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Curtis’ Prime Slices of The Week (4/10-4/15): Leyya, Dude York

      Leyya – Sauna (Trip-Hop)

Leyya is an Austrian duo comprised of Sophie Lindinger (synthesizer, vocals) & Marco Kleebauer (synthesizer, guitar). This album is definitely one of a kind for me in the sense that I’m not a big fan of electronic music and I love this album. The thing though is that it’s more than the genre suggests. The Instrumentation is extremely well thought out and it sounds rich. The record consists of a nice mix of songs to dance to and songs to relax to. There’s also a very psychedelic element that is almost similar to Tame Impala. One of my favorites this year so far. Continue reading “Curtis’ Prime Slices of The Week (4/10-4/15): Leyya, Dude York”

Ruby’s Prime Slices of the Week (4/9-4/15): Denzel Curry, Courtney Barnett, Potatohead People

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)

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Shows of the Week 4/16: JD McPherson, Sure Sure, Beans on Toast, and more

JD McPherson plays the Sinclair Tuesday, April 17th

JD McPherson’s music brings back the vintage rock and roll sound from the 40’s and 50’s. He’s cowritten with Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, featured members of Lucius on his new album, and worked with the Raconteurs guitarist, Jack Lawrence. JD McPherson is pure rock and roll. Tickets are available here. Check out his video for “Lucky Penny” below.

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Coming up on birn1 – Rhythms and Frequencies: CWP Student Concert Preview

On Tuesday, April 17 @ 1 pm tune into birn1 for a preview of the CWP Student Concert! The concert itself will be on Wednesday, April 18 @ 8 PM @ the BPC.
The Contemporary Writing and Production (CWP) Student Concert features some of the department’s best students and their dynamic songs and arrangements in an exciting mix of music.
During this preview, artists (Nono Chen, Pauly German, Carlos Saenz, and Alexis Leroy-Pleshoyano) will be talking about their goals, their writing process, and about the show.
Tune in here.

Album Review: Editors – Violence

Review by Justin Cameron

Working remotely with a producer whom they’ve never met led to Editors taking a new approach to their sound with Violence. They kept the same dark tone of their previous releases but added more pop elements to them: making some parts of the album brighter than once expected.

Their songs are grand and have huge climaxes, taking notes from acts including Coldplay and U2. They also keep an electro-rock feel and industrial elements reminiscent of Depeche Mode and Nine Inch Nails. Continue reading “Album Review: Editors – Violence”

Shows of the Week 4/9: Nicolas Dupuis, U.S. Girls, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, and more

Nicolas Dupuis and Mosie play the Great Scott Tuesday, April 10th

Tonight, Tuesday, April 10th, former Gramatik keyboardist, Nicolas Dupuis is bringing his live electronic project, Anomalie to the Great Scott. He’s currently touring with a 4 piece live band that brings his jazztronica to life. Opening the show is the ever hip Mosie, whose sound is a crisp blend of hip-hop and 80’s disco creating a very unique and fresh sound. This show is SOLD OUT! Continue reading “Shows of the Week 4/9: Nicolas Dupuis, U.S. Girls, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, and more”

Album Review: Preoccupations – New Material

Story by Justin Cameron

Post-punk rockers Preoccupations explore a new, darker, and deeper sound for New Material.

“My perfect goal for a record would be to have something that you know is rock music but you can’t tell what any of the instruments are,” explains Scott Munro. They’ve achieved just that in New Material. With it being difficult at times to differentiate between a guitar and synth, the album keeps the listener on their toes. Continue reading “Album Review: Preoccupations – New Material”

Erin’s Prime Slices of the Week (4/1-4/8): Polish Club, French Kiwi Juice

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.

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Curtis’ Prime Slices Of The Week (4/3-4/8): Haley Blais, No Thank You

    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”

Dead Horses and Kate Rhudy Live From the Red Room

Tune in this Wednesday, April 11th @ 8 PM EST to birnCORE for a live broadcast from the The Red Room @ Cafe 939 featuring Dead Horses and Kate Rhudy.
 
“At fifteen, Dead Horses frontwoman Sarah Vos’ world turned upside down. Raised in a strict, fundamentalist home, Vos lost everything when she and her family were expelled from the rural Wisconsin church where her father had long served as pastor.” The Dead Horses’ new album titled My Mother the Moon is one that is “full of trauma and triumph, despair and hope, pain and resilience. Blending elements of traditional roots with modern indie folk, the songs are both familiar and unexpected, unflinchingly honest in their portrayal of modern American life, yet optimistic in their unshakable faith in brighter days to come.” Vos really puts all her heart and soul into the creation of these songs and their larger works after being through such hardship in her past.

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