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BTRread's music section covers bands and festivals producing the rich underground sounds not found on commercial radio. This includes Tune Up and Discovery Artist where we delve into bands of all genres on the rise.

Remembering How Strong Sinead O’Connor Really Is

by Elena Childers | Music | Aug 9, 2017

In O’Connor’s hour of darkness, it’s time for fans to show her how much she’s appreciated.

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The Eternal Oddball Charm of Tom Petty

by Taia Handlin | Music | Jul 31, 2017

I’ve listened to Tom Petty most of my life. Every time I turn him on, I feel like he’s singing directly to me.

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Latin Community Mixed on Bieber’s ‘Despacito’

by Elena Childers | Music | Jul 28, 2017

For many, Despacito has become DespacitNO.

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Is LCD Soundsystem Killing its Indie Cred?

by Elena Childers | Music | Jul 20, 2017

LCD Soundsystem was meant to be an intimate project. But their reunion has offered nothing but huge exclusive shows with expensive tickets that sell out impossibly quick.

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Revisiting Spoon’s ‘Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga’ on its 10th Anniversary

by Elena Childers | Music | Jul 7, 2017

Even ten years later, we’re still gaga over Spoon’s Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga.

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KCON Returns to New York

by Jeff Nazareno | Music | Jun 23, 2017

Thanks to streaming services and events like KCON, Korean pop music is growing increasingly visible.

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Wait. Do I Have to Buy Purple Rain Again?

by Adam Bulger | Music | Jun 19, 2017

Finally some live Prince! But there's a catch.

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Reeperbahn Brings Euro Indie Flavor To New York

by Elena Childers | Music | Jun 14, 2017

The festival showcased seven bands in just four hours, transporting audiences to places like Riga, Latvia with Carnival Youth and Porto, Portugal with We Bless This Mess.

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Casey Hopkins

by Elena Childers | Music | Nov 28, 2016

Casey Hopkins ranges from funk/psychedelic to garage/punk rock. He joined us in the studio to chat about politics, Florida, funk, punk, and livin' that musician life.

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