Album Review: The Marcus King Band – Live at Rockwood Music Hall

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.

Roots Roadshow: Live from the Red Room @ Cafe 939, Tuesday, Oct 24 at 8:00 pm on birnCORE

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”

Tyler Childers & William Matheny: Live from the Red Room @ Cafe 939, Friday, Oct 20 at 8:00 pm on birnCORE

Tyler Childers sounds like the mountains. He has the musical sensibility of the lonesome, echoing, Eastern Kentucky hillsides, where he grew up, and a voice steeped in the grit of dirt roads. He embodies the stories he tells, from the top of his red head, down to his boots. It’s exhilarating to witness an artist, fully and genuinely living his truth, and doing it so beautifully. Continue reading “Tyler Childers & William Matheny: Live from the Red Room @ Cafe 939, Friday, Oct 20 at 8:00 pm on birnCORE”

Vita and the Woolf and Queen of Jeans: Live from Cafe 939, Wednesday, Oct 18 at 8:00 pm on birnCORE

Inspired by the love relationship between novelists Vita Sackville-West and Virginia Woolf, Philadelphia’s Vita and the Woolf released their long-awaited new album, Tunnels on June 16 on Believe Global Label Services. The project was mixed by James Chapman (of Maps ) and has received widespread critical acclaim, among others finding a fan in M83 who wrote about them for USA Today  as well as being dubbed a “Band You Need To See” by Billboard. A dynamic and cerebral collection of soulful pop, the album touches on power dynamics in relationships and society as well as sexual discovery and empowerment. Continue reading “Vita and the Woolf and Queen of Jeans: Live from Cafe 939, Wednesday, Oct 18 at 8:00 pm on birnCORE”

This Week on BIRN Alive: Denitia, Saturday, Oct 14 at 4:00 pm on birn1

Tune in to BIRN1 this Saturday, October 14, for a live performance and interview with emerging singer-songwriter and producer Denitia.

Danitia’s Ceilings is a portrait of an artist awakened. She creates a highly visual experience for fans of her music, through her use of highly artistic, and mindfully produced videos. They drip with symbolism and mysterious imagery, in a very genuine and organic way, that pulls the listener into her world. Continue reading “This Week on BIRN Alive: Denitia, Saturday, Oct 14 at 4:00 pm on birn1”

Daphne Willis and Miette Hope: Live from the Red Room, Friday, Oct 13 at 8:00 pm on birnCORE

Collaborating across multiple genres ranging from roots/rock and pop, to hip-hop and electronic dance music, Daphne Willis is a musician who isn’t easily classified. With infectious, precise, honest melodies, Willis delivers songs and performances that are sincere, compelling, and relevant. Raised in Chicago, Illinois, but based in Nashville, Tennessee, she cites influences as varied as Elvis Costello and Michael Jackson—inspirations she cleverly incorporates into a refreshing, contemporary style. Continue reading “Daphne Willis and Miette Hope: Live from the Red Room, Friday, Oct 13 at 8:00 pm on birnCORE”

Mike Mains, Brett Newski and The Racer: Live from the Red Room, Wednesday, Oct 11 at 8:00 pm on birnCORE

Mike Mains is a Detroit-based musician who loves rock and roll. Performing more than 300 shows in the last three years, Mains has built a committed fan base. His shows are high-energy, interactive, and exciting. Last year, wanting to spice things up a little, he played his first “Living Room Tour.” This 35-date North American tour brought him into the homes and backyards of fans to perform his music in a new context, offering a unique, intimate view into his songs. Mains is currently working on his third full-length LP. Continue reading “Mike Mains, Brett Newski and The Racer: Live from the Red Room, Wednesday, Oct 11 at 8:00 pm on birnCORE”