Our Week In Music: Premieres, Old-School Country, & Intimate At-Home Performances

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 featured Drugs… Not those kinds of drugs! The band from Long Beach, CA Drugs. We chat about their infectious garage rock and listen their newest album Episodic. 

For our BTR Live Studio (at Home), Jen Meller chatted with Colorado-based folk artist Xanthe Alexi. She played some of her latest tunes from her new album The Offering. Xanthe spoke with Jen about the process of creating the album, her relationship with healing, and her love of tour.

Plus, another BTR Live Studio (at Home) sessions, Bryan Bruchman chatted with Photo Ops, the LA-based project of Terry Price. Bruchman caught up with Price and they got into some of the inspiration behind his latest work, and he shared an exclusive, intimate acoustic performance, recorded at his home studio.

On the newest Subliminal Inevitable, also with Bruchman, the Chicago-based label, studio, and collective, Rosebud Allday is featured along with some tunes from their artist. Plus, Bruchman interviewed the label’s very own Billy Giannopoulos.

And finally, our Top Artist of the Week is Sneaks! Her new album, Happy Birthday, is available now from Merge Records.

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You can also watch exclusive performances from our latest BTR Live Studio (at Home) sessions with Xanthe Alexis and Photo Ops right here, with a previously unreleased Live Studio with Kyle Forester from back in July:



We premiered the new activist short film for The Bottom Dollar’s “Weapon”—directed by Cherrye J. Davis. Themes of civil rights, education, & ending hatred are the main features of this music video.

Also, we premiered Post Fear’s newest song “Please Call After Me.” Disconnect from your electronics and let this new lo-fi indie track connect you with yourself once again.

Our final premiere for the week was from Canada’s Speaker Face. Have all your most inner heartstrings strung inside yourself to this new soothing release.

It also happened to be legendary country musician Hank Williams Sr.’s birthday this past Thursday. We created a playlist that pays tribute to one of country music’s founding fathers with songs we think he would’ve loved the most. From pioneering Black blues musicians, old-school country/folk singers, and even his own son and grandson singing—if Hank Williams Sr. streamed music, these songs would’ve been his most played.

And finally, go read Elena’s feature on Drugs (that band that is) where she chats about the indie rockers’ new album and its message on mental health with frontman Joel Jasper—read here!

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