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Bombay Rickey is a band based in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, with an eclectic mix of influences. Self-described as “the soundtrack to a Bollywood noir film from the 1960s, or perhaps to a spaghetti western that never existed,” they bring together jazz, funk, rock, and a plethora of world music sounds for an exciting blend that’s all their own. We visited the band at home for an intimate living room performance, in the middle of one of the most serene neighborhoods in Brooklyn.
A word about waiting for inspiration, going electric, and humans as bonsai trees.
This week we interview Simone Stevens from Bonsai about personal songwriting, inspiration, and going electric
Winstons is the new, Brooklyn-based/Virginia-conceived duo of Lou Nutting (guitar, vocals) and Ben Brock Wilkes (drums, vocals). Formed less than a year ago, this garage-soul band has already stormed some of the best stages in town with their furious blues-tinged rock ‘n roll, and they brought their high energy performance to Spaceman Sound in Greenpoint for this session.
Gemma Ray is a British musician, singer, composer, and producer. Currently living in Berlin, her style is described as pop-noir, and draws heavily on indie folk and blues. On a recent visit to New York, she stopped by Lowlands Bar, a charming bar tucked away in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn, for an intimate performance of her song “You Changed Me.”
Musician Isaac Gillespie tells BTR about the time he was on a boat in the Hudson River with Mickey Hart.
BTR watched the new HBO doc ‘Banksy Does New York’, and you should too.
Makeshift Week – Makeshift Society is a haven for the creative freelancer.
NYC-based Japanese jazz violinist Tomoko Omura recently performed at Spectrum in Brooklyn, NY, accompanied by Zach Lapidus on piano, Jeff Miles on guitar, Pablo Menares on bass and Colin Stranahan on drums. Enjoy this live set, plus a track from her brand new album “Roots”, which is coming out in early 2015. Check out http://www.tomokoomura.com for more information and to purchase her music.
Gemma Ray is a British musician, singer, composer, and producer. Currently living in Berlin, her style is described as pop-noir, and draws heavily on indie folk and blues. On a recent visit to New York, she stopped by Lowlands Bar, a charming bar tucked away in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn, for an intimate performance of her song “The Right Thing Did Me Wrong.”
Recent closure of popular indie venues attributed to expansion of ‘VICE’.
Brooklyn based painter Hiro Kurata paints hallucinatory scenes and portraits that revolve around a single character — a baseball player wearing thick black and white pin stripes that he calls the Slugger. His works take the slugger through surreal worlds rendered in vibrant colors and populated by sumo wrestlers, samurai warriors and greek gods. Hiro grew up in Japan, but moved to Chicago as a kid. For him baseball was important not so much as a sport, but as a cultural bridge between his two homes.
The Brooklyn-based “dreamo” band is looking inward for inspiration.
Playing the music of and speaking to Brooklyn-based dreamo band Living Room.
Unexpected Week – The mysterious rooftop pigeon flyers of NYC stand their ground.
Bombay Rickey is a band based in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, with an eclectic mix of influences. Self-described as “the soundtrack to a Bollywood noir film from the 1960s, or perhaps to a spaghetti western that never existed,” they bring together jazz, funk, rock, and a plethora of world music sounds for an exciting blend that’s all their own. We visited the band at home for an intimate living room performance, in the middle of one of the most serene neighborhoods in Brooklyn.
BTR catches up with the Brooklyn foursome for an exploration in how movement and dance can inform music making.
BTR catches up with the anti-folk trio to chat about boys and music.
BEN SMITH – This week’s show is brought to you live on tape from Brooklyn’s best venue, The Grand Victory! I was lucky enough to record a load of shows there last June, and I’ve gradually been bringing them to you bit by bit since then. This one’s a doozy, featuring frontman from The Brought Low, the amazing Ben Smith. If you’re wondering why the photos aren’t from the gig, it’s because I was busy doing the live sound mix, AND recording it separately to reel to reel tape, so I wasn’t able to leave the booth to go down the front. You’ll just have to use your imagination, or better still, why not go and see Ben playing a show? Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let’s Radio!
A Brooklyn shop keeps up the rockabilly look.
The Wytches are a trio based in Brighton, UK, with a heavy, grungy, surf-punk sound. Raw and vibrant, their live shows are known for great performances, and their new record showcases an accurate analog capture of their style. During the band’s summer tour of the U.S., we caught up with them at their label (Partisan Records) for an intimate acoustic performance of the single, “Wire Frame Mattress.”
Cooking Week – Brooklyn’s Taste Talks event serves up a feast of flavors and discussions.
Something that sounds like nighttime, something that sounds like the middle of nowhere.
BTR caught up with Bell Cenower of the Brooklyn trio Amadels to chat about her solo project Nice Knees.
It’s my six year anniversary of DJing the Saturday show!  It’s hard to believe that much time has passed, but it’s been great being part of the BTR family.  Playing good music every Saturday for the best listeners around is the coolest.  Today to celebrate I play all of my absolute favorite tunes from the past six years.  It’s a great show, so stick around and party with me!
Photo Week – Part II: A look beyond the shadows into the underground of community photo development.
‘Unframed’ art is approachable at FiveMyles.
Alyson Greenfield is a Brooklyn-based songwriter and performer. Riding the lines between piano pop, electronica, and hip-hop through her use of synthesizers, drums, organs, and beatboxers, Greenfield takes chances (such as her unique album of hip-hop covers) and, if her many festival appearances and critical praise are any indicator,they’re working for her. She is also the Founder/Director of the Tinderbox Music Festival, an annual Brooklyn-based event focused on female musicians and empowering young women through the arts. We visited the backyard of her apartment building for an intimate performance, featuring beatboxing by her collaborator Shane Maux.
Smorgasburg takes over Brooklyn, New York each weekend.
The 25th anniversary of Spike Lee’s second feature film is celebrated at BAM and remains pertinent as ever.
Bluffing doesn’t mess around. Established in Brooklyn in March 2012 with the singular mission of crafting concise hits under two minutes, they’re set to make their pop and punk heroes proud. Check them out here, but pay close attention or risk missing something awesome: the songs are over almost as soon as they start!
The Brooklyn-based punk-ish band who is breaking away from what they know to be the safe and easy route.
From sashimi-filled tacos to kimchi-topped hot dogs, NYC has no shortage of surprise culinary fusions.
LVL UP seem to be at the center of a growing storm of kickass Northeast-based bands. Part of the extended Exploding In Sound Records family and apparently making friends wherever they tour, there’s no shortage of positive vibes here. Oh, and their music happens to sound like fuzzy teenage anthems blasting out of a garage — the perfect soundtrack to the basement party of your suburban fantasies.
The ‘KOREA’ exhibit at Brooklyn’s FiveMyles combines contributions from the North and South.
The Brooklyn-based solo musician and author who’s finally taking music off the back burner.
An Etsy store succeeds at selling custom clothing for gender nonconforming children.
Slavve is the duo of guitarist/vocalist Chuka Chukuma and drummer Marcos Marchesani, formerly of Weird Wives and Surfer Blood. The duo has played together in various projects since growing up in West Palm Beach, Florida, but recently relocated to Brooklyn. With Slavve, their philosophy is to make everything bigger and louder and, trust us, they had no problem doing just that in the studio. With hardcore undertones to their post-punk howl, they make uniquely cathartic music. Here, they play some tunes and talk to Travis about growing up and playing music together since their childhood in Florida.
Dipping our toes in the pool of NYC’s latest trend: morning partying.
Activists assemble to preserve a Brooklyn landmark.
Fifty different Brooklyn venues host the likes of Nite Jewel and Beirut at this year’s Northside Festival.
Playing the music of and speaking to Aussie-born solo artist Freya Wilcox.
The Teen Age have come up with their own genre that’s totally appropriate and tells you almost all there is to know about their sound: doo wop garage. There’s a loose and fuzzy, fun punk vibe with an undercurrent of classic touches from another time when songs were made to sing along to. Here, the young Brooklyn band talks to Travis and plays some tunes.
Tune into Biology of the Blog this week when we chat with writer Brent Burket about his blog Heart As Arena.
Today we chat with Brent Burket, author behind the Brooklyn based art and music blog Heart As Arena.
The Brooklyn-based musician exploring all sides of the gender spectrum with a soundtrack set to blues.
Happy to welcome the Royal Potato Family to BreakThru Radio, to whom this episode is dedicated! The Brooklyn-based indie record label is home to some Jam Session favorites including Marco Benevento, American Babies, Robert Walter’s 20th Congress and Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey.
A gallery shows street-to-canvas work and celebrates the Brooklyn Bridge.
Who says crowdsourcers don’t know how to have fun?
Mount Sharp is a band proudly hailing from the toxic-post-industrial-superfund neighborhood of Gowanus, Brooklyn. With songs about science, monsters, and bad decisions, this space-obsessed gang of noisy nerds is gearing up to share their debut EP, full of fuzzy, raw indie rock. The band, which features a few faces familiar to the BTR team, shared some new jams and sat down to nerd out over Game of Thrones with Travis and talk about their upcoming record and NYC residency shows.
An artistic interpretation of when the blue waters rise.
Do you love beautifully crafted menswear and accessories? What about amazing pop-up shops? What about… BOTH OF THEM TOGETHER?? For this week’s Sew & Tell, I got to chat with fellow Minnesota native Mac McMillan. Mac and his wife Katherine are the dynamic duo (with an knack for gorgeous design) behind Pierrepont Hicks, a line of quality, classic-but-contemporary men’s and women’s wear. After a little time spent perfecting the wool tie, Mac and Katherine expanded Pierrepont Hicks to include footwear, outerwear, and travel accessories, all expertly crafted here in the US. Soon, they discovered other likeminded labels and started Northern Grade – a collaborative, national pop-up shop dedicated to American Made. On today’s show, you’ll hear from Mac about the start of Pierrepont Hicks, some of the biggest challenges he and Katherine have faced as PH has grown, their dedication to American Made, the evolution of Northern Grade, their upcoming collaboration with GQ, and more! Plus, a playlist full of great music from artists like Diane Coffee, Dent May, Woods, and Superchunk. So tune in & be part of this stylish cooperative here on BreakThru Radio!
The finest street artists in NYC provide for a must-see walking tour in Bushwick.
A new social media platform for residents of the same address fosters vertical community.
Tropic of Pisces is the new project from Brooklyn-based Oberhofer guitarist Mathew Scheiner. The project’s debut is a home-recorded album, which was mixed by Mathew’s Grammy winning engineer/producer/father, Elliot Scheiner (Beck, The Flaming Lips, Fleetwood Mac, etc). Musically, Tropic of Pisces crafts exquisite pop music that manages to use pieces of funk, electro-pop, indie rock, and more.
GIMME TINNITUS is a Brooklyn-based music/MP3 blog run by a dedicated music enthusiast by the name of Bob Reich. We love his constant curation of killer shows, sick playlists, and undying advocacy for spending your hard-earned cash to support the bands he loves. He tends to go for the loud, abrasive, unconventional, and downright obscure-as-hell music that we can’t get enough of on Serious Business On BTR. For the fourth and final installment of the four-part GIMME TINNITUS X SB On BTR Takeover, we’re featuring Exocomet. Exocomet is a deliberately mysterious band. This Brooklyn-based two-man-machine of a post-punk experimental band has earned the right to keep the details murky, playing fast and precise, with layers of ambient sonic chaos for their krauty no wave dreamscapes to float around on. There’s a sort of familiar, ominous vibe to their music, but, more importantly, there’s persistent forward propulsion that’s highly addicting.
GIMME TINNITUS is a Brooklyn-based music/MP3 blog run by a dedicated music enthusiast by the name of Bob Reich. We love his constant curation of killer shows, sick playlists, and undying advocacy for spending your hard-earned cash to support the bands he loves. He tends to go for the loud, abrasive, unconventional, and downright obscure-as-hell music that we can’t get enough of on Serious Business On BTR. For the third installment of the four-part GIMME TINNITUS X SB On BTR Takeover, we’re featuring FINS. FINS is a Connecticut trio whose urgent, heavy, throaty rock pummels earholes in the best way possible. They’ve got the post-punk pulse down, and can thrash with the best of them. We’re starting to think that between CT and MA, New England is having a serious rock renaissance, with bands like FINS, Ovlov, Speedy Ortiz, Grass Is Green, etc. mining similar 90s-esque grunge territory and delivering seriously tasty doses of noise.
Brett Saxon is a Brooklyn-based songwriter. Wielding an acoustic guitar and a tight backing band, Brett sings his way through tales of longing, loneliness, and social politics. His is a particularly moody take on the folk and country traditions, pulled into the modern day bars of Brooklyn. Here, Brett steps out from behind the bar at Mission Dolores, where he works in Gowanus, Brooklyn, for an intimate performance with his band.
GIMME TINNITUS is a Brooklyn-based music/MP3 blog run by a dedicated music enthusiast by the name of Bob Reich. We love his constant curation of killer shows, sick playlists, and undying advocacy for spending your hard-earned cash to support the bands he loves. He tends to go for the loud, abrasive, unconventional, and downright obscure-as-hell music that we can’t get enough of on Serious Business On BTR. For the second installment of the four-part GIMME TINNITUS X SB On BTR Takeover, we’re featuring Clean Girls. Clean Girls are a heavy band. They’ll tell you that much themselves. But, more than that, they’re intense — thrashing, relentless, undulating waves of sound from every angle, with throaty screams slathered on top of all the punk noise. Here, they drop some face-melting music on the studio, and reveal the dirty origin of their band name.
Brett Saxon is a Brooklyn-based songwriter. Wielding an acoustic guitar and a tight backing band, Brett sings his way through tales of longing, loneliness, and social politics. His is a particularly moody take on the folk and country traditions, pulled into the modern day bars of Brooklyn. Here, Brett steps out from behind the bar at Mission Dolores, where he works in Gowanus, Brooklyn, for an intimate performance with his band.
Find out what’s on top of Brooklyn’s hometown psyche-heroes.
GIMME TINNITUS is a Brooklyn-based music/MP3 blog run by a dedicated music enthusiast by the name of Bob Reich. We love his constant curation of killer shows, sick playlists, and undying advocacy for spending your hard-earned cash to support the bands he loves. He tends to go for the loud, abrasive, unconventional, and downright obscure-as-hell music that we can’t get enough of on Serious Business On BTR. For the first installment of the four-part GIMME TINNITUS X SB On BTR Takeover, we’re featuring bbigpigg. bbigpigg are a squeal-blasting, face-melting, fat-bottomed groovin’ noise rock band from Brooklyn. Gimme Tinnitus noticed that their Facebook interests seem to reveal a little something about the band and their tunes. Submitted for your consideration: “biological organization. anthropomorphism. survival strategies. transference. Merleau-Ponty. BBQs. homicidal cartoon monkeys. candy empires. self-defense weaponry. kitty-cats.” Yup, that does make a lot of sense.
Behind the Change.org petition to save Brooklyn’s favorite DIY venue.
Ava Luna is a household name among certain circles in Brooklyn. Travis hits the nail on the head here, addressing the band’s masterful use of space in their funky, catchy, damn sweet tunes as a testament to their success in the DIY scene and beyond. They’ve boiled their formula down to something pretty much perfect, crafting weird, complex, and totally awesome arty pop music that lands somewhere between Dirty Projectors and Prince. If you’re not already down with Ava Luna, get caught up; if you already love them, you’re welcome. Get caught up with some of their tunes and a revealing chat with Travis.
Seanna Sharpe made a splash when she took her aerial act high above the East River of New York City, performing suspended from the Williamsburg Bridge in 2011. Now she’s director of Urban Aerial NYC, a company of aerial artists who perform regularly in New York. Additionally, she’s founded Katana Flight School, an educational program teaching at-risk youth and underprivileged children aerial dance and acrobatics. Here, she discusses both organizations, as well as her own experiences as an aerialist.
Today we review the debut album, This Hopeful, from the Brooklyn band Zula. The 9-song collection, released by Inflated records on October 29th, provides a modern take on psychedelic pop. Fuzz-infused composition laced with electronic nuances create textures that develop a hazy, pleasant soundscape. It’s somehow simultaneously accessible and experimental.
Who doesn’t love a good costume drama? Television audiences are clearly big fans, given the recent popularity of shows like “Downton Abbey,” “The Tudors,” and “Game of Thrones.” HBO’s Prohibition-era “Boardwalk Empire” brings the vintage action home to NYC with sharp writing, masterful acting, and exquisite design, set in the middle of 1920’s – ’30’s Atlantic City. For this week’s show, I had the honor & pleasure of chatting with one of “Boardwalk Empire”’s head costume designers, Lisa Padovani. Lisa has had a distinguished career in period design for film and TV, and in addition to four years on “Boardwalk,” her resume includes projects like “Oz,” “Mad Men,” and the wildly imaginative 2007 Bob Dylan biopic “I’m Not There.” On today’s show, Lisa shares about how she got her start in costume design, some of the challenges and benefits unique to designing for a period TV show, a few of her favorite “Boardwalk” costumes, and more. And the holiday new music release slump is (finally! yay!) starting to pick up again, so on today’s show you’ll hear new music from Dog Bite, Lanterns On The Lake, and Young the Giant, along with songs from Future Bible Heroes, Arcade Fire, and Neko Case. So grab your favorite silk stockings and feathered hat, and join us on BreakThru Radio as we travel back in time to explore the ground-breaking styles of a bygone era!
The indie pop starlet on the theraputic effects of having an alter ego aside from your day job.
Genghis Hans is the cleverly named Brooklyn-based pop duo of guitarist/singer Hansdale Hsu and producer Stryker Matthews. Hints of tropicalia and chillwave drop in and out of their songs, all of which feature a kind of shimmery, mellow vibe that make a worthy soundtrack for life. We caught up with the band as they played at The Warehouse, on the border of Brooklyn and Queens.
Anthonie Tonnon is a songwriter and performer based in Auckland, New Zealand, who performs both solo and with a four piece band. Formerly known as the frontman for the pop band Tono And The Finance Company, his solo work has been quickly gathering steam with a busy schedule touring and opening for internationally-renowned acts. Tonnon’s work melds the dramatic, the dreamlike, and the surreal into tuneful tales filled with everyday characters. While on a US tour, he joined BTR Hear & There on the border of Bushwick, Brooklyn, and Ridgewood, Queens, for a very intimate performance of his song “Sugar In The Petrol Tank.”
Coastgaard may not quite be a surf-rock band, but the band definitely has that beachy vibe. Growing from the ashes of the band Sons Of Sons and honing a style inspired by the likes of The Beach Boys, David Bowie, and The Ventures, as much as alt rock from Pavement, The Pixies, and Neutral Milk Hotel, the Brooklyn-based five-piece have managed to find a take on super-catchy pop that feels both familiar and new. Here, they play some tunes and share the story of the whiskey-fueled inspiration for their Scandinavian-leaning moniker.
Brooklyn trio Low Fat Getting High has a simple formula: whether it’s a show, a recording, or live in the studio, the music starts loud, fast, and heavy and doesn’t let up for a second. Appropriately, they describe what they do as “post-noise-grunge-core-shredding” and the pure energy they generate hits that satisfying Nirvana level of intensity. They stopped by the studio to discuss their sound and some of their more interesting live show experiences.

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