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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.

Van Dammes Raise Hell In Helsinki

by Elena Childers | Music | Jul 14, 2017

Van Dammes’ music freezes hell over. With their robust guitar solos and wild drumbeats, they reach into the deepest, darkest parts of their listeners' souls. The four-piece garage band hail…

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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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Black Stone From The Sun Fuses Steve Irwin And Kurt Cobain

by Elena Childers | Music | Jul 5, 2017

They’ll rescue emus, shriek at spiders and bring back grunge all in one night--they're as exciting as wrestling a crocodile.

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Cool Dads Everywhere Unite With Hearken

by Elena Childers | Music | Jun 28, 2017

The Pittsburgh duo does dad rock right. Maybe we should call it dad punk?

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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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Living In The Moment With Fang Wizard

by Elena Childers | Music | Jun 21, 2017

Fang Wizard doesn't plan anything. They just do it.

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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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Wetbrain Shines a Certain Light With Debut Album

by Elizabeth Wakefield | Music | Jun 16, 2017

The former rhythm section of beloved garden state group Dentist, Rudy Meier and Nick Kaelblein, have created a sound that mixes vocal harmonies and kinetic guitar work reminiscent of Modest Mouse or Sunny Day Real Estate.

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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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