As an avant garde artistic statement, denitia & sene are a testament to the current musical landscape in Brooklyn.
Blending sparse acoustics and glistening synth, Brooklyn’s Snowmine make indie-rock music that evokes both the aching sentimentality and darling harmonies of Fleet Foxes, and the body moving tribal beats and electronics of Yeasayer. The five-piece — led by new-classical composer Grayson Sanders — knows how to assemble songs that are well-textured and emotional, but it’s their real knack for building upon strong pop melodies that makes their work so appealing.
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.
Zoe Boekbinder was born in Ontario, Canada and currently resides in New Orleans. She tours internationally, playing her songs with clever rhymes about love gone awry, backed by live looped vocal harmonies and electronic beats. Her next album will be a collaboration with inmates at New Folsom Prison to benefit arts in prisons. For this special episode of BTR Hear & There, Zoe is joined by her friend and tourmate, Mal Blum, for an intimate performance at Sardine, a project space in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
Blonds’ music is so good that, according to the band, it will “swallow your soul.”
On November 20, 2012, Toronto indie rockers Metz returned to Brooklyn to play at the Knitting Factory, supported by local artists YVETTE and Bennio Qwerty. Two nights before, Metz visited BTR for a session of Serious Business on BTR, which will air at a later date. In the meantime, here are some photos from their set: And here's YVETTE: Bennio Qwerty: All photos by Bryan Bruchman. For more from this show, please visit our Flickr set.
The Rattlesnakes are a psych-punk band from Portland, Maine, with a touch of an amiable “who cares” attitude that lends a bit of excitement to what they do. Growing from a home recording duo to a three piece to the current quintet, the group’s growing pains show through in their music in the best possible way. Aggressive garage rock and punk at the core, they manage to fit in quite a lot of weirdness alongside their tight pop melodies. The band sat down with Travis (with a noticeable lack of beer, being early on a Sunday) to talk about other Maine bands who’ve graced the studio, as well as their latest cassette tape release.
Zombie Jazz outfit Father Figures began as a Brooklyn basement band like any other -- or maybe unlike any other. Instrumental jams with wild horns and trance-inducing keys, not to mention a whole host of otherworldly sounds coming from -- well, we’re sometimes not even sure where -- make this combo totally captivating.
As the East Coast continued its recovery from Superstorm Sandy, we visited the Brooklyn neighborhood of Red Hook which was devastated by flood waters. With many residents without power -- including those in Red Hook Houses, the largest public housing development Brooklyn -- and both big and small business forced to shut down, the Red Hook Initiative organized hundreds of volunteers to work together with FEMA and other local groups to help out the ravaged community. BTR Pulse spoke with everyone from small business owners to government officials on the scene.
Hurricane Sandy may have postponed the season opener of the Nets at the recently opened Barclays Center, delaying the newly Brooklyn-based team’s first match-up against the New York Knicks, but that doesn’t mean local basketball fans don’t already have opinions about the surely looming inter-Borough rivalry. BTR Pulse’s Lauren Hawker asks people which side they’ll be taking as Brooklyn gets it’s first major sports franchise since the Dodgers left for Los Angeles.
Hurricane Sandy has devastated the Northeast, leaving millions without power, and New York City without subway service for the next several days at least. Molly is stuck in Manhattan, so today is another best-of show. We replay our interview with Greg Palast on his new book Billionaires and Ballot Bandits, and my interview of NYU's Sarah Knuckey on a drone report she co-authored.
On October 25th, Force Meme Productions hosted the Fourth Annual HallowMEME Costume Party at The Bell House in Brooklyn. Celebrating online culture, the event features partygoers dressed IRL as their favorite internet memes and personalities. BreakThruTV’s Lauren Hawker spoke with Forced Meme’s Andrea Rosen and other partygoers, including the winner of the evening’s costume contest.
Brooklyn’s YVETTE are Noah Kardos-Fein and Rick Daniel. Taking the primal, ritualistic rawness and physicality from the New York no wave and post-punk scene, they push it towards the noisy, the industrial, and the all-out-abrasive. More than just piercing assaults, however, the duo’s songs are impressive displays of structure, craft, and intent that, while perhaps weird and jarring for some, are ultimately catchy tunes that move you -- as Travis says, “It hurts so good.” In this episode of Serious Business on BTR, the band sweated it out and then sat down to talk about how they write songs, taking time off when you need it, and being anti-shuffling.
TGIFashion! Sew & Tell is here to boost your weekend style sophistication factor, and this week's guests are just the pair to take on the task! Peter Buer and Phoebe Sung started Cold Picnic, a collaborative line of accessories, in 2010. Over the course of just 2 short years, they've released multiple collections of bold, sculptural designs that draw inspiration from 1970's crafts, ancient art and textiles, and Native American culture. From chunky rings to woven necklaces, animal pendants to etched leather, these two have brought a chic anthropological vibe to their Brooklyn storefront, A Thousand Picnics. On today's show, Peter and Phoebe will talk about how a bibliophilic road trip ultimately became a business, some of the unique crafts and materials they use, and a few new projects in the works. Plus, a disquieting playlist assembled just for the Halloween season, with some of the spookiest tracks from recent weeks including artists like Dum Dum Girls, Mumford & Sons, WIN WIN, King Tuff and more. So tune in & prepare for some frighteningly fashionable radio on BTR!
A snapshot of NYC-based entrepreneurs in their twenties making their way in an uncertain economy.
Taking a look at 20-something entrepreneurs in NYC and Daniel Mustard talks about his days as a homeless musician.
Brooklyn noise rock duo Talk Normal (aka Sarah Register and Andrya Ambro) layers a creative array of effects and feedback over jarring rhythms for a sonic experimentation that results in surprisingly tuneful songs. Travis sat down with the band to have a nice normal (note the lack of giant beers for the interview) talk about superfandom, the recording process, and multitasking during shows.
We talk to the photographer behind PopSpotsNYC, a site that celebrates of pop album cover photos taken in NYC.
Happy Friday! So much great stuff going on this week, as we head into the homestretch of the rapidly approaching holiday season - once Halloween hits, Thanksgiving and the Holidays are just weeks away! So (lucky for you) I have two great tips on today's show to give you a jump-start on your gift lists. The first is today's guest, designer Erica Weiner. Erica started designing jewelry a few years ago, but quickly built both a and name for herself in the Brooklyn fashion scene, and a charming storefront in Nolita. Now, her original creations, reinterpreted vintage findings, and restored antique collections are sold online and in boutiques worldwide. Her designs mingle modern style with historical artifacts in a fresh context - all of Erica's pieces, whether earrings, necklaces, or rings, have a rich sense of story. On today's show, Erica will talk about her boundless passion for vintage shopping, some recent finds at a London flea market, some of her own family heirlooms, and she'll reveal why anyone who's worked in costuming is inherently employable. Plus, I have the preview of Target's upcoming collaboration line with Neiman Marcus designers, which will hit stores on Dec. 1st, and a ton of great music on the show! Today's playlist is dedicated to Maine, and to this week's BTR CMJ showcase artists. You'll hear tracks from rising stars like Kalyn Rock, Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, A Severe Joy, Eternal Summers and more. So tune in as you work on your Halloween costume - Sew & Tell and BTR are here to inspire!
Zombie Jazz outfit Father Figures began as a Brooklyn basement band like any other -- or maybe unlike any other. Instrumental jams with wild horns and trance-inducing keys, not to mention a whole host of otherworldly sounds coming from -- well, we’re sometimes not even sure where -- make this combo totally captivating.
On this week's fashion feature, I'm joined by Naomi Clark and Nana Spears, two of the imaginative forces behind Brooklyn-based design and art collective Fort Makers. In addition to art pieces, installations, and furniture, Fort Makers has developed a beautiful fashion label centered around hand-painted pieces. The original designs blend fine art and fashion in strikingly unique garments, and it's no surprise that they recently finished a collaboration line for Anthropologie. On today's show, Nana and Naomi will talk about how they formed Fort Makers, Naomi's process for painting silk, some new accessory designs, and the artists and designers that inspire their work. Plus, new music from former Velvet Underground-er John Cale, as well as side-by-side releases from Dandy Warhol drummer Brent Deboer, who is out with both a new solo effort as well as the debut album from his Australian-based project Immigrant Union. And some info on the upcoming BTR CMJ showcases happening this week - we've got a ton of hot music to keep you warm as the weather cools. So tune in and stay toasty with fall fashion & music on BreakThru Radio!
Today's episode of Spit Take Comedy on BreakThruTV features Reid Faylor, a stand-up comedian with the enthusiasm of an excited - albeit unstable - preschool teacher. In this episode, he touches on the sensitive subjects of dramatic pauses, love, and war.
When Dinosaur Feathers stopped in for their session with Travis they graced us with that they call “The Trio.” The three songs, normally played back to back at live shows with no breaks, exemplify sort of power-packed performance the band presents at any of their live shows and they, unsurprisingly, nailed it all in one take, as presented here.
After nine years of development and countless court battles, the Barclays Center opened last Friday night in downtown Brooklyn. The 19,000 seat center will be the new home of the Brooklyn Nets, but also comes with high expectations and controversies. We asked residents and passersby their thoughts on the new arena.
This week on the show painter and community advocate Peter Krashes joins me to talk about his new exhibition Make It Work In Brooklyn! He tells me some of the stories behind the paintings in his show, talks about the relationship between painting and community organizing, and explains how to make "seed bombs." His show is on view at Theodore Art in Bushwick through October 14th.
Today's episode of Spit Take Comedy on BreakThruTV features Narinder Singh, a New York-based comedian known for taking a refreshingly honest and hilarious look at the experience of being different and marginalized. Here he addresses the problems of having sexy lips, shopping with mom, and trying to get a chicken to hug.
The Well-Informed play their own style of classic piano pop in its finest form. They call it "Pop Revivalism for the Record Bin Romantic." We call it catchy. The group -- featuring Serious Business on BTR MVP Brian Kantor -- stopped by for a session then sat down with Travis for a beer-fueled chat about formative years in record shops, lost weekends, and Billy Joel's drummer.
The Two Man Gentlemen Band is comprised of a fine pair of showmen with the best of taste in all things food, beverage, and general good times. The Gents play retro music of the hot jazz and retro swing variety (which they deliver to recitals on the roots and americana circuit via minivan) that harkens back to decades past -- pre-irony and electric instruments, and full of humor and wit. Their latest LP, Two At A Time, was recorded live to monophonic analog tape, using exclusively 1940s and 50s microphones and equipment without the use of any digital effects.
Imagine the wildest party ever -- maybe it's on a beach or in an abandoned warehouse -- raging out of control to the tune of some blissfully inebriated, loud, hollering band. Wild Yaks are that band -- four dudes playing hard and singing their hearts out, pulling you into their own cult of fun. Taking a slightly different, more compact than a previous version of the group, this quartet wastes no time or energy in stirring up the excellent party vibes.
Happy Fashion Week! I hope you're all enjoying a week full of beautiful new designs, debuts, and drama. In honor of this special occasion, I have a very exciting guest on the show for you today - Tara St. James is the talented designer behind the acclaimed Brooklyn-based women's wear line Study NY. A native of Montreal, Tara studied fashion at university before becoming Creative Director for the label Covet. As her concerns with sustainable and responsible production grew, Tara eventually left Covet to begin her own line in 2009. Study NY was winner of the prestigious Eco Domani grant for sustainable design in 2011, and it's easy to see why: Tara's pieces are complex, clever, rigorous, and elegant. On today's show, Tara will share about the path that led her to start Study, her work with an ancient Japanese dyeing technique, some of the biggest issues facing sustainable production today, and what's ahead for Study NY. Plus, great new music on the show from Deerhoof, Animal Collective, The Fresh & Onlys and more, so stick around and get ready to take notes... this is Fashion Week with Study NY here on Sew & Tell!
A native of Blue Point, Long Island, Travis McKeveny grew up with a wealth of great musical inspiration from the likes of Van Morrison, John Hiatt, and Jackson Browne, thanks to his guitarist/singer-songwriter father. Only two years into his own music career, Travis crafts impressive songs comprised of unadorned voice and bare acoustic guitar. Preparing for the release of his debut album, Last Year’s Leaves, he stopped by for a session of BTR Live Studio.
Strongly influenced by her own military family background -- including extensive traveling throughout the world -- Michaela Anne today finds herself settled in the Ditmas Park neighborhood of Brooklyn, which is quickly revealing itself to have a burgeoning music scene of its own. Leading what she calls her "not exclusively country, country band" and making a name for herself on the Americana circuit, she stopped by BTR Live Studio to play some new songs as she prepares for her next release.
The Aviation Orange is a Brooklyn-based quintet with significant praise and experience for a relatively young group. With dueling male-and-female vocals, the band approaches their indie synth-pop with startling musical precision, building a sound that references the past yet still sounds modern. Fresh off the July release of the digital album, However Wild, the group plans to head back into the studio this fall, and shares some of those new songs with us for the first time in this episode of BTR Live Studio.
Recycle-A-Bicycle is a non-profit organization that accepts used bikes, refurbishes and sells them, then uses the proceeds to help the community.
Brooklyn duo Cultfever created a world of their own for the songs on their self-titled debut album. Drawing on elements of classic indie rock and pop, their genre-jumping style makes for a satisfying mix of dynamic story songs and unconventional soundscapes. Stopping by to chat with Maia for this episode of Live Studio, Cultfever -- performing here as a four-piece -- shares some songs and a little about the making of their moody music video for “Knewyouwell.”
For The New Economy Week on BTR, we feature a special segment on the Rent Strike in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Later, Sam Kazman, Lead attorney for the the Competitive Enterprise, states his organization's case against the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Tenants of three buildings in Sunset Park, Brooklyn stage a mighty resistance against their neglectful landlord.
What's the sound of style? Well, it's a lot more glam than one hand clapping. In fact, as we've discussed Sew & Tell before, there is a ton of crossover between fashion and music, designers and rockers. For today's show, I got to talk with Susan Domelsmith, a Brooklyn jeweler who's also part of the all-girl Brooklyn band Open Ocean. Susan's jewelry line, Dirty Librarian Chains (best name ever?), is a beautifully tangled, bold array of pieces, each one made from repurposed vintage materials. From elegantly twisted chain necklaces, to simple, sculptural rings, these pieces are 100% rock 'n roll, and it's easy to see why the line has caught the attention of musicians like Debbie Harry and Vivian Girls. Susan's own music is no less innovative - she contributes keyboards to two projects: the throw-back punk band Open Ocean, and the experimental electronic pop duo Time Reveals. On today's show, Susan talks about the evolution of DLC, sourcing vintage materials, making music with fashion friends, and some of her favorite NYC libraries. Plus! An awesome playlist (what else would you expect?) featuring music from Open Ocean, Wild Nothing, Rubblebucket, Bill Fay, Bob Mould and more. So turn up the volume and settle in for some seriously stylish sound, with Sew & Tell on BTR!
Shenandoah and the Night is a four piece ensemble from Brooklyn who, with their haunting melodies and attraction to minors keys, have been described as “moody pop” and “pop noir.” Currently preparing for the release of their second full length album, the group stopped by for a session of BTR Live Studio to discuss the making of their new record and the shift in their music as of late.
Elizabeth Devlin, with her haunting combination of lilting voice and enchanting autoharp, is a self-produced NYC singer-songwriter who’s been likened to artists such as Joanna Newsom. Staying away from traditional musical structure with many of her songs, she builds miniature narratives, such as with her new song, "A Chorus Divine,” which she performed for us at her apartment in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
Matt Jones is an artist working in Brooklyn NY. He may not be an particle physicist, but his paintings and drawings are deeply influenced by the big mysteries of the universe --- from string theory to ghosts, spirits and the paranormal
Cars and trucks make way for pedestrians as they take over the streets of NYC in a city-sponsored event.
Kathleen Day of the Center for Responsible Lending talks predatory lending, and more with Kevin Diamond of Shark?
We catch up with Kevin Diamond of the Brooklyn quartet, talking about NYC scenes and benefit shows.
On this week's Sew & Tell, I'm joined by Owyn Ruck, co-founder and General Manager of the Brooklyn-based Textile Arts Center. Since it opened in 2009, TAC has become an indispensable part of the New York fashion, craft, and fine art community. With two facilities dedicated to educational workshops and classes, a gallery space, a resource library, and a storefront, the Textile Arts Center offers both enthusiasts and professionals an opportunity to learn more about a variety of textile-based processes, from weaving to screen printing, natural dyeing to leather work. On today's show, Owyn will talk about the impetus for opening TAC, the structure of their Artist Residency program, her thoughts on where textiles fit into the sustainable fashion conversation, and the continued development of textile recycling. Plus, some great music, new and old, from artists including Deleted Scenes, Foxes, Bon Iver, Sufjan Stevens, Arcade Fire, and MNDR. All that and more, so turn it up & welcome the weekend in style on BreakThru Radio!
TGIF! And we all know what that means... Thank God for Indie Fashion! Today's show features a guest who provides an incredible service to socially & environmentally conscious fashionistas: Kate McGregor, owner and operator of the New York City eco-boutique, Kaight. In her store, Kate has made the work easy for us by offering a personally assembled collection of responsible labels, and sustainability-focused designers. Not only can New York residents take advantage of this gem, but Kaight has a webshop, too, making it ridiculously easy to be responsibly stylish. On today's show, Kate will talk about the concerns that led her to open Kaight, the criteria she uses to choose designers and labels, some of the changes she's seen in sustainable design since opening her doors, and one of the biggest challenges she's faced as a small business owner. All that, plus a playlist absolutely chock-full of great new music and releases, including tracks from ASPE, Dirty Projectors, Hot Panda, and BTR's Discovery Artist of the Week, Cardigan Strike Attack. Indie rock + sustainable summer dresses. Could you have a better Friday? #Probablynot
Originally hailing from central Iowa, but now spending plenty of time on the coasts, Coolzey takes inspiration from a wide range of genres, including hip hop and 90s indie rock, and has toured with Raashan Ahmad, Akil of Jurassic 5, Sadat X of Brand Nubian, and Joe Jack Talcum of Dead Milkmen. When he visited us for a performance of his new, yet to be released song, “Want It The Most,” his hip-hop influences were on display. Here, he performs the song at a DIY event and arts space in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
Team Genius joins visits the studio for a session of BTR Live Studio and discusses and chats with Maia about their music.
Says Travis: “GOES CUBE makes music that pummels your ears. In a pinch you have to classify it as metal but these dudes churn out a brand of heavy music that is soulful and unique, not confined by genre dogma. SICK.”
A few of our favorite costumes from this year's event.
How Brooklyn is becoming a leading location for a variety of hydroponic projects.
With a style somewhat reminiscent of the late, great Townes Van Zandt, The Ghost Of Arthur James makes music that sounds at once haunting and hopeful. Here, he plays the song “New Mexico” at the City Reliquary, a cozy museum space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, that exhibits interesting ephemera.
One minute rife with warm and contagious dance-pop beats, the next minute boasting edgy rock riffs, Kodacrome’s songs are full of relentless energy and shimmery appeal. The trio’s knack for strong pop melodies make for airy synth-rock soundscapes, while frontwoman Elissa Pociask’s rich and raspy vocals have a seductive texture to them, reminiscent of Beach House’s Victoria Legrand.
Night Manager is a fuzzed-out grunge band from Brooklyn who play reverb-soaked songs packed with psychedelic, piercing riffs and the soaring, engrossing vocals of frontwoman Caitlin Seager. With a sound reminiscent of Bleach-era Nirvana, the five-piece outfit specializes in retro pop melodies blanketed beneath layers of haze, and the way their sounds evoke nostalgia can easily be compared to current acts like Tennis and Best Coast.
Bill Stiteler is a New York-based comedian. His credits include “The Newlywed Game” where he was the scoreboard operator for 130 episodes (4real). Here at Spit Take Friday’s 2-year anniversary show at Fort Useless, he jokes about French dads and wanting his own comedic partner, or, as he calls it, his “Garfunkel.”
Originally a duo featuring Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe, Brooklyn’s Lucius now has four permanent members and performs with a rotating fifth. Their charming indie-pop borrows mostly from country and folk, but their songs vary in mood and style — some are quirky and frenetic (reminiscent of St. Vincent), while others are sparse and delicate (like Feist). Though they sing heartbreaking tales, it’s the powerful, yet tender, harmonies of Laessig and Wolfe that make the music especially poignant.
With the passing of Adam “MCA” Yauch last week, BTR Pulse looks back on the extraordinary contribution of the Beastie Boys, asking New Yorkers their thoughts on the hip-hop trio’s impact in the worlds of music, culture, and even politics.
Marked by beautiful, lush orchestration and impassioned, whispery vocals, Ravens & Chimes’ indie rock is enthralling and emotionally compelling. The Brooklyn five-piece has opened for bands like Billy Bragg and Tim Fite, and their honest, heart-on-the-sleeve songs — three of which have been featured on MTV’s Skins — have earned praise from musical icons Leonard Cohen and Jeff Mangum. Just recently, they were listed as one of The L Magazine’s “8 Bands You Need To Hear.”
Sean Bones’ brand of indie-rock oozes a chill and relaxed, almost tropical vibe. Based out of Brooklyn, he hooked up with producer Shane Stoneback (Vampire Weekend, Sleigh Bells, Cults) for his new, self-released sophomore album, called Buzzards Boy. The record’s shimmery songs — steeped in reverb and laden with resounding steel drums — make for the ideal breezy, beachy soundtrack.
The Banjees are an indie-rock band from Brooklyn. The four-piece — made up of Thompson Davis, Nick Barone, Peter Goldberg and Chris Rominger — blend lo-fi and 60s pop for fun, jangly music. On this episode of BTR Hear & There, they perform a frenetic, catchy new song called “Hong Kong Blondes” at the Gowanus Ballroom, an alternative gallery/venue space in Brooklyn.
Beast Make Bomb’s lo-fi pop melodies fuse gritty punk and 90s indie rock, sounding similar to the fuzzy, yet sweet tones of modern-day acts Dum Dum Girls and Best Coast. Their songs swim in a cool, laid-back vibe, yet are remarkably and undeniably catchy. Since winning Converse’s “Get Out of the Garage” Contest, the Brooklyn four-piece has opened for Queens of the Stone Age and Tokyo Police Club. Here they perform a brand new song called “Double Dipper.” Jessica Larrabee and Andy LaPlant are Brooklyn’s She Keeps Bees, a bluesy garage-rock duo whose music has been compared to the White Stripes and Cat Power, and lauded by The Guardian, the New York Times, and The New Yorker. Their songs waver between quiet, sparse moments and loud bursts of rock ‘n’ roll, conveying an overall deep and emotional soulfulness. Here they perform an unreleased track “Counter Charm.”
Bird Courage is a folk-rock duo who perform their moving, mellow folk-rock in subway stations all over New York City. The pair — made up of New Zealand artist Samuel Saffery and Bushwick musician Erik Meier — teamed up after originally competing for busking spots. Together they create acoustic music that’s full of raw emotion, especially with the group’s fragile, almost hushed, vocals.
Night Manager is a fuzzed-out grunge band from Brooklyn who play reverb-soaked songs packed with psychedelic, piercing riffs and the soaring, engrossing vocals of frontwoman Caitlin Seager. With a sound reminiscent of Bleach-era Nirvana, the five-piece outfit specializes in retro pop melodies blanketed beneath layers of haze and the way their sounds evoke nostalgia nostalgic can easily be compared to current acts like Tennis and Best Coast.
Blending sparse acoustics and glistening synth, Brooklyn’s Snowmine make indie-rock music that evokes both the aching sentimentality and darling harmonies of Fleet Foxes, and the body moving tribal beats and electronics of Yeasayer. The five-piece — led by new-classical composer Grayson Sanders — knows how to assemble songs that are well-textured and emotional, but it’s their real knack for building upon strong pop melodies that makes their work so appealing.
What's one of the single most exciting words in fashion publication? Collaboration. Nothing gets fashionistas whipped into a frenzy like the launch of a new collaborative collection, and it's understandable: they're unique, limited edition, and on trend, which is the dream of every sartorialist. Today's show highlights a few collaboration-based lines that have been featured on Sew & Tell. You'll hear clips of interviews with Fort Makers, Feral Childe, and Alex & Eli, along with updates on Target's next collaboration project, Orly Genger by Jacyln Mayer's latest collab, and (gasp!) a just-launched-yesterday collaboration division of Anthropologie titled Made In Kind. Plus, fab-collab music tracks from Monsters of Folk, Mister Heavenly, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy and The Phantom Family Halo, Vampire Weekend VS Miike Snow and more. I know, I know! It's all too exciting for one show, but… try to contain yourself long enough to listen up, and learn more about fashion collaboration!
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.
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.
Jessica Larrabee and Andy LaPlant are Brooklyn’s She Keeps Bees, a bluesy garage-rock duo whose music has been compared to the White Stripes and Cat Power, and lauded by The Guardian, the New York Times, and The New Yorker. Their songs waver between quiet, sparse moments and loud bursts of rock ‘n’ roll, conveying an overall deep and emotional soulfulness. Larrabee is an especially captivating performer, her passion evident in her intense vocal work.
Comprised of Greg Walters and Cason Kelly, Tiny Victories experiment with countless sounds and samples to create exhilarating electronic music that combines chillwave and dream-pop. The Brooklyn-based duo make their futuristic pop anthems come to life with waves of noise that throb, buzz, and ripple with real sonic power. Walters’ deep, Joy Division-like vocals also give the songs an added gritty texture.
We've got a bunch of Brooklyn's best kept secrets on the show today.  Check out tracks from Xray Eyeballs and Colleen Green.  Also, make sure to stay tuned for more details about BTR Today- some exciting new changes happening to the website!  And follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get all of the latest BTR updates. 
Brooklyn four-piece Diehard churn out punchy, catchy raucousness in the style of ‘90s indie rock darlings Superchunk and Archers of Loaf. Made up of Ezra Selove (guitar/vocals), Evan Flath (bassist/vocals), Liz Schroeter Courtney (guitar/vocals), and Zeph Courtney (drums), the band is upbeat and hard-hitting without ever sacrificing fun, unforgettable melodies and the charm and playfulness of the male/female harmonies.
Channeling Queen, Of Montreal, and the Fiery Furnaces, multi-instrumentalist Bryan Scary makes psychedelic-pop that’s overflowing with dramatic, whimsical and swooping hooks. The inventive and somewhat oddball Brooklyn musician created Daffy’s Elixir — a new, double disc conceptual album set entirely in the wild, wild west — thanks in part to a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised $16,000. Featured song: “Ballroom Kid”
Originally formed while still in Pittsburgh, indie-rock trio Steel Phantoms now call Brooklyn home. The three-piece — featuring drummer Aaron Harris, keyboardist Yos Munro and guitarist Jesse Newkirk IV — blend bits of contagious new wave, jangly folk-pop, and warm dual harmonies, for chill, catchy songs that channel everyone from The Bangles to XTC. Featured song: “Bedouin”
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.
Brooklyn’s Field Mouse play shimmery shoegaze that’s both graceful and completely addictive. Since their 2010 debut, You Are Here, the band — consisting of singer/guitarist Rachel Browne, guitarist Andrew Frutal, drummer Geoff Lewit and, more recently, new bassist Danielle DePalma — has further refined their pop sensibilities. Featuring lush, pretty arrangements and Browne’s delicate vocals, the songs bloom into dreamy soundscapes and flow smoothly from start to finish.
After years of releasing music as a singer-songwriter, Brooklyn-based musician Lauren Zettler needed to make a change. Her new electro-pop project, Lightyear, is catchy, yet dramatic, and shows her as graceful, but still vulnerable about her emotions. Drawing from influences like Emily Haines, Feist and Robyn while also tapping into her own technical skills — she’s a classically trained pianist and studied film scoring at the Berklee School of Music — Zettler is able to create beautifully fragile moments that build up to powerfully stirring points. On this episode of BTR Hear & There, Lightyear brings her pulsating music to an industrial warehouse gallery space in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
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.
While Hurricane Irene blasted up the East Coast in September, Magnetic Island — formerly known as Renminbi — were holed away in Burlington, VT, and their hometown of Brooklyn working on their debut full-length album. The resulting songs sound a lot like that ferocious, but unpredictable storm: dark, brooding, and mysterious.
Thieving Irons features former Pela guitarist Nate Martinez alongside musicians Dan Brantigan, Josh Kaufman and Andy Nauss. Together the Brooklyn four-piece play charming folk-pop whose tone is somber yet warm, and whose texture is rustic yet robust. The beautiful full-bodied orchestration — including wincing banjos, charging pianos, and heralding trumpets — gives their songs a lush, layered sound. Combine that with Martinez’s distinct pained vocals, and the result is music that’s thick with emotion and brawn.
Originally an electronic duo from Florida, Conveyor has evolved into a Brooklyn-based quartet whose ambient, experimental indie-pop is marked by warm, folk-inspired melodies that glimmer with bits of dazzling synth. The band — consisting of Gary Alan Busch, Jr., Michael Ryan Pedron, Evan Michael Garfield, and Timothy John Masters — experiments with different textures and moods, sounding like a hybrid of Iron & Wine crossed with Caribou. On this episode of BTR Hear & There, Conveyor perform a poignant new song from their forthcoming EP inside of a glowing Williamsburg loft.