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Instead of going through Hoops, just chill out with them instead.
Long breaks with his indie rock style to create synth and sample driven solo project
Meet the synth-rock, Brit-pop band from Halifax, Nova Scotia—Walrus.
New Candys make music bursting with visual flavor–we chat new album & lots more!
After wrestling with a laptop and a couple of instruments for years, Evan Klar’s eerie and appealing debut is ready for the world.
The song premiere for Freddie Nunez’s old-school country influenced “Nights In This Town”–check it out here.
Pow Pow Family Band knows that all is right when they’re playing music—not just alright.
BTRtoday is delighted to debut Jonny Couch’s new video “The Haunting,” a perfect punk rock Halloween treat.
This NYC band will turn those hollers of terror into some gritty punk rock that’ll haunt your sleep.
A pop punk interview perfect for those w/ short attention spans or are maybe a little too high–meet The Dirty Nil.
Coyote Run conjures lingering memories of lost loves and that butterfly feeling in the pit of your stomach.
Suburban Birds make music for people on long drives who like to stare out the window and imagine music videos.
Metalleg is the sound of musicians never wanting to stop.
BIRDS take flight with psychedelic feel and catchy melodies galore.
Mammút’s sound is a mix of comping breathy vocals, eerie synth and unexpectedly danceable beats; you’ll go from bopping to synth pop to head banging to dark metal in just one track.
This party is like your birthday, plus New Year’s Eve, plus your senior prom, plus your wedding all in one night.
Center yourself by pressing play on Native Sun’s new single “Palindrome.”
Rebecca Mimiaga, aka Louiza, gets sarcastic and sassy in her newest track “Party Trick.”
Van Dammes’ music freezes hell over. With their robust guitar solos and wild drumbeats, they reach into the deepest, darkest parts of their listeners’ souls. The four-piece garage band hail from Helsinki, Finland and pull inspiration from every era of punk, satisfying each and every desire for any punk rock fan. The group formed in Brussels, Belgium in 2013 and have already released two EPs, The VD EP and Better Than Sex. This May, they were back at it again with another EP entitled Vild Days. Currently, they’re touring the EU. With Vild Days, Van Dammes dig deep into the oldest roots of punk, excavating the essence of The Ramones. They match sing-a-long ready chants and bouncy melodies with distorted guitars, post-punk-like synth and guttural vocals (which are oddly sultry on account of their Finnish accents). BTRtoday chatted with Juho Talja and Markus Kujawa, the singers for Van Dammes. Check out the entire interview below. BTRtoday (BTR): How did you meet and form Van Dammes? Juho Talja (JT): We all are good friends, so we knew each other for a long time before Van Dammes. We’ve also been playing in some of the same bands for ages. Markus lives in Brussels and this one time I travelled there to meet him we went to see this Swedish band called Holograms, which played at a legendary punk venue called DNA. We were really impressed about their aesthetics and after a few drinks we agreed to form a new band, which is now known as Van Dammes. BTR: Why the name Van Dammes? JT: Well, the band was formed in Brussels and there happens to be a statue of Jean-Claude van Damme, who happens to be from Belgium, that we accidentally saw. Markus Kujawa (MK): And for a moment it felt like the best idea of the world. Now it’s too late to take it back. BTR: Who are some of your musical inspirations? JT: Pet Shop Boys. It was my first favorite band and it’s still one of the best. They know how to write the perfect melody to a song. For the same reasons I also like the old stuff of Weezer very much. MK: Pet Shop Boys was also my first favorite band back in the early 1990’s. Our sound is of course completely different from theirs, but maybe melodically people can recognize some similarities between PSB and us. JT: Of course there are also some punk and garage bands that have inspired us. For my part, I’d say [the previously mentioned] Holograms, The Spits, The Hives, Bikini Kill, Dune Rats (who we did some shows with about two years ago) and Death From Above 1979. MK: Ah yes, I wish Van Dammes had made The Hives’ “Come On.” BTR: Why do you sing in English? JT: Singing in English gives us the opportunity to tour around Europe and even the world. Because of that we also have this opportunity to do interviews for example with US media outlets. If we sang in Finnish it would always be only the same Finnish towns where we could play. MK: And there are like three towns and one newspaper in Finland… [laughs] BTR: Tell me about the latest album Vild Days, what was the creative process like? MK: The songs came quite quickly. Normally it’s Juho and I who write the songs but this time our drummer also made his contribution. His song is the one about drummers by the way. Also the recording process was very fast, which is very typical for us. However, the mixing process was very long due to our producer’s own (terrible) rap music projects and some record label issues. In fact, our former label is called Vild Records and they actually declined to release this EP. So after finding our current label, we decided to pay a little “tribute” to our former label. We are still on good terms with them though. BTR: What are your live shows like? MK: Fast and furious. We try not to play too long of sets. It’s good to leave the crowd a bit hungry, know what I mean? I guess our shows are quite messy. Anything can happen. I like that our bass player is in the middle of the stage, and Juho and I sing on both sides of him. JT: Our shows are like running 400-meter hurdles [1/4 of a mile]. You have to go full speed from the beginning and cross many barriers to get to the finish line. MK: Sometimes you win and sometimes you stumble. BTR: What should we expect for the future of Van Dammes? How about a US tour anytime soon? MK: Recently we were actually asked to tour the East Coast of the US, but I think there are already some Euro dates booked for then. It would be really cool to play in America at some point though. We’re also prepping to record our fourth album. There are already a couple of new songs so I guess the next record will be out in the beginning of 2018. JT: Playing in the US would actually be really nice. Hey—all the active garage/punk booking agents reading this, just give us a call and we’ll be there. [laughs] BTR: Is there something you guys like to do on your free time that isn’t music related? JT: I’m really into European football, or soccer as you say in the US. I know everything about it and play it myself in lower levels. I’m also really interested in cryptozoology, which is about searching and studying the animals whose existence or survival is disputed or unsubstantiated. MK: I’m into plane spotting and weird languages.
They’ll rescue emus, shriek at spiders and bring back grunge all in one night–they’re as exciting as wrestling a crocodile.
The Pittsburgh duo does dad rock right. Maybe we should call it dad punk?
Fang Wizard doesn’t plan anything. They just do it.
The former rhythm section of beloved garden state group Dentist, Rudy Meier and Nick Kaelblein, have created a sound that mixes vocal harmonies and kinetic guitar work reminiscent of Modest Mouse or Sunny Day Real Estate.
With only two singles out from the upcoming album Monsters Never Die (July 7), they’re proving that you don’t have to be a Dr. Jeckyll to unleash a Mr. Hyde.
Harvey Lush offers an oasis of exotic instrumentation that’s more common to an orchestra than a pop band.
Baby Shakes serves up a combustible mix of pop and punk they’re calling pop ’n’ roll. Meet your new favorite band.
Holly Overton recently shared her latest album with Midnight People at Sunnyvale for the release of “Every New Day.”
Meet the ultimate Brooklyn solo-artist, Wolf Diamond—he shreds; you swoon.
We chat w/ NYC music pioneers Sharkmuffin, and, boy oh boy, do they have a killer record coming out May 5–check it out!
Bleeding Knees Club is a garage, pop-punk Australian band that was on a small hiatus until recently. Now, they are back with a vengeance!
Reneé Orshan, a.k.a. RÉN (pronounced rain), is a confident, feminine, indie goddess from New York. She has a stage presence that radiates power as she swings her golden Lorde-esque mane to the beat.
These twin brothers bring the vibes of the West Coast and theatrical inspirations to their rock band, Little Person—check ‘em out!
On the government support of Canadian musicians, performing at SXSW, and origami spider art.
Otis Mountain Get Down is a three day music festival in the Adirondack Mountains that features up-and-coming bands of all sorts!
This is a group that sits well with the King Pizza family, consisting of bands like The Unders, Garbage Brain, and The Jeanies.
The Molochs are a band that hits everyone in the right spots. Their music has everything you could want—a little darkness, a little love, and a lot of catchiness.
A band of strong and motivated ladies, Ex-Girlfriends take their art seriously while never failing to have a great time. Their unique and complementary personalities and tastes meld together to create an unmatched energy and live music experience.
Don’t try to make meaning of the name, just listen. You’ll hear music that sets off all of your triggers and strokes all of your fears in the most enthralling way!
Ariana van Gelder is an ambient artist in Brooklyn, New York who calls her style “Dream Drone.” She is an intelligent and inspiring woman who’s able to envelope her audience and transform the atmosphere of any room with her unique vocals and collection of effects pedals.
Meet the new generation’s LCD Soundsystem—Palm Springsteen. They bring the best of both coasts for you to dance your woes away!
They’re just three protozoa that crawled out from under the pillars of creation and picked up instruments. But what happened after they picked up those instruments is a pivotal point in the history of Brooklyn’s music scene.
On James Joyce’s “fuckbird,” why the Cake Shop is awesome, and how to start a band from scratch.
On meeting at an orgy, using depression to write, and odd time signatures.
On playing hot potato with instruments, lyrical patterns, and staying focused and positive.
Meet the mystical-psychedelic dreamer Dean Cercone. An artist and a musician—he’s giving the world a completely unique form of creative skills!

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