Bill Laurance, a Grammy Award-winner and original member of the internationally acclaimed band Snarky Puppy, has worked as a professional musician since he was 14 years old. Laurance has toured internationally as a pianist, keyboard player, composer, producer, and arranger with artists such as David Crosby, Bobby McFerrin, Morcheeba, Susana Baca, and many more. Continue reading “Bill Laurance (of Snarky Puppy) Live from the Red Room”
Tune in to birnCORE on Tuesday, September 25 at 8:00 p.m. for the first Roots Roadshow broadcast of the semester, live from the Red Room at Cafe 939.
The Roots Roadshow series, presented by the American Roots Music Program, is a showcase that explores and celebrates America’s rich musical heritage. Each month, the series presents a variety show of student bands and ensembles performing styles such as country blues, old-time, bluegrass, new acoustic, Celtic, classic country, and Western swing. Whether it is a faculty-led ensemble, new student project, or band making its name in the Boston scene, you never know what will happen at a Roots Roadshow. Continue reading “The Roots Roadshow Live from the Red Room, Featuring Paul Rishell and Annie Raines”
Gina Chavez is a bilingual Latin-folk singer and songwriter. Her blending of sound and sight in her music is what makes her unique. So far, she has won nine Austin Music Awards and will go on to win many more based on her ambition, talent, and genius. Not long ago, she was on a 14-country tour as an ambassador with the U.S. State Department. Gina has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered and performed an NPR Tiny Desk Concert which has gained more than 630,000 views. She is now working on her EP Lightbeam and released her single, “Heaven Knows,” to keep the world on its toes. The sound of “Heaven Knows” is described as being “steeped in slow-burn soul and uptempo R&B.”
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La Force is Ariel Engle, vocalist and newest member of Broken Social Scene. La Force’s music is nocturnal electronic pop, topped with Engle’s enchanting vocals over dynamic production. Engle also brings La Force’s singularity to the familial energy of Broken Social Scene on the band’s 2017 album Hug of Thunder.
Born out of the culmination of AroarA – her previous music project with husband and Broken Social Scene bandmate Andrew Whiteman – La Force is a deep reflection of motherhood and the magical dismantlement that comes with the re-discovery of self. Continue reading “The BIRN Interview with Ariel Engle of La Force”
Tune in to birnCORE tonight, Friday, September 14 at 8:00 p.m. for another great live broadcast. Tonight we are featuring two great artists from Montreal!
Devon Welsh is a singer-songwriter and artist based in Montreal, Canada. He released two critically acclaimed albums as the front man of Majical Cloudz, an electronic duo whose intense and innovative music combined aspects of poetry, hardcore, minimalism, and folk.
Appearing as part of a limited set of four performances this summer, Welsh debuts his new solo project—one that steps out of the strict aesthetic established in Majical Cloudz while continuing and expanding on that project’s core ideas. His new songs are a series of reflections on themes: time, separation, the complexities of love, will, eternal life, and the seasons. Continue reading “Devon Welsh and Nick Schofield Live from the Red Room”
Havins is an Alternative Americana band based in Boston, MA helmed by Singer-Songwriter Dillon Havins. Originally from Austin, TX, Dillon grew up listening to Texas Country, and currently appreciates indie artists such as Bon Iver, Shakey Graves, and Ben Howard. While attending Berklee College of Music, he crossed paths with his current band-mates, Claire Davis, Wilson Reardon, Jay Yin, Philip Etherington, and Ryan Siegel. As a band, they endeavor to bring the musical experience back down to the earth for their listeners, leaving them both enlivened and contemplative.
Some of the band member’s individual achievements include appearing on America’s Got Talent, writing music for television, playing with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, and performing at Lollapalooza, as well as notable Austin, New York City, and Atlanta music venues.
Listen to the live session and interview HERE.
Coming to Boston in 2015 originally to study musical theater at the Boston Conservatory, then discovering her love for songwriting and studying at Berklee College of Music, Cindy Latin shares with us her newly discovered passion through performing her originals.
Cindy’s music style is a blend of soul, R&B, and jazz. Being strongly influenced by jazz harmony while also admiring R&B singers and writers, her main musical influences spread from John Coltrane to Frank Ocean. Continue reading “Cindy Latin to Appear on BIRN Alive”
The Cotones are a Boston–based indie/alternative rock group. Influenced by artists such as Queens of the Stone Age, Father John Misty, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, and the National, The Cotones strive to write songs that come from a genuine place of expressing their worldview while being able to entertain and catch the attention of their listeners. The band puts on an energetic, engaging, and diverse live show that will leave you wanting more. The band’s lyrics span from depression and mental health to love, hate, and the human condition. As people, they try not to take themselves too seriously, but take what they do very seriously. Their debut single, “Heed Your Own Vice,” is available on all major platforms. Continue reading “The Cotones, Category 9, and Saint Lune Live from the Red Room at Cafe 939”
With her fourth album, Love Come Down, Hopkins has achieved an elegance of sound that lives up to her poetic powers. Called “a standout writer” by The Washington Post, Hopkins has created, in just six tunes, a journey of songs that begins with a gentle invocation, ends with a lullaby, and includes a few dark American landscapes in between. Continue reading “Thea Hopkins to Appear on BIRN Alive”
Prateek Kuhad is a singer coming from Jaipur, India. The release of his debut LP, In Tokens and Charms, an album which cemented his status as a breakout star not just in India, but around the world, has earned Kuhad an MTV Europe Music Award, Indie Album of the year. With Honors from iTunes, receiving Best Pop Artist at the Radio City Freedom Awards, and winning first place in the prestigious International songwriting competition, Kuhad is making a grand scene in the industry. Continue reading “Prateek Kuhad and Hannah Siglin Live from the Red Room”