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It’s Specialization Week on BTR, and we’re exploring highly-specialized entrepreneurs.
On the ground interviews from Staten Island and Rockaway Beach, as we take you to some of the places in New York City that have been hardest hit. Today’s show is all about people telling their own stories about how Sandy changed their lives.
Beat Radio is the perpetually-evolving project of Bellmore, Long Island’s Brian Sendrowitz, who’s been crafting hazy, literate, heartfelt pop songs under the name since 2005. In its current form as a duo (joined by a second Brian on drums), the band has been working on a fourth full-length album, Hard Times, Go!, with the additional help of a network of friends and collaborators. Inspired by nostalgia for an innocence that may or may not have ever been (mixtapes, sitcoms, pure pop music) and driven by a strong DIY ethic, the LP is an expansive, adventurous concept record that makes good on its promise to find a space that falls comfortably between Sendrowitz’s musical heroes: Bruce Springsteen and Robyn. Even BTR Live Studio’s host, Maia Macdonald, gets in on the fun, joining the band for a duet on vocals for the song “Stars Collided In Our Hearts” for this special session.
The Well-Informed play their own style of classic piano pop in its finest form. They call it “Pop Revivalism for the Record Bin Romantic.” We call it catchy. The group — featuring Serious Business on BTR MVP Brian Kantor — stopped by for a session then sat down with Travis for a beer-fueled chat about formative years in record shops, lost weekends, and Billy Joel’s drummer.
A native of Blue Point, Long Island, Travis McKeveny grew up with a wealth of great musical inspiration from the likes of Van Morrison, John Hiatt, and Jackson Browne, thanks to his guitarist/singer-songwriter father. Only two years into his own music career, Travis crafts impressive songs comprised of unadorned voice and bare acoustic guitar. Preparing for the release of his debut album, Last Year’s Leaves, he stopped by for a session of BTR Live Studio.
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