Dead Stars is a Brooklyn rock trio with a huge, fuzzy, and explosive sound. Jeff, Jaye, and John wear their 90s alt-rock influences proudly on their collective sleeve (Dinosaur Jr, Pavement, etc.) and it comes through in their hooky, nostalgia-laden sound. They've played their way through the local scene for the past few years, catching the eyes and ears of plenty of critics and festival bookers, and are poised to keep riding high with their upcoming record.
Matt Pond (whose band, Matt Pond PA, many will be familiar with, already), recently released The State Of Gold, a rich album full of potential pop hits. Currently enjoying life in New York -- upstate, a bit outside the clamor of the city -- Matt and bandmate Chris Hansen joined us at Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn, to share some tunes and chat with Maia.
As a Chasidic, all-female, alt rock band from Crown Heights, Bulletproof Stockings stand out from the crowded Brooklyn music scene, and they've drawn considerable attention for their music, as well as their female-only rule for audiences. Musically, they manage to blast out heavy rock with the unconventional instrumentation of drums, piano, cello, and violin -- without an electric guitar in sight. The quartet stopped by the new Serious Business Music in DUMBO to rock out and chat with Maia about their music.
Diet Cig, which may or may not require a government warning, is actually New Paltz, New York-based duo Alex and Noah. They're a young band cranking out satisfyingly concise and pointed slop-pop tunes with a thousand volts of fun. The two are caught in a whirlwind of touring, but found some time to stop by the brand new Serious Business Music in DUMBO to talk about their experience and to help break in the new live room.
Dar Williams is a folk songwriter currently two decades into her music career. Her latest release, Emeralds, draws heavily on that accrued history, crowd-funded through Pledge Music, recorded in studios all around the country, and involving a wealth of guest musicians and co-writers. Here, she visits Saltlands Studio in DUMBO to share some of her latest tunes and to chat with Maia about the inspiration behind her work.
The Washington, DC-based "technicolor pop" band Pree has a way with color. Visually, their art (and instruments) tend toward bright and vibrant hues, while musically, they shimmer and shine with a chaotic take on pop that can weave from a hush to explosive bursts. They stopped by Saltlands Studio to share some of their latest tunes and chat with Maia.
Rey Pila is the NYC-via-Mexico City rock quartet of Diego Solorzano, Rodrigo Blanco, Andres Velasco and Miguel Hernandez. Their driving garage rock has drawn considerable international acclaim, including shows with some of the biggest names in indie rock. Here, the band talks a bit about how landing a fan in Julian Casablancas of The Strokes affected the course of their new album.
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… | watch
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