BIRN 1.

If you would like to be considered for a live set on BIRN Alive, please send your band/artist links to birnalive@thebirn.com.

Join The BIRN This Semester!!

Are you interested in becoming a BIRN DJ?

BIRN membership is open to all current students of Berklee College of Music and Boston Conservatory at Berklee at the beginning of each semester. Representatives of student clubs and organizations are welcome to join to promote their club’s mission and activities. You can also take the 1 credit MTEC-200 course, Berklee Internet Radio Network Workshop.

To join, or to get more information, please come to our first meeting of the semester on Monday, September 9 at 6:30 p.m. in room 112 of the 22 Fenway building.

Hope to see you there!!

Feel Good Hits of the Summer: Top 10 albums for the Summer of 2019

This Summer has given us some of 2019’s freshest tunes from artists like Crumb, Devendra Banhart, and Mannequin Pussy to name a few. We hate to narrow it down but the ten artists below have put out some great music and it would  be criminal for you not to check them all out.

So without further ado, here’s my top 10 albums for the summer of 2019!

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Video: Mind Debris plays BIRN Alive!

Mind Debris is a Boston-based songwriting and production duo composed of keyboardist Diego Valencia and guitarist Michael Beckhart. Their sound can only be described as space rock splashed with psychedelia, with influences from Grizzly Bear, Khruangbin, Temples, and Radiohead. These two have come to join us for a very special performance and interview only on BIRN1. They performed at BIRN Alive June 29, 2019 and featured their songs “Broken Shadows” and  “Eons”

For more information and updates, check out Mind Debris here!

Website: MindDebris

Facebook: MindDebris

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Video: The Bakers play BIRN Alive!

The Bakers are a Boston-based, brother and sister indie folk duo. Consisting of Emily and Ben Baker, the duo mix American folk with alternative rock to create a beautiful, hauntingly sweet combination that cuts through the traditional for a fresh and new sound. They are heavily inspired by Radiohead, Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, and other artists such as Grizzly Bear and I’m with Her. This combination helps the pair generate a brand new take on the traditional norm of the folk singer-songwriter, and assists them in constructing soaring, somber melodies integrated with their beautifully arranged pieces, that are quickly taking the hearts of many in the local Boston music scene. They appeared here on the BIRN July 20th, 2019 and featured the songs “Superstitious Impressions” and “Not too Far Away.”

For more information and updates, check out The Bakers here!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thebakersstrings

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Video: Valley Maker plays BIRN Alive!

Valley Maker is an indie/folk rock band based in Seattle, Washington and are recently signed to Frenchkiss Records. Valley Maker Appeared on BIRN Alive, Friday, April 26  for a very special performance and interview, featuring the songs “A Couple Days” and “Baby In Your Kingdom.” Following the release of their newest album. Rhododendron, was released in October. “This album is lyrically intricate while also maintaining an airy atmosphere that is easy to listen too casually.” Austin Crane, the man behind Valley Maker, named the album after “the common plant which springs up in both Crane’s native south and his current home in Washington –  a metaphor that is very central to the overall theme of each song and transition.” They are very excited to announce and  about to begin their 2019 European tour.

For more information and updates, check Valley Maker out here!

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Kelsey’s Prime Slices of the Week (8/5-8/9): Will Johnson, Husky Loops

Will Johnson – “Cornelius” [single] – indie folk

Will Johnson’s “Cornelius” is unlike any song. The track proudly shows off folk roots with group vocals and tambourine, but also ventures into rock with a lead guitar that balances out a mellow acoustic guitar and vocal melodies. Johnson’s use of a wide instrumentation gives “Cornelius” a welcoming sound that will make you feel like you’re sitting around a campfire with your friends. It definitely creates a musical journey for listeners that stands out from a lot of today’s music. Experience Johnson’s incredible songwriting and give “Cornelius” a listen!

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Ryan’s Reviews: Let’s Rock by The Black Keys

The Black KeysLet’s Rock – (blues rock)

The Black Keys are at it again and have just released their ninth studio album, Let’s Rock, which is their first in five years. They are currently back on tour following its release.

Let’s Rock is the same old Black Keys vibe, but decidedly less bluesy and they’ve taken a much cleaner approach this time. Lead singer Dan Auerbach seems to have become a more dynamic songwriter during his hiatus from The Black Keys, in fact releasing his own successful solo album Waiting on a Song. Let’s Rock has been a much anticipated release, and it came with months of promotion and hype, plus a slew of music videos and the single “Lo/Hi.”

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