Our Week In Music: Interviews, Premieres, & Top Played Artists of 2020

In case you couldn’t keep up with the musicians, bands, and artists we’ve been throwing at you all week, here’s a quick recap …


This week, on The Music Meetup, Elena Childers chatted with multi-instrumentalist Brooks Hudgins. They chatted new album Drive Thru Communion, emotional inspirations, and much more. You can also hear Drive Thru Communion in its entirety.


This week we had the holiday special for Roadside Assistance. BTRtoday podcast hosts gathered to say happy holidays and spin you some of their favorite tunes that get them in the festive mood.


For BTR Live Studio (at Home), Bryan Bruchman chatted with Dominic Lavoie from Portland, Maine. His new album, Wave With A Broken Arm, marks a new phase in the songwriter’s decade-plus career. They caught up about all things music, and Lavoie delivered a great, stark, acoustic performance of three songs from the record, recorded live exclusively for BTR Live Studio at Home in his studio, Shabbey Load.


Plus, a brand new episode When We See Each Other. Since the podcast began back in July, Nikkiesha has interviewed eight artists. As we near the end of 2020, Nikkiesha shared some of their favorite moments from those interviews where people have shared their experiences as BIPOC and/or queer/trans/GNC musicians, artists, and label founders.


Also, check out the new episode of The Subliminal Inevitable. It was the episode for the year and featured Terry Cole of Colemine Records/Karma Chief/Remined Records. They chatted about the family business of selling records, their awesome physical space in Loveland, OH, and all about how they operate—plus, Bryan Bruchman spun a massive mix of music from the label’s eclectic output.


And for a special BTR Live Studio (At-Home) Jeanette D. Moses does a yearly roundup of her features for the series. She recapped some of her favorite tracks from the artists who joined her on Live Studio from home and gave a big thanks to everyone who joined her on the show to gripe about 2020.


Finally, for our BTR Top 10 podcast (aka Artist of the Week), we start part one (of four) episodes counting down our 40 most played artists of the year. Check-in on the series page to catch the rest of the roundup.



You can also watch the exclusive performance from our latest BTR Live Studio (at Home) sessions with Dominic Lavoie and some extra live footage for everyone to enjoy during the holidays right here. Plus, watch a previously unreleased At-Home Live Studios with Xanthe Alexis from back in September:



Our week started with an interview with the collaborating musicians Bethany Thomas and Tawny Newsome. They chatted latest album Material Flats, other creative outlets, and singing together.


We premiered Monks Aflame, the new album from Old Joy. It is a total banger—plus, all its profits went to the local Chicago charity My Block, My Hood, My City.


We also premiered the vintage/ romantic new music video for Dala Record’s newest artist SARASON. A beautifully soulful track, it was hard not to fall head-over-heels in love with the song and video.


Plus, we thought it would be handy to put some shows we think you should stream this holiday season into one place. From big-time pop stars to beloved indie artists, it looks like there are some great musical events this year.


Finally, you can read the write up on the featured artist for this week’s The Music Meetup, Brooks Hudgins, here!


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Noisey:The 100 Best Albums of 2020

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