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Discovered and signed by Peter Gabriel in the mid-’90s, singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur has been a musician for over 15 years and has eight albums to his name. Arthur, who is originally from Akron, OH, is known for his poetic and melancholic songs. Whether done acoustically or with full, layered orchestration, his music feels intimate and poignant, as though it’s full of painful secrets. Also a distinguished painter and designer, his sleeve design for his 1999 Vacancy album was Grammy-nominated for Best Recording Package.
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Brooklyn-based Gunfight! play rowdy, stomping “post-country” — or what Serious Business’ host Travis Harrison jokingly re-dubs “Creedence-core.” Having formed while attending Boston’s Emerson College, the quartet sticks to rollicking arrangements, completely free of any digital bits and sampling (they claim to even avoid “Applebee’s samplers”). Whatever the genre or instrument preference, the band’s music, with its twangy roughness and whiskey-soaked, barking vocals, sounds like a boisterous brawl.
London-based Alessi Laurent-Marke performs her tender and charming folk-pop under the moniker Alessi’s Ark. Her music is innocent and quaint, but also vulnerable and intimate — qualities similar to artists like Laura Marling and Mumford & Sons, two acts that she’s shared the stage with many times. Though she’s only 21, she’s already recorded her debut album with producer Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, Rilo Kiley), released a handful of EPs on major label Virgin Records, and crafted a sophisticated, impassioned sound that seems well beyond her years.
The latest compilation of music recorded during our BTR Live Studio sessions is out now. To receive your free copy, visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/breakthruradio and click on the "Bandcamp" tab on the left hand side. All you'll need to do is enter your email address and you'll receive a download link and be signed up for the BTR Newsletter to receive updates on what we're doing at BreakThru Radio. Here's a video playlist of all the artists featured on the compilation: [youtube_playlist] View the playlist on YouTube And here's a listing of the artists included: Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr - view original post www.daleearnhardtjrjr.com Radical Dads - view original post www.radicaldads.com Reggie Watts - view original post www.reggiewatts.com Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside - view original post www.sallieford.com Malkit Singh - view original post www.malkitsingh.com Milagres - view original post www.milagresmusic.com An Horse - view original post www.anhorse.com Miracle Fortress - view original post www.miraclefortress.com Helado Negro - view original post www.heladonegro.com Darwin Deez - view original post www.darwindeez.com Tim Fite - view original post www.timfite.com Saint Motel - view original post www.saintmotel.com Radiation City - view original post radiationcity.muxtape.com
Discovered and signed by Peter Gabriel in the mid-’90s, singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur has been a musician for over 15 years and has eight albums to his name. Arthur, who is originally from Akron, OH, is known for his poetic and melancholic songs. Whether done acoustically or with full, layered orchestration, his music feels intimate and poignant, as though it’s full of painful secrets. Also a distinguished painter and designer, his sleeve design for his 1999 Vacancy album was Grammy-nominated for Best Recording Package.
The Loom is a six-piece indie rock band from Brooklyn featuring male and female vocals, horns, guitars, banjo, ukulele, keys and percussion. In one of their "four word" CMJ reviews, The New York Times Arts Beat blog described The Loom as, "Appalachian garment, angst-y stitching."
Originally begun as a project called The Calendonia Mission by brothers Anthony and Angelo Lamarca, The Building has since grown into a full-fledged band based in NYC. Although Angelo still resides in their hometown of Youngstown, OH, the additions of a cellist (also Anthony’s wife) and a saxophonist/clarinetist (whom Anthony met when they both played with St. Vincent), have helped give The Building a hefty and robust, indie-rock meets orchestral-pop sound.
Originally starting as the bedroom project of singer-songwriter Henry Jamison, The Milkman’s Union has since evolved into a folk-rock trio heavily influenced by jazz and classical music, and channeling everyone from Iron & Wine to Radiohead. Based out of Portland, ME, the band weaves together complex arrangements, filled with melodies that twist and turn unexpectedly and rhythms that start and stop suddenly. Jamison leads the pack with impressive guitar-picking and his ability to use his rich, expressive voice to turn sullen stories into engaging ear-candy, mellow ballads into howling rock.
Drawing from the likes of Feist, Broken Social Scene, and Iron & Wine, Sarah Aument is a folk singer-songwriter whose work is powerfully moving, raw with sincerity, and beautifully straight-forward. Emotions easily shine through Aument’s sparse and tender songs as her heart-felt narratives quickly grow from soft-spoken, introspective musings into loud, robust rock frenzies.
Remember when you didn't have Google Maps on your phone? Printing directions off the internet, asking strangers for help, relying on paper maps... soooo slooooow. All have essentially become a thing of the past, thanks to the wonders and convenience of digital technology! For BTR's Small Screen Week, and celebration of all things smartphone, I had the honor of hosting Jessica Moore and Bill Atkins on the show. This duo is responsible for one of fashion's best organizational tools, the iPhone application Stylebook. Just some of Stylebook's best features include a fully customizable wardrobe, which you can use to plan looks, a virtual inspiration board you can tote around while shopping, and a calendar that helps you keep track of what you wore on which day. It's got all that and more, and on today's show, Jessica and Bill will tell us all about the program development, some of the innovative ways in which customers are using it, and reveal a few details about new features to come in the next update. Plus, we've got a collection of great new folk/alt country/indie rock tracks from Blitzen Trapper, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Armistice and more. Stay on top of all the latest and greatest developments with BTR!
It’s Pygmalion day on BTR with DJRePete! The 5 day midwest festival kicks off today, so whether you’re getting psyched for it or want to live vicariously, BTR has you covered with the likes of Cut Copy, Asobi Seksu, and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. Also, check out alternative from Brass Bed, acoustic from Jessica Lea Mayfield, and a trippy set headlined by Bachelorette. Get your midweek dose of musical enlightenment today on BTR with DJRePete!
Midweek on BTR with DJRePete is all new with a touch of the classic. Tune in for brand new alternative from Tom Vek of Digitalism fame, folk from Jonathan Wilson, and hip/hop from Metermaids. Plus, check in with throwbacks from Bon Iver, Bedouin Soundclash, and Alexandra(H), ahead of an all-out classics show later this month in honor of DJRePete’s 6 years Breakin’ Thru! Get Wednesday dose of BTR and DJRePete!
Melissa Ferrick is a singer-songwriter unafraid to bare all through music. With songs that tell stories evoking a raw vulnerability, her performances are full of spark and conviction, revealing her as a woman intensely connected, emotionally and intimately, to her art.
Lauren Shera plays inspiring folk music with heart. Her emotive voice and lightly strummed guitar portray the poignancy of her music with ease. Here she plays “Red Paint” from her album, ‘Once I Was A Bird.’
Brooklyn Singer-songwriters Annie Lynch (of Annie and the Beekeepers) and Michaela Anne make acoustic folk music graced with honey-sweet voices that are flush with emotion.
Self-proclaiming their genre as “Psychefaeriedelica,” Australia’s Sherlock’s Daughter features aesthetically sweet rock graced with airy voices, thoughtful lyrics, and great melodies.
Brooklyn's Alina Simone, originally from the Ukraine, plays folk music with a dark side. A powerful singer-songwriter, Simone here plays "Apocalyptic Lullaby" (from her new album, Make Your Own Danger) with her band on a balcony in Brooklyn.
This week, we present “Smash Hits, Vol. 2,” the second installment of some of our favorite moments from Serious Business on BTR.
Brooklyn’s Bel Air is a sometimes-folky, alt-country rock band featuring sweet, harmonic vocals, smooth guitars, and a knack for writing catchy tunes. Here, they play “Wash Away” at a vintage hat shop in Dumbo called Cha Cha’s House Of Ill Repute.
Watch our BTR Live Studio session with artist Chris Mills. Happy folk-like indie-rock music with great lyrics and masterful guitar.
Swedish band Wildbirds & Peacedrums play electronic music with soft vocals and killer percussion. Their sound is definitely nothing you've ever heard before, so make sure to check out our live session with the experimental band.
We know you've been missing Peggy Sue, so we're here to deliver you more. Catch outtakes of Peggy Sue's folky sound that didn't make the cut. Enjoy!
British indie-folk band, Peggy Sue, stopped by to have a jam session with BreakThru Radio. Their sound is tranquil and melodic but fun. Listen to them perform "Dumbo" in our BTR Live Studio session.
Brooklyn band Yellowbirds has an indie 60's rock sound that's immediately ear-catching. Travis Harrison sat down with the band for an interview and some music in his studio and it's a segment you won't want to miss.
It's our week of encores and we're back with Reggie Watts. Listen to the Brooklyn musician and comedian perform "Goldie Fox" and "Just A Game," original tracks recorded just for BreakThru Radio.
This week, we've compiled a "best of" segment we're calling "Smash Hits, Vol. 1," which pulls together a number of our favorite moments from the first 27 episodes of Serious Business on BTR. Included is some of the funniest, raw, and more unforgettable footage we have. Don't miss out on a chance to sit back, relax, and laugh while watching the best of our conversations with the artists of Serious Business.
For this episode of Live Studio Scraps, we diverge from our typical format to bring you a full take of "The Woods" by Jules Bee of Sea of Bees, performed live. Earlier in the week we presented Bee's song "Marmalade," but "The Woods" was just too good to get passed over. Enjoy!
Jules of Sea of Bees performs her song "Marmalade," from her debut album "Songs for the Ravens," with Amber Padgett, Allen Farmelo and Livia Ranalli, live in our studio. Jules and Amber also talk about their recent experiences touring through the UK and Europe.
Catch more great moments from our Live Studio session with Bluegrass act Hot Day at the Zoo, including their live renditions of "South of the Storm," "Country Girl" and "Stay a Little Longer." The band also explains why if you ever catch them fighting amongst themselves, it's not cause for concern.

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