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On today’s episode of BTR Live Studio at Home, London-based indie pop trio KIN plays some of their latest tunes. Grace and Adam speak with Jen about the making of the music video for L.O.V.E. choreographed by bandmate Ritu Arya and fellow Umbrella Academy cast mate David Castañeda. The band explains their writing process and favorite stories from gigs.
On today’s episode of BTR Live Studio at Home, New York based singer songwriter Vanessa Silberman plays some of her latest tunes.Vanessa speaks with Jen about the process of creating a new single a month, her writing process, and her love for tour.
On today’s episode of BTR Live Studio at Home, LA based singer songwriter Raye Zaragoza plays some of her latest tunes. Raye speaks with Jen about being a social change performer, her writing process, and her fondest tour memory with Dispatch.
On today’s episode of BTR Live Studio at Home, Atlanta based singer songwriter May Tabol of Pree plays some of her latest tunes. May speaks with Jen about the process of creating the new sound on the album Status/Post, her writing process, and the evolution of Pree throughout the past decade.
On today’s episode of BTR Live Studio at Home, Colorado based folk artist Xanthe Alexis plays some of her latest tunes of her new album The Offering. Xanthe speaks with Jen about the process of creating the album, her relationship with healing, and her love of tour.
On this episode of BTR Live Studio at Home, DC based rock band, BRNDA plays us some tunes. Jen sits down and talks with Leah Gage, Torrey Sanders, and Dave Lesser about their new album, the impact of the pandemic on the music scene, and their love for touring.
Washington DC, indie pop band Lotion Princess stops by BTR Live Studio for a special At Home Session, recorded and filmed remotely in the backyard at a safe social distance by Mariah Miranda. “In The Summer” by Lotion Princess is available now.
Washington DC, singer songwriter Seán Barna stops by BTR Live Studio for a special At Home session, featuring 3 songs recorded and filmed remotely, a video tour of Seán’s at home studio, plus an interview with Jen Meller. We discuss Seán’s career in music, his inspirations, and what its like creating an album in the midst of a quarantine. Seán also provides some insight on what it’s like working with Adam Duritz, and his fondest memories from tour. Watch the video of his performance here.
Washington DC based singer/songwriter, Adriana-Lucia Cotes also known as the moniker, Antonia and lead singer in Mock Identity appears on BTR Live Studio for a special at home session. Antonia performs two songs and gives us a tour of her at home studio plus an interview with Jen Meller. We discuss her music career, her fond tour memories, and her social activism work to defund the Takoma Park Police Department. In this episode, Adriana also shares her love of stage make-up, her obsession with coffee, and her musical influences. Watch Adriana’s home studio tour and performance of “Wild” here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Arthur Moon is a project led by NY-based musician Lora-Faye Åshuvud, whose boundary-pushing performance and vocals style blends well with an experimental sort of electronic dance music to create a hazy, unsettling, yet inviting take on pop. The band dropped by Serious Business Music in Brooklyn to give us this intimate look at their impeccable song stylings. Arthur Moon’s self-titled LP is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
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.
Lisel is the solo project of LA-based experimental musician Eliza Bagg (fans of Pavo Pavo may be familiar with her from her time spent in that band). With an eclectic musical background spanning the whole world of modern music, from pop to classical and all sorts of experimental, her soprano is impeccably trained and highly adaptable. Here, she delivers an impeccably arranged solo performance with the aid of backing tracks and loops supporting her otherworldly vocals. Angels On The Slope is available now from Luminelle Recordings. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 will be released April 17, 2020 on Suah Sounds. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
A longtime BTR Live Studio favorite, Workman Song has been an ever-evolving project showcasing the songwriting of Sean McMahon, whose rich and bold-hearted folk music is as timeless as it is unconventional. This time around, McMahon performed solo for us at Serious Business Music in Brooklyn to give us a taste of some of his latest work. “Ragnarok” is the latest single out now from Workman Song. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Miracle Sweepstakes is a band from NY who aim to make a sort of warm, hazy indie rock. Headed up by songwriter Craig Heed, the band blends a wide range of influences into their mix, resulting in a sound that can be sparse and sweet at one moment, and a full-on rocker the next. The group dropped by Serious Business Music in Brooklyn to share some tunes with us in this session! Rorschached by Miracle Sweepstakes is available now from One Weird Trick. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
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.
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.
The Makeout Club is the pure pop fantasy of Robert Granata come to life. The rich sonic landscape of tight, dancy drums, spacey synths, and shimmery guitars makes for a dreamy ride. The band – featuring Daniel Deitz, Jacob Read-Harber, and Jonathan Murphy – joined us at Seroius Business Music in Brooklyn for this amped-up and blissed-out take on their music. “Lose Yourself” is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
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.
Alexandra Levy is the Montreal-based songwriter performing as Ada Lea, whose debut album reveals a collection of songs that balance an often big and bold rock sound with fragile, revelatory pop songs to dramatic, cathartic effect. The band stopped by Serious Business Music in Brooklyn to share this intimate look at Ada Lea’s tunes. what we say in private is available now from Saddle Creek. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
It’s hard to imagine that before meeting via Craigslist, Desert Sharks were just strangers swimming in the sea of the Brooklyn music scene. With a striking rock n’ roll gang chemistry and some serious live intensity, the quartet of Stephanie, Stefania Rovera – guitar, Rebecca Rose, and Sunny Veniero have been growing a devoted following in the local scene via fun live showings and several singles and EPs prior to their debut full length. The band finally made their way down to Serious Business Music in Brooklyn for this seriously awesome session! Baby’s Gold Death Stadium is available now from Substitute Scene. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
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.
Lisel is the solo project of LA-based experimental musician Eliza Bagg (fans of Pavo Pavo may be familiar with her from her time spent in that band). With an eclectic musical background spanning the whole world of modern music, from pop to classical and all sorts of experimental, her soprano is impeccably trained and highly adaptable. Here, she delivers an impeccably arranged solo performance with the aid of backing tracks and loops supporting her otherworldly vocals. Angels On The Slope is available now from Luminelle Recordings. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
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.
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.
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.

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