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proper. is the Brooklyn-based indie rock project led by Erik Garlington. With heavy doses of emo sensitivity and fury, the songs writhe and shake as Garlington spits out an avalanche of expertly crafted, brutally honest lyrics. From the first waves of feedback to the propulsive dance beat and the breakdown that follows just in time for the lyrics to start, we’re hooked immediately. The band stopped by Serious Business Music in Brooklyn to rock for us. I Spent The Winter Writing Songs About Getting Better is available now from Big Scary Monsters. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Somehow, there's even more new music out there to be discovered each week! On this episode, we find Laundry Night and Jane Migraine on a Bandcamp deep dive, check out singles from Dig Nitty, 2nd Grade, We Versus The Shark, Laveda, Starflyer 59 and Heartour, plus new music from Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, The Lo-Fis, Mark Lanegan, I Break Horses, Tourist Company, Self Defense Family, and Mirabelle.
The Natvral is the newest project from rocker Kip Berman, who spent much of past decade heading up The Pains of Being Pure At Heart. In the past few years, he has shifted gears to make music in a way that feels right for right now - free from expectations. The Natvral’s first EP Know Me More, was released by Kanine in 2018, followed by 2019’s cover of Dear Nora’s “You Looked Like A Portrait.” Kip recently invited us into his Princeton, NJ home for a performance of three songs, and a wide ranging phone conversation with Maia. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
The Natvral is the newest project from rocker Kip Berman, who spent much of past decade heading up The Pains of Being Pure At Heart. In the past few years, he has shifted gears to make music in a way that feels right for right now - free from expectations. The Natvral’s first EP Know Me More, was released by Kanine in 2018, followed by 2019’s cover of Dear Nora’s “You Looked Like A Portrait.” Kip recently invited us into his Princeton, NJ home for a performance of three songs, and a wide ranging phone conversation with Maia.
Roadside Assistance travels to the living room for an Indoor Beach Party. Join us for this mix with tracks selected by 8 of your favorite BTR DJs.
We're revisiting some new and recent music releases with a big, sweet playlist mix this week!
Today’s podcast features a recent conversation between Shana Falana and myself about everything, including life as a house painter, Slow TV’s National Knitting Evening, a chance encounter with young Brad Pitt in Bozeman Montana, Ram Dass and much more. Check out the latest song and video from Shana Falana, called "Everyone Is Gonna Be OK," along with October 2019’s album Darkest Light, 2016’s Here Comes The Wave, and 2015’s Set Your Lightning Fire Free. Please check out the accompanying video from today's show, which features a video diary shot by Shana herself.
Shana Falana is one of our favorite dream-pop artists - currently based in Kingston, New York. Shana and Michael Amari explore darkness and light in their almost-meditative songs, which are illuminated by dazzling visual projections at live shows. During quarantine, Shana brought us into her home and daily life to give us a look at what’s happening in her world while live music isn’t happening. Music: "Go Higher" by Shana Falana Darkest Light is available now from Arrowhawk Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Brooklyn musician Sean Cahill’s band The Next Great American Novelist has been a study in change. Nearly reaching its end when a meeting with Jason Cummings launched the current phase of the reinvigorated project, which blends dreamy, melodic indie rock with hints of sun-kissed pop in a way that feels somewhat more West Coast than Brooklyn in a super refreshing way. The band dropped by Serious Business Music in Brooklyn to brighten up the basement studio for this session. Careless Moon will be the sophomore album from The Next Great American Novelist. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
It's another week in quarantine, and thankfully - there's still so much new music. This week we're checking out tunes from DEHD, The Duke of Surl, Matt Costa, Ciarra Fragale, NIIKA, STRKFR, Dirty Projectors, Butcher Brown, RJD2, Güero, Pine Barons, Robert Leslie, CUP, The Buttertones, Annie Hamilton, Fontaines D.C., and Jess Williamson.
Adir L.C. is an NYC-based songwriter with a refreshing, folk-inflected indie rock style that makes great use of dynamics and lush arrangements. With a huge sound that feels both grounded and ambitious thanks to Adir’s warm and comforting vocals, this is music that’s really easy to get lost in. Currently isolating at his home in Brooklyn, Adir invited us in to have some coffee, meet his dog, Moka, and get a taste of some new music in progress. Check out Adir L.C.’s previous appearance on BTR Live Studio here. Basket Star is available now from Birdwatcher Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Adir L.C. is an NYC-based songwriter with a refreshing, folk-inflected indie rock style that makes great use of dynamics and lush arrangements. With a huge sound that feels both grounded and ambitious thanks to Adir’s warm and comforting vocals, this is music that’s really easy to get lost in. Currently isolating at his home in Brooklyn, Adir invited us in to have some coffee, meet his dog, Moka, and get a taste of some new music in progress. Check out Adir L.C.’s previous appearance on BTR Live Studio here. Basket Star is available now from Birdwatcher Records.
Part two of our record label feature on Ten Dollar Recording Co. takes a deeper dive into their catalog, exploring tracks from their compilations and releases from What In Your Heart Can Put You In A Trance, Mariya May, Mo Douglas, Thomas Mudrick, Anthony Mudrick, Ryan Massad, and more!
Honey Cutt is a Boston-based trio led by Kaley Honeycutt. With surfy touches on their dreamy indie rock sound, the band sounds right at home on the Kanine Records roster, which tends to love an upbeat snare and catchy vocal melodies. The band dropped by Serious Business Music while in town for the New Colossus Music Festival, which ended up being our very last session in the studio for the time being. Coasting by Honey Cutt is available now from Kanine Records.
Honey Cutt is a Boston-based trio led by Kaley Honeycutt. With surfy touches on their dreamy indie rock sound, the band sounds right at home on the Kanine Records roster, which tends to love an upbeat snare and catchy vocal melodies. The band dropped by Serious Business Music while in town for the New Colossus Music Festival, which ended up being our very last session in the studio for the time being. Coasting by Honey Cutt is available now from Kanine Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Lisel is the solo project of LA-based experimental musician Eliza Bagg (fans of Pavo Pavo may be familiar with her from her time spent in that band). With an eclectic musical background spanning the whole world of modern music, from pop to classical and all sorts of experimental, her soprano is impeccably trained and highly adaptable. Here, she delivers an impeccably arranged solo performance with the aid of backing tracks and loops supporting her otherworldly vocals. Angels On The Slope is available now from Luminelle Recordings. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
This week is all about the new music! We've got a full episode of new singles and album tracks for you to check out. Sit back and soak in new music from Beauty Pill, Mamalarky, The New Restaurants, Bottler, Bad Moves, Max Pain and the Groovies, Dead Ghosts, Momma , Omer Leibovitz, Johanna Warren, Adeline Hotel, Juan Wauters, Adam "Ditch" Kurtz, Cotillon, Silver Scrolls, and Land of Talk!
Marble Arch are a French guitar pop band fronted by vocalist Yann Le Ravazet. With catchy, hazy melodies and garage rock intensity, the band has a dreamy sound that pulls you in. They dropped by Serious Business Music while on tour in the states for this intense session. Children Of The Slump is available now from Géographie. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Marble Arch are a French guitar pop band fronted by vocalist Yann Le Ravazet. With catchy, hazy melodies and garage rock intensity, the band has a dreamy sound that pulls you in. They dropped by Serious Business Music while on tour in the states for this intense session. Children Of The Slump is available now from Géographie.
After 3 years, it's most definitely time to revisit the Portland, OR-based label/collective, Ten Dollar Recording Co! In part one of this two-part feature, I talk to label founders Ryan Michael Block and Mariya May about all their various projects and collaborations!
Frankie Valet is the St. Louis, MO-based band headed up by Alison Setil and Felix Nelson along with Kati Malison and Jack Elliott-Higgins. With catchy, fuzz indie rock drawing on twee and shoegaze, the band has an instantly loveable sound that we were psyched to have in the live room at Serious Business Music for this session. Waterfowl is available now from It Takes Time. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Frankie Valet is the St. Louis, MO-based band headed up by Alison Setil and Felix Nelson along with Kati Malison and Jack Elliott-Higgins. With catchy, fuzz indie rock drawing on twee and shoegaze, the band has an instantly loveable sound that we were psyched to have in the live room at Serious Business Music for this session. Waterfowl is available now from It Takes Time.
Get dressed up (or not), pour yourself a drink (or 2) and join some of your favs from the BTR crew for this special Quarantine Relief edition of Roadside Assistance.
Pocket Protector began as the solo project of Brooklyn indie scene veteran Joe Reichel (Howth, Robot Princess, MiniBoone) before the addition of drummer (and Brooklyn Drum Collective creator) Carlo Minchillo and bassist/photographer Mike Petzinger (of Meansiders). Reichel’s hooky, melodic songs and honest lyrics take the best of punk and indie rock to make for a catchy good time. Room On Pacific is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Justin Giles Wilcox of the Brooklyn-based band Monteagle joins us to talk about his new single and upcoming digital EP, then we check out new singles and album tracks from Jon The Guilt, 2nd Grade, Flunkie, Nana Grizol, Secret Shame, Divorce Cop, Sojourn Suspect, A Severe Joy, Belle Mare, Nightfalls, Pert, Pure X, Gabriel Schicchi, Rob Dobson, and Weed Nap.
Brooklyn-based duo True Dreams are a wickedly fun and raw tag team of “cheerleader punx” songwriters who go right for the throat with their snotty anthems. Don’t be fooled by the cuteness of their gimmicky onstage patty cake (it’s awesome tho) - they absolutely mean business and will FUCK YOU UP. They’re sloppy and fun and silly and totally serious and if you disagree, well, whatever. Angela Carlucci  plays guitar and sings, and Hannah Nichols plays drums and sings, and we were so psyched to have them join us at Serious Business Music in Brooklyn for this super fun session. No. 1 is out now from King Pizza Records.
Brooklyn-based duo True Dreams are a wickedly fun and raw tag team of “cheerleader punx” songwriters who go right for the throat with their snotty anthems. Don’t be fooled by the cuteness of their gimmicky onstage patty cake (it’s awesome tho) - they absolutely mean business and will FUCK YOU UP. They’re sloppy and fun and silly and totally serious and if you disagree, well, whatever. Angela Carlucci plays guitar and sings, and Hannah Nichols plays drums and sings, and we were so psyched to have them join us at Serious Business Music in Brooklyn for this super fun session. No. 1 is out now from King Pizza Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
It's time for an eclectic two-hour mix of music - broadly in the "indie rock" world for the most part - as we gear up for some more record label features coming down the line. Check out selections from recent label features, new releases, and some tasty finds from the BTRtoday music library, including some usual suspects such as Anna Burch, Waxahatchee, Ghost Funk Orchestra, Jeff Beam, and much more!

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