Ciaran Lavery and Alex2e Live from The Red Room

Tune in to birnCORE this Saturday, June 23, at 8:00 p.m. EDT for a live broadcast from the Red Room at Cafe 939 featuring Ciaran Lavery and Alex2e.

Ciaran Lavery is a singer-songwriter from Aghagallon in County Antrim, Ireland. He is highly acclaimed for his poetic, heart-stopping lyrics. Lavery also won the Northern Ireland Music Prize for his album “Let Bad In,” which was released in 2016.

He recorded his new album, Sweet Decay. “I acknowledge the darkness inside of me, one that has the potential to let people down and make the wrong decisions,” he says. He released the first single “To Chicago” as a teaser to the album and Lavery keeps it close to his heart. “In its purest form, this is a romantic song. I wanted to write something unapologetically good, a message of love without conditions. I haven’t heard any recent songs about love that didn’t come without a trap door and I miss that the sentiment cannot exist just as it is.” With Sweet Decay, Lavery will head out on his biggest tour to date across Europe, the United Kingdom, the United States, Ireland, and Canada.

Alex2e (Alex Touhey) is an alternative-acoustic singer-songwriter from Western Massachusettes. His career and love for songwriting began when he picked up his sister’s guitar after major surgery. He developed his skills and eventually got his debut EP Strange Company onto the top 10 albums iTunes singer/songwriter chart. He has worked with big artists like Zac Brown Band and is still on his way up the ladder of the music world.

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This Week on Birn Alive: Ciaran Lavery

Tune in to BIRN1 this Saturday, June 23, at 4:00PM EST for a live performance and interview with Ciaran Lavery.

Ciaran Lavery is a singer-songwriter from Aghagallon in County Antrim, Ireland. He writes poetic, heart-stopping lyrics and has up to 80 million streams on Spotify in just a 5-year solo career so far. Lavery also won the Northern Ireland Music Prize for his album “Let Bad In”, which was released in 2016.

BIRN Alive is home to great live performances and insightful conversation every Saturday at 4:00 PM EST.

Listen to the live session and interview HERE

Elise LeGrow and Ben Aler Live from The Red Room

Tune in to birnCORE on Wednesday, June 20, at 8:00 p.m. EDT for a live broadcast from the Red Room at Cafe 939 featuring Elise LeGrow and Ben Aler.

Elise LeGrow is a Canadian powerhouse who melds fiery passion and sophistication with just a hint of sandpapery grit in a voice that could only belong to a star. She started singing when she started speaking and was working through the American songbook by the time she was a teen.

LeGrow is influenced by artists from Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey to Nina Simone and Martha and the Vandellas. She is currently touring with her indie rock band to a few stops on the East Coast. This summer she’ll also be making appearances at multiple music festivals throughout Canada.

LeGrow will be drawing from her recently released album Playing Chess throughout her set.

Ben Aler is a funky blues-rock guitarist and vocalist at Berklee.

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Show Review: Sam Tsui at the Red Room

by Allie Kersten

Sam Tsui brought the house down on Wednesday, June 6, at the Red Room at Cafe 939. His show in Boston was the second-to-last of his East Coast tour. It was obvious that his voice was tired and worn out, but he put his all into the show and it was unforgettable. His charisma and passion were not only showing from his performance, but his band’s as well.

Sam began sharing his love of music through YouTube from his dorm room in 2011. That love only grew, and people noticed. It didn’t take long for Sam to develop a loyal and loving fan base of viewers that supported him in all he did. While his show at Red Room was small and intimate, you could tell how devoted every audience member was to him and his goals.

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The Rare Occasions and More Live from The Red Room

Tune in to birnCORE on Thursday, June 21, at 8:00 p.m. EDT for a live broadcast from the Red Room at Cafe 939 featuring The Rare Occasions, Colbis the Creature, and RVRCT.

The Rare Occasions are a Los Angeles-based retro band influenced by garage rock music. They mesh angular guitar riffs with indie pop melodies. This variability and depth of styles, layered with lyrical themes of existentialism and self-reflection, are what both define the Rare Occasions and set them apart.

Colbis the Creature is an indie rock/pop band from Boston.

RVRCT (Rivercat) is a Boston based dream pop-psychedelic band formed at Berklee.  Its self-titled debut record was released in 2017, and the band is currently working on a follow-up album, Agave.

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David Keenan and Grace Givertz Live from The Red Room

Tune in to birnCORE on Thursday, June 14, at 8:00 p.m. EDT for a live broadcast from the Red Room at Cafe 939 featuring David Keenan and Grace Givertz.

David Keenan is an Irish songwriter, “who uses his lyrics to paint pictures with words on canvases of silence, curating a body of work which is steeped in the poetic tradition of old but delivered in such a way that is entirely his own.” He is currently on a tour of the East Coast. His live shows have been described as visceral and spiritual. Keenan is an artist who advocates expression through all forms possible.

Grace Givertz is an indie-folk, singer-songwriter based in Boston. She released an EP last year titled The Light, where she shows off her powerful vocals as well as her skills on guitar, banjo, ukulele, harmonica, and foot tambourine. Givertz is “a massive tour-de-force musician… the only real option is to smile at how much she packs into a tiny punch of a song.”

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Ruby’s Prime Slices of the Last Few Weeks

Hello loyal readers. It’s been a while since I’ve done a prime slice with summer recess and all, so I’m going to do my best to fill you in on what you may have been missing.

The Arkadian – The Arkadian – EP (Video Game Rock)

This one comes from a BIRN alumnus, Jon O’Neal. If you listen to heavy metal and think, “yeah cool but it needs more video game references”, this is the album for you. There are no shortage of riffs and licks on this 4 song EP, which touches on everything from Mario Kart to the Atari game system.

Kadhja Bonet Childqueen (Experimental R&B)

Childqueen is an album that is cinematic and virtuosic, but stays away from showing off. Despite the experimental production and lush instrumentation, the focus is on Kadhja’s unique songwriting and artistic voice. Continue reading “Ruby’s Prime Slices of the Last Few Weeks”

This Week on BIRN Alive: Rose Oliver

Tune in to BIRN1 on Saturday, June 16, at 4:00 p.m. EDT for a live performance and interview with Boston based artist Rose Oliver.

Rose’s style is influenced by her favorites: Regina Spektor, Bright Eyes, Panic! At The Disco, Kimya Dawson, Elliott Smith, and Death Cab for Cutie. Her music “feels like a heart-to-heart with a dear friend. Her whimsical creations are intimate, honest, and just a little off-center.”

BIRN Alive is home to great live performances and insightful conversation every Saturday at 4:00 p.m. EDT.

Listen to the live session and interview HERE.

Irish songwriter David Keenan plays a special Wednesday night edition of BIRN Alive on 6/13, and plays live at Red Room at Cafe 939 on Thursday 6/14

David Keenan is an Irish songwriter, “a young artist who uses his lyrics to paint pictures with words on canvases of silence, curating a body of work which is steeped in the poetic tradition of old but delivered in such a way that is entirely his own.” He is currently on a toour of the East Coast. His live shows have been described as visceral and spiritual. Keenan is an artist who advocates expression through all forms possible.

Keenen will be the featured artist on a special Wednesday night edition of BIRN Alive on June 13 at 8:00 p.m. EDT. Tune in here to listen.

Then attend the live show at Red Room @ Cafe 939 on Thursday, June 14 at 8:00 p.m. EDT featuring Keenan and special guest Grace Givertz.

Grace Givertz is an indie-folk singer-songwriter based in Boston, Massachusetts. She released an EP last year named The Light, where she shows off her powerful vocals as well as her skills in guitar, banjo, ukulele, harmonica, and foot tambourine. Givertz is “a massive tour-de-force musician… the only real option is to smile at how much she packs into a tiny punch of a song.”

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The BIRN Interview with Singer-Songwriter Julie Byrne

Singer, songwriter, guitarist and poet Julie Byrne stopped by the Berklee Internet Radio Network studio in 2017 for an interview. Her latest album, Not Even Happiness, was released in January of that year. Byrne talks poetry, her evolution as a songwriter, and performing live.

The audio features “Natural Blue” and “Morning Dove” from Not Even Happiness.