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As an avant garde artistic statement, denitia & sene are a testament to the current musical landscape in Brooklyn.
How those affected by the hurricane are handling the holidays.
Katie Dill is currently one half of the music project Mean Lady, but has also been performing and recording her own music for years. Influenced by artists that range from Ella Fitzgerald to The Beach Boys and Bob Marley, Katie has written and recorded hundreds of songs, often folky tunes played on a range of instruments such as piano, banjo, ukulele and omnichord. In this episode of BTR Live Studio, Katie shares a couple of new songs, as well as a solo version of Mean Lady’s “Far Away, played on piano, and discusses some of the inspiration behind her many songs.
The Afrobeat blog offers two good concert options for "our last day on earth." But since the 20th and 21st have passed and the world has not ended, maybe just check out the bands.
Reflecting on landing for the first time in the Big Apple.
Lost Bayou Ramblers got their musical start playing traditional Cajun music in their home state of Louisiana. Deciding that change and growth within the band was necessary led to the production of their newest album -- Mammoth Waltz -- which amps up the band and combines their traditional instrumentation and sound with recognizable rock n’ roll influences. In this episode of BTR Live Studio, Lost Bayou Ramblers share some Cajun history, new tunes and talk about the process of recording their latest album.
Zoe Boekbinder was born in Ontario, Canada and currently resides in New Orleans. She tours internationally, playing her songs with clever rhymes about love gone awry, backed by live looped vocal harmonies and electronic beats. Her next album will be a collaboration with inmates at New Folsom Prison to benefit arts in prisons. For this special episode of BTR Hear & There, Zoe is joined by her friend and tourmate, Mal Blum, for an intimate performance at Sardine, a project space in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
On November 26, 2012, TBWA/Chiat/Day hosted a launch party for photographer Rose Hartman's new book, Incomparable Women Of Style. Before the event, BreakThruTV's Lauren Hawker spoke with Rose about the book and her career, during which she has photographed a number of celebrities, models, and fashionistas -- Jacqueline Onassis, Kate Moss, Bianca Jagger, Naomi Campbell, and Lauren Hutton among them -- and been a fixture at such famed hot spots as Studio 54.
The holiday season is upon us, so, this week on BTR Pulse, we speak to people about their favorite holiday traditions and how this festive time affects them. We also ask how the current state of the economy may impact and alter their usual traditions.
A union of mainstream taste and marginal spectacle, Day has written for the likes of Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, Missy Elliot, Diddy, and Big Daddy Kane. In 2013 her focus now shifts to her solo work.
Blonds’ music is so good that, according to the band, it will “swallow your soul.”
Is imitation the highest form of flattery or the lowest form of creativity?
The Rattlesnakes are a psych-punk band from Portland, Maine, with a touch of an amiable “who cares” attitude that lends a bit of excitement to what they do. Growing from a home recording duo to a three piece to the current quintet, the group’s growing pains show through in their music in the best possible way. Aggressive garage rock and punk at the core, they manage to fit in quite a lot of weirdness alongside their tight pop melodies. The band sat down with Travis (with a noticeable lack of beer, being early on a Sunday) to talk about other Maine bands who’ve graced the studio, as well as their latest cassette tape release.
How easy getting a fake id can be and what lawmakers are doing about it.
The Rise of the Celebrity Death Hoax.
Zombie Jazz outfit Father Figures began as a Brooklyn basement band like any other -- or maybe unlike any other. Instrumental jams with wild horns and trance-inducing keys, not to mention a whole host of otherworldly sounds coming from -- well, we’re sometimes not even sure where -- make this combo totally captivating.
Our coverage of Sandy's effects on New York City continues, with Chris Robbins of Gothamist reporting on the massive destruction on Staten Island, and Nick Pinto of the Village Voice on continuing power outages in Red Hook. Also, Molly's got a new essay about structural oppression and education.
Kurt Baker is a singer, songwriter, and rock n’ roll performer from Portland, Maine ,who has always gone by the famous saying “Have a Good Time All the Time." As the founding member of notable pop/punk outfit the Leftovers, he toured the world and grew into the living, breathing party machine that he is onstage today. Highly reminiscent of Elvis Costello and backed by the venerable KB Band, Baker breathes new life into the power pop genre with high energy guitars and well-crafted pop songwriting. The guys stopped by the studio to play some tunes and to chat with Travis about classic pop history, helping each other out, and -- most importantly -- getting girls.
One photographer's look at downtown Manhattan after Sandy.
Michelle Young chronicles a visit to the historic Salmagundi Club for a GroupMe venture launch party
Hurricane Sandy may have postponed the season opener of the Nets at the recently opened Barclays Center, delaying the newly Brooklyn-based team’s first match-up against the New York Knicks, but that doesn’t mean local basketball fans don’t already have opinions about the surely looming inter-Borough rivalry. BTR Pulse’s Lauren Hawker asks people which side they’ll be taking as Brooklyn gets it’s first major sports franchise since the Dodgers left for Los Angeles.
On October 25th, Force Meme Productions hosted the Fourth Annual HallowMEME Costume Party at The Bell House in Brooklyn. Celebrating online culture, the event features partygoers dressed IRL as their favorite internet memes and personalities. BreakThruTV’s Lauren Hawker spoke with Forced Meme’s Andrea Rosen and other partygoers, including the winner of the evening’s costume contest.
The strange case of the Toynbee Tiles and those trying to track their origin.
Brooklyn’s YVETTE are Noah Kardos-Fein and Rick Daniel. Taking the primal, ritualistic rawness and physicality from the New York no wave and post-punk scene, they push it towards the noisy, the industrial, and the all-out-abrasive. More than just piercing assaults, however, the duo’s songs are impressive displays of structure, craft, and intent that, while perhaps weird and jarring for some, are ultimately catchy tunes that move you -- as Travis says, “It hurts so good.” In this episode of Serious Business on BTR, the band sweated it out and then sat down to talk about how they write songs, taking time off when you need it, and being anti-shuffling.
What began as a love for all-things Chris Rock has evolved into a creative career move for this NYC based comic.
How to visit NYC and not annoy everyone who lives there.
Teeny Lieberson was playing in the indie-psych band Here We Go Magic when a break from the group led to the writing of a batch of songs that formed the groundwork for what would become TEEN. Joined by two of her sisters and a friend, the band plays eerie, swirling psych-flavored pop music with a heavy emphasis on lyrics and vocals. The quartet treated us to a stripped-down set in the studio and chatted with Maia about their history and, curiously enough, dingy Nova Scotia venues.
A frugal guide to making sure you end up at the right celebration this weekend, courtesy of our favorite local blogs.
Mike Higbee is a Paris-born, New York-based singer-songwriter whose most recent album, Secret Life, was recorded at Let ‘Em In Music, a studio in Brooklyn’s burgeoning Gowanus neighborhood. The album draws its influences as much from American indie folk-rock as it does from the swaggering oom-pah style and contemplative crooning vocals of 1960s Paris. For this episode of BTR Hear & There, Higbee performs a raw, solo version of "Love Letter" against the background of the New York City skyline as seen from a Long Island City balcony.
New York City has some amazing walking tours available for tourists and natives alike.
Originating in New Orleans and currently based half in Brooklyn and half in Providence, RI, Callers is a group with strong convictions and creative musicianship. Their latest, Reviver, is said to be "a statement on power, rhythm, beauty and language, and an exploration of inner vastness." In the process of crafting the LP, Keith Souza and Seth Manchester went from collaborating in the studio to joining the band, adding more support to the already complex songwriting and orchestrations of Sara Lucas and Ryan Seaton. Not a band beholden to any particular genre, Callers often incorporate shades of Fleetwood Mac, Dirty Projectors, and all the art rock, motown, experimental punk, and world music in between.
Brooklyn noise rock duo Talk Normal (aka Sarah Register and Andrya Ambro) layers a creative array of effects and feedback over jarring rhythms for a sonic experimentation that results in surprisingly tuneful songs. Travis sat down with the band to have a nice normal (note the lack of giant beers for the interview) talk about superfandom, the recording process, and multitasking during shows.
The Bowery Riots are a 3 piece rock n roll band who take their name from the turn of the century gang The Bowery Boys and the 1849 Astor Riot. Devoted to early rhythm & blues and British invasion rock n' roll, their self-imposed mission is to make honest, literate music that pays tribute to their city and -- perhaps more importantly -- keeps people moving.
Ever since Ronald Reagan asked voters to consider, “Are You Better Off Than You Were Four Years Ago?,” during his 1984 campaign for reelection and they answered by returning him to the White House in a landslide, the question has been a benchmark for voters to consider every presidential election cycle. Given the shaky state of the country when President Obama took office in 2008, we decided to ask people their thoughts about this quadrennial concern as they consider whether to give him another term or turn to his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney.
Brooklyn-based electronic/psychedelic producer Erin Rioux (pronounced ree-yoo) is a self-taught multi-instrumentalist who blends organic instrumentation with custom samples and beats. More than just a dance music machine, Rioux explores the realm of audio/visual pop experimentation, drawing inspiration from the Berlin nightlife scene and his own background growing up in Detroit.
Zombie Jazz outfit Father Figures began as a Brooklyn basement band like any other -- or maybe unlike any other. Instrumental jams with wild horns and trance-inducing keys, not to mention a whole host of otherworldly sounds coming from -- well, we’re sometimes not even sure where -- make this combo totally captivating.
Beach Day come from a surreal place they call Hollyweird, Florida (actually Hollywood, but the nickname seems to fit). The retro aesthetic of their hometown seems to have left quite an impression on the trio, whose music embodies the same sort of sunny pop as girl groups of the 50's and 60's. Capturing as much of their live vibe in the studio as possible -- both on their records and in this session -- the band proves that, though their surroundings and inspiration may seem frozen in time, their music is very much alive.
Ever since Ronald Reagan asked voters to consider, “Are You Better Off Than You Were Four Years Ago?,” during his 1984 campaign for reelection and they answered by returning him to the White House in a landslide, the question has been a benchmark for voters to consider every presidential election cycle. Given the shaky state of the country when President Obama took office in 2008, we decided to ask people their thoughts about this quadrennial concern as they consider whether to give him another term or turn to his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney.
Today's episode of Spit Take Comedy on BreakThruTV features Reid Faylor, a stand-up comedian with the enthusiasm of an excited - albeit unstable - preschool teacher. In this episode, he touches on the sensitive subjects of dramatic pauses, love, and war.
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.
When Dinosaur Feathers stopped in for their session with Travis they graced us with that they call “The Trio.” The three songs, normally played back to back at live shows with no breaks, exemplify sort of power-packed performance the band presents at any of their live shows and they, unsurprisingly, nailed it all in one take, as presented here.
After nine years of development and countless court battles, the Barclays Center opened last Friday night in downtown Brooklyn. The 19,000 seat center will be the new home of the Brooklyn Nets, but also comes with high expectations and controversies. We asked residents and passersby their thoughts on the new arena.
Lightning Love are an indie pop trio from Ypsilanti, Michigan. The band began with Leah Diehl's solo demos of voice and piano, and was later fleshed out to a fuller sound with the help of her brother Aaron on drums and guitarist Ben Collins. Using simple pop structures as a basis for strong, confessional songs with a sweet, self-deprecating tone (sure, call it twee if you must) has worked well for the band, leading to extensive touring and growing national attention.
Eric Lindley is a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and producer with a tendency towards sparseness and experimentation in his Careful project. An unconventional use of auto-tuned vocals over indie folk sets him apart from most dudes with guitars, and sets a strangely unsettling tone for his masterfully concocted, lovely songs.
With 120 leaders in New York for The United Nations General Assembly this week, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's arrival is causing a stir. The controversial leader, who has spoken publicly about ending the state of Israel and suggested that 9/11 was an inside job, is staying at the iconic Warwick Hotel. We caught up with protesters -- including Nathan Carleton, communications director for United Against Nuclear Iran -- outside the hotel as Ahmadinejad arrived.
Today's episode of Spit Take Comedy on BreakThruTV features Narinder Singh, a New York-based comedian known for taking a refreshingly honest and hilarious look at the experience of being different and marginalized. Here he addresses the problems of having sexy lips, shopping with mom, and trying to get a chicken to hug.
Schools across the country crack down on things deemed "controversial."
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.
iPhone fever is at an all time high with the release of the latest smartphone from Apple. Orders for the iPhone 5 topped 2 million in the first 24 hours -- more than double the amount of its predecessor, the 4S. Making up two-thirds of the company's profits, the iPhone is Apple's best selling product and has helped it to become the most valuable company in the world. This week on BTR Pulse, we visit Apple specialty store TekServe to find out more about this latest iPhone and ask people in New York about their use and thoughts on smartphones.
Kris Gruen, currently based in Vermont, was born in New York City with music in his blood, thanks to his father, iconic rock photographer Bob Gruen. His first album, Lullaby School, dealt in the Bon Iver-esque territory of subdued whisper-folk, while the sophomore release, Part of it All, takes a broader, more electrified approach, largely thanks to new collaborations. Contributing musicians and friends include drummer Butch Norton (The Eels, Lucinda Williams, Rufus Wainwright), bassist Sebastian Steinberg (Soul Coughing, Dixie Chicks), Nashville’s Jason Goforth on lapsteel, and drummer Nick Brown from The Dig.
The Two Man Gentlemen Band is comprised of a fine pair of showmen with the best of taste in all things food, beverage, and general good times. The Gents play retro music of the hot jazz and retro swing variety (which they deliver to recitals on the roots and americana circuit via minivan) that harkens back to decades past -- pre-irony and electric instruments, and full of humor and wit. Their latest LP, Two At A Time, was recorded live to monophonic analog tape, using exclusively 1940s and 50s microphones and equipment without the use of any digital effects.
Imagine the wildest party ever -- maybe it's on a beach or in an abandoned warehouse -- raging out of control to the tune of some blissfully inebriated, loud, hollering band. Wild Yaks are that band -- four dudes playing hard and singing their hearts out, pulling you into their own cult of fun. Taking a slightly different, more compact than a previous version of the group, this quartet wastes no time or energy in stirring up the excellent party vibes.
Shoppers and Fashionistas kick off the beginning of New York Fashion Week.
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.
September 6-13 is Fashion Week in NYC. Over the coming days, designers, models, and fashionistas from across the world will invade the Big Apple to celebrate Fashion Week. This yearly September showcase will include endless runway shows and high profile parties with designers presenting what's hot for Spring 2013 at Lincoln Center as well as other venues throughout the City. In anticipation, we asked New Yorkers about what the week-long spectacle means to them.
Strongly influenced by her own military family background -- including extensive traveling throughout the world -- Michaela Anne today finds herself settled in the Ditmas Park neighborhood of Brooklyn, which is quickly revealing itself to have a burgeoning music scene of its own. Leading what she calls her "not exclusively country, country band" and making a name for herself on the Americana circuit, she stopped by BTR Live Studio to play some new songs as she prepares for her next release.
Adrian Fischer of FlyingFisch challenges the ignorance and hatred he finds around him with a message of inspiration.
Sleepies proclaim themselves as “nice kid freak punk,” a sound they’ve been perfecting since forming in 2008. The band will soon be releasing their newest album, Weird Wild World, which was funded through a successful Kickstarter campaign last year. While gearing up for their record release tour, Sleepies stopped by our studio to talk with Travis and share some of their latest songs.
The Aviation Orange is a Brooklyn-based quintet with significant praise and experience for a relatively young group. With dueling male-and-female vocals, the band approaches their indie synth-pop with startling musical precision, building a sound that references the past yet still sounds modern. Fresh off the July release of the digital album, However Wild, the group plans to head back into the studio this fall, and shares some of those new songs with us for the first time in this episode of BTR Live Studio.
Public Displays of Affection, also known as “PDA,” can range anywhere from a simple peck on the cheek to a not so PG rated make-out session. The line between what is acceptable and what may be downright inappropriate is a matter of opinion, so BTR Pulse’s Veronica Grossman hit up Central Park to ask people their opinions.
An interview with Morrigan McCarthy of Restless Collective, a photography and multimedia collective.
Renowned for its inspirational coaches, cool music, and full body workouts, SoulCycle has built a cult-like following. Founded in 2006, the revolutionary indoor cycling class has taken spinning to another level. This week on BreakThruTV, Lauren Hawker visits SoulCycle’s Tribeca studio to catch up with instructor Chad Stringfellow, aka “String,” to learn about and take part in the intense, action-packed 60 minute class.
Turnip King, as Travis puts it, are “extremely non-old.” While the members of the Sea Cliff, NY, band might be young, they’ve obviously already learned how to rock. And despite ditching their original name, Beach Moms, the group’s sound is still blissfully reverb-laden, fuzzy, and more than a bit psychedelic. In this episode of Serious Business on BTR, we hear some of Turnip King’s new tunes and plans for their upcoming album.
They describe themselves as a group bound by sex and synths – a band making sex pop music for the masses.
Brooklyn duo Cultfever created a world of their own for the songs on their self-titled debut album. Drawing on elements of classic indie rock and pop, their genre-jumping style makes for a satisfying mix of dynamic story songs and unconventional soundscapes. Stopping by to chat with Maia for this episode of Live Studio, Cultfever -- performing here as a four-piece -- shares some songs and a little about the making of their moody music video for “Knewyouwell.”
Tenants of three buildings in Sunset Park, Brooklyn stage a mighty resistance against their neglectful landlord.
Hailing from New Jersey, The Static Jacks are a poppy garage punk band that have been together since 2007. After the release of their first album, the group decided they needed to take a different approach to production and began recording in a converted storage unit in Jersey City. The resulting sophomore album is exactly what the band hoped to achieve -- a sound that is, according to the band, “spontaneous but polished.” The guys stopped by the studio to chat with Maia about Spray Tan and play a few songs.
A six piece group of low-key, highly talented musicians out of Raleigh, North Carolina.
Howth (rhymes with “growth”) just might be the most likeable indie rock band in Brooklyn. Previously working as a duo, Newkirk marks the recorded debut of the full five-member group of best friends. Developed over long periods of time and great distances, their sound is a delicate cacophony, winding from subtle folk melodies to danceable pop, with enough room left over for tasteful handclaps and the occasional sax solo freakout. Howth stopped by our studio while preparing for their record release tour to talk about the album, New Jersey, and their friend Jesse Newkirk -- he’s the one on the cover.
Condom makers Trojan handed out 10,000 free vibrators at locations throughout Manhattan this week to launch their new line of devices. Deploying purple, hot dog style “pleasure carts,” the savvy marketing campaign created quite the buzz with long lines at the first location in Midtown.
Shenandoah and the Night is a four piece ensemble from Brooklyn who, with their haunting melodies and attraction to minors keys, have been described as “moody pop” and “pop noir.” Currently preparing for the release of their second full length album, the group stopped by for a session of BTR Live Studio to discuss the making of their new record and the shift in their music as of late.
Sleepies proclaim themselves as “nice kid freak punk,” a sound they’ve been perfecting since forming in 2008. The band will soon be releasing their newest album, Weird Wild World, which was funded through a successful Kickstarter campaign last year. While gearing up for their record release tour, Sleepies stopped by our studio to talk with Travis and share some of their latest songs.
Backwoods Pond Fest kicks off this weekend in Peru, New York with headliners The Indobox. We’ve got a full album listening party this week for their new EP “Dig Safe.”
Katie Dill is currently one half of the music project Mean Lady, but has also been performing and recording her own music for years. Influenced by artists that range from Ella Fitzgerald to The Beach Boys and Bob Marley, Katie has written and recorded hundreds of songs, often folky tunes played on a range of instruments such as piano, banjo, ukulele and omnichord. In this episode of BTR Live Studio, Katie shares a couple of new songs, as well as a solo version of Mean Lady’s “Far Away, played on piano, and discusses some of the inspiration behind her many songs.
Condom makers Trojan handed out 10,000 free vibrators at locations throughout Manhattan this week to launch their new line of devices. Deploying purple, hot dog style “pleasure carts,” the savvy marketing campaign created quite the buzz with long lines at the first location in Midtown.
With the drama of the London Summer Olympics in full swing and winning performances from superstar athletes such as swimmer Michael Phelps and Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, we asked people to share their favorite Olympic moments and other thoughts on the number one sporting event in the world.
Elizabeth Devlin, with her haunting combination of lilting voice and enchanting autoharp, is a self-produced NYC singer-songwriter who’s been likened to artists such as Joanna Newsom. Staying away from traditional musical structure with many of her songs, she builds miniature narratives, such as with her new song, "A Chorus Divine,” which she performed for us at her apartment in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
After a musical hiatus following the disbanding of DeYarmond Edison, Chris Porterfield is making music again with his new project, Field Report. Garnering attention from Billboard, Paste, and Pitchfork, the music of Field Report has been described as thoughtful, smart, and intimate. In this session of BTR Live Studio, we catch up with the band, on tour with Counting Crows, and hear a little about Porterfield’s journey from DeYarmond Edison until now.
Dusted consists of Brian Borcherdt (Holy Fuck) and Leon Taheny (Final Fantasy, Rituals, Bruce Peninsula). The duo plays to their strengths and longtime experience to overcome some of the usual difficulties of a two man band, producing a sound that is richly fleshed out. Their recently released album, Total Dust, is described by Brian as a sort of collage of songs that came together over time and in between touring. Dusted stopped by our studio to talk with Maia about their new album and share a few songs.
Performing as Cadence Weapon, Rollie Pemberton is known for his way with words -- even spending two years as Poet Laureate for the City of Edmonton. Pemberton’s last two albums, Breaking Kayfabe and Afterparty Babies, were nominated for Canada’s Polaris Music Prize while his latest release, Hope In Dirt City, is an attempt to capture the artist’s newest musical phase while also paying homage to earlier forms of hip hop. The album combines several genres of music fluidly for what Pemberton considers his most mature album yet.
On July 12th, BTR Pulse attended the first installment of 106.7 Lite FM’s “Broadway in Bryant Park.” The lunchtime series, now in its twelfth year, showcases performances by the casts of some of Broadway’s hottest shows, such as Stomp, Phantom Of The Opera, Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark, War Horse and Porgy And Bess. Performances run every Thursday at 12:30 through August 16th.
In honor of our beloved team member who left us far too soon.
Polly, a rapper with a decade of experience, produces songs of a storytelling nature. Although influenced by artists such as Eminem, Joe Budden and DMX, he boasts a style all his own. In the midsts of releasing a new album, we caught up with Polly at the Highline in NYC for this episode of BTR Hear & There.
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.
Sydney Wayser is a NYC singer-songwriter with roots in both Los Angeles in Paris. She recently visited our studios to play songs from her latest album, Bell Choir Coast, and to discuss the project with Maia Macdonald.
Former air traffic controller, Dave Munro got his musical start creating demos while serving away from home in the US Navy. Returning from deployment to find a hometown fan base who’d taken a liking to his work, Munro formed a band. Air Traffic Controller’s music combines life experience with a unique sound which has been gaining big name attention since 2009, resulting in -- among other things -- a nomination for MTV’s “Best Break-Out Artist” and a win for “Best Indie Rock Act” of the 2010 Boston Music Conference.
After five years of marriage, Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise have called it quits, bringing much speculation from the media about the role that Scientology may have played in their split. Since its inception in the 1950s, The Church of Scientology has often faced intense media scrutiny as one of the most controversial religious movements. This week on BTR Pulse Lauren Hawker asks people their thoughts about the Church.
Originally hailing from central Iowa, but now spending plenty of time on the coasts, Coolzey takes inspiration from a wide range of genres, including hip hop and 90s indie rock, and has toured with Raashan Ahmad, Akil of Jurassic 5, Sadat X of Brand Nubian, and Joe Jack Talcum of Dead Milkmen. When he visited us for a performance of his new, yet to be released song, “Want It The Most,” his hip-hop influences were on display. Here, he performs the song at a DIY event and arts space in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
The fight against domestic sweatshops and how the definition of a sweatshop is changing.
On May 15th, Vancouver dark-dance band Mode Moderne celebrated the North American release of their new EP, Strange Bruises, on Little Organ Records. Centered around the music of Clint Lofkrantz, Felix Fung, and Philip Intile, Mode Moderne combines synths with chorusy, reverby guitars that instantly bring to mind some favorite moody pop songs from the 1980s. The band made their New York debut in early June, including a stop at our studios to record this exclusive live session.
Team Genius joins visits the studio for a session of BTR Live Studio and discusses and chats with Maia about their music.
Says Travis: “GOES CUBE makes music that pummels your ears. In a pinch you have to classify it as metal but these dudes churn out a brand of heavy music that is soulful and unique, not confined by genre dogma. SICK.”
Asthmatic Kitty recording artist Shannon Stephens returns with her new album, Pull It Together, produced with help from Grammy-winning engineer Kory Kruckenberg. The album highlights an evolution for Stephens, a wife and mother who has chosen to spend the greater part of the last decade out of the spotlight. She writes with a new worldview and explores the Seattle blues while staying true to her indie folk/rock roots. Pull It Together features collaborations with musicians Jeff Fielder (Mark Lanegan), James McAlister (Sufjan Stevens, Pedro the Lion), Steve Moore (Laura Veirs), Bonnie Prince Billy, DM Stith, and Galen Disston.
Teens interested in having anything other than their ears pierced could soon be banned from doing so in New York State. Many piercing shops already reject kids under 18 without explicit parental consent and state lawmakers could follow their lead if a new bill is signed into law. The bill, which would require written consent from parents to be provided and kept on file at shops for 12 months, has already passed both houses in Albany and next goes to the governor’s desk for approval or veto. This week on BTR Pulse we speak to people in New York, including a mother and a local piercer, about their experiences and the proposed law.
A few of our favorite costumes from this year's event.
The Spinto Band is a hardworking group of guys from Wilmington, Delaware, who make excellent rock music (of the off-kilter pop variety, a la Talking Heads), host parties and concerts at their own space (The Garden Center), and run their own label (Spintonic Recordings). While on a recent tour, they stopped by our studio for a session and a chat with Maia.
Says Travis: “PS I Love You rocks viscerally, their songs charging ahead like big machines that run on melted down troubles and dreams. These young Canadians make rock that gives goosebumps. Watch our session and you'll agree.”
A beginner's guide to NYC food trucks.
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Rodney King was found dead at the bottom of his swimming pool on June 17, 2012, at age 47. His beating by LA police in 1991, infamously caught on videotape, sparked a controversial trial and riots which exposed continuing racial tensions at the time. After King’s death, Reverend Al Sharpton said the beating "made America focus on the presence of profiling and police misconduct." This week on BTR Pulse, Lauren Hawker asks people about their memories of Rodney King and whether they think the issues surrounding those events have changed since then.
Atlanta band Bosco was formed around the musical vision of Savannah songwriter Brittany Bosco. Creating lush songs rooted in church music, verbed out guitars, 90s nostalgia, heavy percussion,and chill soul, Bosco pairs a strong design aesthetic and fashion sense with their evolving music. With the recent incorporation of synths into their sound, Bosco continues to redefine their output as collaborative musicians and artists.
As Lacrymosa, Caitlin Pasko, composes beautiful orchestral pop songs that build and weave a variety of textures into dreamy soundscapes. Adorned with sweeping string arrangements, delicate piano work and an angelic, soaring voice that rises and falls with exceptional control and ease, Pasko’s music is tender yet bursting with fervor — especially alongside her lyrical storytelling. Both her vocals and soft-spoken pop sensibilities call to mind Regina Spektor and Sharon Van Etten.
According to a 1992 law, women in New York have the right to go topless anywhere a man can, so long as they’re not engaged in commerce. Yet many people still don’t know this is legal twenty years after the ruling. This week, on BTR Pulse, Lauren Hawker caught up with Moira Johnston, a female rights activist from Philadelphia who has ditched her shirt to raise awareness about a woman's legal right to be topless in NYC.
With a style somewhat reminiscent of the late, great Townes Van Zandt, The Ghost Of Arthur James makes music that sounds at once haunting and hopeful. Here, he plays the song “New Mexico” at the City Reliquary, a cozy museum space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, that exhibits interesting ephemera.
Through the entire month of May, Madison Square Eats has been indulging the intersection of Broadway and Fifth Avenue with array of specialty foods. With over 25 vendors -- including Asia Dog, Red Hook Lobster Pound and and Hong Kong Street Cart -- this foodie’s dream serves up a number of signature dishes all in one location. This week, on BTR Pulse, Lauren Hawker speaks to vendors and patrons at this outdoor food haven.
Occupiers take to the streets of a rainy New York City in a display of solidarity.
Get to know David Cope, a rising stand-up comic out of New York who is in the process of moving to LA for a dream and a girl.
Photos of weekend Linsanity in Manhattan.
Fundimensionals combine elements of classical orchestration and jazz stylings, to create a musical journey that has yet to been taken by any band in any genre.
Ever wanted to exude the same sexy prowess as Sam from Sex & The City (who hasn't)? Or the put-together understated elegance of Kate Middleton (again, hello... all of us)? This week's Sew & Tell guests can help you achieve a look that blends both those style icons into a single wardrobe keepsake. Anna Zeman and Aja Singer met at Parsons, and formed a fast friendship based on hard-core work ethic and a deep love for polished tailoring. After internships at Rodarte and Carolina Herrera, Anna and Aja decided to take the plunge straight out of school and launch their own line. With a singular vision to "introduce the science of perfect fit to New York's fashion scene," the two designers boldly introduced their first Alex & Eli collection in 2009, and haven't looked back. Alex & Eli offer refined women's suiting that still manages to be playful, flirtatious, and distinctive - offering women the best of both Sam and Kate. On today's show, Anna and Aja will talk about how they met and began Alex & Eli, why the love a good suit, their newly-launched custom tailor shop, and plans for the upcoming Fashion Week (which include partying and ignoring Chris Rock). All that, plus great music today from The Darcys, Damien Jurado, We Barbarians, The Joy Formidable and more. Stick around, suit up, and pay attention! Fashion just got serious.

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