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Blood Red Shoes is a rock n' roll band from Brighton, England, made up of the duo of Laura-Mary Carter on guitar and Steven Ansell on drums, with both contributing vocals. Big riffs, impossible drumming, and epic pop songs about mortality, alienation, escape, and hope, all bolstered by a fierce live show and a dry sense of humor, have grown the band's reputation over the past few years. Here they play a few songs and chat with Maia about an encounter with the Rolling Stones, among other things.
Duologue are a 5-piece band from London. With a rich falsetto sitting neatly on top of a finely-crafted web of electronics and stringed instruments, they build memorable pop tunes that deserve repeated listens. Programmed loops and breakbeats blend perfectly with ambient, folk, and pop elements, making for an immersive sonic experience. The band stopped by to share some songs and to chat with Maia about making music without a drummer and going undercover while traveling.
Formed in 2008 in Sheffield, England, the Crookes consist of George Waite, Daniel Hopewell, Russell Bates and Tom Dakin. Heralded as a prominent group in the UK’s New Pop movement, their list of press accolades is extensive and their fan base apparently large and growing. Romanticism is heavy, with soaring melodies and strident lyrics (which even Noel Gallagher has praised), carried out by Waite's undeniably strong vocal delivery. They stopped by to blast through some tunes and to chat with Maia about their new record.
Tawiah is a South Londoner who attended The BRIT School, laying the foundation for a strong early start to her musical career. After going on to collaborate and perform with Mark Ronson, Erykah Badu, Cee Lo Green, Wale, and others (in case new listeners need some idea of the ridiculous level of talent she exhibits) she’s now focusing on her own music. Tawiah's own alternative soul has all the promise of the contemporaries she's been known to fill in for, like Amy Winehouse and Lily Allen.
It’s July and Chaz Mannenheim is here to bring you the stories that you already know! Or maybe you don’t! Did you hear about George Zimmerman? What about the Royal Baby? Who is Carlos Danger, you ask? Chaz has the answers! And with the help of the man on the street he brings the top-notch kind of commentary! Hear the news of yesterday today and tomorrow! Watch MONTH IN REVIEW with your host CHAZ MANNENHEIM!!!
The world's media was in a frenzy this week over the arrival of the British royal baby. Tuesday's first glimpse of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with the newborn, named George Alexander Louis, was the culmination of many weeks of global anticipation. Meanwhile, the birth of the boy has, for many, seemed to stir up memories of the beloved Princess Diana, whom Kate is so often measured against, and whose efforts to raise her sons, were often considered part of a trend to balance modernity with the traditions of the royal family -- an issue William and Kate now face themselves. BTR Pulse’s Lauren Hawker spoke with people in New York, including at the British owned and operated Tea & Sympathy, about the royal family, in light of the birth.
The ethos of Kalakuta Millionaires is very un-millionaire... and pretty darn awesome.
Blood Red Shoes is a rock n' roll band from Brighton, England, made up of the duo of Laura-Mary Carter on guitar and Steven Ansell on drums, with both contributing vocals. Big riffs, impossible drumming, and epic pop songs about mortality, alienation, escape, and hope, all bolstered by a fierce live show and a dry sense of humor, have grown the band's reputation over the past few years. Here they play a few songs and chat with Maia about an encounter with the Rolling Stones, among other things.
Fear of Men are a band from Brighton, England, born of an art school project by vocalist/guitarist Jessica Weiss and her home recordings of ambient soundtracks to short films. Now a four piece and drawing their inspiration from art and philosophy, Fear of Men deliberately juxtaposes iconic museum imagery and lyrical themes of loneliness and fragmentation with buoyant pop melodies, resulting in songs with often bleakly nihilistic subject matter swimming in hummable pop tunes.