Our Week In Music: Juneteenth, New Music Videos, & an Anniversary Episode

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, host Elena Childers chatted with multi-talented artist Titus Makin Jr. aka Butterfly Ali. When he’s not acting in shows like Rookie and various films he’s creating music with a fresh take on old-school R&B/soul. He just released his debut EP Preacher’s Kid, spun on the episode, and they chatted about love, life, and music.


For BTR Live Studio (at Home), host Bryan Bruchman chatted with Alex Lleo, a UK-based songwriter. His new EP, Morning Heights, was recorded in Brooklyn, NY, and is out now from Babywoman Records. In this episode, Alex discussed the record’s creative process and delivered an exclusive acoustic performance, recorded live at home.


We also had a one-year-anniversary episode of When We See Each Other! Host Nikkiesha McLeod went back to a format they used for the very first episode, with J. McVay talking to Nikkie about the show itself. They discussed some of the memorable moments on the show, what it’s become vs. how it started, and also looked ahead to the future. Plus, of course, some music by Anjimile, Mel Fine, Mackenzie Shivers, Billy Dean Thomas, Sci-Fi, and Blxck Cxsper, all of whom are discussed in the episode.


There was also a brand new episode of Subliminal Inevitable this week! host Bruchman chatter with husband-and-wife team Lou & Rosie Crisitello who run the PA record label Perpetual Doom. They chatted about the label’s beginnings and some of the exciting projects they’ve released/ have in the works, and spun some of the label’s artists.


Plus, on another new BTR Live Studio (At-Home), host Brushman also chatted with Ifeanyi Elswith, a contemporary R&B/hip-hop vocal artist from Avalon Park, Chicago. She can often be found singing backup for the likes of Wyatt Waddell. In this episode, she performed songs from her 2020 debut, Everything Festyle, with a full band (including Waddell on bass), and discussed songwriting, inspiration, her musical background, and what she has in the works.


Finally, our Top Artist of the Week was Lou Barlow! Our hosts spun his album Reason to Live (Joyful Noise) the most this week!



You can also watch the exclusive performance from our latest BTR Live Studio (at Home) sessions with Alex Lleo and Ifeanyi Elswith right here, along with previously unreleased At-Home Live Studios with Tiye Pheonix from back in February:



We kicked the week off with a video premiere from experimental indie artist Dan Oiuw. He made his track “Oh!mge” come alive with art in the MoMA!.


We also premiered the emotional track by Lise Crawley called “The Right Way.” Crawley gets l’Espirit de l’Escalier in the catchy new tune.


Plus, check out the jazz-infused EP premiere from JJ Slater we premiered on Thursday. The jazz-ed up/psych-rock-infused EP An Obscure Moon is catchy and utterly relatable.


And lastly, check out our rockin’ Juneteenth playlist along with a list of Black-led organizations you should contribute to!


Finally, check out the written feature on this week’s rockin’ Music Meetup artist Butterfly Ali, here!


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