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Some of the best albums from underground artists that the dumb charts decided to ignore.
These are songs from artists who I had the best interviews with in 2019—they’ll rock your socks off. (Part 1 of 2)
2019 was a rough year. At least we had our weekly Monday music column & podcast to get us through it.
Chatting with musicians about all kinds of wild shit all year long.
Dawn in the new year w/ this part one of THE TOP SONGS of 2019—the only good thing to come out of this year.
Many of these EPs might have flown under your radar—catch up on them today & we promise you won’t regret it.
If you’re looking for “Jingle Bells” or “Winter Wonderland” then you’ve come to the wrong place, ya square.
You won’t find “Jingle Bells” on this playlist.
A look back at the wildest and craziest nights of 2019.
There’s nothing like showing someone a new song for the first time.
It’s difficult to keep up with musicians on the road, but somehow I survived it all.
Camilo Medina and Javier Forero met as kids in Bogotá before reuniting in Miami, where they began their musical collaboration. In Chicago, the duo was joined by Guillermo Rodriguez and Pierce Codina…
If you’re looking for “Jingle Bells” or “Winter Wonderland” then you’ve come to the wrong place, ya square.
Don’t miss out on all these new albums from this year.
New music for your listening pleasure, my sweet babes—you’re welcome.
Queen Of Jeans, the Philadelphia-based trio of Miri Devora, Mattie Glass & Patrick Wall, makes heartfelt, relatable, catchy, poppy/punky indie rock that is instantly likeable. The band dropped by…
We chat with the clown doctor punk rocker himself & listen to their newest album.
We’re getting some tough love this week from indie artist Erin Anne.
Musicians—they mess around on Instagram just as much as the rest of us.
Fran gets in your face with killer jams this week.
You’re going to need something to keep your energy levels high—so, listen to this playlist.
There’s something for everyone in a music-savvy family to enjoy.
Human People – aka the NYC rock band comprised of four human people: Hayley Livingston, Marisa Gershenhorn, Victoria Guillem, and Abigail Austin – brings an excitedly catchy, scrappy, poppiness to the…
A chat w/ the frontman of The Shivas and listening to tracks from their newest album ‘Dark Thoughts.’
This time around, the band wanted more than just fun dance music.
Mind-melting photos from the world’s greatest psych-rock music festival.
Get ready for a wild social media ride from this pop-punk sweetheart turned indie.
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…
AJ Davila of Puerto Rican party punks Davila666 joins me in the studio to chat about the wild rock ‘n’ roll life.
The Puerto Rican party punks were in NYC for one show before jetting off to Europe.
It’s the glam punk’s final track of the year to his series of powerful singles.
The music of Maneka – the sonically-eclectic project of guitarist Devin McKnight, also of the band Speedy Ortiz – draws on a multitude of influences in an attempt to reflect McKnight’s unique…
A beautiful night for all the freaks of NYC to let loose with bands, dancing, a costume contest and more.
The psych-rockers just wanna jam and share their music with the world—is that so wrong?
Getting spacey & sweet with the Allah-Las this week.
Ramonda Hammer are a four-piece grunge rock band from LA. With masterful loud-quiet-loud explosive dynamics and heart-on-the-sleeve lyrics, the band – and particular lead singer Devin Davis – has the…
Let these music videos roll to have the spookiest and best musically-curated Halloween ever.
Weeping Icon is the Brooklyn-based experimental punk band comprised of Sara Fantry (guitar, vocals), Sarah Reinold (bass), and Lani Combier-Kapel (drums, vocals). With a super heavy sound and serious…
BOO! Get ready for the scariest and best tracks spun on New Vibrations this year.
Dad is a Brooklyn hardcore punk band carving a new path of fatherly disappointment through intense jams. The band, consisting of Jeremy Duvall, Jesse Fairbairn, Jon Murphy, and James Watson dropped by…
This week we’re pausing our regular scheduled programming to bring you a playlist of spooky songs from artists featured on The Music Meetup this year!
These labels will definitely keep you cool music-savvy.
If you’re celebrating Halloween in NYC this year, are cool and into good music, then these shows are for you.
This dreamy song will have you in a haze wrestling your deepest emotions.
This week we start with new fast & thrashy and end on new melodic & twangy with a little new psych sprinkled in.
The Italian trio brings you fuzzed-out garage rock no matter how difficult it gets.
Thumpasaurus is a punk-funk wild rollercoaster ride of a party machine full of aliens, tearing out of LA. With a ridiculously entertaining vibe and a flair for the dramatic (think somewhere along the…
Be the first to hear the raging new track from these post-punkers’ upcoming album ‘Tapeworm.’
Genre stereotypes were thrown out the window for one great night of music.
This week I chat with a young, but rockin’ bunch The Bobby Lees. Tune in!
From the Brooklyn DIY giants at King Pizza, we bring you The Fucktons, a two-man gas-guzzlin’ reverb-swimming overdrive-blurtin’ powerhouse of rock. You may recognize these two from The Mad…
Surf Curse coming in strong with their dark indie vibes to creep you out and get you rockin’.
Pip Blom the band is led by the young Amsterdam songwriter of the same name. Using post-punk urgency, 90’s alt-rock hooks and twists, and a genuine knack for songwriting and expression, the music is…
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…
New music is the name of the game, baby! Tune in to hear some killer new underground rock ‘n’ roll.
Esther Rose brings Americana to the list.
We ain’t talking scary scores. We’re talking killer tunes—beware.
Dangerous and exciting music that Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon calls “hot as fuck.”
There’s nothing like nudity and good tunes to really get you in the mood.
We spend the day with LA’s Death Valley Girls in Atlanta
A chat with Skux about bears, punk rock and livin’ in the mountains of Alaska as a park ranger—tune in!
Protecting nature wasn’t enough for this Alaskan park ranger, so she created Skux.
Versus getting you in the fall mood with their newest album.
The feminist zine & artist collective gives you a mix of tracks to feel empowered and take over the world.
I’m on vacation so here are some of my favorite new tracks from this year & a pic of my pup.
We’ll miss you summer—listen to some of The Music Meetup’s favorite featured artist from this year so far!
Squeeze the most out of your last beach parties & BBQs w/ some of the show’s hottest featured artists from the year.
Powerful yet soft female vocals reign this week.
All he had to do was bang out some power chords. Evidently he was too good for that.
They’ve aged like a fine wine—if that wine started as harsh house whiskey and aged into strong top-shelf bourbon.
This week we get down to new rock, pop, and punk to feel empowered and ready to take on anything!
Lapêche is a Brooklyn-based indie rock four piece led by singer/guitarist Krista Holly Diem, whose dark, melodic songs offer a refreshing twist on post-punk inspired indie rock. The band – which also…
This week we listen to new and old ones and have a chat with badass blues thrashers Thunderpussy.
A rockin’ new playlist & a birthday shout out to my ma—what an exciting time! Tune in!
The weekly Sunday boogie night was extra lit this week with some of Brooklyn’s most beloved rockers.
New York could barely handle the intensity of the hard-touring Philly trio.
Blush is the solo project of Maura Lynch (formerly of Darlings) – her songs have a hazy, sweet melodic quality that’s super addictive, so expect to be left wanting much more after checking out the tunes. Lynch brought the band down to Serious Business Music in Brooklyn for this very special session. Blush (Digital Deluxe) is available now from Arrowhawk Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Cellphones and minds we’re lost the first night and oh, what a magical time it was.
We first met Brooklyn bassist extraordinaire Eva Lawitts when the band Citris dropped by, but she’s a musician who you’ve likely heard already, whether you realize it or not. Be it one of her own…
Retro rockers Alex Little & The Suspicious Minds will get you in the mood—guaranteed.
The North Carolina-based garage punkers are excited to share music that’s about more than just “sad shit.”
After moving to NYC in 1998 and beginning to seriously play music there in 2001, J is leaving the city in the fall, so this is the last episode of the podcast. It’s packed with around 6 hours of…
After moving to NYC in 1998 and beginning to seriously play music there in 2001, J is leaving the city in the fall, so this is the last episode of the podcast. It’s packed with around 6 hours of…
We rock out to young punkers Weeping Icon and pioneering punkers Violent Femmes and so so much more.
Meltasia Music Festival is THIS weekend in Upstate NY—don’t miss out on the chaos. Tune in to hear the bands playing!
This week we start off fast & gritty and end slow & sultry. All brand spankin’ new, of course!
Je T’aime Oh No’s lineup got together some of the fiercest vocals currently in the NYC same.
A chat backstage in Brooklyn with New Zealand garage punk rockers & brand new tracks—tune in!
Chatting w/ New Zealand rockers backstage in Brooklyn, NY.
SadGirl gives us a twinge of rockabilly in their rockin’ new album ‘Water’ that’s #1 this week.
The psych-garage rockers ask whether it’s possible to create something new in this world.
This week I chat with Manchester, UK-based garage rockers Fruit Tones and listen to their newest album ‘Natural Selection.”
The U.K. garage rockers won’t let little things like below-freezing weather and snow stop their music.
Stef Chura gets emotional and rocks out to the top.
There’s nothin’ like two to five songs to give you that thirst for more great tunes.
2019 has been a rough one, but these rockin’ indie, punk, garage albums and more make it bearable.
Casanova Valentine and a rowdy bunch of no-ring wrestlers took over Our Wicked Lady for The Great American Trash 4th of July Extravaganza.
Divino Niño brings the trippy vibes and makes your soul feel the happiness it deserves.
Happy 4th! Here’s a playlist of new songs that are either not in English or are unhappy w/ the government—tune in!
This week I have a group chat with NYC metal punk thrashers A Deer Horse—tune in!
Metal, punk rock, garage thrashers—whatever you want to call them, they’re here to shred & have a blast.
The metal punk duo is coming in full force with intensity & passion.
Camilo Medina and Javier Forero met as kids in Bogotá before reuniting in Miami, where they began their musical collaboration. In Chicago, the duo was joined by Guillermo Rodriguez and Pierce Codina…
On Saturday, June 22, Randall’s Island in NYC became Punk Island for the annual festival.
Listen to the thrasher indie of UK’s Pip Blom.
It was a night filled with love, support, moshing and even a marriage proposal.
Warpark are an NYC trio who play loud, groovy rock music. Using the classic drums/bass/guitar setup with a heavy dose of far out sonic textures, the group has a unique take on guitar rock. The band…
We get riffy & catchy w/ NJ-based rockers Dentist—the only appointment you need for your health, in my opinion.
They don’t really know about your teeth, but their music will drill into your head and rock your world.
We get hella indie this week with some new rockin’ jams from some killer bands—tune in!
This week we listen to some punk and some pop, with brand new tracks—some from albums not even released yet.
Human People – aka the NYC rock band comprised of four human people: Hayley Livingston, Marisa Gershenhorn, Victoria Guillem, and Abigail Austin – brings an excitedly catchy, scrappy, poppiness to the…
The Cincinnati rockers have a love/hate relationship with horoscopes and an amazing new album.
This week we’re getting into some spring releases and it’s warming things up—tune in!
Dad is a Brooklyn hardcore punk band carving a new path of fatherly disappointment through intense jams.
Dad is a Brooklyn hardcore punk band carving a new path of fatherly disappointment through intense jams. The band, consisting of Jeremy Duvall, Jesse Fairbairn, Jon Murphy, and James Watson dropped by Serious Business Music in Brooklyn to tear it up for this session. Road Soda is available now! Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Pip Blom the band is led by the young Amsterdam songwriter of the same name. Using post-punk urgency, 90’s alt-rock hooks and twists, and a genuine knack for songwriting and expression, the music is…
Haybaby is releasing a new album called ‘They Get There,’ so they’re playing a release show on Monday, May 27th, at Alphaville in Brooklyn. Also on the bill is Shark?, who are reuniting after…
I’m 27 today, so this is my last year alive—I’d just like to dedicate this hour of music to all of my wonderful & talented musician friends.
The last time these NYC-based rockers released an album was the last time there was a blue moon, so it was time.
Patio took the top artist spot at BTRtoday then rocked Union Pool.
This week I chat with frontwoman of Skating Poly while the band is getting ready to hit the road for the second time with X.
Frontwoman Kelli Mayo admits in new song that she can’t do the ‘Dirty Dancing’ leap, but she loves to try.
J and Bryan listen to singles by IDLES, Flying Lotus, Ada Lea, and Violent Femmes… and album tracks by NOTS and Hannah Cohen.
This week we get pop punk and straight up pop with brand new tunezzzzz. 
Daddies is a super fun garage punk ‘n roll band from New Jersey. With catchy hooks, sexy rhythms, and lyrics you can’t help but get down with, the band is an instant good time. They invaded…
This week we listen to and chat with Ex Hex—tune in.
From the Brooklyn DIY giants at King Pizza, we bring you The Fucktons, a two-man gas-guzzlin’ reverb-swimming overdrive-blurtin’ powerhouse of rock. You may recognize these two from The Mad…
This week we listen to the newest music from bands that really know how to rock—tune-in!
Not all punk rock girls are crazy and doped up but you’d never know that from the movies.
This week I chat with Philly post-punkers Empath & spin their brand spankin’ new album ‘Active Listening: Night on Earth’!
The quartet explores their interesting collision of hard and soft vibes.
Listen to all the new music here first, it’s really great! You’re oh so welcome.
The Coathangers played Music Hall Of Williamsburg in Brooklyn.
Though Plaid Dracula hails from Brooklyn, NY, they could just as easily be from Transylvania in an alternate universe where the gothic landscape was covered in glitter. While their name might evoke a…
The punk rock trio just came out with a new album and it’s taken over our airwaves.
We first met Brooklyn bassist extraordinaire Eva Lawitts when the band Citris dropped by, but she’s a musician who you’ve likely heard already, whether you realize it or not. Be it one of her own…
Maneka is playing at Alphaville. Delicate Steve is playing at Baby’s All Right. Gracie Mansion is playing at Sunnyvale. Broken Social Scene is playing at Webster Hall. Pile is playing at Music…
The Nashville rockers chat music and Facebook glitches before their Manhattan show on Friday.
At midnight it was Earth Day & Brooklyn made sure to celebrate with some of its best bands.
Tuff Sunshine is a NYC indie rock group headed up by singer/songwriter Johnny Leitera. For this incarnation of the group, bassist Turner Stough brings in his I Am The Polish Army bandmate Emma…
Be the first to hear the NYC punk rockers’ sassy and thrashy new full-length.
Tune-in to hear new music from new albums/albums that aren’t even out yet and be the coolest kid on your block.
This week I share a drunken chat I had w/ NYC punk rockers Bambara while at SXSW & listen to their album ‘Shadow On Everything”—tune in!
The Dirty Nil is a trio from Ontario, Canada, who play fun, trashy, riffy, punk-inflected rock ‘n roll. The band dropped by Serious Business Music in Brooklyn for this long-overdue, heavy-hitting…
The legendary NYC venue celebrated their 25th birthday with some serious shredding.
The New York band captures the quintessential NYC experience of speeding through the subway in search of freedom and thrills.
Confidence Man is playing at the Knitting Factory. Reptaliens is at Brooklyn Steel. Big Thief and Lomelda are at Elsewhere. EX HEX and THICK are also at Elsewhere. And Broken Social Scene is at…
The Floridian rock ‘n’ roll trio just released their debut single and want you to get unruly with them.
The five-piece indie rockers have taken over BTRtoday this week—check them out!
He steals the show not only on the stage, but on the big screen as well.
Boys don’t cry. Unless it’s from laughter caused by these Cure memes.
New music from fast punk to melodic indie—tune in for the newest best of the best!
The Japanese/NYC band puts all the chaos of rock into their music—we chat about it after a few beers.
Chugging beers and catching up with Native Sun at SXSW in Austin, Tx.
The New York quartet’s music has matured, but their behavior is still as wild as it comes
Get a taste of the popular Wharf Cat Records punk band’s forthcoming album right here.
We’re looking back at sessions of BTR Live Studio from 2019, so far, that have featured artists from the NYC/Brooklyn area.
They take their art very seriously and describe it as if it were their dissertation.
This week we’re back on track with brand spankin’ new tracks. We get hella punk this week, so get ready to wanna headbang—tune in! xoxo
A simpler way to enjoy the chaos of this year’s SXSW.
LUMPS is the musical beast created by Aaron Hester. Previously West Coast-based, the solo project-turned-trio-turned-Brooklyn band has certainly seen some changes, but what’s remained is Hester’s…
BTRtoday presented Dilly Dally at Music Hall Of Williamsburg.
It was an extra chaotic SXSW this year—I really don’t know how I survived.
I’m back from SXSW and excited to share new tunes with all you listeners—press play & let your worries melt away.
We’ve got one more look back at SXSW 2019 in portraits and unofficial show photos.
Here’s a playlist of musicians I’ve featured on The Music Meetup who are playing this year’s SXSW!
Friday was when things started to get really wild at SXSW.
A peek into BTRtoday music writer Elena Childer’s week in Austin.
On day two of SXSW Music, we caught performances by some of our must-see bands.
BTRtoday presents Dilly Dally at Music Hall Of Williamsburg. Lumps, Darkwing, Coco Verde, BIRDS, Jamie Frey of NO ICE, and Holly Overton play Fauxmo Fest 2019. Shelter Dogs is at Alphaville. Remember…
The first day of SXSW started off the week-long music festival with a bang.
It’s SXSW so I’ve made a special playlist of all the musicians featured on New Vibrations that are ALSO playing the festival—tune in!
This week I chat with the catchy pop-punk rockers Deep State & listen to their most recent album ‘The Path To Fast Oblivion.’  
Deep State might mean many things in the media today, but Georgia-based punks have their own definition.
It’s that time of the year again—whether you’re at the Texas music festival or not, make sure to check out these bands.
The wild psych-rockers were billed as a “secret headliner” until just the day before.
This week we’re all over the place with new music! What even is a genre? Tune in!
Brian, Alex, Madi, and Dan are the Brooklyn-based band, Shelter Dogs. Always up for a good party, they’ve got a great garage/powerpop sound that sets them apart from many of the borough’s other…
This week I chat with Clem of Cherry Glazerr and we listen to their newest album Stuffed & Ready—tune in!
These are a few of her favorite things—plus, we talk new album and musical evolution.
There’s nothing like moshing and crowd surfing in a tux or gown.
This week I get abducted by aliens with Sabrina Is Not In This Chat and talk about music, touring and so much more.
Caution: The West Coast punk trio shreds so hard you may get a rash. We chat about new album, touring and the band.
The indie rockers just released the album ‘Oh Boy’ almost a decade after their hit LP ‘Hippies’ & NYC was the first to see it live.
Van Goose is the high energy, beat-driven project of Shlomi Lavi. The Brooklyn-based musician, inspired by DFA and the no wave genre, has had a wild musical ride.
What’s better than pairing visual aid with one of your favorite songs?
They brought chaos playing hits new and old, including chaotic thrashers off the newest album ‘Stuffed & Ready.’
The Semi-Annual Hatebaby Valentines’ Blood Harvest took over Rubulad in Brooklyn.
This week I have Inez, the teen frontwoman of father-daughter rock ‘n’ roll group The Exbats!
What started as a family activity blossomed into a rock ‘n’ roll dream.
Wilder Maker is playing at C’mon Everybody. Operator Music Band is playing Zone One at Elsewhere. Innov Gnawa is at National Sawdust. And Sam Evian and Cass McCombs are playing at murmrr.
Skip the crowded overpriced restaurants and treat your sweetie to some romantic rock ‘n’ roll instead.
New music every Wednesday for your listening pleasure. You are oh so welcome.
The doo-wop cover group shared the bill with two garage rockers & Patti Smith’s Lenny Kaye DJing the end of the night.
We chat w/ badass U.K. punk trio Big Joanie this week & listen to their latest album. Tune in!
Loud, heavy, abrasive, and ready to rock, Nihiloceros have blasted onto the Brooklyn scene with what they call “trash pop.” The trio of Mike Borchardt, Alex Hoffman, and Gabe Savitz stormed into…
The U.K. trio is spreading black feminism through in-your-face, catchy and fast punk rock anthems.
We have two big blocks of music for you in this episode. One features BTR Live Studio session tracks from Lumps, The Duke of Surl, The World’s Greatest Detective, and Powersnap, all of which are…
TOP Nachos is the duo of Eli Frank (guitar) and Kenny Hauptman (drums). Hailing from New Paltz, NY, and playing what they call “goof rock,” the band is doing more than just goofing off even if…
So much cool music that can’t stop and won’t stop. Prepare your ears for greatness! 
Even though they’re all over the world, they won’t stop rockin’.
On the night their fans came out to say R.I.P., Big Ups ripped it up.
Though Plaid Dracula hails from Brooklyn, NY, they could just as easily be from Transylvania in an alternate universe where the gothic landscape was covered in glitter. While their name might evoke a dark and sinister sonic territory, the band actually keeps things on the poppier, more rockin’ side of their self-proclaimed “glam-trash” genre (which is maybe a bit closer to Love And Rockets than Bauhaus). They even go so far as to rip a moody cover of the Cars’ classic “My Best Friend’s Girl” which sounds totally at home on their EP. The trio of Sam Gelernter, Rachel Adler, and Ethan Schneider stopped by Serious Business Music in Brooklyn to share some of their original tunes with us. Love Bites EP by Plaid Dracula is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
They love to drink and they love to rock, meet the skate punks who won’t give up.
A bill with Bambara, A Deer A Horse and Gnarcissists meant nobody was safe from punk rock.
This week we chat with Nashville D.I.Y. garage rocker Jamie aka Microwave Mountain.
Nashville by way of Utah, Jamie Timm created Microwave Mountain to stick it to the man and make his own tunes.
Coming into the new year hot with tons of brand new tracks—most from albums that aren’t even out yet. You’re welcome.
The punk rock mayhem got people thinking they weren’t in Kansas anymore.
Glass Slipper is a garage-punk band from NYC, where garages are actually kind of hard to come by. Less hard to come by is the band’s catchy, fuxxy, scuzzy, fun vibe. They dropped by Serious Business…
These are songs from the best interviews from 2018—they’re all awesome & everyone needs to check them out.
The Dirty Nil is a trio from Ontario, Canada, who play fun, trashy, riffy, punk-inflected rock ‘n roll. The band dropped by Serious Business Music in Brooklyn for this long-overdue, heavy-hitting…
Dawn in the new year w/ this part two round ups of THE TOP SONGS of 2018—the only good thing to come out of last year.

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