Your all-female music mix on BTR!
Dancing time!
Enjoy some tunes alongside DJ Emily this Tuesday!
On October 29th, 2013, the US Olympic Committee began their 100 day countdown to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. 56 Olympians, Paralympians, and 2014 hopefuls gathered in New York's Times Square to kick of the nationwide Road to Sochi Tour. The event included athletic demonstrations, autograph sessions, and interactive sports for fans to try. BreakThruTV’s Lauren Hawker spoke with athletes at the event as well as LGBT rights activists who were there to call for a boycott of the games in show of their disapproval of Russian President Vladimir Putin's anti-gay laws.
What A SPOOKY Month! Government Shutdown! Pagans Tricking & Treating! Miley Cyrus! These Are The Cultural Events Tackled By Man-About-Town, Chaz Mannenheim, In the Newest Installment Of MONTH IN REVIEW!!! If You’re Ready To Think, Laugh, & Be Scared Then You’re Ready For This! CHAZ MANNENHEIM, NEWSMAN OF YESTERYEAR - MONTH IN REVIEW: OCTOBER 2013!!!!
Based in Victoria, British Columbia, Aidan Knight and his band play -- in their words, quoting the words of others -- "baroque" and "downtrodden" music. Don't let this mislead you -- though much of it is slow, or mellow, or quiet, there's a subdued sort of optimism going on just below the surface throughout many of these experimental folks songs. Sure, there's the sort of melancholy that comes from recording in a cabin in the woods, Bon Iver-style, but there's more to Aidan Knight than that. Here, he and the band play some songs and Aidan talks a bit about the songwriting and recording process.
On Thursday, August 29th, workers at fast food chains such as McDonald's and KFC conducted strikes and walkouts across the country, hoping for wage hikes that would boost their hourly pay to $15 from the current federal minimum of $7.25. In New York, local officials and politicians joined workers in Union Square to express their support for raising the minimum wage and the chance to unionize. BTR Pulse’s Lauren Hawker spoke with organizers and participants at the demonstration.
Kleenex Girl Wonder is the chameleon-esque stage name of one Graham Smith, a songwriter from the suburbs of Chicago who's been calling New York City his home for some time now. Beginning with a group of neighborhood friends and evolving into a shifting cast of players, KGW is a sort of indie rock institution, constantly experimenting while staying true to its time-tested formula. The current band features Smith on bass and vocals, Thayer McClanahan on guitar, and Matt LeMay on drums.
Diets may not actually be as helpful in losing weight as we think they are.
CitiBike has officially launched in New York City. Meanwhile, New York is one of twenty-nine states in the U.S. with either no or limited laws requiring cyclists to wear helmets and some discussion has arisen about whether the city should implement its own mandatory helmet law for cyclists. Requiring helmets, however, may hamper efforts to promote cycling, some research shows. It it believed that the mandatory helmet law in Melbourne may be to blame for that city's failed bike share program. Elsewhere, Tel Aviv and Mexico City, hoping to spur greater ridership with bike sharing, recently repealed their own helmet laws. With bike travel now possible for thousands more tourists and residents, BTR Pulse’s Lauren Hawker asks people in New York -- including new CitiBike users -- their views on bike safety and helmet use, which is encouraged in NYC, but not mandatory.
A music mix for Memorial Day - enjoy the holiday!
BTR’s Matthew Demello and Jordan Reisman sat down with fitness guru and musician Cherie Lily and her husband, Andrew WK, a well-known musician and partier himself. The couple discussed their philosophies on life, partying, and fitness as well as their own relationship. Andrew WK’s recent selection to be a cultural ambassador for the US State Department –- which the department quashed before the gig even began -– was also explored.
While Prince Rama is a band in the sense that it contains people making music, recording albums, and going on tour, there's a whole world of other activity going on with this Brooklyn-based group. Taraka and Nimai Larson have been experimenting with their music in different forms over the years in vastly different environs: living in ashrams, working for utopian architects, writing manifestos, and delivering lectures from pools of fake blood. They've used a clever blend of mysticism, technology, aerobics, and props, to build a constantly evolving world filled with inspiration and music.
Butter The Children is an NYC-based quartet, newly signed to Downtown Records that features members of Le Rug, Sweet Bulbs, and Night Manager (who were previously featured on Serious Business on BTR). The band blasts out satisfying post-punk/indie rock tunes that would make the perfect soundtrack to just about any flick revolving around road trips, wild parties, or young lovers. Keeping the tempos up and the guitars going wild, no moment is wasted with this band. Also, as they tell Travis here, they may be working on a concept record -- so there’s that.
Today, I talk about and play new songs from The RBC, Junip, No Joy and Slava. Plus, a brief conversation with Drew from The RBC that I recorded at Sullivan Hall in NYC on Saturday night.
She's a fitness guru and the foremost "houserobics" musician, a genre she coined herself.
Today, I talk about and play new songs from Lord RAJA, Thee Oh Sees, CaveWomen, Yolke, Lilacs & Champagne and High Highs. Also, a conversation with Zula about their favorite types of cookies.
Chrome Sparks. Cristoph El Truento. Jake Tobin. Zula. Ava Luna. Jamaican Queens. TNGHT. The Underachievers. Burial. Africa Hitech. The Besnard Lakes. Barn Owl. Boyfriend. And more...
Jamaican Queens. Zula. Real Estate. Daphni. My Bloody Valentine. Blanck Mass. Evian Christ. John Maus. The Cyclist. La Big Vic. Night Panther. And more...
Sheryl Sandberg, the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, has recently stirred discussion by suggesting in her new book, Lean In, that women should be more assertive when it comes to their careers. BTR Pulse’s Lauren Hawker spoke with four women in New York about success, leadership, and the role of women in the workplace.
Roomrunner is a Baltimore-based band known for heavy riffs, soaring hooks, and a hard-touring DIY attitude. The band members' backgrounds in math, punk, and noise-rock come together to form a solid base of primal, loud rock that's been bringing strong critical praise. In preparation for the release of their upcoming first LP, the band is on the road to SXSW to play their hearts out and grow their legion of noise-loving fans.
NYC indie rock band MiniBoone is the real-life mashup of the catchiest, spazziest, most heart-wrenchingly honest, tuneful bits of every one of your favorite bands, all happening at once. Live, they're an explosive ball of energy, all yelps and leaps and full on SICK RIFFS. Lovers of MiniBoone are crazy for the band, and rightfully so. Featured Song: “Baby, I Hope So” On MiniBoone Mountain is available from Drug Front Records. Complete radio broadcast and playlist: Watch MiniBoone performing “I Could, I Could,” previously on BTRtv: Official website for MinBoone: Facebook: Twitter: @miniboone Upcoming tour dates: 3/2 @ Paper Box in Brooklyn, NY 3/7 @ The Golden West in Baltimore, MD 3/8 @ Warehouse in Norfolk, VA 3/10 @ The Black Lodge in Winston-Salem, NC 3/12 @ Kung Fu Necktie in Philadelphia, PA About Serious Business on BTR: Travis Harrison records bands for a living, so he knows how to get the best out of musicians. As the president of Serious Business, a recording studio and record label, Travis also knows the industry. Every week he invites musicians into his studio for funny, irreverent and seriously interesting interviews where anything goes. New episodes every Monday from BreakThru Radio. Watch more episodes of Serious Business on BTR on our Blip page:
Pope Benedict XVI stunned the Roman Catholic Church and the rest of the world on February 11th when he announced he would be standing down at the end of the month. The German-born Benedict will be the first pope to resign in 600 years and cites his advanced age and deteriorating health as reasons for stepping down as leader of over one billion Catholics. This week on BTR Pulse, Lauren Hawker asks people their thoughts on the Pope and the Catholic Church.
To kick off Word Week, Latola debates with Jake and Patrick K about Pluto Rocks (a crowdsourcing contest to name two of Pluto's moons)