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A magical night that was filled with rock’n’roll and losing all control! Keeping the D.I.Y. dream living on.
On today’s show we’re going back to 2009 with some great tracks from Animal Collective, Joanna Newsom, and so much more...
Astronautalis, aka Andy Bothwell, is a man with a lot on his mind. Let’s start with the basics: he’s a rapper known around the world for his hard-touring, indie/punk ethics living in Minneapolis, Minnesota -- a city that’s quickly becoming one of our favorites for music, thanks to the Doomtree and Totally Gross National Product crews, among plenty of other great acts in recent years. And while he’s certainly got the hip-hop chops to destroy any stage, Astronautalis quickly sets himself apart from the crowd by making his deep and passionate love of all genres of music -- and especially indie rock -- very apparent through conversation or even by checking out his list of collaborators on records. Smart, talented, and quick-witted, Astronautalis is changing the game. He dropped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to bring some fire with just a laptop and a microphone. Cut The Body Loose by Astronautalis is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
It’s time to review 2016! Stay tuned to Garbage Garage today to hear all of the best songs from the year!
Great tracks on God Bless Weirdmerica today from Hortlax Cobra, Alan Watts, and Mirah! Stay tuned and check it out…
This episode includes new music by French electro pop specialists Justice, Richard Fearless, Dauwd, Bonobo, Falty DL, Daniel Avery, and we re-hash some good old 70s vibes with krautrock tunes by NEU! and Cluster.
Check out Garbage Garage today with a salute today Minneapolis spinning tracks from Lizzo, Haley Bonar, Low, and more...
The Dan Pugach Nonet on today’s episode of The Jazz Hole Live with Linus, with a set recorded at the Williamsburg Music Center in Brooklyn, NY.
Kino Kimino has the voice of an angel and the heart of a true rock star. In her newest album she eve pairs w/ O.G. rockers from Sonic Youth. Hear it here along w/ a chat with the frontwoman herself!
BTRtv explores the skies over the far reaches of Brooklyn with aerial drone footage for your visual enjoyment, all set to the tune of “I Suppose I Should Say 'Thanks' Or Some Shit” by Gold Panda. The BeBop drone used in this video was provided by Parrot.
Today on the show we’re honoring Sharon Jones, plus a new track from Thee Oh Sees…
Chocolate isn't going anywhere; so find out the best places to eat it!
Get rid of your Thanksgiving leftovers yet? Finish them off on the show today with food-themed music from Mika Miko, Sonny & The Sunsets, Coachwhips and more…
It was pop punk Lord of the Flies on this night, and it was amazing! These ladies really know how to rock out.
Cody ChesnuTT emerged on the national musical landscape in 2002 with his appropriately-titled The Headphone Masterpiece. Truly a special record from a unique, soulful voice, it left so many wanting more -- and even moreso when the Roots covered/collaborated with ChesnuTT on their version of the single, "The Seed.” And though his recorded output in the following years was limited, it’s been less sporadic since 2010. Now, with a new album looming, he joined us in a backyard in Crown Heights, Brooklyn for an intimate performance of “ I Stay Ready.” My Love Divine Degree is due out in 2017.
Total Slacker is, according to their own description, a slimegaze band from Brooklyn. Comprised of Tucker Rountree, Lydia Gammill, and Mattie Siegal, the trio has gained considerable footing on the scene since the project took off in 2010. With heavy, catchy grooves and guitar-based hooks -- along with some serious shredding -- there’s definitely a bit of shoegaze and grunge going on, but what really stands out is the sprinkling of sparse 80s guitar throughout each song, often before a chorus shows up and kicks everything into overdrive. There’s some masterful pop songwork beneath all the musical acrobatics that shouldn’t be overlooked happening here as well. The band stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to give us a live look at how they make it all happen. Parallels by Total Slacker is available now.
Total Slacker is, according to their own description, a slimegaze band from Brooklyn. Comprised of Tucker Rountree, Lydia Gammill, and Mattie Siegal, the trio has gained considerable footing on the scene since the project took off in 2010. With heavy, catchy grooves and guitar-based hooks -- along with some serious shredding -- there’s definitely a bit of shoegaze and grunge going on, but what really stands out is the sprinkling of sparse 80s guitar throughout each song, often before a chorus shows up and kicks everything into overdrive. There’s some masterful pop songwork beneath all the musical acrobatics that shouldn’t be overlooked happening here as well. The band stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to give us a live look at how they make it all happen. Parallels by Total Slacker is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
BTRtoday gets a one-on-one with La Femme frontman Marlon Magnée, to tap into all the dark secrets of the French band with a '60s flair and burlesque approach.
Fairweather by Dinowalrus is available now.
Dinowalrus has been melting faces and brains in the Brooklyn DIY scene for almost a decade now. Led by vocalist/guitarist Pete Feigenbaum, the project has shifted lineups and sounds over the years, currently finding itself as a four piece with drummer Max Tucker, bassist/vocalist Meaghan Omega, and synth player Dan Peskin. The band draws on synthpop and British psych/garage among others, yet crafts its own distinct sound. While they’ve worked with labels in the past, the band self-produced and released their latest effort and continues to push their heady vibes forward in the local and international scenes. They returned to Serious Business Music for this fresh episode of BTR Live Studio! Fairweather by Dinowalrus is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Welcome to the inaugural episode of the StereoactiveNYC podcast, where every two weeks we'll be featuring music by and info about artists playing in and around the NYC/Brooklyn area. We'll also feature new releases, interviews, retro music selections, and anything else we come up with along the way. In this edition, we explain what StereoactiveNYC has been about up until now, pre-podcast, hear some new tunes by old friends, and feature some of BTR's exclusive sessions.
Get ready for beautiful new tunes by Umwelt, Pangaea, Falty DL, Kuedo, Gottlieb Scheppert, Sascha Cawa and a new record by legendary Michael Mayer of KOMPAKT fame.
Thick is a three-piece pop-punk/ garage band comprised of the wildest girls you’ll ever meet. We chat w/ them about music, exploding cars, and moms--hear their newest EP here!
The classic garage punk rock group The Mummies played in Brooklyn this week and it was a gloriously spooky time!
Cody ChesnuTT emerged on the national musical landscape in 2002 with his appropriately-titled The Headphone Masterpiece. Truly a special record from a unique, soulful voice, it left so many wanting more -- and even moreso when the Roots covered/collaborated with ChesnuTT on their version of the single, "The Seed.” And though his recorded output in the following years was limited, it’s been less sporadic since 2010. Now, with a new album looming, he joined us in a backyard in Crown Heights, Brooklyn for an intimate performance of his newly released single. My Love Divine Degree is due out in 2017.
Win Son is a Taiwanese joint in East Williamsburg with some delicious fixings.
Comedy from Tig Notaro, new tunes from Ana Lete, and an old favorite from Laura Marling. And much more…
On the future of funk, mariachi-playing dinosaurs, and what it takes to manage a large band.
Bushwick’s own Not Blood Paint is back. Last time they joined us in the studio, they were aliens, speaking of new suits and mind control (we think?). Now they seem to have transformed into skeletal spectres, roaming the earth in search of that perfect guitar riff. The transformation isn’t just a physical one, though, as their music shifts in cosmic leaps as well… okay, to be honest, they seem to have many, many personas to choose and try on for any performance. Whichever persona they’re in, there’s an underlying art/prog rock element to every sound coming from this foursome, but they’ve apparently processed every musical genre in order to output a new, multi-dimensional version of rock that shifts from indie to metal to pop within just a few bars. It’s hard to wrap your head around what these guys are doing, but maybe that’s exactly the point… check them in this session, recorded live at Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn, to try and figure it out for yourself. Believing Is Believing by Not Blood Paint is available now.
Bushwick’s own Not Blood Paint is back. Last time they joined us in the studio, they were aliens, speaking of new suits and mind control (we think?). Now they seem to have transformed into skeletal spectres, roaming the earth in search of that perfect guitar riff. The transformation isn’t just a physical one, though, as their music shifts in cosmic leaps as well… okay, to be honest, they seem to have many, many personas to choose and try on for any performance. Whichever persona they’re in, there’s an underlying art/prog rock element to every sound coming from this foursome, but they’ve apparently processed every musical genre in order to output a new, multi-dimensional version of rock that shifts from indie to metal to pop within just a few bars. It’s hard to wrap your head around what these guys are doing, but maybe that’s exactly the point…  check them in this session, recorded live at Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn, to try and figure it out for yourself. Believing Is Believing by Not Blood Paint is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Alex Napping is a band that began just a few years ago in Austin, Texas (though now they're partially NYC-based), centered around the bedroom recordings of Alex Cohen. Now that they're one record, a couple singles, and a new label announcement (Father/Daughter Records) into their career, things are really starting to happen for this indie pop band. On the eve of their first proper Brooklyn show, the band stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to share some tunes. Trembles Part I & II by Alex Napping is available now on cassette.
Alex Napping is a band that began just a few years ago in Austin, Texas (though now they're partially NYC-based), centered around the bedroom recordings of Alex Cohen. Now that they're one record, a couple singles, and a new label announcement (Father/Daughter Records) into their career, things are really starting to happen for this indie pop band. On the eve of their first proper Brooklyn show, the band stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to share some tunes. Trembles Part I & II  by Alex Napping is available now on cassette. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Uni Ika Ai is a Brooklyn band whose personnel reads like a supergroup of the borough's most notable acts from the past few years -- headed up by Maia Friedman (Bobby, Toebow), in collaboration with Peter Lalish (Lucius, Elizabeth & The Catapult), and rounded out with Tom Deis (Via Audio) and Dan Drohan. The band is still a relatively new endeavor, but the members' combined experience yields a masterful result. At its core, the project feeds on improvisation and experimental sounds, yet the output is wholly sweet and melodic, in a perfect blend of art and pop. They stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to show us just how they make their magical sounds work together. Keeping A Golden Bullseye In The Corner of My Mind is available October 14, 2016.
Uni Ika Ai is a Brooklyn band whose personnel reads like a supergroup of the borough's most notable acts from the past few years -- headed up by Maia Friedman (Bobby, Toebow), in collaboration with Peter Lalish (Lucius, Elizabeth & The Catapult), and rounded out with Tom Deis (Via Audio) and Dan Drohan. The band is still a relatively new endeavor, but the members' combined experience yields a masterful result. At its core, the project feeds on improvisation and experimental sounds, yet the output is wholly sweet and melodic, in a perfect blend of art and pop. They stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to show us just how they make their magical sounds work together. Keeping A Golden Bullseye In The Corner of My Mind is available October 14, 2016. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
It’s been a minute since we’ve checked in with Brooklyn rock band Heliotropes. Principal songwriter/singer Jessica Numsuwankijkul has completely revamped the project, returning with all new faces, a new album, and a leaner, more focused sound. Things still get pretty heavy, but whereas in the past it seemed like the influence of metal -- particularly of the Seventies style -- loomed large over the band, with their latest full length there’s a whole lot more pop sweetness and psych vibes. The band stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to give us a live taste of it. Over There That Way by Heliotropes is available now.
It’s been a minute since we’ve checked in with Brooklyn rock band Heliotropes. Principal songwriter/singer Jessica Numsuwankijkul has completely revamped the project, returning with all new faces, a new album, and a leaner, more focused sound. Things still get pretty heavy, but whereas in the past it seemed like the influence of metal -- particularly of the Seventies style -- loomed large over the band, with their latest full length there’s a whole lot more pop sweetness and psych vibes. The band stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to give us a live taste of it. Over There That Way by Heliotropes is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview: http://b-t-r.co/2dlxPLX
Breanna Barbara is a Brooklyn-based musician, but don’t let the geography throw you -- her music is steeped in southern/blues rock traditions, as seen through the sweat-drenched eyes of New York City. Howling, yelping, and rockin’ with a furious intensity -- even at slower tempos, like a psychedelic waltz -- Barbara is fast becoming a force to reckon with in the local scene. Mirage Dreams by Breanna Barbara is available now.
Breanna Barbara is a Brooklyn-based musician, but don’t let the geography throw you -- her music is steeped in southern/blues rock traditions, as seen through the sweat-drenched eyes of New York City. Howling, yelping, and rockin’ with a furious intensity -- even at slower tempos, like a psychedelic waltz -- Barbara is fast becoming a force to reckon with in the local scene. Mirage Dreams by Breanna Barbara is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview: http://b-t-r.co/2d3SZfC
Don’t miss Dele Sosimi’s track ‘Na My Turn,’ ‘Passion’ from Daisuke Kondo and ‘Mary Lost a Man In Lagos’ from Fluid Constructure!
This week BTR went to check out the Bulletin Market in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Don’t miss Afro-tropical electronic music from AkizzBeatzz, contemporary Afrobeat from Asiko Afrobeat Ensemble & E’s E with their track Ha!
On sea changes, relationships, peace within, and the rewards of working with Erik Blood on the awesome new album "Night Showers."
Folk from Lesser Gonzalez Alvarez, electronic from Puzzle, and a whole lot of weirdness, as always…
Five Leaves is an absolute treat. If you have the chance, visit them for a special meal!
Rosebug is the newest quintessential Brooklyn-based band that is a must hear for you to know and love! One listen to their catchy and lovely tunes and you’re hooked for life.
Adeline Hotel is the musical project of Brooklyn songwriter Dan Knishkowy. Both the project’s recordings and this session, like any live incarnation of the band, involve a bevy of talented local musicians, whose names and faces might be familiar to any fans of the burgeoning local scene. Adeline Hotel is an effort to make sense of the everyday bits of life, and perhaps take a stab at some kind of bigger idea behind it all, laid out neatly on a bed of country-tinged slowcore. We caught up with the group at Williamsburg, Brooklyn’s current favorite music venue, Baby’s All Right, for an intimate performance in the round. It's Alright, Just The Same by Adeline Hotel is available now.
A steaming hot bowl of soup isn’t necessarily the first thing that comes to mind on a hot summer’s day--but maybe it should be.
It’s finally time for the 2016 Olympics, people! And that means, that while elite athletes push their mental and physical selves to the limit of human achievement, I can sit at bars and watch their feats while getting drunk and eating fried food.
Whole Foods just opened in Williamsburg! Find out what it has to offer.
Every once and a while, it’s important to have a little one-on-one with the most important person in your life. Yourself!
Chicago trio Tiny Fireflies came together in a perfect way: Kristine Capua (Tiny Microphones) and Lisle Mitnik (Fireflies) brought their own complementary pop sensibilities together as a one-off collaboration for a compilation, but the overwhelming popularity of their new “band” led to further collaboration, and eventually to the band we find in front of us today. As a trio -- unless you include the drummer, Tom the drum machine -- they make perfectly layered, shimmering indie pop with a super nostalgic, sweet vibe. The band stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to show us how they make it happen. Tiny Fireflies’ debut album, The Space Between, is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Follow Tiny Fireflies on Facebook and Twitter. Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
Dead Leaf Echo is a dream-pop band from NYC, calling their take on the genre “Nouveau Wave.” The group blends the classic jangle/noise dynamic with romantic, drug-laced scenarios, proudly bearing the influence of 4AD favorites such as Pixies, Lush, etc. Approaching a decade of playing in the NYC trenches and through frequent national touring, Dead Leaf Echo has kept the tunes coming with an impressive number of releases, along with artfully-crafted short films to accompany them. The band dropped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to give us a closer look at how they craft their big sound. The band’s Child.glass.heart split 7" with The Harrow is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Follow Dead Leaf Echo on Facebook and Twitter. Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
Weakened Friends is a heart-on-the-sleeve indie rock band from New England. Comprised of Sonia Sturino and Cam Jones (both formerly of The Box Tiger), along with Annie Hoffman (of The Field Effect), this trio of fairly tall humans plays with a burning passion that’s hard to fake. This project seems a little more straightforward than The Box Tiger’s caterwaul in a pop-punk sort of way, and -- if it’s possible -- considerably more vicious. The band took a minute out of their busy regional tour schedule (which seems to include dominating Boston and Portland, Maine - with serious progress being made in NYC as well) to drop by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to give us a live taste of what they’ve got coming up. Crushed by Weakened Friends will be released July 22, 2016. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Follow Weakened Friends on Facebook and Twitter. Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
free cake for every creature, with its adorable and almost sickly sweet name, is bringing twee back. Katie P. Bennett’s indie pop music, filled out by a full band that manages to play about as quietly as possible, has about as much of a 90s K Records vibe as any group of millennials could possibly muster. While references and nods are likely intentional to some extent, we’re forced to believe that Bennett really is just laying her soul out there honestly, sharing her own stories of love and confusion (you know, “growing up” stuff) in the most melodic way possible. Her soft-spoken vocals hook you from the start and make you ache for the rest of the story. The band stopped by the studio for this live look at one of their new album’s most memorable tracks. Talking Quietly Of Anything With You is available now from Double Double Whammy. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Follow free cake for every creature on Facebook and Twitter. Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
Astronautalis, aka Andy Bothwell, is a man with a lot on his mind. Let’s start with the basics: he’s a rapper known around the world for his hard-touring, indie/punk ethics living in Minneapolis, Minnesota -- a city that’s quickly becoming one of our favorites for music, thanks to the Doomtree and Totally Gross National Product crews, among plenty of other great acts in recent years. And while he’s certainly got the hip-hop chops to destroy any stage, Astronautalis quickly sets himself apart from the crowd by making his deep and passionate love of all genres of music -- and especially indie rock -- very apparent through conversation or even by checking out his list of collaborators on records. Smart, talented, and quick-witted, Astronautalis is changing the game. He dropped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to bring some fire with just a laptop and a microphone. Cut The Body Loose by Astronautalis is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Follow Astronautalis on Facebook and Twitter. Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
Acid Dad is a no-nonsense psych-punk band in the vein of Thee Oh Sees, Parquet Courts, and The Strokes, and with nods to classics like The Zombies, The Kinks, Television, The Stooges, etc. Comprised of Vaughn Hunt (Vocals, Guitar), Danny Gomez (Vocals, Guitar), Kevin Walker (Drums), and Sean Fahey (Bass, Vocals), this quartet uses riffy rock and reverb-heavy vocals to pull you close and make you move. They dropped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to take us on a pretty sweet trip. Let’s Plan A Robbery by Acid Dad is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Follow Acid Dad on Facebook and Twitter. Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
Dentist is an indie rock band based in Asbury Park, New Jersey, whose music hits the sweet spot between surf, punk, and pop. Having honed their skills locally for a few years, they’re ready to get out on the road, and we’re pretty sure they’ll find that kids everywhere dig their sound. Here, they made the trip to the city to rock the live room at Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn, for us. Dentist’s self-titled debut is available now, with their second full length coming in 2016. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Follow Dentist on Facebook. Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
Violet Sands is the new project from Deidre Muro (who has been on BTR Live Studio previously with Deidre & the Dark and Savoir Adore), David Perlick-Molinari (French Horn Rebellion) and Derek Muro (Love Like Deloreans, Mighty Five). Their music builds a psych-pop vibe on top of electronic beats and textures, for some super-smooth, catchy grooves. For this jam, Doc from Pink Flamingo Rhythm Revue joins the band on vocals for an extra touch of soul in the studio at Serious Business Music. Violet Sands’ Strange Attractor EP is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Follow Violet Sands on Facebook and Twitter. Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
SAVAK is a Brooklyn band composed of some very experienced musicians. Having previously played in such notable groups as The Obits, Holy Fuck, Nation of Ulysses, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, and The Cops, the members of SAVAK collectively and unsurprisingly possess a deeper knowledge of music, more time in the punk trenches, and a more mature sound than the average band that’s only been together since 2015. The jerky rhythms of post-punk and the jangle of 80s college/early alternative rock blend perfectly with psychedelic swirls and hooky rock riffs under the shared guitar/vocal duties of Michael “Jaws” Jaworski and Sohrab Habibion. The band officially consists of six members, but has been known to expand on record and at some live shows, while we lured a quartet version to Serious Business Music to see what they’ve got going on… spoiler: it’s a lot, and it’s really, really good! SAVAK’s debut LP, Best Of Luck In Future Endeavors, is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Follow SAVAK on Facebook and Twitter.
Brooklyn psych-surf-garage-rock band Fruit + Flowers’ appeal is centered around the interplay between Caroline Yoder, Ana Becker and Elizabeth Wakefield. Catchy, gritty, and maybe a little unhinged at times, the band has been going hard for the past year, touring and playing so many local shows that it can almost be assumed that if there’s a cool bill at a new or underground Bushwick venue, they’re on it. While they’ve released almost no recorded music yet, we know they’ve got a lot up their collective sleeve, so we had them drop by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to show us just how they do it. The song “Turquoise” from Fruit + Flowers is available online now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Follow Fruit + Flowers on Facebook and Twitter. Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
Lissie is originally from Rock Island, Illinois. She landed in California as a young singer-songwriter and learned a lot in her time in the industry there before returning to her midwestern roots by moving to Iowa. Her music is folk with a pop/country touch, but most notable here is her remarkable voice, which gives every word sung a life of its own. She stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to share a raw, stripped down performance with us. Lissie’s album My Wild West is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Follow Lissie on Facebook and Twitter. Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
Tangerine is a Seattle-based garage pop trio with a rough and dreamy style that complements their straightforward, catchy songs. The band doesn’t waste much energy on frills beyond some sweet guitar solos, opting to save it for their fun music and touring around the country instead. We were lucky enough to get them into the studio at Serious Business Music to brighten our day with this special performance. Tangerine’s Sugar Teeth EP is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Follow Tangerine on Facebook and Twitter. Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
Adeline Hotel is the musical project of Brooklyn songwriter Dan Knishkowy. Both the project’s recordings and this session, like any live incarnation of the band, involve a bevy of talented local musicians, whose names and faces might be familiar to any fans of the burgeoning local scene. Adeline Hotel is an effort to make sense of the everyday bits of life, and perhaps take a stab at some kind of bigger idea behind it all, laid out neatly on a bed of country-tinged slowcore. We caught up with the group at Williamsburg, Brooklyn’s current favorite music venue, Baby’s All Right, for an intimate performance in the round. It's Alright, Just The Same by Adeline Hotel is available now. Follow Adeline Hotel on Facebook and Twitter. Check out Baby’s All Right on Facebook and Twitter. Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
Meet the east coasters who combine dad rock, old-school country, punk, and The Spice Girls to create what is BOYTOY—a NYC-based band that’ll surf their way to the top of your playlist.
John Mark Nelson is a musician from Excelsior, Minnesota. While young, he’s far from inexperienced, having spent the past decade writing, recording, and playing music. Stylistically, Nelson's work falls somewhere in the rock/pop world, but he has a melodic sensibility that makes every moment of his songs compelling while his words and compositions set him apart from your average artist. He stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO recently for this special performance. I’m Not Afraid by John Mark Nelson is available now on GNDWIRE Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Follow John Mark Nelson on Facebook and Twitter. Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
Del Water Gap's S. Holden Jaffe began the project on his own, alone in upstate NY before making his way down to NYC. There, he met his future and current bandmates (bassist William Evans and drummer Charles Schlinkert) in the blackout following Hurricane Sandy. The band's sound is weary, melodic alt-folk with a modern feel. The trio stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to share their music with us. Del Water Gap’s “Cut The Rope” / “Lamplight” 7” is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Follow Del Water Gap on Facebook and Twitter. Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
Meet Lou and Ben from Winstons. A NYC-based band that has only drums and guitars, accompanied by some heartbreaking rock’n’roll lyrics that’s sure to get you movin’ and swoonin’!
Guerilla Toss seems to exist in an acid-drenched cartoon world of future music. Stylistically, there’s some sort of punk/funk/jazz jam going on, but never mind the ingredients, this band’s all about the end result, which is a strange, morphing blend of totally mind-bending goodness, pulled together by the vocal performance of Kassie Carlson. Though they originated in the Boston area, the group has since found its way to New York, where their collaborators in the DFA-related and Brooklyn experimental/art scene provide some pretty fertile ground for collaboration. They stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to blow our minds. Eraser Stargazer by Guerrilla Toss is available now from DFA Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Follow Guerilla Toss on Facebook and Twitter. Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
Audacity is a garage punk band from Fullerton, California. They’ve been bashing out fun, uncompromising tunes since they were kids, and while still young, they’ve already got more than enough years (we’re talking 10+) under their belt together to show all the newcomers exactly how to do it right. Turn this one way up and enjoy. Hyper Vessels by Audacity is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Follow Audacity on Facebook and Twitter. Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
Miwi La Lupa, a NYC-based songwriter who previously visited BTR Live Studio around the release of his debut album, is back with an excellent sophomore release. Continuing his evolution as a songwriter and band leader, MiWi La Lupa draws from folk and rock inspirations to tell personal stories through highly catchy pop songs. The band stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn, to share some of the new sounds. Ended Up Making Love by MiWi La Lupa is available now from Team Love Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Follow MiWi La Lupa on Facebook and Twitter. Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
Moving Panoramas is an Austin-based trio that plays shoegaze-inspired pop, bouncing through chill grooves with soft, reverb-laden vocals floating on top. Comprised of Leslie Sisson on guitar/vocals (who previously visited BTR Live Studio with The Wooden Birds), Rozie Castoe on bass/vocals, and Karen Skloss on drums, the band has developed a perfectly locked-in style that works well to create the sort of “panoramic” sound that they’re chasing under those big Texas skies. Moving Panoramas’ debut LP, One, is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Follow Moving Panoramas on Facebook and Twitter. Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
Smorgasburg, a wildly popular food market destination that is open every Saturday at East River State Park in Willamsburg.
Get ready for a band that finally knows how to use that fog machine and light rig properly. Future Punx, a Brooklyn-based band, not only get the vibes just right, but they also rock the stage!
Get ready for a band that finally knows how to use that fog machine and light rig properly. Future Punx, a Brooklyn-based band, not only gets the vibes just right, but they also rock the stage!
Atlanta punk trio The Coathangers just cruised into their 10th year of rockin’ -- and to say they’ve come a long way is a huge understatement. The band began as a wild, no wave/garage-inspired ball of fun and chaos made up of friends who didn’t totally know how to play but wanted to start a band. Along the way, they’ve matured and picked up a broad range of inspiration, all while honing their sound and musicianship to a fine point. This charmer of a kiss-off single nearly burned down the damn studio, and all with the best, most punk instrumentation we’ve seen in awhile: drums, bass, and dog toy! The Coathangers’ new album, Nosebleed Weekend, is available now from Suicide Squeeze Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Follow The Coathangers on Facebook and Twitter. Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
Journalism is a Brooklyn band fronted by Kegan Zema. Kegan recently staged a multimedia exhibit at the Bushwick, Brooklyn venue/collective Silent Barn, f which he is a member, called “American Icon” in which he, as “ZEMA,” took on the personas of David Bowie, Marilyn Monroe, and more. Musically, Journalism explores similar territory as the early 2000s wave of post-post-punk and garage rock, straddling the line between brooding and dancing, but Zema’s awareness and interest in musical and pop culture theory clearly influences his lyrics and the band’s performance. The group stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to share a tune. Faces by Journalism is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Follow Journalism on Facebook and Twitter. Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
Yazan, is the most well-rounded musician you'll find anywhere in NYC, maybe the world! His bluesy vibes and guitar riffs don't keep him from exploring all kinds of new music mediums.
2001 is a bit of a supergroup. With an impossible to Google band name, unconventional pop rhythms and song structures, and an impressive NYC music scene pedigree, this collaboration between Joan Wasser (of Joan As Policewoman) and Benjamin Lazar Davis was sparked by a fascination with Pygmy music while in Africa. Here, they share a Joan-led tune with looping guitar stutters, tight grooves, and pointed lyrics. 2001 currently has two singles, “Broke Me In Two” and “Overload,” available. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Follow 2001 on Facebook and Twitter. Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
The Dead Ships is the Los Angeles-based garage rock trio of Devlin McCluskey, Christopher Spindelilus, and Alex Moore. While still a relatively young project, the band has already recorded an EP with Broken Social Scene’s Brendan Canning, rocked the stage at Coachella, and is currently on track to release a full length (again collaborating with Canning). Here, they blast through their hard-rockin’ anti-authority anthem of a single, “Company Line.” The Dead Ships is currently working on their full length follow up to 2015’s EP1. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Check out The Dead Ships on Facebook and Twitter. Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
On the small victories of perseverance and making music for yourself.
Sons Of An Illustrious Father is the Brooklyn-based trio of Osh Aubin, Lilah Larson, and Ezra Miller. The band has a strong, family-like connection and often swaps instruments during their set, trading off lead duties on different songs. There’s something special to their “future folk” and we could totally feel it in the studio as they came by to share this version of “Tendrils.” Sons Of An Illustrious Father’s new album, Revol, is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Follow Sons Of An Illustrious Father on Facebook and Twitter. Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
Flora Cash is the folk-pop duo of Shpresa Lleshaj & Cole Randall. Their story is a classic modern romance: meeting across the globe via Soundcloud, collaborating, falling in love, moving back and forth between Stockholm, Sweden (where they’re currently based) and Minneapolis, Minnesota to be together… and their music reflects their story. They stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to share an intimate look at their song, “For Someone.” Can Summer Love Last Forever?, a mini-LP by Flora Cash, is available now from Icons Creating Evil Art. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Follow Flora Cash on Facebook and Twitter. Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
On dealing with the bullshit of the music industry and coming out on top, with a positive message.
Paul & Kris Masson are the duo at the core of the Baltimore-based Great American Canyon Band. Their dreamy folk rock has a certain beautiful heaviness at times, carried by the couple’s well-worn harmonies. Though the full four-piece band is in the midst of a year packed with tour dates, Paul and Kris stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO for this stripped-down session. Great American Canyon Band’s debut LP, Only You Remain, is available now from Six Degrees Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Follow Great American Canyon Band on Facebook and Twitter. Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
This week we take a jog with Shawna Hussey, NYC-based runner and creator of the blog Run This Apple!
This special Mexican joint is small, but the flavors are anything but.
David Block from "The Human Experience" travels about 300 days out of the year. You'd think all that traveling would keep him busy. Nope, say hello to "Gone Gone Beyond!"
Sofar Sounds brings back the essence of live music with intimate settings and rule-abiding audiences.
Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App! Eskimeaux is the musical project of Gabrielle Smith, a founding member of Brooklyn collective The Epoch. Begun in 2007, it has served as an umbrella for everything from noise experiments to rock combos, while currently existing as a tight four member bedroom-pop band. Eskimeaux stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to play some songs and talk a bit about their history. Featured song: "Power" // Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Year Of The Rabbit by Eskimeaux will be available April 15, 2016. Check out Eskimeaux on Facebook.
This week BTR went to check out a tour of the Brooklyn Brewery where favorite local beer is brewed and you can learn about the long history behind the brand.
Luna Rose is a band that you just are really going to want to hang out with. A trio recently turned four piece, they play sweet sweet sounds and have a damn good time doing it. Check them out!
Bushwick's Sugarlift is creating a community friendly art space that offers events and access to affordable art.
It seems like there's a highfaluting artisan pizza place on every corner in Brooklyn, and Speedy Romeo, in Bed Stuy, is no exception.
On cocaine-fueled adventures in Miami and songwriting in the beautiful isolation of Upstate New York.
In the battle between community gardens vs. affordable housing: what do we truly lose in choosing the latter?
What's a beach without some creeps? Say hello to the band Beech Creeps! A band consisting of some of the most creative and expert musicians ready to rock your ears off!
Saraghina, in Bed Stuy, has some of the best provisions in the borough!
This week we catch up with JP, frontman for the Brooklyn-based band herMajesty, to talk about using the mind, body, and music as a canvas.
Dean Cercone is a self-proclaimed psychedelic dreamer, whose music will transcend you into another realm of chaos and color and drive you wild.
We review the new Academy Award nominated drama "Brooklyn" and share some of the most memorable characters in film.
This week we chat with Wright Harvey, co-founder of the Sugarlift Gallery in Brooklyn, and creator of its awesome blog!
This weekend, the stars of Broad City invited the public to help them paint a mural on the side of Kinfolk Bar in Williamsburg, BK.
This week BTR dives into the lives of some city boys, The Britanys, a NYC band that will make you want to crowd surf on your daily morning commute to work.
BTR catches up with experimental bitpop project Love Spread to chat about using video game controllers to make music.
BTR chats with the Brooklyn-based duo Lilly Wolf. They're dreamy, they're dark, and they've got the New York's underground music scene wrapped around their finger.
This week's Discover Corner chats with Brooklyn based duo Lilly Wolf. They're dreamy, they're dark, and they've got the New York's underground music scene wrapped around their finger.
Hank Hivnor has been working as a psychic, healer, and spiritual medium for over a decade. His clients include people from all walks of life, from lawyers to artists to celebrities. Hank conducts his readings in the living room of his apartment in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, which is where I met up with him for a conversation about his work as a psychic healing. You can learn more about Hank, and inquire about his services, on his website.
BTR sits down with Jamie Frey, formerly of The Brooklyn What, to chat about his new project No Ice and their upcoming album.
Dish and Drink's Rebecca Chodorkoff doesn't regret drunkenly eating a pickled egg at a sketchy Brooklyn bar at 2:00 a.m., though she's not positive she'd recommend doing so either.
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 continues her tour of the museum with creative director Joanna Ebenstein, checking out a two-headed duck, preserved bats, and a fetal possum in this follow-up to our previous episode featuring the institution.
BTR sat down with Brooklyn-based musician Lawrence Scaduto, creator of Shopping and Fourth Grade Gladiator, and also an amazing guitar pedal maker.

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