Tribute to Dave Valentin: Live From the Red Room

Tuesday, March 27th @ 8 PM EST, tune in for A Tribute to Dave Valentin, live from the Red Room.
 
Dave Valentin was a Grammy award winning jazz flutist and was one of the pre-eminent flutists in Latin jazz, known for his creative combination of fusion, pop and R&B. This tribute was a brainchild of Berklee bass professor and Latino director Oscar Stagnaro, who was inspired by many years of working alongside Valentin.
 
The event will also feature professors Lincoln Goines and Fernando Brandão. The band will be composed of Berklee students and alumni.
 
Listen on birnCORE here.

In Tall Buildings and Photocomfort Live From the Red Room 3/30

Tune in to birnCORE this Friday, March 30th @ 8 PM EST for a live broadcast from The Red Room @ Cafe 939 featuring In Tall Buildings.

In Tall Buildings is a one-man polymathic project of Chicago songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Erik Hall. Producer and engineer Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Iron & Wine) joined him in the studio for his last album, Driver, back in 2015. Continue reading “In Tall Buildings and Photocomfort Live From the Red Room 3/30”

Live performance by Regina Crisosto airs on BIRN Global this week through March 25

Vocalist, arranger and songwriter Regina Crisosto is a current Berklee student hailing from Chile. A mix of R&B, Latin, electronic, and jazz, her style is sophisticated and her use of electronic sounds creates a grooving soundscape. Singing mostly in Spanish, her melodies are unique and catchy and her voice is soothing and refined. Continue reading “Live performance by Regina Crisosto airs on BIRN Global this week through March 25”

Erin’s Prime Slices of the Week (3/11-3/18): Gundelach, Meernaa

Gundelach – Baltus // electro pop

Baltus is Gundelach’s very first full length album, and I hope it wont be his last. Although it is easy to hear the 80s synth-pop influences, Gundelach’s sound can also be comparable to more modern artists like James Blake or Sylvan Esso. The lyrics hit hard, with lines like “you don’t know how it feels to be alone” in Control (track 4) echoing among distant synthesizers and a steady, yet intricate beat. This line seems to mirror the theme that runs throughout the entire album; loneliness. Gundelach’s vocals are silky smooth on top of his simple arrangements, and blend with ease together with ARY on tracks 6 and 8. Continue reading “Erin’s Prime Slices of the Week (3/11-3/18): Gundelach, Meernaa”

Show Review: Jonathan Wilson at The Sinclair 3/10

As the audience trickled into the Sinclair, it seemed that no one had any idea what to expect from Laraaji, the opening act for the Jonathan Wilson show. He shuffled out on stage toward a small table, draped with a tapestry, just slightly off center. For the next 45 minutes, Laraaji took the audience on a spiritual journey, plucking his electronic zither with closed eyes and a soft demeanor. Continue reading “Show Review: Jonathan Wilson at The Sinclair 3/10”

Ruby’s Prime Slices (3/4-3/11): Tracy Thorn, The Breeders

Tracy Thorn– Record (Pop)

Tracy Thorn’s third solo album post Everything But The Girl revels in 80s pop and disco nostalgia in a natural and genuine way that seems left out of a lot of current 80s revival. On Record, the synths are warm, the drums are fat, and Tracy Thorn’s voice cuts through with clarity and power. Continue reading “Ruby’s Prime Slices (3/4-3/11): Tracy Thorn, The Breeders”

Erin’s Prime Slices of the Week (3/4-3/11)

Current Joys – A Different Age // lo-fi rock

“A Different Age” is the type of album you want to listen to from start to finish after a really long week. Nicholas Rattigan, the sole songwriter behind Current Joys, cuts deep with his lyrics and heart-wrenching vocal delivery. The songs are simple and lo-fi – mostly just vocals, guitar, light synths, and a simple drum pattern – but that kind of seems to be the point. Songs like “No Words” have a strong meditative vibe, while the title track “A Different Age” tells an emotional story about being an artist in todays world. Be sure to check out each track’s corresponding video, as this is a visual album (link for “A Different Age” below). Continue reading “Erin’s Prime Slices of the Week (3/4-3/11)”

Ruby’s Prime Slices of the Week (2/25-3/4)

Joan As Police Woman – Damned Devotion (R&B, Singer Songwriter)

Lou Reed and Elton John collaborator, Joan Wasser, returns with her Joan As Police Woman project to deliver an excellent album that sounds both current and referential. Damned Devotion feels as though it has always existed. Wasser’s songwriting and arrangements are front and center and accented by the warm and clear production.

Favorite Songs: Wonderful, Warning Bell, The Silence

Continue reading “Ruby’s Prime Slices of the Week (2/25-3/4)”

Erin’s Prime Slices of the Week (2/25-3/4)

Superorganism – Superorganism // experimental electro

Superorganism’s self titled album is a wild ride from start to finish, filled with all of the strange little moments that make the band unlike other electronic artist. Their music is a living thing that breathes and changes with every sample and synth dip. Lead singer, Orono Noguchi, presents such lazy, carefree vocals that juxtapose perfectly with the intricate and surprising arrangements and production. Check out the video below to see a really cool live performance of “Something For Your Mind,” an earlier single, and “Nobody Cares.”