Show Review: Preoccupations at Brighton Music Hall 4/25

Review by Justin Cameron

Preoccupations came out to an excited crowd at Brighton Music Hall last Wednesday night with album opener, “Espionage.” From there, they ripped through a 13-song set containing a nice balance of new and old songs. Their lights remained dark throughout the set forcing the audiences’ attention on their sound rather than over the top visuals.

Their set was loud, —full of thundering drums and booming bass—but it was balanced. No one instrument overpowered another as Matt Flegel’s voice could clearly be heard. Continue reading “Show Review: Preoccupations at Brighton Music Hall 4/25”

Upcoming: Manu Delago at The Red Room

Tune in to birnCORE this Thursday, May 3rd at 8 PM EST for a live broadcast from The Red Room @ Cafe 939 featuring Manu Delago.
When Delago first discovered the Hang, an enchanting musical instrument manufactured by PANArt in Switzerland he discovered a passion for writing music.
His Hang solo piece “Mono Desire” has become the most popular Hang video on the internet and was featured in the top 30 music videos on YouTube. His music is incredibly unique, atmospheric, and beautiful.
He has released several albums with his band, and has collaborated with artists such as Björk, Anoushka Shankar, Joss Stone, Andreya Triana, and Bugge Wesseltoft.
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Erin’s Prime Slices of the Week (4/23-4/29): Haley Heynderickx, Donovan Woods

Haley Heynderickx – I Need to Start a Garden // indie folk

I Need to Start a Garden feels like a private acoustic set performed in someones living room. The guitar picking is beautiful in its simplicity, accompanied with minimal percussion and soft,thoughtfully quaint lyrics. Each track is reminiscent of the last and an allusion to the next. You can read Haley;s facial expressions through her deliberate, yet organic inflections. My favorite track is probably #2; The Bug Collector, with lyrics like “theres a praying mantis prancing on your bathtub/and you swear its a priest from a past life out to get you”.

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Lauren Ruth Ward – The BIRN Interview

Lauren Ruth Ward is a massively talented singer from Baltimore who picked up and relocated to LA to pursue a career in the music business. When I say talented, I mean like Beth Hart talented. Her voice can stop you in your tracks. It is soulful, powerful and raw. But this story sounds familiar right? Here is where this story diverges from the thousands of others that start out the same way. In three short years, Lauren has put together a band and inked a record deal. The former hairdresser is currently on tour in support of her debut full-length record, Well, Helland you should go see her while you can still get close enough to see what color her eyes are.

Besides being a great vocalist, she is also grounded, savvy and real. A combination that makes fans and friends come easily. We were fortunate enough to do a quick phone chat with Lauren before her east coast swing and got the lowdown on everything from her writing process to her advice to those making the move to LA. Continue reading “Lauren Ruth Ward – The BIRN Interview”

Clay Cook, Live From the Red Room

Tune in on Saturday, April 28 at 8:00 PM EST for a live broadcast from The Red Room at Cafe 939 featuring Clay Cook of Zac Brown Band.
Clay Cook, a Berklee alumnus, has made a living in many ways in the music industry. As an accomplished songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, he has recorded and toured with John Mayer, Sugarland, the Marshall Tucker Band, and Shawn Mullins.

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John Craigie, Live From the Red Room

Tune in on Friday, April 27, at 8:00 PM EST for a live broadcast from The Red Room at Cafe 939 featuring John Craigie.

John Craigie is a singer-songwriter based out of Portland, Oregon. He’s renowned for his eloquent Americana style, engaging live shows, and off-the-cuff clever observations. He takes influence from classic songwriters of the past and adds his own touch. Continue reading “John Craigie, Live From the Red Room”

This Week on Birn Alive: Red Elk

Tune in to Birn Alive on Saturday, April 28 at 4:00 PM for a performance by Red Elk.

Red Elk is a unique blend of funk, soul, folk and rock, with elements of indigenous music, such as Pow Wow rhythms/chants, as well as Native flutes and percussion. The result of this is what Josiah Contreras (lead vocals, bass) calls “Native Soul.” Continue reading “This Week on Birn Alive: Red Elk”

Show Preview – Gretchen Parlato and Mirella Costa play the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s RISE Music Series

Story by Allie Kersten

On Thursday, April 26 at 7:00 PM, Gretchen Parlato and Mirella Costa will become the latest of a long list of stellar artists to perform at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s RISE series. Curated by Shea Rose and Simone Scazzocchio, the RISE music series creates “a whole new way for audiences and musicians to connect…”

Gretchen Parlato has built herself quite the reputation and career as an incredibly successful jazz vocalist. She has won countless awards and acknowledgements for all of her album releases: Gretchen Parlato, In A Dream (#1 Vocal Jazz album of 2009 along with similar others), The Lost and Found (multiple top album acknowledgements), and Live in NYC received the 57th Grammy awards nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Continue reading “Show Preview – Gretchen Parlato and Mirella Costa play the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s RISE Music Series”

Win Tickets to “So, What Do You Want To Know?” Conversations With Nick Cave, May 1

Story by Allie Kersten

Nick Cave has had a career more versatile than most. He’s more than a triple threat as a singer-songwriter, author, composer, screenwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and even an actor. He’s led the bands The Birthday Party (formerly The Boys Next Door), Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, and Grinderman, as well as his own solo career. Cave is most known for his contributions to the post-punk, gothic rock, alternative rock, experimental rock, and garage rock genres. His sound is exposed, of course, in his personal music that he has released with his multiple groups, but his trace can be found in the soundtracks of films such as Dogs in Space, The Soul of A Man, Batman Forever, The X-Files, Shrek 2, and Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows – Part 1. Cave has built quite the reputation in the entertainment world since he began his music career. Continue reading “Win Tickets to “So, What Do You Want To Know?” Conversations With Nick Cave, May 1”

Cabaret Presents: One-Person Show, Live from the Red Room

From comedians to actors, all solo performers are storytellers. One-Person Show is a series of solo performances directed by Ana Guigui. The show will feature extraordinary life stories from seven performers in an intimate and personal setting.

The show will be in The Red Room at Cafe 939 on Wednesday, May 2 at 8:00 PM.

Tune in here to join the live birnCORE broadcast!