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Mock Suns is a Philadelphia-based project headed up by Greg Puglese, known for synthy, dreamy pop songs, they are releasing their new self-titled album – their first release in 4 years – today, October 23, 2020.  Greg put together a trio to perform one of the songs from that record – called “More” for us, and we caught up with him last week to talk about the record, life during quarantine, his epic instrumental single and video, and more.
Mock Suns is a Philadelphia-based project headed up by Greg Puglese, known for synthy, dreamy pop songs. Greg put together a special trio for this exclusive performance of the song “More” from the new album. Mock Suns is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
In part two of our indie record label feature on the experimental Chicago-based label American Dreams Records, we’re taking a deeper dive into the label’s catalog, leaning into the longer, ambient, and heavier corners of the label’s output.
LA-based Raye Zaragoza is an acclaimed folk songwriter and performer whose new album is about to drop. Here, she takes a break from roller skating to show us around her apartment/home studio, and give an exclusive performance of her powerful song, “The It Girl.” Woman In Color will be out October 23, 2020. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
On today’s episode of BTR Live Studio at Home, LA based singer songwriter Raye Zaragoza plays some of her latest tunes. Raye speaks with Jen about being a social change performer, her writing process, and her fondest tour memory with Dispatch.
In this episode, we take a look at Sound The Alarm, Vol. 1: Louder Feelings, a compilation album of political, social justice & protest songs out October 21 from the new LA-based label/collective Pop Can Records. We’ll hear three tracks from the release – including a premiere of the Ill Peach track that opens the album, and speak with label founders/artists Patrick Morrissey and Jesse Schuster, as well as DWY, whose song “Black Boy” was one of the first singles released from the collection.  Beyond that, we’ve got new singles and album tracks from Benjamin Lazar Davis, Sleeping Loops, Coco Reilly, Buck Meek, Pearl Charles, Flowers, Mise En Scene, Grey Factor, Mourn, Bartees Strange, EX OH, and Suuns.
Washington DC, indie pop band Lotion Princess stops by BTR Live Studio for a special At Home Session, recorded and filmed remotely in the backyard at a safe social distance by Mariah Miranda. “In The Summer” by Lotion Princess is available now. Watch our previous video for Lotion Princess’ “In The Summer” and listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz returns to BTR Live Studio with her pop-oriented solo project, Sad13, on the occasion of the second album, Haunted Painting. Here, Sadie takes us inside her home studio in Philadelphia, and shares an exclusive solo performance of the song “With Baby.” Haunted Painting is available now from Wax Nine. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Sad13 returns to BTR Live Studio (listen to their 2017 appearance), this time in solo form, from Sadie Dupuis’ home in Philadelphia. Sadie recorded an exclusive performance of the song “With Baby” from the new record, Haunted Painting, and we chat about the new record, Speedy Ortiz, local beaches, the band sElf, and aliens. It’s pretty much the best conversation ever. https://youtu.be/OnTmXfYlOtc The music heard in the background of this episode is from Sad13’s album, Haunted Painting, out now from Wax Nine.
In this episode we’re featuring the Chicago-based experimental label American Dreams, including an extensive interview with founder Jordan Reyes where we cover his new music video for “Rebirth At Dusk,” some of the label’s upcoming releases (including his own Sand Like Stardust), Zen and meditation, how the pandemic has affected his life, work, and art, pinball, and so much more.    
In this episode., Crazy DJ Bazarro sits down with Juxx Diamondz. Independent, self-sufficient, different & never holds back on what he wants to say. We brought him in to speak on how to invest yourself, to learn the equipment used for creating hip-hop music and to learn the  ups and downs of being a hip-hop soldier. He’s a director, producer, hard worker and even has a side gig to help support his career. Go ahead,  peep the conversation and check out his exclusive performance!
Juxx Diamondz is a rapper, producer, and director from Brownsville, Brooklyn. Here, he shares an exclusive performance recorded live at his home studio. B.O.D.B. is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
It’s new music time! In this episode we’ve got tracks from Bartees Strange, Caiola, A. Spencer, Mamalarky, Helena Deland, Laura Jane Grace, and more!
Thanya Iyer is joined by Pompey in their new home in Montreal for a very special performance in their music space. Video includes visual overlay by Thanya Iyer collaborator Sophie Grouev, and a taste of music from the brand new record. Thanya Iyer’s sophomore album, KIND, is available now from Topshelf Records. Watch our previous video for Thanya Iyer’s “Bring Back That Which Is Kind To You” and listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Cartalk is the project of LA-based musician Chuck Moore. They’ve been an integral part of a lively scene of bands and musicians there for the past couple of years, and have just emerged with a spectacular debut album that blends indie rock, Americana, and punk in a brilliant way. Here, Chuck joins us from their home to share an intimate, solo look at some of that music, and a fun chat covering the record, growing a garden, Tik Tok, and more. Watch Cartalk’s exclusive performance of “Las Manos” here!
Cartalk is the project of LA-based musician Chuck Moore. They’ve been an integral part of a lively scene of bands and musicians there for the past couple of years, and have just emerged with a spectacular debut album that blends indie rock, americana, and punk in a brilliant way. Here, Chuck joins us from their home to share an intimate, solo look at some of that music. Pass Like Pollen is out now from Anxiety Blanket. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
In this episode, we’re hi-lighting records from the past 4 months that have stuck with us on the show – some you’ve heard in our record label features, playlist episodes, on The Music Digest, or even as guests on BTR Live Studio! Tune in for music from new and recent releases by Double Grave, Oceanator, Cartalk, Eyedress, Osees, JOBS, Ganser, Wax Chattels, Anjimile, Deradoorian, Photo Ops, Snaex, Thanya Iyer, Lomedla, Lou Canon, Corey Flood, Slight Of, Merce Lemon, DEHD, and Dig Nitty!
She’s gorgeous, her flow is pretty and her style is one of a kind. Her name is Drop D, she’s one of my favorite MCs to date, and she’s talking to the one and only Crazy DJ Bazarro. She’s smooth and cool on the camera and the same way on the mic – she can murder you in her soft verse. Originally from LA, she can roll with the best. Listen up for our interview and an exclusive performance recorded at home. Watch Drop D’s exclusive performance of “Let’s Do This/F.I.T.H.” here!
Drop D is an MC with an impressive flow – her soft vocals and smooth grooves sneak in and deliver hard lyrics. Here, she delivers a great, intimate performance recorded live at home. “Aiza Asalam” is the latest single out now from Drop D. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
In this episode, Carlo Minchillo of the Brooklyn Drum Collective joins us to talk about the upcoming record, Live at Our Wicked Lady, featuring Brooklyn bands Power Snap, Catty, Bizarre Sharks, and True Dreams, recorded July 19, 2019 (check out our photos/recap from that show!). Ahead of the October 16th release, we talk about the record, the bands, the show captured in the record, and more about all things Brooklyn music and beyond. We check out two tracks from the live record, and then fill out the episode with some other new releases from the week.
Basic Bitches is a noisey duo from Brooklyn that features Naomi Scott on guitar and Krystal Grow on drums. Although Naomi started the band back in 2014 while she was still living in London, she didn’t start playing music with Krystal until 2018 for a White Stripes cover show, the rest as they say, is history. For this episode, Naomi and Krystal join us from home with their cats for a very special performance. Relatable Content is available now. Watch our previous video for Basic Bitches’ ,” Lesbian Space Drama”, and listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
On today’s episode of BTR Live Studio, Atlanta-based singer songwriter May Tabol of the band Pree returns to the show remotely to deliver an intimate, solo performance of one of her newest songs. Status/Post is out now from BLIGHT. Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
On today’s episode of BTR Live Studio at Home, Atlanta based singer songwriter May Tabol of Pree plays some of her latest tunes. May speaks with Jen about the process of creating the new sound on the album Status/Post, her writing process, and the evolution of Pree throughout the past decade.
Following up on last week’s interview with Michael Cormier and Frank Meadows of Dear Life Records, here’s an extended look at their catalog, focusing on some of the longer, live, and atmospheric tracks they’ve put out thus far.

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