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BTRtv’s Chelsea White visits Brooklyn Brew for a lesson on making cider with the company’s founders, Erica Shea and Stephen Valand!
Hannah Barrett is a painter based in Brooklyn. Her work draws from a range of subject matter including old cookbooks, vintage fashion, 1960s advertising imagery, characters from classic literature, and really anything else that strikes a chord in Hannah’s visual imagination. All these elements are brought together in portraits, still lives, and domestic scenes that blend the surreal with the everyday and seem to imply an entire world in each painting. To me, there’s something both familiar and strange about Hannah’s paintings, and it’s a quality that allows the viewers imagination to run just as wild as I’m sure Hannah’s does when she’s painting.
BTR catches up with Brooklyn-based improvisational artist Ben Seretan. He’s traded coasts, instruments, and passions on a quest to rediscover happiness.
BTR catches up with Brooklyn based improvisational artist Ben Seretan.
BTR chats with New York-based rocker Anna Rose about her rock roots, constantly evaluating your surroundings, and her forthcoming release.
This week on the show I speak with multi-media artist Orlando Estrada. Orlando creates installations, sculptures, and performances inspired by his years living in Florida, his background in queer theory, and experiences he had growing up in a family of spiritual mediums.
BTR chats with Brooklyn based band Infinity Girl about their sophomore LP and their plans for a future release.
BTR chats with Brooklyn based band Infinity Girl about their sophomore LP and their plans for a future release.
On the nostalgia of doo-wop and technology’s ability to capture the past.
This week BTR went to check out the McCarren Park Greenmarket, a farmers market that has been held every week since 1997.
Artist Roxanne Jackson has taken an unconventional approach to her life as an artist. Before going to grad school to study art she worked as a river guide in California, got a degree in botany and spent winters teaching snowboarding in Colorado.
BTR chats with Brooklyn-based band Animal Years about recording in a cabin in the woods and where they got their very unusual and awesome name!
No longer the “baby band” they were back when we last checked in with them, Brooklyn trio Boytoy dropped by Serious Business Music to lay down some of their latest twin-guitar-attack groovy pop vibes. Check out their great new tunes, and get a peek at their impressive paradiddle skills!
Arrogant Swine is a BBQ joint in Bushwick, Brooklyn. BTRtv’s Chelsea White visited the self-proclaimed “Church of Pork” to speak with proprietor and pit-master Tyson Ho about what makes Carolina-style BBQ so unique and to sample some of their whole-pig fare, ketchup-based slaw, and their mac and cheese waffle.
PHOTOBLOG: This Week, BTR went to check out the French Bulldog Meetup at the McCarren Dog Park in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Johanna Botta heads out to Bushwick, Brooklyn, to find The Muse, Brooklyn’s premier circus school and event facility. Previously housed on the ill-fated block of Williamsburg that also held Glasslands, 285 Kent, and Death By Audio, the school has a new home further out on the L train, this time with plenty of room to stretch their legs and host classes and events. Here, we check in with the founder of The Muse, Angela Buccinni, and learn some circus skills from aerial artist and instructor, Nicki Miller.
It’s not without a hint of irony that the Brooklyn trio Dances–who self-admittedly “formed from the skull of a rat”–can trace their roots back to a far gentler image of serendipity.
On unlikely communion and boundary-pushing pop.
The Morbid Anatomy Museum in Gowanus, Brooklyn, aims to present death and other morbid subjects in a beautiful and welcoming context, in order to get people to rethink any negative views they might hold on the topics. BreakThruTV’s Johanna Botta tours the museum with the its creative director, Joanna Ebenstein, and checks out a phrenological death mask, post-mortem photographs, and a diaphonized stingray, among other things.
New York City has started to wind down after another successful CMJ Music Marathon, but the buzz around certain bands continues to linger. One band in particular caught the attention of us here at BTR, an alternative foursome originally from West Palm who have found their way into the Brooklyn scene called Hypoluxo.
BTRtv’s Chelsea White visits Brooklyn Brew for a lesson on making cider with the company’s founders, Erica Shea and Stephen Valand!
Johanna Botta gets a lesson on how to properly push some biscuits from Jonathan Schnapp, owner of the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club.
Bond Week – Companion makes sure users never walk home alone, but there are some bugs in the app. BTR reviews the features.
Williamsburg’s Brooklyn Brewery has been churning out some of the city’s favorite brews for decades. The neighborhood boasts some of the hippest places in the world to get together, but for those willing to wait in line, you can find rare beers for $5 and enjoy a tour as well.
Arrogant Swine is a BBQ joint in Bushwick, Brooklyn. BTRtv’s Chelsea White visited the self-proclaimed “Church of Pork” to speak with proprietor and pit-master Tyson Ho about what makes Carolina-style BBQ so unique and to sample some of their whole-pig fare, ketchup-based slaw, and their mac and cheese waffle.
Last Thursday, Sept 24, coffee news center Sprudge.com threw a kick-off party for the NY Coffee Festival, doubling as a sixth anniversary celebration in conjunction with local chain, Everyman Espresso. Roxanne Lim had the opportunity to attend this party.
The Good Batch is a bakery in Brooklyn that specializes in making delicious and devilishly creative ice cream treats. The Clinton Hill staple is especially known for its signature Dutch stroopwafels and mouthwatering artisanal ice cream sandwiches. BTRtv’s Johanna Botta spoke with Founder and Head Pastry Chef Anna Gordon about the shop and sampled some wares.
Mesiko is the trio of Raquel Bell, David Marshall, and Ray Rizzo. Together, they make a beautiful, chaotic, psychedelic pop racket. We joined them in their Moose Lab studio in DUMBO, Brooklyn, for a very close encounter of the rock n’ roll kind.
Finding vegan food in cities like New York is becoming an easier feat with each passing year. The Vegan Shop-Up is looking to change that. The all-vegan pop-up market that started this past August hosts a variety of vendors that sell both food and cruelty-free goods.
Fall Week – Joanna Ebenstein, cofounder of the Morbid Anatomy Museum, recalls childhood curiosity on death. She talks about how she’s bringing the taboo topic to mainstream discussion.
On one summer night, Molly Freeman ventured to the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn to check out L’isola’s wood fire pizza. Though the pizza was delicious the service was slightly lacking.
There’s a prismatic depth to the sounds of Modern Merchant, the Brooklyn-based indie-rock band who just dropped their second EP, ‘Values,’ on Aug 29. With it, John Parson, Sydney Weiss, and Jesse Stanford deliver a record that revels in complexity rather than shying away from it; each of the four tracks showcase its own unique compositional maturity.
NFL Kick Off tonight!! Guess who’s back? Sharee Graham i where to tell us about her move to New York or is it New Jersey? We talk about what in the world is going on and our NFL picks for this week!! Follow her @s2nfl on social media and like BreakThru Today on our Facebook Fanpage!
Located at 461 Court Street in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, Black Gold Records is your one-stop shop for vinyl, antiques, and a good ol’ cup of Joe. BTRtv’s Johanna Botta spoke with co-owners of the store, Jeff Ogiba and Sommer Santoro.
The documentary ‘Never Get Tired’ chronicles the success of DIY punk band Bomb the Music Industry! and other elements of the scene. Samantha Spoto watched the film recently at the SVA Theatre in NYC.
Janna Pelle is a Miami-bred, Brooklyn-based pop songwriter with a flair for the eccentric. Proudly inspired by the likes of Lady Gaga, Fiona Apple, and David Byrne, her fun, creative performances and style reflect that. Her daring music video for the single, “City Life,” took the song to the rooftops of the city. Here, she is joined by Doug Berns on bass and Alex Cohen on drums to share the other side of it, bringing the song back home to her bedroom, where she writes and rehearses her music.
Abdu Ali left his community in Baltimore to seek inspiration in Brooklyn, NY. What he discovered, however, was far from what he was searching for. After returning to his roots, Ali reflects on the destructive environment that he left behind and shares with BTR some insights into what he learned along the way.
Surface Week – Brooklyn has become a brand name around the country and the world. How much of Brooklyn’s reputation is real and how much of it is hype?
We speak with Dina Dicenso, owner of a vegan tattoo shop called Gristle, on the entire vegan process in tattooing and more about ethical tattoo ink.
Gearing up for my event this Saturday at Fresthetic in Brooklyn. We caught up with store runner Carlos from Classic Material. Saturday I will be spinning with the legendary DJ Doo Wop to celebrate his 95 Live Snapback release. Rocking some fresh tunes today so tell your friends. Enjoy.
Located in Williamsburg, the Brooklyn Pin-Up School is the perfect place to channel your inner Bettie Page. Here, BreakThruTV’s Johanna Botta gets a tutorial on how to achieve the makeup and hair styles of that retro pin-up vibe, from co-founders of the school Anna Patin and Renee DiDio.
Ben Stalets, a down-home folk-singing songwriter from Toledo, Ohio, has a friendly and honest disposition. His songs are uncomplicated and unpretentious, with a rawness that’s both instantly familiar and memorable. On a recent visit of Ben’s to New York City, we caught up with him at The Owl Farm Bar in Park Slope, Brooklyn, where he shared this song.
Try to imagine an apathetic Buddy Holly who just moved to Brooklyn from the countryside, loves to get drunk, and sing pop numbers with a loose gang of garage twangers. If you can imagine that, you might have something close to Flower Girl.
This week’s show is all about Jordan! My guest is sneaker and Air Jordan expert Calvan Fowler, owner of the recently opened Jordan Heads shop in Brooklyn, and creator/director of the upcoming Jordan Heads documentary. Join us for a chat about sneaker culture, what makes Air Jordans and the Jordan brand unique, how the internet has changed the sneaker shopping and collecting experience, the Jordan Heads film, and more!
A medley of iconography, fine art, and street culture, FAILE’s latest exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum offers a refreshing and stimulating blurring of art mediums and genres. The installed pinball machines and ‘Temple’ offer a unique and immersive experience to visitors.
Peace BTR Family. I’m sure you all are aware of the passing of Sean Price. I had a show lined up for today but decided to play all Sean Price today. A couple of people asked me if I would do a show but i wasn’t sure if I was going to. I decided to pay my respect to a artist that have supported on BTR since my very first show in 2008. It’s only right.
Happiness Week – How do we stay happy? BTR staffers spell out the strategies we use in our daily lives, including painting nails, hiking the forest pats, finding neighborhood cats, or translating our feelings of felicity into words.
We learn about the science behind deja vu, 3D printed Donald Trump butt-plugs and a Wet Hot Brooklyn Summer talent show in today’s buzz week episode.
Johanna Botta stops by to push some biscuits and sample the modern leisure and fun vintage vibe at The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club, located in the burgeoning Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn. The world’s first shuffleboard night club, Royal Palms is housed in a 1919 Printing Press, has 18 shuffleboard courts, and offers tropical drinks and a variety of food — thanks to an ever-shifting lineup of food trucks that drive right into the building!
Today we hear part 2 of our interview with Claudia Joseph on perma-design techniques and it’s importance in an urban space like Brooklyn.
Diet Cig, which may or may not require a government warning, is actually New Paltz, New York-based duo Alex and Noah. They’re a young band cranking out satisfyingly concise and pointed slop-pop tunes with a thousand volts of fun. The two are caught in a whirlwind of touring, but found some time to stop by the brand new Serious Business Music in DUMBO to talk about their experience and to help break in the new live room.
Founder and Director of New York Permaculture Exchange, Claudia Joseph, talks with us about permaculture and sustainable living.
Ben Stalets, a down-home folk-singing songwriter from Toledo, Ohio, has a friendly and honest disposition. His songs are uncomplicated and unpretentious, with a rawness that’s both instantly familiar and memorable. On a recent visit of Ben’s to New York City, we caught up with him at The Owl Farm Bar in Park Slope, Brooklyn, where he shared a brand new song.
BTR brunches at Sweet Chick, arriving at chicken and biscuit heaven with Southern comfort food in Williamsburg. Upon entering the door, Sweet Chick’s atmosphere hits customers immediately. With its tables and chairs resembling those of a traditional diner or cafe, the setup is homey and inviting.
The discussion gets into the complex cultural tensions in the neighborhood of Brooklyn and importance of public debate.
We hear part 2 of our interview with Olasov on elevating civic conversation in Brooklyn with Brooklyn Public Philosophy.
On a recent outing with friends, Molly Freeman managed to try five different kinds of hard ciders, including those from Downeast, Magners, and Harpoon. While some were forgettable, others have become a standard for when she drinks cider with friends.
We speak with Ian Olasov, the founder of Brooklyn Public Philosophy, on bridging academia and public philosophy.
Located in Williamsburg, the Brooklyn Pin-Up School is the perfect place to channel your inner Bettie Page. BreakThruTV’s Johanna Botta speaks with Anna Patin, owner and photographer at Lucy La Riot, and Renee DiDio, owner of vintage repro shop SlapBack about the appeals of pin-up culture and what someone can expect to get from taking classes with them.
The July edition of Spotlight on the City will feature Liverpool, England. Liverpool is known as a music city as was named by the Guinness World Records as the World Capital City of Pop. Musicians from the city have had over 56 number one singles, more than any other place in the world. Liverpool is also known as the birthplace of The Beatles and the British Invasion. Today, I will be featuring bands and artists that are currently active in the city. You’ll hear from Reid Anderson, Zombin and theSkeletones, Seattle Yacht Club, Double Echo and more!
Reality Week – We at BTR have made the effort to experience locations like the Jersey shore’s Shore Store to New Orleans’ Cafe du Monde, both on screen and off. What were these places like in real life as opposed to on TV or in movies? Read to find out.
PHOTOBLOG: Smorgasburg is open on weekends from April to November in NYC. On Saturdays, the flea market is hosted in East River State Park while on Sundays it takes place in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Patrons can find all sorts of food, drink, and people watching.
PHOTOBLOG: The fourth annual Seed Experience vegan festival, expo, and conference took place on June 20th and 21st at Brooklyn’s Expo Center in Greenpoint. The center was lined with vendors performing food demonstrations, offering tasty samples, and selling some of their treats.
In honor of Rain Week, BTR staffers Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis describe the sensations of oncoming rain onto themselves.
Brooklyn’s annual Go Green! Festival is designed to show an appreciation for our environment through information and demonstrations. A variety of vendors with environmentally friendly merchandise were present like Holly’s HeART by Hand, Taproot Organics, and AE Wooden Toys. Charlie & Sarah provided a clothing swap to exchange clothing without all the packaging of newly bought garb. Food vendors included Sugar Couture and Two Books Pizza among many others.
Highly Suspect is a Brooklyn-based heavy blues/garage rock band. The trio draws on classic blues rock sounds and subject matter, pushing their riffs through solid grooves and perfectly overdriven amps to hit just the right blend of catchy and heavy. Here, they perform “Lost,” a song they played during their recent session for BTR Live Studio, which will be featured on their new album, Mister Asylum, out this July from 300 Entertainment.
Brooklyn Night Bazaar closes its doors after years of offering music, shopping, and a free place to hang out in the after-hours. The Bazaar will temporarily relocate to Queens this summer.
Andy Shauf is a songwriter from Regina, Canada. Treading mostly in the territory of melancholy, heartbreaking musical storytelling, the darkness in his songs is underpinned by warm tones. On a recent tour, he stopped by Saltlands Studio with his band to share some of the music from his recent release in advance of a busy summer full of festivals and international touring.
PHOTOBLOG: ‘Touch the Art’ stands apart from most conventional art exhibits that discourage the public from touching. Danish contemporary artist Jeppe Hein is known for creating works that encourage the public to actively participate in his art. In Brooklyn Bridge Park, people are encouraged to touch, splash, sit on, and walk through art depending on what you’re in the mood for.
Brooklyn pop trio Pearl And The Beard return to BTR Live Studio with their latest batch of stomp-worthy, epic folk-rock songs. Taking a slightly heavier approach this time around, Jocelyn Mackenzie, Emily Hope Price, and Jeremy Lloyd-Styles raise their powerful voices to inspiring effect with every rousing chorus. As the trio wrapped up work on their latest album and prepped for a string of shows with Ani Difranco, they brought their big sound and SO MANY FEELINGS to Saltlands for this session.
How a band of NYC guerrilla artists resisted the city’s censorship of an illicit tribute to Edward Snowden. BTR examines different reactions in the US and in Europe.
Howard is one of those bands that blurs the lines between a solo project and band; named for the lead singer/songwriter, Howard Feibusch, their performance indicates that there’s more musical interplay than the name might imply. Musically, the Brooklyn-based band straddles the line between traditional songwriting and (tastefully) using modern technology to craft their own distinct take on folktronica. Following in the footsteps of the likes of Beck, Radiohead, and the Antlers, with fragile, crooning vocals over noise-laden ambience and beats, Howard has a refreshingly developed sound. They stopped by Saltlands Studio to share some music (in trio format) and to talk about the project.
It takes about fifteen years before music genres make a comeback, right? Great, then Vomitface has arrived right on schedule. There’s no denying that this Jersey City trio are straight up 90s with their loud-quiet-loud dynamics, heavy-ass chunky bass, self-deprecating angst-laden lyrics thru yelps, murmurs, and hollers, and even a convincing 90s grunge look. It all adds up to a well-proven formula for a good time. Sure, there’s a bit of nihilism here (how could they leave that out?), but the sound is so good that we can’t help but get a little excited about it. Here’s another track from their session at Saltlands in DUMBO, Brooklyn.
Nashville-via-Brooklyn-via-everywhere country singer/songwriter MIchaela Anne returns to BTR in the midst of a tidal wave of critical acclaim (including a Rolling Stone premiere of her latest music video). We caught up with her in a classroom at Jalopy Theatre and School of Music in Red Hook, Brooklyn, for this very special performance.
In the spirit of FOMO Week, the BTR Editorial team discusses our favorite spots to grab a cup of joe both in and out of New York. From Manhattan to Brooklyn and Massachusetts to Germany, we’ve included the places we love most.
Dish + Drink checks out Brooklyn’s The Way Station. This bar is a haven for nerds and imbibers alike and it even features a ‘Doctor Who’ TARDIS.
Brooklyn-based producer Richie Quake’s new aptly named single, “Slow Down”, is the type of track you put on when you’re deflating from a rager in the wee hours of the morning or basement chillin’ with some whiskey after a long day. BTR sits down with Richie Quake to expand on the definition of “dark pop” and annoy him to release an EP.
PHOTOBLOG: An Earth Day kick-off took place on Sunday, April 19 at the Audubon Center Boathouse in Prospect Park from 1-4 pm. Activities included fishing lessons, a mulching and garbage clean up class, button making, and a performance by Bash the Trash.
This week on the show, I talk with Brooklyn-based artist Sara Marie Miller. Sara works primarily in printmaking and her work explores the connections between perception and the subconscious as well as the tensions between figurative and abstract forms. When I visited Sara Marie’s studio last week, we talked about her printing process, “blind contour drawing,” alternate realties, and her experience translating a psychic reading into a new work.
Yoga and mindfulness instruction serve as excellent opportunities to educate students on the vitality of leading a healthy lifestyle. By imparting such knowledge on children at school, it’s possible that students will bring the lessons home to their parents, who may, in turn, begin to stock the kitchen with healthier options.
Jimmy’s Diner is a delicious hole in the wall brunch spot in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Like most diners, the menu at Jimmy’s Diner is chock full of breakfast, lunch, and dinner dishes that are available all day, including burgers, sandwiches, and fried platters.
Graffiti can be seen almost everywhere in New York City, and can either intrigue or deter onlookers. It takes someone with a certain talent to create the beautiful wall pieces seen in some areas. Detailed murals, portraits, and colorful words pop up on almost every couple street corners.
Class Week – Learning is an essential part of any fulfilling life. However, even after several years of formal schooling, many graduates depart from universities lacking certain skills that simply are not touched upon in such a structured setting. NYC’s Brooklyn Brainery offers students unique opportunities to learn outside the institutional classroom environment.
Janna Pelle is a Miami-bred, Brooklyn-based pop songwriter with a flair for the eccentric. Proudly inspired by the likes of Lady Gaga, Fiona Apple, and David Byrne, her fun, creative performances and style reflect that. Her daring music video for the single “City Life” took the song to the rooftops of the city, and here she shares the other side of it, bringing the song back home to her bedroom, where she writes and rehearses her music.
PHOTOBLOG: The Coffee & Tea Festival NYC brought tea, coffee, and treats from all over to the Big Apple.
Adventure Week – These exciting urban activities will get the blood pumping.
BTR chats with James Krivchenia of the nine-piece, Brooklyn-based indie-pop band Happy You.
Fashion is full of secrets, but what about a “secret” runway show? This week’s guest, independent designer Kim Mesches, pulled off just that during this past NYFW when he debuted his F/W 2015 collection with a flash show on the L Train! Join me as we chat about his eponymous label, how he got his start making graffiti-inspired sneakers and clothes for Beanie Babies, what it was like to transition from designing sneakers to evening wear, his guerrilla subway runway show, and more! Plus, I’ve got a great playlist full of tracks off brand new releases from Dan Deacon, The Adventures of the Silver Spaceman, Sonny & the Sunsets, Phosphorescent, and new-to-the-scene Travis Bretzer! So stick around for the best-kept secret in style: it’s Sew & Tell on BreakThru Radio!
This week, The Hash covers wearing the same outfit every day, the 2015 Oscars, and social media.
The Sketchbook Project comprises personal artistic interpretations from people all over the globe.
The new app, Happy, allows users to drink on the cheap at participating bars in Brooklyn and Manhattan.
Goth-trap, department stores, Greek mythology, and Christina Aguilera?
Outlier Week – Brooklyn Public Philosophers bridge the public and academia, fostering invaluable debate.
This week is Disruptive Week at BreakThru Radio, the Daily Beat will be investigating gentrification.
This week is Disruptive Week at BreakThru Radio, the Daily Beat will be investigating gentrification.
This week is Disruptive Week at BreakThru Radio, the Daily Beat will be investigating gentrification.
Shwick Market is a new marketplace in Bushwick, Brooklyn, for vendors and artists to come together and sell their products. BreakThruTV’s Johanna Botta talked with Shwick’s Co-Founder Chris Carew and a few of the market vendors about what to look out for and what Shwick brings to the neighborhood.
Inspired Week – A closer look into one of NYC’s premiere underground party circuits.

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