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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.
Make sure you’ve got your voting plan figured out and listen to these badass new tracks to keep you going strong.
Spend your Halloween this year howling at the moon & nursing your broken heart with some spooky alt-country.
Zone out to these two combined thrashers and let the melody become your therapist.
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.
This week Sam Roberts of Sam Roberts Band joins us to chat new music, pandemic drive-in concerts, and inspiration.
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.
We chat w/ Roberts about the new album, making music in quarantine, & playing drive-in shows.
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.
Not one, not two, but three! It’s the magic number! All triple shots from some of my favorite recent releases from this crazy summer until today. Let’s enjoy it together, shall we?
Laura Jane Grace’s quarantine stunner, ‘Stay Alive’ is our most played album of the week! Click to hear a track from each of the 10 most played albums on our site.
CMJ is back? Sorta. The Listening Booth has the scarce details for the revamped festival going down next week + CMJ throwbacks & new tunes!
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.
Tracks by Anjimile, Warren Dunes, Emmy The Great, Drew Citron, Taylor Locke, Native Harrow and more!
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.    
We’re keeping it spinning while the world is on fire, so here are some cool new tunes to chill the vibe. 
They just want to have fun and bring everyone else along for the adventure in their music.
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!
Fort Wayne, Indiana – based musicians are featured on the October edition of Spotlight on the City.
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.
We’re celebrating Halloween month here on the Music Meetup—let’s get spooky!
We’re celebrating Halloween month here on the Music Meetup—let’s get spooky!
Tis the season, for that seasoning.  Some hate it, some love it, either way we know we are deep into it.  Get deep into this 2 hour mix and sprinkle some on.  Ok pumpkin?
Anjimile is our most played artist of the week! Evangeline Gentle, Deradoorian, Cults, & Osees make countdown debuts. Click to count ’em down!
Fall into The Listening Booth for new Bill Callahan, R&B w/Arlo Parks, & electro w/Hannah Georgas + Pawns or Kings introduces the banjolin!
2020’s legendary (in a good way) as far as music goes. Keeping the trend going w/ new Laura Jane Grace, Native Harrow, Madeline Leman, & more.
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!
The animated music video is dark, deep, and illuminating—we gotta fight this unjust system, why not do it to rock ‘n’ roll?
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.
Music from Death Valley Girls, Frankie and the Witch Fingers, Laura Jane Grace, Secret Stare and more!
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!
This week, we feature more music by Blxck Cxsper, as a follow-up to the interview in the last episode. Also, we hear new music by Anjimile and preview music by The Black Creatures, ahead of their interview in our next episode! This podcast is produced by Stereoactive Media.
Register to vote & like always, listen to this episode with tons of great new songs!
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!
This week we chat w/ A.F. Cortés about his doc. ‘Brooklyn Is Burning’ & spin tunes from some of the featured artists.
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.
Ten four, or 10-4, or October 4th.  Just another excuse for a killer theme show and throw some double shots at you.  2 hours, over and out!
LCG & the X out of OKC have our most played album of the week! Click to hear a track from each of the 10 most played albums on our site!
Fall music discovery in The Listening Booth w/Dent May & Dirty Projectors + The Front Bottoms throw their t-shirt into the political ring!
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.
New albums from Lydia Loveless, Sufjan Stevens, Cayucas, Idles, Wax Chattels and more!
NYC rockers really let it rip in “A Song For You” with no apologies—plus, new release announcements.
Cory José expresses the ups and downs to a late-blooming, yet explosive love in “Warmth.” 
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.
Hi Mom! This week I’m spinning these tracks for my ma cause it was recently Daughters Day and I try to be a good daughter. LOVE YOU! Also, like always, don’t forget to vote! Tune in! xoxo
Several organizations have put together awesome musical lineups, but only for voters.
Sammi Lanzetta released her debut LP Ceiling Mirror last fall on 6131 Records, and like many musicians with a fresh release she was expecting to spend most of 2020 on tour promoting it. Of course, that didn’t happen. In this episode of BTR Live Studio at Home, Lanzetta delivers an intimate solo performance from her NYC fire escape. Ceiling Mirror is available now from 6131 Records.
Sammi Lanzetta released her debut LP Ceiling Mirror last fall on 6131 Records, and like many musicians with a fresh release she was expecting to spend most of 2020 on tour promoting it. Of course, that didn’t happen. In this episode of BTR Live Studio at Home, Lanzetta delivers an intimate solo performance from her NYC fire escape. Ceiling Mirror is available now from 6131 Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Happy 20th birthday to one of the most pivotal indie bands of the early ’00s!
This week we get experimental, environmental, & fall in love with the vocals of Denitia—plus, we chat & spin some of her tracks.
Washington DC, singer songwriter Seán Barna stops by BTR Live Studio for a special At Home Session, including a video tour of his home studio! Watch our previous video for Seán Barna’s “God Save The Scene” and listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Her sound combines urban areas with the vast outdoors to create music that’s boundless in genre.
New singles from Lunchbox, Jordana, Ali Awan, Jordan Reyes, and more, plus new album tracks from Anjimile, Deradoorian, Hen Ogledd, and more!
Prost! We won’t be cheersing beer mugs and dancing on tables this year but you can still crack open a Hefeweizen at home and scream ‘Ziggy Zaggy, Ziggy Zaggy, Oi Oi Oi!’ while listening to this mix.
Goodbye September, see you next September.  Goodbye weekend, see you next weekend.  In the meantime, let’s all be weekend lovers together with 2 hours of tunes.
Bill Callahan’s ‘Gold Record’ is our most played of the week. Dent May, Photo Ops, Lawn, and Lomelda make countdown debuts. Click to hear a track from each of our Top 10 most played albums.
Hit up Record Store Day artists in The Listening Booth with alt from Meat Puppets and Dinosaur Jr. and beats with Wale and Tegan and Sara!
New Lydia Lovless (feat. Laura Jane Grace) from her new album out today! A fresh tune from Tada! out of Boston. A mini-spotlight on Gainesville music. And more!
A soulful, jazzy, pop tune that’ll have you hyped & ready for any metaphorical or literal battle you have in life.
Representing Brooklyn and the Bronx, the one and only group called Manz Rivalz. The name stems from everyday life, which can be competition with anything or anybody. This crew has talent, laid back flows, lyrical content and Mr. Fitzwell can blow a high note in the middle of a rap verse. Silence The 5th – half of the group – says “everyday is a fight against everyone”. In this interview, Crazy DJ Bazarro gets deep like a Brett Favre pass on issues pertaining to music and the pandemic. Time Machine is out now.
Tunes by Deradoorian, Alex the Astronaut, LCG & the X, Anjimile, Evangeline Gentle and more!
Nothing & no one is safe from deep thoughts and weighted emotions in this new introspective indie track.
In this episode, we’re featuring the young Philadelphia-based label, Dear Life Records, by chatting with Michael Cormier and Frank Meadows and checking out music from their first year!
Get in touch with your inner cowboy and/or honky-tonk angel with Half Stack’s newest & twangiest tunes.
This week we’re getting down with the fall mood and playing some cool new melodies. 
Take a retro road trip through the deserts of Utah with shimmering indie San Francisco quartet.
Nasimiyu is a Brooklyn-based musician whose style has evolved over the years from her time in New Orleans making music to her deeply personal, experimental pop. Last seen on BTR Live Studio with the fun and creative Baeb Rxxth, Nasimiyu returns with a very special At Home performance, debuting new music from her upcoming record – the first in 7 years under her own name – with a unique solo performance utilizing live loops and samples and her stunning vocals. Here, Bryan B catches up with Nasimiyu to talk about the song a day project that kickstarted this record, the unique challenges of solo performance, and taking inspiration from the Black Lives Matter movement. Nasimiyu will be releasing new music soon. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Nasimiyu is a Brooklyn-based musician whose style has evolved over the years from her time in New Orleans making music to her deeply personal, experimental pop. Last seen on BTR Live Studio with the fun and creative Baeb Rxxth, Nasimiyu returns with a very special At Home performance, debuting new music from her upcoming record – the first in 7 years under her own name – with a unique solo performance utilizing live loops and samples and her stunning vocals. Watch Nasimiyu’s exclusive performance of “Practice” below.
This week we’ve got singles from some favorites: Beat Radio, MOURN, Osees; new discoveries: We Are Joiners, Paper Tapes, and Peel; plus much more great new music from recent and upcoming releases.
This week we have a lot of laughs w/ NYC-based trio Brandy. Plus, we listen to their brand-spankin’ new album.
New year, new school, new situation, new weird world.  Let’s pray for world peace and dip some apples in honey.  I’m feeling those vibes, and hopefully if you dig this mix, you will too.
Sneaks makes her debut in the one spot! Bill Callahan, Widowspeak, Dolly Valentine, & more are making debuts as well. Click to count them down.
The Listening Booth closes out summer w/electro by Bebel Gilberto & Video Age & a ballad by Corey Flood + DJRePete marks 15 yrs on BTRtoday!
Have all the most inner heartstrings strung inside yourself to this new soothing release.
Photo Ops is the LA-based project of Terry Price. Following a move from Nashville, his songwriting shifted towards a more personal, folk-tinged sort of pop. What remains is his super-attuned sense of melody, in what he refers to as “adult lullabies.” Here, he shares an exclusive, intimate acoustic performance from his home studio. Pure At Heart is out now from Western Vinyl. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Photo Ops is the LA-based project of Terry Price. Following a move from Nashville, his songwriting shifted towards a more personal, folk-tinged sort of pop. What remains is his super-attuned sense of melody, in what he refers to as “adult lullabies.” We caught up with him and get into some of the inspiration behind his latest work, and he shares an exclusive, intimate acoustic performance, recorded at his home studio.  Pure At Heart is out now from Western Vinyl.
Tunes by The Moonless Nights, Weekend Lovers, Bill Callahan, Corey Flood, Delicate Steve and more!
In this episode we’re featuring the Chicago-based label, studio, and collective, Rosebud Allday, with an interview with Billy Giannopoulos.
We’re keepin’ on keepin’ on with the new music—register to vote, get your flu shot, and listen to these sick new tunes. 
Disconnect from the electronics & let this new lo-fi indie track connect you with yourself once again.
Themes of civil rights, education, & ending hatred are the main features of this music video.
On today’s episode of BTR Live Studio at Home, Colorado based folk artist Xanthe Alexis plays some of her latest tunes of her new album The Offering. Xanthe speaks with Jen about the process of creating the album, her relationship with healing, and her love of tour.
Colorado based indie-folk artist Xanthe Alexis shares a look inside her home and an intimate, acoustic performance. The Offering is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
(The band) Drugs’ debut album is soothing garage rock with an important angle.
This week we’ve got more great new singles, a special block of music from Maine-based artists, and a few album tracks to balance things out.
Kyle Forester – who has played in the bands Woods, Crystal Stilts, and Purple Mountains – joins us from his home in Queens for an exclusive solo performance of songs from his new record. Hearts In Gardens is available now. Watch our previous video for Kyle Forester’s “Strange Vision” and listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
This week I chat about Drugs… Not those kinds of drugs—the band from Long Beach, CA Drugs.
Let’s do it. Back in the school vibe. Teachers, students, homework, tests. I know it all sounds daunting but its back every year, so this year, let’s be ready for it!
Merce Lemon is our most played artist of the week. Click to listen to a track from each of our most played albums on the site. Let’s count them down from 10 to one!
All new line-up on The Listening Booth spinning R&B with Bebel Gilberto and Nyallah, new Bob Moses, downbeat alt via Animal Scream!
Every track is new to the show! Tunes from Kit, Kissy, Anna McClellan, Annie Dressner, Caitlin Harnett, Tada!, LCG and the X, Arlo Parks, and more…
Playing tracks by Josiah Johnson, Ilithios, Arthur Brothers, Buffalo Rose, Dream Nails, Dolly Valentine and many more. Tune in!
Welcome to the world of Hastyle Rhymes. A hip-hop artist, a cartoon artist. a barber, and a man who served in the U.S. Air Force. A man of many skills and trades, HaStyle is a world traveler and a lyrical writer who has something to say about the state of hip-hop and where it’s going. The crazy one Bazarro sits down and talks to the man who wears many hats…
In this super-sized playlist mix episode, we’re serving up tracks from the labels featured here on the show so far in 2020 – some lesser-heard artists, additional album tracks, and a few things that we liked so much we had to play them again!
Nikkiesha revisits the artists interviewed on the podcast so far, playing more music by Anjimile, NYALLAH, and Witch Prophet. Also, music by Jay Americana, Silver Spring, Shelz, and Bethany Thomas. This podcast is produced by Stereoactive Media.
Wow, y’all. 200 episodes?? Probably the only cool thing to happen in 2020—here’s a special two-hours of great music!
Oginalii is a genre-blending rock band from Nashville, whose sludgy, technical, desert psych has a way of creeping into your brain and sticking there. For this episode of BTR Live Studio At Home, Emma, Emma, Ryan, and Simon descend to an appropriately cave-like basement music space to share an exclusive performance of their latest single with us. “Pillars” is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Today we’re checking in with the genre-defying Nashville-based rock band, Oginalii. They recently signed to the Mexico City-based label Devil In The Woods, and have released two singles ahead of their upcoming Pendulum EP. We had a great chat with Emma, Emma, Simon, and Ryan, and they recorded an exclusive performance of three songs – two from their previous album and one of their new singles – for us in this episode of BTR Live Studio At Home.
Gainesville, Florida – based musicians are featured on the September edition of Spotlight on the City.
Light and dark compete for your attention in this new echoing indie rocker by Dylan Gilbert.
Monteagle is songwriter and composer Justin Giles Wilcox, who brought his full live band to perform for BTR Live Studio back in May 2018. The Brooklyn based musician recently invited us into his home for a solo acoustic performance of music from his recently released EP, A Colorful Moth. He caught up via video chat with Maia to discuss the EP, plans for the next full length album, Tennessee, Nintendo games, and more. A Colorful Moth is available now from Fire Talk Records. Watch our previous video for Monteagle’s “In Reality” and listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
This week I chat w/ Canadian artist Päter who’s sweet, down to earth and her music has a bit of everything.
I don’t know where all this music is coming from lately, but I’m sure glad it’s winding up in our ears. New tracks from Slight Of, Anjimile, IAN SWEET, The Arthur Brothers, Hey, King!, Hen Ogledd, Body Double, CHAI + Hinds, Grant Pavol, Tomberlin, Widowspeak, Felix Hatfield, Corey Flood, French Mouth, Bebel Gilberto, Fever Queen, and Speaker Face!
Her newest EP bursts with energy & hopefulness even though it was created while she was all alone.
Happy Labor Day Weekend!  We use the final moments of the summer to say goodbye to the weirdest one yet!  Will we go back to normal?  Is normal still possible?  Who knows, but the music goes on!
Helvetia takes the top spot. Alex Izenberg, LA Witch, and Will Johnson make their countdown debuts. Click to listen!
The Listening Booth hosts a safe, unofficial end of summer mix with new surf and rockabilly tracks from H. Kink, and Fontaines D.C.!
We’re listening to tracks by Buty and the Bass, Dent May, Bebel Gilberto, Merce Lemon, and more!
On this episode of BTR Live Studio at Home, DC based rock band, BRNDA plays us some tunes. Jen sits down and talks with Leah Gage, Torrey Sanders, and Dave Lesser about their new album, the impact of the pandemic on the music scene, and their love for touring.
It feels like the end of the world, so why not listen to some good new tunes till it’s all over?
BRNDA is a band from Washington, DC who have two rules: No covers, and no love songs. For this session, Leah Gage, Dave Lesser, Torrey Sanders, and Mark McInerney masked up to dish out some post-punk and indie rock from their garage practice space, and even got to have a bit of an audience! Thanks For Playing is available now from Banana Tapes. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
The mecca of live music is at a standstill, but the artists within it are keeping its musical spirit alive.
For the second half of this indie record label feature on Pittsburgh-based Misra Records, we’re taking a deep dive into the label’s catalog of 20 years with a full two hour mix of music. Check out our interview with Misra Records label manager Jeff Betten.
Time for new music & we’re here to provide it—also, a quick & friendly reminder to register to vote if you haven’t done so yet.
Wize Crack is an MC from Newark, NJ with serious skills when it comes to clever punch lines and a great flow, who’s been doing it since high school.  DJ Wayne Ski checks in with him for an interview and exclusive performance.
We’ve moved to Mondays – and what a week to do it. We’re looking back at last week’s new releases, and there sure were a lot of great singles! We’ve even got an extra special block of new music all produced by Sarah Tudzin (Illuminati Hotties) in the mix. Dive in for new music from Divino Niño, Arlo Parks, LLusion, Bust and the Bass & Macy Gray, Mines Falls, Dolly Valentine, Iress, Cartalk, Night Shop, Rapt, Sam Tudor, Tomberlin, Manny10x, Dirty Projectors, Dig Nitty, Gulfer, and The Dirty Nil!
This fall, stay home! Then click the link to listen to this mix provided by a crew of your favorite BTR DJs.
This week we feature Rebelmatic—an NYC thrasher and basher hardcore punk band.
Prolific producer and songwriter Felicia Douglass is a fierce musical talent, whom you may recognize from her solo project or her work with Gemma, Dirty Projectors, Ava Luna, Baile, and Lip Set. This spring she has collaborated with dozens of artists online, found ways to keep moving while inside, and released several new tracks. This June, she’ll be the featured vocalist on Dirty Projectors new EP, Flight Tower. She recently invited us inside her Brooklyn home for a performance in her music room, along with a conversation with Maia Macdonald. “Ready For Your Miracle” (Felicia Douglass) and “Lose Your Love” (Dirty Projectors) are available now. Watch our previous video for Felicia Douglass’ “Booklet” and listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
ICYMI: Musicians, bands, and artists we’ve been throwing at you all week, plus other music news.
Saying goodbye to August and the weekend.  We are getting the end of summer feels and hitting them back with pure Sunday vibes, double shots and love.
Allegra Krieger slides into first. Animal Scream and Fontaines DC make their countdown debuts. Click to listen!
The Listening Booth is in seasonal wind down mode w/new summer-fall banjo from Pawns or Kings & throwbacks from Mumford & Sons!
Today we’re premiering Killola’s new single and it’s magic. You’ll see what we did there if you click to listen.
From the drummer of Champagne Superchillin’, this album is like a colorful, humid fever dream from Havana, Cuba.
Space Sluts is a synthy, sexy solo project of Brooklyn based musician Madi Cox, who you may recognize as the keys player from the band Shelter Dogs. Space Sluts is a cathartic and very catchy way to deal with the heartbreak one finds while trying to navigate the dating scene of the modern world—made even more complicated in an era of global pandemic. Here, Madi checks out a sweet California sky and delivers a super special performance from the back of a car. “St. v” by Space Sluts is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Space Sluts is a synthy, sexy solo project of Brooklyn based musician Madi Cox, who you may recognize as the keys player from the band Shelter Dogs. Space Sluts is a cathartic and very catchy way to deal with the heartbreak one finds while trying to navigate the dating scene of the modern world—made even more complicated in an era of global pandemic. On this episode of BTR Live Studio at Home, Madi dishes on her recently-released  single “St. v,” shares a live version of her quarantine song called “Touch Me (COVID)” and discusses how self-releasing music can feel a whole lot like dating.
For the 200th episode of this show, we’re featuring the Pittsburgh-based label, Misra Records, including an interview with label manager Jeff Betten. In this episode, we cover Misra’s 20 year history, the relationship between physical records and streaming, the impact of the pandemic on the music industry at large, the geography of Pittsburgh and it’s inherent benefits, and signing artists from unsolicited demos! This is part one of two focusing on Misra – in this episode you’ll hear the interview and some new music from the label as well as other artists mentioned in our conversation, and then for next week, we’ll take a deeper dive thru the label’s two decades worth of music.
We’re playing tracks by Busty and the Bass, Tomberlin, Dent May, Renée Reed, 8 Inch Betsy, Merce Lemon, and more!
This week, Nikkie interviews Leilani of Witch Prophet about their album, ‘DNA Activation,’ as well as their experience in the music industry as a Black and queer artist based in Toronto. This podcast is produced by Stereoactive Media.
Shamir is Shamir is Shamir. Nothing more really needs to be said. A singular voice and chameleon-like talent across mediums, sliding thru music genres and aesthetics – from pop beginnings to “indie rock Shamir” – he’s been thru it all, and puts his whole heart into every single release. Here, Shamir shares an raw, intimate acoustic performance from his home in Philadelphia. “I Wonder” is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
As the bio says, “Shamir is Shamir is Shamir.”  Nothing more really needs to be said. A singular voice and chameleon-like talent across mediums, sliding thru music genres and aesthetics – from pop beginnings to “indie rock Shamir” – in this exclusive interview and performance from Shamir’s home in Philadelphia, we cover a lot: from sustainable merch and the USPS, to his record label  – Accidental Popstar – and his relationship to the stage and performing, as well as the upcoming self-titled full length record.  
Nyallah takes the top spot with her self-released Reflections EP. Helvetia and Morgan Harper-Jones make their countdown debuts.
The Natvral is the newest project from rocker Kip Berman, who spent much of the 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.
This week is SUPER exciting because we’ve got pioneering punk Rodney Anonymous from The Dead Milkmen on the show.
NYALLAH makes our knees weak this week—see who else made the list!
Hazy August days, end of summer blues, back to school uncertainty, but Dealer’s Choice is still on point, always, no matter what. 2 hours that we both need, to clear our pallets for the week to come. Dig in!
As we head towards Fall, there’s just more and more new music coming out way. Get ready for singles and album tracks from Allegra Krieger, George McFall, Eels, CR and the Nones, Pine Barons, The Cribs, IDLES, Double Grave, and more!
Cool off in The Listening Booth to a Dog Days of Summer mix w/Delicate Steve, the Beths, and Sahara + throwbacks from Maido Project!
Curt Kiser is the Cincinnati-based musician behind the indie rock band Carriers. With sincere, hopeful lyrics and an impressive knack for composition, he’s currently working towards the followup to the band’s epic 2019 full length. In this episode, we talk about all things Cincinnati, Carriers’ evolving cast of characters, and what it was like to play the first gig in several months. Watch Carriers’ exclusive performance of “Without You” here.
Curt Kiser is the Cincinnati-based musician behind the indie rock band Carriers. With sincere, hopeful lyrics and an impressive knack for composition, he’s currently working towards the followup to the band’s epic 2019 full length. Here, he brings us into his world and practice space for a very special performance of his latest song. “Without You” is available now from Good Eye Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Listen to these awesome Beirut bands and do what you can to help the city rebuild.
On this episode, we’re checking out the new Portland, Maine-based label Repeating Cloud, featuring an interview with the label’s founder, Galen Richmond, and a bunch of music from the labels releases plus brand new tracks, from artists like Crystal Canyon, Heaven’s Cameras, Crunchcoat,  Festiva, FonFon Ru, Cache Mirrors, Lemon Pitch, Sojourn Suspect, and Galen’s own band, Lemon Pitch. We talk starting a new label in 2020, the Galen family tree of bands, and learning to play basketball during a pandemic.
Whoaoaoao, Listen to the Music!
This week we’re still raging to the newest and coolest tracks & try to save the USPS—tune in!
Buckle Bunny is introducing a city seeped with old-timey country music to a fresh take on the genre. 
In this episode, Crazy DJ Bazarro catches up with the talented, gifted and strong-minded MC, Nejma Nefertiti to talk about her hip-hop career and life, plus we get an exclusive performance of three tracks. Watch Nejma Nefertiti’s exclusive performance of “Ya Habibi” here!
DEHD’s album “Flower of Devotion” is our most played of the week! Liza Anne, Otta and Jonathan Bree make their countdown debuts. Countdown tracks from our most played albums.
Gold Dime is the project of drummer/vocalist Andrya Ambro, who we first encountered as part of the amazing duo Talk Normal several years ago. These days, along with Ian Douglas-Moore and John Bohannon, Ambro drives the propulsive, disjointed post-punk grooves of this project with her impressively relentless and unique drum technique – all while delivering an impressively strong lead vocal. The trio visited us at Serious Business Music in Brooklyn earlier this year and now we present this second video from their session with us. My House is out now from Fire Talk Records. Watch our previous video for Gold Dime’s “My House” and listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
This week we get dark & theatrical with Atlanta, GA based group Immaterial Possession.
“Expose these different darker angles and dark selves and let it be as is,” guitarist/singer Madeline Polites says.
DEHD rocks out as our favorite this week! See who else made the cut.
It’s been a strange summer, and its fading away.  Mid August double shot vibes for your listening pleasure.  Let’s get our head right with 2 hours of good indie tunes, shall we?
It’s a big one this week, with new singles from Anjimile, Drug Couple, Oceanator, Zaliza, Kairos Creature Club, Grant Pavol, Nana Adjoa, Cheekface, LAMPS, Drew Citron, Yankee Bluff, Michael Damani, and more new tunes!
Mid-Summer music discovery awaits in the Listening Booth with new rock with Disheveled Cuss & electro beats with new Dirty Projectors!
New tunes abound. Check out tracks from The Northern Belle, Christy Lynn Band, Carmen Canedo and more!
Forever Honey is a new Brooklyn-based four-piece “jangle-pop/sob-rock” band that was just getting going as the live music industry shut down in early 2020. They released an excellent four song debut EP in April that sounds lush and dreamy, with enough variety of genres and feels to give the listener an idea of what this band is capable of. Liv, Aida, Steve, and Jack got together in their new practice space to record for the first time in this exclusive performance. Pre-Mortem High is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Their newest album takes you into a sci-fi world where a concert takes place and activism is key.
On this episode of BTR Live Studio at Home, the new Brooklyn-based “jangle-pop/sob-rock” band Forever Honey plays a few of their lush and dreamy songs – including one unreleased tune – for us from their brand new practice space, and chats with host Bryan B about their debut EP, what’s been happening with the band during quarantine, and finding inspiration for writing new music. Watch the band’s exclusive performance of “Christian” here! Forever Honey’s debut EP, Pre-Mortem High, is available now.  
Over the past several months, so many great singles have been coming out for August and September releases that I wanted to take a week to look at these two months, and preview (or in a few cases revisit) those records. Dig in and find something new!
Feel fervent, hopeful, and melancholic all at once with the first single off Molly Martin’s upcoming EP. 
Summer continues on….
This week, Nikkie interviews NYALLAH about their debut EP, ‘Reflections,’ as well as their experience in the music industry as a Black queer/GNC femme.
Sharif Mekawy of the Brooklyn band Looms joins us on this episode of BTR Live Studio at Home to discuss the band’s new single “My Stupid Life,”  staying creatively occupied as life in New York City ground to a halt and the joy of playing music with people IRL again.   Be sure to check out the video for “My Stupid Life,” which was shot by BTR freelance video shooter Liz Maney back in February, and check out Looms on BTR Live Studio back in 2018. “My Stupid Life” is available now.
Sharif Mekawy of the Brooklyn band Looms joins us on this episode of BTR Live Studio at Home to discuss the band’s new single “My Stupid Life,” staying creatively occupied as life in New York City ground to a halt and the joy of playing music with people IRL again. Be sure to check out the video for “My Stupid Life,” which was shot by BTR freelance video shooter Liz Maney back in February, and check out Looms on BTR Live Studio back in 2018. “My Stupid Life” is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Youngstown, Ohio – based artists are featured on the August edition of Spotlight on the City.
The Beths take the top spot as our most played artist of the week. H. Kink, Nyallah and Jordana make their countdown debuts. Click to listen to the most played albums on the site.
ing is an experimental rock band from Richmond, VA, comprised of Hannah, Will, and Garen. Employing the distinct–and sonically unusual for a band playing any sort of rock music–technique of playing only single notes and not chords, the band has a unique sound and feel, more akin to jazz or progressive, technical music than rock n’ roll, even though their structures tend to follow a somewhat traditional pop template. They visited us at Serious Business Music in Brooklyn earlier this year and now we present this second video from their session with us. self titled by ing is available now from Citrus City Records. Watch our previous video for ing’s “Sun” and listen to the audio podcast from their session.
The artist’s thoughts & perceptions are evolving to be more abstract and she loves it.
This week I chat with Amsterdam-based artist Nana Adjoa—she’s half Dutch, half Ghanian, & all angelic vocals.
This isn’t the first time these killer indie rockers were our favs—check out who else made the list!
Double shots are on the menu, indie rock is on the menu and crazy electro madness from Dan Deacon is for dessert. Eat up, it’s you Sunday dinner!
DJRePete marks Way Out West festival with a rewind mix w/Tycho and Stereolab, plus info on this year’s mini virtual DJ set!
Surf rock and classic Nashville indie rock collide to create this epic new track.
One thing I learned about the music business: you don’t have to be a superstar to go on tour and travel the world, you don’t need to sell a billion records to make a living off your creativity. What you really need is courage, patience and some good talent. Up next on BTR Live Studio, this young man has been around the world visiting a ton of countries some people only dream about traveling to. Give it up for Mazzi & S.O.U.L. Purpose. Mazzi is a dancer, MC, and amazing writer who puts out a ton of music each year with most of the proceeds going to a charity of his choice. I had a chance to sit down and talk to the humble one. Watch a special at Home performance of “Piece” here. One Vibe Africa presents: “Year Of Return” is available now.
This week we’re catching up with Brooklyn-based musician Elise Okusami, who has a band called Oceanator (pre-order their new record Things I Never Said, out August 28) and recently launched the record label, Plastic Miracles. Here, we cover the motivation behind launching the label, how some of Oceanator’s creative merch came to be, and learn how to play Farkle.
Trippin’ down memory lane with some tunes from the good ol’ days
The first single from their upcoming debut EP that’s sure to get you emotional and dancey.
Honey, you need to tell your haters to f*ck off and this track will give you that empowering push.
‘The Piper at the Gates of Dawn’ turns 53 today and we’re appreciating the genre it pioneered.
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.
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. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Director of Photography – Mariah Miranda Audio Engineering – Tommy Sherod
Country Westerns out of Nashville take the top spot. Mr. Ben and the Bens, Katie Dey and more new to the mix. Join us as we countdown the most played albums on the site.
Shadow Monster is the Bushwick, Brooklyn-based duo of Gillian Visco and John Swanson who play a potent sort of grunge-inflected indie rock. With heavy lyrical themes dealing with loss, depression, and isolation, there’s a tension just under the surface of their music that explodes into a cathartic big-riffed, hair-whipping frenzy. They visited us at Serious Business Music in Brooklyn earlier this year and now we present this second video from their session with us. Punching Bag is out now from Dadstache Records. Watch our previous video for Shadow Monster’s “Goodwill” and listen to the audio podcast from their session.
This week I chat w/ experimental indie artists Romy Church aka e4444e from Newcastle, Australia.
Combining his love for electric pop and acoustic guitar, Romy Church created e4444e.
Hazy August days are here.  Hot hot hot means new new new for this first Dealer’s Choice show in August 2020.  We are here, we are doing it, we are throwing double shots at you.  Get in that pool and crank up the show!
The new music for Summer and Fall keeps coming – we’ve got singles from Bartees Strange, Madeline Kenney, Delicate Steve, Merce Lemon, Agent Blå, Ganser, The Next Great American Novelist, Suburban Living, Widowspeak, Sam Tudor, Hoops, as well as album tracks from Chance Wiesner, Liza Anne, Milk For The Angry. Jonathan Bree, Nyallah, Jordana, and Snowgoose on the show!
Lollapalooza lives on! And The Listening Booth has all the details for the virtual 2020 edition of the Chicago festival. Tune in for a mix of artists who will take part, including rock with Portugal. The Man, beats from Chance the Rapper, electro with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and festival founder Jane’s Addiction. Plus, with Chicago on our minds, hit up a blues set and new tracks from Don Bryant. And with dreams of next year’s 30th anniversary of Lollapalooza, The Listening Booth hits up some bands that previously hit the stage in Chicago’s Grant Park.
New music abounds and it’s all so f’ing good we can’t handle it. Enjoy new tracks from Black Bra, H. Kink, Samantha Crain and more.
The third single to come from Dan Hanson , aka Fast Preacher’s, upcoming EP ‘Figure It Out’—coming in August.
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. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Montreal-based musician Thanya Iyer joins Bryan B for a conversation about her new album, the accompanying visual album, life as a creative during quarantine, trust in your community, and her background/connection to music. For the accompanying exclusive performance, Thanya is joined by Pompey in their new home studio with a mesmerizing take on three songs from the record.  Thanya Iyer’s sophomore album, KIND, is available now from Topshelf Records. Watch Thanya Iyer’s performance of “Bring Back That Which Is Kind To You” on BTR Live Studio.
Looking back at music from the first half off 2020 that we’ve been enjoying… part 2 of 2! Check out part 1 here.
2020 has been rough, but at least we’ve still got some great musicians delivering some summertime tunes.
This week, Nikkie interviews the Black Trans artist Anjimile, whose album, ‘Giver Taker,’ will be released on September 18th by Father/Daughter Records. There’s also music by TruVonne and Shannon Sea. This podcast is produced by Stereoactive Media.
Heavy hearts and broken souls need a chance to heal—Juracán’s new rain-inspired album is a good place to start.
Basic Bitches is a noisy 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. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Basic Bitches is a noisy 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. Naomi and Krystal initially thought they’d be spending a chunk of summer on the road, but of course with COVID-19, that didn’t happen. In this episode Naomi and Krystal talk with us about their virtual tour, their ongoing streaming series called Good Morning Bitches, and play a few of the new songs that they’ve written while staying at home. Intro and outro music for this episode is “You Know I’m Right” which can be found on Basic Bitches’ 2019 EP Relatable Content. Watch Basic Bitches’ performance of “Lesbian Space Drama” for BTR Live Studio at Home here!
Black Bra’s debut self-titled album is out and debuting on our countdown in the one spot!
Mustardmind is the Williamsburg, Brooklyn-based art rock fronted by Bobby Lewis. With music that takes creative twists and turns through rock styles from 90’s alternative to prog and psych, the band isn’t afraid to take their time and enjoy a groove and sweet guitar solo. They visited us at Serious Business Music in Brooklyn earlier this year and now we present this second video from their session with us. Mustardmind’s Modern Evil EP is available now. Watch our previous video for Mustardmind’s “Working for the Bad Guys” and listen to the audio podcast from their session.
We get local and we get hardcore with NYC punk rockers Red Arkade this week!
Cooking outside and need an eclectic mix to accompany you? The BTR staff has joined together for this mix and we’ve got you covered.
New hot tunes to go along with this brutal July heat. Double shots will cool you off. Enjoy 2 hours of my picks, just for your pleasure.
This week we’re checking out a bunch of great new singles and album tracks, so let’s get right to it – featuring music from Psymon Spine, Lotion Princess, PAINT, Jerry David DeCicca, Katie Dey, London Plane, Mike Polizze, The Dirty Nil, TWINS, Bob Mould, DEHD, The Heart Of The Sun, otta, Young Jesus, Kate Bollinger, and L.A. Witch.
The Listening Booth scratches your itch for summer festivals w/banjo alt from Pawns or Kings & summer electro vibes w/DEHD & Twins!
Washington DC, singer songwriter Seán Barna stops by BTR Live Studio for a special At Home session, featuring 3 songs recorded and filmed remotely, a video tour of Seán’s at home studio, plus an interview with Jen Meller. We discuss Seán’s career in music, his inspirations, and what its like creating an album in the midst of a quarantine. Seán also provides some insight on what it’s like working with Adam Duritz, and his fondest memories from tour. Watch the video of his performance here.
Washington DC, singer songwriter Seán Barna stops by BTR Live Studio for a special At Home Session, including a video tour of his home studio! Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
This week we’re talking to Mike Cloward and Carla Sarinana of the Mexico City-based independent label, Devil In The Woods. The label has a fascinating story – dating back to the 80’s, with a fresh restart in recent years. We’ll hear all about it and check out music from some of their releases in this episode.
Love and life don’t always flow in harmony and Neia Jane has written the song to go along to that struggle.
Tunes from Pottery, Will Butler, Lou Canon, Grand Pax, and more!
I’ve got some really great new music for your earholes to swoon to, like usual! What more is there to say?
The list of accusations keeps getting longer, while the label works feverishly on making a huge shift in more than just policy.
Lauren Denitzio of the band WORRIERS returns to BTR Live Studio and joins Bryan B for a chat about their music, the Get It Together newsletter,  being stuck at home, and how pets can actually make a great audience for a show. We’ve got a few album tracks from You Or Someone You Know, plus an exclusive At Home performance of the song “Terrible Boyfriend.”
Lauren Denitzio of the band WORRIERS returns to BTR Live Studio with an exclusive, solo At Home performance of the song “Terrible Boyfriend.” ‘You Or Someone You Know’ is available now from 6131 Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Francis of Delirium shoot up the countdown to the one spot! Plus lots of countdown debuts. All the best new music on BTR in one spot.
Immersed in the NYC music scene for years, Diane Gentile has some wise words about it.
NYC band Activity is a supergroup of sorts, with Travis Johnson, Steve Levine, Zoë Browne, and Jess Rees coming from the excellent bands Grooms, Field Mouse, and Russian Baths. They visited us at Serious Business Music in Brooklyn back before their album came out earlier this year and now we present this second video from their session with us. Unmask Whoever, the debut album from Activity, is available now from by Western Vinyl. Watch our previous video for Activity’s “Earth Angel” and listen to the audio podcast from their session.
This week we get bluesy, twangy, & pure rocker with Diane and The Gentle Men from NYC.
Some of my fav 2020/2019 albums, all double shots and all love.  Happy 15th anniversary to BTRtoday and the whole BTRtoday family!
This week we’ve got some great new singles from releases coming out over the next month, plus a selection of top-quality album tracks from releases new to the BTRtoday music library.  Tune in for new tracks from No Joy, Eyedress, Monograms, The Prudish Few, Yves Jarvis, Drug Couple, Jon The Guilt, Jaye Bartell, Lou Canon, Rob Dobson, Mr. Ben & The Bens, The Beths, and Black Bra!
The Listening Booth: blues w/Don Bryant, rock w/Pottery & downbeat alt w/Fake Shark + a Bay Area band literally delivers on their new record
On today’s mix we’ll book end the show with new music from Oceanator and fill the pages with tunes from The Beths, Dirty Projectors, H. Kink and more.
Live outta BTR Live Studio – the Crazy one, Bazarro, finally had a chance to track down the super busy, ill-lyrical, multi-talented artist: Napoleon Da Legend! Straight from the motherland of East Africa, he came to America at a young age – one day he heard hip-hop being played on the radio and kaboom he already knew what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. After a brief stint honing his skills in the Washington, D.C. area. He moved to the home of hip-hop, NYC. Taking his talent to the next level, Napoleon has been rising to new heights every year since his music career started. We sat Napoleon down to get to know the lyrical genius, and for an exclusive live session from his home. Let’s listen! Charles de Gualle EP is available now, with French and English versions of all tracks. Watch Napoleon Da Legend’s performance of “Black Privilege” for BTR Live Studio.
Her genre-bending sound and retro vibe is seeped in historical influences.
Looking back at music from the first half off 2020 that we’ve been enjoying… part 1 of 2!
The twangy indie rockers get retro & competitive in their new music video made while in quarantine.
Black Bra, A.A. Williams, Fake Shark, The Rentals, Songhoy Blues and more!
Throw on that hazmat suit and head to the beach to jam out to Milk for the Angry and this new single.
This combination of visuals and audio will expand your mind to a level of self-comfort that’s hard to obtain alone.
Virginia Beach and Norfolk, Virginia – based artists are featured on the July edition of Spotlight on the City.
Jamie Frey, band-leader of Brooklyn’s NO ICE, has been gigging around New York City for his entire life and so staying at home doesn’t really come naturally for him. Prior to New York’s shutdown, Frey was putting the finishing touches on the group’s second full-length album called All Night—a much poppier affair than the group’s earlier releases. Of course, like so much else in the city, the release is on hold for the time being. In this episode Frey speaks with host Jeanette D. Moses about his coping mechanisms during quarantine, his hopes for whatever comes next, and shares solo versions of three songs from the next album. The intro and outro music for this episode is “ASMR” by Jamie Frey.
Don Bryant takes the top spot this week. Bryant has been a rhythm and blues singer and songwriter for more than 50 years and we’ve got his latest album in heavy rotation here at BTR.
He pulls from personal and collective conscious experience to create transformative indie rock.
We chat with Jersey-native/London-based multi-talented artist Baba Ali and listen to all his latest releases.
The pioneering R&B singer & Memphis Music Hall of Famer is back & his talent has done nothing but age like a fine wine.
New, old, fast, slow.  This week I serve it all to you.  My choice, i’m the dealer if you’ve forgotten.  I’m gonna hit you with some double shots and 2 hours of tunes you won’t want to miss, so don’t miss it!
This week we’ve got an impressively wide range of brand new music for you, with tracks by Wax Chattels, Moonchild Sanelly, Jordana, SHEHEHE, Hoops, Katie Dey, Anjimile, Rich Girls, Video Age, Illitry, Bendrix Littleton, Songhoy Blues, Bill Callahan, and a collaboration from Bell Witch and Aerial Ruin. It’s a big episode that’s sure to have something new for you.
Celebrate 15 years of BTRtoday in The Listening Booth w/new Katie Malco, and a slew of deep cut throwbacks w/High Decibels & Ra Ra Riot!
Tinder helped bring the musician & the filmmaker together—even though quarantine prevented them from ever meeting in person.
Washington DC based singer/songwriter, Adriana-Lucia Cotes also known as the moniker, Antonia and lead singer in Mock Identity appears on BTR Live Studio for a special at home session. Antonia performs two songs and gives us a tour of her at home studio plus an interview with Jen Meller. We discuss her music career, her fond tour memories, and her social activism work to defund the Takoma Park Police Department. In this episode, Adriana also shares her love of stage make-up, her obsession with coffee, and her musical influences. Watch Adriana’s home studio tour and performance of “Wild” here.
Washington DC based singer/songwriter, Adriana-Lucia Cotes also known by the moniker Antonia and lead singer in Mock Identity appears on BTR Live Studio for a special at home session. Antonia performs “Wild” and gives us a tour of her at home studio. La Clave EP is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
We’re checking out Jam Eater Records, a Long Island-based record label and recording studio run by Ellie Karavas. We check out music from her band Forget This, as well as Robot Princess, CUTTERS, Delanor, and Monster Bad, and talk about the label/studio’s background, the music recommendation show JRECS, the Jam Eater Records Podcast, and much more.
It’s not a good time to lose yourself in music, but it is time to find that song that keeps your heart strong.
Today, ‘More Songs About Buildings and Food’ turns 42 & we’re diving deep into its magnificence.
Portland, Maine songwriter Jeff Beam returns to BTR Live Studio for a very special At Home session, featuring three songs recorded remotely and filmed on VHS – performed with Kate Beever in their living room/recording studio/dining room. Here, the duo tackles one of the most dynamic tracks off Beam’s latest record, using loops and backing tracks for a stunning experimental pop performance set against a Maine sunset and dripping with psychedelic vibes. Jeff Beam’s self-titled LP is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Portland, Maine songwriter Jeff Beam returns to BTR Live Studio for a very special At Home session, featuring three songs recorded remotely and filmed on VHS – performed with Kate Beever, plus an interview with Bryan B where we cover Beam’s music career, the phenomenon of cover bands in Maine, releasing an album during a pandemic, and more. Jeff also provides some insight into what it’s been like for One Longfellow Square, the nonprofit arts venue where he books events in Portland, who recently launched a campaign to help keep them afloat. In this episode, Jeff mentions the National Independent Venue Association, who you can learn more about here. Watch the trippy video of their “Disarray” performance here.
Former number ones, Juan Wauters and Lido Pimienta stick around on the countdown. Francis of Delirium and Owen are new to the mix. And, Sweet Spirit take the top spot.
The Canadian punk rockers evolve with the times with new music & using their voice for justice.
This week I chat with the Canadian punk rockers The OBGMs and listen to their new & old music.
Fran is the musical project of Chicago-based songwriter Maria Jacobson. With touches of country, rock, and rockabilly, the versatile musician ties her debut full length record together with vocals that ebb and flow with masterful dramatic timing to tell her stories. The full band dropped by Serious Business Music to show us how they bring these songs to life. A Private Picture is available now from Fire Talk Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Sweet Spirit, from A Giant Dog’s Sabrina Ellis, is giving us everything we need with this new album—see who else made the list!
Let’s spend July 4th weekend celebrating the values America should always try and live up to, while getting a good tan and enjoying the good vibes. Let the music take you on the vacation (or staycation) of your dreams.
This week we’re taking a special look at some of the new additions to the BTRtoday music library, checking out releases from BOYO, Dirty Projectors, T-D-R-Co, Becca Mancari, Pottery, Twin Peaks, Sahara, and Starflyer 59!
A firecracker of a line-up in The Listening Booth marks 4th of July w/The Ghost of Paul Revere, zen w/Healing Potpourri & blues w/Don Bryant
Starting off the show with Sam Rae and music from her forthcoming album. We welcome Secret Emchy Society to rotation on BTR. Plus tracks from Sweet Spirit, Francis of Delirium and more.
Kyle Forester – who has played in the bands Woods, Crystal Stilts, and Purple Mountains – joins us from his home in Queens for an exclusive solo performance of songs from his new record. Hearts In Gardens is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Kyle Forester – who has played in the bands Woods, Crystal Stilts, and Purple Mountains – joins us from his home in Queens for this episode of BTR Live Studio at Home hosted by Bryan B, where we discuss his new album, parenting in the time of COVID-19, and more. Hearts In Gardens is available now.
Stay safe, keep quarantining, and let Gawn bring the DIY punk show vibes to you.
For this big playlist mix episode, we’re pulling tracks by artists previously featured on The Music Digest and our record label features, plus sprinkling in a few new releases for fun. We hope you find something in here that you love!
Spinning the best tunes from the first half of 2020
‘When We See Each Other’ is a new podcast hosted by Nikkiesha McLeod that will focus on work by Black, queer, trans, non-binary artists/writers from a broad range of genres. J McVay joins Nikkiesha for this first episode to discuss their background and goals for the show. Also, Nikkiesha has a special birthday message (and song) for their niece’s birthday!
Like always, coming at ya with more brand new tracks to fuel you to keep fightin’ the good fight!
Listeners, thank you for fourteen years. Artists, thank you. BTR colleagues, thank you for everything. Stay healthy, keep creating. Signing off –  Maia
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.
Former number one Juan Wauters starts off the show in the 10 spot. Lido Pimienta winds things down as our most played artists of the week. Woods, Psychic Markers, Momma and more in between. Count down with us on the BTR Top 10.
This week we chat w/ Danny Denial about his music, newest album, & living in the Autonomous Zone.
The Black & queer musician uses his art for justice, but is taking it to a whole new level.
Motherhood is the Fredericton, NB, Canada-based trio of Brydon Crain, Penelope Stevens, and Adam Sipkema. A (rightfully) self-proclaimed trio of “deep-thinkin’ rippers,” they share an impressively high level of musicality and intensity that comes thru on record and truly shines in a live environment. With a twisting, propulsive sort of artiness to their heavy, HEAVY rock, the band manages to produce a gnarly, twangy, fuzzy sort of new sound without ever feeling like too much. They dropped by Serious Business Music in Brooklyn to blow our minds for this session. Dear Bongo is available now from Forward Music Group. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Marginalized groups are fighting for equality. It’s painful. It’s frustrating. But, today on Roadside Assistance we are celebrating the fact that progress is being made.
Time is weird these days.  Quarantine has made distinctions like weekends and weekdays meaningless, and the last time I checked June was just starting.  Welp, now it’s gone, so let’s say goodbye to it together with double shots and new indie tunes, shall we?
There has been an overwhelming amount of great new music released lately – and this week’s singles are no different. We’re checking out tunes from IDLES, Samia, Katie Dey, Versari, The Rentals, and much more!
The Listening Booth marks what would have been the 50th Glastonbury festival w/a wouldbe performer set. Reminisce and dream of future fests!
It’s almost the end, folks. On today’s show, I’m revisiting moments in the studio with Jo Schornikow, Air Waves, Liz Vice, Worriers, and Miwi La Lupa.
The music made by Brooklyn band Kissed By An Animal is a perfect sonic parallel to musical mastermind and illustrator Dima Drjuchin’s visual aesthetic – bright, colorful, bold, and often, totally tripped out. With everything from psychedelic riff-loving wailfests to 00’s-esque sweaty dance party vibes, the band rolls along through the many genres at their disposal to great effect. They brought the party to the live room at Serious Business Music in Brooklyn to give us a taste of their world. Kissed By An Animals’ self-titled debut is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
This week we’re following up our interview with Nick Faidley of the Pittsburgh-based independent label Darling Recordings with two full hours of music from the label!
Don’t Stop! Get it. Get it.
More new music to keep the fiery passion inside of you burning strong!
Hi. On today’s episode, the fourth of six goodbye episodes, I reminisce some more about my fourteen years at BTR, and revisit moments with Amy O, Dar Williams, Vagabon, Lina Tullgren, Sophie B.Hawkins, and Tom Brosseau.
Juan Wauters’ new EP, Mas Canciones De La Onda, out on Captured Tracks is our most played album of the week. Enjoy a sampling of tracks from our most played artists as we countdown from 10-1.
Dave Monks – best known as the bandleader of Canadian indie rock band Tokyo Police Club – doesn’t waste any time. For the past several years, he’s used the downtime from TPC to work on his solo music with a focus on his voice and acoustic guitar, resulting in his first solo full length being released just ahead of a new record from his other band. Here, he presents a stripped-down taste of some of his newest tunes, accompanied by Alyson McNamara, at Serious Business Music in Brooklyn. Dave Monks’ first solo LP, On A Wave, is available now from Dine Alone Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
This week we dive into indie hip-hop and have a chat with rappers Mega Ran and Young RJ.
The hard work these two indie hip-hop artists put into their music is intertwined with their efforts for justice.
Juan Wauters steals our hearts this week with his sweet and sultry new tracks—see who else made the list!
Today is the day the sun is out the longest and the summer officially has begun. Let’s take the day and the season as a jumping point for good tunes and good vibes. Soak up the sun and enjoy!
This week my guest is Peter A, host of the artist-focus podcast My Little Underground, and co-host of The Wrestling Caucus. We talk about his shows, music, and the Long Island/Brooklyn music scenes, before sharing new music from Thanya Iyer, Dan Drohan, Kate Teague, Shamir, Permanent Collection, TIFFY, Alf Champion, Don Bryant, Cheekface, Arlo Parks, and Mong Tong.
The Listening Booth offers up some fresh music discovery w/the new Bibio record, plus marks Father’s Day with an appropriate throwback set.
Lots of new music is rolling in. Hear tracks from Lido Pimienta, Ohhme, and Momma. Recharge with this set.
Hello friends, on today’s episode, I reminisce about past sessions with Heliotropes, Orenda Fink, sad13, Shilpa Ray, and Thelma & The Sleaze.
Pom Pom Squad is the brainchild of musical force Mia Berrin. While the band’s name and imagery might evoke something fun and light, the reality is far darker and much, much heavier. Musically and lyrically, the project falls somewhere between 90’s Liz Phair and modern confessional indie rock like Soccer Mommy and Phoebe Bridgers, but with a good dose more punch in the heavy bits. The band brought their massive energy to Serious Business Music in Brooklyn for this session. Pom Pom Squad’s debut album, Ow, is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Darling Recordings is a Pittsburgh, PA-based independent label currently in their 5th year of operation. For this episode, I spoke with founder Nick Faidley about his background in the music industry, the label’s beginnings, and how COVID-19 affected the label’s plans for the year. Music in this episode includes tracks from Merce Lemon, Stone Irr, Jeremy Jones, Falcon Jane, Faxada, and much more.
Arlo Parks, Lido Pimienta, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, A Severe Joy , Summer Dregs and more.
On today’s show, the last episode of Mutual Core,  I’m remembering what I love about music.
I keep the new music coming, the new music keeps your hearts strong and ready to fight.
Listen to this playlist to hear some of the best contemporary Black musicians from the LGBTQ+ community.
Skylar Gudasz is a Durham, NC-based musician with a bold and gritty voice. Drawing on a long musical history and some high-profile collaborations, Gudasz has built a strong language of music from which to craft her own stellar tunes. She brought the band down to Serious Business Music in Brooklyn to give us a look at her new music in this lovely session. Cinema is available now from Suah Sounds. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
In the second of six farewell episodes, I reminisce and revisit some truly special sessions from the past, including interviews with Des Ark, Courtney Barnett, and Fred Thomas.
Thao and The Get Down Stay Down take the top spot with their fifth full length album. Countdown newcomers include, Swampmeat Family Band, Deerhoof and Lido Pimienta.
Wintersleep are a Juno Award-winning Canadian indie rock band from Yarmouth, Nova Scotia comprised of Paul Murphy, Loel Campbell, Tim D’Eon, Chris Bell, and Jon Samuel. Well into their third decade of the band, the group has a well-established, rich sound rooted in rock with touches of folk that has kept them sounding fresh and innovative all along. Notably, they pack their extremely hooky songs with poignant lyrics and self-reflective, critical storytelling that brings you in closer on each listen. It was exciting to have them in for this fantastic session at Serious Business Music in Brooklyn. In The Land Of is available now from Dine Alone Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Released last week, ‘Paper Moon’ is an indie-pop dream to keep your heart strong.
Her debut album encourages change and adds fuel to the passion within.
Spend 2 hours healing and loving and uniting as one.  Music can help to facilitate this.  I’m a believer and hope you are too.  Let’s listen and love together. Peace!
This week the show is overloaded with new music! Singles from DOTT, Hockey Dad, Lionel Boy, Black Grapefruit, JOBS,  and Psychic Shakes plus album tracks from Helvetia, Future Punx, LA Priest, Divine Interface, Katie Malco, Owen Discovery Zone, and Modern Nature, along with some great Twitter submissions from Transport for Whales and Kyetoba! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2a1AGH0OoY
The Listening Booth bookends the program with a reflective electro set featuring throwbacks by Geotic & a soul blues set with Mavis Staples.
Well, friends, all good things must come to an end. After fourteen twisting and turning years and interviews with some 1400+ artists, I have decided to move on from BTR. Today’s episode, along with the next 5 episodes, will contain my goodbyes. Please join me as I revisit memories and sessions from the past decade. Today’s show looks back at performances and conversations with Dan Mangan, Vandana, Adia Victoria, Becca Mancari, gobbinjr, and Rose Cousins.
Vandana is a Brooklyn-based musician, producer, and visual artist with a well-traveled background, from India to London to New York, she’s absorbed a world of influences and inspiration along the way, all of which fuel her bold, dense, and dark electronic pop. With reinventions of Bollywood themes, she crafts stunning, immersive soundworlds with tight grooves and entrancing melodies. She stopped by Serious Business Music in Brooklyn for this intimate solo performance. Contra EP is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
We’re taking a trip through the music library this week, hitting on some recent recent releases along with some tasty selections from the archives. Dive in for tunes from Dirty Projectors, Saba Lou, Son Little, Deerhoof, Jeff Beam, Nadine, Beauty Pill, and so much more.
PLUS, I read the snips from the about section of Black Lives Matter so everyone is clear on the movement.
Chattanooga, Tennessee – based artists are featured on the June edition of Spotlight on the City.
Today’s show features a conversation with Theo Hilton, frontman of Athens, GA band Nana Grizol, along with a socially distanced live performance of the song “Autumn” from the band. Their new album, South Somewhere Else, will be released on June 26 from Arrowhawk Records.
Sydney based, singer-songwriter Annie Hamilton takes our top spot with her self-titled EP. Mirabelle, Sophia St. Helen and Mark Lanegan make their countdown debuts.
Please support Black artists/musicians and help make their voices heard. (Helpful links included!)
Please support Black artists/musicians and help make their voices heard. (Helpful links included!)
Jelly Kelly began life as a side project for Monogold frontman Keith Kelly, but quickly grew into its own beast. With a similar musical tendency (the presence of Monogold powerhouse drummer Jared Apuzzo – rototoms and all – probably helps with that) but a different angle that sees Kelly’s vocals opening up for a more full-throated delivery than that falsetto we’ve come to know and love over the years, Jelly Kelly is a young band full of experienced players (Nicolas Dube, Dom Bodo round out the quartet) having fun making weird sounds. The effect is an effortless, cool, catchy blend of post-punky hook-ridden indie rock that doesn’t want to fit neatly in any genre, and we’re here for it. The band dropped by Serious Business Music in Brooklyn to give us a taste of their brand new music. Fresh Paint by Jelly Kelly is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
See who else made the list of new indie bands that just might rock your world!
As June rolls in, we are all hoping the sun will cleans us of our woes and our ills.  Lets unite and find peace.  2 hours of tunes and good vibes only.  Catch those rays.
This week we hav new singles from Bent Arcana, Carmen Canedo, Black Bra, Sports, Cigarettes After Sex, Hater, and Song Sung, along with new album tracks from Juan Wauters, Woods, Tenci, Alan Ward, Art Block, Tomemitsu, and Sweet Spirit.
Take a mental escape in The Listening Booth w/a new music mix from the likes of High Waisted & Boat paired nicely w/throwbacks via Lana Del Ray & Bob Moses!
June is African American Music Appreciation Month. Today we will delve into albums from some insanely talented black female artists. While we all continue to fight against oppression and inequality, let’s also support the talented black artists that have forever shaped the music industry.
Zenizen is the project of Opal Hoyt, whose music reveals her journey from her roots in Alaska through Vermont, Jamaica, Washington DC, and ultimately Brooklyn. With a jazz foundation and soulful expression, the music is captivating and curious, blending styles and textures to great effect. The band joined us at Serious Business Music in Brooklyn for this special session. Es Is is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Black Lives Matter. Visit Bandcamp to purchase music from the artists featured on today’s show, and check out the list of artists and labels who are contributing their proceeds to organizations in support of racial justice. On June 19th, Bandcamp will donate their share of sales to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Click to support the artists you’ve heard on today’s show: Maneka Shormey Proper. Zenizen Saint Mela  
Following last week’s interview with Warren Park of Warhen Records, here’s a huge two hour mix featuring music from the Charlottesville, VA label.
Standing in solidarity with a playlist of songs about justice, peace, hope and freedom.
Hi. On today’s show, Maia catches up with BTR’s own J McVay about demonstrations in Austin, what post COVID movie-going may look like, being a New Yorker away from New York in 2020, and moving his songwriter’s series online, among other things. We also listen to new tracks from Deerhoof, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, and more.
Still coming at ya with lots of killer new tracks to keep the fire in your hearts burning—tune in!
Just cause the world is pure chaos right now, doesn’t mean you can’t reach for the stars.
The Beths are a rock band based in Auckland, New Zealand, founded by lead singer/songwriter Elizabeth Stokes and guitarist Jonathan Pearce. Blending cool, catchy riff rock with fun vocals — from all four band members, no less — the band has a likeably addictive sound. Jump Rope Gazers will be released July 10 from Carpark Records.
The Buttertones take a well deserved top spot this week with music from their album Jazzhound. Dirty Projectors, Johanna Warren and more in the mix as well. Turn it up.
Arthur Moon is a project led by NY-based musician Lora-Faye Åshuvud, whose boundary-pushing performance and vocals style blends well with an experimental sort of electronic dance music to create a hazy, unsettling, yet inviting take on pop. The band dropped by Serious Business Music in Brooklyn to give us this intimate look at their impeccable song stylings. Arthur Moon’s self-titled LP is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
This U.K. band takes inspiration from old-school twangy Americana—tune in!
The Buttertones take us on a dark and sultry adventure with their new album—see who else made the list!
Say goodbye to the bad vibes of May, and hello to June where things do a 180 and we are feeling the flow yet again.  Double shots, indie tunes, new stuff! I’m excited, are you?
This week we’re still inundated with new singles, and the amount of great new music is almost overwhelming! In this episode, you’ll hear tracks from Buddie, Tiffy, Imaginary Tricks, FonFon Ru, Andrew Brassell, Meadownoise, and more!
The Listening Booth marks the Ups and Downs of these contemporary times w/upbeat alt from Little Shrine and downbeat alt from Reliant Tom.
Monteagle is songwriter and composer Justin Giles Wilcox, who brought his full live band to perform for BTR Live Studio back in May 2018. The Brooklyn based musician recently invited us into his home for a solo acoustic performance of the song “In Reality,” from his recently released EP, A Colorful Moth. He caught up via video chat with Maia to discuss the EP, plans for the next full length album, Tennessee, Nintendo games, and more. A Colorful Moth is available now from Fire Talk Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Monteagle is songwriter and composer Justin Giles Wilcox, who brought his full live band to perform for BTR Live Studio back in May 2018. The Brooklyn based musician recently invited us into his home for a solo acoustic performance of several songs, including “In Reality,” from his recently released EP, A Colorful Moth. He caught up via video chat with Maia to discuss the EP, plans for the next full length album, Tennessee, Nintendo games, and more.
Isolation is making everyone crazy, but this track will give you a taste of what really living used to feel like.
For part 1 of a two-part look at the Charlottesville, VA-based record label, Warhen Records, we’ve got a conversation with found Warren Parker, and music from Zack Mexico, Saw Black, Borrowed Beams Of Light, the Winstons, and more!
Mo Douglas, Psychic Markers, Self Defense Family and more on The Jaunt.
It’s summer 2020 and what else do you have to do other than listen to some killer new tunes?
Prolific producer and songwriter Felicia Douglass is a fierce musical talent, whom you may recognize from her solo project or her work with Gemma, Dirty Projectors, Ava Luna, Baile, and Lip Set. This spring she has collaborated with dozens of artists online, found ways to keep moving while inside, and released several new tracks. This June, she’ll be the featured vocalist on Dirty Projectors new EP, Flight Tower. She recently invited us inside her Brooklyn home for a performance in her music room, along with a conversation with Maia Macdonald. “Ready For Your Miracle” (Felicia Douglass) and “Lose Your Love” (Dirty Projectors) are available now.
Prolific producer and songwriter Felicia Douglass is a fierce musical talent, whom you may recognize from her solo project or her work with Gemma, Dirty Projectors, Ava Luna, Baile, and Lip Set. This spring she has collaborated with dozens of artists online, found ways to keep moving while inside, and released several new tracks. This June, she’ll be the featured vocalist on Dirty Projectors new EP, Flight Tower. She recently invited us inside her Brooklyn home for a performance in her music room, along with a conversation with Maia Macdonald. “Ready For Your Miracle” (Felicia Douglass) and “Lose Your Love” (Dirty Projectors) are available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
A new number one and quite a few countdown debuts. Hear a selection of tracks from some of the best new releases out there. Including out most played album of the week, Chaotic Good from Johanna Warren.
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.
It’s Memorial Day, the first day of summer, and I just turned 28—it’s time to party.
Extending the Memorial Day vibes with a Sunday show fit for a 3 day weekend.  Unofficial start of summer meets quarantine life and 2 hours of good indie tunes.  Let’s do this thing!
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.
Holiday in The Listening Booth w/surf rock from Honey Cutt, 80s beach electro via Caveboy, & summer folk from Little Shrine and Neko Case!
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!
1/2 Country(ish) + 1/2 Rock ‘n Roll = Today’s Episode of The Jaunt
As of today, I’ve been away from my Brooklyn apartment for two months. Today, we’re taking a break from chit chat to listen to a bunch of good new music, including songs from Thao and The Get Down Stay Down, Dirty Projectors, Lido Pimienta, and Cassowary. Take a breather.
We’re really rockin’ out w/ some great new tunes this week. So grab your quarantini and press play!
Get a taste of the tour life even while you’re in quarantine with this rambunctious rockin’ five-piece.
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.
Self-isolation is the perfect time to crank this track up & fall in love with your inner demons.
If you’re able, pick an artist in the mix and purchase an album or some merch during this time. An excellent choice would be Hazel English, who slides into the one spot with her wonderful work, Wake UP!
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.
Chatting w/ & spinning the newest album from New Zealand psych-rockers Marlin’s Dreaming.
Semisi Maiai talks new album ‘Quotidian,’ local ‘80s punk inspo, & drinking heaps of coffee.
Her fresh take on vintage sounds brings a whole new vibe to indie pop.
Quarantine or not, I do this thing every Sunday.  It might be weird out there but it’s the same old awesome Dealer’s Choice show right here.  New New New just for you!
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.
The Listening Booth goes funky in these strange times w/new RJD2, fresh off a Reddit AMA talking beginnings, fav 2020 albums, & hot dogs!
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.
NYC indie rockers say hello from amidst this apocalypse & burn their new song for your pleasure. 
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!
Tracks courtesy of Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, RJD2, Little Shrine, Elvis Depressedly and more!
The grungy duo cracked the US Top 50 Viral chart this week, a place usually reserved for huge pop stars.
The duo discusses their freshly released debut EP & elaborate live performance.
The twangy rockers have been keeping the shenanigans going strong even in quarantine.
Lexington, Kentucky – based artists are featured on the May edition of Spotlight on the City.
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.
M. Ward earns a well-deserved top spot with his 10th solo album Migration Stories. Elvis Depressedly make their countdown debut. All the most played albums on the site in one spot.
We chat new album ‘Fine Forever,’ quarantine shenanigans, and favorite tracks with Chicago-based indie rockers Varsity.
We chat predictions of music life post-pandemic & new album ‘Fine Forever.’
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.
Check out who else made the top indie artists for this week & amp up that discovery music playlist of yours!
Still have the love, still have the music, still have the double shots, but this Mother’s Day feels different for obvious reasons.  Let celebrate Mom as best we can today!  Let’s do it!
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!
Sanity thru music this week in The Listening Booth w/folk from Laura Marling & Lucy Rose + electro via A is for Arrows, Austra, & San Cisco!
Today’s quarantine escape comes courtesy of Hazel English, Land of Talk, Lila Blue and more talented ladies who have all dropped new music. Turn up the volume and join us for tunes from some of the most talented musicians around.
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.
This is not a playlist for any ‘ole regular moms, only the cool moms.
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!
“SOS” meaning, “Save OWL Sessions”—live music via their Instagram to save their establishment.
Land of Talk is back with a new single from her forthcoming album, Indistinct Conversations, available July 31st via Saddle Creek.
On today’s show we listen to new music from Land of Talk and Johanna Warren, and chat with sound engineer Madeleine Campbell – founder and editor of the zine “Women In Sound.”
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.
‘You Won’t Be Here for Long’ is out May 29 and is exactly what you need right now.
Pablo Dylan, Cassowary and Caveboy make their countdown debuts. Trace Mountains takes the top spot with their new album, Lost In The Country. All the top played albums on the site in one spot.
We chat with the creative and introspective solo artist about life, death, and music.
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.
With specific creative directions, this NYC solo artist takes you on a journey through the unknown.
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.
One of our all-time favorites makes the top spot again! See who else made the list.
Let’s turn things around this May.  New music gives us an opportunity to feel brand new again.  2 hours, 2 double shot blocks… HAPPY MAY TO ALL!!!
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.
The Listening Booth embraces these strange times with some blues and downbeat alternative from the likes of Cassowary and Trace Mountains!
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.
Drink the Kool-Aid & see the light with the rhythmic new ‘A Reintroduction to Programmique’ EP.
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!
We’re listening to Cassowary, Mariya May, Bloodshot Bill, Vanessa Carlton and more on this last day of April.
His sophomore LP ‘Atlantico’ is out 5/11 and the punk rocker digs up inspiration from his family roots.
Always coming through with the new tunes. Listen up! What else do ya got to do?
Matt Longo is Thin Lear, joined by an extensive, rotating cast of talented musicians. With rich, dynamic, and thoughtful indie rock – moving from thoughtful minimalist folk to epic, artful rock, Thin Lear has been neatly developing its sound and craft for most of this decade with a slew of releases. For this session, Longo and the band – in this case Tom DiCarlo (upright bass), Yaniv Taubenhouse (keyboard), and Jerad Lippi (drums) dropped by Serious Business Music in Brooklyn to give us this preview of the upcoming album. Wooden Cave will be released July 24th from Egghunt Records.  
Matt Longo is Thin Lear, joined by an extensive, rotating cast of talented musicians. With rich, dynamic, and thoughtful indie rock – moving from thoughtful minimalist folk to epic, artful rock, Thin Lear has been neatly developing its sound and craft for most of this decade with a slew of releases. For this session, Longo and the band – in this case Tom DiCarlo (upright bass), Yaniv Taubenhouse (keyboard), and Jerad Lippi (drums) dropped by Serious Business Music in Brooklyn to give us this preview of the upcoming album. Wooden Cave will be released July 24th from Egghunt Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
All the albums getting the most play here on BTR this week. Including Anna Burch in the top spot. Give this mix a listen and then purchase your favorite album if you are able. Lots of artists needing your support during this time.
Field Mouse have been a favorite band here at BTRtoday for several years now – while much has changed for the band (members, cities, styles of music) what’s still maintained all this time is the massively enjoyable musical chemistry stemming from Rachel Browne’s sweet vocals and Andrew Futral’s wily guitar antics. The addition of Zoe Browne on vocals adds a layer of perfect harmonies that only siblings can produce in just that way, rounded out by a super tight rhythm section, the band is operating to its full potential these days, with perfectly hooky, emotional songs that we just can’t get enough of. They joined us at Serious Business Music in Brooklyn for this session. Meaning by Field Mouse is available now from Topshelf Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
We chat with pioneering indie band The Dears and listen to some of their new tunes.
The sultry sounds of Anna Burch take the lead once again this week—see who else made the cut.
We are heading into May, but we are also heading into good vibes.  I can feel it.  Im using my musical selections, on this last Sunday in April, to spread the positive vibrations. Can you feel it too?
This week we’re doing the usual rundown of new singles and album tracks, but with a special look at the recent single by Chicago-based artist Tasha, the first new release since her stunning 2018 debut, Alone At Last [Father/Daughter]. She joined us by phone to talk about the song, the personal challenges of being a creative person during quarantine, and how her songwriting and recording process has changed over the past two years. Then we get into new tracks from S. Rich, Hazel English, Civic Center, Cassowary, Eliza & The Delusionals, Max Bloom, Once & Future Band, Elvis Depressedly, Lido Pimienta, Howling Hex, and Langhorn Slim (from the new Wild Honey Record benefit compilation.)
Hit the couch in The Listening Booth for R&B therapy via Cassowary, & hear a Brooklyn venue’s digital play to support bands + the venue!
In our artist spotlight this week you’ll hear music from ‘Jacqueline’ the latest release from Haley Fohr’s alter ego Jackie Lynn. Plus music from all the best new releases form the ladies.
The underground indie rapper is spitting out killer beats & inviting you to depths of his mind & soul.
Gold Dime is the project of drummer/vocalist Andrya Ambro, who we first encountered as part of the amazing duo Talk Normal several years ago. These days, along with Ian Douglas-Moore and Brendan Winick, Ambro drives the propulsive, disjointed post-punk grooves of this project with her impressively relentless and unique drum technique – all while delivering an impressively strong lead vocal. The trio dropped by Serious Business Music in Brooklyn to show us how they pull their huge sound together live. My House is out now from Fire Talk Records.
Gold Dime is the project of drummer/vocalist Andrya Ambro, who we first encountered as part of the amazing duo Talk Normal several years ago. These days, along with Ian Douglas-Moore and Brendan Winick, Ambro drives the propulsive, disjointed post-punk grooves of this project with her impressively relentless and unique drum technique – all while delivering an impressively strong lead vocal. The trio dropped by Serious Business Music in Brooklyn to show us how they pull their huge sound together live. My House is out now from Fire Talk Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
For part two of our 6131 Records indie label feature, we’ve got two hours of music from the label’s catalog, with tracks from Worriers, Katie Malco, Touché Amoré, Macseal, Typesetter, Luray, and more! Check out part one, which includes my interview with Sean and Joey from the label.
Let’s get comfortable and rock out!
Welcome back, friends. On today’s show I’m so thrilled to share new music from Lido Pimienta, Laura Marling, The Beths, and more, while we listen to the birds chirp and further contemplate the how and what of this moment.
Don’t worry, we’ve got the playlist to help you survive this quarantine. Every Wednesday, in fact. 
Now is the perfect time to allow yourself to be moody and Fiona Apple is here to lead you on that journey.
Don’t let yourself get to a dark place while alone with your thoughts. Listen to this and feel at ease.
Realworld are the product of a lifetime of consuming the best of 90’s pop-rock culture – party jams, MTV, sweet style, and totally rad attitude fueling their honest, nostalgic tunes. The band dropped by Serious Business Music in Brooklyn to remind us how to really party.   “Get Busy” is the latest single from Realworld.  
Realworld are the product of a lifetime of consuming the best of 90’s pop-rock culture – party jams, MTV, sweet style, and totally rad attitude fueling their honest, nostalgic tunes. The band dropped by Serious Business Music in Brooklyn to remind us how to really party. “Get Busy” is the latest single from Realworld. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Counting down the most played albums of the week! Countdown debuts from Sorry and Cable Ties. And, music from Dirty Projectors our most played artist of the week!
Even with a canceled tour & quarantined with their six y/o boy, they still give their fans what they want.
The music of Maneka – the sonically-eclectic project of guitarist Devin McKnight, also of the band Speedy Ortiz – draws on a multitude of influences in an attempt to reflect McKnight’s unique cultural perspective as a person of color in an overwhelmingly white-dominated music scene. With rejection of any thoughts of genre pigeonholing – though post-punk might be the broadest that usually applies one way or another – Maneka swerves from sound to sound and emotion to emotion in an impressive blend of creative songwriting. The band stopped by Serious Business Music in Brooklyn to show us how it all comes together. Devin by Maneka is available now from Exploding In Sound. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Time to rock out to Lancaster, U.K.-based duo The Lovely Eggs.
Welcome Dirty Projectors back from 2018 to the top of our list—see who else made the cut.
How about all new double shots to help us get over the mid April quarantine blues.  New music heals, and so do double shots so you’re welcome!  Dig in to it!
We check in with Dave Benton of Trace Mountains about his new record, Lost In The country and listne to a couple tracks from it before getting into new music from Deau Eyes, Alex Nicol, Healing Potpourri, Emily Keener, Jeffrey Silverstein, Good Good Blood, The Beths, Cheekface, and The Black Black.
Treat yourself to a dreamy diversion in the Listening Booth via trippy alt w/James Righton & Kevin Krauter + postponed Record Store Day!
It’s been a few years since last we saw Parlor Walls here at BTR Live Studio. In that time, the band has trimmed back to a duo (guitarist/vocalist/force of nature Alyse Lamb and drummer/magician/synth dark lord Chris Mulligan), focusing their awesome power on a seething, pulsating, and even more stunning sort of post-punk/art rock. The band dropped by Serious Business Music ahead of the release of their latest record for an intense session. Watch this one closely. Heavy Tongue by Parlor Walls is available now from Famous Swords.  
Make your quarantine a little less depressing, with this new one by NYC indie pop-rockers.
This is part 1 of a two-part feature on 6131 Records, which began in California in 2006 and currently calls Richmond, VA home. In this episode, we’ll talk to Sean Patrick Rhorer and Joey Cahill about the label’s history and current releases, the current quarantine situation and how it relates to the music industry, and reminiscing about working in record shops.
Turn the music up!
We’re a little obsessed with King Pizza bands and we love to have them in for BTR Live Studio.
Winnebago Vacation is a Queens-based band showcasing another side of songwriter Eli Frank (who we know from TOP Nachos). Here, their songs take a deeper, darker, and more mournful tone, in what the band calls folk/goth. They joined us at Serious Business Music in Brooklyn for this session. Camp Somewhere is available now from Lonely Ghost Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Winnebago Vacation is a Queens-based band showcasing another side of songwriter Eli Frank (who we know from TOP Nachos). Here, their songs take a deeper, darker, and more mournful tone, in what the band calls folk/goth. They joined us at Serious Business Music in Brooklyn for this session. Camp Somewhere is available now from Lonely Ghost Records.
Brisbane – based artists are featured on the April edition of Spotlight on the City.
Waxahatchee dropped her 5th studio album on March 27th and we’ve been playing it on repeat ever since. The album is Saint Cloud and you’ll hear it in the one spot this week. Plus a few countdown debuts and big moves. Enjoy.
What better way to spend your quarantine then get to know this killer garage punk duo from Canada?
Daughter Of Swords is the new project from the Durham, NC-based songwriter Alexandra Sauser-Monnig, whose voice will be familiar to listeners of her band Mountain Man. Here, she breaks out on her own for this solo folk endeavor, with honest storytelling and strong vocals accompanied by sparsely strummed guitars in a bold performance at Serious Business Music in Brooklyn. Dawnbreaker is available now from Nonesuch Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.