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Discovered and signed by Peter Gabriel in the mid-’90s, singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur has been a musician for over 15 years and has eight albums to his name. Arthur, who is originally from Akron, OH, is known for his poetic and melancholic songs. Whether done acoustically or with full, layered orchestration, his music feels intimate and poignant, as though it’s full of painful secrets. Also a distinguished painter and designer, his sleeve design for his 1999 Vacancy album was Grammy-nominated for Best Recording Package.
NYC-based El Jezel have been together for nearly a decade, combining elements of glimmering, wistful shoegaze and charging, melodic post-rock. The blend of male and female vocals, along with their ability to waver between various genres mid-song, keeps their music unpredictable and refreshing. For our BTR Hear and There Christmas Special, in front of a brightly decorated Brooklyn home, they brave the cold winter weather to perform (as a duo) an acoustic version of their holiday tune, “Working On Christmas.”
Alamo Race Track are a quirky quartet from the Netherlands who’ve toured alongside Arctic Monkeys and have even been featured on the hit show Grey’s Anatomy. Incorporating a number of rock genres into their sound, their music has taken the form of dark indie-rock reminiscent of Interpol and more recently, stripped down, melancholy folk-pop in the vein of Fleet Foxes.
Discovered and signed by Peter Gabriel in the mid-’90s, singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur has been a musician for over 15 years and has eight albums to his name. Arthur, who is originally from Akron, OH, is known for his poetic and melancholic songs. Whether done acoustically or with full, layered orchestration, his music feels intimate and poignant, as though it’s full of painful secrets. Also a distinguished painter and designer, his sleeve design for his 1999 Vacancy album was Grammy-nominated for Best Recording Package.
It’s Pygmalion day on BTR with DJRePete! The 5 day midwest festival kicks off today, so whether you’re getting psyched for it or want to live vicariously, BTR has you covered with the likes of Cut Copy, Asobi Seksu, and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. Also, check out alternative from Brass Bed, acoustic from Jessica Lea Mayfield, and a trippy set headlined by Bachelorette. Get your midweek dose of musical enlightenment today on BTR with DJRePete!
Brooklyn Singer-songwriters Annie Lynch (of Annie and the Beekeepers) and Michaela Anne make acoustic folk music graced with honey-sweet voices that are flush with emotion.

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