Video: Mind Debris plays BIRN Alive!

Mind Debris is a Boston-based songwriting and production duo composed of keyboardist Diego Valencia and guitarist Michael Beckhart. Their sound can only be described as space rock splashed with psychedelia, with influences from Grizzly Bear, Khruangbin, Temples, and Radiohead. These two have come to join us for a very special performance and interview only on BIRN1. They performed at BIRN Alive June 29, 2019 and featured their songs “Broken Shadows” and  “Eons”

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Video: The Bakers play BIRN Alive!

The Bakers are a Boston-based, brother and sister indie folk duo. Consisting of Emily and Ben Baker, the duo mix American folk with alternative rock to create a beautiful, hauntingly sweet combination that cuts through the traditional for a fresh and new sound. They are heavily inspired by Radiohead, Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, and other artists such as Grizzly Bear and I’m with Her. This combination helps the pair generate a brand new take on the traditional norm of the folk singer-songwriter, and assists them in constructing soaring, somber melodies integrated with their beautifully arranged pieces, that are quickly taking the hearts of many in the local Boston music scene. They appeared here on the BIRN July 20th, 2019 and featured the songs “Superstitious Impressions” and “Not too Far Away.”

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Video: Valley Maker plays BIRN Alive!

Valley Maker is an indie/folk rock band based in Seattle, Washington and are recently signed to Frenchkiss Records. Valley Maker Appeared on BIRN Alive, Friday, April 26  for a very special performance and interview, featuring the songs “A Couple Days” and “Baby In Your Kingdom.” Following the release of their newest album. Rhododendron, was released in October. “This album is lyrically intricate while also maintaining an airy atmosphere that is easy to listen too casually.” Austin Crane, the man behind Valley Maker, named the album after “the common plant which springs up in both Crane’s native south and his current home in Washington –  a metaphor that is very central to the overall theme of each song and transition.” They are very excited to announce and  about to begin their 2019 European tour.

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Kelsey’s Prime Slices of the Week (8/5-8/9): Will Johnson, Husky Loops

Will Johnson – “Cornelius” [single] – indie folk

Will Johnson’s “Cornelius” is unlike any song. The track proudly shows off folk roots with group vocals and tambourine, but also ventures into rock with a lead guitar that balances out a mellow acoustic guitar and vocal melodies. Johnson’s use of a wide instrumentation gives “Cornelius” a welcoming sound that will make you feel like you’re sitting around a campfire with your friends. It definitely creates a musical journey for listeners that stands out from a lot of today’s music. Experience Johnson’s incredible songwriting and give “Cornelius” a listen!

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Ryan’s Reviews: Let’s Rock by The Black Keys

The Black KeysLet’s Rock – (blues rock)

The Black Keys are at it again and have just released their ninth studio album, Let’s Rock, which is their first in five years. They are currently back on tour following its release.

Let’s Rock is the same old Black Keys vibe, but decidedly less bluesy and they’ve taken a much cleaner approach this time. Lead singer Dan Auerbach seems to have become a more dynamic songwriter during his hiatus from The Black Keys, in fact releasing his own successful solo album Waiting on a Song. Let’s Rock has been a much anticipated release, and it came with months of promotion and hype, plus a slew of music videos and the single “Lo/Hi.”

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Ryan’s Reviews: Feelgood by Winona Forever

Winona ForeverFeelgood – (indie pop)

Montreal-based band Winona Forever‘s 2019 release Feelgood seems to be a romantic summer turned into an album, and with titles like “Keep Kool,” “Happy Days,” and “Back seat,” it’s not hard to see why.

This album is a beautiful mix of lo-fi and “in the pocket” rhythms. The entire album feels like a fluid combination of Mac DeMarco, The Dirty Projectors and Vulfpeck. The guitar tone is clean but soaked in tape wow and flutter, which gives the very modern and clean sound but a throwback to an extremely retro feel. The lead singer’s vocals are close, clean and intimate, which really manage to get the listener’s attention through the occasionally muddy mix of lo-fi guitar and upfront drums.

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Kelsey’s Prime Slices of the Week (7/29-8/2): Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard, Louis Prince

Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard – “Love Forever” [single] – indie rock

“Love Forever” is the perfect song to welcome the end of summer; Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard’s latest single creates a feel-good mood that’s best enjoyed in the August heat. A catchy chorus and background vocals will have you singing along within moments, while guitar melodies will have you nodding along within seconds. “Love Forever” is a triumph of the indie rock genre, but it’s a great song for fans of any style of music. Don’t miss out on the fun – check out Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard’s “Love Forever” below!

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Kelsey’s Prime Slices of the Week (7/22-7/26): Ben Harper, Malou Beauvoir

Ben Harper – “Uneven Days” [single] – singer-songwriter

On his latest single, Ben Harper’s skill as a singer-songwriter is undeniable. “Uneven Days” is a masterpiece that shows Harper’s artistry through his ability to open up and be vulnerable with his audience. It begins with ethereal ambient noise, but quickly grows into a more tangible and real sound when Harper comes in with piano. Harper shines with this simple instrumentation as his melodies in the chorus work to highlight the word “uneven” in a way that makes listeners feel, well, uneven. Adding new layers each section, “Uneven Days” tells a musical story that gives listeners something new at every turn. Give it a listen below!

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Ryan’s Reviews: U.F.O.F. by Big Thief

Big Thief – U.F.O.F. – (indie folk)

U.F.O.F. is the third studio album by American band Big Thief. This album can only be described as dreamy, dark, and ambient. The opening track “Contact” introduces you to this new “alien” world they’ve painted with a dark and sinister sounding intro, which tapers off with blood curdling screams. U.F.O.F. somehow pairs ambient vocals and samples into a perfect blend for the acoustic four-piece band. The album brings you into the setting of each tune and lets you walk around before taking down the walls of ambience and zapping you back to reality.

The second half of the record tones down the initial dark, spacey mood and becomes more unplugged. Lead singer Adrianne Lenker uses her incredibly visual lyrics and sweet, soft vocals to weave you into whatever story she is telling. The band’s arrangements are warm and comforting, almost like an open mic on a summer night, and the extra textures just take the music to another world.

I would recommend U.F.O.F. to anyone looking for some nice soft tunes, for either a melancholy night, or just something to really dive in deep, listen and appreciate the music. So go out and pick up a copy and hear for yourself!

Kelsey’s Prime Slices of the Week (7/15-7/19): Palace, Wildlife

Palace – “Running Wild” [single] – indie rock

Palace’s new single “Running Wild” has everything a fan of indie rock could want in a song and more. Ambient electric guitars, the bright tones of a snare drum, and vivd lyrics create an introspective and thoughtful atmosphere. The best part of the song, however, isn’t any individual part – it’s the combination of all of the parts. It’s easy to hear the musicians playing off of one another, and it’s easy to tell they’re all having a great time while doing so. You feel like you’re a member of the band listening to it, and their musicianship creates such a fun listening experience. There’s so much to be said about Palace’s artistry and “Running Wild,” but there’s nothing like hearing it for yourself. Check it out below!

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