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The perfect holiday mix featuring some of the most talented women in music. Also hear a new track from Johanna Warren.
It’s the last month of 2020. Let’s rock.
From Soup to Tiny Explosions, we chat it all with Atlanta-based indie rockers Small Reactions.
Ava Mirzadegan of Oof Records joins me in this episode to talk about the young label’s short but vibrant history, moving from Washington, DC to Philadelphia, and more, plus we check out a selection of music from the label’s releases, including their two benefit compilations.
Nikkiesha interviews the Black feminist punk rock band Big Joanie, who joined us recently from the UK. We also play a few tracks off their album, ‘Sistahs.’ This podcast is produced by Stereoactive Media.
It’s the first week of December & here’s your already much-needed break from holiday music.
Everyday life can feel overwhelming, but a little music can help relieve some stress—if not, at least let you know you’re not alone.
He plans on working hard & to just keep releasing new full-lengths until it’s possible to tour again.
Now that we’re in that hazy holiday zone, it’s time to just keep the new music coming until it runs out for the year! We’ve got an exclusive premier of a new single from Johanna Warren, plus tracks from Desolation Horse, AC Berkheimer, Burr Oak, Dirty Projectors, Mamalarky, and more!
This week we chat with country musician David Quinn and listen to his newest album Letting Go.
Oginalii is a genre-blending rock band from Nashville, whose sludgy, technical, desert psych has a way of creeping into your brain and sticking there. For this episode of BTR Live Studio At Home, Emma, Emma, Ryan, and Simon descend to an appropriately cave-like basement music space to share an exclusive performance of their latest single with us. “Pillars” is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Back-to-back and true-to-form from BSS, SCI, MMB, CRB and The California Honeydrops.
Door busting music discovery in the Listening Booth including beats w/Marques Martin + rock via Lord Sonny The Unifier! Escape Black Friday!
Tune in for tracks by Anna McClellan, Spencer Cullum’s Coin Collection, Henriette Sennenvaldt and more.
If you’re an indie music lover, let Bird get you into the magical holiday mood.
Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy this mix of jams from a few years back.
The visionary virtual festival from AFROPUNK is a must-watch for both music & humanitarian education.
We’re skipping Thanksgiving here on New Vibrations & keeping up w/ new tracks—stay safe out there & enjoy!
Having virtual arguments over Thanksgiving dinner won’t be any easier—so just listen to Queen.
This year dive headfirst into that hard convo w/ your closed-minded family members & spin these tunes!
This year dive headfirst into that hard convo w/ your closed-minded family members & use these tunes to fuel your fire.
This week, it’s like the floodgates have opened and great new music is just pouring out. It’s A LOT. This extra-length episode is jam-packed with music of all sorts of genres, so dive in and find something new to get into!
Melancholy from Seth Walker, Mike Montrey, Ryan Montreau. Plus The Motet and Brother’s Keeper.
Ease into the holidays in The Listening Booth w/down-home folk ditties from the likes of Victoria Bailey and new alt rock by Cloud Nothings!
Caitlin Harnett & The Pony Boys start it off with a new track! Also, new tunes from Falcon Jane, Katy J Pearson, Malin Pettersen & more!
Tracks from Quarter -Life Crisis, Falcon Jane, Katy J Pearson, Told Slant, Rubber Band Gun, and more!
KIN is a London-based atmospheric indie pop trio who blend groovy electronics with sweet guitar riffs. Here, two-thirds of the band (Adam Collier and Grace Strickland de Souza) deliver an intimate, exclusive acoustic performance just as the rain starts to fall. “L.O.V.E.” is the latest single available from KIN. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
In this episode we’re catching up with Greg and Kevin of the Chicago-based label, Born Yesterday Records. We talk about the young label’s beginnings, how the pandemic has affected their bands (Deeper, Stuck) and the label, and we dive in for a ton of music from their catalog.
New music to make the (technically unofficial) round #2 of lockdown a bit more musical. Enjoy!
Foxanne is a Brooklyn-based musician/band currently holed up in NJ. Here, the duo joins us from their temporary home workspace/studio for a special performance of their space-themed single about the dearly departed Mars rover.
In this episode we’ve got album tracks from a bunch of brand new releases, as well as singles from Beat Radio, Charlie Kaplin, CLAVVS, and the Crystal Canyon track that was originally meant to be in last week’s episode!
Their newest album ‘Violence Against STAR’ came out last month and says it all.
This week I share the newest album from Chicago-based band STAR & a convo I had w/ the frontwoman—tune in!
Enjoy pure music from CRB, SCI, Blues Traveler, California Honeydrops and MMB.
Artsy video in the time of the pandemic from Drew Citron + punk rock with Working Men’s Club & R&B electro from Cults in the Listening Booth
New tunes from John Calvin Abney, Pearl Charles, Jeremy Ivey, Malin Pettersen, Strays Don’t Sleep… the list goes on. Enjoy this hour of Alt-Country tunes on BTR.
Eels are back with their thirteenth studio album, Earth to Dora, available now via PIAS Recordings. Tune in for one of the new tracks!
“We know this song will bring relief,” Grayson says. “We’re here, we’re queer, and we’re not backing down.”
It’s time for another new music catchup episode! We’re checking out tracks from releases new to the BTRtoday music library from the past two months, including some you may have been introduced to on The Music Digest and BTR Live Studio recently.
Laramie, Wyoming – based musicians are featured on the November edition of Spotlight on the City.
Jill Townsend is a Nashville-based musician whose solo project, Fetching Pails, released its debut record a year ago. Here, she delivers an incredible solo performance exclusively for BTR Live Studio at Home.
We chat pandemic, new ‘DeGreaser’ album, the passing of Van Halen, and, of course, shredding.
This week I share the music of my dear friend Ben Katzman and his project, Ben Katzman’s DeGreaser!
Forever Honey is a new Brooklyn-based four-piece “jangle-pop/sob-rock” band that was just getting going as the live music industry shut down in early 2020. They released an excellent four song debut EP in April that sounds lush and dreamy, with enough variety of genres and feels to give the listener an idea of what this band is capable of. Liv, Aida, Steve, and Jack got together in their new practice space to record for the first time in this exclusive performance. Pre-Mortem High is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Recorded before the election, here’s more excellent new music for celebration and/or commiseration. Either way, it’s all worth checking out! New tunes from Crystal Canyon, Kairos Creature Club, Airhead DC, Jordana, Lunch Money Life, The Soods, and more. Dig in and enjoy. Please note that the first track in the show, “Crush You” by Crystal Canyon, is mis-introduced as “Turn Blue” due to a mixup with the audio files sent out. Consider it a super secret sneaky exclusive preview of the unreleased track!
Blessed Feathers and Menomena. The Flusters and Dust. Juveniles and Dan Deacon. This episode is all about nuggets of gold deep in the music-mine at BTR.
Detox in The Listening Booth w/a dose of electro alt via Fake Shark, Cults, & Osees + blues with Bill Callahan and rock from LCG & the X!
Death Valley Girls will start and end the mix today. New Helena Deland in the middle. Plus, a holiday track from Molly Burch since it’s after November 1st.
Rubber Band Gun, SUUNS, Songhoy Blues, AMANDALA and more on the show today.
Grow along with Color Tongue & dance on some graves in this new video featuring some lively sunflowers.
It’s election week. Here’s a mix full of anxiety, fear, misery, and a bit of hope for ya.
The day has come—make sure you vote! If you don’t want to listen to me, listen to these bands playing for your vote.
Welcome to another week of great music. Hopefully you can find some pleasure in all of these excellent new releases. I did.
First time players since Goldfarb hosted the show, on today’s episode we hear from Moses Guest, Keaton Simons, STS9, Tiga and The Kasai Allstars.
Enter the Listening Booth for a scary good Halloween mix: creepy alt w/Osees & Mariya May + spooky downbeats from Jordana and Matt Berry!
Music for the spoooooooky season!
Philadelphia band Pine Barons just released their excellent third record, Mirage On The Meadow, and they recorded a super fun full band live performance in lead singer Keith Abrams’ kitchen for BTR Live Studio at Home. Mirage On The Meadow is available now from Grind Select. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
He talks about being an introvert, the effects the pandemic has had on him as an artist, & the upcoming album ‘Ideal Form.’
In this episode, we’re featuring the Northampton, MA-based label/collective, Rub Wrongways Records. I chat with label founder/musician Henning Ohlenbusch about the label, how quarantine changed plans for some of his artists, and the label’s evolution over the past two decades., including and explanation of their motto: “It’s a record label, no it’s not.” We also talk a bit about two topics that may be of interest to fans of independent music, which are addressed in a very straightforward way on the label’s website: Free Ways To Support Bands and Where Does The Money Go?  
Let go of your fears and let Sumeau swirl you into a world of color and chaos that just feels right.
Still new music, but I’ve hand-picked the spooOOooOOooOOookiest tracks from artists like L.A. Witch, PUP, & more!
Vanessa Silberman is a touring singer, guitarist and songwriter from Brooklyn, NY (via Los Angeles, CA). As a hard-touring musician, she’s found herself off the road and working on releasing monthly singles. Here, she delivers an exclusive solo performance of one of those tracks, recorded live at home. “Something To Believe In” is the latest single from Vanessa Silberman. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
This week we chat w/ the frontwoman of Philly-based band No Thank You—plus, we share their brand new album ‘Embroidered Foliage.’ 
Their newest album ‘Embroidered Foliage’ just came out & it’s perfect for combating quarantine depression.
The new singles and album tracks keep coming, and we’re even starting to see what February 2021 is going to look like for new records (spoiler: It’s looking great), with tracks from Sun June, Smokescreens, Beauty Pill, Okey Dokey, The Weather Station, Gord Downie, Helena Deland, Hiroki Tanaka, Lydia Luce, a Day Without Love, Tomberlin, Post Fear, Jeremy Ivey, and Cloud Nothings.
Tallest Man on Earth, Hiss Golden Messenger, Ghost of Paul Revere, Cass McCombs, Mountain Goats, Office Culture — All sounds that fit the mood of a cold and dark October night.
Record Store Day! (part 3) and CMJ! Catch all the happenings in a jam packed Listening Booth w/new Cayucas, Sufjan Stevens, HESS, and more!
This bi-weekly mix features some of the most talented women in music. Today’s show has Sarah Dooley, Fionn, Tomberlin and Oceanator. And, that’s just the first set.
They’re impossible to google & now they’re debuting with a song saying they’ll drive you crazy—it’s beautiful.
New tunes from Pynkie, Sun June, Oceanator, and more!
In part two of our indie record label feature on the experimental Chicago-based label American Dreams Records, we’re taking a deeper dive into the label’s catalog, leaning into the longer, ambient, and heavier corners of the label’s output.
Make sure you’ve got your voting plan figured out and listen to these badass new tracks to keep you going strong.
Spend your Halloween this year howling at the moon & nursing your broken heart with some spooky alt-country.
Zone out to these two combined thrashers and let the melody become your therapist.
This week Sam Roberts of Sam Roberts Band joins us to chat new music, pandemic drive-in concerts, and inspiration.
In this episode, we take a look at Sound The Alarm, Vol. 1: Louder Feelings, a compilation album of political, social justice & protest songs out October 21 from the new LA-based label/collective Pop Can Records. We’ll hear three tracks from the release – including a premiere of the Ill Peach track that opens the album, and speak with label founders/artists Patrick Morrissey and Jesse Schuster, as well as DWY, whose song “Black Boy” was one of the first singles released from the collection.  Beyond that, we’ve got new singles and album tracks from Benjamin Lazar Davis, Sleeping Loops, Coco Reilly, Buck Meek, Pearl Charles, Flowers, Mise En Scene, Grey Factor, Mourn, Bartees Strange, EX OH, and Suuns.
We chat w/ Roberts about the new album, making music in quarantine, & playing drive-in shows.
Organ solos from JMP and MMB, singer-songwriter ballads from Doug Tuttle and Burnell Pines, and some Grace Jones-inspired disco’esque from The Motet.
CMJ is back? Sorta. The Listening Booth has the scarce details for the revamped festival going down next week + CMJ throwbacks & new tunes!
Tracks by Anjimile, Warren Dunes, Emmy The Great, Drew Citron, Taylor Locke, Native Harrow and more!
In this episode we’re featuring the Chicago-based experimental label American Dreams, including an extensive interview with founder Jordan Reyes where we cover his new music video for “Rebirth At Dusk,” some of the label’s upcoming releases (including his own Sand Like Stardust), Zen and meditation, how the pandemic has affected his life, work, and art, pinball, and so much more.    
We’re keeping it spinning while the world is on fire, so here are some cool new tunes to chill the vibe. 
They just want to have fun and bring everyone else along for the adventure in their music.
Fort Wayne, Indiana – based musicians are featured on the October edition of Spotlight on the City.
It’s new music time! In this episode we’ve got tracks from Bartees Strange, Caiola, A. Spencer, Mamalarky, Helena Deland, Laura Jane Grace, and more!
We’re celebrating Halloween month here on the Music Meetup—let’s get spooky!
We’re celebrating Halloween month here on the Music Meetup—let’s get spooky!
In 1964, a pair of brothers, born in Amsterdam but going to elementary school in Pasadena California, started a band called ‘The Broken Combs’. In 1972, they changed their name to the much more simple and direct surname of the two, ‘Van Halen’. RIP in Eddie.
Fall into The Listening Booth for new Bill Callahan, R&B w/Arlo Parks, & electro w/Hannah Georgas + Pawns or Kings introduces the banjolin!
2020’s legendary (in a good way) as far as music goes. Keeping the trend going w/ new Laura Jane Grace, Native Harrow, Madeline Leman, & more.
The animated music video is dark, deep, and illuminating—we gotta fight this unjust system, why not do it to rock ‘n’ roll?
Music from Death Valley Girls, Frankie and the Witch Fingers, Laura Jane Grace, Secret Stare and more!
In this episode, we’re hi-lighting records from the past 4 months that have stuck with us on the show – some you’ve heard in our record label features, playlist episodes, on The Music Digest, or even as guests on BTR Live Studio! Tune in for music from new and recent releases by Double Grave, Oceanator, Cartalk, Eyedress, Osees, JOBS, Ganser, Wax Chattels, Anjimile, Deradoorian, Photo Ops, Snaex, Thanya Iyer, Lomedla, Lou Canon, Corey Flood, Slight Of, Merce Lemon, DEHD, and Dig Nitty!
Register to vote & like always, listen to this episode with tons of great new songs!
Nothing’s more metal than a good spooky, killer, slasher, thrasher, horror film—’tis the season!
“I don’t have a lot of fear of addressing whatever the hell I want,” frontwoman Audrey Campbell says.
This week we chat w/ A.F. Cortés about his doc. ‘Brooklyn Is Burning’ & spin tunes from some of the featured artists.
In this episode, Carlo Minchillo of the Brooklyn Drum Collective joins us to talk about the upcoming record, Live at Our Wicked Lady, featuring Brooklyn bands Power Snap, Catty, Bizarre Sharks, and True Dreams, recorded July 19, 2019 (check out our photos/recap from that show!). Ahead of the October 16th release, we talk about the record, the bands, the show captured in the record, and more about all things Brooklyn music and beyond. We check out two tracks from the live record, and then fill out the episode with some other new releases from the week.
Basic Bitches is a noisey duo from Brooklyn that features Naomi Scott on guitar and Krystal Grow on drums. Although Naomi started the band back in 2014 while she was still living in London, she didn’t start playing music with Krystal until 2018 for a White Stripes cover show, the rest as they say, is history. For this episode, Naomi and Krystal join us from home with their cats for a very special performance. Relatable Content is available now. Watch our previous video for Basic Bitches’ ,” Lesbian Space Drama”, and listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Last Tuesday was hardly a debate. It was more like a debacle. Escape. We all need to.
Fall music discovery in The Listening Booth w/Dent May & Dirty Projectors + The Front Bottoms throw their t-shirt into the political ring!
New albums from Lydia Loveless, Sufjan Stevens, Cayucas, Idles, Wax Chattels and more!
NYC rockers really let it rip in “A Song For You” with no apologies—plus, new release announcements.
Cory José expresses the ups and downs to a late-blooming, yet explosive love in “Warmth.” 
Following up on last week’s interview with Michael Cormier and Frank Meadows of Dear Life Records, here’s an extended look at their catalog, focusing on some of the longer, live, and atmospheric tracks they’ve put out thus far.
Hi Mom! This week I’m spinning these tracks for my ma cause it was recently Daughters Day and I try to be a good daughter. LOVE YOU! Also, like always, don’t forget to vote! Tune in! xoxo
Several organizations have put together awesome musical lineups, but only for voters.
Sammi Lanzetta released her debut LP Ceiling Mirror last fall on 6131 Records, and like many musicians with a fresh release she was expecting to spend most of 2020 on tour promoting it. Of course, that didn’t happen. In this episode of BTR Live Studio at Home, Lanzetta delivers an intimate solo performance from her NYC fire escape. Ceiling Mirror is available now from 6131 Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Happy 20th birthday to one of the most pivotal indie bands of the early ’00s!
This week we get experimental, environmental, & fall in love with the vocals of Denitia—plus, we chat & spin some of her tracks.
Her sound combines urban areas with the vast outdoors to create music that’s boundless in genre.
New singles from Lunchbox, Jordana, Ali Awan, Jordan Reyes, and more, plus new album tracks from Anjimile, Deradoorian, Hen Ogledd, and more!
Not that this week’s episode of Jam Session is full of dirges, but I did want to take the time to dedicate this week’s show to Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg and all that she did, not just for women in America, for the people of the World.
Hit up Record Store Day artists in The Listening Booth with alt from Meat Puppets and Dinosaur Jr. and beats with Wale and Tegan and Sara!
New Lydia Lovless (feat. Laura Jane Grace) from her new album out today! A fresh tune from Tada! out of Boston. A mini-spotlight on Gainesville music. And more!
A soulful, jazzy, pop tune that’ll have you hyped & ready for any metaphorical or literal battle you have in life.
Tunes by Deradoorian, Alex the Astronaut, LCG & the X, Anjimile, Evangeline Gentle and more!
Nothing & no one is safe from deep thoughts and weighted emotions in this new introspective indie track.
In this episode, we’re featuring the young Philadelphia-based label, Dear Life Records, by chatting with Michael Cormier and Frank Meadows and checking out music from their first year!
Get in touch with your inner cowboy and/or honky-tonk angel with Half Stack’s newest & twangiest tunes.
This week we’re getting down with the fall mood and playing some cool new melodies. 
Take a retro road trip through the deserts of Utah with shimmering indie San Francisco quartet.
A facetious, yet serious chat that shows the fun side & music-making side to this punk trio.
This week we’ve got singles from some favorites: Beat Radio, MOURN, Osees; new discoveries: We Are Joiners, Paper Tapes, and Peel; plus much more great new music from recent and upcoming releases.
This week we have a lot of laughs w/ NYC-based trio Brandy. Plus, we listen to their brand-spankin’ new album.
Some new bands to feature, and some new releases. This week’s episode is all about exploring the Fall releases.
The Listening Booth closes out summer w/electro by Bebel Gilberto & Video Age & a ballad by Corey Flood + DJRePete marks 15 yrs on BTRtoday!
Cosmic country, Americana, cowpunk, psych-folk… What does it all mean? No clue! But, we’re filing it under Alt-Country & you should tune into the mix.
Tunes by The Moonless Nights, Weekend Lovers, Bill Callahan, Corey Flood, Delicate Steve and more!
In this episode we’re featuring the Chicago-based label, studio, and collective, Rosebud Allday, with an interview with Billy Giannopoulos.
We’re keepin’ on keepin’ on with the new music—register to vote, get your flu shot, and listen to these sick new tunes. 
Disconnect from the electronics & let this new lo-fi indie track connect you with yourself once again.
Themes of civil rights, education, & ending hatred are the main features of this music video.
(The band) Drugs’ debut album is soothing garage rock with an important angle.
This week we’ve got more great new singles, a special block of music from Maine-based artists, and a few album tracks to balance things out.
This week I chat about Drugs… Not those kinds of drugs—the band from Long Beach, CA Drugs.
Music from Sonny Knight, Sharon Jones, Mavis Staples, and Son Little. Names you wouldn’t normally see on Jam Session. But Artists that can hang with the best of them (if not already be leading the march).
All new line-up on The Listening Booth spinning R&B with Bebel Gilberto and Nyallah, new Bob Moses, downbeat alt via Animal Scream!
Every track is new to the show! Tunes from Kit, Kissy, Anna McClellan, Annie Dressner, Caitlin Harnett, Tada!, LCG and the X, Arlo Parks, and more…
Playing tracks by Josiah Johnson, Ilithios, Arthur Brothers, Buffalo Rose, Dream Nails, Dolly Valentine and many more. Tune in!
In this super-sized playlist mix episode, we’re serving up tracks from the labels featured here on the show so far in 2020 – some lesser-heard artists, additional album tracks, and a few things that we liked so much we had to play them again!
Nikkiesha revisits the artists interviewed on the podcast so far, playing more music by Anjimile, NYALLAH, and Witch Prophet. Also, music by Jay Americana, Silver Spring, Shelz, and Bethany Thomas. This podcast is produced by Stereoactive Media.
Wow, y’all. 200 episodes?? Probably the only cool thing to happen in 2020—here’s a special two-hours of great music!
The synth-pop legends are back with another dance hit—but this time, with a revolutionary ethos.
Oginalii is a genre-blending rock band from Nashville, whose sludgy, technical, desert psych has a way of creeping into your brain and sticking there. For this episode of BTR Live Studio At Home, Emma, Emma, Ryan, and Simon descend to an appropriately cave-like basement music space to share an exclusive performance of their latest single with us. “Pillars” is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Gainesville, Florida – based musicians are featured on the September edition of Spotlight on the City.
Light and dark compete for your attention in this new echoing indie rocker by Dylan Gilbert.
This week I chat w/ Canadian artist Päter who’s sweet, down to earth and her music has a bit of everything.
I don’t know where all this music is coming from lately, but I’m sure glad it’s winding up in our ears. New tracks from Slight Of, Anjimile, IAN SWEET, The Arthur Brothers, Hey, King!, Hen Ogledd, Body Double, CHAI + Hinds, Grant Pavol, Tomberlin, Widowspeak, Felix Hatfield, Corey Flood, French Mouth, Bebel Gilberto, Fever Queen, and Speaker Face!
Her newest EP bursts with energy & hopefulness even though it was created while she was all alone.
Inspired by the West Coast, today’s episode is kicked off by Slightly Stoopid. More BC-hydro inspired music from Papa Grows Funk and The Disco Biscuits, and we end with a long Alt-Rock stream-of-consciousness guitar piece by Erika Wennerstrom.
The Listening Booth hosts a safe, unofficial end of summer mix with new surf and rockabilly tracks from H. Kink, and Fontaines D.C.!
We’re listening to tracks by Buty and the Bass, Dent May, Bebel Gilberto, Merce Lemon, and more!
It feels like the end of the world, so why not listen to some good new tunes till it’s all over?
BRNDA is a band from Washington, DC who have two rules: No covers, and no love songs. For this session, Leah Gage, Dave Lesser, Torrey Sanders, and Mark McInerney masked up to dish out some post-punk and indie rock from their garage practice space, and even got to have a bit of an audience! Thanks For Playing is available now from Banana Tapes. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
The mecca of live music is at a standstill, but the artists within it are keeping its musical spirit alive.
For the second half of this indie record label feature on Pittsburgh-based Misra Records, we’re taking a deep dive into the label’s catalog of 20 years with a full two hour mix of music. Check out our interview with Misra Records label manager Jeff Betten.
Time for new music & we’re here to provide it—also, a quick & friendly reminder to register to vote if you haven’t done so yet.
All of your favorite cities or states have a different approach—some seem hopeful, while others seem outright ridiculous.
We’ve moved to Mondays – and what a week to do it. We’re looking back at last week’s new releases, and there sure were a lot of great singles! We’ve even got an extra special block of new music all produced by Sarah Tudzin (Illuminati Hotties) in the mix. Dive in for new music from Divino Niño, Arlo Parks, LLusion, Bust and the Bass & Macy Gray, Mines Falls, Dolly Valentine, Iress, Cartalk, Night Shop, Rapt, Sam Tudor, Tomberlin, Manny10x, Dirty Projectors, Dig Nitty, Gulfer, and The Dirty Nil!
This week we feature Rebelmatic—an NYC thrasher and basher hardcore punk band.
For the first time ever on Jam Session, I play Cleveland’s own jam band Heartless Bastards. Two tracks by the Ghost Town Blues Band, some great music by Bully Pulpit and WhiteWater Ramble, plus a great drinking-politics song by Scott Cooper.
ICYMI: Musicians, bands, and artists we’ve been throwing at you all week, plus other music news.
The Listening Booth is in seasonal wind down mode w/new summer-fall banjo from Pawns or Kings & throwbacks from Mumford & Sons!
Today we’re premiering Killola’s new single and it’s magic. You’ll see what we did there if you click to listen.
From the drummer of Champagne Superchillin’, this album is like a colorful, humid fever dream from Havana, Cuba.
For the 200th episode of this show, we’re featuring the Pittsburgh-based label, Misra Records, including an interview with label manager Jeff Betten. In this episode, we cover Misra’s 20 year history, the relationship between physical records and streaming, the impact of the pandemic on the music industry at large, the geography of Pittsburgh and it’s inherent benefits, and signing artists from unsolicited demos! This is part one of two focusing on Misra – in this episode you’ll hear the interview and some new music from the label as well as other artists mentioned in our conversation, and then for next week, we’ll take a deeper dive thru the label’s two decades worth of music.
We’re playing tracks by Busty and the Bass, Tomberlin, Dent May, Renée Reed, 8 Inch Betsy, Merce Lemon, and more!
The legendary punk guitarist for Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers, whose musical contributions will live on forever, died at 71 over the weekend.
The Natvral is the newest project from rocker Kip Berman, who spent much of the past decade heading up The Pains of Being Pure At Heart. In the past few years, he has shifted gears to make music in a way that feels right for right now – free from expectations. The Natvral’s first EP Know Me More, was released by Kanine in 2018, followed by 2019’s cover of Dear Nora’s “You Looked Like A Portrait.” Kip recently invited us into his Princeton, NJ home for a performance of three songs, and a wide ranging phone conversation with Maia. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
This week is SUPER exciting because we’ve got pioneering punk Rodney Anonymous from The Dead Milkmen on the show.
New music by Axon Radio and some very new-age, out-of-this world jams by CATS, Jaden Carlson, Joss Jaffe, Lotus and the Mickey Hart Band.
NYALLAH makes our knees weak this week—see who else made the list!
As we head towards Fall, there’s just more and more new music coming out way. Get ready for singles and album tracks from Allegra Krieger, George McFall, Eels, CR and the Nones, Pine Barons, The Cribs, IDLES, Double Grave, and more!
Cool off in The Listening Booth to a Dog Days of Summer mix w/Delicate Steve, the Beths, and Sahara + throwbacks from Maido Project!
Getting folky and poetic in today’s mix which features new tunes from Allegra Krieger and Jaye Bartell. There’s a new single from Great Peacock and Emily discusses her Drag City standom.
Listen to these awesome Beirut bands and do what you can to help the city rebuild.
On this episode, we’re checking out the new Portland, Maine-based label Repeating Cloud, featuring an interview with the label’s founder, Galen Richmond, and a bunch of music from the labels releases plus brand new tracks, from artists like Crystal Canyon, Heaven’s Cameras, Crunchcoat,  Festiva, FonFon Ru, Cache Mirrors, Lemon Pitch, Sojourn Suspect, and Galen’s own band, Lemon Pitch. We talk starting a new label in 2020, the Galen family tree of bands, and learning to play basketball during a pandemic.
Whoaoaoao, Listen to the Music!
It would’ve been one of the group’s original members’ birthday today and we want to celebrate.
This week we’re still raging to the newest and coolest tracks & try to save the USPS—tune in!
Buckle Bunny is introducing a city seeped with old-timey country music to a fresh take on the genre. 
This week we get dark & theatrical with Atlanta, GA based group Immaterial Possession.
“Expose these different darker angles and dark selves and let it be as is,” guitarist/singer Madeline Polites says.
A new release from Craig Greenberg plus some bands I have yet to feature since taking over from Laura a little over a year ago: Kyle Hollingsworth, The Orange Constant, Tauk and Surprise Me Mr. Davis.
DEHD rocks out as our favorite this week! See who else made the cut.
It’s a big one this week, with new singles from Anjimile, Drug Couple, Oceanator, Zaliza, Kairos Creature Club, Grant Pavol, Nana Adjoa, Cheekface, LAMPS, Drew Citron, Yankee Bluff, Michael Damani, and more new tunes!
Mid-Summer music discovery awaits in the Listening Booth with new rock with Disheveled Cuss & electro beats with new Dirty Projectors!
New tunes abound. Check out tracks from The Northern Belle, Christy Lynn Band, Carmen Canedo and more!
Forever Honey is a new Brooklyn-based four-piece “jangle-pop/sob-rock” band that was just getting going as the live music industry shut down in early 2020. They released an excellent four song debut EP in April that sounds lush and dreamy, with enough variety of genres and feels to give the listener an idea of what this band is capable of. Liv, Aida, Steve, and Jack got together in their new practice space to record for the first time in this exclusive performance. Pre-Mortem High is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Their newest album takes you into a sci-fi world where a concert takes place and activism is key.
Over the past several months, so many great singles have been coming out for August and September releases that I wanted to take a week to look at these two months, and preview (or in a few cases revisit) those records. Dig in and find something new!
Feel fervent, hopeful, and melancholic all at once with the first single off Molly Martin’s upcoming EP. 
Summer continues on….
Youngstown, Ohio – based artists are featured on the August edition of Spotlight on the City.
ing is an experimental rock band from Richmond, VA, comprised of Hannah, Will, and Garen. Employing the distinct–and sonically unusual for a band playing any sort of rock music–technique of playing only single notes and not chords, the band has a unique sound and feel, more akin to jazz or progressive, technical music than rock n’ roll, even though their structures tend to follow a somewhat traditional pop template. They visited us at Serious Business Music in Brooklyn earlier this year and now we present this second video from their session with us. self titled by ing is available now from Citrus City Records. Watch our previous video for ing’s “Sun” and listen to the audio podcast from their session.
The artist’s thoughts & perceptions are evolving to be more abstract and she loves it.
This week I chat with Amsterdam-based artist Nana Adjoa—she’s half Dutch, half Ghanian, & all angelic vocals.
Cornmeal is featured for the first time on one of my episodes of JS. Some great music from ALO and Dangermuffin. And we go out remembering what the great, indoor theater-acoustics are like from the Fillmore in San Francisco.
This isn’t the first time these killer indie rockers were our favs—check out who else made the list!
DJRePete marks Way Out West festival with a rewind mix w/Tycho and Stereolab, plus info on this year’s mini virtual DJ set!
Surf rock and classic Nashville indie rock collide to create this epic new track.
This week we’re catching up with Brooklyn-based musician Elise Okusami, who has a band called Oceanator (pre-order their new record Things I Never Said, out August 28) and recently launched the record label, Plastic Miracles. Here, we cover the motivation behind launching the label, how some of Oceanator’s creative merch came to be, and learn how to play Farkle.
Trippin’ down memory lane with some tunes from the good ol’ days
The first single from their upcoming debut EP that’s sure to get you emotional and dancey.
Honey, you need to tell your haters to f*ck off and this track will give you that empowering push.
‘The Piper at the Gates of Dawn’ turns 53 today and we’re appreciating the genre it pioneered.
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. They visited us at Serious Business Music in Brooklyn earlier this year and now we present this second video from their session with us. Punching Bag is out now from Dadstache Records. Watch our previous video for Shadow Monster’s “Goodwill” and listen to the audio podcast from their session.
This week I chat w/ experimental indie artists Romy Church aka e4444e from Newcastle, Australia.
Combining his love for electric pop and acoustic guitar, Romy Church created e4444e.
Soft voices from decker. and Heidi Lynne Gluck to the jazzy sounds of The California Honeydrops and Lettuce to the trad-jams of moe. and String Cheese Incident.
The new music for Summer and Fall keeps coming – we’ve got singles from Bartees Strange, Madeline Kenney, Delicate Steve, Merce Lemon, Agent Blå, Ganser, The Next Great American Novelist, Suburban Living, Widowspeak, Sam Tudor, Hoops, as well as album tracks from Chance Wiesner, Liza Anne, Milk For The Angry. Jonathan Bree, Nyallah, Jordana, and Snowgoose on the show!
Lollapalooza lives on! And The Listening Booth has all the details for the virtual 2020 edition of the Chicago festival. Tune in for a mix of artists who will take part, including rock with Portugal. The Man, beats from Chance the Rapper, electro with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and festival founder Jane’s Addiction. Plus, with Chicago on our minds, hit up a blues set and new tracks from Don Bryant. And with dreams of next year’s 30th anniversary of Lollapalooza, The Listening Booth hits up some bands that previously hit the stage in Chicago’s Grant Park.
New music abounds and it’s all so f’ing good we can’t handle it. Enjoy new tracks from Black Bra, H. Kink, Samantha Crain and more.
The third single to come from Dan Hanson , aka Fast Preacher’s, upcoming EP ‘Figure It Out’—coming in August.
Looking back at music from the first half off 2020 that we’ve been enjoying… part 2 of 2! Check out part 1 here.
2020 has been rough, but at least we’ve still got some great musicians delivering some summertime tunes.
Heavy hearts and broken souls need a chance to heal—Juracán’s new rain-inspired album is a good place to start.
This jazz-educated, oldies-influenced, professional trumpet playing solo artist does way more than just play an instrument.
Basic Bitches is a noisy duo from Brooklyn that features Naomi Scott on guitar and Krystal Grow on drums. Although Naomi started the band back in 2014 while she was still living in London, she didn’t start playing music with Krystal until 2018 for a White Stripes cover show, the rest as they say, is history. For this episode, Naomi and Krystal join us from home with their cats for a very special performance. Relatable Content is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Mustardmind is the Williamsburg, Brooklyn-based art rock fronted by Bobby Lewis. With music that takes creative twists and turns through rock styles from 90’s alternative to prog and psych, the band isn’t afraid to take their time and enjoy a groove and sweet guitar solo. They visited us at Serious Business Music in Brooklyn earlier this year and now we present this second video from their session with us. Mustardmind’s Modern Evil EP is available now. Watch our previous video for Mustardmind’s “Working for the Bad Guys” and listen to the audio podcast from their session.
We get local and we get hardcore with NYC punk rockers Red Arkade this week!
“We mean total freedom. Not freedom with restrictions and sh*t. Like, real freedom.”
New music by The New Deal, RJD2, and Pigeons Playing Ping Pong. Medeski, Martin & Wood take us out with an end of the world party, (you know…. just in case).
This week we’re checking out a bunch of great new singles and album tracks, so let’s get right to it – featuring music from Psymon Spine, Lotion Princess, PAINT, Jerry David DeCicca, Katie Dey, London Plane, Mike Polizze, The Dirty Nil, TWINS, Bob Mould, DEHD, The Heart Of The Sun, otta, Young Jesus, Kate Bollinger, and L.A. Witch.
The Listening Booth scratches your itch for summer festivals w/banjo alt from Pawns or Kings & summer electro vibes w/DEHD & Twins!
H. Kink’s new EP ‘men.’ drops today and we’re kicking off the show with tracks from it. Plus, Lydia Loveless announces a new album ‘Daughter’ and we have the first single.
This week we’re talking to Mike Cloward and Carla Sarinana of the Mexico City-based independent label, Devil In The Woods. The label has a fascinating story – dating back to the 80’s, with a fresh restart in recent years. We’ll hear all about it and check out music from some of their releases in this episode.
Love and life don’t always flow in harmony and Neia Jane has written the song to go along to that struggle.
Tunes from Pottery, Will Butler, Lou Canon, Grand Pax, and more!
I’ve got some really great new music for your earholes to swoon to, like usual! What more is there to say?
The list of accusations keeps getting longer, while the label works feverishly on making a huge shift in more than just policy.
Lauren Denitzio of the band WORRIERS returns to BTR Live Studio with an exclusive, solo At Home performance of the song “Terrible Boyfriend.” ‘You Or Someone You Know’ is available now from 6131 Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Immersed in the NYC music scene for years, Diane Gentile has some wise words about it.
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. They visited us at Serious Business Music in Brooklyn back before their album came out earlier this year and now we present this second video from their session with us. Unmask Whoever, the debut album from Activity, is available now from by Western Vinyl. Watch our previous video for Activity’s “Earth Angel” and listen to the audio podcast from their session.
This week we get bluesy, twangy, & pure rocker with Diane and The Gentle Men from NYC.
First time plays by New Monsoon and Twiddle for me. Classic CRB and moe. and some Texas and Laurel Canyon sounds with Stu Larsen, Saint James Band, and Field Division.
This week we’ve got some great new singles from releases coming out over the next month, plus a selection of top-quality album tracks from releases new to the BTRtoday music library.  Tune in for new tracks from No Joy, Eyedress, Monograms, The Prudish Few, Yves Jarvis, Drug Couple, Jon The Guilt, Jaye Bartell, Lou Canon, Rob Dobson, Mr. Ben & The Bens, The Beths, and Black Bra!
The Listening Booth: blues w/Don Bryant, rock w/Pottery & downbeat alt w/Fake Shark + a Bay Area band literally delivers on their new record
On today’s mix we’ll book end the show with new music from Oceanator and fill the pages with tunes from The Beths, Dirty Projectors, H. Kink and more.
Her genre-bending sound and retro vibe is seeped in historical influences.
Looking back at music from the first half off 2020 that we’ve been enjoying… part 1 of 2!
The twangy indie rockers get retro & competitive in their new music video made while in quarantine.
Black Bra, A.A. Williams, Fake Shark, The Rentals, Songhoy Blues and more!
This week we’re listening to music by Kin4life, Delila Black, and Mackenzie Shivers. There’s also some poetry in the mix, which discusses being Black in America and all the things we used to do during the summertime and took for granted pre-Coronavirus.
Throw on that hazmat suit and head to the beach to jam out to Milk for the Angry and this new single.
This combination of visuals and audio will expand your mind to a level of self-comfort that’s hard to obtain alone.
Virginia Beach and Norfolk, Virginia – based artists are featured on the July edition of Spotlight on the City.
Jamie Frey, band-leader of Brooklyn’s NO ICE, has been gigging around New York City for his entire life and so staying at home doesn’t really come naturally for him. Prior to New York’s shutdown, Frey was putting the finishing touches on the group’s second full-length album called All Night—a much poppier affair than the group’s earlier releases. Here, he shares a solo performance of a song from the next album. The “Dweeb” single is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
He pulls from personal and collective conscious experience to create transformative indie rock.
We chat with Jersey-native/London-based multi-talented artist Baba Ali and listen to all his latest releases.
Achilles Wheel and Cascade Crescendo help dry the sweat. Longriver and Dangermuffin slow our breathing. The Freeway Revival makes us think, and Karl Denson drives us home.
The pioneering R&B singer & Memphis Music Hall of Famer is back & his talent has done nothing but age like a fine wine.
This week we’ve got an impressively wide range of brand new music for you, with tracks by Wax Chattels, Moonchild Sanelly, Jordana, SHEHEHE, Hoops, Katie Dey, Anjimile, Rich Girls, Video Age, Illitry, Bendrix Littleton, Songhoy Blues, Bill Callahan, and a collaboration from Bell Witch and Aerial Ruin. It’s a big episode that’s sure to have something new for you.
Celebrate 15 years of BTRtoday in The Listening Booth w/new Katie Malco, and a slew of deep cut throwbacks w/High Decibels & Ra Ra Riot!
Tinder helped bring the musician & the filmmaker together—even though quarantine prevented them from ever meeting in person.
We’re checking out Jam Eater Records, a Long Island-based record label and recording studio run by Ellie Karavas. We check out music from her band Forget This, as well as Robot Princess, CUTTERS, Delanor, and Monster Bad, and talk about the label/studio’s background, the music recommendation show JRECS, the Jam Eater Records Podcast, and much more.
It’s not a good time to lose yourself in music, but it is time to find that song that keeps your heart strong.
Today, ‘More Songs About Buildings and Food’ turns 42 & we’re diving deep into its magnificence.
The Canadian punk rockers evolve with the times with new music & using their voice for justice.
This week I chat with the Canadian punk rockers The OBGMs and listen to their new & old music.
Fran is the musical project of Chicago-based songwriter Maria Jacobson. With touches of country, rock, and rockabilly, the versatile musician ties her debut full length record together with vocals that ebb and flow with masterful dramatic timing to tell her stories. The full band dropped by Serious Business Music to show us how they bring these songs to life. A Private Picture is available now from Fire Talk Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Great keyboards in today’s show with Clayton Doley and Great American Taxi. Some words from Seth Walker that got me thinking. And 23 minutes of jamming with The Breakfast.
Sweet Spirit, from A Giant Dog’s Sabrina Ellis, is giving us everything we need with this new album—see who else made the list!
This week we’re taking a special look at some of the new additions to the BTRtoday music library, checking out releases from BOYO, Dirty Projectors, T-D-R-Co, Becca Mancari, Pottery, Twin Peaks, Sahara, and Starflyer 59!
A firecracker of a line-up in The Listening Booth marks 4th of July w/The Ghost of Paul Revere, zen w/Healing Potpourri & blues w/Don Bryant
Starting off the show with Sam Rae and music from her forthcoming album. We welcome Secret Emchy Society to rotation on BTR. Plus tracks from Sweet Spirit, Francis of Delirium and more.
Stay safe, keep quarantining, and let Gawn bring the DIY punk show vibes to you.
For this big playlist mix episode, we’re pulling tracks by artists previously featured on The Music Digest and our record label features, plus sprinkling in a few new releases for fun. We hope you find something in here that you love!
Spinning the best tunes from the first half of 2020
‘When We See Each Other’ is a new podcast hosted by Nikkiesha McLeod that will focus on work by Black, queer, trans, non-binary artists/writers from a broad range of genres. J McVay joins Nikkiesha for this first episode to discuss their background and goals for the show. Also, Nikkiesha has a special birthday message (and song) for their niece’s birthday!
Like always, coming at ya with more brand new tracks to fuel you to keep fightin’ the good fight!
This week we chat w/ Danny Denial about his music, newest album, & living in the Autonomous Zone.
The Black & queer musician uses his art for justice, but is taking it to a whole new level.
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.
Acoustic sounds from moe., Dangermuffin, Buddhafly, Railroad Earth, and Marvelous Funkshun. But before we get to that, a great recent release from Pigeons Playing Ping Pong kicks the whole thing off.
There has been an overwhelming amount of great new music released lately – and this week’s singles are no different. We’re checking out tunes from IDLES, Samia, Katie Dey, Versari, The Rentals, and much more!
The Listening Booth marks what would have been the 50th Glastonbury festival w/a wouldbe performer set. Reminisce and dream of future fests!
Sam Rae (cellist for Brandi Carlile) drops her solo album “Ten Thousand Years” on August 7th and we’ve got the premiere single to kick off the show! Plus, Cullen Wade and the Waters join the BTR rotation.
Even bands w/ overtly political songs have fans confused on their hardcore stances.
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.
This week we’re following up our interview with Nick Faidley of the Pittsburgh-based independent label Darling Recordings with two full hours of music from the label!
Don’t Stop! Get it. Get it.
More new music to keep the fiery passion inside of you burning strong!
The Joy Formidable is a Welsh alternative rock band currently based in London, whose dynamic songwriting and epic performances have made quite a mark over the band’s decade plus history. Now, in celebration of the 10th anniversary of their landmark debut record, A Balloon Called Moaning, the group has reissued that album with an additional version featuring Welsh versions of all 8 songs. Here, the band shares an intimate performance which, while a bit quieter and more acoustic than fans may be used to, shows no less power than their fully amped up shows. A Balloon Called Moaning (10th Anniversary Edition) is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Dave Monks – best known as the bandleader of Canadian indie rock band Tokyo Police Club – doesn’t waste any time. For the past several years, he’s used the downtime from TPC to work on his solo music with a focus on his voice and acoustic guitar, resulting in his first solo full length being released just ahead of a new record from his other band. Here, he presents a stripped-down taste of some of his newest tunes, accompanied by Alyson McNamara, at Serious Business Music in Brooklyn. Dave Monks’ first solo LP, On A Wave, is available now from Dine Alone Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Paying homage to the birth of jamming — the African Drum Circle — today’s episode features music by Fela Kuti, Femi Kuti, Mustafa Khaliq Ahmed, Abdoulaye Alhassane Toure, homage Mapfumo, and many other great African musicians.
Juan Wauters steals our hearts this week with his sweet and sultry new tracks—see who else made the list!
This week my guest is Peter A, host of the artist-focus podcast My Little Underground, and co-host of The Wrestling Caucus. We talk about his shows, music, and the Long Island/Brooklyn music scenes, before sharing new music from Thanya Iyer, Dan Drohan, Kate Teague, Shamir, Permanent Collection, TIFFY, Alf Champion, Don Bryant, Cheekface, Arlo Parks, and Mong Tong.
The Listening Booth offers up some fresh music discovery w/the new Bibio record, plus marks Father’s Day with an appropriate throwback set.
Lots of new music is rolling in. Hear tracks from Lido Pimienta, Ohhme, and Momma. Recharge with this set.
Pom Pom Squad is the brainchild of musical force Mia Berrin. While the band’s name and imagery might evoke something fun and light, the reality is far darker and much, much heavier. Musically and lyrically, the project falls somewhere between 90’s Liz Phair and modern confessional indie rock like Soccer Mommy and Phoebe Bridgers, but with a good dose more punch in the heavy bits. The band brought their massive energy to Serious Business Music in Brooklyn for this session. Pom Pom Squad’s debut album, Ow, is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Darling Recordings is a Pittsburgh, PA-based independent label currently in their 5th year of operation. For this episode, I spoke with founder Nick Faidley about his background in the music industry, the label’s beginnings, and how COVID-19 affected the label’s plans for the year. Music in this episode includes tracks from Merce Lemon, Stone Irr, Jeremy Jones, Falcon Jane, Faxada, and much more.
Arlo Parks, Lido Pimienta, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, A Severe Joy , Summer Dregs and more.
I keep the new music coming, the new music keeps your hearts strong and ready to fight.
Listen to this playlist to hear some of the best contemporary Black musicians from the LGBTQ+ community.
Skylar Gudasz is a Durham, NC-based musician with a bold and gritty voice. Drawing on a long musical history and some high-profile collaborations, Gudasz has built a strong language of music from which to craft her own stellar tunes. She brought the band down to Serious Business Music in Brooklyn to give us a look at her new music in this lovely session. Cinema is available now from Suah Sounds. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Wintersleep are a Juno Award-winning Canadian indie rock band from Yarmouth, Nova Scotia comprised of Paul Murphy, Loel Campbell, Tim D’Eon, Chris Bell, and Jon Samuel. Well into their third decade of the band, the group has a well-established, rich sound rooted in rock with touches of folk that has kept them sounding fresh and innovative all along. Notably, they pack their extremely hooky songs with poignant lyrics and self-reflective, critical storytelling that brings you in closer on each listen. It was exciting to have them in for this fantastic session at Serious Business Music in Brooklyn. In The Land Of is available now from Dine Alone Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Released last week, ‘Paper Moon’ is an indie-pop dream to keep your heart strong.
Her debut album encourages change and adds fuel to the passion within.
There is no common thread, no glue that bonds, no theme. This episode is music we need to hear right now, including Dangermuffin, Widespread Panic, Bedouin Soundclash, Karl Denson, Doug Tuttle, Seth Walker, plus more.
This week the show is overloaded with new music! Singles from DOTT, Hockey Dad, Lionel Boy, Black Grapefruit, JOBS,  and Psychic Shakes plus album tracks from Helvetia, Future Punx, LA Priest, Divine Interface, Katie Malco, Owen Discovery Zone, and Modern Nature, along with some great Twitter submissions from Transport for Whales and Kyetoba! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2a1AGH0OoY
The Listening Booth bookends the program with a reflective electro set featuring throwbacks by Geotic & a soul blues set with Mavis Staples.
We’re taking a trip through the music library this week, hitting on some recent recent releases along with some tasty selections from the archives. Dive in for tunes from Dirty Projectors, Saba Lou, Son Little, Deerhoof, Jeff Beam, Nadine, Beauty Pill, and so much more.
PLUS, I read the snips from the about section of Black Lives Matter so everyone is clear on the movement.
Chattanooga, Tennessee – based artists are featured on the June edition of Spotlight on the City.
Please support Black artists/musicians and help make their voices heard. (Helpful links included!)
Please support Black artists/musicians and help make their voices heard. (Helpful links included!)
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.
I play Ryan Montbleau for the first time on my episodes of Jam Session, and today I pontificate on the meaning of hearing Live music, with all the crowd noises and mic checks and improvisations, in face of all the ‘artist-alone-Live’ shows we’ve been taking in. Live tracks from ALO, Railroad Earth, CRB, plus some other studio gems.
See who else made the list of new indie bands that just might rock your world!
This week we hav new singles from Bent Arcana, Carmen Canedo, Black Bra, Sports, Cigarettes After Sex, Hater, and Song Sung, along with new album tracks from Juan Wauters, Woods, Tenci, Alan Ward, Art Block, Tomemitsu, and Sweet Spirit.
Take a mental escape in The Listening Booth w/a new music mix from the likes of High Waisted & Boat paired nicely w/throwbacks via Lana Del Ray & Bob Moses!
June is African American Music Appreciation Month. Today we will delve into albums from some insanely talented black female artists. While we all continue to fight against oppression and inequality, let’s also support the talented black artists that have forever shaped the music industry.
Following last week’s interview with Warren Park of Warhen Records, here’s a huge two hour mix featuring music from the Charlottesville, VA label.
Standing in solidarity with a playlist of songs about justice, peace, hope and freedom.
Still coming at ya with lots of killer new tracks to keep the fire in your hearts burning—tune in!
Just cause the world is pure chaos right now, doesn’t mean you can’t reach for the stars.
The Beths are a rock band based in Auckland, New Zealand, founded by lead singer/songwriter Elizabeth Stokes and guitarist Jonathan Pearce. Blending cool, catchy riff rock with fun vocals — from all four band members, no less — the band has a likeably addictive sound. Jonathan and Liz recently invited us in for a look at their makeshift home studio, and chatted with Maia about their new album, and what life may look like for the band this year. Jump Rope Gazers will be released July 10 from Carpark Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
This U.K. band takes inspiration from old-school twangy Americana—tune in!
It’s an eclectic show to say the least. But there is new music from Seth Walker, RJD2, The New Deal, and Upstate.
The Buttertones take us on a dark and sultry adventure with their new album—see who else made the list!
This week we’re still inundated with new singles, and the amount of great new music is almost overwhelming! In this episode, you’ll hear tracks from Buddie, Tiffy, Imaginary Tricks, FonFon Ru, Andrew Brassell, Meadownoise, and more!
The Listening Booth marks the Ups and Downs of these contemporary times w/upbeat alt from Little Shrine and downbeat alt from Reliant Tom.
A bunch of soon to be released albums and new releases in the mix. You’re gonna want to add each and every one to your collection. Blitzen Trapper, Courtney Marie Andrews, and Kim Richey… just a little of what’s in store.
Isolation is making everyone crazy, but this track will give you a taste of what really living used to feel like.
For part 1 of a two-part look at the Charlottesville, VA-based record label, Warhen Records, we’ve got a conversation with found Warren Parker, and music from Zack Mexico, Saw Black, Borrowed Beams Of Light, the Winstons, and more!
Mo Douglas, Psychic Markers, Self Defense Family and more on The Jaunt.
You already know Creedence Clearwater Revival, but do you know the band before the swamp rockers?
It’s summer 2020 and what else do you have to do other than listen to some killer new tunes?
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 Memorial Day, the first day of summer, and I just turned 28—it’s time to party.
Music from The California Honeydrops, Leon Bridges, Son Little, The Motet, Achilles Wheel and Keller Williams + so much more. It’s a kitchen dance party in Harlem.
Somehow, there’s even more new music out there to be discovered each week! On this episode, we find Laundry Night and Jane Migraine on a Bandcamp deep dive, check out singles from Dig Nitty, 2nd Grade, We Versus The Shark, Laveda, Starflyer 59 and Heartour, plus new music from Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, The Lo-Fis, Mark Lanegan, I Break Horses, Tourist Company, Self Defense Family, and Mirabelle.
Holiday in The Listening Booth w/surf rock from Honey Cutt, 80s beach electro via Caveboy, & summer folk from Little Shrine and Neko Case!
The Natvral is the newest project from rocker Kip Berman, who spent much of past decade heading up The Pains of Being Pure At Heart. In the past few years, he has shifted gears to make music in a way that feels right for right now – free from expectations. The Natvral’s first EP Know Me More, was released by Kanine in 2018, followed by 2019’s cover of Dear Nora’s “You Looked Like A Portrait.” Kip recently invited us into his Princeton, NJ home for a performance of three songs, and a wide ranging phone conversation with Maia. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
We’re revisiting some new and recent music releases with a big, sweet playlist mix this week!
1/2 Country(ish) + 1/2 Rock ‘n Roll = Today’s Episode of The Jaunt
We’re really rockin’ out w/ some great new tunes this week. So grab your quarantini and press play!
Get a taste of the tour life even while you’re in quarantine with this rambunctious rockin’ five-piece.
Shana Falana is one of our favorite dream-pop artists – currently based in Kingston, New York. Shana and Michael Amari explore darkness and light in their almost-meditative songs, which are illuminated by dazzling visual projections at live shows. During quarantine, Shana brought us into her home and daily life to give us a look at what’s happening in her world while live music isn’t happening. Music: “Go Higher” by Shana Falana Darkest Light is available now from Arrowhawk Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Self-isolation is the perfect time to crank this track up & fall in love with your inner demons.
Brooklyn musician Sean Cahill’s band The Next Great American Novelist has been a study in change. Nearly reaching its end when a meeting with Jason Cummings launched the current phase of the reinvigorated project, which blends dreamy, melodic indie rock with hints of sun-kissed pop in a way that feels somewhat more West Coast than Brooklyn in a super refreshing way. The band dropped by Serious Business Music in Brooklyn to brighten up the basement studio for this session. Careless Moon will be the sophomore album from The Next Great American Novelist. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Chatting w/ & spinning the newest album from New Zealand psych-rockers Marlin’s Dreaming.
Semisi Maiai talks new album ‘Quotidian,’ local ‘80s punk inspo, & drinking heaps of coffee.
Two tracks by ALO; a nice long tracks by Perpetual Groove and some feel good, trippy guitar solos by Big Something, Dangermuffin, and Railroad Earth.
Her fresh take on vintage sounds brings a whole new vibe to indie pop.
It’s another week in quarantine, and thankfully – there’s still so much new music. This week we’re checking out tunes from DEHD, The Duke of Surl, Matt Costa, Ciarra Fragale, NIIKA, STRKFR, Dirty Projectors, Butcher Brown, RJD2, Güero, Pine Barons, Robert Leslie, CUP, The Buttertones, Annie Hamilton, Fontaines D.C., and Jess Williamson.
The Listening Booth goes funky in these strange times w/new RJD2, fresh off a Reddit AMA talking beginnings, fav 2020 albums, & hot dogs!
Adir L.C. is an NYC-based songwriter with a refreshing, folk-inflected indie rock style that makes great use of dynamics and lush arrangements. With a huge sound that feels both grounded and ambitious thanks to Adir’s warm and comforting vocals, this is music that’s really easy to get lost in. Currently isolating at his home in Brooklyn, Adir invited us in to have some coffee, meet his dog, Moka, and get a taste of some new music in progress. Check out Adir L.C.’s previous appearance on BTR Live Studio here. Basket Star is available now from Birdwatcher Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
NYC indie rockers say hello from amidst this apocalypse & burn their new song for your pleasure. 
Part two of our record label feature on Ten Dollar Recording Co. takes a deeper dive into their catalog, exploring tracks from their compilations and releases from What In Your Heart Can Put You In A Trance, Mariya May, Mo Douglas, Thomas Mudrick, Anthony Mudrick, Ryan Massad, and more!
Tracks courtesy of Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, RJD2, Little Shrine, Elvis Depressedly and more!
The grungy duo cracked the US Top 50 Viral chart this week, a place usually reserved for huge pop stars.
The duo discusses their freshly released debut EP & elaborate live performance.
The twangy rockers have been keeping the shenanigans going strong even in quarantine.
Lexington, Kentucky – based artists are featured on the May edition of Spotlight on the City.
Honey Cutt is a Boston-based trio led by Kaley Honeycutt. With surfy touches on their dreamy indie rock sound, the band sounds right at home on the Kanine Records roster, which tends to love an upbeat snare and catchy vocal melodies. The band dropped by Serious Business Music while in town for the New Colossus Music Festival, which ended up being our very last session in the studio for the time being. Coasting by Honey Cutt is available now from Kanine Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
We chat new album ‘Fine Forever,’ quarantine shenanigans, and favorite tracks with Chicago-based indie rockers Varsity.
We chat predictions of music life post-pandemic & new album ‘Fine Forever.’
Jam Band vanguards like CRB, SCI, Umphrey’s McGee, Gov’t Mule and music that bounces around Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and the Carolinas.
Check out who else made the top indie artists for this week & amp up that discovery music playlist of yours!
This week is all about the new music! We’ve got a full episode of new singles and album tracks for you to check out. Sit back and soak in new music from Beauty Pill, Mamalarky, The New Restaurants, Bottler, Bad Moves, Max Pain and the Groovies, Dead Ghosts, Momma , Omer Leibovitz, Johanna Warren, Adeline Hotel, Juan Wauters, Adam “Ditch” Kurtz, Cotillon, Silver Scrolls, and Land of Talk!
Sanity thru music this week in The Listening Booth w/folk from Laura Marling & Lucy Rose + electro via A is for Arrows, Austra, & San Cisco!
Today’s quarantine escape comes courtesy of Hazel English, Land of Talk, Lila Blue and more talented ladies who have all dropped new music. Turn up the volume and join us for tunes from some of the most talented musicians around.
Marble Arch are a French guitar pop band fronted by vocalist Yann Le Ravazet. With catchy, hazy melodies and garage rock intensity, the band has a dreamy sound that pulls you in. They dropped by Serious Business Music while on tour in the states for this intense session. Children Of The Slump is available now from Géographie. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
This is not a playlist for any ‘ole regular moms, only the cool moms.
After 3 years, it’s most definitely time to revisit the Portland, OR-based label/collective, Ten Dollar Recording Co! In part one of this two-part feature, I talk to label founders Ryan Michael Block and Mariya May about all their various projects and collaborations!
“SOS” meaning, “Save OWL Sessions”—live music via their Instagram to save their establishment.
Land of Talk is back with a new single from her forthcoming album, Indistinct Conversations, available July 31st via Saddle Creek.
Frankie Valet is the St. Louis, MO-based band headed up by Alison Setil and Felix Nelson along with Kati Malison and Jack Elliott-Higgins. With catchy, fuzz indie rock drawing on twee and shoegaze, the band has an instantly loveable sound that we were psyched to have in the live room at Serious Business Music for this session. Waterfowl is available now from It Takes Time. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
‘You Won’t Be Here for Long’ is out May 29 and is exactly what you need right now.
We chat with the creative and introspective solo artist about life, death, and music.
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. Room On Pacific is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Music by The New Deal, Lotus, Joss Jaffe, American Babies, MMW, and MMB. It’s a 21st Century, Star-WarsTM inspired episode of Jam Session.
One of our all-time favorites makes the top spot again! See who else made the list.
Justin Giles Wilcox of the Brooklyn-based band Monteagle joins us to talk about his new single and upcoming digital EP, then we check out new singles and album tracks from Jon The Guilt, 2nd Grade, Flunkie, Nana Grizol, Secret Shame, Divorce Cop, Sojourn Suspect, A Severe Joy, Belle Mare, Nightfalls, Pert, Pure X, Gabriel Schicchi, Rob Dobson, and Weed Nap.
The Listening Booth embraces these strange times with some blues and downbeat alternative from the likes of Cassowary and Trace Mountains!
Today we’re welcoming Andy Brasher to the mix. We’ll sample some tunes from Brasher’s latest album, Myna Bird. Plus tunes from Trace Mountains, Waxahatchee and more.
Drink the Kool-Aid & see the light with the rhythmic new ‘A Reintroduction to Programmique’ EP.
Brooklyn-based duo True Dreams are a wickedly fun and raw tag team of “cheerleader punx” songwriters who go right for the throat with their snotty anthems. Don’t be fooled by the cuteness of their gimmicky onstage patty cake (it’s awesome tho) – they absolutely mean business and will FUCK YOU UP. They’re sloppy and fun and silly and totally serious and if you disagree, well, whatever. Angela Carlucci plays guitar and sings, and Hannah Nichols plays drums and sings, and we were so psyched to have them join us at Serious Business Music in Brooklyn for this super fun session. No. 1 is out now from King Pizza Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
It’s time for an eclectic two-hour mix of music – broadly in the “indie rock” world for the most part – as we gear up for some more record label features coming down the line. Check out selections from recent label features, new releases, and some tasty finds from the BTRtoday music library, including some usual suspects such as Anna Burch, Waxahatchee, Ghost Funk Orchestra, Jeff Beam, and much more!
We’re listening to Cassowary, Mariya May, Bloodshot Bill, Vanessa Carlton and more on this last day of April.
Always coming through with the new tunes. Listen up! What else do ya got to do?
Matt Longo is Thin Lear, joined by an extensive, rotating cast of talented musicians. With rich, dynamic, and thoughtful indie rock – moving from thoughtful minimalist folk to epic, artful rock, Thin Lear has been neatly developing its sound and craft for most of this decade with a slew of releases. For this session, Longo and the band – in this case Tom DiCarlo (upright bass), Yaniv Taubenhouse (keyboard), and Jerad Lippi (drums) dropped by Serious Business Music in Brooklyn to give us this preview of the upcoming album. Wooden Cave will be released July 24th from Egghunt Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
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 chat with pioneering indie band The Dears and listen to some of their new tunes.
Classic SCI. Live CRB. Funk from Asheville, North Carolina and Colorado, and the eclectic sounds of Garaj Mahal.
The sultry sounds of Anna Burch take the lead once again this week—see who else made the cut.
This week we’re doing the usual rundown of new singles and album tracks, but with a special look at the recent single by Chicago-based artist Tasha, the first new release since her stunning 2018 debut, Alone At Last [Father/Daughter]. She joined us by phone to talk about the song, the personal challenges of being a creative person during quarantine, and how her songwriting and recording process has changed over the past two years. Then we get into new tracks from S. Rich, Hazel English, Civic Center, Cassowary, Eliza & The Delusionals, Max Bloom, Once & Future Band, Elvis Depressedly, Lido Pimienta, Howling Hex, and Langhorn Slim (from the new Wild Honey Record benefit compilation.)
Hit the couch in The Listening Booth for R&B therapy via Cassowary, & hear a Brooklyn venue’s digital play to support bands + the venue!
In our artist spotlight this week you’ll hear music from ‘Jacqueline’ the latest release from Haley Fohr’s alter ego Jackie Lynn. Plus music from all the best new releases form the ladies.
For part two of our 6131 Records indie label feature, we’ve got two hours of music from the label’s catalog, with tracks from Worriers, Katie Malco, Touché Amoré, Macseal, Typesetter, Luray, and more! Check out part one, which includes my interview with Sean and Joey from the label.
Let’s get comfortable and rock out!
Don’t worry, we’ve got the playlist to help you survive this quarantine. Every Wednesday, in fact. 
Now is the perfect time to allow yourself to be moody and Fiona Apple is here to lead you on that journey.
Don’t let yourself get to a dark place while alone with your thoughts. Listen to this and feel at ease.
Realworld are the product of a lifetime of consuming the best of 90’s pop-rock culture – party jams, MTV, sweet style, and totally rad attitude fueling their honest, nostalgic tunes. The band dropped by Serious Business Music in Brooklyn to remind us how to really party. “Get Busy” is the latest single from Realworld. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Even with a canceled tour & quarantined with their six y/o boy, they still give their fans what they want.
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 cultural perspective as a person of color in an overwhelmingly white-dominated music scene. With rejection of any thoughts of genre pigeonholing – though post-punk might be the broadest that usually applies one way or another – Maneka swerves from sound to sound and emotion to emotion in an impressive blend of creative songwriting. The band stopped by Serious Business Music in Brooklyn to show us how it all comes together. Devin by Maneka is available now from Exploding In Sound. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Time to rock out to Lancaster, U.K.-based duo The Lovely Eggs.
Music celebrating weed and getting high. Great tracks by Cousin Fungus, 10 Ft. Ganja, Slightly Stoopid and Das Funk Haus. Some country by Grayson Capps and some Blues by the Ghost Town Blues Band.
Welcome Dirty Projectors back from 2018 to the top of our list—see who else made the cut.
We check in with Dave Benton of Trace Mountains about his new record, Lost In The country and listne to a couple tracks from it before getting into new music from Deau Eyes, Alex Nicol, Healing Potpourri, Emily Keener, Jeffrey Silverstein, Good Good Blood, The Beths, Cheekface, and The Black Black.
Treat yourself to a dreamy diversion in the Listening Booth via trippy alt w/James Righton & Kevin Krauter + postponed Record Store Day!
Make your quarantine a little less depressing, with this new one by NYC indie pop-rockers.
This is part 1 of a two-part feature on 6131 Records, which began in California in 2006 and currently calls Richmond, VA home. In this episode, we’ll talk to Sean Patrick Rhorer and Joey Cahill about the label’s history and current releases, the current quarantine situation and how it relates to the music industry, and reminiscing about working in record shops.
Turn the music up!
We’re a little obsessed with King Pizza bands and we love to have them in for BTR Live Studio.
Brisbane – based artists are featured on the April edition of Spotlight on the City.
What better way to spend your quarantine then get to know this killer garage punk duo from Canada?
“Let’s just have a good time—and if we aren’t having a good time, [then] something’s horribly wrong.”
This week we try to stay focused on some great singer-songwriters who live in the tradition of Americana, Country and Bluegrass, and put an emphasis on the power of words and whose voices we can’t forget. In remembrance of John Prine, 10.10.1946 — 04.07.2020.
Waxahatchee takes the top spot this week! See who else made the list.
For this week’s show we put out a call on the internet for anybody interested to call and leave me a message “with your story of the music that’s helping you get thru the fear, anxiety, uncertainty, and isolation and maybe giving you hope right now.” I’ve also put together a playlist on Spotify featuring music by the artists who called in, along with the music they mentioned in their calls. For new music this week, we hear singles and album tracks from Golden Rules The Thumb, Zelma Stone, 2nd Grade, Levitation Room, Next Great American Novelist, A.O. Gerber, Laura Marling, None Of Your Concern, and Varsity – plus a bonus exclusive performance from Poingly (check out Poingly on MD back in October 2019). For more, check out the Greenway Records Weekly Jam playlist series and ZEBEDEE’s live album, raising funds for The Mayor’s Fund To Advance NYC.
The Listening Booth helps you thru w/a social distance disco feat. Locate S, 1 & Baxter Dury + Medieval meets Daft Punk w/Magic Sword.
Waxahatchee, Vanessa Carlton, Magdalena Bay, Dirty Projectors… the list of new music in today’s mix goes on and on. Keep your social distance but stay connected with some of the most talented ladies around.
It’s been a while since we’ve done a recent music playlist episode, so here it is! Featuring tracks from Activity, Lou Turner, Anna Burch, Deeper, youbet, Kevin Krauter, and more, there’s a lot to love here. Enjoy!
New releases from M. Ward, Anna Burch, Locate S, 1, Drakulas, and more.
‘Songs from the Great Indoors’ sends you daily downloads of songs created while in quarantine.
Quarantine has given him time to explore new genres and to step out of his comfort zone.
Keeping the new music flowin’ for you guys! Can’t stop, won’t stop. TUNE IN! 
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.
Big Bend is the experimental musical project of Ohio-born, NYC-based composer Nathan Phillps. With a focus on collaboration and clever use of improvised electronics as a base for his songwriting, Phillips weaves intricate, otherworldly sounds together beautifully. Joined here by Craig Schenker on saxophone and with an overhead projector on-hand for some appropriate visual aids, Big Bend brings their expansive, amorphous sound to Serious Business Music in Brooklyn. Radish by Big Bend is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
I play Road Man for the first time, get a Reggae theme to kick things off with Bumpin’ Uglies, Buddahfly and SS. Funk it up with Tomatoband. And ponder on lyrics with Dangermuffin and Fruits Bats. CRB brings it on home.
We’re all Born Ruffians this week with them as our top artist & their frontman’s solo project also making the top 10.
This week we’re kicking off the episode with a preview of the upcoming SAVAK album, Rotting Teeth In The Horse’s Mouth, out April 10th from Ernest Jenning Record Company, complete with a conversation with one of the band’s two primary songwriters, Michael “Jaws” Jaworski. We talk about the band’s process in writing and recording, cover practice spaces in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn, and address the uncertainty of releasing music in the midst of the current global health crisis. Later in the show, we check out new music from Citris, Blue Canopy, The Memories, Ada Lea, Dirty Projectors, Ellis, and Waxahatchee, plus a new Shannen Moser track from the Lame-O Records “Compilation For Isolation” – Don’t Stand So Close To Me.
Escape into The Listening Booth for the latest Exbats rock record, alt w/the new Waxahatchee album, & escapist electronica w/Yumi Zouma
Pick an artist in today’s mix you love and support them (if you can) by purchasing an album or some merch. There are lots to choose from. ‘Burn The Witch’ the latest release from Sarah Peacock is new to the show. And, Waxahatchee’s latest, ‘Saint Cloud’ is in there as well.
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.
For part two of our Wild Honey Records label feature, we’re diving in for two full hours of music from the Bergamo, Italy-based label. Featuring music from Bee Bee Sea, The Peawees, Freez, The Mojomatics, Love Trap, The Midwest Beat, and much more – including a first listen to a track from an upcoming compilation!
Music for your ears by Ellis, Half Waif, Waxahatchee, Circa Waves and more.
She bares a raw & bursting heart that bleeds out every emotion for her listeners.
This isn’t a joke, y’all. This is still a playlist of BRAND SPANKIN’ new songs. LISTEN UP!
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.
Brand new music from CATS plus some Pigeon Town, live Skerik, SPAGA, JM and MMB.
This will be your next favorite artist to leave on repeat while you’re quarantined. Check out the entire list!
It’s just Bryan solo this week as we check out new music from Scot Orr, Ilithios, Ultraista, Westerman, Secret Shame, Deeper, Ghost Funk Orchestra’s Notes From Quarantine, We Versus The Shark, Mise En Scene, DAD, Girlpool, Jeff Beam, Peel Dream Magazine, Solilians, Skyjelly, and Oh Land.
Out of the cabin fever & into The Listening Booth w/a pre-release listen to the new Born Ruffians record + intel on where to stream new UMO!
Sarah Peacock drops her latest release “Burn the Witch” today and we’ve got tracks from it to start and end the show today. Plus here some Anna Calvi, Lanterns on the Lake, Cuesta Loeb and more.
For part 1 of our two-part episode featuring Bergamo, Italy-based label Wild Honey Records, we speak with owner Franz Barcella about the label, some of their releases, and the current state of the music industry and world with the COVID-19 Pandemic.
If it truly is the end of the world, this song (and upcoming album) is what we all should be listening to.
New music from Cable Ties, Born Ruffians, Fine China and more!
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!
SXSW may not have happened this year, but we can still revisit some of our favorite times at the fest from years past.
The Canadian indie rockers reminisce on simpler times while gearing up to release their new album JUICE.
This week I get on the phone with Luke Lalonde, frontman of Born Ruffians.
Early tracks from Broken Social Scene, The Motet and Gov’t Mule plus some classic jams from String Cheese and Papadosio. It’s an episode that hopefully helps you forget about everything for an hour.
Kevin Krauter takes the top artist spot this week and is perfect to play on repeat while you’re quarantined.
This week, we’re doing things differently. We have calls from members of the indie music community calling in with their stories of how the COVID-19/Coronoavirus pandemic has affected them and their music, including Henderson Cole of The Alternative, Ciarra Fragale, Kyle Forester, Nehedar, The Planes, and the Brooklyn Drum Collective. Then, we check out brand new music from Worriers, Control Top, Thurlowood, Kyle Forester, Smokey Brights, Yumi Zouma, Activity, Pale Blue, Picture One, and Superorder.
Isolate yourself in The Listening Booth for a music diversion w/new Boniface, R&B from Yumi Zouma, & alt via Real Estate + more virtual SXSW
The beautifully colorful surf pop/ glitter rock band is trying to stay positive.
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.
Part two of our Fox Food Records indie label feature begins with an extensive interview with label founder/owner James Smith (who also records as Good Good Blood), followed by another hour of music from the label’s catalog. Check out part one of this feature here.
Land of Talk announced its new album Indistinct Conversations will be released on May 15th. Hear a track from it on the show today!
We understand why they had to cancel the festival, we’re still bummed we don’t get to see these awesome bands.
The core of LA indie/alt band Momma is dual guitarist/vocalists Etta Friedman and Allegra Weingarten. With super catchy and fun verse-chorus-verse reminiscent of some of our favorite 90’s act, the band’s new music picks up where their previous album (which we loved here at BTRtoday!) left off and makes it bigger, brighter, and even hookier. They dropped by Serious Business Music in Brooklyn to give us a taste of some of their new tunes in this very special session! Two Of Me will be released June 5 from Danger Collective Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Ida Mae is the Nashville-based duo of Chris Turpin and Stephanie Jean, who are originally from the UK. The musical and romantic partners developed the project in the wake of their previous band, taking inspiration from the Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee song, “Ida Mae” as they forged a new musical path. Their powerful blend of guitar and voice uses a strong sense of melody and pop structure, making for a refreshing mix of British soul and Americana. The duo stopped by while on tour with Greta Van Fleet to share this intimate look at their tunes with us at Serious Business Music in Brooklyn. Ida Mae’s debut album, Chasing Lights, is available now from Thirty Tigers. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.