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In their own words, Toronto trio Metz plays simple rock music. Yet, their tunes are actually anything but simple -- a lot of intention goes into every pounding drum beat, booming bass sound, thrashing guitar lick, and howling vocal part. In a musical landscape that sometimes seems to put a premium on quantity, equating more musicians with a more impressive sound, it's refreshing to just see three dudes put everything into some sick, huge music. Perhaps best of all, they're smart, funny, kind people, and were a joy to have in the studio. Watch as Travis tries to join the band, talks about Aerosmith, and gets a bit of background on how the guys started playing together.
It's the final Saturday Show of 2012, and we're bringing you part two of our favorite new tracks from the year. Plus, we end the show with our absolute favorite song of 2012, so stay tuned to that (or, spoiler alert, look at the playlist). A happy New Year to all the listeners! And to stay up to date on BTR happenings, make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
BTR's Timothy Dillon gets us stoked for season three of HBO's "Game of Thrones." Plus, How Old Saint Nick keeps up with new technology.
It's the last God Bless Weirdmerica of 2012! We survived the Mayan Apocalypse, thank goodness, because I'm really looking forward to all of the great new weird music that is sure to come in 2013. And in the meantime, keep up with BTR by following us on Facebook and Twitter.
DJRePete wraps up the year with part 2 of his unofficial Best In Mix 2012, featuring artists Sharon Van Etten, Two Door Cinema Club, and Mumford & Sons. Plus, hit up info on the upcoming Savannah Stopover Festival, a show in Newtown Connecticut, and an encore content guide to the BTR site. And Balmorhea ends the program with necessary optimism via an epically lyricless track. So join DJRePete today, elebrating the art of mix, year-end edition on BTR!
The Ardsley Curling Club in Irvington, NY gives us a lesson in sliding stones across frozen bullseyes.
Katie Dill is currently one half of the music project Mean Lady, but has also been performing and recording her own music for years. Influenced by artists that range from Ella Fitzgerald to The Beach Boys and Bob Marley, Katie has written and recorded hundreds of songs, often folky tunes played on a range of instruments such as piano, banjo, ukulele and omnichord. In this episode of BTR Live Studio, Katie shares a couple of new songs, as well as a solo version of Mean Lady’s “Far Away, played on piano, and discusses some of the inspiration behind her many songs.
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.
It's the second to last Saturday in 2012! And the Saturday before the holidays! That means we're going extra hard on the show today- we're doing our first half of all the best tracks from the year! So stay tuned for some awesome Japandroids, Veronica Falls, and King Tuff! And don't forget to check out BTR on Facebook and Twitter!
A new company called Z!NG Revolution decks out the WIRED store for the first time. Plus, some landmark changes in U.S drug policy.
In the wake of the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, on Friday, December 14th, a familiar debate began about the causes of the tragedy. At an interfaith vigil held two days later, President Obama pledged to use his office to make an effort to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future. We asked people in New York what they thought of the President’s remarks and about what they think can be done.
DJRePete’s annual tradition kicks off today, it’s the BTR Best In Mix 2012, part 1—an unofficial selection (not playing favorites) of artists that brokethru the BTR airwaves this year including alternative from Pepe Deluxé, pop from Conveyor, and a set with a beat from the likes of TheSatisfaction. Plus, tune in for info on a few festivals going down down-under. And best of all? It’s holiday music free! Escape the seasonal madness today with DJRePete on BTR!
Are music festivals on cruise ships the wave of the future?
Matt Lauer really jackasses it up while interviewing Anne Hathaway, a new Guantanamo Bay ruling further censors the courtroom, and we can't stop reading all this great listener mail.
Dog Adrift is a new group from New York City, led by Mike Quoma and featuring members of The Unsacred Hearts, Balthrop, Alabama, Dean and Britta, and more. Musically, as Travis points out in the interview, they land somewhere in Chicago/Thrill Jockey territory, playing complex, jazz-derived instrumental songs that wind their wind through tempos, genres, and emotions. Most importantly, the band asks Travis the big question: what's the story behind that great Serious Business jingle?
It's the list-makin time of year! Everywhere you go, you're going to see a year end list. And don't get me wrong, I love a good year end list, but here on BTR we're all about giving you what you can't get anywhere else. So instead of rehashing 2012, I'm going to actually play brand NEW music on the show today! We've got fun tracks from Parquet Courts, Dr. Dog, and Memory Tapes. And stay tuned for details on how to win an iPad Mini. Happy Saturday!
Today is December December 12!!!! What a crazy date! And you know what a crazy date means? Crazy music! That's why God Bless Weirdmerica is bringing you the latest and greatest in new weird music. And stay tuned again in two weeks, because I guarantee you we'll be doing an apocalypse show, because what better genre of music within which to explore the apocalypse, right? And don't forget to follow BTR on Facebook and Twitter, and also check out the site to learn how you can win an iPad Mini!
On November 26, 2012, TBWA/Chiat/Day hosted a launch party for photographer Rose Hartman's new book, Incomparable Women Of Style. Before the event, BreakThruTV's Lauren Hawker spoke with Rose about the book and her career, during which she has photographed a number of celebrities, models, and fashionistas -- Jacqueline Onassis, Kate Moss, Bianca Jagger, Naomi Campbell, and Lauren Hutton among them -- and been a fixture at such famed hot spots as Studio 54.
Spend your 12-12-12 day with BTR with DJRePete whose appropriately spinning 2 bakers-dozen of fresh tracks, including alt pop from King Tuff, VIOLENS, and Rachel Goodrich. Plus, fresh off their concert in New York and mid-tour, catch up with Of Montreal, and also hit up info on a few New Year’s Eve shows including the Falls Festival going down down-under! That’s your midweek mix on BTR!
Led by 18-year-old emcee Patrick "Wiki" Morales, Ratking is proof that hip hop runs deep into the veins of New York City.
We've got a great contest going on the station right now! Make sure to listen carefully to find out all the details for your chance to win an iPad Mini. The holidays are coming early in more than one way on the show today, because we've also got a show filled to the brim with amazing music for your Saturday. So sit back and enjoy, and don't forget to check out BTR on Facebook and Twitter for all of the latest updates.
Prof. Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera discusses violence and organized crime in Mexico. And later, Chaz Mannenheim gabs about the best rivalries of 2012.
The holiday season is upon us, so, this week on BTR Pulse, we speak to people about their favorite holiday traditions and how this festive time affects them. We also ask how the current state of the economy may impact and alter their usual traditions.
You midweek mix awaits with DJRepete. Tune in for a fresh mix of tracks including the Wednesday debut of The Babies and After the Rodeo. Plus, get info on DJRePete’s upcoming pseudo best of 2012 on BTR by hitting up throwbacks by Here We Go Magic, Throw Me The Statue, and One Eskimo. And find out how you can combine a concert with charity, featuring BTR artist St. Vincent and … Cindi Lauper? Yep. All that and more with DJRePete on BTR!
Though likely a reference to the classic rhyme ("Rub-a-dub-dub, Three men in a tub... the butcher, the baker, the candlestick-maker..."), we like to think that Hank Baker named the Brooklyn-based Butchers & Bakers with Guns N' Roses in mind. Bringing to mind Helium and Show Your Bones-era Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the band plows through tight psych-inspired indie rock, with enough of a hint of grunge to make that flannel you're rockin' feel totally appropriate. The band sat down with Travis to talk about how the guys are constantly being punished for originally hiring a different singer, nerd out on Nuggets, and contemplate marketing the band through online dating.
Have I mentioned how much I love the new Babies album? I love it SO, SO much. The track we're playing from it on the show today is quiet and poignant and almost kind of silly, but I think it's perfect in its simplicity. And as always, don't forget to check out BTR on Facebook and Twitter for all of the latest updates.
It's Specialization Week on BTR, and we're exploring highly-specialized entrepreneurs.
Today on the show we play a few tracks from the very God Bless Weirdmerica-esque feature film, The Comedy. Plus, we start off the show with a track from Dustin Wong, Baltimore's king of fancy guitar work. Don't forget to check out BTR on Twitter and Facebook for all of the latest updates!
DJRePete brings you a holiday music alternative today with more from the latest Of Montreal album, BTR Discovery Artist of the Week Blonds, and a smattering of throwbacks from the BTR archive. Plus, don’t miss an addictive set with a beat from the likes of Curren$y. And just because, hit up an 80s esc-sounding dance party headlined by, well, The Dance Party. That’s your Wednesday on BTR with DJRePete!
Join Michelle Markowitz, Anthony Atamanuik, and David Martin for some spooky storm-themed stories!
The Pint-Sized Cocktail Orchestra is a jazz collective from New York City. Comprised of a group of friends who are veterans of other musical groups and backgrounds, they came together through a shared appreciation for jazz. With multi-instrumentalist Bob Parins (seen recently playing with the likes of Vetiver, Josh Mease, the Fruit Bats, etc.) at the helm, the group is clearly dedicated to classic jazz and the pursuit of a good time. Travis sat down with P.S.C.O. to discuss their style and stature, while the band explained the double entendre nature of their name.
Today we have two brand new tracks from local Brooklyn bands on the show: The Babies and Widowspeak. Alligator has those chord changes that tug on your heartstrings, and Ballad of the Golden Hour conjures up a slick, gorgeous atmosphere. They're the perfect songs for your Thanksgiving turkey hangover. And make sure to follow BTR on Facebook and Twitter.
It's Thanksgiving. Celebrate by listening to one of our favorite shows this year, our hour-long discussion of Communism, featuring Jesse Myerson and Chepe.
On November 20, 2012, Toronto indie rockers Metz returned to Brooklyn to play at the Knitting Factory, supported by local artists YVETTE and Bennio Qwerty. Two nights before, Metz visited BTR for a session of Serious Business on BTR, which will air at a later date. In the meantime, here are some photos from their set: And here's YVETTE: Bennio Qwerty: All photos by Bryan Bruchman. For more from this show, please visit our Flickr set.
Is imitation the highest form of flattery or the lowest form of creativity?
DJRePete inches you closer to the holiday weekend and is thankful for great music Wednesday. Check out a music mix featuring brand new Of Montreal, Dirty Projectors, and Maia Vidal. Plus, hit up info on a pair of New Zealand shows between the holidays, including a festival for The Presets and a New Year’s Eve concert with Cut Copy. And don’t miss a few choice throwback tracks from Bad Veins, Aliens, and Bon Iver. Pass the hours until Thanksgiving with BTR and DJRePete!
This is a very COOL show for you today. We've got Tamaryn. She's cool. Laurel Halo is the current queen of cool in New York. And don't forget bands like Pop. 1280, Dam-Funk, and Talk Normal. But really, what is cool? All we care about at BTR is great music, and that's what we've got! It's not Thanksgiving yet, so escape from all your holiday preparations with this Brooklyn-y mix of all the best BTR has to offer. And don't forget to check us out on Facebook and Twitter!
A sneak peak at the new Wii-U gaming console and how Occupy reinvented itself in the wake of Sandy.
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, BTR Pulse takes to the streets to ask people in New York what they are thankful for this year and how they will be celebrating.
We've got three great new lady bands on the show today. Steffaloo, Talk Normal, and Tamaryn all have new albums out, and we're playing a ton of songs from them on the show today. Make sure to stay tuned and check them out. And don't forget to visit BTR on Facebook and Twitter for all of the latest updates!
Your midweek kicks off with DJRePete and an addictive mix of alternative from Guards, softer tempo via Zoe Boekbinder, and a set with a beat featuring Main Attrakionz. And because it’s never too early to talk festivals, tune in for a highlight of McDowell Mountain Music Festival 2013 going down in March in Phoenix, AZ. And for good measure, DJRePete hits up a choice throwback set from the likes of Mitten and The Pains of Being Pure At Heart. Catch it all on your BTR Wednesday!
Today on the show we've got a great new song from one of my favorite bands, King Tuff. Plus, we've got great hip-hop, punk, and experimental tunes, plus all the indie favorites that we know you love. Want more? Make sure to check out BTR on Facebook and Twitter for all of the latest updates.
It's Dirty Week on BTR! Is one political party 'dirtier' than the other? Also, more with professional dominatrix, Mistress T.
Enjoy a politics-free reprieve today on your BTR Wednesday with DJRePete, who is spinning a mix of new and nostalgic. Check out yet-to-be released music from Cuff the Duke, and brand new Free Energy and Dum Dum Girls. Plus, get the latest info on the upcoming Tomorrow Never Knows Fest going down January in Chicago. And hear about how a BTR band out of Long Island is coping in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Mixed in are a few choice throwbacks, as you do. Get over your election hangover with DJRePete and BTR!
As I'm sure everyone either knows or has experienced first hand, this has been a pretty insane week because of Hurricane Sandy. Some people lost homes, some lost power, and some just lost their sanity from four or five straight days of staying inside. We're still feeling the effects from it here in New York and will be for a very long time. That's why on the show today we're going to play some comfort music, and some cathartic storm-themed music as well. I hope everyone is on the road to recovery and that everyone and their families are safe.
We explore D.B. Cooper, man of mystery, and the origins of the legendary Toynbee Tiles.
Happy HallowEEEeeeEeeeEEEEEeeeNNN!!!!!!!!! God Bless Weirdmerica is the perfect show to listen to on Halloween, because so much New Weird America is naturally spooky. The genre revels in its own weirdness! So, we've put all of the weirdest songs on the show today in honor of the holiday. So sit back, relax, and enjoy some Halloween Spook!
This month's Classic Album is still Boards Of Canada, and the Album Of The Month is still by the awesome Transept! The highlight of the show is probably the 2nd phonecall from Jason's bookie, who it turns out has a marvelous sense of rhythm. Who knew!
A spooktacularly frighting mix of awesomeness awaits—yep, we said it—with as many puns as fresh tracks. Tune in for brand new Of Montreal and Mumford & Sons. Plus check out info on the traveling Fun Festival, including this weekend’s third edition: Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, TX featuring the Head and the Heart. And for good measure, a set with a beat also awaits you featuring Metermaids and Lord T. That’s your Halloween mix with DJRePete on BTR!
The best of the best comedians and writers in New York  get together at the end of every month to share their wild and crazy stories, hosted by David Martin. This month's theme: SCHOOL STORIES 00:25 Intro with David Martin 08:53 Michelle Markowitz 22:03 David Martin 23:12 Jon Gabrus 38:12 David Martin 39:41 Halle Kiefer 53:32 David Martin 55:49 Adam Wade 68:37 David Martin 70:53 Finish David Martin Follow Jon Gabrus on Twitter Follow Michelle Markowitz on Twitter Follow Halle Kiefer on Twitter Follow Adam Wade on Twitter
Have you heard about the exciting new photo contest BTR is hosting for Discovery Week? All you have to do is take a photo of something you've discovered recently (maybe a great new band from the Saturday show?) and send it in for a chance to be on the BTR photo blog! Cool, right? And as always, we've got a ton of awesome music for you on the show today, so make sure to stay tuned!
Taking a look at 20-something entrepreneurs in NYC and Daniel Mustard talks about his days as a homeless musician.
DJRePete’s got your midweek music fix with a fresh mix that’s sure to please. In store, info on this weekend’s Fest 11 in Gainesville, a remix by Miike Snow, and the latest from Mumford & Sons. Plus, the latest from The Raveonettes, The Soft Pack, and Niki & the Dove. And find a throwback among the mix by Dan Mangan and see what’s going down in Athens GA tonight. Your week just got awesomer with the help of your BTR Wednesday!
It's CMJ week in New York!!! It's been a very busy CMJ for BTR. And while all of our showcases are done, we've had an amazing time, and we're going to start the show off with music from bands from all of our showcases. And that's not all the CMJ we have in store for you. The rest of the bands featured on the show today have showcases tonight! So if you're in New York, be sure to get out there and see some live music (after following BTR on Facebook and Twitter, of course)!
It's App Week on BTR! Featured guests on today's episode include Justin Ouellette, Director of Special Projects at Tumblr. He's here to give us the scoop on a brand new app from Tumblr called Photoset, which helps you "create and share beautiful hi-res photosets on your iPhone or iPad."
Have you heard of these new bands with capitalized names, like TEEN and OMBRE? I don't know whether it's the capital letters or not, but they are weird and they are delightful. We've got both of them on Weirdmerica today, plus grate songs from favorites Swan Lake and Tickley Feather. And don't forget to check out BTR on Facebook and Twitter.
App developers engaging in competitive copycatting and spying practices are increasingly under scrutiny from Apple and Android.
DJRePete and your BTR Wednesday is appropriately all CMJ all the time, with a lineup exclusively of bands playing the Music Marathon going down in Manhattan and Brooklyn this week. Tune in for alternative via Alex Winston, rock with King Tuff, and chill electronica crossover tracks from the likes of Mitten. Plus, throwbacks by Free Energy, the Generationals, and Pretty & Nice. Whether you’re amid the action in New York or living vicariously, DJRePete has you covered today on BTR!
We've got a great show for you on BTR this week! Not only do we have new tracks from new albums from The Soft Pack, Bettye LaVette, and He's My Brother She's My Sister, but we've got favorite songs from your new favorite bands, like Grand Rapids and TEEN. Make sure to tune into all the other great music on BTR and also check us out on Facebook and Twitter!
It's Poll Week on BTR! Featured guests on today's episode of Third Eye Weekly include co-founder and Executive Vice President of Edison Research, Joe Lenski. According to its website, Edison Research has provided major news organizations, including ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN and The Associated Press, with exit poll information since 2003. Today, Mr. Lenski talks about the upcoming presidential elections and the exit polling Edison Research is working on in Georgia. And later, Doug Schwartz, director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, joins us to discuss polling methodology. Plus, he updates us on the surveys Quinnipiac has been conducting as of late!
How the candidates are besting each other on Twitter.
Midweek on BTR and an exclusively fresh mix awaits! Tune in for the BTR debut of the band Leda, dreamy electronica via the latest from Tycho, and brand new Niki & the Dove. Plus, don’t miss info on a Bay-area festival going down this weekend on an island named after a literary masterpiece. And for good measure, the latest from The Soft Pack and a throwback by The Like. It’s all today, your BTR Wednesday, with DJRePete!
It is officially October, officially sweater weather. Sweater weather is my favorite kind of weather, and walking around enjoying the fall weather is one of my favorite ways to listen to music. Take this Saturday's show on the road with you wherever you go! Make sure you check out BTR on Facebook and Twitter, too!
Can you believe it's October? I CAN! October is definitely the weirdest month of the year. I mean, if God Bless Weirdmerica music had a holiday, it would definitely be Halloween, no? It's got ghosts, and spirits, and haunting, all things that New Weird America has. So we're gearing up and we've got all of that and more on the show today! And don't forget to check out BTR on Facebook and Twitter.
John isn't voting for Obama. Molly's on the fence. We spend the hour on discussing the issue that is dominating the Internet, and the dangers of not acknowledging privilege.
Welcome to another edition of the Saturday Show on BTR! I love autumn Saturdays, and I love new music, and luckily we have the perfect combination of those on the show today! Stay tuned for Twerps, The Soft Pack, and Callers! And don't forget to check out BTR on Facebook and Twitter.
It's Child Week on BTR! In our mile-a-minute, media-saturated culture, how can kids learn to think critically about the media and news? We examine media integration in K-12 curriculums with David Cooper Moore, Program Director for Powerful Voices for Kids, as well as a look into IndyKids, a progressive newspaper written for kids by kids. Later in the program, is China's one child per family policy to blame for their dwindling youth population? And how will our chief economic rivals address a predicted mass exodus of their labor force into retirement? BTR's Timothy Dillon asks sociologist and Bowdoin College professor, Nancy Riley these questions and more.
With 120 leaders in New York for The United Nations General Assembly this week, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's arrival is causing a stir. The controversial leader, who has spoken publicly about ending the state of Israel and suggested that 9/11 was an inside job, is staying at the iconic Warwick Hotel. We caught up with protesters -- including Nathan Carleton, communications director for United Against Nuclear Iran -- outside the hotel as Ahmadinejad arrived.
Human Rights attorney Sarah Knuckey joins us to discuss the new report on the Obama administration's drone program, which she co-authored.
Your BTR Wednesday starts with DJRePete and a fresh mix featuring brand new alternative from Conveyor, alt rock with Dawns, and folk via Grizzly Bear. Plus, tune in to hear the diverse dichotomy of sounds from Divine Fits, a pair of throwbacks from Neko Case and Swedish Suicide, and check out info on the upcoming Soundland festival going down in Nashville. That’s a jam packed hour and 30 with DJRePete and your BTR Wednesday!
Love, Lust, and Heartbreak with Halle Kiefer, Adam Wade, John Flynn, and Anthony Atamanuik.
The Well-Informed play their own style of classic piano pop in its finest form. They call it "Pop Revivalism for the Record Bin Romantic." We call it catchy. The group -- featuring Serious Business on BTR MVP Brian Kantor -- stopped by for a session then sat down with Travis for a beer-fueled chat about formative years in record shops, lost weekends, and Billy Joel's drummer.
Happy Saturday everyone! You've come to the right place to celebrate the weekend. That's because we've got brand new Azure Ray, Sun Araw, and Grizzly Bear for you. Nothing makes a crisp fall day better than walking around with the perfect fall playlist. Also, don't forget to follow BTR on Twitter and Facebook.
It's Meat and Vegetarian Week on BTR! On today's episode of Third Eye, we look at the recent report from the Stockholm International Water Institute warning that impending water shortages could force the world's population to adopt vegetarian diets. Later, a candid conversation with vegan cookbook author, Terry Hope Romano. BTR Managing Editor Margaret Jacobi talks about Romero's long history in cooking, DIY culture, and not letting her meat-eating friends feel guilt-tripped by her presence.
iPhone fever is at an all time high with the release of the latest smartphone from Apple. Orders for the iPhone 5 topped 2 million in the first 24 hours -- more than double the amount of its predecessor, the 4S. Making up two-thirds of the company's profits, the iPhone is Apple's best selling product and has helped it to become the most valuable company in the world. This week on BTR Pulse, we visit Apple specialty store TekServe to find out more about this latest iPhone and ask people in New York about their use and thoughts on smartphones.
We have a delightfully weird Weirdmerica for you today!! We've got weird music from Bell Orchestre, Dan Deacon, and Dirty Projectors. Not to mention Deerhoof and Animal Collective! It's great living in a country with so much weird music! And make sure to tune in to all the other great programming we have for you on BTR today!
DJRePete brings you a midweek dose of alt rock via The Everymen, bluesy folk with Bill Fay, and a set with a beat from the likes of Vybz Kartel. Plus, check out a pair of remixes by Passion Pit and Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros. And as summer winds down, tune in for info on a trio of upcoming festivals going down in Berlin, Paraguay, and a BBQ-inspired one in the US heartland. That’s your Wednesday fix on BTR with DJRePete!
Kris Gruen, currently based in Vermont, was born in New York City with music in his blood, thanks to his father, iconic rock photographer Bob Gruen. His first album, Lullaby School, dealt in the Bon Iver-esque territory of subdued whisper-folk, while the sophomore release, Part of it All, takes a broader, more electrified approach, largely thanks to new collaborations. Contributing musicians and friends include drummer Butch Norton (The Eels, Lucinda Williams, Rufus Wainwright), bassist Sebastian Steinberg (Soul Coughing, Dixie Chicks), Nashville’s Jason Goforth on lapsteel, and drummer Nick Brown from The Dig.
The Two Man Gentlemen Band is comprised of a fine pair of showmen with the best of taste in all things food, beverage, and general good times. The Gents play retro music of the hot jazz and retro swing variety (which they deliver to recitals on the roots and americana circuit via minivan) that harkens back to decades past -- pre-irony and electric instruments, and full of humor and wit. Their latest LP, Two At A Time, was recorded live to monophonic analog tape, using exclusively 1940s and 50s microphones and equipment without the use of any digital effects.
It's a back to school Saturday, which makes it all the more precious! That's why I've put together an extra special fun show for you today, with the likes of Heartless Bastards, Jay Reatard, and Jens Lekman. Plus, we have this week's Discovery Artist, Hardcoretet. And don't forget to check out BTR on Facebook and Twitter!
A round table on HBO's The Newsroom and is the Western media accurately portraying the conflict in Syria?
Joe Macare reports on the Chicago Teachers Union strike from the streets of Chicago, and gives context to the charter school movement.
Your BTR Wednesday starts with DJRePete and fresh alt tracks from Appomattox, Beach Day, and a band called No. Plus, folk via Shannon Stephens, electronica with Tycho, and a set with a beat including KiD CuDi. Also, tune in for info on the upcoming City Limits festival in Austin. And don’t miss the details of a ‘music thing’ going down in San Diego. (It’s actually not as vague as it sounds) Check in with DJRePete Wednesday on BTR!
Imagine the wildest party ever -- maybe it's on a beach or in an abandoned warehouse -- raging out of control to the tune of some blissfully inebriated, loud, hollering band. Wild Yaks are that band -- four dudes playing hard and singing their hearts out, pulling you into their own cult of fun. Taking a slightly different, more compact than a previous version of the group, this quartet wastes no time or energy in stirring up the excellent party vibes.
Back to school! But there's only great music to look forward to! There were so many good releases this month, more than in any September in recent history: Animal Collective, Jens Lekman, The Fresh & Onlys, Deerhoof, oh my! And don't forget about our Discovery Artist, Flyin Fisch.
A native of Blue Point, Long Island, Travis McKeveny grew up with a wealth of great musical inspiration from the likes of Van Morrison, John Hiatt, and Jackson Browne, thanks to his guitarist/singer-songwriter father. Only two years into his own music career, Travis crafts impressive songs comprised of unadorned voice and bare acoustic guitar. Preparing for the release of his debut album, Last Year’s Leaves, he stopped by for a session of BTR Live Studio.
It’s Free Week on BTR!
September 6-13 is Fashion Week in NYC. Over the coming days, designers, models, and fashionistas from across the world will invade the Big Apple to celebrate Fashion Week. This yearly September showcase will include endless runway shows and high profile parties with designers presenting what's hot for Spring 2013 at Lincoln Center as well as other venues throughout the City. In anticipation, we asked New Yorkers about what the week-long spectacle means to them.
Welcome to September weirdness. We're playing more off of the new Dan Deacon and Yeasayer albums on the show today, plus a new track by a band we're really loving, TEEN. Make sure to check out BTR on Facebook and Twitter for all of our latest updates!
Marking 7 years on the BTR airwaves, tune in to DJRePete for a self-indulgent mix from artists who’ve broken thru over the past few years, including the likes of Matt & Kim, Here We Go Magic, and Someone Still Loves You, Boris Yeltsin. Also, check out info on the upcoming Do Good Festival in Springfield Missouri. Plus, consider New Zealand for your New Year’s Eve plans, as one BTR band has already lined up a show on a farm in Wharekaho Beach; sweet!
Three easy steps to get you on your way to becoming a contributing member to the Freegan society!
Strongly influenced by her own military family background -- including extensive traveling throughout the world -- Michaela Anne today finds herself settled in the Ditmas Park neighborhood of Brooklyn, which is quickly revealing itself to have a burgeoning music scene of its own. Leading what she calls her "not exclusively country, country band" and making a name for herself on the Americana circuit, she stopped by BTR Live Studio to play some new songs as she prepares for her next release.
Sleepies proclaim themselves as “nice kid freak punk,” a sound they’ve been perfecting since forming in 2008. The band will soon be releasing their newest album, Weird Wild World, which was funded through a successful Kickstarter campaign last year. While gearing up for their record release tour, Sleepies stopped by our studio to talk with Travis and share some of their latest songs.
It's my four year anniversary at BTR! It's hard to believe that it's already been four years of amazing music, but it's true. I'm so happy to be part of the amazing BTR family, and to celebrate I'm playing ninety minutes of today's best independent music (but then again, that's what we ALWAYS do on BTR). Make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter, too!
The Aviation Orange is a Brooklyn-based quintet with significant praise and experience for a relatively young group. With dueling male-and-female vocals, the band approaches their indie synth-pop with startling musical precision, building a sound that references the past yet still sounds modern. Fresh off the July release of the digital album, However Wild, the group plans to head back into the studio this fall, and shares some of those new songs with us for the first time in this episode of BTR Live Studio.
It's Bike Week on BTR! First, we sit down with Morrigan McCarthy of Restless Collective, a two-person multimedia project that aims to explore the world, figuratively and literally, by bike. Along with her partner, Alan Winslow, McCarthy completed an 11,000-mile bike tour of the United States. And later, we head to the Motor City for an interview with Zak Pashak, a young Canadian politician and music entrepreneur that's breaking into the bike business in a big way. Despite the city's bad rap, Pashak fell in love with Detroit and opened his own bicycle manufacturing plant, Detroit Bikes.
Renowned for its inspirational coaches, cool music, and full body workouts, SoulCycle has built a cult-like following. Founded in 2006, the revolutionary indoor cycling class has taken spinning to another level. This week on BreakThruTV, Lauren Hawker visits SoulCycle’s Tribeca studio to catch up with instructor Chad Stringfellow, aka “String,” to learn about and take part in the intense, action-packed 60 minute class.
Helping you get closer to that holiday weekend, it’s BTR with DJRePete! Today, hit up alternative from Radical Face and Dirty Projectors, as well as electronica from Wild Nothing, and folks via The Two. Plus, a trio of festivals to highlight including the Made In America Festival going down this weekend in Philadelphia. Keep it tuned to that metaphorical dial Wednesday for DJRePete and BTR!
We've already had some HUGE albums this summer, but today we're playing some of the best songs that this year has produced so far. Not only do we have new Sean Rowe, who is New York's best kept secret, but we also have new Yeasayer, Darlings, Dirty Beaches, Dan Deacon, and WHY? So make sure to stay tuned through the whole show! And tune in to all of the other programming BTR has to offer today, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter!
Brooklyn duo Cultfever created a world of their own for the songs on their self-titled debut album. Drawing on elements of classic indie rock and pop, their genre-jumping style makes for a satisfying mix of dynamic story songs and unconventional soundscapes. Stopping by to chat with Maia for this episode of Live Studio, Cultfever -- performing here as a four-piece -- shares some songs and a little about the making of their moody music video for “Knewyouwell.”
For The New Economy Week on BTR, we feature a special segment on the Rent Strike in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Later, Sam Kazman, Lead attorney for the the Competitive Enterprise, states his organization's case against the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Flappers and gents of all stripes made their way to Governors Island in New York on August 18th to get their Gatsby on for Michael Arenella and the Dreamland Orchestra's 7th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party. Revellers spent the day dancing, drinking, and participating in several activities including a pie-making competition. Month In Review's Chaz Mannenheim joined in on the festivities and spoke to several people about the era.
On this God Bless Weirdmerica we're playing some very, very exciting new tracks. Dan Deacon and Yeasayer both have new albums out, we're playing a very New Weird America track from- surprise surprise - Dirty Beaches. And while you're here, don't forget to check out all of the other awesome programming we have for you (and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for all the updates).
Break up your week with a midweek mix from DJRePete on BTR! Tune in for info on a trio of festivals coming up. And hit up electronica crossover from Stagnant Pools, a set with a beat via The Funkoars, and a throwback alternative track from Appomattox. Plus, a fresh single from the forthcoming album by Grizzly Bear. That’s the Wednesday of BTR with DJRePete!
Today on the show we have ALL new songs! That definitely hasn't happened for awhile! There's so much great new music out, we had to make sure to squeeze it all on today. And don't forget to check out BTR on Facebook and Twitter, and also check out our Discovery Artist, Sleepy Wonder!
On today's episode, Jen interviews composer and programmer Jakub Ciupinski of Blind Ear Music, a collective of musicians and composers with a penchant, and special software program, for real-time composing. Essentially, thanks to this new technology, the audience can watch a composer interact with the instant feedback of a musical ensemble. And later, Matt discusses The Emoti-chair, a sensory substitution technology designed to help the hearing-impaired better experience music, with co-inventor Dr. Frank Russo.
Hit up your BTR Wednesday mix with DJRePete, where he’s spinning a yet-to-be-released track by Two Door Cinema Club, fresh alternative from the Violens, and electronica crossover from the likes of Icky Blossoms. Also, more of the new albums by Beat Radio and the Dirty Projectors. Plus, a pair of rockets and a BTR throwback by Plasticines. Get your midweek mix fix with DJRePete on BTR!
The Emoti-chair is a chair embedded with voice coils that project different sound vibrations into several locations of the body.
Sleepies proclaim themselves as “nice kid freak punk,” a sound they’ve been perfecting since forming in 2008. The band will soon be releasing their newest album, Weird Wild World, which was funded through a successful Kickstarter campaign last year. While gearing up for their record release tour, Sleepies stopped by our studio to talk with Travis and share some of their latest songs.
It's the second to last day of the 2012 Olympics! I'm so sad! What will I do when they're done? Good thing there's a ton of amazing new music on the show to cheer me up. Check out tracks from Grizzly Bear, Antibalas, and this week's "Discovery Artist," Hard Proof. And don't forget to check out BTR on Facebook and Twitter!
Katie Dill is currently one half of the music project Mean Lady, but has also been performing and recording her own music for years. Influenced by artists that range from Ella Fitzgerald to The Beach Boys and Bob Marley, Katie has written and recorded hundreds of songs, often folky tunes played on a range of instruments such as piano, banjo, ukulele and omnichord. In this episode of BTR Live Studio, Katie shares a couple of new songs, as well as a solo version of Mean Lady’s “Far Away, played on piano, and discusses some of the inspiration behind her many songs.
It's Branding and Advertising Week on BTR, and Third Eye Weekly has two very special guests to give you some insight into the corporate world.
Today on the show we of course have some great new, weird songs, but we also have a few wild cards on the show. Like Tim Heidecker's project Heidecker & Wood. The music isn't exactly New Weird America, but I posit that the idea behind it is exactly what the genre is all about. Check it out on the show!
Elizabeth Devlin, with her haunting combination of lilting voice and enchanting autoharp, is a self-produced NYC singer-songwriter who’s been likened to artists such as Joanna Newsom. Staying away from traditional musical structure with many of her songs, she builds miniature narratives, such as with her new song, "A Chorus Divine,” which she performed for us at her apartment in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
Spend hump day with BTR and check out the BTR debut of Beat Radio’s latest EPs, Hard Times Go. And hear the latest alternative from Cat Power, a beat from Debo, and a throwback set including Gregory Pepper & & His Problems. Also, tune in for info on a trio of festivals going down across the US in the next two weekends: from Omaha, to Philadelphia, to San Francisco! Spanning the country today, it’s DJRePete and BTR!
After a musical hiatus following the disbanding of DeYarmond Edison, Chris Porterfield is making music again with his new project, Field Report. Garnering attention from Billboard, Paste, and Pitchfork, the music of Field Report has been described as thoughtful, smart, and intimate. In this session of BTR Live Studio, we catch up with the band, on tour with Counting Crows, and hear a little about Porterfield’s journey from DeYarmond Edison until now.
IS IT 2009? Someone tell me! Because it sure seems like it. We've got a new track from not only Grizzly Bear, but Animal Collective. AND Crystal Castles. Oh wait, there's Two Gallants, too, but I guess that's more 2007. Bringing it back to 2012, make sure to check out BTR on Facebook and Twitter.
It’s all Lolla, all the time today on BTR with DJRePete, as he spins his an annual preview of the Lollapalooza Festival going down this weekend in Chicago’s Grant Park. Among the Lolla-exclusive BTR line-up: alternative from Bombay Bicycle Club, electronica crossover with Florence and The Machine, and beats by Passion Pit as well as Miike Snow. And for good measure, an exclusive BTR Live Studio track from Laura Warshauer. Get ready for the line-up, or live vicariously through today’s Lollapalooza mix on BTR with DJRePete!
This Saturday's show is a really great one. We're still scoping out the Dirty Projectors new album, plus some new favorites from Wild Flag, Conveyor, and Frank Ocean, who is one seriously interesting/awesome dude. And don't worry, we've got a run of old favorites, too, like The Antlers, Bon Iver, and Cass McCombs. And don't forget to follow BTR on Facebook and Twitter.
This show we've got the reigning King and Queens of weird, new, and American music with brand new Dirty Projectors. These guys are true genre-innovators, which is really what God Bless Weirdmerica is all about. We've also got new Deathface and Deadly Syndrome. And make sure to follow BTR on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest updates.
Polly, a rapper with a decade of experience, produces songs of a storytelling nature. Although influenced by artists such as Eminem, Joe Budden and DMX, he boasts a style all his own. In the midsts of releasing a new album, we caught up with Polly at the Highline in NYC for this episode of BTR Hear & There.
Travis from Serious Business and Mr. Jason from Old School Studios clue us into the music production craft.
A fresh line-up awaits you today on your BTR Wednesday with DJRePete. Alternative from The Head And The Heart, an electronica remix from Little Boots, and a throwback by Carla Bruni for good measure. Plus, check out info on the fall’s Treasure Island Music Festival, and the (unfortunately named) Blue Balls Festival in Lucerne Switzerland. That’s midweek on BTR with DJRePete!
Along with the rising Afrobeat scene in NYC, the twelve piece ensemble Zongo Junction has gained notoriety in the city. Afrobeat, which could be described as a politically motivated combination of funk, jazz and Nigerian Yoruba music, is known for complex rhythms and high energy tunes. After extensive tour on the east and west coasts, Zongo Junction has built a reputation on their ability to get a crowd moving. The band stopped by our studio while preparing for their next tour.
We're mixing it up on the show today! We've got a lot of old favorites, a lot of electronic, and even some hip-hop for you. Make sure to check out BTR on Facebook and Twitter, too, for all of the latest updates!
Keep the BTR birthday celebration going today with DJRePete, as he’s spinning a retrospective mix of artists that have broken thru over the last seven years on the station. Tune in for alternative from The Apples in Stereo, folk with Neko Case, and electronica crossover via Florence And The Machine. Plus, a plethora of outdoor concerts and festivals to highlight, including the upcoming MS Dockville Festival in Hamburg Germany. That sums up your celebration Wednesday with DJRePete on BTR!
Sydney Wayser is a NYC singer-songwriter with roots in both Los Angeles in Paris. She recently visited our studios to play songs from her latest album, Bell Choir Coast, and to discuss the project with Maia Macdonald.
Do you love the new Dirty Projectors? Do you hate it? Probably you don't if you're listening to BTR, but either way I'm playing two of their new tracks on the show today! And that's not even the most exciting thing! We've got a track from Jay Reatard's old old band, Lost Sounds, and some brand new Hot Panda coming you way. And don't forget to follow BTR on Facebook and Twitter for all of the latest updates!
After five years of marriage, Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise have called it quits, bringing much speculation from the media about the role that Scientology may have played in their split. Since its inception in the 1950s, The Church of Scientology has often faced intense media scrutiny as one of the most controversial religious movements. This week on BTR Pulse Lauren Hawker asks people their thoughts about the Church.
There are some very exciting new songs on the show today! Check out brand new tracks from Eric Copeland and Conveyor! We're also got something newish from Family Band, which is always an occasion! So stay tuned, and don't forget to check out BTR on Facebook and Twitter.
Originally hailing from central Iowa, but now spending plenty of time on the coasts, Coolzey takes inspiration from a wide range of genres, including hip hop and 90s indie rock, and has toured with Raashan Ahmad, Akil of Jurassic 5, Sadat X of Brand Nubian, and Joe Jack Talcum of Dead Milkmen. When he visited us for a performance of his new, yet to be released song, “Want It The Most,” his hip-hop influences were on display. Here, he performs the song at a DIY event and arts space in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
Wednesdays on BTR mean a fresh mix by DJRePete! Catch brand new alternative from Line & Circle, a beat by Big K.R.I.T., and BTR Discovery Artist of the Week: Cardigan Strike Attack. And tune in for a bloc by The Soundtrack of Our Lives and yet-to-be-released tracks from Conveyor. Also, in a preview to next week’s homage show for BreakThru Radio’s 7th birthday this month, check out a few choice tracks from artists through the years on the BTR airwaves. Get your mid-week fix with DJRePete on BTR!
Ohio-based collective of indie rockers has known each other since grade school, but came together just six months ago to start a band because they thought, well, why not?
There are two main summer emotions: fun and chill, and we cover both of those completely on the show today. The weather couldn't be hotter and the songs on here couldn't be cooler? Too much of a cliche? It's too hot to be original, so best to let these songs speak for me. Check out new tracks from the Corin Tucker Band, Eric Copeland, and Com Truise.
On May 15th, Vancouver dark-dance band Mode Moderne celebrated the North American release of their new EP, Strange Bruises, on Little Organ Records. Centered around the music of Clint Lofkrantz, Felix Fung, and Philip Intile, Mode Moderne combines synths with chorusy, reverby guitars that instantly bring to mind some favorite moody pop songs from the 1980s. The band made their New York debut in early June, including a stop at our studios to record this exclusive live session.
Duncan Bird is Creative Director at the Cloudbreak Group, the creative agency who has worked with the New York Yankees to develop a fragrance line with the iconic baseball team’s brand. BreakThruTV’s Lauren Hawker spoke with Duncan about his experiences in branding and with the development and marketing of the Yankees fragrance, specifically.
DID YOU HEAR!!! Jerry Sandusky Is Going To Jail!! DID YOU KNOW!!! Wisconsin Stopped Eating Cheese To Engage In Democracy!!! OH MY GOD!!!! Alec Baldwin Just Got Physical!!! These Stories And MUCH MUCH MORE As The Ever Enigmatic Chaz Mannenheim Brings You Today’s News In Only The Way That He Can! With Style, With Panache, With Class!!! ENJOY!!
Team Genius joins visits the studio for a session of BTR Live Studio and discusses and chats with Maia about their music.
Says Travis: “GOES CUBE makes music that pummels your ears. In a pinch you have to classify it as metal but these dudes churn out a brand of heavy music that is soulful and unique, not confined by genre dogma. SICK.”
Asthmatic Kitty recording artist Shannon Stephens returns with her new album, Pull It Together, produced with help from Grammy-winning engineer Kory Kruckenberg. The album highlights an evolution for Stephens, a wife and mother who has chosen to spend the greater part of the last decade out of the spotlight. She writes with a new worldview and explores the Seattle blues while staying true to her indie folk/rock roots. Pull It Together features collaborations with musicians Jeff Fielder (Mark Lanegan), James McAlister (Sufjan Stevens, Pedro the Lion), Steve Moore (Laura Veirs), Bonnie Prince Billy, DM Stith, and Galen Disston.
Teens interested in having anything other than their ears pierced could soon be banned from doing so in New York State. Many piercing shops already reject kids under 18 without explicit parental consent and state lawmakers could follow their lead if a new bill is signed into law. The bill, which would require written consent from parents to be provided and kept on file at shops for 12 months, has already passed both houses in Albany and next goes to the governor’s desk for approval or veto. This week on BTR Pulse we speak to people in New York, including a mother and a local piercer, about their experiences and the proposed law.
It's the very last God Bless Weirdmerica in June, and we're celebrating by playing some really great, weird music. Oh wait, that's what we do every week? Well that's only because there's so much great music to share. Check out Kate Bush, Of Montreal, Marissa Nadler, and so many more on the show today. And don't forget to follow BTR on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest updates.
FIGHTS is a six piece band from Lafayette, Louisiana. Their name -- an acronym for “Formal Institute of Great Hit Tunes” -- is something they consistently live up to with their local crowd as they brandish a sound they describe as “unmatched energy in a somewhat messy psychedelic swirl of chaotic beauty.” BTRtv was in Lafayette in April for the annual Festival International de Louisiane, which celebrates the French cultural heritage of southern Louisiana. While there, we were able to shoot the band performing as they rehearsed for the festival, then at their two festival appearances -- at Blue Moon Saloon, a local venue, and on one of the festival stages during one of the busiest days of the event. Together, the three performances combine for a unique episode of BTR Here & There, featuring J. Burton on lead vocals and keys, Jessie Lalonde on backing vocals and percussion, Brycen Gaddis on synth, Matthew O’Neal on bass, and dual drums courtesy of Dallas Griffith and Danny Devillier.
The Spinto Band is a hardworking group of guys from Wilmington, Delaware, who make excellent rock music (of the off-kilter pop variety, a la Talking Heads), host parties and concerts at their own space (The Garden Center), and run their own label (Spintonic Recordings). While on a recent tour, they stopped by our studio for a session and a chat with Maia.
Says Travis: “PS I Love You rocks viscerally, their songs charging ahead like big machines that run on melted down troubles and dreams. These young Canadians make rock that gives goosebumps. Watch our session and you'll agree.”
It's been unbelievably hot this week in New York. Let's take the summer spirit and put it into the music, which is undeniably fun on today's show. Peaking Lights have a great new album out, plus season-appropriate tracks from Eternal Summer and Cass McCombs. And make sure to check out BTR on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest updates!
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We celebrate Food Week with a few recipes handed down to our staff from generations of great chefs.
Rodney King was found dead at the bottom of his swimming pool on June 17, 2012, at age 47. His beating by LA police in 1991, infamously caught on videotape, sparked a controversial trial and riots which exposed continuing racial tensions at the time. After King’s death, Reverend Al Sharpton said the beating "made America focus on the presence of profiling and police misconduct." This week on BTR Pulse, Lauren Hawker asks people about their memories of Rodney King and whether they think the issues surrounding those events have changed since then.
George Gordon is a Brooklyn based comedian with a kind of low-key, measured delivery -- perfect for conveying his particular brand of anecdotal humor. Here he talks about the concept of well-known musicians doing DJ sets and trying out a new pick-up line with unexpected results, among other things.
Atlanta band Bosco was formed around the musical vision of Savannah songwriter Brittany Bosco. Creating lush songs rooted in church music, verbed out guitars, 90s nostalgia, heavy percussion,and chill soul, Bosco pairs a strong design aesthetic and fashion sense with their evolving music. With the recent incorporation of synths into their sound, Bosco continues to redefine their output as collaborative musicians and artists.
There are some major musical highlights on the show today.  First off, check out this brand new track from tUnE-yArDs, ?uestlove, Angelique Kidjo and Akua Naru.  That's a powerhouse lineup and a powerhouse song!  We've also got new tracks from Hot Chip and Jukebox the Ghost!!  And don't forget to check out BTR on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-the-minute updates.
Today on God Bless Weirdmerica we're most excited for new Dent May!  But we're also totally psyched for tracks from LRN GRN, Royal Baths, and Kate Bush.  And make sure to check out BTR on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest updates on the station! 00:00 DJ Madalyn 00:50 Home Groan - Dent May 04:33 Cabins - LRN GRN 07:39 Misty - Kate Bush 20:48 DJ Madalyn 21:14 I've Handled Myself Wrong - Grace Woodroofe 24:43 Exorcismic Breeding Knife - Of Montreal 32:14 The Owl Tongue - Ero Gray 34:32 DJ Madalyn 34:53 Headed for the Door - Moonface 42:26 Bagdad Blues - Os Mutantes 47:40 Trust - Prince Rama 53:41 DJ Madalyn 54:36 Black Sheep - Royal Baths 60:12 Finish Dent May (Photo courtesy of Dent May) June 15 - Bryan Street Tavern - Dallas, TX June 16 - Red 7 - Austin, TX June 17 - Korova - San Antonio, TX June 18 - Prairie Fire Theater - Lubbock, TX June 20 - Solar Culture - Tucson, AZ Of Montreal (Photo by: Jagjaguar) June 12 - Neighborhood Theatre - Charlotte, NC June 13 - The National - Richmond, VA June 14 - Recher Theatre - Towson, MD June 15 - Northside Fest - Brooklyn, NY Moonface (Photo by: Edwin Ahay) June 15 - Pike Room - Pontiac, MI June 16 - Lincoln Hall - Chicago, IL June 17 - The Mill - Iowa City, IA June 19 - 7th Street Entry - Minneapolis, MN June 20 - Jackpot - Lawrence, KS June 21 - Club Dada - Dallas, TX June 22 - Red 7 - Austin, TX
With a style somewhat reminiscent of the late, great Townes Van Zandt, The Ghost Of Arthur James makes music that sounds at once haunting and hopeful. Here, he plays the song “New Mexico” at the City Reliquary, a cozy museum space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, that exhibits interesting ephemera.
DJRePete’s spinning your Wednesday soundtrack today on BTR, featuring soft alternative from Shannon Stephens, an electronica remix of the new The Temper Trap single, and a few throwbacks from the likes of B.C. Camplight and Of Montreal. Plus, with the festival going down this Friday in London’s Victoria Park, tune in for a Lovebox preview including a track by Hot Chip! And don’t miss the return of fun-with-headphones via Ty Segall and White Fence. That’s today, your BTR Wednesday with DJRePete!
Oh, what do we have on the show for you today?  You know, just some BRAND NEW Japandroids, Ty Segall, King Tuff, and Tallest Man on Earth.  Does that sound like your dream concert?  ME TOO.  Good thing BTR knows what's what and has the sense to bring all this goodness straight to your listening ears.  And don't forget to check out Facebook and Twitter for all of our latest updates.
This is the first official Saturday of summer!!  That's why we're celebrating on the show with a perfect summer mix.  If you have a barbecue or a drive to the beach, or are just sitting on your roof enjoying the weather, then this is the show for you.  So put on some sunscreen, grab a beer, just sit back and relax, and enjoy the show!
Through the entire month of May, Madison Square Eats has been indulging the intersection of Broadway and Fifth Avenue with array of specialty foods. With over 25 vendors -- including Asia Dog, Red Hook Lobster Pound and and Hong Kong Street Cart -- this foodie’s dream serves up a number of signature dishes all in one location. This week, on BTR Pulse, Lauren Hawker speaks to vendors and patrons at this outdoor food haven.
There's some great freak-folk coming out right now, and if you want to hear it, you've come to the right place!  We've got new MV & EE on the show today, and we couldn't be more excited about it.  Make sure to check out BTR on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date with all the latest happenings at the station.
Based out of Portland, Maine, A Severe Joy is the new electro-pop project of musician José Ayerve, formerly of indie rock band Spouse. On stage he wears a Batman-like mask as he plays his beat-heavy pop ballads. Though the music is vibrant and booming, it still retains a sentimental tone, as he often sings about love stories. Here he performs under Tukey’s Bridge in Portland. Thanks to Chelsea Dowd for audio assistance.
We couldn't be more excited about the new King Tuff album here!  Happy Birthday put out one of our favorite albums of the last few years, and anything else from frontman Kyle is definitely something worth checking out.  There's a lot of garage rock on the show today, perfect for a relaxing summer Saturday, but we've also got a ton of electronic music, folk, and pop for you, too.  And don't forget to check out BTR on Facebook and Twitter for all of the latest updates.
It's Saturday!  That means it's time to let loose and relax.  And what better way to do that than with some great music?  Check out the show today for new tunes from Animal Collective and Beach House.  And make sure to check out BTR on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest updates.
It's the holy grail of God Bless Weirdmericas!  Both Animal Collective and Beach House have new music out, and we're playing multiple tracks from both of them!  That's not even counting the new Alan Watts and Steffaloo tracks we have coming your way, too.  For more from BTR, make sure to check us out on Facebook and Twitter.
It's a wonderful, beautiful Saturday in May! Also, it's my last day as a Brooklyn resident! I'm doing the reverse of the masses and moving to Manhattan, so I'm playing lots of Brooklyn songs and artists today, in addition to the tons and tons of awesome new music on the show today. Stay tuned for new tracks from Beach House, Grand Rapids, and Steffaloo!
What's the perfect music for the first Saturday in May? What about some summer songs from Best Coast, Ty Segall, and Lower Dens? Good thing they all have amazing new albums out! We're playing brand new music from all these artists and more on the show today! In the words of Patti Smith, "This is the era where everyone creates."
There's a new Here We Go Magic album!  That is a wonderful, weird, American thing that we are going to celebrate today!  Also, it's the start of May!  It's time for May flowers and it's time for weird tunes, right here on BTR!
What do we have on the show for you today? Music!!! What kind of music? New music!!! What kind of new music? Great new music!!! Oh, wait, what? BTR delivers the best new music all the time? That's why you're here?  Oh great! Stay tuned for awesome new tracks from Here We Go Magic, Allo Darlin', and The Phenomenal Handclap Band.
Nights of Our Lives got mainstream press coverage! Check out the NY Times piece on the comedic art of storytelling.
Summer is such a great time to find your new favorite song, and as the days get warmer and warmer, we've got to figure out who's in contention for 2012's favorite!  We've got lots of great candidates on the show today, so check it out and maybe you'll find your new go-to warm weather jam.  And, don't forget to find BTR on Facebook and Twitter.
Today on the show we come the closest we've come in a long time to having strictly New Weird America music on the show. That's very cool, considering how much the genre has exploded on itself and especially considering a lot of the music on the show today is completely 100% new! Make sure to check out BTR on Facebook and Twitter, too!
Violence in video games has been a heated topic of debate but the technology has positive benefits as well.
What's the best day of the week?  Uh, Saturday!!  Not just because it's the weekend and most fun day out of the whole week, but because you've got such great tunes here on BTR!  Make sure to check out all of our other programming and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Says Travis: "As a major-league Bruce Springsteen freak, I'm a man prone to wild fits of Brucing-out, an involuntary physiological occurrence involving air-guitar, grimaces of ecstasy, rushes of blood to the head and heart; often some degree of fist-pumping is involved, and sometimes there are tears, yes, true tears. When a new Springsteen album and tour rolls around as it has recently withWrecking Ball, Bruce-outs tend to increase. In this delicate time, I felt as if I needed the council and comfort of some fellow Bruceophiles so I called my pals Tris McCall (music writer for the NJ Star Ledger), Mary Phillips-Sandy (Editorial Producer, COMEDY CENTRAL's Indecision) and Joe Willie, Esq. (Writer/vocalist for the Unsacred Hearts). We held an inside-Baseball-style panel discussion where we could tackle some burning Boss-questions in an extended format. What do we really think of Wrecking Ball? Why do we love and trust this man so much? What are the contours of his relationship to his massive audience and how do these directly affect the new music he writes, the decisions he makes? BossTalk!!!
It's the first Saturday of April! That means it's finally time to break out flip flops and breezy tunes. Unless, that is, it April showers all month. Either way, we've got great tunes for the day on the show! Make sure to check out BTR on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest updates.
It's the first spring God Bless Weirdmerica of 2012, and it's time to celebrate with some breezy, weird music.  Check out new tracks from Black Dice and Yann Tiersen.  Are you excited?  We definitely are.  And don't forget to follow BTR on Facebook and Twitter.
The music falls somewhere in the oblivion of rock, pop and spiritual enlightenment through musical tripping.
He burst onto the scene in 2004 with The Grey Album and has since teamed up with some of the biggest names in the business.
It's a great day to hear some new songs from some BTR favorites! Remember when we first played Ducky on a show called All Access four years ago? Well, now she's all grown up with a great EP of her own. Very cool! We've also got new tunes from Dinosaur Feathers on the show today- another band we were there with from the very beginning. Want to get all the latest updates from BTR? Make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Take a helicopter ride over the Appalachia stretch from Ohio to Virginia and what you’ll see may surprise you.
Great advice on protecting yourself during a protest. Know the law.
For some people, online medical resources are becoming the end all be all when it comes to diagnosing illness and ascertaining appropriate remedies.
Spring is finally here!  At least that's what it feels like in New York!  With several over-70 degree days this week, I had to keep it super upbeat today.  We've got springy tracks from the likes of Harlem Shakes, Free Energy, and Eli 'Paperboy' Reed.  Make sure to check out BTR on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest updates!
Today on God Bless Weirdmerica we're delving a bit deeper into the new Bowerbirds record.  What a treat!  We've also got great tracks from Carter Tanton, Tim Fite, and Aidan Baker.  And make sure to follow BTR on Facebook and Twitter for all of the latest and greatest updates on the station!
A leading example of how strength and expansive foresight inspire the independent spirit. Get to know quasi-folk artist Diane Cluck.
You may not have had the chance to head to SXSW, but thanks to Twitter, you could practically feel like you'd experienced last week’s musical insanity firsthand.
From the contemporary art world, comes one of the most unique and heart-wrenching stories that can be told. A must read!
It's the Saturday of SXSW! What a huge day! You could go all the way to Austin to check out all the latest buzzbands, or you could stay where you are and listen to BTR! I know which one I'd do -- BTR! And make sure to stay up to date by following us on Facebook and Twitter.
A recent social media campaign forces Nickelodeon to resurrect their '90s lineup, redefining what it means to be "vintage."
Everyone remembers watching Back to the Future for the first time and wondering if time travel really could be possible. What happened to the technologies that were supposed to be here by now?
Get to know David Cope, a rising stand-up comic out of New York who is in the process of moving to LA for a dream and a girl.
We've got a bunch of Brooklyn's best kept secrets on the show today.  Check out tracks from Xray Eyeballs and Colleen Green.  Also, make sure to stay tuned for more details about BTR Today- some exciting new changes happening to the website!  And follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get all of the latest BTR updates. 
Guess what? Bowerbirds have a new album out, and we here at God Bless Weirdmerica are SO EXCITED! It's gorgeous and textured and has a rich, organic sound that so much new music these days lack. Hear two whole tracks from the new album on the show today, plus two new tracks from Tim Fite's excellent new album!
The touring guru on how musicians in college can make the most of their Spring Break.
You know when a band releases a great single, thus placing relatively high expectations on their debut EP, but then you listen and it’s a slight let down? Well, I do. Edinburgh quintet The Machine Room are releasing their EP Love From A Distance on March 5th, but after listening, I don’t think it’s going to be a hugely-anticipated release. Said ‘great single’ of course being ‘Camino De Soda’ was released December last year. It’s easy to listen to, swamped in reverb, and strangely relaxing, making for a promising remainder of the EP. However, this reverb works with Camino. It’s laden with billowing synths and echoes, and it all mixes together to form something that works. It’s a shame the same can’t be said for the rest. EP opener ‘Cost of Progress’ also sees heavy synths, but this time it seems to be over the top. John Bryden's voice contrasts quite well against this, but here the vocals are simply drowned. Similarly, on ‘Your Head on the Floor Next Door’, the sheer amount of reverb ruins the song. Again, Bryden’s voice is showcased in this song, as well as lighter background vocals blending well. This had the potential to be the standout track, but the craning to hear these vocals over the reverb is just too much work, and the listener will probably find this too much effort- but perhaps after hearing the opening lines ‘So I’ve never felt so good since I sang Away In A Manger, Yet I’ve never felt so bad since I went down on a stranger’, maybe they wouldn’t want to hear the rest of it… Final song ‘Picking Lines’, described as the most ‘shoe-gazey’, again, is disappointing (when listened to with the rest of the EP). As a standalone song, if you’re focusing on it, it’s good, but it seems after one listen it just blends into the background whilst you’re doing something else. Besides, who wants to ‘focus’ on a song anyway? It is easily listenable, but that’s just it, it’s easy, thus evoking neither good nor bad emotions. This, sadly, is the same for generally the whole EP. Tonnes of potential but destroyed by the reverb- maybe making everything a little too relaxing, as it doesn’t stick after it’s stopped playing. Annoyingly frustrating? Yes. Terribly awful? No. It certainly is Love From A Distance - maybe from the land of nod. Rating: 4.5/10 via The 405
Simple tips to help you help yourself in saving the planet and a little of your money.
Though he’s a teenager wrapping up his senior year in high school, he’s already sparking the attention of DJs, fellow artists, and music lovers alike.
BTR runs into a certain former president at a bar... and just so happened to have a tape recorder handy.
There's so much great new music on this show from artists BTR has supported from the very get-go.  Like the amazing new track from a Tim Fite album that sees him stripping down to mostly acoustic guitar.  And La Sera, Kickball Katy of Vivian Girl's new track, Break My Heart.  Bottom line: it's an excellent show.  And don't forget to follow BTR on Facebook and Twitter.
LDR and Karmin’s stints on SNL incur unnecessary wrath from the blogs and true media elites that only highlights their YouTube penis envy.
Originally formed while still in Pittsburgh, indie-rock trio Steel Phantoms now call Brooklyn home. The three-piece — featuring drummer Aaron Harris, keyboardist Yos Munro and guitarist Jesse Newkirk IV — blend bits of contagious new wave, jangly folk-pop, and warm dual harmonies, for chill, catchy songs that channel everyone from The Bangles to XTC. Featured song: “Bedouin”
The dream pop duo from Canada makes their debut this week with the album, The Slideshow Effect, released by Sub Pop Records.
Cliff Martinez has played with the Red Hot Chili Peppers and is the man behind the scores of films like Drive, Contagion, Traffic and his latest Arbitrage which played at Sundance this year.
It's almost March, which means we're heading into the heaviest month of winter, but it also means that there's only one more month until spring!!  That means we need to celebrate and beat the winter blues, which is why I started this week's show with some really great punk bands, to energize us and keep us warm while we wait.  In the meantime, check out BTR's Facebook and Twitter!
What IS genre these days, anyways?  Whatever you want it to be, I guess.  I think that's lucky for us, because that means we're playing a lot of great music on the show today, all with the uniting thread that it's just a tiny bit weird.  Or a lot weird.  Depending on where you're coming from.  So check out great tunes from Dustin Wong, Islands, and Of Montreal, and don't forget to check out BTR on Facebook and Twitter, too!
Call it other-worldly, tripnotic, or fantastical, Subjex makes beats meant to give rhythm to secret visions in your mind.
A favorite on BTR's Glitch IDM show, get to know the electronic phenom, Subjex.
Wow. There are an overwhelming number of great new tracks on the show today! I'm so excited for the new Frankie Rose album AND new Bowerbirds AND new Islands ANNND new Dustin Wong.  It really doesn't get much better than that - oh yeah, it's Saturday!
GOVERNMENT INTRIGUE! SEAFARING DANGER! PUPPET PROPAGANDA! BreakThruRadioTV's Month In Review has it all! Join host Chaz Mannenheim for an unbiased, unbridled look at yesterday's top stories. None of the pandering and fool heartiness of "network" news; Mannenheim's rapier wit drives through the outer pomp of politicians, celebrities, crooks, and confidence men, placing you firmly in the epicenter of the human condition. The GOP fixes to nominate one of its diverse competitors, a cruise ship steers to an unfortunate end, and Fox news challenges the Muppets to a fiery tete-a-tete.THESE STORIES AND MORE FEATURED IN THIS INCENDIARY INSTALLMENT OF MONTH IN REVIEW!!
Check in with DJRePete today featuring favorites from Bon Iver, brand new Sharon Van Etten, and catchy alternative from Dr. Dog. Don’t miss a new remix of the brand new Lana Del Rey single, Born to Die. Also, hit up info on the New Zealand International Arts Festival, as well as Berlin’s Festsaal Kreuzberg. Oh, and a throwback set for good measure. DJRePete’s got your midweek mix on BTR!
Kate Houston a professional profile writer gives insight into creating the perfect online persona.
Though they’re from Brooklyn, Country Mice’s psychedelia-meets-Americana makes them sound like they could be from the bluesy South or rootsy Midwest. Frontman Jason Rueger (who is actually originally from a little Kansas town called Beattie) is joined by guitarist Ben Bullington, bassist Mike Feldman and drummer Kurt Kuehn, and, together, the quartet’s blend of twangy folk and howling lo-fi make for a charming and compelling alt-country vibe.
BTR's Zachary Ehren signs up for popular dating websites OkCupid, Plenty of Fish and JDate and gives us the details.
While reggae at his core, this rising Jamaican artist-nouveau manages to mesh elements of classic hip hop into his island jazz, giving beat to the off-rhythms, and a spin to the rocksteady roots of his bloom.
Influenced by groups like The Misfits, The Jesus Lizard and Rage Against the Machine, New York-based Big Ups play riotous, earth-shattering punk rock. The four-piece — made up of NYU students Brendan Finn (drums), Joe Galarraga (vocals), Carlos Salguero (bass), and Amar Lal (guitar) — are a bottomless pit of energy and angst, and their songs quickly erupt into loud, ferocious scream fests.
TJ Richards and Yuchen Lin are Trabajo. The duo have been busily posting tracks (free d/ls) to their bandcamp. Here their latest song which is tagged: experimental post punk choubi cyber sex punk ethnic noise taiwan. Listen. Downloadable: Black Practice (mp3) They also made this here creepy video for “Black Practice” out of an unedited sequence from The Giant of Metropolis. (Nobody tell Umberto Scarpelli, ok?) Watch. Streamable: Black Practice (youtube) Upcoming NYC Shows: February 11th @ Brooklyn Fireproof February 16th @ The Grand Victory March 11th @ Cake Shop April 11th @ La Sala Cultural Center Trabajo is on Bandcamp Trabajo is on Facebook Trabajo is on elbo.ws Trabajo is on Hype Machine Trabajo is on KimDawn BONUS: No Mind (mp3) via GIMME TINNITUS
BTR catches up with US Olympic Medalist Meb Keflezighi. The marathon runner has once again qualified for the Summer Olympics and we're finding out what makes him tick.
This week's Saturday show has fantastic new tracks from Wild Nothing, Sharon Van Etten, and Young Magic.  We've also got a super cool track from our Discovery Artist, The Fundimensionals.  Don't forget to check out BTR on Facebook and Twitter for fresh new updates.
TEDDY * CLOUDY Haha ! This is mid weird / mid fun….so this is great !! And even inspired in cloudy days.Teddys naif sound is like a full cup of sugar.  Diabetes alert! So cool Teddy,one of those tunes that makes your day a little happier Source : SoundCloud /  T e d d y via Egyptian Maracas
I'm seriously excited for this week's show.  We've got new tracks from Royal Baths and Of Montreal, and old favorites we haven't heard in a long time from Blake Miller and Bowerbirds.  Don't forget to follow BTR on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest updates!
The last bits of confetti from the Lunar New Year celebration have fallen and the Year of the Dragon is now in full swing. BreakThruRadioTV’s Lauren Hawker heads downtown to explore New York City’s Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA), and interviews Assistant Curator Ryan Wong about the festivities, as well as the surrounding Chinatown neighborhood’s history and ever-changing face.
Born in Libya to Pakistani parents, Roach Killa creates intoxicating, beat-heavy music that combines elements of reggae, hip-hop, and Bhangra. Though he currently lives in Canada, he’s toured Europe, Asia and the Middle East, and his hypnotic dance-floor anthems have garnered international acclaim — his single “Yaara Dildara” once ranked #1 on the BBC Asian Network Music Chart, while another called “Bomp” topped Italian Dance Charts. He was also featured on a dancehall compilation album alongside Sean Paul and Beenie Man.
Fundimensionals combine elements of classical orchestration and jazz stylings, to create a musical journey that has yet to been taken by any band in any genre.
Originally from Pittsburgh, but now residing in Brooklyn, Ball of Flame Shoot Fire take conventional indie rock and flip it on its side, sounding like a crazed hybrid of Man Man, Wolf Parade and Animal Collective, with the slightest hint of Harry Nilsson. Within the same song, the quirky band — consisting of Patrick Kelly, Jess Tambellini, Peter Henry, Tim Good, and Winston Cook-Wilson — waver between catchy melodies and dissonant raucous, tamed verses and explosive anthems. They incorporate trumpets, synth and accordion, and the vocals alone are an unpredictable joyride, a mix of sing-talking, yelps and screeches.
WHITE CAR * NOW WE CONTINUE More Hippos In Tanks stuff to add to ur musical knowdledge. Now is time to White Car whom we metioned months ago. Support them and click LIKE. Source : SoundCloud / Hippos In Tanks via http://egyptianmaraccas.com/
BreakThru Radio has put together its First Annual Popularity Poll, a list of superlatives to honor the day’s finest advertisements. From the best legs to the biggest ego, we have anointed some of the past decades’ most impressive.
Big news for BTR!  We're becoming BTR Today!  Our new homepage is going to help you more easily discover all of the best music, videos, and writing that BTR has to offer.  And big news for the Saturday show!  Royal Baths has a new album out, and they're one of my favorite bands, so get ready to hear a lot more from them in the coming weeks.  Oh yeah, and there's new Of Montreal, A Place To Bury Strangers, AND Veronica Falls.  It's going to be a very, very good Saturday.
As the title intimates, I am a sucker for songs with specific time references. See also: “The Warning.” See also also: Question in the Form an Answer: Frankie P Via Steady Bloggin Via http://passionweiss.com/
Jump Into The Gospel, a five-piece from New York City, create synth-heavy pop gems complete with big, bright catchy choruses and electrifying dance-worthy melodies. Their anthems ooze cool, rockstar swagger and radio friendly glossiness. The group is led by exuberant frontman Louis Epstein and features bassist Lakis Pavlou, guitarist Ben Vescovi, drummer Chris Stein (live member of The Drums), and keyboardist Erik Tonnesen (live member of Holy Ghost!). They’ve collaborated with Cobra Starship and their addictive tunes have even made a fan of Twilight’s Robert Pattinson, who was spotted at one of their shows.
We've got another great Saturday show for you on BTR!  We're featuring this week's Discovery Artist, Hookworms, in addition to a brand new amazing Cloud Nothings track and an upbeat new song from Plants and Animals.  And as always, make sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for all the latest BTR news!
Today on the show we're playing some new "old favorites."  Remember 2009 when Bitte Orca, Veckatemist, and Merriweather Post Pavilion all came out, one right after the other?  I'm not sure there's been another moment quite like that in the three years since then.  That's been on my mind lately, so we're playing these new old giants on the show today- but from different albums, of course!  Who do you think we are, mainstream radio?  Psh.
Welcome to another Saturday Show on BTR!  We're featuring BTR's latest Discovery Artist, Julia Marcell, from Via Berlin.  We're also featuring a lot of Latin music today, with CuCu Diamantes and Marcello.  Don't forget to check out all of the other great programming on the show today and the BTR Facebook and Twitter!
Brooklyn’s Spanish Prisoners play swirling, multi-layered indie rock full of airy, glowing pop melodies tangled up in fuzzy, trembling reverb. The four-piece — made up of Leo Maymind, Mike DiSanto, James Higgs, and Amberly Hungerford — have taken their dreamy psychedelic music on the road with the likes of Foals, The Rosebuds, and John Vanderslice. Gold Fools, their self-released record, was one of NPR’s “Five Best Bandcamp Albums of 2011.”
From Italian dishes to hot noodle soups, New York City's neighborhoods — such as Chelsea, Tribeca, Chinatown and the East Village — have an endless breadth of food options and cuisines. On this episode of BTR Pulse, host Lauren Hawker asks folks where they go for the city's best grub.
After years of releasing music as a singer-songwriter, Brooklyn-based musician Lauren Zettler needed to make a change. Her new electro-pop project, Lightyear, is catchy, yet dramatic, and shows her as graceful, but still vulnerable about her emotions. Drawing from influences like Emily Haines, Feist and Robyn while also tapping into her own technical skills — she’s a classically trained pianist and studied film scoring at the Berklee School of Music — Zettler is able to create beautifully fragile moments that build up to powerfully stirring points. On this episode of BTR Hear & There, Lightyear brings her pulsating music to an industrial warehouse gallery space in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
Grab your midweek dose of BTR with DJRePete for some yet-to-be-released music from Of Montreal, electronica from the Memory Tapes, and an exclusive throwback track from the BTR Live Studio. Plus, hit up details on the Big Day Out Festival, going down downunder.  And it’s never too early for a Coachella preview. And that’s just the start to your BTR Wednesday, via DJRePete!
Hailing from Wales, Los Campesinos! play wild indie-pop that’s clever, catchy, and overflowing with fiery, jarring punk-infused moments. Though the seven-piece has gone through a number of personnel changes over the years, the band’s nurtured a tight, sunny-meets-rowdy sound — inspiring everything from joyous head-bobbing to adrenalized raised fists. Underneath the energetic, sweet melodies are tales of heartache. Here that vulnerability especially shows, as they perform stripped-down versions of songs off their latest album, Hello Sadness.
Hailing from Stockholm, Serenades features Shout Out Louds vocalist/guitarist Adam Olenius and Laasko frontman Markus Krunegard. Together the duo create gorgeous synth-pop packed with sugar-coated melodies, impressive harmonies and anthemic choruses. Formed just last year, the Swedish group’s already signed to Cherrytree Records -- an imprint of Interscope, headed by famous Lady Gaga A&R honcho Martin Kierszenbaum -- and has a pleasingly polished, radio-friendly sound.
From our schools and public transportation system, to environmental concerns and rising rent prices, BTR Pulse’s Lauren Hawker asks New Yorkers what they would change if they had Mayor Bloomberg’s job.
It's the first God Bless Weirdmerica of 2012!  May this year be fantastic and filled with the weirdest music we can imagine.  Also, for BTR updates make sure that you're following us on Facebook and Twitter.
David Cope is a young, New York City-based comedian known for his offbeat humor and soft delivery. He helps to curate the weekly stand-up show Hot Soup at O’Hanlon’s Bar, and he’s performed at the Bumbershoot Festival and on NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Here he comments on iPad arrogance and outrageous Facebook statuses at Spit Take Friday, a monthly comedy showcase in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
While Hurricane Irene blasted up the East Coast in September, Magnetic Island — formerly known as Renminbi — were holed away in Burlington, VT, and their hometown of Brooklyn working on their debut full-length album. The resulting songs sound a lot like that ferocious, but unpredictable storm: dark, brooding, and mysterious.
Brenda channels the vintage sound of ‘50s rock ‘n roll, the angular gruff noise of ‘90s indie rock, and straightforward feel-good pop — like an interesting fusion of Built to Spill and The Walkmen. Their songs are both thrilling and sweet as they travel through dynamic, rough raucousness before sailing into smooth, catchy melodies. In the past they’ve shared the stage with acts like Grizzly Bear and The Flaming Lips, and just last summer upon hearing a rough cut of their debut album, Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, invited these Portland, Mainers to play the first Solid Sound Festival in Massachusetts.
Thieving Irons features former Pela guitarist Nate Martinez alongside musicians Dan Brantigan, Josh Kaufman and Andy Nauss. Together the Brooklyn four-piece play charming folk-pop whose tone is somber yet warm, and whose texture is rustic yet robust. The beautiful full-bodied orchestration — including wincing banjos, charging pianos, and heralding trumpets — gives their songs a lush, layered sound. Combine that with Martinez’s distinct pained vocals, and the result is music that’s thick with emotion and brawn.
With 2011 left behind and a new year upon us, BTR Pulse host Lauren Hawker heads down to New York City's Greenwich Village to ask people what they predict for 2012. From politics and the presidential election to the Super Bowl and celebrity divorces, she gauges their guesses.
Originally an electronic duo from Florida, Conveyor has evolved into a Brooklyn-based quartet whose ambient, experimental indie-pop is marked by warm, folk-inspired melodies that glimmer with bits of dazzling synth. The band — consisting of Gary Alan Busch, Jr., Michael Ryan Pedron, Evan Michael Garfield, and Timothy John Masters — experiments with different textures and moods, sounding like a hybrid of Iron & Wine crossed with Caribou. On this episode of BTR Hear & There, Conveyor perform a poignant new song from their forthcoming EP inside of a glowing Williamsburg loft.
Born in England as Shahanara Taj, 18-year-old Rani Taj has quickly risen to become one of the most popular female dhol players after her version of Rihanna’s “Rude Boy” became a YouTube viral hit. The dhol — a double-headed drum that’s beaten with two wooden sticks and is popularly used in Punjabi Bhangra music — has historically been played by men. But Taj, having learned the dhol from experts Harjit Singh of Azaad Dhol and the Dhol Blasters, has broken this tradition. Here she performs and explains how she creates the tantalizingly hypnotic beats.

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