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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.
The Nashville by way of L.A. musician isn’t afraid to bare it all.
If winter's got you down this mix will cheer you up. Happy tunes and a BTR Top 10 remix with some of the best new music on the site. Sound good?
Jam out this week to LA's The Paranoyds—I chat with the band and share their debut album Carnage Bargain.
It’s been a big year for the Los Angeles thrashers. Now they’re looking to the future.
New music from Umphrey’s McGee and we dive into the consciousness of Bonny Done, Strand of Oaks, American Babies and The Good Graces.
Let this trio take you on a passionate ride of music.
John Daily (The Black Black, Kissed By An Animal, Von Goose, East Williamsburg Econolodge) stops by to talk a bit about his own music and the Brooklyn DIY space he runs, and of course to do the whole 'listen-and-react-to" new songs thing with us! Featuring great new music from Smoke Fairies, ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Bad Pelicans, Mr. Elevator, CocoRosie, and Alice Boman.
Drop into The Listening Booth for the brand new of Montreal record, as well as the record store origin story for Brisbane duo An Horse.
Adam Melchor is a young musician from New Jersey, currently living in LA. With a strong, soft sensibility to his songwriting, his songs have just the right balance of timeless pop hooks and interesting arrangements to keep everything sounding fresh. He dropped by Serious Business Music in Brooklyn to share a few tunes with us in this solo session. Plan On You is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Neil Peart pledged allegiance to the misanthropic 'Atlas Shrugged' author but the warmth and humanity of his best lyrics tell a different story.
Connor Murray of the Pittsburgh-based label, Crafted Sounds, joins us for a discussion about the label - from it's beginnings to working with Misra for distribution - touching on the need for community, finding mentors, and keeping things analog.
New music from Sarah Mary Chadwick, Alice Boman, Elliot Moss and more!
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.
of Montreal kicks the show off with music from their 16th studio album! We'll end the show with a Top 10 remix, featuring out most played artist of the week Luke Lalonde. Plus enjoy all the good tunes in between.
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.
New Wood Brothers and new Moon Hooch as they both start tours to support new albums released Jan 10. And I replay for you some new, old music I discovered this week by Railroad Earth and Keller Williams (plus a lot more).
Getting rockin' & indie with Luke Lalonde this week. Check it out!
Videographer/photographer Jen Meller joins us this week to talk music, technology-free hikes, and upcoming projects. Featuring new singles by Anna Burch, Disq, Shell of a Shell, Foxtails Brigade, Frances Quinlan, and Wax Machine.
DJRePete spins music discovery w/rock from The Brutalists, R&B via Girl Ray, & electro from !!!. Plus, info on a festival+record rummage?!
Putting the spotlight on Georgia Maq and her new album Pleaser. Plus, you'll hear new music from Laumė and tunes from out most played artist of the week, Shana Falana.
When you put three garage bands on a large stage together, rules are bound to be broken.
This week we're diving into a huge, eclectic playlist, from Ganser to Hand Habits and Ghost Funk Orchestra to Buck Meek, we're revisiting favorites and digging up some gems from the music library for you!
New Year. New Albums. New Outlook.
She's the self-proclaimed poster child for addictive personalities and her new song “Any Other Way” tells you about it.
He would’ve been 79 today and you shoulda been listening to him years ago.
New Orleans based artists are featured on the January edition of Spotlight on the City. You'll hear from Doctor Lo, IZE, Delores Galore and more!
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.
In the mix today you'll hear new music from Grand Canyon a 6-piece out of Los Angeles. Also, new tunes from Praises. Old favorites in there as well and a BTR Top 10 remix.
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.
It’s a calming episode with Joe Russo, La Strada, Robert Earl Thomas, Burnell Pines and Purple Mountains.
Check out the dark & rockin' tunes of our top musician this week.
Special guest, Music Director Lottie, is back again to join us and to ring in the new year with our first new music episode of 2020! We check out new tunes from Yumi Zouma, Gladie, Praises, Aoife Nessa Frances, and YlangYlang, but for some reason do quite a bit of talking about Angel Olsen, Eleanor Friedberger, and a band whose music video we watched today and hated, but refuse to name. It's a real hot start to the year.
The Listening Booth has high energy electro alt from Flamingods, alt w/Jay Som amid her world tour, & folk w/2020 SXSW performer Boy Scouts!
Back at it in 2020 and Emily has her ears set on Grand Canyon. The group out of Los Angeles dropped their Yesterday's News EP in August and you'll get to hear a few tracks from it in the mix today.
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.
Rounder Records is an independent Nashville, TN-based label specializing all types of roots music. With a rich 50-year history in the industry, there's a ton of ground to cover, so we got into it a bit with the label's president, John Strohm. In the second half of the show, we check out some music from the label's latest releases, including Susto, Katie Pruitt, Logan Ledger, Billy Strings, Caroline Spence, and more.
Recapping new releases from November and December 2019.
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.
We're stoked for all the new music on the the horizon in 2020 but holding on to some of our favorites from 2019. You'll hear them in the mix today.
It’s been a few years since Pittsburgh songwriter Brooke Annibale stopped by our studio for a session. In that time, her sound has continued to grow and evolve - holding onto that timeless quality we’ve always loved while introducing some fresh elements to keep things exciting.
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.
New music from Umphrey’s McGee with some fresh sounds for 2020 Jams from American Babies, Daemon Chili, Karl Denson and Joss Jaffe.
Not every song needs to fit the mold of a 3 minute pop song - this week, to start 2020, we're checking out some of the longer (5 minutes +) music from 2019 that we hadn't gotten around to listening to yet!
Your Hibernation mix in The Listening Booth with jazz by Zach Brock, rock via Erin Anne, and new blues via Luke Lalonde!
2019 brought this all-female music mix so many incredible albums. In today's show, we'll play you all the ones that didn't make Emily's 'best of' list but that she really had a hard time leaving out. Munya, Mariya May and Eerie Wanda are all in the mix.
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.
Greg Jamie of the band Blood Warrior (also of O'Death) joins us for a conversation about the band's new album, Animal Hides.
Playing some of the best albums, artists and tracks from 2019
Ali Awan is a Philadelphia-based songwriter/producer with a knack for timeless, catchy hooks, regardless of whatever genre he happens to be dipping into. From rock n’ roll to soulful folk, Awan’s sonic shapeshifting is effortless and works beautifully. He brought the live band down to Serious Business Music in Brooklyn to share a few tunes with us in this session. Butterfly by Ali Awan is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
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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