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Computer Magic is New York-based mastermind Danielle “Danz” Johnson. Danz grew up in the Catskills in upstate New York, moved to the city for college, then took off for Tampa, Florida, where Computer Magic began. Six years later, the project has generated a slew of releases, pretty much attained the mythical “big in Japan” status, and grown considerably. Currently based out of upstate New York again, with a music studio in Bushwick, Brooklyn, Computer Magic keeps adding to its growing catalog of cleverly-crafted pop music. Obscure But Visible is available now.
Tom Brosseau is a folk musician from North Dakota. We last caught up with him down in Austin, Texas, where we spent a fine afternoon with him in the backyard, so it was a pleasure to see him again back on our home turf in New York. Tom spent a decade in Los Angeles, making music and hitting the road, but has returned to his roots in the midwest, which seems like a more apt fit for his mild-mannered, friendly ways. He seems to be a bit out of time -- as if he’s somehow found himself navigating the world decades later than he expected to -- which brings a surprising, refreshing perspective to oft-treaded subject matter in his songs. Slow down, take a listen, and enjoy this personal appearance by Tom Brosseau, recorded live at Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn. North Dakota Impressions is available now in a variety of physical and digital media formats for your enjoyment.  
Lafayette, Louisiana’s own Zydeco Radio! first came to our attention during SXSW a couple years ago, when they stopped by and took over our backyard with their lively take on the regional genre. Now, with a little more time under frontman Billy Mack’s belt, the band has whipped up it’s own solid batch of original tunes in the genre, blending in more and more roots and rock influences to stir things up and get people dancing. The gang -- with a few fill-in players for this time out on the road -- dropped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to give us a taste of some of that good old Cajun-style fun.  
Bushwick’s own Not Blood Paint is back. Last time they joined us in the studio, they were aliens, speaking of new suits and mind control (we think?). Now they seem to have transformed into skeletal spectres, roaming the earth in search of that perfect guitar riff. The transformation isn’t just a physical one, though, as their music shifts in cosmic leaps as well… okay, to be honest, they seem to have many, many personas to choose and try on for any performance. Whichever persona they’re in, there’s an underlying art/prog rock element to every sound coming from this foursome, but they’ve apparently processed every musical genre in order to output a new, multi-dimensional version of rock that shifts from indie to metal to pop within just a few bars. It’s hard to wrap your head around what these guys are doing, but maybe that’s exactly the point… check them in this session, recorded live at Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn, to try and figure it out for yourself. Believing Is Believing by Not Blood Paint is available now.
Alex Napping is a band that began just a few years ago in Austin, Texas (though now they're partially NYC-based), centered around the bedroom recordings of Alex Cohen. Now that they're one record, a couple singles, and a new label announcement (Father/Daughter Records) into their career, things are really starting to happen for this indie pop band. On the eve of their first proper Brooklyn show, the band stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to share some tunes. Trembles Part I & II by Alex Napping is available now on cassette.
Uni Ika Ai is a Brooklyn band whose personnel reads like a supergroup of the borough's most notable acts from the past few years -- headed up by Maia Friedman (Bobby, Toebow), in collaboration with Peter Lalish (Lucius, Elizabeth & The Catapult), and rounded out with Tom Deis (Via Audio) and Dan Drohan. The band is still a relatively new endeavor, but the members' combined experience yields a masterful result. At its core, the project feeds on improvisation and experimental sounds, yet the output is wholly sweet and melodic, in a perfect blend of art and pop. They stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to show us just how they make their magical sounds work together. Keeping A Golden Bullseye In The Corner of My Mind is available October 14, 2016.
It’s been a minute since we’ve checked in with Brooklyn rock band Heliotropes. Principal songwriter/singer Jessica Numsuwankijkul has completely revamped the project, returning with all new faces, a new album, and a leaner, more focused sound. Things still get pretty heavy, but whereas in the past it seemed like the influence of metal -- particularly of the Seventies style -- loomed large over the band, with their latest full length there’s a whole lot more pop sweetness and psych vibes. The band stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to give us a live taste of it. Over There That Way by Heliotropes is available now.
Breanna Barbara is a Brooklyn-based musician, but don’t let the geography throw you -- her music is steeped in southern/blues rock traditions, as seen through the sweat-drenched eyes of New York City. Howling, yelping, and rockin’ with a furious intensity -- even at slower tempos, like a psychedelic waltz -- Barbara is fast becoming a force to reckon with in the local scene. Mirage Dreams by Breanna Barbara is available now.