BTR Live Studio
Emel Mathlouthi is a Tunisian singer-songwriter who is known for her unique blend of traditional sounds and electronic beats. With her current release, her style has developed into a fully-formed blend that feels both classic and fresh, with distinctly powerful and memorable vocals floating on a bed of guitar, electronically affected sound, and beats. For this intimate session, Emel brought a raw, beautifully stripped-down performance to Serious Business Music in DUMBO. Ensen is available now from Partisan Records.
Laetitia Tamko is the Brooklyn-based musician behind the much buzzed about project, Vagabon. With an adept skill for storytelling and an unforgettable vocal style, blended with a masterful use of tension in her unique indie rock arrangements, she has managed to gain some serious traction with this project, particularly since this year’s release of her first full length record. Vagabon, in full band form, dropped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn, to share some of her fantastic earworms with us.
Gracie (Coates) and Rachel (Ruggles) are a remarkable new Brooklyn-based orchestral pop piano and violin duo with a tendency towards stark contrast in both sound and visuals. With strong vocals, a heightened sense of drama, and plenty of musical skill to make good on their pop promises, they are aiming high leading up to the release of their debut album. Joined by a live percussionist, they dropped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn, to give us a preview. Gracie and Rachel’s self-titled debut full length LP will be release June 23, 2017.
Fraidycat is the Brooklyn-based trio of Andy Kinsey, Daniel de Juan, and Charlotte Kahn. They call their music “slop pop” but let’s call it what it is because sloppy isn’t really all that accurate: this is fun, anxiously grooving pop music with punk nods. There’s a playfulness and honesty to it that just works really well. Check it out for yourself -- the band stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn, to show us what they’ve got (besides an excellent name). Other Better Places by Fraidycat is available now on cassette.
Alexander F is the modern post-punk brainchild of Brooklyn musician Alex Toth, who is known for his work as a trumpet player and vocalist for Rubblebucket. It was a look inward during a silent retreat that inspired what would become the first batch of songs for Alexander F, which come to life with a perfectly poised execution, topped off by Alex’s captivating moves (think somewhere between Talking Heads’ David Byrne and Future Island’s Samuel Herring). The band descended upon the live room at Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn, to give us a taste of what they’ve got going on! Alexander F’s self-titled new album is available now.
Lexie Roth grew up in upstate New York, surrounded by some huge musical figures connected to her guitarist father, Arlen Roth, laying the strong groundwork for her early musical development. Her first album was released when she was just 18 years old, after which she traveled to the west coast before eventually returning to the east coast. Now she splits her time between Los Angeles and Martha’s Vineyard as she continues to further develop her tuneful, folk-influenced indie rock. Lexie stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to share some of her music with us in this intimate session. Move Me by Lexie Roth is available now.  
    Active Bird Community are a Brooklyn-based indie garage pop band who’ve been bubbling up in the local scene for just a couple of years now. They ride the line between the straight up NYC rock style and looser, quirky indie rock. The band dropped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn to show us just how it’s done! Stick Around by Active Bird Community is available now.  
The Tablets are the Brooklyn-based duo of Liz Godoy and Brenden Beu.  Their story starts in Mexico, comes together in San Diego, and was fully realized once they got to NYC. Musically, they combine shoegaze guitars, farfisa, electronic beats, trippy visuals, and sweet vocals to create their moody pop music. It had been a while since we checked in with the band, so they dropped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to share some new tunes in advance of a string of 2017 single releases. The flexi-single "Not a Sign + Tyranny Glitches" is available now via Mon Amie Records  
Imaginary Tricks reflects the mad, musical world of Queens-based Mike Visser (previously of the California band Frank Jordan). With his distinct take on pop and arty indie rock, Visser benefits live from the counter-balance of Harlan Muir on keys and backing vocals along with a full rhythm section, turning the shimmery psych riffs into full-on epic jams. The band dropped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn to show us just how the songs can come alive. Skommel is available now from Friendship Fever.