Thank You From the BIRN

With a week and a half left in semester, we wanted to express our thanks to everyone who made this semester a great one! We have been able to broadcast/bring in incredible artists and are looking forward to what next year brings. Thank you to our DJ’s, staff, and everyone who tuned in, making this semester so memorable. We hope you all have a wonderful and safe winter break!

Less Talk More Action

By: Pooja Aggarwal, Co-Station Manager & Communications 

Stay the course. The voice of our protest organizer, Michela McDonagh, rang in our heads on Monday, November 13th, as hundreds of us silently marched down Boylston Street. The protest was organized in response to a recently published Boston Globe article, which discussed incidents of sexual misconduct, by professors, at Berklee. While all of the aforementioned professors were fired, it was the “hush-hush” way in which Berklee Continue reading “Less Talk More Action”

This Week on BIRN Alive: Baerd, Saturday, Nov 11 at 4:00pm on birn1

BAERD is a progressive folk band from Boston, MA. Founded at Berklee College of Music, the group traces together influences from Jazz, Americana, Classical, R&B, and World Music. BAERD’s lyricism and instrumental precision is inspired by the likes of Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, The Punch Brothers, and Radiohead. Continue reading “This Week on BIRN Alive: Baerd, Saturday, Nov 11 at 4:00pm on birn1”

Show Review: Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

by Ruben Radlauer

Following a stint of performance and production workshops for the EPD department, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith took to the Red Room to play a set of beauty and chaos to a room packed with Berklee and non-Berklee people alike.

Both as a technical feat and an artistic expression, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith’s set was awe inspiring. It was a perfect marriage of experimental pop, ambient music and chaotic noise music, and on top of that most of it was Continue reading “Show Review: Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith”

Show Review: Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile

Live at the Orpheum Theatre, Boston
by Erin Ober

I love being one of the firsts at a concert. Anticipation builds as each person files in; as each additional seat fills up. On Saturday night, the 4th of November, I waited patiently in my seat, eavesdropping on conversations about the sold-out show. Old school jukebox tunes floated softly in the air, as the murmuring few turned into a bustling crowd, before my eyes. On stage, every instrument was covered except for two acoustic guitars placed in the middle. Eventually, the lights cut out, and Jen Cloher stepped out on stage, opening the show. Continue reading “Show Review: Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile”

Interview: Metz guitarist Alex Edkins discusses the band’s new album

The BIRN’s Ruben Radlauer talked to Alex Edkins, guitarist and singer of the band Metz, before their show at The Sinclair in Cambridge. Here’s what he had to say:

Ruben from The BIRN: Is this [Strange Peace] your first album doing it all live band in the studio?

Alex Edkins: Yeah. The first two records we did in I guess more of a modern way, which would be to get the drums finished and then layer everything on top. This time we got more or less what our show is like on tape all at the same time, except for vocals. It was cool, it was a lot more fun and a lot more easy than what we used to do. Continue reading “Interview: Metz guitarist Alex Edkins discusses the band’s new album”

Album Review: Michael Jackson – Scream

Happy Halloween from your friends at The BIRN!
Michael Jackson – Scream
Recommended tracks – 1, 4, 8, 13, 14
Review by Jon O’Neal

Get ready to SCREAM with Michael Jackson’s latest release. Scream is a brand new compilation of Halloween-esque tracks. They span Michael’s multi-decade career, and include hits from the Jacksons, his solo career as well as an amazing 5 song mash-up from White Panda. This album is long overdue for the king of pop, and it’s a great addition to a legendary catalog of music. If you’re still looking to get your Halloween fix, be sure to check out this album! It is currently available on CD and in a really cool vinyl package!

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.