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Berlin-based trio Fenster play charming chamber-pop. Despite eerie stories of graveyards and ghosts, their songs are minimalistic and calming, marked by their sparse, soft-spoken tenderness. The band also has its fair share of sweeping, climactic moments often accentuated by an assortment of sounds like rattling tambourines and emphatic handclaps. Here, they even use our studios’ sprinklers as an instrument.
With the success in recent years of film franchises such as Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and most recently Hunger Games, BTR Pulse host Lauren Hawker hits the streets and parks of New York City to ask people their thoughts on adaptations of novels to films and whether they prefer one medium over the other.
Now in its 11th year, the Affordable Art Fair brought new and emerging art to New York City that even the most cash-strapped art lover can enjoy. The four-day event — which travels around the world to cities like London, Singapore and Brussels — aims to demystify the art-buying experience by presenting it as welcoming, fun, and most importantly: economical. BreakThruTV attended the affair and spoke to artists about their work.
Shenandoah and the Night is a dreamy indie-pop group from New York City. Led by sultry vocalist Sheah Ableman (formerly of San Francisco’s Yard Dogs Road Show), the band sometimes incorporates Doo-wop and folk into their music, channeling the sounds of Nina Simone, Janis Joplin and The Black Keys. Ableman is an especially captivating frontwoman, full of endless flair and personality. Here, the group performs at the bar Brooklyn Social in Carroll Gardens.
Pierre Leroux and Victor Le Masne make up the synth-rock duo Housse de Racket. Previously musicians-for-hire with bands like Air and Phoenix, the Parisian band pump out huge palpitating beats and shimmering catchy melodies, making their songs little disco-pop gems. Their latest album, Alesia, was produced by Philippe Zdar — known for his work on Phoenix’s hit record Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix.
BreakThru Radio — together with Velvet Blue Music, From Adi, PlayMySong, and Wiretap Music — threw its own happenin’ party down in Austin during SXSW 2012. The event, called South By East By West Spring Bash, took place at The Liberty and featured a strong and varied lineup with artists like Tim Fite, Starlight Girls, Kay Leotard, Gold Beach, and Mwahaha. Our very own DJ Latola and DJ Lottie recap the show!
Crinkles do dreamy and lush lo-fi pop, their hazy hooks comparable to those of acts like Real Estate and Youth Lagoon. Originally from Burlington, VT, the five-piece — featuring Jonathan Campolo, Nicholas Campolo, Daniel Crosby, Kyle Kabel, and Andrew Chugg — moved to Brooklyn in 2009. Since then, they’ve amassed a number of tracks, many of which are on their debut full-length entitled Loss Leader. Here, Crinkles premiere some of those new songs.
Brooklyn’s Emanuel and the Fear — a large eclectic ensemble sometimes boasting as many as 11 members — play a genre-bending style of orchestral-pop. Led by fiery frontman Emanuel Ayvas, the band’s poetic, yet bold, songs infuse classical music à la Beethoven, chamber-folk à la Arcade Fire, and straightforward intense rock.
On Sunday night, March 25th, Mad Men returned for its fifth season. Despite a 17-month hiatus, the heavily anticipated premiere set off feverish excitement on both Facebook and Twitter, with talk of viewing parties and martinis. Since its inception, the AMC drama — which depicts the cutthroat advertising world of New York City in the 1960s — has inspired everything from clothing lines and cookbooks to internet crazes like #Draping. This week, BTR Pulse host Lauren Hawker speaks with Mad Men fans.
Ava Luna is a unique seven-piece from Brooklyn, whose music has been compared to the Dirty Projectors and TV On The Radio. Their songs — featuring elements of pop, R&B, and post-punk — are an impressive musical collage: soulful crooning and 60s girl-group harmonies interspersed between funky hooks and punk noise. Here, for a special SXSW edition of BTR Hear & There, a few band members speak with BTR’s Matt Lehtola and perform “A Year Of Mirth” inside their tour van.
On the night of March 21, 2012, New Yorkers rallied in Union Square for the “Million Hoodie March,” demanding the arrest of George Zimmerman, the neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot teenager Trayvon Martin. Due to Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, Zimmerman could claim self-defense and go un-charged, despite the fact that he has admitted to shooting the unarmed 17-year-old. BreakThruRadioTV’s Lauren Hawker was at the event and spoke to some of the attendees, many of whom were wearing hoodies and holding bags of Skittles as a tribute to Martin.
Early Wednesday, it was announced that the Denver Broncos had traded Tim Tebow to the New York Jets in exchange for a fourth-round and sixth-round pick. The news — which could be the biggest trade of the NFL offseason — broke via the Jets’ official Twitter page. Tebow will join Rex Ryan, Mark Sanchez and Gang Green in their chase of the Super Bowl dream. BreakThruRadioTV spoke to New Yorkers about the big acquisition.
Jason Sáenz is a New York comedian who can be seen regularly doing stand-up around the city in addition to his work as a performer and writer of sketch comedy. He’s appeared in a number of short films and runs a website called Free Comedy! with his compatriot, Nick Turner, where the duo present their work. Here, Jason discusses a wide range of topics, from frustrations with his texting service to growing up with a stoner dad and getting divorced after marrying young.
GOVERNMENT INTRIGUE! SEAFARING DANGER! PUPPET PROPAGANDA! BreakThruRadioTV's Month In Review has it all! Join host Chaz Mannenheim for an unbiased, unbridled look at yesterday's top stories. None of the pandering and fool heartiness of "network" news; Mannenheim's rapier wit drives through the outer pomp of politicians, celebrities, crooks, and confidence men, placing you firmly in the epicenter of the human condition. The GOP fixes to nominate one of its diverse competitors, a cruise ship steers to an unfortunate end, and Fox news challenges the Muppets to a fiery tete-a-tete.THESE STORIES AND MORE FEATURED IN THIS INCENDIARY INSTALLMENT OF MONTH IN REVIEW!!
David Cope is a young, New York City-based comedian known for his offbeat humor and soft delivery. He helps to curate the weekly stand-up show Hot Soup at O’Hanlon’s Bar, and he’s performed at the Bumbershoot Festival and on NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Here he comments on iPad arrogance and outrageous Facebook statuses at Spit Take Friday, a monthly comedy showcase in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
Are you feeling nostalgic? Forgetful? Or did you just wake up from a medically-induced coma? Whatever the reason, if you're looking to catch up on some of 2011's biggest news stories, look no further than BreakThruRadioTV! We're pleased to bring you the YEAR IN REVIEW, highlighting the most scintillating, sensational, and downright seductive stories of the last 6 months! Well, 12, but who's counting?

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