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Laetitia Tamko is the Brooklyn-based musician behind the much buzzed about project, Vagabon. With an adept skill for storytelling and an unforgettable vocal style, blended with a masterful use of…
Your cheat-sheet to 2017’s underground indie album releases.
The West Coast band uses punk rock to get through these hard times.
For our final episode of the year, we present twenty songs by NYC-based artists who had new music out in 2017. We wholeheartedly recommend you support these artists by buying as many of these as you…
Ten of the most wild & crazy nights of 2017.
Underground shows to avoid the swarm of amateurs drinking in Times Square.
Pinact is a Scottish trio offering a sort of gentle pop pummeling thar features rock music with big hooks, fuzzy guitars, and on-point vocal harmonies. Often landing somewhere between the harsh…
A personal journey through his gritty, yet tender, discography.
The year is set to close out with lots of great rock shows happening around NYC. We’ve got a new track called “Sludgefucker” by The Royal They mixed in with music by Crazy Pills and El Silver…
Keeping up with the accusations against men in the music industry is as depressing as it is confusing.
The Royal They is a fuzzed-out band filled with heart attack-inducing drum rolls, fuck-you lyrics and distorted guitar solos that’ll drive you mad.
Local artists are well represented at Brooklyn venues in the last days of November and first days of December, with shows featuring Mount Sharp, Flying Pace, Shilpa Ray, Acid Dad, and gobbinjr. Plus…
The perfect lineup to convey the badass soul of the Brooklyn music scene assembled in Bushwick.
New Candys make music bursting with visual flavor–we chat new album & lots more!
You may have screamed it along with The Ramones, but do you even know what it means?
Cherry Glazerr, Thick and Dances had the room bursting with energy and excitement. Not bad for a Sunday night.
We have a lot of music and artists that are new to the podcast in this episode, including Bad History Month with a song off their new album, ‘Dead And Loving It: An Introductory Exploration Of…
No mouth-breathers allowed! Songs picked from both seasons, plus songs they should’ve included.
Guitarist and lead singer of Blis. Aaron Gossett isn’t afraid to sing about the ups and downs of his personal life—even when it’s mostly downs.
With local Palestinian artists being arrested and banned from traveling, international rock stars are urging their peers to stay away from Israel.
Meet the psych-rock band from Miami, Deaf Poets–come for the memes, stay for the music.
This Halloween season, you don’t want to miss these spook-tacular events.
There are a lot of shows going on between October 26th and November 9th…We’ve got brand new stuff by Winston C.W., pretty new stuff by Heaters, and exclusive BTRtoday live tracks by Marijuana…
Brooklyn songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and all-around talented and versatile performer Caitlin Frame heads up the post-punky FRAME, while also holding down the low end. The band dropped by…
Every artist in this episode is new to BTR this week, just like most weeks. And they’re all on Bandcamp, just by lovely coincidence. And we talk about our website and old school BrooklynVegan…
I don’t recommend this as a cold remedy but this punk rock did me some good, for sure!
This NYC band will turn those hollers of terror into some gritty punk rock that’ll haunt your sleep.
Adult Books started with what they knew best, hardcore punk, and morphed into a full-on post-punk band.
Big Bliss is a Brooklyn band formed in 2015 by brothers Cory (drums) and Tim (vocals, guitar) Race, along with bassist Wallace May. The trio blasts out a furious sort of post-punk and indie rock that draws a bit on shoegaze (think perhaps a little Mission Of Burma here, a little Interpol there), and have been playing shows almost constantly since their inception. We finally got them to take a breather and stop by Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn to show us what they’ve been up to. The “Fortune” single is available now from Exit Stencil Recordings. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
A pop punk interview perfect for those w/ short attention spans or are maybe a little too high–meet The Dirty Nil.
The Black Lips, Diet Choke and The Nude Party set off an explosion of dirty energy.
In this episode, we’re focused on artists playing shows around NYC in the weeks after October 11. The Duke Of Surl is kicking off a tour. The Footlight has Baked one night and a benefit show for Drew St. Aubin featuring GunFight! And Robot Princess the next, Cults is at Music Hall of Williamsburg in support of an excellent new album, and Katie Von Schleicher, Caroline Says, and gobbinjr join forces at Union Pool.
They have a song about needing a burrito and drugs, and it’s beautiful.
BTRtoday Music Director, Lottie (aka ‘Ms. Lottie’) joins us this week as we listen to some of the tracks that end the new releases we added to our music library this week. What makes a final track a final track? How does Ms. Lottie pick the music she brings in? What’s Bryan’s new single sound like? Will we answer any of these questions? Spoiler alert: maybe.
Social worker and punk fan Sheridan Allen created Punk Talks to help give people in the music industry access to free mental health care.
Honey plays the kind of intense rock ‘n’ roll that would play in your head while you hide from a psycho killer.
Beau Alessi and Doug Schrashun talk about The New Restaurants, plus music from c’yotes, Metz, and Deerhoof.
This week, Bryan and J discuss social media and even create a tumblr for the podcast. Also, they listen to a lot of great new music — no duds at all despite one of the band’s names.
A pressing error has Beyoncé and a Canadian punk band sharing a vinyl release. Bey wouldn’t return our calls, but here’s what the punk band had to say.
You can’t just leave Otis Mountain Get Down without lasting memories–or at least a stick-and-poke tattoo…
Metalleg is the sound of musicians never wanting to stop.
We have a music heavy episode this time, including new tracks from The New Restaurants, who are celebrating the release of a new website (‘cause that’s how they do), and Lomelda, who has a new album out. Both have release shows coming up. Also, we have plenty more music from artists playing around NYC/Brooklyn in late September.
You don’t truly know what an all night party is until you’ve gone to Meltasia.
The best cure for seasickness is booze, confetti and live rock ‘n’ roll–this is High Waisted At Sea 4: Rock ‘N’ Roll Booze Cruise!
The New York group is reviving the grit & power of a bygone era of punk.
Drew St. Aubin is a guy who was a longtime fixture of the NYC music scene before he left to live in New Hampshire a little while back. Unfortunately, an accident has left him pretty banged up, but a bunch of his friends are trying to help out with medical costs with a GoFundMe campaign and a couple of benefit shows that are in the works. Both StereoactiveNYC and BTR have a long history with Drew, so we’ve got a whole bunch of music that features his multiple talents and some stories to go with them. Also, we have some new music by former Ball Of Flame Shoot Fire members Pat Kelly and Jess Tambellini as well as new stuff by Shilpa Ray.
Take a peek into the Pandora’s box of rock ‘n’ roll with the Fat White Family zine by Alec Castillo & Sacha Lecca.
This party is like your birthday, plus New Year’s Eve, plus your senior prom, plus your wedding all in one night.
In O’Connor’s hour of darkness, it’s time for fans to show her how much she’s appreciated.
Center yourself by pressing play on Native Sun’s new single “Palindrome.”
I made a fashionably late entrance this year. I brought my sunscreen, sunglasses and wore my most summery outfit. But the joke was on me. I avoided sunburn but left the fest drenched and shivering.
The Gorilla Biscuits and Quicksand vet lets his freak flag fly with Dead Heavens.
City scenesters escaped the concrete jungle for two nights of fun in Rockaway Beach.
Van Dammes’ music freezes hell over. With their robust guitar solos and wild drumbeats, they reach into the deepest, darkest parts of their listeners’ souls. The four-piece garage band hail from Helsinki, Finland and pull inspiration from every era of punk, satisfying each and every desire for any punk rock fan. The group formed in Brussels, Belgium in 2013 and have already released two EPs, The VD EP and Better Than Sex. This May, they were back at it again with another EP entitled Vild Days. Currently, they’re touring the EU. With Vild Days, Van Dammes dig deep into the oldest roots of punk, excavating the essence of The Ramones. They match sing-a-long ready chants and bouncy melodies with distorted guitars, post-punk-like synth and guttural vocals (which are oddly sultry on account of their Finnish accents). BTRtoday chatted with Juho Talja and Markus Kujawa, the singers for Van Dammes. Check out the entire interview below. BTRtoday (BTR): How did you meet and form Van Dammes? Juho Talja (JT): We all are good friends, so we knew each other for a long time before Van Dammes. We’ve also been playing in some of the same bands for ages. Markus lives in Brussels and this one time I travelled there to meet him we went to see this Swedish band called Holograms, which played at a legendary punk venue called DNA. We were really impressed about their aesthetics and after a few drinks we agreed to form a new band, which is now known as Van Dammes. BTR: Why the name Van Dammes? JT: Well, the band was formed in Brussels and there happens to be a statue of Jean-Claude van Damme, who happens to be from Belgium, that we accidentally saw. Markus Kujawa (MK): And for a moment it felt like the best idea of the world. Now it’s too late to take it back. BTR: Who are some of your musical inspirations? JT: Pet Shop Boys. It was my first favorite band and it’s still one of the best. They know how to write the perfect melody to a song. For the same reasons I also like the old stuff of Weezer very much. MK: Pet Shop Boys was also my first favorite band back in the early 1990’s. Our sound is of course completely different from theirs, but maybe melodically people can recognize some similarities between PSB and us. JT: Of course there are also some punk and garage bands that have inspired us. For my part, I’d say [the previously mentioned] Holograms, The Spits, The Hives, Bikini Kill, Dune Rats (who we did some shows with about two years ago) and Death From Above 1979. MK: Ah yes, I wish Van Dammes had made The Hives’ “Come On.” BTR: Why do you sing in English? JT: Singing in English gives us the opportunity to tour around Europe and even the world. Because of that we also have this opportunity to do interviews for example with US media outlets. If we sang in Finnish it would always be only the same Finnish towns where we could play. MK: And there are like three towns and one newspaper in Finland… [laughs] BTR: Tell me about the latest album Vild Days, what was the creative process like? MK: The songs came quite quickly. Normally it’s Juho and I who write the songs but this time our drummer also made his contribution. His song is the one about drummers by the way. Also the recording process was very fast, which is very typical for us. However, the mixing process was very long due to our producer’s own (terrible) rap music projects and some record label issues. In fact, our former label is called Vild Records and they actually declined to release this EP. So after finding our current label, we decided to pay a little “tribute” to our former label. We are still on good terms with them though. BTR: What are your live shows like? MK: Fast and furious. We try not to play too long of sets. It’s good to leave the crowd a bit hungry, know what I mean? I guess our shows are quite messy. Anything can happen. I like that our bass player is in the middle of the stage, and Juho and I sing on both sides of him. JT: Our shows are like running 400-meter hurdles [1/4 of a mile]. You have to go full speed from the beginning and cross many barriers to get to the finish line. MK: Sometimes you win and sometimes you stumble. BTR: What should we expect for the future of Van Dammes? How about a US tour anytime soon? MK: Recently we were actually asked to tour the East Coast of the US, but I think there are already some Euro dates booked for then. It would be really cool to play in America at some point though. We’re also prepping to record our fourth album. There are already a couple of new songs so I guess the next record will be out in the beginning of 2018. JT: Playing in the US would actually be really nice. Hey—all the active garage/punk booking agents reading this, just give us a call and we’ll be there. [laughs] BTR: Is there something you guys like to do on your free time that isn’t music related? JT: I’m really into European football, or soccer as you say in the US. I know everything about it and play it myself in lower levels. I’m also really interested in cryptozoology, which is about searching and studying the animals whose existence or survival is disputed or unsubstantiated. MK: I’m into plane spotting and weird languages.
Grim Streaker is a musical force to be reckoned with. Full speed ahead, all systems go, with the power of a jet engine flying upside down. You get the picture. This is unabashedly bashing, but tuneful, punk rock for modern lovers, form a Brooklyn band full of some highly talented usual suspects from the scene… grab your board and get out there. Check out this blistering jam from when they crash landed at Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Girl Minority is available now on cassette. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
The Nude Party put on an epic music festival called ‘Send It Week’ before moving to NYC. These are the pictures from it–complete with dicks & dildos.
A music festival that’s the epitome of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll.
Pearie Sol, the solo project of Fustero from Washington D.C., is an extra manic version of a ‘70s punk-inspired sound that scrambles the mind.
The Pittsburgh duo does dad rock right. Maybe we should call it dad punk?
Long gone are the sweaty and shirtless performances of Nick Cave. Hello to a transcendent experience hosted by a haunted man in a suit.
There’s no need to focus on how lady-centric these bands are, but you can’t deny these gals kick ass.
From made up psychedelic ouija pop band to totally real — as in loud, fast, and sweaty real — band, this supergroup composed of members of Fat White Family and the Eccentronic Research Council have come together to destroy pop music and rebuild it. They brought their chaos to Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn for this eye-opening session. Interplanetary Class Classics is available now from Chimera Music. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
It was an educational night of punk rock by seeing three generations of the genre.
Laetitia Tamko is the Brooklyn-based musician behind the much buzzed about project, Vagabon. With an adept skill for storytelling and an unforgettable vocal style, blended with a masterful use of tension in her unique indie rock arrangements, she has managed to gain some serious traction with this project, particularly since this year’s release of her first full length record. Vagabon, in full band form, dropped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn, to share some of her fantastic earworms with us. Infinite Worlds is available now from Father/Daughter Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
New Yorker hipster attitude is no match for The Growlers’ grooves.
Evolfo’s catchy, punk-inflected tunes are ready to put you in a trance.
Losing none of their energy and angst from their ‘80s glory days, The Jesus and Mary Chain show they’re the Dorian Greys of punk rock.
Alexander F is the modern post-punk brainchild of Brooklyn musician Alex Toth, who is known for his work as a trumpet player and vocalist for Rubblebucket. It was a look inward during a silent retreat that inspired what would become the first batch of songs for Alexander F, which come to life with a perfectly poised execution, topped off by Alex’s captivating moves (think somewhere between Talking Heads’ David Byrne and Future Island’s Samuel Herring). The band descended upon the live room at Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn, to give us a taste of what they’ve got going on! Alexander F’s self-titled new album is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
This week we chat with Nashville’s Daddy Issues & listen to a SNEAK PEEK of ‘Deep Dream’–out May 19.
In honor of Mother’s Day, a look back at the mother of all doom rock music videos.
Webster Hall put on a sinful evening of music blessed by the gods—plus a special appearance from Sean Lennon.
Check out Side Eye—the Pittsburgh-based band comprised of some badass chicks spitting out your new favorite punk/doo-wop/surf rock inspired tunes.
A too-cool-for-school kind of Friday night, brought to you by Flatbox Presents!
Culture and lifestyles are different everywhere—this is no exception to music! BTRtoday explores the music scenes around the world.
Meet Monograms! They’re a mixture of synth pop and punk rock, and who could ask for more??
We chat w/ NYC music pioneers Sharkmuffin, and, boy oh boy, do they have a killer record coming out May 5–check it out!
The pioneer punk rockers from the ’80s got back together for one chaotic weekend & released a re-mastered vinyl!
Bleeding Knees Club is a garage, pop-punk Australian band that was on a small hiatus until recently. Now, they are back with a vengeance!
From Australia, we’re premiering Ruth Carp & The Fish Heads’ newest album ‘Can Men Like Us Go To Heaven?’
“It wasn’t a punk scene like the rest of the world was having ,it was more of an explosion of creativity…”
A punk rock show to welcome home Brooklyn-natives Stuyedeyed from tour—lineup includes Retail, Thick, & Psymon Spine!
These surf-rock punkers bring the tunes, thrills and the entertainment.
BTRtoday explores performance art culture and speaks to concertgoers who enjoy a good show with some classic BDSM, fog, and who knows what else!
Let’s get weird with Weird Omen–a dark and mysterious French band that sings explosive rock ‘n’ roll.
Parlor Walls is the Brooklyn-based trio of Alyse Lamb, Chris Mulligan, and Kate Mohanty. Lamb and Mohanty honed their blend of noise guitar and sax in the band EULA, perfecting their dramatic, modern take on post-punk. The band has been very active since their 2014 inception and, with their upcoming Northern Spy debut, things are set to take off even more. They dropped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to bring the noise to our live room for this session! Opposites by Parlor Walls will be released March 10th by Northern Spy Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Wyldlife is a supercharged 70s-style punk rock ‘n roll gang from New York City. These guys are the total package — fast, tight, and overflowing with catchy riffs behind a wicked sense of humor and a sneer, all clad in the requisite leather jacket. The guys stopped by Serious Business in DUMBO to tear it up for this session! Out On Your Block is available now from Wicked Cool Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Parlor Walls is the Brooklyn-based trio of Alyse Lamb, Chris Mulligan, and Kate Mohanty. Lamb and Mohanty honed their blend of noise guitar and sax in the band EULA, perfecting their dramatic, modern take on post-punk. The band has been very active since their 2014 inception and, with their upcoming Northern Spy debut, things are set to take off even more. They dropped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to bring the noise to our live room for this session! Opposites by Parlor Walls will be release March 10th by Northern Spy Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Emilyn Brodsky plays the ukulele with so much fire that you have to wonder why she doesn’t make the move to electric guitar… well, because she’s chosen her weapon, and it’s that tiny stringed instrument that she bashes away at while singing and commanding the stage with a similar intensity. This is part folk, part punk, but not entirely either one in the traditional sense. We’re kind of fascinated by Emilyn (she’s very chatty and has a way of drawing you into her world quickly) and we think you will be too. Check out this fun session recorded live at Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn to see for yourself. Emilyn Brodsky’s Digestion is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Very Fresh is the musical project of Cindy Lou Gooden, a versatile musician who floats around the familiar Ava Luna and Speedy Ortiz orbit of bands. The band’s music is heavily anchored in the sweet verse-chorus-verse 90s territory with just slightly off-kilter, tender melodies. Cindy’s voice is raw and powerful, if deceptively gentle at times in a way that works to counter the punkish rhythms of the music. The band stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn to share some tunes. Very Fresh’s Hey, It’s Me! EP is available now from New Professor Music and Inflated Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.

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