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These are songs from the best interviews from 2018—they’re all awesome & everyone needs to check them out.
2018 was a rough year. At least we had our weekly Monday music column & podcast to get us through it.
I interviewed over 100 bands this year and narrowing it down to just 10 was tough.
This year, I traveled the midwest, deep south and more. These were the wildest rides.
Many of these EPs might have flown under your radar when they were released. Catch up on them today—we promise you won’t regret it.
For our final episode of the year, we’re looking back on some music by local artists that came out in 2018. This is music that made an impact on us and we hope it has or will make an impact on you.…
Happy holidays, my babies. I’m off from work ’till next year so I hope you like this playlist. I’ve sprinkled in a few holiday treats to get you guys in the holiday spirit. Enjoy! And tune the heck in…
A look back at the wildest and craziest nights of 2018.
This is the song you’ll want on repeat for all of the next week.
Neighbor Lady and their album ‘Maybe Later’ topped the charts for BTRtoday this year.
This week we chat with Olivia Scibelli, frontwoman to Nashville-based band Idle Bloom & listen to their most recent album.
Trump winning the election made us all feel helpless, but Idle Bloom uses their music to help us get through it.
PAINT’s debut self-titled full length is defintely a ~must~ listen.
Like always, I’ve got lots of tracks from brand new albums for ya here.  Happy December, everybody! Tune-in xoxo
Doe Paoro is a songwriter from Syracuse, New York, who is currently based in Los Angeles. Known for ambitious compositions and collaborations, her latest album pulls things back to their most honest…
Jasmin Kaset (from Birdcloud) & Quichenight is leading with their debut album ‘Tuxedo.’
Get down to these new garage, synth and pop rock tracks! You’re welcome.
Heaters leads with their album ‘Suspended Youth’—make sure you give it a listen!
Thanksgiving was so yesterday; it’s time to focus on Christmas, Hanukkah & Kwanzaa.
New music for your long ride home in this heavy Thanksgiving traffic—enjoy & rock out to these brand new tracks.
Farao is the musical moniker of Kari Jahnsen, a multi-instrumentalist and producer from Berlin by-way-of Norway.
With their newest album ‘Memory Foam’ out into the world didi is unafraid to wear their emotions on their sleeves.
This week we listen to the newest EP Nothing’s On My Mind by Clean Spill and include a chat we had on Halloween. They were dressed as farmers and on their way to record new material.…
The indie rockers use music and surfing to rebel against the elite in their upper class town.
Julia Holter’s savory vocals and soothing melodies from her newest album ‘Aviary’ have reigned this week.
The show was a whirlwind of different kinds of pop punk and new levels or moshing.
The Underhill Family Orchestra is a band of siblings (by choice, not by blood) based out of Mobile, Alabama, stomping out epically anthemic, soul-churning roots music from the swamp to the stadium. Drawing heavily on their Southern roots and 4 strong vocalists, the group stirs up quite a pleasant racket that fans of pop, country music, and indie rock can all enjoy. They stormed the live room at Serious Business Music in Brooklyn for this session. Tell Me That You Love Me is available now from Skate Mountain Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Happy hump day! We’re back at it over here with all the best new tracks in the world of new music coming out that is actually good. So tune in and learn a thing or two! xoxo
Samia, the band, is the musical project of 21 year old NYC native Samia Finnerty. With a powerful voice and uncanny ability to write poignant, confessional pop songs ranging from the soft and subtle…
This week we chat w/ classic pop punk band Tokyo Police Club & listen to their most recent album ‘TPC’!
The indie band has been touring for over a decade and they’ve got a system.
Gritty NYC punk rockers Surfbort take the lead this week with their new album ‘Friendship Music!’
My feet may still be sore from dancing and I hardly have a voice, but it was totally worth it.
No song is truly a smash until the internet turns it into a meme.
An eclectic playlist of brand new punk, indie, pop and garage songs to lose your mind to—tune in!
The Brooklyn five-piece is debuting with a post-hardcore assault on punk rock.
Empowerment, dissing and not-giving-a-fuck are just a few of the themes in this pop song that makes it so punk.
This week we chat with the eccentric, dramatic and epic rocker Scott Yoder and listen to his most recent LP—tune in!
The indie musician has gone solo and tapped into his more glamorous side with capes, sparkles and strobe lighting.
Big Bliss is bringing pop punk to the indie world with their newest album ‘At Middle Distance.’
We lead off with some new music from old friends, Mancino, followed by an album track from Stove’s new one and singles from Westerman, Ten Fé, and Royal Trux.
No Halloween mix or spooky sounds playlist can top the music of Tiny Tim.
BOO! This week we celebrate Halloween with new spooky songs from killer punk rockers like Yaasss, Surfbort, Pill and so much more—tune in!
This week listen to Paloma’s Hand, the latest EP by Sibille Attar and have an in-studio chat with the artist herself—tune in!
Sick of compromising and being told what to do, she dropped her big label and released her newest album independently.
The Dodos are back and touring with a new album ‘Certainty Waves’ that’s #1 this week on BTRtoday.
The legendary Jesse R. Berlin stops by to talk about his illustrious career and why he’s decided to end it and go into witness protection. He shares details about his final show, his new album, his…
L’FREAQ is the musical project of Lea Cappelli. The rising Brooklyn and Los Angeles-based artist crafts dense and enchanting synth-pop that bridges the gap between indie rock and soul in a beautiful…
This week we chat w/ Dodos’ frontman Meric Long and listen to their most recent album Certainty Waves. Tune-in! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YJATSwyVcE The Dodos…
The indie duo has been together for over ten years but still sound unique and play from the heart.
Cat Power is back and in full throttle with her robust voice and emotional tracks.
This week, we play (and, duh, react to) nothing but singles. We have new ones from Anemone, Girlpool, Soccer Mommy, Speedy Ortiz, and Go Dark. Plus we may be building a time machine?
They found love in a hopeless place—but was it really the romance of the century or just a really messed up situation?
Joanna Teters is a Brooklyn-based singer, songwriter, and bandleader. From soul to blues and reggae, her smoky, captivating voice is more than capable of genre-hopping. Backed by an ace group of…
None of that “Monster Mash” b.s.—your friends might die of pure fright after hearing how cool this playlist is.
The Rareflowers is a trio based in New Brunswick, New Jersey, comprised of brothers Jimmy and Kane Maraday and drummer Aaron Gollubier. The band’s basement DIY show-honed psychedelic power-pop style…
This week we listen to and chat w/ illuminati hotties—tune in!
You’re going to want a nap and a burrito after listening to the newest album by illuminati hotties.
Molly Burch takes the lead with her smooth and sultry voice paired to catchy sweet melodies.
The 10-piece just keeps growing and throwing down the nastiest beats you’ll ever love.
This week we’ve got frontman of Dante High on the phone & we listen to their debut self-titled album—tune in! 
The self-titled album is filled with pop ballads and danceable beats, but also has a spooky side.
This week the lovely Mothers leads at #1 with her newest album ‘Render Another Ugly Method.’
The pop rock band has a feisty new music video for their debut single and it’ll get your butt moving.
It’s going to be a busy fall season filled with bands like The Dead Milkmen, Mitski, The Dodos and The Damned.
This week we chat with U.K.’s lovely Miss World and listen to her debut solo album ‘Keeping Up With Miss World’—tune in!
The London-born musician just released her debut album, which she describes as one big elaborate selfie.
This week,Toronto’s Dilly Dally is back and taking the top spot with their newest album ‘Heaven!’
They formed in the East Coast cold and moved to the West Coast sunshine—now they’re cranking out some killer new tunes.
This week I call up solo artist Fred Thomas to have a chat and listen to his latest album Aftering, out now!
He was the type of guy always playing in multiple bands, now he’s a solo artist and just put out a new LP.
Animal Electricity’s newest album ‘Beginning To See The Light’ is number one this week.
The Brooklyn six-piece released their debut surrounded by friends on stage and off.
Little Junior is a refreshingly poppy and charming garage rock band from Toronto. Power-pop songs with shout-sung choruses and catchy buzzsaw guitars are the keystones for the band, whose performances will certainly leave a mark. The band stopped by Serious Business Music in Brooklyn to show us how they do it. Hi by Little Junior is available now from Grand Jury. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
We’re chatting w/ frontman of Chicago-based band Sonny Falls & spinning their latest ‘Some Kind of Specter.’ 
Frontman tells BTRtoday about the damage heroin addiction had on his friends and the songs it inspired.
The Beths knock down Oh Sees to number two, taking the spot at the top of the list.
Premiering emotional and gritty new track “Lose Sometimes”—Don Babylon’s first single from their upcoming LP.
We’ve got Maxband on this week’s show—a side project of members from Parquet Courts, A Beacon School & Bob Dylan Deathwatch. Tune in!
The newest project from band members of Parquet Courts, A Beacon School and Bob Dylan Deathwatch.
Oh Sees are back without the ‘The’ and are on the top of our list with their newest album ‘Smote Reverser.’
New singles from BRONCHO, Hippo Campus, and Skylar Spence. And new album tracks from Teleman and Neil & Liam Finn.
A catchy Sweden-based five-piece creating their own land and rules in the world of rock ‘n’ roll.
Songs that’ll get you back into work and/or school mode and get you pumped for the fall.
Some people might think Monday nights are for resting, but NYC punks would say otherwise.
Though the song about smoke breaks is what put them on the map, they’ve been working hard on big and better things.
This week we chat with Goon about singing to Partisan and working on their debut LP—tune in!
The West Coast indie/punk group just got signed, re-released a double EP & has a frontman who can finally breathe.
Echo Courts’ sultry & emotional new album ‘Room With A View’ takes the #1 spot this week by storm.
Though their newest album ‘Poach’ came out 8/3, they had to have late-but-raging record release party at the Brooklyn staple venue.
We chat with the musical brothers about the video’s Twin Peaks/Tarantino inspirations & their upcoming debut album.
Quichenight is the project headed up by Nashville-based musician Brett Rosenberg, blending cool, quirky pop with catchy rock for those tasty laid-back grooves. The band dropped by Serious Business…
This week we get sultry with Cornelia Murr and chat about life, music and much more—tune in!
“It feels comfortable to walk the earth now with a little bit more of my personality out there.”
Dirty Projectors take the lead this week with their new album ‘Lamp Lit Prose.’
The badass bands played a sold out Rough Trade covered in glitter & tattoos, welcoming everyone to boldly be themselves.
“I’ve been enjoying it and I think people do too—love doesn’t go out of style.”
SPOUSE is an indie rock band that originated in 1995, led by frontman/singer José Ayerve. The project has gone through so many changes in its 2+ decade history — including a hiatus or two — that…
Listen to Shilpa Ray’s ‘Door Girl’ & hear what she has to say about Jersey, her music, working w/ Nick Cave & what’s coming up.
Shilpa Ray in Brooklyn tells us stories about working with Nick Cave, observations on her new music & talking “Jersey.”
It’s the dog days of summer but you can keep it indie cool with our playlist.
NADINE is a project bringing together Nadia Hulett (Phantom Posse), and Brooklyn’s dynamic production/live band duo of Carlos Hernandez and Julian Fader (both of Ava Luna and Gravesend Recordings).…
Dumb, the punk band from Canada, chats with us about signing to Mint Records and releasing their debut album.
This week we’ve got Goon’s ‘Dusk Of Punk/Happy Omen’ coming in hot as #1.
Photos of a chaotic and lawless sex, drugs & rock ‘n’ roll adventure at the musical haven called Meltasia.
We chat with the artist about this newest song “A Song About Holding Hands” and his upcoming album.
Saint Marilyn is the Brooklyn-based synth duo of multi-instrumentalists Che Houston and Kevin Marksson (performing here as a trio along with drummer Jon). The band creates dark, danceable, surreal pop music with soaring vocals, accompanied by equally mesmerizing visuals. The band stopped by Serious Business Music in Brooklyn for this special performance of their new tunes. Tangle is available now digitally and on cassette via Really Great Gum. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
A music festival catered to the coolest of the cool—not only rock out to your favorite bands, but also party with them later.
This week we chat with Alex White from Chicago-based band White Mystery—tune in!
The brother-sister rock ’n’ roll duo turns ten this year and hasn’t slowed down even once.
L.A.-based indie band Momma stealing the lead this week with their new emotionally soaked album ‘Interloper.’
They’re looking for female/ non-binary musicians to join them on their Girls Rock London & Girls Rock Camp Alliance tour.
We chat with experimental indie group ackerman about their newest song “Loverboy” and what’s coming in the near future.
This week Mother Feather came by the studio fully caffeinated & ready to talk about music, life & rockin’ the glam metal.
With their debut LP under their belt, Mother Feather has locked themselves up to bleed out new tunes.
This week Ben Caplan takes over the top spot with his album ‘Old Stock!’
People are calling it a feminist anthem, but it’s really just a song about sex set to a bizarre green screen fiasco.
This week we chat w/ and listen to the mighty oxymoron band from NYC, God Tiny! Tune-in!
While they’re not the holy rollers their name conveys, God Tiny uses rock ‘n’ roll to help discover inner passions.
The sweet sultry voice of Shannon Shaw (from Shannon & The Clams) takes the lead this week with her debut solo album.
Frontman Laith Scherer gets vulnerable and tells us about the abusive backstory to the powerful new song.
The five-year-old celebration of small concert spaces comes to the States this week.
It’s the day we’ve all been waiting for—the debut record release show for the one and only The Nude Party.
This week we chat with U.K. based artist L.A. Salami and listen to his latest album City of Bootmakers—tune in!
U.K. musician L.A. Salami says he tries his best to capture that first-time sync with his music in the studio.
The holiday threw our usual top 30 off, but we’re brining you guys our top 10 w/ indie rockers Deeper leading the way!
Did you know that Hulk Hogan sings about being American in front of the world’s worst green screen?
Why not celebrate America for what really makes it great this Fourth of July?
Billy Libby is the Brooklyn-based songwriter and guitarist at the center of the band Fort Gorgeous. With a sound as beautiful, complex, and mysterious as their Maine-based namesake (and island fort in…
Today, a new album appeared on St. Vincent’s Spotify and the internet is so confused and happy.
This week we talk to sweet-honey drop Shannon Shaw from Shannon & The Clams about going solo & listen to her debut album—tune-in!
She chats with us about her ups and downs of going solo, working with Dan Auerbach and becoming a godmother.
Sam Evian leads the way this week with his sad folk/indie tunes that’s pulling everybody’s heartstrings.
After a five-week tour Las Rosas returns to NYC to play a wild LP release show/ all-night party in Brooklyn’s Alphaville.
This week we chat w/ frontman of LA-based band SadGirl & listen to their newest single along with all their oldies-but-goodies. They’re the ultimate sad boys out of all the sad girls in LA—Tune…
The L.A. group was just signed to Suicide Squeeze and are already embracing the doo-wop tradition of keeping love in music.
A list of fiction novels about music or written by musicians—books by Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave, Jimmy Buffett and more.
A book list of bios, memoirs, oral histories and more from all genres that every music lover needs to read.
Donovan Woods is a Polaris Prize and Juno Awards-nominated Nashville songwriter originally from Sarnia, Ontario. Writing pop and country songs for some of the industry’s best known performers,…
We chat with GRLwood—who are fighting heteronormativity in the heart of Kentucky and they’re weapon of choice is catchy punk rock.
The bubbly and witchy Peach Kelli Pop leads the way this week, with Beach Skulls & Deeper coming in second and third.
Two nights of rock ‘n’ roll brought to you by The Mystery Lights, Ad Hoc and Modern Sky USA.
This week I chat w/ Claudi & Raimundo of Pinc Louds and listen to their latest album Delancey Street—tune in!
The rock band is not just about music, but also about the experience—with puppets, dancing and, of course, love.
For their first night, The Voidz were joined by fellow Cult Record artists Surfbort and Promiseland.
Or so they’re hoping—we chat with guitarist Matt Williams about Elon Musk, The Office and Interplanetary Falcon Rock.
Aisha Badru has one of those voices that cuts through the music in a very special way. Soft, soulful, and distinct, her beautiful songs deliver a ton of emotion and energy alongside mesmerizing instrumentation… and, again, that voice. If Aisha Badru’s music is new to you, start paying attention now. She stopped by for this beautiful session in the live room at Serious Business Music in Brooklyn. Pendulum by Aisha Badru is available now via Nettwerk. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Guantanamo Baywatch is the kind of surf rock that can never go wrong—tune in!
For over a decade this surf rock trio has been spearheading a beach punk movement from Portland to all over the world.
Neighbor Lady tops our charts this week with Las Rosas, Peach Kelli Pop and Speedy Ortiz coming up right behind them.
Why did Avril have to go and make things so complicated and confuse us about Grimes’ realiti?
It’s already 80-something degrees out. It’s time to spend those long summer nights in debauchery and rock ‘n’ roll.
We chat with drummer Danny Wagner about their new and old material, becoming rock stars overnight and social media trolls.
This week we chat with Alabama’s psych-punk band The Burning Peppermints & listen to their newest album ‘Glittervomit.’
Your summer fling this year will be with punk rock, garage, indie and, of course, rock ‘n’ roll—and it’ll be your best one yet.
Brooklyn-based by way of Miami, we chat with post-punkers/ experimentalist Mons Vi!
The Brooklyn-based band by way of Miami, FL brings a fresh and flowery experimental take to post-punk.
Sibille Attar takes this week’s lead with Post Animal and Las Rosas creeping their way up behind her.
I was kidnapped by party rockers Thick for an ambitious weekend road trip from NYC to Nashville—surprisingly, I survived.
A rock God like Freddie Mercury deserves more than just a boring movie.
A band that formed together during the midst of a spiritual awakening, discovery of truths and yearning for self-awareness.
Hop Along’s newest album ‘Bark Your Head Off, Dog’ has a well deserving spot as #1 this week!
The typical NYC kind of night was a big tasty ice cream swirl of sparkles, rock ‘n’ roll and friends partying.
Teaming up with the likes of Weyes Blood & Ariel Pink, Raw Thrills tells us about his brand new track & GunkTV Records.
This week I chat with the upbeat & bubbly Peach Kelli Pop — tune-in to hear her newest tracks!
We chat with the bubbly indie musician about life, live shows and getting deeper than ever before in her newest EP.
Riding with punk rockers Gnarcissists between two boroughs and two shows was a blissful punch to the head & a wild time.
Their teenage toilet humor made perfect pop punk sense in the early 2000s—but what’s their age again now?
Let’s take a moment to remember how awful this beloved band could be.
Chatted w/ Australian band Big White at SXSW & it was a wild ride.
The Australian quintet’s newest album was shaped by their time traveling on the wide-open roads of America.
Our weekly list of favorite albums includes old favorites like UK’s IDLES, Wye Oak & Soccer Mommy—check out the entire list!
When it’s 4/20 and you’re trapped in a YouTube black hole watching alien docs, turn these tunes up & blaze it.
With his debut psych/indie EP ‘Waves After Work’ coming out next month, Nelson is experimenting with a whole new sound.
For their first headlining U.S. show, Inheaven had The Britanys & Boniface join their party of chaos and madness.
Brooklyn quartet Monogold return to BTR Live Studio with a fresh batch of tunes. Still rocking their unique psych-tinged indie rock and falsetto vocals, they’ve continued to grow and evolve in their…
Happy tax day everyone—hope you had an easier time filing your taxes than these rock and pop stars struggling with the IRS.
Though still writing his own material, the solo artist is happily welcoming some fresh new minds into the process.
Fascinations Grand Chorus is the NY/NJ duo of Stephanie and Andrew. Together, they craft bright indie-pop that draws on classic melodies and sounds while twisting them into their own crunchy, bouncy…
Only meme culture has the power to catapult the Mac back onto the charts and into the spotlight.
An intricate tune that’s as emotional as a Resistance fighter saying goodbye to their love, dying in their arms.
Boobs, butts, dongs and thongs—these recent indie music videos don’t let a little thing like censorship block their creativity.
Dizzying psychedelia that’s sultry and serene—with a new album just released, there’s no stopping these peacemakers.
The sold out Brooklyn show was an explosion of bloody uteruses, sweaty t-shirts & vengeful head bangers loving each other.
Pop’s top couple loved testing the media and fans with their weird and theatrical sense of humor.
An interview filled with British humor and sarcasm about some of the craziest music out in the world today.
Twenty-six photos of rock ‘n’ roll capturing the whirlwind of madness in Austin both on and off the stage.
Six days of shows, partying and driving throughout the Midwest with a couple of NYC’s best underground musicians.
I met up with Zach & Liz at an unofficial showcase at SXSW—they were hung over, I was tipsy. It was a magical chat.
Over sixty years since his debut became the first rock album to top the charts, the King’s debut still sounds crisp.
We played our favorite game at SXSW this year: Seeing how much rock ‘n’ roll our music reporter can take before she explodes.
Meteorologists said the blizzard was the most powerful force that night. They didn’t know about this rock show.
The veteran Montreal musician plays every instrument under the sun and works with a million different bands—now he’s doing his own thing.
BTRtoday chats with NJ-based rock/metal group about their lengthy run as a band and their new album ‘All At Once.’
Happy birthday, buddy—I still love you, even though you’re a proven asshole.
Before you can give yourself over to the power of partying, you need to go through a couple key stages.
The Miami rockers brought sexy vibes and rock energy to Baby’s All Right.
After a few years in Nashville, this country singer returned to his hometown of Pittsburgh to create a band closer to his true roots.
‘Another Age,’ released on Captured Tracks Feb. 16, is a personal statement for the Widowspeak guitar player.
“I was thinking, ‘am I the last Iranian to set foot in America?’”
Lina Tullgren is playing at Alphaville and Three’s Brewing. Strfkr and Reptaliens are playing at Brooklyn Steel. Operator Music Band and Shana Falana are playing at H0L0. Hear them all on…
Oh My Rockness has a list of what they call the “Hardest-Working Bands of 2017” — the artists who they listed the most shows for last year. Of the ten on the list, six will be playing a show…
In the meantime, they’ve released the catchy & relatable single “Leagues.”
In this episode, we feature lots of excellent artists based in New York who’ve recently visited us for a session of BTR Live Studio.
Rest in peace to the lead singer of The Cranberries, Dolores O’Riordan.
Fufanu is a rock band from Iceland, whose beat-heavy sound reveals their techno inspiration, as well as their past as the duo Captain Fufanu. The band brought their intense energy to the studio at…
The Brooklyn band take a break from melting faces to answer questions and share some laughs.
Norwegian pop artist, Billie Van, stopped by Banyan Studios in Brooklyn to perform the single “I’m Totally Fine With It” off her latest album, Pure Emotions. Accompanying Billie is her onstage…
Transitioning from gritty to glam rock isn’t easy, but these guys have got it down.
Closeness is the new duo of Todd Fink (The Faint) and Orenda Fink (Azure Ray), who were married for a decade before starting a project of their own together. With a lush electronic landscape and distinct, effect-heavy vocals, the duo blend rock and pop with an approach that draws on the familiar styles of their previous work in a fresh way.

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