Our Week In Music: Political Feud Playlists, Thanksgiving Specials, & PLANET AFROPUNK

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 diverted from the usual show dynamic. She dedicated a playlist to musicians that have been featured on BTRtoday and their songs that best soundtrack your political family feuds. This is definitely the year to have those hard convos, especially over a virtual Thanksgiving diner.


We also had the Thanksgiving episode of Roadside Assistance this week. You heard some great tunes selected by some of your favorite BTR hosts. And we gave thanks that 2020 is almost over—the year was insane, but we were all thankful for so much good music.


For BTR Live Studio (at Home), Bryan Bruchman chatted with Dolly Valentine, aka the new musical persona of Leslie Schott. In her garden, she played a few songs from her debut album (accompanied by Andrew Valenti) and chatted with Bryan about the project, and how this year at-home has affected her life and music.


Plus, we have a special Thanksgiving BTR Live Studio (at Home) this week. They took a look back to the first part of the year, back when they still did sessions with artists in person at Serious Business Music in Brooklyn. Here they revisited music from sessions with Field Mouse, proper., Wintersleep, Pom Pom Squad, The Joy Formidable, and Momma.


Finally, our Top Artist of the Week is Secret Sun! We listened to their new album, Winter Love the most this week! The album is out now on Costume Records.



You can also watch the exclusive performance from our latest BTR Live Studio (at Home) sessions with Dolly Valentine right here, along with previously unreleased At-Home Live Studios with Shamir from back in August and Rvby My Dear from last year:


Our week started with Freddie Mercury.  We suggest turning to his signature Queen songs to help fuel your Thanksgiving madness (virtually or six-feet apart).


We also hype up AFROPUNK’s virtual festival PLANET AFROPUNK! They’ve made the live footage available online for free for a month and we’re super stoked about it. The visionary virtual festival is a must-watch for both music and humanitarian education.


We also got excited about Andrew Bird’s newest holiday music endeavor. He just released a full-length version of his holiday EP Hark! and is planning to stream his annual “Gezelligheid” performance.


Finally, you can watch music videos and get directed to artists streaming sites from this week’s The Music Meetup Political Thanksgiving special here!

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