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This Portland, Oregon-based group is a bright, spirited collective with 6 or more voices joining in, rallying around the lyrics of bandleader Tim Perry. With a positive vibe and uplifting themes, they operate under the admirable notion of using music to change the world. With their own language and an infectiously positive outlook paired with infectiously catchy songs, Ages And Ages just might have a shot at achieving their goal while creating some brilliant music along the way.
When America entered World War II in 1941, we faced an enemy that had banned and burned over 100 million books and caused fearful citizens to hide or destroy many more. Outraged librarians launched a campaign to send free books to American troops and gathered 20 million hardcover donations. In 1943, the War Department and the publishing industry stepped in with an extraordinary program: 120 million small, lightweight paperbacks, for troops to carry in their pockets and their rucksacks, in every theater of war. Comprising 1,200 different titles of every imaginable type, these paperbacks were beloved by the troops and are still fondly remembered today. Soldiers read them while waiting to land at Normandy; in hellish trenches in the midst of battles in the Pacific; in field hospitals; and on long bombing flights. They wrote to the authors, many of whom responded to every letter. They helped rescue The Great Gatsby from obscurity. They made Betty Smith, author of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, into a national icon. When Books Went to War is an inspiring story for history buffs and book lovers alike.
God Bless Weirdmerica – October 22, 2014
RAD FRU – Hey fans, it’s time to listen to some Rad Mu, by Rad Fru, LIVE, at Old Schu Stu. They’re a rockin’ drums and guitar duo, with loads of energy, and having been recommended them by a bunch of people, I just HAD to get them into the studio for a session. I trust you’ll like. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let’s Radio!
TRUE ADVENTURES – Hey, let’s all have a true adventure, right here, right now! Oh, you’re all a bit busy? Well, never mind. Hows about we just listen to a soothing set of songs by a band whose name just so happens to be True Adventures? Yeah, that worked out quite well.. . Just the way we like it.
ENDERBY’S ROOM – Today the show comes to you LIVE, from Iain Lowery’s OST night, at Cinema City in Norwich. We have a set for you from Enderby’s Room, who are from that lovely town of London, where the streets are paved with filth. Just the way we like it. Hey, Whaddaya Say, Let’s Radio!
Today’s Folk Wave includes music from Tarantella, Dark Dark Dark, Dirty Projectors and many more!
Playing the music of and speaking to the Denver, CO-based singer-songwriter Rob Drabkin.
This week’s Folk Wave highlights new music from Castanets, Bishop Allen, Hundreds and more!
Playing the music of and speaking to Norwich, UK YouTube sensations Box of Light.
The Halifax-based frontman who is unafraid to bring kooky into his world.
This Portland, Oregon-based group is a bright, spirited collective with 6 or more voices joining in, rallying around the lyrics of bandleader Tim Perry. With a positive vibe and uplifting themes, they operate under the admirable notion of using music to change the world. With their own language and an infectiously positive outlook paired with infectiously catchy songs, Ages And Ages just might have a shot at achieving their goal while creating some brilliant music along the way.
Fifty different Brooklyn venues host the likes of Nite Jewel and Beirut at this year’s Northside Festival.
The Norwich, UK-based bluegrass band intent on staying out of step with the world.
This Portland, Oregon-based group is a bright, spirited collective with 6 or more voices joining in, rallying around the lyrics of bandleader Tim Perry. With a positive vibe and uplifting themes, they operate under the admirable notion of using music to change the world. With their own language and an infectiously positive outlook paired with infectiously catchy songs, Ages And Ages just might have a shot at achieving their goal while creating some brilliant music along the way.
Melaena Cadiz is a Brooklyn-based songwriter originally from Kalamazoo, Michigan, who plays a dreamy sort of Americana/folk. We last caught Melaena solo at her home in Brooklyn for an episode of BTR Hear & There whilst in the midst of a year-long collaborative monthly song project, but this time around she brought her full band to the studio to share some of the songs from her upcoming record.
During the 2014 SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas, the BTR Live Studio team set up shop at a lovely house on the East Side and invited bands to play music and chat in the backyard. Southern Tier Brewing Company provided beverages and the fine Austin weather did the rest.
Robin Hood is about to jump on the superhero cultural bandwagon.
Exploring a new exhibition rethinking the avant garde at the American Folk Museum’s Folk Couture.
Speaking to NYC bluegrass promoter Rick Snell about the genre’s local niche in the city.
During the 2014 SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas, the BTR Live Studio team set up shop at a lovely house on the East Side and invited bands to play music and chat in the backyard. Southern Tier Brewing Company provided beverages and the fine Austin weather did the rest. Yellow Red Sparks is a fantastic Los Angeles-based folk group. From somber dirges to jubilant stomps and sweet love songs, the band explores every corner of the genre with consistently pristine, cinematic results full of lush sounds. They stopped by the BTRhouse on upright bassist Sara Lynn’s birthday, and we were happy to help celebrate!
During the 2014 SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas, the BTR Live Studio team set up shop at a lovely house on the East Side and invited bands to play music and chat in the backyard. Southern Tier Brewing Company provided beverages and the fine Austin weather did the rest. Jess Williamson is a native of Austin, Texas, though she spent time in New York City studying photography. The quieter, slower pace of Austin is appropriate for her folk and country-inspired music, which is soft and spacious, gently carrying her distinct voice and personal lyrics. Jess took time in the midst of the craziness of her hometown’s massive music festival to stop by the backyard of the BTRhouse, where she treated us to a few songs (captured brilliantly by our Edwina mic from Ear Trumpet Labs) and sat down for a chat with Maia.
BTR chats with Chris Chagnon, of Laughing Fingers, about what happens when the mind turns in on itself.
During the 2014 SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas, the BTR Live Studio team set up shop at a lovely house on the East Side and invited bands to play music and chat in the backyard. Southern Tier Brewing Company provided beverages and the fine Austin weather did the rest. Tom Brosseau is a longtime favorite of BreakThru Radio, so we were extra happy to have him stop by the BTRhouse while making the rounds of SXSW. A folksinger with a very distinct voice and style, hailing from Grand Forks, ND, and currently residing in Los Angeles, Brosseau possesses a particular sort of workingman spirit, as well as the kind of pristine and evocative guitar playing that only comes from a lifetime of singing and playing. Already a fan of the Ear Trumpet Labs microphones, Tom sounded great singing through the Edwina we had on hand! See for yourself!
It had been 44 years since psych folk artist Linda Perhacs released an album. But the inspiration she drew from nature and the cult following devoted to her first LP, awakened her inclination for songwriting. Released on March 4th by Asthmatic Kitty Records, The Soul Of All Natural Things, revisits Perhacs’ 70s era new age tendencies and couples them with modern production. The album is an exploration of beautiful tones, the elements of the universe, and 70-year-old Perhacs’ spiritual worldview.
Today we review the sophomore LP from Angel Olsen, Burn Your Fire For No Witness, which came out on February 18th through Jagjaguwar records. It is her first release with a full backing band and it’s obvious her sound has progressed into territory much edgier than her folk singer-songwriter roots. The album is sonically pleasing, full of twang, candor, vulnerability, and aggression. It’s explorative and promising, it should interesting to see how the full band’s sound continues to develop.
Blood Warrior is Greg Jamie (of o’death) and Joey Weiss (of Supermonster). Friends for most of their lives, they launched this project as a way to start playing music together after a decade of not doing so. As a band, Blood Warrior is based in Portland, Maine, though Long Island, New York, plays a large part in their story. The music is haunting and gorgeous, as much about the space as the sound, with sparse acoustic guitars and bare drum beats laying the foundation for the chanting and howling confessions of a shipwrecked soul. There’s an intense softness to Blood Warrior’s music that manages to evoke catchy, memorable melodies and the band shared some of these as they work towards the release of their next album.
On this Monday’s Mix, DJ Wynn talks about failure and how little league sports can help deal it at a young age. We’ll hear from Quilt, Neko Case, Anna Calvi, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and Eleanor Friedberger.
DJ Meredith heats up your Saturday by bringing you a NEW Caribbean Fever Show! Be sure to tune in for all of the latest riddims and check out the hottest Dancehall tracks with the dirtiest beats!
BTR catches up with Zac Little from Saintseneca to chat about The Cure, the Ohio music scene, and recording in an attic.
Happy New Year! Chook Moong Numb Moi! Feliz año nuevo! DJ Wynn celebrates with memories from a neighbor’s party that rung in the new year with salsa music. Hear music from Celia Cruz, Eddie Palmieri, Africando, and La Sonora Dinamita.

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