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‘Songs from the Great Indoors’ sends you daily downloads of songs created while in quarantine.
This music video will keep you sane by being totally insane during this quarantine season.
The UK band Catholic Action sings brutal truths about politics to some '90s rock-infused thrasher garage rock—tune in!
Overall, frontman Chris McCrory says they just want to write and release music on their own terms.
We're all Born Ruffians this week with them as our top artist & their frontman's solo project also making the top 10.
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. The band dropped by Serious Business Music to give us a taste of their awesomeness in this session. Punching Bag is out now from Dadstache Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
This isn't a joke, y'all. This is still a playlist of BRAND SPANKIN' new songs. LISTEN UP!
Scoville Unit is a NY/NJ/PA melodic punk band fronted by Gandhar Savur, with Drew Isleib (bass), Kevin Shelbourne (lead guitar), and Rob Hunsicker (drums). With big riffs and solid hooks, the band plays in a style heavily tinged with nostalgia that makes these original tunes feel instantly familiar. They joined us at Serious Business Music in Brooklyn for this fun session! Scoville Unit is available now from Ernest Jenning. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
They keep things cinematic and dark, but light and fun—hear all about The Buttertones.
Coronavirus might’ve canceled their tour, but it hasn’t canceled their musical momentum.
This will be your next favorite artist to leave on repeat while you're quarantined. Check out the entire list!
Here is some new chaotic darkwave/post-punk to keep you from completely going insane.
We know it's scary and boring in quarantine—here are some new tunes to get you through it!
Kevin Krauter takes the top artist spot this week and is perfect to play on repeat while you're quarantined.
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. This particular combination ties together some of the best and darkest elements of those groups in a caustic blend of equal parts nervous breakdown and blissful catharsis. Ahead of their release, the band dropped by Serious Business Music in Brooklyn to give us a taste of their music. Unmask Whoever, the debut album from Activity, will be release March 27, 2020 by Western Vinyl. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
We understand why they had to cancel the festival, we're still bummed we don't get to see these awesome bands.
Shadow Show takes the top spot this week—see who else made BTR's list.
Get dark and gothic while preparing for the end with this new EP from post-punkers Gláss.
Church Girls are the indie/post-punk band from Philadelphia comprised of Mariel Beaumont, Julien Varnier, Vince Vullo, and Joseph Wright. With soaring, catchy melodies and a fresh take on poppy punk (not really pop punk, exactly), the band dropped by Serious Business Music in Brooklyn to give us a taste of their impressive, road-tested intensity. The Haunt is available now from Anchor Eighty Four Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
I'm back at it w/ new songs form killer bands—we start off w/ some pop-punk MUST listens so tune in!
ESSi is a Brooklyn-based duo with a deceptively huge sound. Using a smart blend of noise and hooky post-punk to achieve mind-melting dynamics, Jessica Ackerley and Rick Daniel draw equally from ambient experimental music and pop as they do from the more unlistenable far reaches of skronk (though, thankfully, there’s a satisfyingly steady dose of that in the mix as well to shake things up). Their music rides the dark line between groove and caustic disorientation, in a way that’s welcome for its willingness to truly experiment with what can go into a song. The band dropped by Serious Business Music in Brooklyn for this super exciting session! Vital Creatures is available now from Ramp Local. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
So many bands are coming through for Bernie Sanders—it's a beautiful thing for Democracy and your ears.
Thick and I sip tequila sodas while we chat debut album & their musical evolution.
A lot has happened for the pop-punk trio and they don’t plan on stopping anytime soon.
Banana is a rock trio from Boston, MA. With heavy riffs, deep hooks, and the full range from jangly to full on wall of sound, they’re out to give you more than just your daily dose of potassium. The band dropped by Serious Business Music in Brooklyn while passing thru NYC to show us how they do it. Post-Grunge Revival is available now from King Pizza Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
You need this fun short horror video about a vampire drummer in your life.
Tune in to hear new Hockey Dad and a fun chat with half of the duo.
Yee-haw and rock on to this new trippy banger strictly for cowboys and outlaws.
We've got some really great new ones for you this week—so, tune-in, close your eyes and let the music take over.
The Clash, Ramones, Dead Kennedys, Sex Pistols—they ain’t got nothin’ on Bernie.
What reason do you need to dance other than the somewhat optimistic thought that things could be worse?
The indie quartet chats new music, touring, band mottos and feeling the Bern.
Watch out Wall Street—these punks are coming for you, so you better get ready to buy, sell AND die.
It’s not easy finding yourself when you’re busy paying bills, touring & spending time w/ loved ones.
This Presidents' Day say, "F U" to the establishment and cry out for rebellion with these rock 'n' roll thrashers.
Take your honey to a badass show in Brooklyn & you'll have one unforgettable day of love.
This holiday says "I love you" with the sounds of Thelma & the Sleaze, passion of GRLwood, The Shivas and more.
Let our top artist of the week break your heart and have you falling in love all over again.
The chaotic quartet left their upcoming album’s debut track up to chance.
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.
A gathering not meant for the weak of heart with thrash rock, loud hogs and tattoos galore.
There’s at least 20 hours a day of darkness in the winter—perfect for an angsty indie band to release a new album.
Catchy and edgy—listen to Sløtface's newest album here and an interview with the frontwoman.
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.
It’s been a big year for the Los Angeles thrashers. Now they’re looking to the future.
We're getting really ahead of ourselves this week with some albums that don't even come out 'till March.
Learn to love your blisters and scars while swaying to the Illinois power pop punk band's new song.
Yonatan Gat chats traditional spiritual Native American powwow music and its power.
He was getting pretty bored with the whole music scene thing—until he met the Eastern Medicine Singers.
When you put three garage bands on a large stage together, rules are bound to be broken.
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.
The first interview of the new decade is with indie rocker Erin Anne!
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 indie-rock goddess wasn’t always this bold—she used to think she sucked.
Check out the dark & rockin' tunes of our top musician this week.
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.
Why not play punk they way it’s supposed to be played—with zero f*cks.
Dawn in the new year w/ the final part of THE TOP SONGS of 2019—the only good thing to come out of this year.
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.
These are songs from artists who I had the best interviews with in 2019—they'll rock your socks off. (Part 2 of 2)
Anything can happen when an interview is face-to-face.
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.
Dawn in the new year w/ this part two of THE TOP SONGS of 2019—the only good thing to come out of this year.

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