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Named for the ramshackle keyboards they first jammed on, Norwegian group Casiokids mix sparkling synths, Afrobeat, and techno for indie-pop that’s a bubbly and whimsical treat to the ears. The band carries a bit of mysteriousness around with them — for example, they only sing in their native language and their latest album Aabenbaringen over aaskammen (meaning The Revelation Over the Mountain) is about a hidden, almost mythical rain forest — but it only makes their pop hooks even more curiously infectious.
Brooklyn band Teletextile features sweetly-sung, melodic vocals, sincere lyrics, and a unique range of instruments, from harp and violin to banjo and accordion. Here, the band is featured playing in the choir loft of the First Unitarian Universalist Congregational Society church in Brooklyn Heights.
On this special episode of Serious Business on BTR, host Travis Harrison is joined by a panel of music fanatics to look back on their favorite albums of 2011. Meet the panelists... - Matt Gross runs the music blog A Heart is a Spade - George Flanagan is in the band El Jezel and an organizer of events at Fort Useless - Maia Macdonald is a BTR DJ, host of BTR Live Studio, and a musician in the band Mitten - Phil Nguyen is a BTR DJ, frequent guest host of BTR Live Studio, and a BTR video editor - Jeremiah McVay heads up BTR’s video team and organizes music events at Fort Useless
Between our TVs, Google Reader feeds and Twitter, smartphone apps and stacks of the New York Times and TIME, there are countless ways for people to stay up-to-date on the headlines. On this episode of BTR Pulse, host Lauren Hawker asks New Yorkers where they go to get their news.
NYC-based El Jezel have been together for nearly 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 and 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.”
BTR's Carly Sheilds compares the two best '90s boy band Christmas albums apples-to-oranges.
Need a pause from the holiday music? Hit up BTR with DJRePete today as he’s wrapping up the year with a few choice mixes from artists who broke thru this past year! Tune in today for Deer Tick, Cut Copy, and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. Also hit up a rhythm & blues set featuring IAmOmni and Electric Guest, plus quirkier tracks via My Brightest Diamond and Shayfer James. Balance your festive spirit with BTR today!
Electronic group Seekae create their music in the same way they’d put together a puzzle. The trio — made up of John Hassell, Alex Cameron and George Nicholas — take scores of sounds and piece them into a tapestry of music that’s hip-hop, indie-pop and ambient post-rock all at once. Each of their songs are like little soundtracks, moving through various moods as they sputter, crack, pulse, shine, and wind. Some sounds are actual live instruments, others digitally generated, and still others just everyday noises (they recorded random ruckus while in Tokyo, Berlin, Chicago and London).
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Don’t doubt Brooklyn four-piece Shark? despite their unusually punctuated name. They blend scruffy garage-rock and riotous post-punk for music that swerves from catchy lo-fi hooks to wild distorted yelping in the blink of an eye. The band — made up of Kevin Diamond (vocals/guitar), Andy Swerdlow (drums), Andy Kinsey (bass), and Chris Mulligan (guitar) — have toured relentlessly in and around New York City for years and finally, after a successful Kickstarter campaign, were able to release their first full-length album, True Waste, this past summer.
Alamo Race Track are a quirky quartet from the Netherlands who’ve toured alongside Arctic Monkeys and have even been featured on the hit show Grey’s Anatomy. Incorporating a number of rock genres into their sound, their music has taken the form of dark indie-rock reminiscent of Interpol and more recently, stripped down, melancholy folk-pop in the vein of Fleet Foxes.
Jonquil is a young four-piece from Oxford, UK. Headed by falsetto frontman Hugo Manuel — who also happens to perform under the solo moniker Chad Valley — the quartet play the type of shimmery indie-rock that’s interlaced with pretty guitar noodling and coated with elements of Afro-pop, à la Vampire Weekend and Local Natives.
On this special episode of Serious Business on BTR, host Travis Harrison is joined by a panel of music fanatics to look back on their favorite albums of 2011.
Los Angeles-based PYYRAMIDS is made up of OK Go’s Tim Nordwind and He Say She Say’s Drea Smith. Although they initially began their collaboration via email, sending scraps of music back and forth, their debut EP Human Beings comes together as a strong, 6-track collection of sad, dark synth-rock. Smith’s voice has an air of chill nonchalance mixed with a hypnotizing seductiveness, which complements Nordwind’s piercing riffs and the hauntingly pulsing beats in the background. Here they perform stripped down versions of some of those songs...
With the United States Postal Service on its way to bankruptcy, the delivery of mail and hundreds of thousands of jobs are at stake. On this episode of BTR Pulse, host Lauren Hawker asks New Yorkers what they think about the faltering government institution and whether they'll be affected by a potential shut down.
What's good ya'll? It's Sunday, New episode of WORLD HIP HOP....LET'S GO!!
DJRePete closes the door on November with alt rock from Surfer Blood, electronica from Vega, and look back at a few bands who hit the metaphorical ‘airwaves’ last year. And speaking of Wavves, tune in to hear about a unique set of shows the band is playing, appropriately on the water. And while the thermometer spells cold in the northern hemisphere, festival season is just starting down-under where Stereosonic is currently going down; get the scoop. Catch it all today on your BTR Wednesday with DJRePete!
Robert Ellis is a Texan singer-songwriter who sings with an old soul. While his songs have the feel of classic country, they appeal to modern ears with their true-to-the-heart lyrics and timeless aura. Here he performs his song, "Friends Like Those," off his new album 'Photographs.'
DJRePete starts off your Wednesday with some alt rock from Peter Bjorn & John, a dreamy remix by Delicate Steve, and some chill beats by Jose James. Plus don’t miss a stream-of-consciousness track from BTR newcomer My Brightest Diamond. And a coincidental animal themed set. Really. It’s coincidence. All today, your BTR Wednesday with DJRePete!
Named for the ramshackle keyboards they first jammed on, Norwegian group Casiokids mix sparkling synths, Afrobeat, and techno for indie-pop that’s a bubbly and whimsical treat to the ears. The band carries a bit of mysteriousness around with them — for example, they only sing in their native language and their latest album Aabenbaringen over aaskammen (meaning The Revelation Over the Mountain) is about a hidden, almost mythical rain forest — but it only makes their pop hooks even more curiously infectious.
Your Wednesday starts with DJRePete and brand new electronica crossover from Chairlift, indie alt from The Generationals and Dan Mangan, and rock from the Dum Dum Girls. Tune in for info on the Crossing Borders Music & Literature Festival, and one BTR band opening tonight for the Foo Fighters in Boston. And it’s never too early to plan a New Year’s celebration, and one BTR band’s got their plans set in Austin. Check in with DJRePete on BTR!
What's good ya'll? It's Friday ... BTR style...let's go..Latin Hip Hop movement continues..
Inching you closer to the Halloween weekend, DJRePete has your midweek mix today on BTR. Tune in for French Canadian pop via Malajube, autumn twang from new Blitzen Trapper and Dan Mangan, and chill beats from Ras G.  Plus check in with a few BTR artists who hit the metaphorical BreakThru Radio airwaves this time last year, in a retrospective set. It doesn’t get more spooktacular than that; and we promise, no more puns.
What's good ya'll? It's Friday, . BTR style...let's go..Latin Hip Hop movement continues...
Below the colorful marquees of Time Square, BTR Pulse host Jess Westberg asks folks what movie or TV show best represents the Big Apple!
A group calling themselves "Occupy Wall Street" has taken over Zuccotti Park in the financial district with hopes of bringing attention to an array of causes and issues. And after a weekend that included NYPD use of pepper spray and, allegedly, other tactics some might deem questionable, we headed down to ask some of the occupier and bystanders about the goals of the protest and the tactics they're using and having used against them.
Fronted by Andrew Kenny (American Analog Set, Broken Social Scene) and including members of Matt Pond PA, the Wooden Birds play a brand of rock that at once sounds as akin to 70s era rock like Fleetwood Mac as it does to more modern fare like Wilco. Here the band plays "False Alarm," from their latest album, 'Two Matchsticks.'
The Two Man Gentlemen Band plays retro music that harkens back to decades past -- but not pre-millennial so much as pre-war. Their old-timey tunes may be of a vintage style, but they definitely manage to incorporate themes that are as relevant today as ever. Ever the consummate showmen, the duo took a bit of time out of their seemingly never-ending touring schedule to play a song for us at the Jalopy Theatre in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
Brooklyn's Me You Us Them plays straight ahead rock music with plenty of loud guitars and a driving rhythm section. Here they play "As Of Now" off of their album, 'Post-Data.'
Brooklyn’s Dinosaur Feathers create upbeat pop music with layers of harmonized vocals, grooved out melodies, and plenty of intricate and energetic rhythms. Their music is catchy, expertly-played, and lasting.
Brooklyn Singer-songwriters Annie Lynch (of Annie and the Beekeepers) and Michaela Anne make acoustic folk music graced with honey-sweet voices that are flush with emotion.
Brooklyn’s Bandana Splits is a trio that sings doo-wop-inspired pop music. Lauren Balthrop, Annie Nero, and Dawn Landes keep their music sweet, simple, lively and catchy - just as their musical inspirations from the 50s and 60s did before them. Travis says, “The Bandana Splits are Dawn Landes, Lauren Balthrop and Annie Nero. Their debut record is called Mr. Sam Presents the Bandana Splits and it is out on BoySkout Records. These women are the best. They are my friends. I love their songs and their singing and their sweet musical spirits. And the outfits don't hurt either.”
Robert Ellis is a Texan singer-songwriter who sings with an old soul. While his songs have the feel of classic country, they appeal to modern ears with their true-to-the-heart lyrics and timeless aura. Here he performs his song, "Friends Like Those," off his new album 'Photographs.'
Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside play a well-blended mix of roots, blues, country, jazz, and rock. At first, it may seem anachronistic, but Ford's edgy voice pulls it all together and into the present in a way that makes it as vital as any contemporary rock outfit.
Says Travis: "These guys love rock and roll. This is a true rock band. I'm not just saying it. It is for real. You can download all of their records for free. And now you can hear them live in the studio here at Serious Business and they sound like the hottest of hot hot rock fire."
Brooklyn’s Spanish Prisoners are about to release their sophomore album, ‘Gold Fools’ - a psychedelic pop record filled with a unique electronic ambiance. Here they play “Rich Blood” at Bushwick DIY space, the Schoolhouse.
Richard Buckner plays a deep, soulful hybrid of rock and country. His powerful voice conveys a wisdom that compliments the poignancy of his lyrics and is backed by a forceful guitar style that adds urgency to his songs.
Fort Lean is a rock band whose tightly-structured, excellently executed songs belie the fact that they’d only been playing together for about five months before visiting Travis at his studio. Check out their catchy sound with its powerful rhythm section, and masterful guitars.
Self-proclaiming their genre as “Psychefaeriedelica,” Australia’s Sherlock’s Daughter features aesthetically sweet rock graced with airy voices, thoughtful lyrics, and great melodies.
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