Gabe Rothschild and Sal Garro (drummer for Quiet Loudly and pow wow!), both of the Brooklyn/Austin trio The Governors, also play together as Hige Kuma. In this special episode of BTR Hear & There, Gabe and his wife Sao perform a song together while preparing Japanese-inspired street food aboard their food truck, the Love Balls Bus, at the Spiderhouse Cafe in Austin, TX, during SXSW.
Originally from Cambridge, Massachusetts, You Won’t mix lo-fi rock and stripped-down folk. Beneath the layers of raw distortion, their songs are strewn with sincere lyrics and endearing twangy-pop melodies. The band — made up of Josh Arnoudse and Raky Sastri — released their debut full-length, Skeptic Goodbye, last year. The duo stopped by the BTRhouse in Austin, TX, during SXSW this year for a very special episode of BTR Hear & There, performing a song written by their friend, My Name Is Gideon.
Bird Call is a NYC-based musical project founded by singer and musician Chiara Angelicola. Featuring synthesizers and heavily-yet-pleasantly processed vocals, their music covers a wide range of emotional territory through vulnerable lyrics and an experimental look towards the future; aliens, the planets, and a whole world of questions can be found inside. Here, the band performs at a popsicle party for an audience of children and their families at a daycare in Brooklyn, NY.
Cold Blood Club usually exhibit their inspired take on dance pop through sweaty beats and joyous bursts of electro enthusiasm. In this setting — stripping their music down to the essentials and spreading out in an artists’ studio near the border of Brooklyn and Queens — there’s the added warmth of bare vocal strength blended with minimal instrumentation and a bit of wine, like the most fun open studio visit possible.
For the past few years, Portland, Maine’s Tyler Jackson (also of recent BTR Live Studio guests Endless Jags) has been turning out fuzzy pop gems — leaning towards psych rock at times, riff-heavy indie rock at others — under the name Foam Castles. The project began, like many, as a home recording project that then began featuring an amorphous lineup of musician friends before solidifying into a full-fledged band. Here, Jackson presents a new song, stripped down to its essence, as he first wrote it, and performed with only an acoustic guitar and vocal microphone. /// In this, the fourth in a series of BTR Hear & There episodes shot on location in Maine, in collaboration with HillyTown.com, Tyler Jackson of Foam Castles performs live and acoustic in his basement practice space in Portland, Maine.
if and it are a prolific Portland, Maine, trio with a knack for creative dynamics. Playing sparse folk songs in a modern indie rock format, the group has a warmth and sensitivity often lost on your average rock band. In this, the first in a series of BTR Hear & There episodes shot on location in Maine in collaboration with HillyTown.com, if and it perform live at Bunker Brewing Company in Portland’s developing industrial neighborhood of East Bayside.

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