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Host Maia
Maia is a songwriter, artist, producer, and radio host based in New York City. She's also a singer, multi-instrumentalist and frequent tinkerer, who has spent time in Haiti and Colombia studying folkloric music…
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Recent Episodes
Gia Woods is a super talented pop musician who is just beginning to unleash her music on the world. Here, she joins us at Serious Business Music in Brooklyn for an extra special stripped-down acoustic performance! EGO single is available now from Disruptor Records.    
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.
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.
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.
Church Girls are the indie/post-punk band from Philadelphia comprised of Mariel Beaumont, Julien Varnier, Vince Vullo, and Joseph Wright. With soaring, catchy melodies and a fresh take on poppy punk (not really pop punk, exactly), the band dropped by Serious Business Music in Brooklyn to give us a taste of their impressive, road-tested intensity.    The Haunt is available now from Anchor Eighty Four Records.  
ESSi is a Brooklyn-based duo with a deceptively huge sound. Using a smart blend of noise and hooky post-punk to achieve mind-melting dynamics, Jessica Ackerley and Rick Daniel draw equally from ambient experimental music and pop as they do from the more unlistenable far reaches of skronk (though, thankfully, there’s a satisfyingly steady dose of that in the mix as well to shake things up). Their music rides the dark line between groove and caustic disorientation, in a way that’s welcome for its willingness to truly experiment with what can go into a song. The band dropped by Serious Business Music in Brooklyn for this super exciting session! Vital Creatures is available now from Ramp Local.

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