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Lisa Prank is the musical alter ego of Seattle-based songwriter Robin Edwards, backed by the ever-reliable rhythm section of her trusty drum machine. The Lisa Frank-nod in the band’s name hints at the colorful vibe and nostalgic touches of the music, which draws heavily on pop-punk and garage rock to convey Robin’s earnest tales. She stopped by Serious Business Music in DUBMO, Brooklyn, to pour her heart out for us in this episode of BTR Live Studio. Adult Teen is available now from Father/Daughter Records with a limited cassette release on Miscreant Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Racing Heart is the musical identity of Mathias H. Tjønn. Based in Oslo, Norway, and aided by the production skills of Hanne Hukkelberg, the band is a shapeshifting project that has seen contributions by the likes of Jenny Hval and Martin Langlie. The songs are definitely pop-oriented, but with a fascinating, experimental take on the genre, exploring a blend of conventional sounds alongside tried-and-true melodic structures. Mathias stopped by Serious Business On BTR to share this intimate look at his music. What Comes After by Racing Heart is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Whomever said saxophone and punk rock don’t go together, haven’t heard Pill. The uber-creative group creates melodic tunes w/ dark undertones surely to get you swaying and praying!
Kuroma has long been the dense, psych-laced pop project of Hank Sullivant, based in Athens, Georgia, who has played in notable acts MGMT and The Whigs. On the project’s latest release, they keep the Beach Boy-influenced vibes going, but add a new twist: inspired by a recent religious awakening of sorts, the trippy sounds are taken even further into the spiritual realm. Here, Hank joins us for an intimate, solo take on his music at Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn. The Dark Horse Rides Again is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Computer Magic is New York-based mastermind Danielle “Danz” Johnson. Danz grew up in the Catskills in upstate New York, moved to the city for college, then took off for Tampa, Florida, where Computer Magic began. Six years later, the project has generated a slew of releases, pretty much attained the mythical “big in Japan” status, and grown considerably. Currently based out of upstate New York again, with a music studio in Bushwick, Brooklyn, Computer Magic keeps adding to its growing catalog of cleverly-crafted pop music. Obscure But Visible is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Noelle Tannen & The Filthy No-Nos take you on a musical journey of sultry and feisty vocals with blues, soul, funk, and rock’n’roll infused melodies. Check out their newest album here!
Har Mar Superstar is the party starter that gets you dancing, crying, or both. His tunes are not only jam-packed w/ grooving melodies to get you moving, but also melancholy beats to spark a tear.
This Australian-duo has made their roots in L.A., but that doesn’t stop them from touring constantly! Catch them live and you’ll catch yourself saying , ‘hell yeah!’ by the very first note!
Corbu is a psych-electronic band from New York. The band has a flair for the dramatic, with mesmerizing lights and an airy vibe that blends live instruments with electronics and effects to create an otherworldly atmosphere akin to the likes of Radiohead, M83, and — yes — Air. The band stopped in prior to hitting the road with Bloc Party to turn the live room at Serious Business Music into their own cosmic world of sound. Corbu’s debut album, Crayon Soul, is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Waterstrider is a project based in Oakland, California, led by the nimble guitar playing and tender vocals — in the vein of Thom Yorke or James Blake — of Nate Salman. As a live band and on record, the project incorporates electronics, lush ambient soundscapes, and broad dynamics to great, dramatic effect. For this session, Nate performs solo on guitar, where the fragility and emotion of his songs comes to the forefront. Nowhere Now is available now from 30th Century Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. 
EZTV play easy, breezy pop — like, seriously catchy, smooth pop. At times it’s so fragile that it feels as if it could fall apart, but these three Brooklyn guys are so good that it just coasts along. And it’s not hard to understand why they’ve been so busy lately, with an ever-ascending profile locally and internationally. High In Place by EZTV is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Gringo Star is the Atlanta-based punky psych-rock outfit you know and love — or, at least, should get to know and love! They deal in reverb and feedback and draw on the best of pop, garage, and rock, twisting it into their own warped sounds. Get crazy with them in this session, recorded at Serious Business Music in DUMBO. The Sides And In Between by Gringo Star is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Waterstrider is a project based in Oakland, California, led by the nimble guitar playing and tender vocals — in the vein of Thom Yorke or James Blake — of Nate Salman. As a live band and on record, the project incorporates electronics, lush ambient soundscapes, and broad dynamics to great, dramatic effect. For this session, Nate performs solo on guitar, where the fragility and emotion of his songs comes to the forefront. Nowhere Now is available now from 30th Century Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Jamil Rashad, aka Boulevards, is the funk master, R&B god of the big city. He has the power to make any crowd melt their troubles away and swing their hips like they’ve never done before!
From his homebase in The Berkshires of Massachusetts, Woodson Black crafted the elegant genius of Haux and the project’s first release of ambient pop. Blending acoustic and electronic elements with layers of sound, falling on each other like clouds rather than crushing the foundation, Haux is here to draw you in, calm you down, and tell you secrets. The full band joined our crew at Serious Business Music in DUMBO for this performance. The debut EP by Haux, All We’ve Known, is available now from Akira Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Laura Loriga is the principal songwriter and performer for the band Mimes Of Wine. Currently splitting her time (and band members) between NYC and Bologna, Italy, Loriga drives the project with her stunning voice and tasteful piano playing. Though her newest release is the first to feature a full band, for this session Mimes Of Wine appears in its rawest form, as Laura Loriga solo, on keyboard and vocals at Serious Business Music in DUMBO. La Maison Verte by Mimes Of Wine is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
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