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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.
Friends from Kentucky who have successfully turned their social chemistry and mutual artistic interests into an off-kilter garage rock band.
FIDLAR (an acronym for “Fuck It Dog Life’s A Risk) is a group of Los Angeles party rockers with a devil may care attitude; their songs advocate a hedonistic lifestyle of indulgence in the important things — partying, sex and skating. Finishing up a recent tour with The Hives, FIDLAR was likened to the Replacements and Dead Kennedys by LA Weekly. The guys dropped by our studio to share some of their music and tales from the road.
Night Manager is a fuzzed-out grunge band from Brooklyn who play reverb-soaked songs packed with psychedelic, piercing riffs and the soaring, engrossing vocals of frontwoman Caitlin Seager. With a sound reminiscent of Bleach-era Nirvana, the five-piece outfit specializes in retro pop melodies blanketed beneath layers of haze, and the way their sounds evoke nostalgia can easily be compared to current acts like Tennis and Best Coast.
The Banjees are an indie-rock band from Brooklyn. The four-piece — made up of Thompson Davis, Nick Barone, Peter Goldberg and Chris Rominger — blend lo-fi and 60s pop for fun, jangly music. On this episode of BTR Hear & There, they perform a frenetic, catchy new song called “Hong Kong Blondes” at the Gowanus Ballroom, an alternative gallery/venue space in Brooklyn.
Beast Make Bomb’s lo-fi pop melodies fuse gritty punk and 90s indie rock, sounding similar to the fuzzy, yet sweet tones of modern-day acts Dum Dum Girls and Best Coast. Their songs swim in a cool, laid-back vibe, yet are remarkably and undeniably catchy. Since winning Converse’s “Get Out of the Garage” Contest, the Brooklyn four-piece has opened for Queens of the Stone Age and Tokyo Police Club. Here they perform a brand new song called “Double Dipper.” Jessica Larrabee and Andy LaPlant are Brooklyn’s She Keeps Bees, a bluesy garage-rock duo whose music has been compared to the White Stripes and Cat Power, and lauded by The Guardian, the New York Times, and The New Yorker. Their songs waver between quiet, sparse moments and loud bursts of rock ‘n’ roll, conveying an overall deep and emotional soulfulness. Here they perform an unreleased track “Counter Charm.”
Night Manager is a fuzzed-out grunge band from Brooklyn who play reverb-soaked songs packed with psychedelic, piercing riffs and the soaring, engrossing vocals of frontwoman Caitlin Seager. With a sound reminiscent of Bleach-era Nirvana, the five-piece outfit specializes in retro pop melodies blanketed beneath layers of haze and the way their sounds evoke nostalgia nostalgic can easily be compared to current acts like Tennis and Best Coast.
Here we present an extra video from our BTR Live Studio session with You Won’t, featuring a performance of their song, “Three Car Garage.”
Originally from Cambridge, Mass., You Won’t mix lo-fi rock and stripped-down folk. Beneath the layers of raw distortion, their songs are strewn with sincere lyrics and endearing twangy-pop melodies. The band — made up of Josh Arnoudse, Raky Sastri, Tony Leva — released their debut full-length, Skeptic Goodbye, earlier this year.
New York City’s The Split combine jangly 60’s-inspired pop with gruff rock ‘n’ roll. The quartet — made up of Charlie Duerr (vocals, guitar), Lee Ferran (bassist), Steve Oben (guitarist), and Tim Gray (drums) — play songs that are simultaneously rough and catchy, reminiscent of older acts like The Rolling Stones and Chuck Berry or contemporaries like Harlem and The Soft Pack.
Beast Make Bomb’s lo-fi pop melodies fuses gritty punk and 90s indie rock, sounding similar to the fuzzy, yet sweet tones of modern-day acts Dum Dum Girls and Best Coast. Songs like “Coney Island” swim in a cool, laid-back vibe, yet are remarkably and undeniably catchy. Since winning Converse’s “Get Out of the Garage” Contest, the Brooklyn four-piece — made up of vocalist/guitarist Ceci G., bassist Sam Goldfine, lead guitarist Glenn Van Dyke, and drummer Hartley Lewis — has opened for Queens of the Stone Age and Tokyo Police Club.
Though it’s been a few years since their last album, London-based Little Barrie are back with a new and improved lineup. Featuring guitarist and vocalist Barrie Cadogan, bassist Lewis Wharton and drummer Virgil Howe (who also happens to be the son of Yes guitarist Steve Howe), the trio fuses garage rock and 60s funk. Their gritty, yet soulful music packs the kind of spunky swagger that calls to mind classic rock n’ roll and recent acts like The Strokes and The White Stripes. Featured song: “Tip It Over”

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