Video: Payton Gin on BIRN Alive

Payton Gin, an alternative rock band based in Boston, performed on BIRN Alive December 1. This video highlights two songs from their six-song set: “He Saw Me Go Insane” and “Rendezvous.”

The first song talks about a trip Liv took to New York with her partner at the time, and the experiences that came with it. The second song is a story about a man who falls for a girl who is very much out of his league.

Payton Gin is composed of the different sounds of  Mylan Vogels on lead guitar, Huxley Kuhlmann on keys, Cole Hancock on drums, Kaleb Harrison on bass, and Liv on vocals and rhythm guitar.

BIRN Alive is home to great live performances and insightful conversation every Saturday at 4:00 p.m. EST on BIRN1.

Video: Oriana Setz on BIRN Alive

Oriana Setz is a Boston-based singer-songwriter from Ecuador, blending her South American roots with indie pop and rock. The poetry in her music is greatly inspired by self-empowerment, social activism, and personal reflections. Check out the video below for her big band yet intimate performance on BIRN Alive!

BIRN Alive is home to great live performances and insightful conversation every Saturday at 4:00 p.m. EST on BIRN1.

Video: Havins on BIRN Alive

Havins, a Boston-based Americana band helmed by singer-songwriter and frontman David Havins, appeared on BIRN Alive on October 18 for a live performance. If you missed the broadcast, check out the video below for a few of the originals they shared with us!

BIRN Alive is home to great live performances and insightful conversation every Saturday at 4:00 p.m. EST on BIRN1.

Featured Interview: BIRN Visual Media Director Isabel Kret

Isabel Kret is the visual media director at the BIRN, and in her last semester at Berklee. She is from Washington, D.C., and majors in MP&E and Professional Music, with focuses in music technology and songwriting, and minors in commercial record production. She has been surrounded by musicians and artists her whole life and comes from an extremely artistic family. Her mother used to tell her that she literally “breathed music” when she was little. At just six years old Isabel began playing classical piano and then continued to expand her musical interests in the guitar, flute, Celtic flute, and penny whistle. She grew an interest in writing pop and rock music after she wrote her first song at ten years old.

In high school, she also became really interested in heavy metal guitar, and started working at a studio and recording her songs. Working in the studio struck up her interest for production, and from then on she has had a passion for producing and engineering. In addition to her many musical talents, Isabel also has a strong passion for photography and design, and she started working in a dark room in high school, and then went on to be the editor of her high school literary art magazine. Continue reading “Featured Interview: BIRN Visual Media Director Isabel Kret”

Erin’s Prime Slices (12/9-12/15): Alice Merton, Down Dirty Shake

Alice MertonMINT (power pop)

Alice Merton’s newest album, MINT, is a whirlwind of edgy pop jams that pack a serious punch. Her writing style is unique and memorable, and although she has had her fair share of skeptics, Merton has stayed true to her vision and sound. One of her more recognizable songs, “No Roots,” has a phenomenal hook and some really great, heavy guitar lines grounding the whole arrangement. “Why So Serious” is Merton’s own personal anthem about how music is supposed to be fun and creative rather than so focused on popularity and money. Check out the official music video below!

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Curtis’ Prime Slices (12/9 – 12/15) The Beths, Starcrawler

The Beths – “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” – (indie rock)

Well as fate would have it, I have another spicy Christmas release for you all to listen to. The Beths, who put out their third album, Future Me Hates Me, just a few months ago, did up a nice cover of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.” It has a really wonderful Doo-wop vibe through the start and then kicks in with a crunchy electric guitar playing the melody and eventually taking off into a Beths style solo, it quiets down and sweetly ends with the string section vamping with the band. It’s one of my new favorite versions of the classic and honestly my favorite song of the week. Put this on your next Christmas playlist!

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Bella’s Prime Slices (12/1 – 12/7): Holiday Edition

 

PJ Morton – Christmas with PJ Morton – (R&B)

PJ Morton unleashes a festive helping of New Orleans-styled carols on his first-ever holiday album, Christmas with PJ. The eight-track stocking stuffer is engrossed in the signature sounds of NOLA like jazz, Creole, and Cajun music. Although Morton decorates Christmas with PJ with his bluesy hometown traditions, the talented musician makes sure to keep the spirit of Christmas alive through each rendition. He also invites guest stars Yolanda Adams, Stokley and Hasizzle for the sleigh-ride. Continue reading “Bella’s Prime Slices (12/1 – 12/7): Holiday Edition”

Show Review: Tall Heights at the Royale

When I walked into the Royale to see Tall Heights I was going in with a blank slate. I had read a brief bio and their instrumentation had piqued my interest (cello, guitar, bass, drums, synth, and trumpet). But I wasn’t too familiar with their songs or genre and I’ll tell you right now, don’t hold your breath.

I walked in just as the first opening act, folk singer-songwriter Old Sea Brigade, played their last couple songs. Next up was Frances Cone who had a very similar vibe but more electro folk. Her songs weren’t bad but really nothing to note other than that the trumpet player for Tall Heights came out to play a song with them which was a nice collaboration. Both openers didn’t have much stage presence which is a bit of a turn off for me. They also didn’t really have any hooks in their tunes, which of course isn’t necessary for every song you write but I believe every band should have those few songs that everyone can pick up the lyrics or melody in a matter of seconds. Continue reading “Show Review: Tall Heights at the Royale”

Win tickets to See HAERTS Play at Great Scott!

The BIRN would like you to win tickets to see Arts & Crafts recording artists (and Berklee alumni) HAERTS live at Great Scott on Thursday, December 6. The band is touring in support of their brand new release New Compassion and has racked up over 275,000 monthly streams on Spotify.

Email your name and contact information to HAERTSLive@thebirn.com for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the show. The deadline to enter is December 5 at 11:59 p.m. Good luck!!

Curtis’ Prime Slices (12/1 – 12/8): Los Straitjackets, Sticky Fingers

Los Straitjackets – Complete Christmas Songbook – (surf/ska)

Well it’s December 1st and you know what that means! Christmas albums coming to us from all directions. This week we got Los Straitjackets’ sweet new holiday record, Complete Christmas Songbook. Any fans of Dick Dale or Link Wray are probably going to have this on for the majority of the month. The songbook has a total of 27 tracks ranging from classics like “Frosty The Snowman” and “Jingle Bells” to brand new ones like “Holiday Twist” and “Groovy Old Saint Nick.” The sound is a nice blast from the past and it really stands out from just any other Christmas album. It’s chock full of danceable tunes that’ll be sure to liven up any holiday family gathering!

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