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As we enter a new year, we ask people in New York City about any resolutions they may be considering and whether they think making resolutions actually helps people to make their desired changes.
This week we chat with Judy McGuire, author of “How Not to Date” and “Official Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll Book of Lists,” and the blog Bad Advise.
More than 100 vendors have set up shop at this year’s Union Square Holiday Market to sell unique gifts from local businesses unavailable elsewhere. This week on BTR Pulse, Lauren Hawker speaks with shoppers and vendors about holiday gift ideas and why the market is so popular.
NYC-based El Jezel have been together for over a decade, combining elements of glimmering, wistful shoegaze and charging, melodic post-rock. The blend of male and female vocals, along with their ability to waver between various genres mid-song, keeps their music unpredictable and refreshing. For our BTR Hear & There Christmas Special, in front of a brightly decorated Brooklyn home, they brave the cold winter weather to perform (as a duo) an acoustic version of their holiday tune, “Working On Christmas.”
BTR chats with New York-based rocker Anna Rose about her rock roots, constantly evaluating your surroundings, and her forthcoming release.
Donovan Wolfington is apparently a person. He’s out there somewhere, but that’s a story for another day… This is about the band from New Orleans who borrowed his name: four guys making poppy punk rock, with some heavy parts and some happy parts and some sad parts. They didn’t name their album How to Treat the Ones You Love by happenstance. It serves as an exploration of their own lives’ difficulties and lessons, and an honest, literate way to attempt to be a slightly less terrible person in a not-always-so-great world.
It’s “Dusk Week” at BTR… with the setting sun of dusk, comes reflection on the preceding day. In that spirit, BTR’s Zach Schepis and Lisa Autz ask people at NYC’s Madison Square Park to reflect back on their proudest achievements in life.
Although Lena Fayre is a young artist, she’s already released an EP and two LPs, as well as had her music included in the hit tv show The Vampire Diaries. Where does that leave the 19-year-old Los Angeles-based indie pop singer? Looking towards the future, following her album full of post-relationship melancholy and beautiful songs. Her style is really about as flawless as it gets, with perfectly composed and arranged tunes to back up every bit of the hype. She stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to play a few, and to share the story behind her album’s concept and cover art.
Dilly Dally is a Toronto-based band who descended upon NYC during the CMJ Music Marathon seemingly on a mission to destroy everything in their way — appropriate for a group whose website features an old school post-apocalyptic fighting video game. The band’s core members, Katie Monks and Liz Ball, have a long history of making music together, inspired by the dynamics of the Pixies, heavy darkness of Nirvana, noise of Sonic Youth, and the arty thrash of Yeah Yeah Yeahs. A tight band with catchy, powerful songs (not to mention Monks’ memorable vocal style), Dilly Dally is a long time in the making and set to make an impact. They stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to tear through some songs and chat with Maia.
Check out today’s edition of BTR The Jazz Hole Live with a brilliant live set by the Sam Trapchak Quintet, recorded at Silvana in Harlem, New York on May 20th 2015. Composer and bassist Sam Trapchak is joined by David Smith (tp), Kyle Nasser (ts, ss), Perry Smith (g) and Jay Sawyer (d).
What do you cherish most in your fridge? Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis discover what kitchen-goods people in New York can and can’t live without.
Des Ark is the name of Aimée Argote’s long-running musical project. Based in North Carolina, the band has taken many forms, but has always been guided by the focused and hauntingly beautiful words and music of Argote, from hushed tones to roaring rockers. Des Ark stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to play some of their latest songs — which happened to have some of the most colorful titles we’ve seen in a while — and to chat with Maia about where the music comes from and how it’s heard.
Liz Vice is a musician from Portland, Oregon. With a soulful voice and love of storytelling, her jazz-tinged tunes are infused with a spirituality and warmth that recalls classic gospel. Liz stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO on a recent visit to NYC to play some music and chat with Maia.
Arguably, everyone has a type – that ideal set of traits they look for in another person. BTR’s Zach Schepis and Lisa Autz ask people in New York City’s Madison Square Park about what it is they seek out in their relationships.
Frogbelly and Symphony is an international band, splitting its time between Sheffield, UK, and Brooklyn, NY. Members Liz and Tom Hanley, Ben Trott, and Ray Rizzo come from a wide variety of musical backgrounds, bringing in a world of influences to their finely executed experimental tunes. The influence of traditional folk music and poetry is evident, but the prog and post-punk vibes can’t be ignored either. The band stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to mesmerize us with some of their swirling jams, and to chat with Maia about the origins of their complex work.
Welcome to another edition of the Green Mountain Bluegrass Hour. Thanks for joining me, DJ Moguls, here at Break Thru Radio. This thanksgiving I’m serving up a mix to get you through the upcoming cold nights. More Mr. Sun, you know, Darol Anger, Joe Walsh, Grant Gordy, Ethan Lodziewicz. On this hour you’ll also hear The Infamous Stringdusters, the Demolition String Duo and Cropdust! Scroll down through the playlist for details and tourdates.
BTR catches up with the pop-rock band East Love to chat about their creative process and their future plans.
Wet Nurse is a garage pop band from Orlando, Florida. Their music lands in the fast/short/catchy realm, and takes things even further with the secret weapon of Nina and Susana Chaplin’s dual lead vocals. You really can’t do better than sibling harmonies — the Chaplins even remind us a bit of the Deal sisters, with their pleasing slight-raspiness. Musically, the band draws on surf, punk, and pop, all wrapped up with a nod to the 90s alt-rock that makes it feel just right. They stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to rip it up and chat with guest host Travis Harrison.
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, BTR Pulse takes to the streets to ask people in New York what they are thankful for this year and how they will be celebrating.
Self-reflection can be a powerful thing. With that in mind, BTR’s Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis ask people at Madison Square Park about their moments of self-discovery.
Narc Twain is an indie rock band based in New York City and fronted by Jukebox The Ghost’s Tommy Siegel. This particular project came about thanks to the inspiration of some thought-provoking 21st-century dystopian poetry, and the hard-edged, punk-tinged music pairs well with Siegel’s dark perspective. The band stopped by Serious Business Music to give us a first listen to the new band’s songs and to chat a bit about conspiracy theories and music (but mostly conspiracy theories).
BTR chats with Emma Witmer about her teen angst-inspired debut and the beauty hidden in junk shops.
Astronauts, etc. is the primary musical outlet for Oakland, California’s Anthony Ferraro. With a background in classical music, Ferraro crafted the project’s initial recordings at home in his bedroom before fleshing them out with a solid stable of jazz players. Things took a decidedly indie turn when he wound up as a touring member of the band Toro Y Moi, whose chilled-out funk touches seem to have rubbed off a bit on Astronauts, etc.’s own psych-tinged pop. The group stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to play some tunes and chat a bit about the band.
This week we catch up with student and photographer Heath Owens, author behind the blog A Chronic Case of Resfeber!
No matter the virtue, vice is never far behind. BTR’s Zach Schepis and Lisa Autz ask people in New York about their most self-indulgent habits and what they do to overcome those habits.
The Lighthouse and the Whaler, whose name is inspired by the Herman Melville classic, Moby Dick, is a four piece indie rock band from Cleveland. The lineup has undergone some changes since its inception in 2008, while they have received national attention since the release of their debut EP, A Whisper, A Clamour, in that same year. The guys, who have maintained a heavy tour schedule (often with BTR faves like Surfer Blood and Matt Pond PA), dropped by during a recent stop in New York to share a few songs and talk with Maia about the new album.
BTR chats with Brooklyn-based band Animal Years about recording in a cabin in the woods and where they got their very unusual and awesome name!
No longer the “baby band” they were back when we last checked in with them, Brooklyn trio Boytoy dropped by Serious Business Music to lay down some of their latest twin-guitar-attack groovy pop vibes. Check out their great new tunes, and get a peek at their impressive paradiddle skills!
It’s Super Week at BTR, so Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis take to NYC’s Madison Square Park to find out the answer to the perennial question, “what superpower would you like to have?
Soda Shop is a New York band whose dreamy, shimmery indie pop evokes the same 50s nostalgia as their wholesome name. With songs centered around the songwriting/producing duo of Maria Usbeck (also of Brooklyn band Selebrities) and Drew Diver (formerly of The Drums), they rarely play live but have been making a huge impression with their fantastically recorded tracks. The band stopped by Serious Business Music to share a live taste of what they’re capable of, and to chat about the meaning of their songs.
This week if you’re hung over you’re in luck! We chat with Shelley Buchanan, Bloody Mary connoisseur and founder of The Drunken Tomato!
Sometimes all of the right pieces just seem to fall into place. BTR’s Zach Schepis and Lisa Autz ask people in New York City about the moments in their lives where they’ve felt intense chemistry.
Brooke Annibale is a singer/songwriter from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who credits much of her musical direction to experiences growing up around her family’s music store. This musical direction led her to Nashville, where she attended college and lived, returning often over the years to record there even after returning to her home city. She stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to share some tunes and talk about how she crafts her timeless folk songs.
Ryan Camenzuli, aka Zuli, is already ahead of the game at just 22 years old. Beyond being a skilled musician and songwriter, the NYC-based artist had a bit of luck early on, benefiting from a relationship with a member of his favorite band, Akron/Family. Zuli admittedly wears his influences on his sleeve, and so folk, experimental, and psych-pop touches stemming from A/F, Animal Collective, and the like shine through in his own music. We caught up with Zuli (the band) at a friend’s apartment in Bushwick, Brooklyn, for this intimate acoustic performance.
Wet Nurse is a garage pop band from Orlando, Florida. Their music lands in the fast/short/catchy realm, and takes things even further with the secret weapon of Nina and Susana Chaplin’s dual lead vocals. You really can’t do better than sibling harmonies — the Chaplins even remind us a bit of the Deal sisters, with their pleasing slight-raspiness. Musically, the band draws on surf, punk, and pop, all wrapped up with a nod to the 90s alt-rock that makes it feel just right. They stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to rip it up and chat with guest host Travis Harrison.
BTR’s Zach Schepis and Lisa Autz talk with passersby in NYC’s Madison Square Park about the most mysterious and unexplainable events in their lives.
Janie Price is an English/Irish musician who performs as Bird. Her sweet, synth-laden pop music is often centered around her main instrument, the cello, along with her voice. She stopped by the studio to share some songs and talk about how the process for each album has evolved, the latest of which was produced with Chris Kimsey (known for his work with the Rolling Stones).
Welcome to another edition of the Green Mountain Bluegrass Hour. Thanks for joining me, DJ Moguls, here at Break Thru Radio. I’m very excited to bring you some tracks off of the debut release from Mr. Sun. Their first album together as a group, these guys have been around the scene for a while. Darol Anger leads Joe Walsh, Grant Gordy and Ethan Lodziewicz in creating bluegrass, jazz and contemporary classically themed vibrations. On this hour you’ll also hear Berachah Valleyand After The Rodeo! Scroll down through the playlist for details and tourdates. PS Killington is open and ready for skiing!
New York City has started to wind down after another successful CMJ Music Marathon, but the buzz around certain bands continues to linger. One band in particular caught the attention of us here at BTR, an alternative foursome originally from West Palm who have found their way into the Brooklyn scene called Hypoluxo.
Jonah Parzen-Johnson is a Brooklyn-based experimental folk musician, previously seen on BTR leading the afrobeat group, Zongo Junction. Utilizing a baritone saxophone and analog synth, he uses circular breathing to craft his very unique style of indie and folk-inspired solo work.
Whether it’s created by the media, dark secrets, the great unknown, or our own selves, in one way or another fear permeates all of our lives. Zach Schepis and Lisa Autz take to NYC’s Madison Square Park to ask people about their biggest fears and what they can do to face them.
Kagoule is a band of three teenagers from Nottingham, Great Britain. Growing up as friends and bandmates, the trio has a special chemistry that fuels their creative forces, from their 90s alt-rock sound to the artwork and visual approach of everything they do. Full of spot-on dynamics and verse-chorus-verse turns to make Dinosaur Jr, Smashing Pumpkins, and Pixies fans take notice, the band is poised to bring their big sound, which is already making waves in their home country, to the U.S. in a big way.
PHOTOBLOG: This week BTR went to see the Mike Kelley exhibition at Hauser & Wirth. This show featured an array of the late Los Angeles artist’s work, namely his illuminated “City” sculptures and a sprawling installation that has never been exhibited before in the US.
Gato Loco is an instant party — a wild, instrumental explosion of horns and beats harnessed into an avant-garde “psycho-mambo” group with a dizzying array of influences, pulling from jazz, rock, and latin sounds and grooves. The whole New York-based crew of Stefan Zeniuk (tenor & bass saxes), Tim Vaughn (trombone), Joe Exley (tuba), Lilly Maase (guitars), Ari Folman-Cohen (bass), Kevin Garcia (drums), and Rich Stein (percussion) crammed into the studio at Serious Business Music to blow it out and chat with Maia about how their memorable sound got to where it is now.
BTR’s Zach Schepis and Lisa Autz ask people in New York City about how they form and maintain bonds with the people around them, as well as how those bonds help people to get through the good and bad times in their lives.
Johanna Botta gets a lesson on how to properly push some biscuits from Jonathan Schnapp, owner of the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club.
Technology continues to mobilize various aspects of our personal and professional lives. In this week’s Pulse, Zach Schepis and Lisa Autz ask people in New York City about the effects of this mobilization on their own lives.
Mobile Week – The state of New York is a stark exercise in living, breathing contrast. Groups are rallying to secede Upstate New York from New York City.
PHOTOBLOG: This week, BTR went to check out a solo exhibition by London-based artist Danny Rolph, titled ‘RECOLLECTION’. This series consists of many different visually striking plastic panels that have been collaged and painted on to create sharp, emotive compositions that are reminiscent of graffiti and also pop art.
Ryan Camenzuli, aka Zuli, is already ahead of the game at just 22 years old. Beyond being a skilled musician and songwriter, the NYC-based artist had a bit of luck early on, benefiting from a relationship with a member of his favorite band, Akron/Family. Zuli admittedly wears his influences on his sleeve, and so folk, experimental, and psych-pop touches stemming from A/F, Animal Collective, and the like shine through in his own music. We caught up with Zuli (the band) at a friend’s apartment in Bushwick, Brooklyn, for this intimate acoustic performance.
Pop culture is a guilty pleasure most of us enjoy in one way or another, whether it’s catching up with the latest late night show or reading up on celebrity gossip. BTR’s Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis ask people in New York about their favorite pop culture indulgence for this week’s Pulse.
Brunch at Jack’s Wife Freda is something of a New York staple, despite how new the restaurant is. The Mediterranean-inspired food is fantastic, the service is wonderful, and the atmosphere is truly delightful.
Welcome to another edition of the Green Mountain Bluegrass Hour. Thanks for joining me, DJ Moguls, here at Break Thru Radio. On this hour you’ll hear Hot Rize, The Lonesome Trio, Alison Brown and Archie Fisher. And guess what, three out of four are out on tour right now! Scroll down through the playlist for tour dates. Thanks for joining us here at BTR!
New York is thought of as a place where anything is possible. But in such a fast-paced environment, with everyone rushing to make it out on top, does the opportunity come with a price? BTR’s Zach Schepis and Lisa Autz ask people at New York City’s Madison Square Park about the things that stress them out most about living in NYC and what they do to relax.
Stress Week – Those who enjoy the challenges of NYC may argue that the competition is beneficial for betterment and that the rewards are ultimately worth the struggle. Here’s how we handle the stress in our own lives.
Mesiko is the trio of Raquel Bell, David Marshall, and Ray Rizzo. Together, they make a beautiful, chaotic, psychedelic pop racket. We joined them in their Moose Lab studio in DUMBO, Brooklyn, for a very close encounter of the rock n’ roll kind.
Interested in space exploration? Ruckzuck might be the band for you. The psychedelic trio hailing from Long Island, NY, has the power to transport you to alternative dimensions. Ruckzuck consists of lead singer Faith Kelly (who also plays the keys, ukulele, and kazoo), Nick Bedo (guitar), and his brother Matt (drums).
It’s that time of year once again: the leaves are changing, school is back in session, and the pumpkins are rolling in. BTR’s Zach Schepis and Lisa Autz don their autumn jackets and take to Madison Square Park, where they ask people to talk about what they enjoy most about Fall in New York City.
To celebrate autumn, BreakThruTV’s Lyndsey Rodrigues stopped in to a few New York City spots known for their popular fall flavors. She sat down with the owners of 12 Corners Cafe to discuss their pumpkin spice latte, visited Doughnuttery in Chelsea Market to sample some fall-inspired doughnuts and got the recipe for the Tin Star, a returning fall favorite at the Tippler, a bar under Chelsea Market.
PHOTOBLOG: This week, BTR went to go check out ‘Energy & Abstraction,’ an exhibition of drawings by Gordon Matta-Clark at the David Zwirner Gallery in Chelsea, NYC. Matta-Clark was a well-known conceptual interdisciplinary artist in the ’70s.
Check out a new live set from the Blue Note Jazz Club New York by the Japanese pianist Manami Morita on this month’s edition of BTR The Jazz Hole Live with Linus. Musicians are Manami Morita (piano, voice, compositions), Kyle Nasser (tenor sax, soprano sax), Julian Smith (bass) and Thomas Hartman (drums).
The open source movement is attempting to bring a level of transparency and democratic engagement not usually seen in government. BTR’s Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis spoke with people in New York about their take on the concept of an open source city in the future.
Janna Pelle is a Miami-bred, Brooklyn-based pop songwriter with a flair for the eccentric. Proudly inspired by the likes of Lady Gaga, Fiona Apple, and David Byrne, her fun, creative performances and style reflect that. Her daring music video for the single, “City Life,” took the song to the rooftops of the city. Here, she is joined by Doug Berns on bass and Alex Cohen on drums to share the other side of it, bringing the song back home to her bedroom, where she writes and rehearses her music.
For the current generation entering the workforce, the first job they have may not necessarily be part of a fixed career trajectory. Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis ask people in New York City about some of the jobs they’ve liked and disliked the most.
PHOTOBLOG: BTR checks out the opening day of the 2015 US Open at Flushing Meadows’ Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, NY. Players compete in their first round matches under the scorching sun while fans try to stay hydrated and race to the shady spots on the grounds.
Labor Week – Last month, workers in New York City saw the passing of an historic bill: legislation mandating that all fast food chains raise their minimum wage to $15 an hour. The measure will roll out over the next few years.
Welcome to another edition of the Green Mountain Bluegrass Hour. Thanks for joining me, DJ Moguls, here at Break Thru Radio. You’ll hear Tony Trischka, Michael Daves, Della Mae and Rob McCoury. Guess what, they’re all out on tour right now! Scroll down through the playlist for the detailed tour dates. Plus cuts from After The Rodeo, Hank Williams and The Downtown Mountain Boys. Thanks for joining us here at BTR!
The landscape of producing news and information is rapidly changing, but does that mean its quality has to be compromised? Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis ask people on the streets of NYC about our increasingly superficial media and how to support quality over speed.
Red Maple is located within The Chequit Inn on the corner of Grand Ave in Shelter Island Heights in Shelter Island, New York. Just this past weekend, Dane Feldman spent four days on Shelter Island eating his weight in lobster rolls, touring the back roads of the island, and vegging out on its isolated beaches.
Gearing up for my event this Saturday at Fresthetic in Brooklyn. We caught up with store runner Carlos from Classic Material. Saturday I will be spinning with the legendary DJ Doo Wop to celebrate his 95 Live Snapback release. Rocking some fresh tunes today so tell your friends. Enjoy.
As summer begins to wind down, kids and young adults prepare once again for school books and teachers’ dirty looks. Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis take to the streets to ask people about their fondest memories of school and the intricacies involved in the bittersweet return to academia from the break of the warmer months.
Photographer Meryl Meisler grew up on the South Shore of Long Island, and in the 1970s she began photographing her family, friends and neighbors around her suburban home town. As a photographer, Meryl is drawn to the antics of everyday life, and in her intimate and often hilarious photos we’re treated to scenes like a man juggling cardboard boxes after the prom, her young cousin grimacing at the camera from atop a toilet seat, or an amazing image of a couple smiling to the camera from a bedroom decked out in butterfly print wallpaper and matching bedspread.
PHOTOBLOG: BTR checked out Stargazing on New York City’s High Line. The Amateur Astronomers Association provided telescopes for visitors, as they do weekly. This free event runs until the end of October.
We live in a time when abundance reigns king. There can sometimes seem to be no limit of places to eat and shop, ways to communicate with others, and methods for consumption. BTR’s Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis take to the streets of New York City to ask people about some of their most excessive habits and what they may do to combat their own excessiveness
With a flagship store in Williamsburg and a new addition in the East Village, OddFellows Ice Cream Co. has become famous for their homemade ice cream and inventive unconventional flavors. BTRtv’s Johanna Botta spoke with the owner and also had a blind tasting of four of the shop’s unique flavors and tried to guess their creative combinations.
What makes people happy? Perhaps it’s a long-awaited journey to a foreign country or a simple walk through a garden. Whatever it may be, people seem driven to find value in existence and to discover answers to questions that lead to joy in life. BTR’s Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis ask people on the streets of New York City what makes them most happy in life.
A new app called Wonder lets users search for and save NYC and London restaurants, bars, stores, and more by swiping. Wonder also lets users click on the location’s photo for a short description and link to the place’s main site.
Laser Background, the hazy dream-pop brainchild of Philadelphia’s Andy Molholt, plays around in that murky field of tape hiss and slow grooves. There’s a playfulness here, falling somewhere in the fuzzy, psychedelic territory between the Beatles and Pavement, where pop melodies definitely rule, but everything sounds just a little bit… well, strange. Here, we present “Tropic Of Cancer,” from their recent session for BTR Live Studio.
Our media landscape is increasingly clogged with constant content, spinning virally and then fizzling out. Everything we blog, tweet, and click is a public act of feeding this online buzz. Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis take to the streets in NYC to learn what people have to say about online trends and what buzz consumes them on a daily basis.
Johanna Botta stops by to push some biscuits and sample the modern leisure and fun vintage vibe at The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club, located in the burgeoning Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn. The world’s first shuffleboard night club, Royal Palms is housed in a 1919 Printing Press, has 18 shuffleboard courts, and offers tropical drinks and a variety of food — thanks to an ever-shifting lineup of food trucks that drive right into the building!
Welcome to another edition of the Green Mountain Bluegrass Hour. Thanks for joining me, DJ Moguls, here at Break Thru Radio. You’ll hear Tony Trischka, Michael Daves, Grandpa’s Cough Medicine (very funny), The Downtown Mountain Boys and Rob McCoury Rob McCoury. Guess what, they’re all out on tour right now! Scroll down through the playlist for the detailed tour dates including location, detailed pictures and detailed playlist information including end time for the show (spoiler alert, it’s 60:38) by scrolling down through the playlist. Thanks for joining us here at BTR!
No matter where you roam, you’re always coming home. Third Eye Weekly host Zach Schepis returns to New York City’s Madison Square Park to ask people about their roots. Whether a lineage of Italian immigration, military brotherhood, spiritual seeking, or artistry, everyone has a seed from which they’ve grown.
Diet Cig, which may or may not require a government warning, is actually New Paltz, New York-based duo Alex and Noah. They’re a young band cranking out satisfyingly concise and pointed slop-pop tunes with a thousand volts of fun. The two are caught in a whirlwind of touring, but found some time to stop by the brand new Serious Business Music in DUMBO to talk about their experience and to help break in the new live room.
What is real? Do our perceptions help shape the world around us, or is there some outside force at work that defines the world in which we live? Third Eye Weekly host Zach Schepis asks people at NYC’s Madison Square Park how they choose to define their realities, and whether they believe perceptions can truly be shared.
A person’s birthday can be a time to all-out party or a time for more low-key festivities, but regardless of how it’s celebrated, everyone has a birthday and everyone has their preferred way to mark it… or not. BTR’s Lisa Autz ask people in NYC’s Madison Square Park how they prefer to enjoy their own birthdays, and what some of their most memorable celebrations have been.
People often say they like to support American businesses and buy locally in their communities, but how many actually do? Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis ask people in NYC’s Madison Square Park about their favorite American brands and where they love to shop locally.
Caverns is a five piece rock band based in New York City that blends classic rock hooks with psychedelic vibes, all pinned together with touches of blues, funk, and prog. Here, we present “Count To Five,” performed during their recent session for BTR Live Studio and also featured on their latest EP, Tonche.
PHOTOBLOG: If you’re in Manhattan and looking for something close by to keep you occupied or take a break from work, Bryant Park is the perfect place to go. Settled right next to the New York Public Library’s main location, the park is conveniently located. Beautiful gardens border opposite ends of the park’s lush lawn. While many parks have lush landscapes and beautiful flowers, Bryant Park stands out among the rest.
Welcome to another edition of the Green Mountain Bluegrass Hour. Thanks for joining us here at Break Thru Radio. Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn, The DownTown Mountain Boys, and The Gibson Brothers are all out on tour. Scroll down through the playlist for details. You’ll find The Gibson Brothers as well as Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn at the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival in Oak Hill, NY. Find more information on the Festival after the tourdates. Bluegrass festival season is starting!
Obsessive admirers can notably go to extreme lengths to show their desperate appreciation for a celebrity or sports team. Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis learn some of the wackiest, craziest stories of fandompeople around NYC’s Union Square have to share, many of which blur the line between admiration and obsession.
Whether it be nail biting or constant texting, many find certain quirks of their significant others to be downright annoying. But which quirks are deal-breakers? Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis ask people in New York City what relationship-related pet-peeves could make or break a romantic fling.
Gentle drizzle on a cloudy afternoon can be a recipe for a day of Netflix-binging or cozy reading. Everybody has their own special indulgence when the rain showers on their plans. BTR Pulse host Lisa Autz asks people about their favorite thing to do on a rainy day.
Brooklyn’s annual Go Green! Festival is designed to show an appreciation for our environment through information and demonstrations. A variety of vendors with environmentally friendly merchandise were present like Holly’s HeART by Hand, Taproot Organics, and AE Wooden Toys. Charlie & Sarah provided a clothing swap to exchange clothing without all the packaging of newly bought garb. Food vendors included Sugar Couture and Two Books Pizza among many others.
Each Thursday, the internet summons us to reflect back on the past and celebrate it in the present. Whether a favorite childhood photo or a canceled TV show, there are things from the past still cherished today. BTR Pulse host Lisa Autz learns people’s favorite throw-back trends and what they’d love to revive in the present.
Highly Suspect is a Brooklyn-based heavy blues/garage rock band. The trio draws on classic blues rock sounds and subject matter, pushing their riffs through solid grooves and perfectly overdriven amps to hit just the right blend of catchy and heavy. Here, they perform “Lost,” a song they played during their recent session for BTR Live Studio, which will be featured on their new album, Mister Asylum, out this July from 300 Entertainment.
Guac Is Extra columnist Samantha Spoto recounts her journey through the month of May. She’s up to 48 burritos of the year and has had several new ‘ritos in the past few weeks.
June is almost here! Welcome to this new edition of the Green Mountain Bluegrass Hour. Skiing in Vermont didn’t quite make it into June as planned, though it really did look like we’d make it all the way to July just a month ago! Anyway, I’m looking forward to playing from all new albums for the show. Big Country Bluegrass put out Country Livin’ back in March. Della Mae released their self-titled album on May 12th. And we got two sneak peaks into upcoming releases: The Steeldrivers’s The Muscle Shoals Recordings will be on the shelves June 16th and Dale Ann Bradley will release Pocket Full of Keys on June 9th. They’re all out on tour right now, scroll down through the playlist for details! And as always, don’t forget to check out BTR on Facebook, Twitter, tumblr, Instagram, SoundCloud, and Pinterest!
Andrew Vladeck, principal songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist for the band Fireships, is currently on tour to promote the group’s new self-titled release. Vladeck talks about being a singing park ranger and getting by with a little help from your friends.
Dreaming of sandy shores and clear, blue waters? Summer is around the corner and many people are day dreaming of their next escape from the daily routine. BTR Pulse hosts, Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis, ask people in New York City to describe their dream vacation. Details of serene tropics and adventurous mountain climbing are just some ideal travels people are yearning to go on.
Howard is one of those bands that blurs the lines between a solo project and band; named for the lead singer/songwriter, Howard Feibusch, their performance indicates that there’s more musical interplay than the name might imply. Musically, the Brooklyn-based band straddles the line between traditional songwriting and (tastefully) using modern technology to craft their own distinct take on folktronica. Following in the footsteps of the likes of Beck, Radiohead, and the Antlers, with fragile, crooning vocals over noise-laden ambience and beats, Howard has a refreshingly developed sound. They stopped by Saltlands Studio to share some music (in trio format) and to talk about the project.
PHOTOBLOG: At Internet Week New York, famous furry friends of social media made an appearance with their owners. The panel included MenswearDog, ToastMeetsWorld, and the creator of famed TheDogist.
In an age when the latest technology, medicine, or super-foods are developing at an exponential rate, how do we know what’s hazardous and what’s not? BTR Pulse hosts Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis talk with people about the greatest health hazards in our lives and how we can all be more mindful of them.
It takes about fifteen years before music genres make a comeback, right? Great, then Vomitface has arrived right on schedule. There’s no denying that this Jersey City trio are straight up 90s with their loud-quiet-loud dynamics, heavy-ass chunky bass, self-deprecating angst-laden lyrics thru yelps, murmurs, and hollers, and even a convincing 90s grunge look. It all adds up to a well-proven formula for a good time. Sure, there’s a bit of nihilism here (how could they leave that out?), but the sound is so good that we can’t help but get a little excited about it. Here’s another track from their session at Saltlands in DUMBO, Brooklyn.
Nashville-via-Brooklyn-via-everywhere country singer/songwriter MIchaela Anne returns to BTR in the midst of a tidal wave of critical acclaim (including a Rolling Stone premiere of her latest music video). We caught up with her in a classroom at Jalopy Theatre and School of Music in Red Hook, Brooklyn, for this very special performance.
This week we’re chatting with Erin Cronican, an actor, singer, and director based in New York. Her blog The Erin Cronicals explores the lightness and darkness of being human, with some excellent and relatable anecdotes and helpful artistic advice.
FOMO (aka, the Fear Of Missing Out) is, according to some, a growing phenomenon at least partially caused by constant social media consumption. This week, BTR Pulse hosts Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis get the scoop from the public on their worst FOMO moments and what causes the strange longing for a moment that is anything but your own.
Today, the thought of “nerds” might have a more positive connotation than the socially awkward geeks of the past. After all, people like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg are billionaires as well as major pop culture icons. This week, BTR Pulse hosts Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis get nerdy with people in New York City on their favorite brainy moments and what’s cool about being a nerd.
Wakefield spent years living in squatted buildings in Europe and New York and brings firsthand knowledge to Sid’s story: How urban homesteaders lived without plumbing or electricity, how they managed their semi-legal status, and what they cared about and fought for. With Sid, Wakefield has created a character who belongs to that world and is also entirely relatable. Sid is a resourceful, intrepid young woman with a wry sense of humor; she’s great company on our journey into the lost world of New York City’s recent past.
Many people seem to agree that the climate is changing, but disagree on what can be done about it. This week on BTR Pulse, Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis ask people on the streets of New York what they believe their role is in dealing with the issue. While many acknowledge the environmental stakes to be high, some of the reactions may be surprising.
PHOTOBLOG: An Earth Day kick-off took place on Sunday, April 19 at the Audubon Center Boathouse in Prospect Park from 1-4 pm. Activities included fishing lessons, a mulching and garbage clean up class, button making, and a performance by Bash the Trash.
For Care Week at BTR, Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis ask people when they felt most cared for in their lives and when they have been most caring toward other people.
Nots is a badass garage punk quartet from Memphis, Tennessee. Fronted by singer-guitarist Natalie Hoffman (formerly of Ex-Cult) and balanced by drummer-singer Charlotte Wilson, the band snarls and howls its way through cool, shout-along post-punk jams. For this episode of BTR Side Tracks, we present “Reactor,” recorded during Nots’ recent session for BTR Live Studio.
MiniBoone is a Brooklyn-based quartet that should be familiar to regular viewers of BTRtv. They make catchy, heart-wrenchingly honest tunes and, live, filter it through an explosive ball of energy with yelps, kicks, and impressive melodies and harmonies. We met up with the band at Unit J out in Bushwick, Brooklyn, where they played a song off their upcoming release, Bad Sports, due out 4/21 from Ernest Jenning Recording Co.
Jimmy’s Diner is a delicious hole in the wall brunch spot in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Like most diners, the menu at Jimmy’s Diner is chock full of breakfast, lunch, and dinner dishes that are available all day, including burgers, sandwiches, and fried platters.
For “Monitoring Week” at BTR, Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis ask people at Grand Central Station whether they believe whether there is any personal privacy today. People also share the steps they take to protect their privacy.
Crying is a NYC chiptune trio. Their take on the video game-jamming blend of prog and pop-punk is packed with energy, highly explosive, and totally takes you to the next level. For this episode of BTR Side Tracks, we present “Sick” off their recent album Second Wind, as performed at the recent session for BTR Live Studio.
For “Class Week” at BreakThru Radio, Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis hit the streets to ask people about the most interesting class they have taken and how they hope classrooms might evolve in the future.
BTR Side Tracks is our recently launched series where we present previously unseen performances of full songs from artists who have visited us for a studio session. Back during 2014’s CMJ Music Marathon, the Florida-based punk band Flashlights stopped by Let ‘Em In Music in Gowanus, Brooklyn, for a special session, engineered by Nadim Issa. Here, the band performs “Don’t Take Me Seriously” off their latest release, Bummer Summer.
The second installment of Guac is Extra details quality burritos at high prices.
Janna Pelle is a Miami-bred, Brooklyn-based pop songwriter with a flair for the eccentric. Proudly inspired by the likes of Lady Gaga, Fiona Apple, and David Byrne, her fun, creative performances and style reflect that. Her daring music video for the single “City Life” took the song to the rooftops of the city, and here she shares the other side of it, bringing the song back home to her bedroom, where she writes and rehearses her music.
Leave The Planet is the London-based shoegaze duo of Nathalia Bruno and Jack Milwaukee. Influenced by the likes of Slowdive, early Sarah Records releases, and Galaxie 500 (whose song inspired their band name), the pair came together as flatmates and eventually began collaborating based on their shared taste in music. They stopped by Saltlands Studio on a recent trip to the states to play some songs and chat about the band.
It’s “Unprepared Week” at BreakThru Radio, so BTR’s Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis hit the streets to ask people about times when they felt unprepared and how they handled those situations.
Devin Tuel is a songwriter from Pennsylvania and Stephen Harms is a multi-instrumentalist and composer. Over the past year, they came together as the Brooklyn-based indie folk duo known as The Native Harrow and set out to write and perform together. They took a break from working on their debut album to stop by the back room of Freddy’s Bar in South Slope, Brooklyn for this episode of BTR Hear & There.
Old Monk is the brooklyn-based rock trio of Josh, Ian, and Tsugumi. Their heavy, prog-inflected indie rock is both catchy and complex, and they’ve been spending the past few years touring the country to get it heard. The band stopped by Saltlands Studio to play some of their latest songs, which explore the subject of love, and to share a few tales from the road with guest host Travis Harrison.
On naked garbage bag jams and serious humor.
This week we learn ll about oysters with professional connoisseur Julie Qiu.
This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people whether they prefer warm or cold weather.
On March 15, 2014, BTR threw a free, unofficial day party during the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas. Held at The Liberty — a great East Side watering hole with a huge outdoor area, including a bar and the East Side King food truck — we hosted a fun-filled day with music from Clouder, The So So Glos, Gringo Star, Diane Coffee, Milagres, Zorch, and Marijuana Deathsquads. Our friends at Southern Tier Brewing Company provided complimentary beers for our guests.
According to a recent survey, the average first date in New York and Washington, D.C., is over $150. This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people what they think to be an appropriate amount to spend on a first date.
Our old buddies Howth (rhymes with growth) have undergone some changes since last we heard from them with their Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-inspired batch of tunes. Now with a freshly stripped-down 4-piece rock band lineup, we caught up with the gang at Muchmore’s in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, for a fresh look at songwriter Carl Creighton’s re-energized project.
It takes about fifteen years before music genres make a comeback, right? Great, then Vomitface has arrived right on schedule. There’s no denying that this Jersey City trio are straight up 90s with their loud-quiet-loud dynamics, heavy-ass chunky bass, self-deprecating angst-laden lyrics thru yelps, murmurs, and hollers, and even a convincing 90s grunge look. It all add up to a well-proven formula for a good time. Sure, there’s a bit of nihilism here (how could they leave that out?), but the sound is so good that we can’t help but get a little excited about it. The band dropped by Saltlands Studio to play some songs and chat about their history with guest host Travis Harrison.
Mark, Scott, and Nathan make up Heaven For Real, the indie rock trio from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Musically, they work in distinctly Pavementesque non-sequiturs and shout-alongs that tend to to be super catchy and fun. We’ve seen a couple of these guys before (Crosss and Monomyth) and if we’re lucky, perhaps they’ll bring even more of their friendly Halifax scene our way… They stopped by Let ‘Em In Music in Gowanus, Brooklyn, to play some songs, talk about the band, and address their non-existent connection to the Burpo family and their story, Heaven Is For Real.
Located in a hot dog shop, Please Don’t Tell is one of New York’s most well known secrets.
This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people whether the ring needs to be given back after an engagement is called off.
Monomyth is a psych-pop foursome from Halifax, Nova Scotia. We caught up with them for a session of BTR Live Studio when they were in town for CMJ 2014. Not seen in that session is this full performance of “Cruel Blue Hello.”
Bonsai is a Brooklyn-based band made up of singer-songwriter Simone Stevens, Greg McMullen on guitar, and Bryan Bisordi on drums and bass (like, at the same time!). Though their orchestration can be a bit minimal, to amazing effect, the band weaves a lush world of sounds for each song and manages to fill them with refreshingly surprising shifts. Pop songs at their core, there are hints of country and rock (you could even call some of them “slowcore” — sure, why not?) scattered throughout. The band stopped by Let ‘Em In Music in Gowanus, Brooklyn, for this session.
Fried chicken and champagne aren’t Birds & Bubbles only strong suit.
BTR favorites EULA have been skronking their way across the NYC DIY landscape for a few years now. From their days as a notoriously wild, noisy, post-punk trio to their current incarnation (featuring a new drummer and the wise addition of sax), lead instigator Alyse Lamb has clearly been on some sort of mission. Their latest release, which had them working with Martin Bisi, brings them closer to the 80s No Wave that they’ve long been hinting at, as the music itself seems to be getting clearer, heavier, and more focused than ever. Here, guest host Travis Harrison sits down with these animals to catch up.
For years, Chicago residents have used furniture, toys and all manner of things to save their parking spots after clearing them of snow. Recently, however, the city banned the saving of public parking spaces. This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people to share whether or not they believe it is appropriate to save a parking space with a placeholder after shoveling the spot out.
On this episode of BTR Side Tracks we present a previously unseen performance from Minneapolis-based trio The Blind Shake. They perform the full version of their song “Old Lake, ” from their recent Goner Records release Breakfast Of Failures, not seen in their session for BTR Live Studio.
DRGN KING began as an experimental studio collaboration between Philadelphia-based songwriter Dominic Angelella and producer Ritz Reynolds. Eventually morphing into a quartet before shifting lineups around, DRGN KING now finds Angelella with a fresh crop of musicians giving life to the project’s catchy psych-pop songs. The foursome stopped by Let ‘Em In Music in Gowanus, Brooklyn, to share some tunes and talk a bit about the inspiration and history of the music.
Cathy Kaufman chats about New York Culinary Historians’ functions.
Cariad Harmon is a charming London-bred folksinger who currently lives in New York. She dropped by Saltlands Studio, joined by her friend Orly, for this intimate session, then spoke with Maia.
This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people whether they think men or women take more selfies and shares the finding of a recent study on the topic.
BTR Side Tracks is our recently launched series where we present previously unseen performances of full songs from artists who recently visited us for a studio session. This episode features Eliot Bronson, an Atlanta-based Americana artist, who recently stopped by for BTR Live Studio. Here he performs “River Runs Dry,” off his recent self-titled release from Saturn 5 Records.
Maquina Supervium (it’s ok if you don’t quite know how to pronounce it) are a Brooklyn trio built around the jangly, noisy, experimental “intergalactic gospel” songs of singer/guitarist Jhedi, along with Steve on guitar (from Clouder) and Benji on drums (from Slang King and more). Here, they share some of the songs from their long-awaited album, and share some of the reasons behind the 2-year delay.
Crying is a NYC chiptune trio. Their take on the video game-jamming blend of prog and pop-punk is packed with energy, highly explosive, and totally takes you to the next level. Here, the band gives Maia some insight into exactly how they make their supercharged anthems.
This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people how they prefer to celebrate Valentine’s Day, whether it be with gifts, or nights out — or even nights in.
Normally, at studio sessions, we’re only able to shoot enough footage to properly showcase one full song in our videos. However, from time to time, we’re able to shoot enough footage of an artist’s session that we can present a second song in full. So, welcome to this new video series we’re calling BTR Side Tracks, where we’ll now be presenting those songs. Our first video is “Kites,” a song by Philadelphia-based indie-pop band Literature, and comes from their recent session for BTR Live Studio. It appears on the band’s latest LP, Chorus, released by Slumberland Records.
With a couple of more years of shows and tons of praise fueling them, Brooklyn’s Lazyeyes returns for a second BTR Live Studio session, this time with guest host DJ Latola and recorded at Saltlands Studio in DUMBO, Brooklyn. The group, led by singer/guitarist Jason Abrishami plays dream pop that’s both energetic and hooky as hell, and here they reveal a bit about what gave their recording its unique sound.
Shonda Rhimes, the creator of Scandal, has been reported saying that it is impossible for women to have it all — that if there is success in one area of life, another area is lacking. This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people if they believe women can have it all. People share their opinions on balancing work, careers, and relationships as well as whether they believe it’s possible for women to have it all.
White Reaper is a badass rock ‘n roll/garage-pop band from Louisville, Kentucky. You really don’t need to hear much more than that to know that you’ll love them from the first fuzzy chord. They stopped by in the middle of a CMJ blitz for this session sat Saltlands in DUMBO, Brooklyn.
Ayad Al-Adhammy is the heart and soul of Brooklyn rock n’ roll gang, Team Spirit. Previously the brains behind Passion Pit’s synthy pop tunes, Ayad has taken his musical skill and spun it into a beer-soaked punk rock party full of fun, thrashy riffs, and catchy hooks. The band stopped by Saltlands to tear it up and give us a firsthand account of why they have so many cheerleaders.
Nots are a badass garage punk quartet from Memphis, Tennessee. Fronted by singer-guitarist Natalie Hoffman (formerly of Ex-Cult) and balanced by drummer-singer Charlotte Wilson, the band snarls and howls its way through cool, shout-along post-punk jams. They are Nots, and they’re your no-BS, sci-fi soundtrack to tomorrow.
This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people what things they think should never be skimped on. People share their opinions about what they believe is worth extra time, money, or attention.
Nikki Yanofsky is a young Canadian jazz/soul singer. Just 20 years old, she’s already been performing in the public eye for eight years, garnering awards and appearances at international festivals and world class venues. We caught up with Nikki at Caroline Music’s office space for this intimate acoustic performance.
The Blind Shake is a Minneapolis-based trio fronted by brothers Jim and Mike Blaha, with their friend Dave Roper on drums. Intense, uniform-clad, and seemingly from another time or world, the Blind Shake blasts out tight, catchy, surfy punk tunes. In addition to their own growing catalog of releases, the band has collaborated with the likes of psych legend Michael Yonkers and surf “Swami” John Reis. The guys stopped by Saltlands Studio to crank it out just for you in this session.
Being a boss of bossa nova while bringing the noise.
Jared Samuels and his collective of musical conspirators, aka Invisible Familiars, seems to be almost too good to believe. Distilling elements of every corner of rock radio through some hazy modern filter with careful production and spot-on flourishes. Samuels’ background playing with the likes of Martha Wainwright, Sharon Jones, Cibo Matto, and Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger makes a lot of sense, pulling it all together into some vaguely Beck-ish territory with funk and folk hits, pulled together with 60s rock hooks. Here, the band drops by Let Em In Music in Gowanus, Brooklyn, to share masterfully performed renditions of a few songs and chat about the project.
Michael Anderson, coach of the Arroyo Valley High girl’s basketball team in California, has been suspended for three games after his team beat their competition with a score of 161-2. Anderson has been accused of ‘poor sportsmanship’ for allowing the gap in points to be so wide. This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people if they believe the coach should have been suspended, and whether they think there should be a limit on scoring in high school sports.
Flowers is the London-based trio of Sam, Rachel, and Jordan. Formed in 2012 and booked for a tour supporting The Pains Of Being Pure at Heart before playing their first gig, they’ve been making brilliant first impressions all along the way with their charmingly fuzzy pop. From solid, minimalist structures to sonic mayhem and captivating vocals, the band has a way of captivating audiences. They stopped by Let Em In Music in Gowanus, Brooklyn, while in town for CMJ for this special session, recorded by engineer Nadim Issa.
Singer-songwriter Eliot Bronson grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. There, he played in folk band The Brilliant Inventions, would up in Atlanta, and released two solo records before getting himself to Nashville to record his latest cycle of Americana songs with a full band of seasoned musicians as well as sought-after producer Dave Cobb at the helm. Here, he stops by Saltlands Studio to share some raw, solo versions of the songs, highlighting his timeless and powerful vocals.
Workman Song is a solo project fronted by Sean McMahon, a 25-year-old from Western Massachusetts currently living in New York. A sort of mystic folk storyteller, McMahon’s dramatic, stirring music wouldn’t sound entirely out of place in a church — which is exactly where we took it. For this special episode of BTR Hear & There, we joined Workman Song, including members of Streets Of Laredo (who McMahon also plays with regularly) as well as Totara Jack on guitar and Sean’s brother, Griffin McMahon, on the house organ, at Christ Church in New York City.
Roots reggae meets bluegrass meets Eastern philosophy and the importance of family.
Popstrangers are an indie pop band from Auckland, New Zealand, who recently relocated to London. Their sound appropriately straddles that Kiwi sound and 80s British art-rock to give them their own unique musical foothold. During CMJ 2014, the trio dropped by Saltlands for this session to share some tunes and talk about the process of recording their latest album before rocking our very own showcase that week.
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This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser talks with people about New Year’s resolutions. People talk about the resolutions they have made and whether or not they have kept them. Others share why they do or do not believe in the practice of making resolutions.
Workman Song is a solo project fronted by Sean McMahon, a 25-year-old from Western Massachusetts currently living in New York. A sort of mystic folk storyteller, McMahon’s dramatic, stirring music wouldn’t sound entirely out of place in a church — which is exactly where we took it. For this special episode of BTR Hear & There, we joined Workman Song, including members of Streets Of Laredo (who McMahon also plays with regularly) as well as Totara Jack on guitar and Sean’s brother, Griffin McMahon, on the house organ, at Christ Church in New York City.
Mike Pace once led the popular NYC band Oxford Collapse, who dished out catchy, 80s college rock-tinged post-punk in the shape of records from Kanine and Sub Pop. Now, after a six year break from playing music, and picking up an acoustic guitar and moving to Austin, Texas, for a few years, those familiar 80s sentiments — touching on Pace’s Long Island upbringing and apparent nostalgia for the decade in general — are more apparent than ever in his first solo release with The Child Actors. Here, he presents the new music in duo form and talks with Maia about his experiences.
This week we talk travel fitness, catch up with world champion dancer Michelle Stanek, and get local eyes of Syracuse, New York with Zach Schepis!
Dott is a band based in Galway, Ireland, who play shiny, harmony-driven garage pop. If you’re into super hummable melodies full of oohs and aahs, slathered with tasty guitar noise, they’ve got exactly what you need. During CMJ 2014, the band came all the way to New York to play some shows and join us for this session at Saltlands.
Serial, a podcast spun off from This American Life, released its first twelve episode season over the course of fall 2014 and quickly became one of the most downloaded podcasts in history. Hosted by Sarah Koenig, it shares a true story, unfolding the details week by week. Season one shares the case of Adnan Syed who has been in jail since he was found guilty for the murder of his girlfriend in 1999, yet still maintains his innocence. Using her background in investigative journalism, Koenig looks into the details of the case and shares them over the season, trying to find the truth. This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks Serial listeners whether it the show exploits a tragedy or seeks justice.
Literature is an indie-pop band based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The band’s roots were planted when songwriter Kevin Attics met Nathaniel Cardaci and Seth Whaland in Austin, Texas. After a move to Philadelphia, where they met fourth member Chris Schackerman, the band got up and running in 2012. Their mod-leaning indie pop found a great match in analog recording techniques, which the band put to fantastic use on their Slumberland Records release, Chorus. Literature stopped by Saltlands Studio in DUMBO while in town for CMJ, where they also cranked out a killer set at the official BTR showcase.
Fiona Silver is a young New York native with an old soul. Musically, her work drifts from rock to soul and pop, all carried by her captivating stage presence and smoky voice — think Amy Winehouse and Billie Holiday. Here, she brings her band to Grit N Glory, a Lower East Side Rock N Roll and tattoo shop, for an intimate performance of her ukulele-led tune, “Sweet Escape.”
BTR catches up with the experimental pop duo Soft Touch that makes killer dance music.
Following a 13-year stint as a member of beloved New York band The Walkmen, Peter Matthew Bauer is now on his own (with, perhaps, a little help from his friends). His debut solo album, Liberation!, was largely conceived on a trip across Europe and delivers a driving, dense sonic package that may feel a little familiar to fans of his previous band. He stopped by to share some songs and talk a bit about the project with special guest host Travis Harrison in this, the final episode of BTR Live Studio recorded at the SoHo location of Serious Business.
A London-based filmmaker and photographer compiled his photographs of lost feline posters.
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