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Brooklyn band Teletextile features sweetly-sung, melodic vocals, sincere lyrics, and a unique range of instruments, from harp and violin to banjo and accordion. Here, the band is featured playing in the choir loft of the First Unitarian Universalist Congregational Society church in Brooklyn Heights.
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.”
Don’t doubt Brooklyn four-piece Shark? despite their unusually punctuated name. They blend scruffy garage-rock and riotous post-punk for music that swerves from catchy lo-fi hooks to wild distorted yelping in the blink of an eye. The band — made up of Kevin Diamond (vocals/guitar), Andy Swerdlow (drums), Andy Kinsey (bass), and Chris Mulligan (guitar) — have toured relentlessly in and around New York City for years and finally, after a successful Kickstarter campaign, were able to release their first full-length album, True Waste, this past summer.
Julie Rozanksy, Kelly Irene Corson, and Lisa La are veterans of local NYC/Brooklyn bands The Art Of Shooting and Religious To Damn — projects where matching meticulously-crafted melodies to heady dissonance in an often aggressive, post-punk musical setting was the recurring norm. Now the trio brings their collective talents for matching melodies with dissonant counterpoints to this project, while somehow managing to mix in a different, quieter sense of urgency. For this shoot, we attempted to match the ominous tone the group haswrapped around the, at heart, seemingly hopeful message of the song.
Brooklyn group Gold Streets intertwine smooth, dreamy melodies and crunchy psychedelic rock, making for music that’s simultaneously slick and trippy. The contrasting male/female vocals of guitarist Norman Vino and drummer T. Almy complement one another well — hers light and angelic, his wailful and dissonant — and help to balance out the group’s overall sound. The emphatic drum and auxiliary percussion work intertwined with the bass playing of Gizella Otterson move their songs forward at a charging pace as the guitars of Vino and Johnnie Wang weave layers of psychedelia amidst it all.
It’s Inspiration Week on Sew & Tell, and I have two of the most inspiringly creative friends, designers and collaborators on the show for you today! Nana Spears and Naomi Clark began their studio in 2009 after a successful project in which the curator and artist worked together to produce Naomi’s MFA thesis show. The Brooklyn-based design collective Fort Makers quickly followed, and over the past two years it has been host to a wide variety of projects, from scarves to blankets, silk dresses to furniture. The unifying threads that run through these myriad expressions are a playful sensibility united with expert craftsmanship and functional design, yielding products that are perfected in both form and function. On today’s show, Nana and Naomi talk about the experiences that led to the formation of Fort Makers, the creation of their bold, unique silk garments, and plans for the upcoming Fall 2012 collection. All that, plus some inspirational new music! Tracks today off the latest albums from Cass McCombs, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Pterodactyl, and Peggy Sue. So stick around, pull out your notepad, and get ready for a whirlwind of inspiration!
Initially formed in 2003 as a cello/guitar duo, LUFF has evolved into a four-piece group comprised of Mike Hurst (bass), Aleks Gylys (drums), Robin Pickering (guitar), and Sheila Sobolewski (guitar/vocals). Together the Brooklyn band creates driving, layered post-rock, sounding like a cross between Mogwai and Silversun Pickups. Each of their songs conveys various moods and seems well-suited for soundtracks — one moment it quivers and weaves, and the next it dips from a crunchy climactic high to a softer, melodic respite.
Gonzalo Cordova is a young comic in New York City who writes for Comedy Central Insider by day and makes the rounds of the stand up scene by night. Here he performs at Spit Take Friday, a monthly comedy showcase in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
For our Halloween Special we invited Brooklyn three-piece EULA to the Serious Business studios. Festive and decked out in skeleton suits, the group raged through their loud, post-punk tunes, seemingly in their element in a dimly lit, cobwebbed room. Manic, amped up, and lead by frontwoman Alyse Lamb, whose vocals veer between a coaxing, calm voice and blaring, bone-chilling shrieks, EULA sound like an unbridled, and feral version of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
For this week’s episode of BTR Pulse, host Lauren Hawker visits Park Slope, Brooklyn to speak with women about their concerns regarding the recent string of sexual attacks in the area. Lauren also interviews the Executive Director of The Center for Anti-Violence Education to discuss ways women can defend themselves.
Octant is a synth-pop project comprised entirely of mastermind Matthew Steinke and a merry band of robotically-played instruments. The homemade blip-bleeping creations are genius and a sight to see, especially in a place like Sycamore — a Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, bar that also happens to double as a flowershop — where the rustic atmosphere brings out the surprising warmth of the robotics. The bots’ whimsical tunes combined with Steinke’s singer-songwriter tone give Octant a refreshingly futuristic sound — one that, despite all the metal and machines, feels warm and charming.
This week on Art Uncovered: Brooklyn-based painter Jamie Powell. In her paintings Jamie takes advantage of everything her canvas has to offer, painting on both the front and back sides and then cutting into the canvases to expose colored strips of canvas that would usually be facing the wall. The results are playful abstractions inspired by the colors of cartoons and sugary children’s breakfast cereals. Jamie has shown her work at FLUXspace in Philadelphia, the 92nd St Y in New York, Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and Seton Hall Law School in Newark.
Drawing from the likes of Feist, Broken Social Scene, and Iron & Wine, Sarah Aument is a folk singer-songwriter whose work is powerfully moving, raw with sincerity, and beautifully straight-forward. Emotions easily shine through Aument’s sparse and tender songs as her heart-felt narratives quickly grow from soft-spoken, introspective musings into loud, robust rock frenzies.
Octant is a synth-pop project comprised entirely of mastermind Matthew Steinke and a merry band of robotically-played instruments. The homemade blip-bleeping creations are genius and a sight to see, especially in a place like Sycamore — a Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, bar that also happens to double as a flowershop — where the rustic atmosphere brings out the surprising warmth of the robotics.
The Two Man Gentlemen Band has a new two-song 7″ vinyl being released on September 20th. One of those songs is “Tikka Masala,” which they played for us at the Jalopy Theatre in Red Hook, Brooklyn. The Gents play retro music that harkens back to decades past — but not pre-millennial so much as pre-war. Their old-timey tunes may be of a vintage style, but they definitely manage to incorporate themes that are as relevant today as ever.
Brooklyn’s Dinosaur Feathers create upbeat pop music with layers of harmonized vocals, grooved out melodies, and plenty of intricate and energetic rhythms. Their music is catchy, expertly-played, and lasting.
Brooklyn’s Bandana Splits is a trio that sings doo-wop-inspired pop music. Lauren Balthrop, Annie Nero, and Dawn Landes keep their music sweet, simple, lively and catchy – just as their musical inspirations from the 50s and 60s did before them. Travis says, “The Bandana Splits are Dawn Landes, Lauren Balthrop and Annie Nero. Their debut record is called Mr. Sam Presents the Bandana Splits and it is out on BoySkout Records. These women are the best. They are my friends. I love their songs and their singing and their sweet musical spirits. And the outfits don’t hurt either.”
Brooklyn’s Spanish Prisoners are about to release their sophomore album, ‘Gold Fools’ – a psychedelic pop record filled with a unique electronic ambiance. Here they play “Rich Blood” at Bushwick DIY space, the Schoolhouse.
Richard Buckner plays a deep, soulful hybrid of rock and country. His powerful voice conveys a wisdom that compliments the poignancy of his lyrics and is backed by a forceful guitar style that adds urgency to his songs.
Self-proclaiming their genre as “Psychefaeriedelica,” Australia’s Sherlock’s Daughter features aesthetically sweet rock graced with airy voices, thoughtful lyrics, and great melodies.
Brooklyn band Milagres plays a brand of rock that’s more dynamic than most — unafraid to shift from atmospheric and soft to forceful and loud within a mere moment or over the progressive course of a song. Their music can be upbeat or melancholy, relying on the traditional rock combo of guitars, drums, and bass along with rich vocal harmonies, keys and electronic elements, extra percussion, and even orchestral arrangements.
Brooklyn’s Cassettes Won’t Listen plays electronic pop music, weaving together playful melodies with an 80’s influenced style. The music is lively, original, and downright strikingly charming.
Brooklyn band A Million Years has a talent for matching great power-pop guitar riffs with catchy, often anthemic lyrics.
El Jezel have been active in the NYC/Brooklyn indie rock scene for a decade and have worked with Travis Harrison multiple times in the past, so their session for Serious Business on BTR was something of a reunion. Here, the band plays their signature brand of psychedelic rock, graced with sweet and melodic voices and their usual charm.
Radical Dads is a Brooklyn trio channeling 90s rock, with up-tempo, catchy tunes that will make you want to keep listening.
Brooklyn’s Alina Simone, originally from the Ukraine, plays folk music with a dark side. A powerful singer-songwriter, Simone here plays “Apocalyptic Lullaby” (from her new album, Make Your Own Danger) with her band on a balcony in Brooklyn.
Singer-songwriter Tracy Bonham plays unique rock music, sometimes accompanied by striking violin, sometimes by powerful bass, and always with smartly crafted lyrics from the talented musician.
Brooklyn’s Bel Air is a sometimes-folky, alt-country rock band featuring sweet, harmonic vocals, smooth guitars, and a knack for writing catchy tunes. Here, they play “Wash Away” at a vintage hat shop in Dumbo called Cha Cha’s House Of Ill Repute.
Brooklyn band Teletextile features sweetly-sung, melodic vocals, sincere lyrics, and a unique range of instruments, from harp and violin to banjo and accordion. Here, the band is featured playing in the choir loft of the First Unitarian Universalist Congregational Society church in Brooklyn Heights.
Weird Children are a fun-loving indie-pop band from Brooklyn with a sound somewhat reminiscent of 80’s power pop with catchy lyrics and good vibes.
Don’t miss our Hear & There episode with Johanna and the Dusty Floor as the band performs in Brooklyn in Johanna’s home. The Australian born piano player’s sound is a mix of electronic pop and symphony orchestra, and is something you won’t want to miss.
Brooklyn band Yellowbirds has an indie 60’s rock sound that’s immediately ear-catching. Travis Harrison sat down with the band for an interview and some music in his studio and it’s a segment you won’t want to miss.
On this week’s episode of Pulse, BTR visits the Brooklyn Flea’s new location on the refurbished waterfront in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Stunning views, great finds and beautiful views are all a part of the Sunday outdoor market’s appeal.

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