Archive
btr hear & there
NYC-based El Jezel have been together for over a decade, combining elements of glimmering, wistful shoegaze and charging, melodic post-rock. The blend of male and female vocals, along with their ability to waver between various genres mid-song, keeps their music unpredictable and refreshing. For our BTR Hear & There Christmas Special, in front of a brightly decorated Brooklyn home, they brave the cold winter weather to perform (as a duo) an acoustic version of their holiday tune, “Working On Christmas.”
Ryan Camenzuli, aka Zuli, is already ahead of the game at just 22 years old. Beyond being a skilled musician and songwriter, the NYC-based artist had a bit of luck early on, benefiting from a relationship with a member of his favorite band, Akron/Family. Zuli admittedly wears his influences on his sleeve, and so folk, experimental, and psych-pop touches stemming from A/F, Animal Collective, and the like shine through in his own music. We caught up with Zuli (the band) at a friend's apartment in Bushwick, Brooklyn, for this intimate acoustic performance.
Ryan Camenzuli, aka Zuli, is already ahead of the game at just 22 years old. Beyond being a skilled musician and songwriter, the NYC-based artist had a bit of luck early on, benefiting from a relationship with a member of his favorite band, Akron/Family. Zuli admittedly wears his influences on his sleeve, and so folk, experimental, and psych-pop touches stemming from A/F, Animal Collective, and the like shine through in his own music. We caught up with Zuli (the band) at a friend's apartment in Bushwick, Brooklyn, for this intimate acoustic performance.
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.
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.
Friend Roulette is a group of friends living in Brooklyn, making strangely beautiful music together. Musically, their melodies and rhythms have a way of circling around and around to create a hypnotic, psychedelic world of sensory overload in the shape of pop music. As the band prepared for the release of their new LP, we caught up with the group's core trio of Julia, Matthew, and Nate for an intimate performance in the backyard at Secret Project Robot, a not-for-profit experimental performance space/gallery in Bushwick celebrating its 10th year in operation.
Sylvana Joyce possesses a powerful voice and tons of charisma. Hailing from Queens, New York, she's built an impressive list of accolades along with her top-notch band, The Moment. We headed out to Astoria for this very intimate, stirring performance of the song "Me For You," filmed in the apartment building stairwell where Sylvana practiced music as a child.
MiniBoone is a Brooklyn-based quartet that should be familiar to regular viewers of BTRtv. They make catchy, heart-wrenchingly honest tunes and, live, filter it through an explosive ball of energy with yelps, kicks, and impressive melodies and harmonies. We met up with the band at Unit J out in Bushwick, Brooklyn, where they played a song off their upcoming release, Bad Sports, due out 4/21 from Ernest Jenning Recording Co.
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.
Devin Tuel is a songwriter from Pennsylvania and Stephen Harms is a multi-instrumentalist and composer. Over the past year, they came together as the Brooklyn-based indie folk duo known as The Native Harrow and set out to write and perform together. They took a break from working on their debut album to stop by the back room of Freddy's Bar in South Slope, Brooklyn for this episode of BTR Hear & There.
Our old buddies Howth (rhymes with growth) have undergone some changes since last we heard from them with their Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-inspired batch of tunes. Now with a freshly stripped-down 4-piece rock band lineup, we caught up with the gang at Muchmore's in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, for a fresh look at songwriter Carl Creighton's re-energized project.
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 of a brand new tune.
Workman Song is a solo project fronted by Sean McMahon, a 25-year-old from Western Massachusetts currently living in New York. A sort of mystic folk storyteller, McMahon's dramatic, stirring music wouldn't sound entirely out of place in a church -- which is exactly where we took it. For this special episode of BTR Hear & There, we joined Workman Song, including members of Streets Of Laredo (who McMahon also plays with regularly) as well as Totara Jack on guitar and Sean's brother, Griffin McMahon, on the house organ, at Christ Church in New York City.
Workman Song is a solo project fronted by Sean McMahon, a 25-year-old from Western Massachusetts currently living in New York. A sort of mystic folk storyteller, McMahon's dramatic, stirring music wouldn't sound entirely out of place in a church -- which is exactly where we took it. For this special episode of BTR Hear & There, we joined Workman Song, including members of Streets Of Laredo (who McMahon also plays with regularly) as well as Totara Jack on guitar and Sean's brother, Griffin McMahon, on the house organ, at Christ Church in New York City.
Fiona Silver is a young New York native with an old soul. Musically, her work drifts from rock to soul and pop, all carried by her captivating stage presence and smoky voice -- think Amy Winehouse and Billie Holiday. Here, she brings her band to Grit N Glory, a Lower East Side Rock N Roll and tattoo shop, for an intimate performance of her ukulele-led tune, "Sweet Escape."

recommendations