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Emily Wells is known as a talented multi-tasking multi-instrumentalist, exercising an acrobatic array of electronics in her live performance. For her latest release, she has shed the protective wall of gadgets and sounds and picked up only an acoustic guitar to reimagine the songs from her 2012 debut. The translation is flawless, and reveals a new perspective on these compositions, which easily hold their own with the stripped-down approach.
Conor J. O’Brien — whose Dublin-based band, Villagers, has been nominated for a Mercury Prize, won an Ivor Novello Award, and shared stages with some of the biggest names in music — delivers an intimate, solo performance of his songs here on BTR Live Studio. In a departure from his previous effort, O’Brien embraces collaboration, instrumental music, and a whole lot of symbolism and poetic storytelling to achieve something that he feels is secular yet spiritual, and which sings the things that he can not say.
Gabe Rothschild and Sal Garro (drummer for Quiet Loudly and pow wow!), both of the Brooklyn/Austin trio The Governors, also play together as Hige Kuma. In this special episode of BTR Hear & There, Gabe and his wife Sao perform a song together while preparing Japanese-inspired street food aboard their food truck, the Love Balls Bus, at the Spiderhouse Cafe in Austin, TX, during SXSW.

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