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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.
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.
Taali - aka native New Yorker Talia Billig’s collaborative solo project - blends pop, electronic music, and a sort of breathlessly joyful performance with the musician’s jazz background and interest in Jewish culture for a sound that feels both familiar and brand new. Taali and drummer Dustin Kaufman joined us at Serious Business Music in Brooklyn for this magical session. I Am Here is available now from Rainbow Blonde Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
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.
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.
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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 ten to follow a somewhat traditional pop template. They dropped by Serious Business Music in Brooklyn to blow our minds with their skills. self titled by ing is available now from Citrus City Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
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 ten to follow a somewhat traditional pop template. They dropped by Serious Business Music in Brooklyn to blow our minds with their skills. self titled by ing is available now from Citrus City Records.
Diane Coffee - aka the pop alter-ego of Bloomington, IN musician Shaun Fleming - has transformed since we first encountered the experimental, shape-shifting project a few years ago. With his latest release, Fleming has pushed further into the pop realm, exploring themes of technology and the isolation of our increasingly digitized world through epically catchy and danceable songs. The band dropped by Serious Business Music in Brooklyn to share a few tunes with us in this massively fun session! Internet Arms is available now from Polyvinyl. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
The Makeout Club is the pure pop fantasy of Robert Granata come to life. The rich sonic landscape of tight, dancy drums, spacey synths, and shimmery guitars makes for a dreamy ride. The band - featuring Daniel Deitz, Jacob Read-Harber, and Jonathan Murphy - joined us at Seroius Business Music in Brooklyn for this amped-up and blissed-out take on their music. “Lose Yourself” is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
The Makeout Club is the pure pop fantasy of Robert Granata come to life. The rich sonic landscape of tight, dancy drums, spacey synths, and shimmery guitars makes for a dreamy ride. The band - featuring Daniel Deitz, Jacob Read-Harber, and Jonathan Murphy - joined us at Seroius Business Music in Brooklyn for this amped-up and blissed-out take on their music.   “Lose Yourself” is available now.
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.
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.
Alexandra Levy is the Montreal-based songwriter performing as Ada Lea, whose debut album reveals a collection of songs that balance an often big and bold rock sound with fragile, revelatory pop songs to dramatic, cathartic effect. The band stopped by Serious Business Music in Brooklyn to share this intimate look at Ada Lea’s tunes. what we say in private is available now from Saddle Creek. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
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.
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.
Quit missing that cool underground band you’ve been meaning to catch.
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.
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.  
It’s hard to imagine that before meeting via Craigslist, Desert Sharks were just strangers swimming in the sea of the Brooklyn music scene. With a striking rock n’ roll gang chemistry and some serious live intensity, the quartet of Stephanie, Stefania Rovera - guitar, Rebecca Rose, and Sunny Veniero have been growing a devoted following in the local scene via fun live showings and several singles and EPs prior to their debut full length. The band finally made their way down to Serious Business Music in Brooklyn for this seriously awesome session! Baby’s Gold Death Stadium is available now from Substitute Scene. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Enjoy a set by Triio (a sextet led by the Canadian bassist and composer Alex Fournier) on today’s episode of The Jazz Hole Live.
Adam Melchor is a young musician from New Jersey, currently living in LA. With a strong, soft sensibility to his songwriting, his songs have just the right balance of timeless pop hooks and interesting arrangements to keep everything sounding fresh. He dropped by Serious Business Music in Brooklyn to share a few tunes with us in this solo session. Plan On You is available now.
Adam Melchor is a young musician from New Jersey, currently living in LA. With a strong, soft sensibility to his songwriting, his songs have just the right balance of timeless pop hooks and interesting arrangements to keep everything sounding fresh. He dropped by Serious Business Music in Brooklyn to share a few tunes with us in this solo session. Plan On You is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Kazu Makino, best known as the lead singer of indie rock legends Blonde Redhead, recently released her debut solo record. In this intimate session, Kazu joins us along with Darian Thomas for a selection of stripped-down performances from the dreamy album.
Kazu Makino, best known as the lead singer of indie rock legends Blonde Redhead, recently released her debut solo record. In this intimate session, Kazu joins us along with Darian Thomas for a selection of stripped-down performances from the dreamy album. Adult Baby is available now.
Pearla - the musical project of Brooklyn songwriter Nicole Rodriguez - is an amorphous sort of endeavor, with sounds drawing on folk, americana, and pop, all with a hazy cloud around it, and Rodriguez’s powerful vocals floating in and around the melodies. Here, she joins us solo at Serious Business Music, accompanied simply by an Omnichord, for this intimate performance. Quilting & Other Activities is available now from Egghunt Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Lisel is the solo project of LA-based experimental musician Eliza Bagg (fans of Pavo Pavo may be familiar with her from her time spent in that band). With an eclectic musical background spanning the whole world of modern music, from pop to classical and all sorts of experimental, her soprano is impeccably trained and highly adaptable. Here, she delivers an impeccably arranged solo performance with the aid of backing tracks and loops supporting her otherworldly vocals. Angels On The Slope is available now from Luminelle Recordings.
When you put three garage bands on a large stage together, rules are bound to be broken.
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.
THICK headlined Rough Trade in Brooklyn and a wild time was had by all.
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.
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.
Onesie is the Brooklyn power pop band based around the songwriting of Ben Haberland, along with Zack Fanelli, Lee Madaus, and Andrew Nelson. With heavy nods to British invasion, power pop, and 90’s alt-rock, Haberland embraces everything great about catchy guitar rock and melody in his songwriting. The band dropped by Serious Business Music in Brooklyn to shred for us in this session. Umpteenth is available now from Dadstache Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
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.
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.
Why not play punk they way it’s supposed to be played—with zero f*cks.
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.
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.
It’s been a few years since Pittsburgh songwriter Brooke Annibale stopped by our studio for a session. In that time, her sound has continued to grow and evolve - holding onto that timeless quality we’ve always loved while introducing some fresh elements to keep things exciting.
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.
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.
Ali Awan is a Philadelphia-based songwriter/producer with a knack for timeless, catchy hooks, regardless of whatever genre he happens to be dipping into. From rock n’ roll to soulful folk, Awan’s sonic shapeshifting is effortless and works beautifully. He brought the live band down to Serious Business Music in Brooklyn to share a few tunes with us in this session. Butterfly by Ali Awan is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.

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