Dr. Dog – Critical Equation (Rock n’ Roll)
If you like Dr. Dog, there is an almost certain chance you will like anything they put out. They are an incredibly consistent band. Critical Equation is their 10th full length record, as they approach their 20th year as a band, and it continues the pattern. The album gives listeners the Beatles-esque catchy pop songwriting that made Dr. Dog, but sees the band experimenting with structure and sound in a way that blends perfectly. They are unafraid to wear their influences on their sleeve, but they add so much original style that their music is its own wonderful entity.
Favorite Tracks: Listening In, Go Out Fighting, Virginia Please
KNASH – Lame – single (Silly Garage Rock)
Everyone likes to have a good time right? Swedish 6 piece garage-rock-trash-pop-punk writes this song as a “poke to lame people who ruin one’s life”. Though this genre is a bit played out in the states, these Swedes are doing it with such fervor and joy that it recalls what FIDLAR made us feel like our junior year high school.
Looking to discover your new favorite soundtrack for the summer?
BIRN Global’s got you covered with Marco Mares, a singer-songwriter from Mexico. His music features catchy choruses, expanding the genre of latin pop with elements of reggae. He released his first EP in 2014 entitled “Para Ella”. Since then, his single “Flaquita” which has hit 6.2 million views on YouTube, earned him a spot on Spotify Mexico’s Top 50 Viral as well as Spotify Peru’s Top 50 Viral.
Mares delivers his feel good music in his live performance at the BIRN Global Station.
Playing April 23 – May 13
I’m not going to lie to you loyal readers, this week was a rough week for music over here at the Berklee Internet Radio Network. There weren’t any albums sent in that struck me as deserving of a Prime Slice™ Designation, so I’m going to hit you with a few singles that made me happy.
Denzel Curry – Sumo (Rap)
Continue reading “Ruby’s Prime Slices of the Week (4/9-4/15): Denzel Curry, Courtney Barnett, Potatohead People”
Polish Club – Beeping/Able // rock&roll soul punk
With only two members, Polish Club takes up an enormous amount of space with this latest two-track release. Novak’s vocals are energetic to say the least – his performance of the song can almost be heard in the recording of “Beeping”. The duo, John Henry and Novak, seem to spend a lot of time on dynamics in order to keep the songs full and interesting. It can be hard to sound complete with only drums and guitar, but Polish Club has truly mastered their sound and are clearly strong enough musicians to carry that classic, soul-infused rock sound. Its loud and intense, but its played from the heart in a way thats hard to ignore.
Continue reading “Erin’s Prime Slices of the Week (4/1-4/8): Polish Club, French Kiwi Juice”
Haley Blais – Let Yourself Go – EP
Haley Blais is an indie folk artist hailing from Vancouver, B.C. “Let Yourself Go” is her first release with Rumpus Room Records, engineered & mixed by Trevor Lang. The EP starts out slow and sweet with soft vocals and ukulele and quickly picks up to an almost Abba inspired vibe. The record has a nice balance of Haley’s personal side of life and her natural ability to write a catchy song. Her style is easy to love and even easier to relax to. Continue reading “Curtis’ Prime Slices Of The Week (4/3-4/8): Haley Blais, No Thank You”
Hop Along – Bark Your Head Off, Dog (Rock)
Rock is pasé. Bands in the current musical climate tend to shy away from the descriptor and aesthetic. Hop Along embraces the normalcy of the “rock” sound without fear and present their incredible songwriting in a warm and familiar environment. The production on the record is full and crisp, with attention to every small details from the acoustic guitar to the lush string arrangements. Bark Your Head Off, Dog is sonically familiar but their strong writing and Francis Quinlan’s unique artistic and actual voice carry it to special and specific places. Continue reading “Ruby’s Prime Slices of the Week (4/2-4/8): Hop Along, Dr. Octagon”
Amen Dunes – Freedom (Indie Rock, Alt Folk, Whatever)
Amen Dunes’s fifth album is naturalistically weird. If put at a low volume in an upscale casual restaurant or a mellow party it would not strike anybody as bizarre, but when you hone in on the details of the music everything has a strange and unique timbre. Everything sits at a gentle volume and intensity and Damon McMahon’s inflected voice and fast tremolo vibrato cut through everything to deliver songs both catchy and esoteric. Freedom is both easily enjoyable and dense enough to accumulate more and more worth with every listen. Continue reading “Ruby’s Prime Slices of the Week (3/25-4/1): Amen Dunes, Soft as Snow”
Review by Michelle Schantz
When a band has been as successful and enduring as the Goo Goo Dolls have been, sometimes that success is accompanied by a weight of expectations. Both the band and their fans can feel this weight. It brings to light the fact that change is inevitable, but growth is a choice. Time will continue to move forward, and it’s up to the band whether or not to move forward as artists. This is the realization that Goo Goo Dolls singer, guitarist, and frontman John Rzeznik brought into the creation of the band’s 11th studio album Boxes in 2016 and continues to carry into their newest 5 song EP, You Should Be Happy. Continue reading “Album Review: Goo Goo Dolls – You Should Be Happy”
Ben Higginbotham is a recording artist, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist from Dallas, Texas. He is currently in his final semester at Berklee College of Music, and lives in Boston, but splits his time between New York and Nashville cowriting and gigging. He has played venues including The Bitter End in NYC, and The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, as well as countless venues in and around Boston.
Check out his awesome Bieber cover! https://youtu.be/xksxUrQ7hSc