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Today features RoQy TyRiaD’s journey through Hip Hop
On today’s show we’re going back to 2009 with some great tracks from Animal Collective, Joanna Newsom, and so much more…
Today we an exclusive from Bumpy Knuckles and dope cuts from Smoke DZA & Pete Rock
The Jazz Hole with Linus on Christmas Day, feat. Glenn Crytzer’s Savoy Seven, Eyal VIlner Big Band, Javon Jackson & Les McCann and others
It’s time to review 2016! Stay tuned to Garbage Garage today to hear all of the best songs from the year!
Wayne Ski’s Thursday conversation with MC White Owl featuring some of his music
Today we an exclusive from Bumpy Knuckles and dope cuts from Smoke DZA & Pete Rock
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.”
An hour of jazz on today’s episode of The Jazz Hole with Linus, featuring artists Fred Hersch & Julian Lage, the Ted Nash Big Band and more
Today’s show features A LO HECHO PECHO from La Nefera & more
Today we have class cuts from Planet Asia, Brown Bag AllStars, Bumpy Knuckles & Nutso
New tracks by Joe Benjamin And A Mighty Handful, The Grand St. Stompers, the Eyal Vilner Big Band and more on today’s episode of The Jazz Hole
Check out Garbage Garage today with a salute today Minneapolis spinning tracks from Lizzo, Haley Bonar, Low, and more…
The Dan Pugach Nonet on today’s episode of The Jazz Hole Live with Linus, with a set recorded at the Williamsburg Music Center in Brooklyn, NY.
Today we an exclusive from Bumpy Knuckles and dope cuts from Smoke DZA & Pete Rock
BTRtv explores the skies over the far reaches of Brooklyn with aerial drone footage for your visual enjoyment, all set to the tune of “I Suppose I Should Say ‘Thanks’ Or Some Shit” by Gold Panda. The BeBop drone used in this video was provided by Parrot.
Today’s episode of The Jazz Hole with Linus includes music by Andrew Downing, Sofia Ribeiro, Gerald Clayton, Alexis Cuadrado and many others
Today on the show we’re honoring Sharon Jones, plus a new track from Thee Oh Sees…
Today we an exclusive from Bumpy Knuckles and dope cuts from Smoke DZA & Pete Rock, DeeJay Element & MeRCY!
Enjoy some new tracks by modus factor and by the Simone Daclon Trio on today’s episode of The Jazz Hole with Linus
Get rid of your Thanksgiving leftovers yet? Finish them off on the show today with food-themed music from Mika Miko, Sonny & The Sunsets, Coachwhips and more…
Songwriter Michael Nau lives in Cumberland, Maryland. Initially gaining recognition for his songcraft in the band Page France, Nau then kept things going by collaborating with his wife, Whitney McGraw, as Cotton Jones. While writing and touring with that project, Michael was stockpiling the tender, sweet songs that would eventually launch his solo career with Mowing. He stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to share a few tunes with you! Mowing, the debut solo record by Michael Nau, is available now from Suicide Squeeze Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Wayne Ski rocking some serious classics today. Listen to one of his favorites by Fonda Rae.
Arts Brookfield brings art to public spaces in many cities around the World. Debra Simon, Vice President of Arts Brookfield talks about a recent installation called The Swings: An exercise in Musical Collaboration by Daily tous les jours, a giant interactive piece in which each swing, when moved, creates a sound represented by piano, harp, vibraphone or guitar.
Check out brand new freak folk from Luke Temple and another new, eerie track from the amazing Agnes Obel on today’s God Bless Weirdmerica…
Today we an exclusive from Bumpy Knuckles and dope cuts from Smoke DZA & Pete Rock, DeeJay Element & MeRCY!
Norbert Stachel, LehCats, Plucky Strum, the New York Gypsy All-Stars and much more on today’s episode of The Jazz Hole with Linus
Brand new tracks on today’s show from Monomyth and Bolognans His Clancyness plus Thanksgiving songs and old faves from Blitzen Trapper…
Today’s show features cuts from The Montana Lives Forever EP.
What’s the meanest thing that someone has ever said or done to you? For “Mean Week” at BTRtoday, Zach Schepis asks people in New York City to share some not-so-savory moments in their lives. For more on this topic, check out this week’s Third Eye Weekly. Music featured in this episode: “www” by Har Mar Superstar
Today we feature fresh cuts from Smoke DZA & Pete Rock, DeeJay Element & MeRCY!
BTRtoday gets a one-on-one with La Femme frontman Marlon Magnée, to tap into all the dark secrets of the French band with a ’60s flair and burlesque approach.
Today’s show features posse cut I AM (Global Collab) with AWKWORD and friends.
Today’s live set on The Jazz Hole Live comes from the Pit Inn in Tokyo, Japan, where the NYC-based trio MURAL performed last year.
Alanis Morissette might have muddied the definition for us a bit, but we all know what irony is, right? For “Irony Week” at BTRtoday, Zach Schepis asks people in New York City about the moments in their lives that seemed like they shouldn’t have happened but did anyway, against all odds. For more on this topic, check out this week’s Third Eye Weekly. Music featured in this episode: “Rhythm Bruises” by Har Mar Superstar
Today we feature classic cuts from Phat Kat, Masta Ace & Bumpy Knuckles produced by Wayne Ski.
Check out today’s episode of The Jazz Hole with Linus featuring tracks by Snaggle, Nick Sanders & Logan Strosahl, Patrick Zimmerli and more
Today’s show we feature 6 O’Clock Briefing by M.O.P.’s Billy Danze. Powerful lyrics make sure you listen.
Election day is right around the corner! For “Vote Week” at BTRtoday Anna Bashkova and Zach Schepis ask people in New York City about who they are voting for and why they’ve made their choice. For more on this topic, check out this week’s Third Eye Weekly. Music featured in this episode: “Raspberry Thighs” by The Mantles
Welcome to the inaugural episode of the StereoactiveNYC podcast, where every two weeks we’ll be featuring music by and info about artists playing in and around the NYC/Brooklyn area. We’ll also feature new releases, interviews, retro music selections, and anything else we come up with along the way. In this edition, we explain what StereoactiveNYC has been about up until now, pre-podcast, hear some new tunes by old friends, and feature some of BTR’s exclusive sessions.
Today we feature banging cuts from LegSweep Specialist, Otis Clapp, Conway The Machine & more.
Brilliant composer and drummer Matt Slocum talks about his new album Trio Pacific, Vol. 1 on today’s episode of The Jazz Hole with Linus
Today’s show features new music from La Nefera, MeRCY, Koncept & Mike Two, Daddy Grace & more.
The moment has arrived: zombies have taken over the city and are ready to eat your flesh. For “Fiasco Week” at BTRtoday, Anna Bashkova and Zach Schepis ask people in New York City about what they would do in a zombie apocalypse. For more on this topic, check out this week’s Third Eye Weekly. Music featured in this episode: “If We Don’t Die Today” by The Thermals
Today we feature banging cuts from LegSweep Specialist, La Nefera, Conway The Machine & more.
The Jazz Hole host Linus Wyrsch talks to the acclaimed jazz star Delfeayo Marsalis, whose new album “Make America Great Again!” just came out.
Today’s show features A LO HECHO PECHO from La Nefera & more.
The moment has arrived: you’ve brought your date home, and are looking to put on the perfect record to “set the mood.” For “Listen Week” at BTRtoday, Anna Bashkova and Zach Schepis ask people in New York City about the music they choose to charm someone special. For more on this topic check out this week’s Third Eye Weekly. Music featured in this episode: “Turn To White” by She & Him
The way Melvin describes it, he grew up in “Hell.” He got involved in gang activity early in life mostly due to peer pressure. After a rival gang threatened the life of Melvin’s brother, he put crime behind him and joined the Navy. As a retired veteran, Melvin shares his thoughts on both of his former lifestyles. Music featured in this episode: “Empty Sunset” by D33J
Today’s features new music from MC Eiht featuring MayLay Runn The Blocc.
Music from four brand new albums (Philippe Lemm Trio, The Westerlies, A.G.N.Z. and The Wee Trio) on today’s episode of The Jazz Hole with Linus
Check out a live set from the 55 Bar by the NYC-based band Walking Distance on this month’s BTR The Jazz Hole Live with Linus
Today’s show features album cuts from Torae’s albums.
What famous person, living or dead, do you identify with most? For “Connection Week” at BTRtoday, Anna Bashkova and Zach Schepis ask strangers on the streets of New York City about the celebrities they feel most connected to. For more on this topic, check out this week’s Third Eye Weekly. Music featured in this episode: “Shithole” by Weaves
Today’s feature cuts from Billy Danze, DJ EFN, Skizz & REKS. The feature track for today is Big Dream by Mark Steele.
Brand new tracks by the Alex LoRe Quartet and by Andrew Downing plus much more on today’s episode of The Jazz Hole with Linus
Today features a hard hitting R&B track from Jayd Ink named Darkskin. Check out Shadows Crawl by Torii Wolf produced by DJ Premier.
What annoys you most? For “Blunt Week” at BTRtoday, Anna Bashkova and Ubah Bulale ask people on the streets of New York City about the things in life that they simply can’t stand. For more on this topic, check out this week’s Third Eye Weekly. Music featured in this episode: “Reconstruction” by Small Black
Today’s feature cuts are by 3D! Wishing and It’s Official are certified bangers. My Man Otis Clapp sets it off with Cream.
Get ready for some middle eastern sounds from the Disco Halal crew around Moscoman and Autarkik, expect new stuff from Nicolas Jaar and Machinedrum and prepare for some rougher, more experimental tracks by Dez Williams and Kamikaze Space Programme.
Sometimes, it’s good to take a moment to appreciate something about yourself that you’re proud of. For “Self Week” at BTR today, Anna Bashkova and Ubah Bulale ask people in New York City what they love most about themselves. For more on this topic, check out this week’s Third Eye Weekly. Music featured in this episode: “Mitad De Tu Mundo” by Helado Negro  
Today’s BTR Hip Hop show we features cuts by Dynasty, Ras Beats, Mickey Factz & Nottz and some fire from Mark Steele called Big Dreams.
Is there a memory that you wish you could erase forever? For “Forgotten Week” at BTRtoday, Zach Schepis and Anna Bashkova ask strangers in New York City about the things in life that they wish they could forget. For more on this topic, check out this week’s Third Eye Weekly. Music featured in this episode: “Wheels” by Pink Mountaintops
Today we features dope new cuts by Dynasty, Pre$$ha Dinero, MeRCY & Conway.
What’s one of the scariest, craziest moments in your life? For “WTF Week” at BTRtoday,  Zach Schepis and Anna Bashkova ask people in New York City about the moments they’ve experienced that made them ask, “what the fuck?” For more on this topic, check out this week’s Third Eye Weekly. Music featured in this episode: “Vacation” by SPLASHH
Today we feature new Agony, Pre$$ha Dinero, Dave East & more.
To we drop new Dave East, Koncept & Roc Marciano. Check for new artist 3D.
Relationships often don’t quite get the closure they deserve, but what if you could go back in time and do things a little differently? For “Nostalgia Week” at BTRtoday, Zach Schepis and Anna Bashkova ask strangers in NYC about what they wish they had said to their exes. For more on this topic, check out this week’s Third Eye Weekly. Music featured in this episode: “Sweatpants” by Childish Gambino
Arts Brookfield brings art to public spaces in many cities around the World. Debra Simon, Vice President of Arts Brookfield talks about a recent installation called The Swings: An exercise in Musical Collaboration by Daily tous les jours, a giant interactive piece in which each swing, when moved, creates a sound represented by piano, harp, vibraphone or guitar.
This Getdpwn Remix by Torae is the business. Check the new Lyric Jones with the homie Rah Digga. Straight fire today!
At first glance, Arc Iris appears to have landed here from the future of music — and it’s not just the flashy outfits and dramatic lighting, either. With a fortress of keyboards, some of the tastiest drumming around, and the magnetic whirlwind of Jocie Adams heading it all up with twisting stories and songs, this trio from Providence, Rhode Island, packs a lot of memorable punch through musical virtuosity that’s sure to make an impact on any audience. Adams may be familiar from her time in the innovative indie-folk band, The Low Anthem, but Arc Iris is truly its own creature, drawing comparisons to the likes of Björk and Radiohead with their unusual approach to pop music. Moon Saloon, the second album by Arc Iris, is out now from Bella Union.
At first glance, Arc Iris appears to have landed here from the future of music — and it’s not just the flashy outfits and dramatic lighting, either. With a fortress of keyboards, some of the tastiest drumming around, and the magnetic whirlwind of Jocie Adams heading it all up with twisting stories and songs, this trio from Providence, Rhode Island, packs a lot of memorable punch through musical virtuosity that’s sure to make an impact on any audience. Adams may be familiar from her time in the innovative indie-folk band, The Low Anthem, but Arc Iris is truly its own creature, drawing comparisons to the likes of Björk and Radiohead with their unusual approach to pop music. Moon Saloon, the second album by Arc Iris, is out now from Bella Union. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
If you suddenly lost your home and could settle anywhere with no strings attached, where in the world would you choose to live? For “Home Week” at BTRtoday, Zach Schepis and Lisa Autz ask people in New York City about where in the world they would journey to if they could start all over again. For more on this topic, check out this week’s Third Eye Weekly. Music featured in this episode: “Pilot Light” by The Love Language
In this edition of 1st Person, Joshua describes what it was like to visit China. He also shares his future plans should the presidency fall to Donald Trump. Music featured in this episode: “Thousand Eyes” by Lia Ices  
From his homebase in The Berkshires of Massachusetts, Woodson Black crafted the elegant genius of Haux and the project’s first release of ambient pop. Blending acoustic and electronic elements with layers of sound, falling on each other like clouds rather than crushing the foundation, Haux is here to draw you in, calm you down, and tell you secrets. The full band joined our crew at Serious Business Music in DUMBO for this performance. The debut EP by Haux, All We’ve Known, is available now from Akira Records.
From his homebase in The Berkshires of Massachusetts, Woodson Black crafted the elegant genius of Haux and the project’s first release of ambient pop. Blending acoustic and electronic elements with layers of sound, falling on each other like clouds rather than crushing the foundation, Haux is here to draw you in, calm you down, and tell you secrets. The full band joined our crew at Serious Business Music in DUMBO for this performance. The debut EP by Haux, All We’ve Known, is available now from Akira Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Today’s feature cut is Ski Mask Way by Lyirc Jones & Rah Digga. Check out Really Got It by Jerreau.
Big Eyes is a super tight, badass rock band from NYC. Kait Eldridge formed and leads the project, and it owes much to 70s riff-heavy power pop, which the band pulls off flawlessly. Kait’s pop-punk roots show at times, and they happen to blend well with the big riffs and catchy hooks. The band dropped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to tear it up with music from their latest album. Stake My Claim by Big Eyes is available now from Don Giovanni.
Big Eyes is a super tight, badass rock band from NYC. Kait Eldridge formed and leads the project, and it owes much to 70s riff-heavy power pop, which the band pulls off flawlessly. Kait’s pop-punk roots show at times, and they happen to blend well with the big riffs and catchy hooks. The band dropped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to tear it up with music from their latest album. Stake My Claim by Big Eyes is available now from Don Giovanni. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
What’s the sweetest thing that someone has ever done for you? For “Sweet Week” at BTRtoday Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis ask the people of NYC’s Madison Square Park about their most cherished memories. For more on this topic, check out this week’s Third Eye Weekly. Song featured in this episode: “First Shot”  by  The Love Language
Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster is mostly known as the lead singer of the Oxford, Mississippi trio, Water Liars. In contrast to that band’s raw energy and often heavy themes, Kinkel-Schuster’s solo project is much gentler, with softer tones and a bit less chaos, though no lack of musicality or catchiness. Justin stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to share a very stripped down — just himself and a guitar — taste of some of his music. Constant Stranger, the debut solo album by Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster, will be released September 30, 2016, via Big Legal Mess/Fat Possum Records
New Roc Marciano, Billy Danze & 3D on today’s show. Download the BTR Today app located on the iOS App Store.
Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster is mostly known as the lead singer of the Oxford, Mississippi trio, Water Liars. In contrast to that band’s raw energy and often heavy themes, Kinkel-Schuster’s solo project is much gentler, with softer tones and a bit less chaos, though no lack of musicality or catchiness. Justin stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to share a very stripped down — just himself and a guitar — taste of some of his music. Constant Stranger, the debut solo album by Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster, will be released September 30, 2016, via Big Legal Mess/Fat Possum Records Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Adeline Hotel is the musical project of Brooklyn songwriter Dan Knishkowy. Both the project’s recordings and this session, like any live incarnation of the band, involve a bevy of talented local musicians, whose names and faces might be familiar to any fans of the burgeoning local scene. Adeline Hotel is an effort to make sense of the everyday bits of life, and perhaps take a stab at some kind of bigger idea behind it all, laid out neatly on a bed of country-tinged slowcore. We caught up with the group at Williamsburg, Brooklyn’s current favorite music venue, Baby’s All Right, for an intimate performance in the round. It’s Alright, Just The Same by Adeline Hotel is available now.
Laura Loriga is the principal songwriter and performer for the band Mimes Of Wine. Currently splitting her time (and band members) between NYC and Bologna, Italy, Loriga drives the project with her stunning voice and tasteful piano playing. Though her newest release is the first to feature a full band, for this session Mimes Of Wine appears in its rawest form, as Laura Loriga solo, on keyboard and vocals at Serious Business Music in DUMBO. La Maison Verte by Mimes Of Wine is available now.
Laura Loriga is the principal songwriter and performer for the band Mimes Of Wine. Currently splitting her time (and band members) between NYC and Bologna, Italy, Loriga drives the project with her stunning voice and tasteful piano playing. Though her newest release is the first to feature a full band, for this session Mimes Of Wine appears in its rawest form, as Laura Loriga solo, on keyboard and vocals at Serious Business Music in DUMBO. La Maison Verte by Mimes Of Wine is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
From navigating through awkward chapters of adolescence to trying our best to fit in at a new job, most people have felt like outcasts at one time or another. For “Misfit Week” at BTRtoday, Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis ask people in NYC’s Madison Square Park about the moments in their lives when they’ve felt like misfits. For more on this topic, check out this week’s Third Eye Weekly. Music featured in this episode: “When Soul Love Begins” by The Love Dimension Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
As one of the countless people who have or will move to New York City to chase their dreams this year, Larena shares what motivated her to make the move from Missoula, Montana. She also recounts her scariest moment since becoming a resident of New York City. Music featured in this episode: “Sea Legs” by The Shins Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
NYC garage rock band Rich Girls — usually a trio led by Luisa Black, but a duo here — brings that gritty blend of post-punk and art-rock back to the forefront. Begun by Black in London, the band has grown and changed over several releases, but kept things nice and reverby all along. They stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to share some new music with us for this session. Rich Girls’ new EP, Love is the Dealer, will be available September 2016.
New Music from A-F-R-O with Marco Polo on the production. Lock in! Downlaod the BTR Today app located on the iOS App Store.
NYC garage rock band Rich Girls — usually a trio led by Luisa Black, but a duo here — brings that gritty blend of post-punk and art-rock back to the forefront. Begun by Black in London, the band has grown and changed over several releases, but kept things nice and reverby all along. They stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to share some new music with us for this session. Rich Girls’ new EP, Love is the Dealer, will be available September 2016. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
Withdrawals by Crookers, we go On The Edge with Josh Butler, and Summer Flight with Johnick.
Ishmael Osekre is a Ghanaian-born musician and writer who has made a name for himself as an active proponent of the Brooklyn indie music scene. Along with his rowdy band, The Lucky Bastards, Osekre drives the punk-and-ska-inflected afropop tunes with his distinctive raspy voice and crisp guitar playing, earning him the distinction of being called “the Fela of punk.” The band brought their positive energy to Serious Business Music in DUMBO for this fun performance! Osekre & The Lucky Bastards Why Are You Here? EP is available now.
Ishmael Osekre is a Ghanaian-born musician and writer who has made a name for himself as an active proponent of the Brooklyn indie music scene. Along with his rowdy band, The Lucky Bastards, Osekre drives the punk-and-ska-inflected afropop tunes with his distinctive raspy voice and crisp guitar playing, earning him the distinction of being called “the Fela of punk.” The band brought their positive energy to Serious Business Music in DUMBO for this fun performance! Osekre & The Lucky Bastards Why Are You Here ? EP is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
Check out the new music from DJ/Prodcuer DJ Skizz. Cruise Control includes dope features you won’t be disappointed.
In this edition of 1st Person, Kelly talks about her expectations related to physical beauty when she moved to the United States and how they have changed over the years. She also shares her future plans and how she hopes to help others feel beautiful. Music featured in this episode: “The Most Liveable City” by Gold Panda Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
Songwriter Michael Nau lives in Cumberland, Maryland. Initially gaining recognition for his songcraft in the band Page France, Nau then kept things going by collaborating with his wife, Whitney McGraw, as Cotton Jones. While writing and touring with that project, Michael was stockpiling the tender, sweet songs that would eventually launch his solo career with Mowing
We last caught up with the Massachusetts-based duo, You Won’t, in Austin during SXSW a couple years ago, and they’ve only continued to grow and develop their two-man cacophony of experimental folk/rock pop since then. Together, Josh Arnoudse and Raky Sastri blend an impressive array of instruments and effects to create their own world of sound, full of vivid imagery and storytelling with just a touch of humor. We welcomed the band back to the studio for this up-close look at how they cleverly make all that noise together. Revolutionaries, the new album from You Won’t, is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
If you could pick anyone to survive the apocalypse with, who would you choose? For “Survival Week” at BTRtoday, Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis ask strangers in NYC’s Madison Square Park about who they would pick and why. For more on this topic, check out this week’s Third Eye Weekly. Featured song: “The End” by Little Fevers Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
Chelsea takes on Greg and Mark from The Uncommons in a sober round of Cards Against Humanity. She also gets a look at some of the other party type card games offered in the cafe. Songs featured in this episode: “Lost Weekend” by The So So Glos // “Fine Fine Fine” by !!! // “Madora” by Beverly Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
Amy Klein is a poet-musician who first landed on the radar of most music fans during her stint playing with the excellent NJ-centric punk band, Titus Andronicus. In the five years since, she’s led several bands (Hilly Eye and Leda) and worked tirelessly on her first full batch of catchy, psych-tinged rock songs under her own name. With her album finally out in the world, Amy brought her band to Serious Business Music in DUMBO to give us an inside look at the tunes! Amy Klein’s debut solo album, Fire, is available now from Don Giovanni Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
NYC songwriter Sonya Kitchell began her career in western Massachusetts, releasing her first gentle folk record ten years ago at the age of seventeen. In the decade since, her style has developed and her skills as a songwriter, performer, and in the studio have become highly refined. Sonya stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to bring us this raw, captivating look at her music. Sonya Kitchell’s We Come Apart is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Follow Sonya Kitchell on Facebook and Twitter. Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
We’ve all heard the age-old saying, “what goes around comes around,” but does it ring true? For “Karma Week” at BTRtoday, Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis ask people in NYC’s Madison Square Park about whether or not karma has ever affected them or the choices they’ve made. For more on this topic, check out this week’s Third Eye Weekly. Featured song: “Honey Tiger Eyes” by Ducktails Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
This episode of BreakThruTV is presented by Urban Outfitters… For one of the most fun cities in the world, it’s hard to imagine that there is only one board game cafe in New York, but it’s true. With over a thousand games to play or purchase, The Uncommons is different from other restaurants or bars that have only a few games on the shelf. Chelsea met with Greg May, the cafe’s founder and CEO, to find out a little more about what the cafe has to offer and play a friendly round of Cat Tower. Songs featured in this episode: “New Years” by Asobi Seksu // “MRDR it’s ok” by Team Spirit // “Oh Nancy” by Young Rival // “I See More” by Ages And Ages // “Golden Girl” by Ladyhawke Follow The Uncommons on Facebook and Twitter. Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
Laura Israel is the director of Don’t Blink: Robert Frank, a new documentary about the influential artist, photographer and filmmaker. The film follows Frank’s life and art from his seminal book The Americans through his explorations in experimental film to the present day.
The Spook School is a wonderful group of people from Edinburgh, Scotland, who make upbeat, memorable queer indie-pop punk rock. We met them in Austin this year when they kicked off our party, impressively packing the house with an early crowd, and had to have them come by the studio while they were in town for NYC Popfest. Here, they share a tune crafted for the Slumberland/Fortuna Pop!’s upcoming Continental Drift split record. The Spook School’s Try To Be Hopeful is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Follow The Spook School on Facebook and Twitter.
Emanuel & The Fear (aka songwriter Emanuel Ayvas and his gang of musical cohorts) returns to BTR Live Studio with their latest orchestral-pop rock sagas. With a leaner lineup than past incarnations, the group now leans pleasingly and more heavily on the folky, storytelling side of indie rock than ever before. Here, the band stops by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to share a live take on their newest single. Emanuel And The Fear’s new album, Primitive Smile, will be available in September. Follow Emanuel And The Fear on Facebook and Twitter. Also, check out the band’s previous BTR Live Studio episode. Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
Chicago trio Tiny Fireflies came together in a perfect way: Kristine Capua (Tiny Microphones) and Lisle Mitnik (Fireflies) brought their own complementary pop sensibilities together as a one-off collaboration for a compilation, but the overwhelming popularity of their new “band” led to further collaboration, and eventually to the band we find in front of us today. As a trio — unless you include the drummer, Tom the drum machine — they make perfectly layered, shimmering indie pop with a super nostalgic, sweet vibe. The band stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to show us how they make it happen. Tiny Fireflies’ debut album, The Space Between, is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Follow Tiny Fireflies on Facebook and Twitter. Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
Skydiving, wild parties, embarking on distant adventures… for “Cool Week” at BTRtoday, Zach Schepis talks to people in New York City about the coolest things they’ve ever done. For more on this topic, check out this week’s Third Eye Weekly. Featured song: “My Real Name” by Genevieve Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
As a street performer in New York City, Billy has seen it all. In this edition of 1st Person, he shares a memory from his time performing in Central Park. Song featured in this episode: “My Mathematical Mind” by Spoon Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
Dead Leaf Echo is a dream-pop band from NYC, calling their take on the genre “Nouveau Wave.” The group blends the classic jangle/noise dynamic with romantic, drug-laced scenarios, proudly bearing the influence of 4AD favorites such as Pixies, Lush, etc. Approaching a decade of playing in the NYC trenches and through frequent national touring, Dead Leaf Echo has kept the tunes coming with an impressive number of releases, along with artfully-crafted short films to accompany them. The band dropped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to give us a closer look at how they craft their big sound. The band’s Child.glass.heart split 7″ with The Harrow is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Follow Dead Leaf Echo on Facebook and Twitter. Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
Weakened Friends is a heart-on-the-sleeve indie rock band from New England. Comprised of Sonia Sturino and Cam Jones (both formerly of The Box Tiger), along with Annie Hoffman (of The Field Effect), this trio of fairly tall humans plays with a burning passion that’s hard to fake. This project seems a little more straightforward than The Box Tiger’s caterwaul in a pop-punk sort of way, and — if it’s possible — considerably more vicious. The band took a minute out of their busy regional tour schedule (which seems to include dominating Boston and Portland, Maine – with serious progress being made in NYC as well) to drop by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to give us a live taste of what they’ve got coming up. Crushed by Weakened Friends will be released July 22, 2016. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Follow Weakened Friends on Facebook and Twitter. Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
Beginning this October, New Yorkers will have to pay for the convenience of plastic bags when they do their shopping. In an effort to curb pollution and encourage a greener lifestyle, plastic bags will cost five cents each. For “Sustainable Week” at BTRtoday, Zach Schepis and Lisa Autz ask people for their opinions about this new fee. For more on this topic, check out this week’s Third Eye Weekly. Featured song: “Salt Water” by Brazos Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
In this edition of 1st Person, Lorraine shares stories about different types of traumas that have happened in her life and how those traumas have defined her outlook on the world in certain ways. Song featured in this episode: “Sixteen Forever” by The Casket Girls Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
free cake for every creature, with its adorable and almost sickly sweet name, is bringing twee back. Katie P. Bennett’s indie pop music, filled out by a full band that manages to play about as quietly as possible, has about as much of a 90s K Records vibe as any group of millennials could possibly muster. While references and nods are likely intentional to some extent, we’re forced to believe that Bennett really is just laying her soul out there honestly, sharing her own stories of love and confusion (you know, “growing up” stuff) in the most melodic way possible. Her soft-spoken vocals hook you from the start and make you ache for the rest of the story. The band stopped by the studio for this live look at one of their new album’s most memorable tracks. Talking Quietly Of Anything With You is available now from Double Double Whammy. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Follow free cake for every creature on Facebook and Twitter. Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
Astronautalis, aka Andy Bothwell, is a man with a lot on his mind. Let’s start with the basics: he’s a rapper known around the world for his hard-touring, indie/punk ethics living in Minneapolis, Minnesota — a city that’s quickly becoming one of our favorites for music, thanks to the Doomtree and Totally Gross National Product crews, among plenty of other great acts in recent years. And while he’s certainly got the hip-hop chops to destroy any stage, Astronautalis quickly sets himself apart from the crowd by making his deep and passionate love of all genres of music — and especially indie rock — very apparent through conversation or even by checking out his list of collaborators on records. Smart, talented, and quick-witted, Astronautalis is changing the game. He dropped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to bring some fire with just a laptop and a microphone. Cut The Body Loose by Astronautalis is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Follow Astronautalis on Facebook and Twitter. Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
Conversations can quickly turn awkward due to the sting of an unexpected comment or just a complete loss for words. For “Conversation Week” at BTRtoday, Zach Schepis and Lisa Autz ask people in NYC to divulge their handy tricks and skills for maneuvering out of those uncomfortable moments. For more on this topic, check out this week’s Third Eye Weekly. Featured song: “How The Ranks Was Won” by Brazos Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
After a lesson in pizza making and sampling her creation at Babbalucci, Chelsea checks out the bar for a taste of the “Beetlini Cocktail.” Earlicia, Babbalucci’s mixologist, explains the drink’s ingredients while putting them all together in the signature cocktail. Music featured in this episode: “Your Life In The End” by Prince Rama // “Concorde” by Incan Abraham Check out Babbalucci on Facebook and Twitter. Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
Acid Dad is a no-nonsense psych-punk band in the vein of Thee Oh Sees, Parquet Courts, and The Strokes, and with nods to classics like The Zombies, The Kinks, Television, The Stooges, etc. Comprised of Vaughn Hunt (Vocals, Guitar), Danny Gomez (Vocals, Guitar), Kevin Walker (Drums), and Sean Fahey (Bass, Vocals), this quartet uses riffy rock and reverb-heavy vocals to pull you close and make you move. They dropped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to take us on a pretty sweet trip. Let’s Plan A Robbery by Acid Dad is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Follow Acid Dad on Facebook and Twitter. Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
Dentist is an indie rock band based in Asbury Park, New Jersey, whose music hits the sweet spot between surf, punk, and pop. Having honed their skills locally for a few years, they’re ready to get out on the road, and we’re pretty sure they’ll find that kids everywhere dig their sound. Here, they made the trip to the city to rock the live room at Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn, for us. Dentist’s self-titled debut is available now, with their second full length coming in 2016. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Follow Dentist on Facebook. Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
New York City is thought of by many as the greatest city in the world, but that distinction comes with some baggage in the form of myths — some good, some bad. For “Myth Week” at BTRtoday, Zach Schepis and Lisa Autz ask people in Manhattan about which NYC myths they think to be untrue. For more on this topic, check out this week’s Third Eye Weekly. Featured song: “Could It Ever Get Better?” by These Shaky Isles Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
BTRtv’s Chelsea White visits Babbalucci, in Harlem, where she gets a lesson in making pizza from chef and owner Andrew Lopresto. While learning to make the restaurant’s signature pie, Chelsea gets a surprise and finds out the meaning of the word “babbalucci.” Music featured in this episode: “Jaded” by GRMLN // “Chief” by Lettuce // “Ended Up Making Love” by MiWi La Lupa Check out Babbalucci on Facebook and Twitter. Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
Landscape architect David Seiter talks about his new project: Spontaneous Urban Plants: Weeds in NYC. David is interested in how weeds might be used by landscape designers and urban planners to improve our cities. David is the design director and founding principle of Future Green Studio.
Violet Sands is the new project from Deidre Muro (who has been on BTR Live Studio previously with Deidre & the Dark and Savoir Adore), David Perlick-Molinari (French Horn Rebellion) and Derek Muro (Love Like Deloreans, Mighty Five). Their music builds a psych-pop vibe on top of electronic beats and textures, for some super-smooth, catchy grooves. For this jam, Doc from Pink Flamingo Rhythm Revue joins the band on vocals for an extra touch of soul in the studio at Serious Business Music. Violet Sands’ Strange Attractor EP is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Follow Violet Sands on Facebook and Twitter. Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
The past week BTR went to the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival in Elmont NY. This historic day of racing dates back to 1868. This year, American thoroughbred race horse “Creator” took home the win for the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes.
Mise En Scene is a Canadian band from Winnipeg whose music is centered around the collaboration between Stefanie Blondal Johnson on vocals and guitar and Jodi Dunlop on drums. Sunny and with a healthy dose of reverb, their music is catchy and fun — aka, perfect for an afternoon session on the porch of the BTRhouse in Austin! The four-piece group stopped by for a stripped down performance in the middle of a busy week at SXSW! Check out Mise En Scene’s previous performance featuring “Show Me You’re Real.” Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Follow Mise En Scene on Facebook and Twitter. Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
SAVAK is a Brooklyn band composed of some very experienced musicians. Having previously played in such notable groups as The Obits, Holy Fuck, Nation of Ulysses, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, and The Cops, the members of SAVAK collectively and unsurprisingly possess a deeper knowledge of music, more time in the punk trenches, and a more mature sound than the average band that’s only been together since 2015. The jerky rhythms of post-punk and the jangle of 80s college/early alternative rock blend perfectly with psychedelic swirls and hooky rock riffs under the shared guitar/vocal duties of Michael “Jaws” Jaworski and Sohrab Habibion. The band officially consists of six members, but has been known to expand on record and at some live shows, while we lured a quartet version to Serious Business Music to see what they’ve got going on… spoiler: it’s a lot, and it’s really, really good! SAVAK’s debut LP, Best Of Luck In Future Endeavors, is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Follow SAVAK on Facebook and Twitter.
Cyber warfare and government security breaches by foreign or potentially hostile players are an ever-growing concern, but we wondered what information the average citizen would be interested in if they were given open access to their own government’s network. For “Hack Week” at BTRtoday, Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis ask people in New York what information they’d seek out if given the opportunity. For more on this topic, check out this week’s Third Eye Weekly. Featured song: “Look At Orion!” by Bibio Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
In this edition of 1st Person, Jesse discusses life as an artist as he knows it and talks about a major moment in his career. He also offers advice for anyone who might be on the same path. Song featured in this episode: “du Zirconia” by Com Truise Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
Brooklyn psych-surf-garage-rock band Fruit + Flowers’ appeal is centered around the interplay between Caroline Yoder, Ana Becker and Elizabeth Wakefield. Catchy, gritty, and maybe a little unhinged at times, the band has been going hard for the past year, touring and playing so many local shows that it can almost be assumed that if there’s a cool bill at a new or underground Bushwick venue, they’re on it. While they’ve released almost no recorded music yet, we know they’ve got a lot up their collective sleeve, so we had them drop by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to show us just how they do it. The song “Turquoise” from Fruit + Flowers is available online now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Follow Fruit + Flowers on Facebook and Twitter. Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
Lissie is originally from Rock Island, Illinois. She landed in California as a young singer-songwriter and learned a lot in her time in the industry there before returning to her midwestern roots by moving to Iowa. Her music is folk with a pop/country touch, but most notable here is her remarkable voice, which gives every word sung a life of its own. She stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to share a raw, stripped down performance with us. Lissie’s album My Wild West is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Follow Lissie on Facebook and Twitter. Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
As part of “Affordable Week” at BTRtoday, Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis ask people in New York City about their favorite free activities for the summer amid the seemingly always-rising cost of living in the city. For more on this topic, check out this week’s Third Eye Weekly. Featured song: “Too Much Space Man” by Diane Coffee Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
The same old workout, day after day, can become mundane pretty quickly. From crawling around like a jungle cat to working out in heels, Chelsea White runs down the list of the top five weirdest workouts which are sure to keep your fitness routine interesting. Song featured in this episode: “Everyone’s A Bitch” by Jaill // “Foreign Object” by The Mountain Goats // “Silvering” by LoneLady // “A Sea Ringed With Visions” by Fujiya & Miyagi // “Bye Bye (Ella Me Dice Vay)” by Gipsy Kings // “Another Toe In The Ocean” by Pixies Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
Tangerine is a Seattle-based garage pop trio with a rough and dreamy style that complements their straightforward, catchy songs. The band doesn’t waste much energy on frills beyond some sweet guitar solos, opting to save it for their fun music and touring around the country instead. We were lucky enough to get them into the studio at Serious Business Music to brighten our day with this special performance. Tangerine’s Sugar Teeth EP is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Follow Tangerine on Facebook and Twitter. Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
Adeline Hotel is the musical project of Brooklyn songwriter Dan Knishkowy. Both the project’s recordings and this session, like any live incarnation of the band, involve a bevy of talented local musicians, whose names and faces might be familiar to any fans of the burgeoning local scene. Adeline Hotel is an effort to make sense of the everyday bits of life, and perhaps take a stab at some kind of bigger idea behind it all, laid out neatly on a bed of country-tinged slowcore. We caught up with the group at Williamsburg, Brooklyn’s current favorite music venue, Baby’s All Right, for an intimate performance in the round. It’s Alright, Just The Same by Adeline Hotel is available now. Follow Adeline Hotel on Facebook and Twitter. Check out Baby’s All Right on Facebook and Twitter. Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
Meet the east coasters who combine dad rock, old-school country, punk, and The Spice Girls to create what is BOYTOY—a NYC-based band that’ll surf their way to the top of your playlist.
John Mark Nelson is a musician from Excelsior, Minnesota. While young, he’s far from inexperienced, having spent the past decade writing, recording, and playing music. Stylistically, Nelson’s work falls somewhere in the rock/pop world, but he has a melodic sensibility that makes every moment of his songs compelling while his words and compositions set him apart from your average artist. He stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO recently for this special performance. I’m Not Afraid by John Mark Nelson is available now on GNDWIRE Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Follow John Mark Nelson on Facebook and Twitter. Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
For “Perspective Week” at BTRtoday Zach Schepis and Lisa Autz ask people about a time in their lives when they wish they were able to change how they saw a certain situation. For more on this topic, check out this week’s Third Eye Weekly. Featured song: “Needs” by Baio Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
In this edition of 1st Person, Chris discusses his chosen transient lifestyle, in which he leaves himself open to continuously experiencing new things through a willingness to move from place to place. Song featured in this episode: “du Zirconia” by Com Truise Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
Del Water Gap’s S. Holden Jaffe began the project on his own, alone in upstate NY before making his way down to NYC. There, he met his future and current bandmates (bassist William Evans and drummer Charles Schlinkert) in the blackout following Hurricane Sandy. The band’s sound is weary, melodic alt-folk with a modern feel. The trio stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to share their music with us. Del Water Gap’s “Cut The Rope” / “Lamplight” 7” is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Follow Del Water Gap on Facebook and Twitter. Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
You’ll get to hear some oldies but goodies in this show by Sascha Funke, Tycho, Bonobo, or Mount Kimbie, but also brand new beautiful material by Anohni as well as Hendrik Weber aka Pantha Du Prince. His first solo album in six years, Triad, is out now, and we’re gonna take a look at this beautifully (and, for Pantha unusually) dense, deep bell and chimes-loaded masterpiece.
Guerilla Toss seems to exist in an acid-drenched cartoon world of future music. Stylistically, there’s some sort of punk/funk/jazz jam going on, but never mind the ingredients, this band’s all about the end result, which is a strange, morphing blend of totally mind-bending goodness, pulled together by the vocal performance of Kassie Carlson. Though they originated in the Boston area, the group has since found its way to New York, where their collaborators in the DFA-related and Brooklyn experimental/art scene provide some pretty fertile ground for collaboration. They stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to blow our minds. Eraser Stargazer by Guerrilla Toss is available now from DFA Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Follow Guerilla Toss on Facebook and Twitter. Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
Donald Trump talks a mighty game, but is he really trying to compensate for something much smaller? For “Tiny Week” at BTRtoday, Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis ask people on the streets of New York City whether or not they think the presumptive Republican nominee for President of the United States is well-qualified… and well-endowed. For more on this topic, check out this week’s Third Eye Weekly. Featured song: “Penis Glove” by The Adventures of the Silver Spaceman Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
Lucky Luna is a restaurant in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, that features both Taiwanese and Mexican cuisines. After checking out the food, Chelsea got a look at the preparation behind the kimchi (made in-house with vegan and shellfish-free options) and nori bloody mary which won Best Overall and Most Original at the Bloody Mary Festival. Songs featured in this episode: “Waste A Lot Of Things” by Jaill // “Heart” by Dune Rats Follow Lucky Luna on Twitter. Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
Audacity is a garage punk band from Fullerton, California. They’ve been bashing out fun, uncompromising tunes since they were kids, and while still young, they’ve already got more than enough years (we’re talking 10+) under their belt together to show all the newcomers exactly how to do it right. Turn this one way up and enjoy. Hyper Vessels by Audacity is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Follow Audacity on Facebook and Twitter. Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
Pearl Charles is a young songwriter from Los Angeles. At just 23 years old, she already has about five years of touring experience under her belt from her time with The Driftwood Singers and The Blank Tapes (which is where we met her, when they visited BTR Live Studio a while back). Setting off on a solo career over the past year, Pearl has been finding and developing her own voice and timeless, bluesy psych-folk style. She stopped by the BTRhouse in Austin, Texas, during SXSW 2016 to share some of her new tunes with us, under the big old tree in our backyard. Pearl Charles EP is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Follow Pearl Charles on Facebook and Twitter. Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
Miwi La Lupa, a NYC-based songwriter who previously visited BTR Live Studio around the release of his debut album, is back with an excellent sophomore release. Continuing his evolution as a songwriter and band leader, MiWi La Lupa draws from folk and rock inspirations to tell personal stories through highly catchy pop songs. The band stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn, to share some of the new sounds. Ended Up Making Love by MiWi La Lupa is available now from Team Love Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Follow MiWi La Lupa on Facebook and Twitter. Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
If you could travel through space, where in the universe would you go? For “Space Week” at BTRtoday, Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis ask people on the streets of New York City which interstellar regions and far away planets they might venture to if given the opportunity. For more on this topic, check out this week’s Third Eye Weekly. Featured song: “Electric Love” by He’s My Brother She’s My Sister Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
Lucky Luna is a restaurant in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, that features both Taiwanese and Mexican cuisines with a special focus on fostering community and sourcing local ingredients. Not a traditional fusion restaurant, the menu highlights dishes that might be found in Taipei or Oaxaca, but they are not combined. Chelsea White sat down with co-owner, Marisa Cadena, to talk a little about the inspiration for the restaurant and to sample a few menu items. Songs featured in this episode: “Ride” by Twenty One Pilots // “Hey You” by The Thermals // “Casual Wrecks” by Adult Books // “When They Fight, They Fight” by Generationals // “I Turn My Camera On” by Spoon // “Phantom Limb” by The Shins Follow Lucky Luna on Twitter. Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
Moving Panoramas is an Austin-based trio that plays shoegaze-inspired pop, bouncing through chill grooves with soft, reverb-laden vocals floating on top. Comprised of Leslie Sisson on guitar/vocals (who previously visited BTR Live Studio with The Wooden Birds), Rozie Castoe on bass/vocals, and Karen Skloss on drums, the band has developed a perfectly locked-in style that works well to create the sort of “panoramic” sound that they’re chasing under those big Texas skies. Moving Panoramas’ debut LP, One, is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Follow Moving Panoramas on Facebook and Twitter. Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
Atlanta punk trio The Coathangers just cruised into their 10th year of rockin’ — and to say they’ve come a long way is a huge understatement. The band began as a wild, no wave/garage-inspired ball of fun and chaos made up of friends who didn’t totally know how to play but wanted to start a band. Along the way, they’ve matured and picked up a broad range of inspiration, all while honing their sound and musicianship to a fine point. This charmer of a kiss-off single nearly burned down the damn studio, and all with the best, most punk instrumentation we’ve seen in awhile: drums, bass, and dog toy! The Coathangers’ new album, Nosebleed Weekend, is available now from Suicide Squeeze Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Follow The Coathangers on Facebook and Twitter. Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
Stranded on a desert island, alone, and without a means to escape… what would you choose to bring with you? Whether it’s books or vodka, for “Island Week” at BTR, Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis ask people on the streets of New York City what comforts they would bring to their tropical isolation. For more on this topic, check out this week’s Third Eye Weekly. Featured song: “Merchants of Soul” by Spoon Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
Ah, alcohol. The magical liquid that allows us to release our inhibitions, think up some of our most brilliant ideas, and, of course, feel like we haven’t eaten a bite of food in three weeks. Chelsea White tells us the top 5 things to eat when you’re drunk AF. Songs featured in this episode: “Don’t Slow Down” by Matt & Kim // “Bed Case” by Tancred // “Killing Moon” by Tetherball // “Friendship” by Mike Dillon // “Trouble” by Hey Marseilles // “The Walls” by The Thermals Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
Journalism is a Brooklyn band fronted by Kegan Zema. Kegan recently staged a multimedia exhibit at the Bushwick, Brooklyn venue/collective Silent Barn, f which he is a member, called “American Icon” in which he, as “ZEMA,” took on the personas of David Bowie, Marilyn Monroe, and more. Musically, Journalism explores similar territory as the early 2000s wave of post-post-punk and garage rock, straddling the line between brooding and dancing, but Zema’s awareness and interest in musical and pop culture theory clearly influences his lyrics and the band’s performance. The group stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to share a tune. Faces by Journalism is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Follow Journalism on Facebook and Twitter. Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
CocoRosie is the eccentric and fascinating musical project of sisters Bianca and Sierra Casady. The duo first gained notoriety in the 2000s scene of Brooklyn musicians and artists experimenting with pop, rock, and other genres, and has since continued to evolve their sonic perversions. Making great use of blending two disparate vocal styles — one crooning and nostalgic, the other childlike and rap-influenced — as well as their unique use of toys and children’s instruments, CocoRosie continues to make highly innovative music. The band, including a beatboxer and synth player, rolled up to the BTRhouse in Austin, Texas, during SXSW 2016 to take over the backyard, completely making it their own for this very special performance under the big tree. Heartache City is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Follow CocoRosie on Facebook and Twitter. Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
2001 is a bit of a supergroup. With an impossible to Google band name, unconventional pop rhythms and song structures, and an impressive NYC music scene pedigree, this collaboration between Joan Wasser (of Joan As Policewoman) and Benjamin Lazar Davis was sparked by a fascination with Pygmy music while in Africa. Here, they share a Joan-led tune with looping guitar stutters, tight grooves, and pointed lyrics. 2001 currently has two singles, “Broke Me In Two” and “Overload,” available. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Follow 2001 on Facebook and Twitter. Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
For “Break Week” at BTR, Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis ask people in New York City what they would do if they could take a break from all the responsibilities in their busy lives. For more on this topic, check out this week’s Third Eye Weekly. Featured song: “Pocket Change” by Lettuce Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
In this edition of 1st Person, Leigh shares what it means to be a dancer. She speaks about why dance is special to her as well as some of the struggles she has encountered. Song featured in this episode: “Raw Light Overture” by Botany Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
The Dead Ships is the Los Angeles-based garage rock trio of Devlin McCluskey, Christopher Spindelilus, and Alex Moore. While still a relatively young project, the band has already recorded an EP with Broken Social Scene’s Brendan Canning, rocked the stage at Coachella, and is currently on track to release a full length (again collaborating with Canning). Here, they blast through their hard-rockin’ anti-authority anthem of a single, “Company Line.” The Dead Ships is currently working on their full length follow up to 2015’s EP1. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Check out The Dead Ships on Facebook and Twitter. Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
Sons Of An Illustrious Father is the Brooklyn-based trio of Osh Aubin, Lilah Larson, and Ezra Miller. The band has a strong, family-like connection and often swaps instruments during their set, trading off lead duties on different songs. There’s something special to their “future folk” and we could totally feel it in the studio as they came by to share this version of “Tendrils.” Sons Of An Illustrious Father’s new album, Revol, is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Follow Sons Of An Illustrious Father on Facebook and Twitter. Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
We all have our quirks that may weird out friends and family if revealed. For “Strange Week” at BTR, Zach Schepis and Lisa Autz ask people on the streets of New York City to give us the dirt on their strangest interests or habits. For more on this topic, check out this week’s Third Eye Weekly. Featured song: “Dark Knight In Shining Armor” by Pujol Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
While visiting the Sakura Matsuri Festival, Johanna Botta got a special tutorial on samurai sword fighting from Yoshi Amao, the founder of Samurai Sword Soul. She learns basic fighting movements, their traditional names and gets a few tips on fighting like a samurai. Song featured in this episode: “The Yabba” by Battles Check out the Brooklyn Botanic Garden on Facebook and Twitter. Follow Samurai Sword Soul on Facebook. Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
Check out tales of Delusions in this month’s offering from the Nights of Our Lives. Storytellers Brian Finkelstein, Ophira Eisenberg, Mike Kelton, and Adam Wade take you from the heartbreaking to the absurd as they regale you with stories of anal sex gone awry to defecating all over a New Jersey Path Train. Why wouldn’t you want to listen to this?? Enjoy and we apologize in advance.
Flora Cash is the folk-pop duo of Shpresa Lleshaj & Cole Randall. Their story is a classic modern romance: meeting across the globe via Soundcloud, collaborating, falling in love, moving back and forth between Stockholm, Sweden (where they’re currently based) and Minneapolis, Minnesota to be together… and their music reflects their story. They stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to share an intimate look at their song, “For Someone.” Can Summer Love Last Forever?, a mini-LP by Flora Cash, is available now from Icons Creating Evil Art. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Follow Flora Cash on Facebook and Twitter. Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
Humeysha was created in India by musician Zain Alam, drawing on influences from New York to New Delhi to craft an emotional, multilingual story inspired by travel and heritage. Here, the band visits the Knockdown Center, an art center and event space dedicated to unusual projects and collaborations in Maspeth, Queens, to give their epic tale of “A Passage to America” plenty of room to stretch out. Humeysha LP is available now. Follow Humeysha on Facebook and Twitter. Follow the Knockdown Center on Facebook and Twitter. Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
Paul & Kris Masson are the duo at the core of the Baltimore-based Great American Canyon Band. Their dreamy folk rock has a certain beautiful heaviness at times, carried by the couple’s well-worn harmonies. Though the full four-piece band is in the midst of a year packed with tour dates, Paul and Kris stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO for this stripped-down session. Great American Canyon Band’s debut LP, Only You Remain, is available now from Six Degrees Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Follow Great American Canyon Band on Facebook and Twitter. Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
Amongst the overlapping currents of political slandering and entertainment media, it can be hard to keep track of the issues that matter most. For “Focus Week” at BTR, Zach Schepis and Lisa Autz ask people in New York City whether our culture has lost focus in addressing the pertinent issues of our time. For more on this topic, check out this week’s Third Eye Weekly. Featured song: “Needs” by Baio Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
BTRtv’s Johanna Botta headed to the annual Sakura Matsuri Festival at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden for the yearly display of Japanese culture. She spoke with Yoshi Amao, the festival’s Master of Ceremony, about the roots of the festival and also to some of the participants about what the festival has to offer. Songs featured in this episode: “Joyland” by Trust // “The Yabba” by Battles // “Higher” by Lia Ices // “Mantra (Shash’U Remix)” by Eman X Vlooper // “Untying The Knot” by Panda Bear // All other music composed by Kevin MacLeod Photo Credits: Luigi and Mario // Goku & Bulma Cosplayers // Sailor Moon Cosplayer // OKIMG_8472 // Team Rocket & Pikachu cosplayers Check out the Brooklyn Botanic Garden on Facebook and Twitter. Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
CocoRosie is the eccentric and fascinating musical project of sisters Bianca and Sierra Casady. The duo first gained notoriety in the 00’s scene of Brooklyn musicians and artists experimenting with pop, rock, and other genres, and has since continued to evolve their sonic perversions. Making great use of blending two disparate vocal styles — one crooning and nostalgic, the other childlike and rap-influenced — as well as their unique use of toys and children’s instruments, CocoRosie continues to make highly innovative music. The band, including a beatboxer and synth player, rolled up to the BTRhouse in Austin, Texas, during SXSW 2016 to take over the backyard, completely making it their own for this very special performance under the big tree. Heartache City is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Follow CocoRosie on Facebook and Twitter. Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
Lucy Dacus is a young musician based out of Richmond, Virginia, who came out of nowhere and immediately caught our attention. In a similar vein as other recent favorites Courtney Barnett and Julien Baker, Dacus has a clear and honest style of storytelling and perspective through song that we just can’t get enough of. While on tour with her band at SXSW in Austin, Texas, she stopped by the BTRhouse to play some music for us in the comfort of our front porch. Lucy Dacus’ debut single, “I Don’t Wanna Be Funny Anymore,” is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Follow Lucy Dacus on Facebook and Twitter. Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
Is our culture helping or hindering the acceptance of more diverse body images? For “Body Week” at BTR, Zach Schepis and Lisa Autz ask people on the streets of New York City if they truly see a positive body movement underway. For more on this topic, check out this week’s Third Eye Weekly. Featured song: “How” by Daughter Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
Life can be hard sometimes. Lucky for us, this world is full of cute and furry distractions which can brighten up almost any situation. Chelsea White shares some of the obvious, and also less than obvious, things that are better when you add a cat. She also makes a few (p)awesome cat puns, because, honestly, who can help themselves? Songs featured in this episode: “When They Fight, They Fight” by Generationals // “When, When” by Civil Twilight // “Birth Right” by Domino Kirke // “Secret Door” by Arctic Monkeys // “You Don’t Know Me” by Son Lux // “Get Greasy” by Lettuce Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
Mise En Scene is a Canadian band from Winnipeg whose music is centered around the collaboration between Stefanie Blondal Johnson on vocals and guitar and Jodi Dunlop on drums. Sunny and with a healthy dose of reverb, their music is catchy and fun — aka, perfect for an afternoon session on the porch of the BTRhouse in Austin! The four-piece group stopped by for a stripped down performance in the middle of a busy week at SXSW! Mise En Scene is currently preparing to release their sophomore record. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Follow Mise En Scene on Facebook and Twitter. Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
This week we talk naked vacationing with Felicity Jones, co-founder of Young Naturists America!
Guts Club is Lindsey Baker. Currently residing in New Orleans, Baker writes and performs striking, flowing stories in folk song form, righteously unadorned and straightforward, with minimal accompaniment on record. Guts Club joined us in Austin during SXSW 2016 for a special performance under the big tree in BTRhouse backyard. Shit Bug by Guts Club will be available July 2016. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Follow Guts Club on Facebook and Twitter. Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
We’ve all faced moments in our lives when we were forced to atone for mistakes. For “Redemption Week” at BTR, Zach Schepis and Lisa Autz ask people on the streets of New York City about decisions that have righted wrongs and healed relationships. For more on this topic, check out this week’s Third Eye Weekly. Featured song: “Factory Flaws” by Young Galaxy Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
Dreamers is telling it like it is, singing about what they know. This Brooklyn-originating trio bashes around with punk ethos in a power pop cosmic state, making super accessible music that still has a coat of grit. The guys stopped by for an intimate, stripped-down session on the porch of the BTRhouse in Austin, Texas, during SXSW 2016. Dreamers’ You Are Here EP is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Follow Dreamers on Facebook and Twitter. Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
Holy Esque is a rock band from Glasgow, Scotland. With sweeping soundscapes and dark themes, the music on their recently-released LP has a huge feeling that can be at once overwhelming and totally captivating. The band reigned their sound in considerably for this intimate, stripped-down session on the porch of the BTRhouse in Austin, Texas, during SXSW 2016. At Hope’s Ravine is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Follow Holy Esque on Facebook and Twitter. Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
An epidemic is the rampant outbreak of anything from a disease to a cultural phenomenon. For “Epidemic Week” at BTR, Zach Schepis and Lisa Autz ask people in NYC what they consider to be the greatest epidemic facing our world. For more on this topic, check out this week’s Third Eye Weekly. Featured song: “One Day” by The Child Of Lov (Featuring Damon Albarn) Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
America, the beautiful … is actually a ticking time bomb. Chelsea White runs down the list of natural disasters that maybe we should be a bit worried about. Songs featured in this episode: “All About Us” by TEEN // “Get Out Of Here” by Cathy // “I Like The Things About Me” by Mavis Staples // “Beach III (Ocean Blue)” by Coastgaard // “All Night (feat. Hawkboy)” by TIGHTTRAXX & DNNYD // “Lowlands” by The Stranglers // “Mr. Adams / Who Feels Right (Live)” by White Fence Images and videos featured in this video via Creative Commons, public domain, fair use, etc: Dance fail // Sistine Chapel // Seattle // Hollywood Sign // Sleeping Beauty Castle // Napa Valley // Army Scientist // Al Roker // Northeast USA Map // Neat Living Room // Superbowl 50 // Iron Man // TMNT // Red Power Ranger // Wonder Woman // Dragon Ball Z // Wolverine // Superman // Bruce Willis Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
Pearl Charles is a young songwriter from Los Angeles. At just 23 years old, she already has about five years of touring experience under her belt from her time with The Driftwood Singers and The Blank Tapes (which is where we met her, when they visited BTR Live Studio a while back). Setting off on a solo career over the past year, Pearl has been finding and developing her own voice and timeless, bluesy psych-folk style. She stopped by the BTRhouse in Austin, Texas, during SXSW 2016 to share some of her new tunes with us, under the big old tree in our backyard. Pearl Charles EP is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Follow Pearl Charles on Facebook and Twitter. Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App!
Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App! Adan Jodorowsky (formerly operating under the name Adanowsky) and Xavi Polycarpe (of the rock band Gush) are French natives and old friends who found themselves collaborating after each going through simultaneous breakups. The duo diverges from their own musical pasts while maintaining their own sensibilities — rock for Xavi and pop for Adan, whose time spent in Mexico comes through in his Spanish singing. Heading more for the warm, smooth pop rock of George Harrison and Harry Nillson, the two are aided by their choice to record mostly live and direct to 8-track tape before filling things out with the rhythm section, Los Imanes. Adan & Xavi stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn on their first trip out performing in support of the project. Featured song: “Fuera El Dolor” // Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Adan & Xavi Y Los Imanes is available now. Follow Adan & Xavi on Facebook and Twitter.
Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App! Is it possible to live a natural lifestyle in a teeming metropolis? For “Natural Week” at BTR, Zach Schepis and Lisa Autz ask people on the streets of New York City how they find holistic balance in one of the busiest industrial epicenters of the world. For more on this topic, check out this week’s Third Eye Weekly. Featured song: “Born Tight” by Man Man
Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App! Tiny Hazard is an impossible-to-define experimental Brooklyn pop band. Fronted by the dynamic singer Alena Spanger, the band moves between sparse, pretty pop and explosive, caustic noise on a whim. They stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to show us just how they do it. Featured song: “Like A child” // Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Tiny Hazard is currently preparing for the release of a new LP. Follow Tiny Hazard on Facebook.
Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App! Eskimeaux is the musical project of Gabrielle Smith, a founding member of Brooklyn collective The Epoch. Begun in 2007, it has served as an umbrella for everything from noise experiments to rock combos, while currently existing as a tight four member bedroom-pop band. Eskimeaux stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to play some songs and talk a bit about their history. Featured song: “Power” // Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Year Of The Rabbit by Eskimeaux will be available April 15, 2016. Check out Eskimeaux on Facebook.
Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App! Can you capture your personality in one word? For “Essence Week” at BTR, Zach Schepis and Lisa Autz ask people on the streets of New York City about the core of their personalities and how the world has helped to shape their characters. For more on this topic, check out this week’s Third Eye Weekly. Featured song: “Planting Flowers” by Shadow In The Cracks
Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App! Emanuel & The Fear (aka songwriter Emanuel Ayvas and his gang of musical cohorts) returns to BTR Live Studio with their latest orchestral-pop rock sagas. With a leaner lineup than past incarnations, the group now leans pleasingly and more heavily on the folky, storytelling side of indie rock than ever before. Here, the band stops by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to share a live take on their newest single. Featured song: “Meredith” // Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Emanuel & The Fear’s new single, Meredith, is available now. Follow Emanuel & The Fear on Facebook and Twitter.
Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App! We’re pretty sure that mood ring pop isn’t an actual genre, but Half Waif’s self-description does feel pretty spot on. The band is a Brooklyn trio spearheaded by Nandi Rose Plunkett’s flawless vocals and piano-led compositions (the Tori Amos influence is strong and readily professed by Nandi), along with the rhythm section of Zack Levine and Adan Carlo. Their version of pop is jazzy and, at times, a little disjointed in the best way possible, making excellent rhythmic use of a blend of acoustic and electronic instrumentation. They stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to play some tunes and to talk a bit about how they found the sounds that make up their songs. Featured song: “Turn Me Around” // Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Half Waif’s new record, Probable Depths, will be available May 2016. Follow Half Waif on Facebook and Twitter.
Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App! What does it take to build a happy community? For “Community Week” at BTR, Zach Schepis and Lisa Autz take to the streets to learn about what people want their communities to aspire to. For more on this topic, check out this week’s Third Eye Weekly. Featured song: “Owl (Featuring Doom)” by The Child Of Lov
Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App! New Brunswick, New Jersey, has developed a reputation as a hub of DIY/punk music over the past decade or so and, while the trio of Long Beard certainly come from that scene, their music plays more to the understated, pretty, and melancholy side than some of their contemporaries. With half-whispered vocals that sound like late night bedroom secrets (appropriately, singer Leslie Bear actually recorded them that way), the band delivers a strong, no-frills base for the stories they tell to play out. They stopped by Serious Business in DUMBO to share some music and chat a bit about how the songs traveled from demos to fully executed recordings. Featured song: “Hates The Party” // Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Sleepwalker by Long Beard is available now from Team Love. Follow Long Beard on Facebook and Twitter.
The following 60 minutes provide you with cool tunes for your day: Relaxing tracks by Smallpeople, Moomin and Christopher Rau. We’ve also got music for those of you who like it a bit more upbeat and nervous (in a good way): A cool Answer Code Request adaption of Moderat’s new release “Reminder” is coming your way, as well as electronic afro beats by Africaine 808. Plus, Shanti Celeste in is the mix, Daniel Dreier and new music from Berlin’s Booka Shade.
Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App! Hellrazor — formerly known as Dead Wives — is among the grungy spawn of New Haven, Connecticut. Fronted by Speedy Ortiz drummer Michael Falcone, the trio is heavy on groove and bass, with big riffs, dissonance, and those sweet loud-quiet-loud dynamics that every 90s kid goes crazy for. The band dropped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to play some tunes and talk about their humble beginnings covering Rancid. Featured song: “Crash Landing” // Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. The SATAN SMILE cassette by Hellrazor will be available later in 2016. Check out Hellrazor on Facebook.
Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App! Vivid, recurring dreams can considerably impact our lives. For “Dream Week” at BTR, Zach Schepis and Lisa Autz speak to people about the most memorable dreams of their lives, and whether any significance lies within the subconscious. For more on this topic, check out this week’s Third Eye Weekly. Featured song: “Dreams” by Jessica Pratt
Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App! Growing out of the bedroom recordings of Montclair, New Jersey’s Cody Fitzgerald, Stolen Jars has evolved since its inception in 2009, growing to include vocal contributions from collaborator Molly Grund as well as a full band. Stemming from folk and indie rock, Stolen Jars often plays with unconventional pop sounds and circular rhythms alongside warm, sweet vocals that surprise the ears. The band stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to share some music and chat with Maia. Featured song: “Wheel” // Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Stolen Jars’ latest album, Kept, is available now. Follow Stolen Jars on Facebook and Twitter.
Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App! Spritzer is a new project from Friend Roulette’s Matt Meade. Like the refreshing beverage of their namesake, the band is all about keeping it fun and chill while creating a home for music that didn’t quite fit elsewhere. If the songs weren’t so catchy and the band wasn’t full of seriously killer musicians, it could be easy to write it off from that description, but Meade is a great songwriter, and every song that passes through the Spritzer prism is full of irresistibly bright, memorable vibes. When you’ve got songwriting chops like this, it turns out that just trying a sound or song because it feels good can be exactly the way to go. Featured song: “Psycho” // Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Spritzer’s Don’t Die 7” single is available now. Check out Spritzer on Facebook.
Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App! Humor relaxes tension and brings about happiness during the day. As part of “Positivity Week” at BTR, Zach Schepis and Lisa Autz take to the streets to learn about what makes people laugh. For more on this topic, check out this week’s Third Eye Weekly. Featured song: “Waiting” by Black Lips
Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App! Adrian Daniel is a musician from Brooklyn, New York, whose music is a funky, soulful take on alternative rock and pop. He brought his full band to Serious Business music in DUMBO to play some songs, and to talk a bit about the issues that his single, “Pride,” brings up. Featured song: “Pride” // Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Adrian Daniel’s single, “Pride,” is out now. Follow Adrian Daniel on Facebook and Twitter.
Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App! It was a couple of years ago that we last caught up with songwriter Sean McMahon’s folk ensemble Workman Song in a church (watch one of our favorite episodes of BTR Hear & There to see for yourself). Now with a more fully-formed lineup — though still including the significant contributions of Sean’s brother, organist Griffin — and more psych-inspired vibes with the distinct folk touches of Bruce and Bob (you know who we mean here), as well as a brand new batch of songs, the band dropped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to chat with Maia and offer a first look at their latest sounds. Featured song: “O, To Be In Love Again” // Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Workman Song’s latest single, “O, To Be In Love Again,” is available now. Follow Workman Song on Facebook and Twitter.
Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App! Revolutionary ideas don’t have to change the entire political climate to be important and impacting. As part of “Revolution Week” at BTR, Zach Schepis and Lisa Autz talk to people in New York City about their own involvement in movements and the revolutions, no matter how small, that they hope to lead in the future. For more on this topic, check out this week’s Third Eye Weekly. Featured song: “Everywhere I’m Local” by Har Mar Superstar
Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App! The Perennials are Pete and Amanda Wells. The band began in Spokane, Washington, but has spent the past few years in Brooklyn, New York, collaborating with renowned producer Thomas “Doveman” Bartlett on their debut EP. Vibrant, dramatic, and mature, The Perennials’ music tells stories that swoop across vast landscapes of sound. They stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to give us a first look at their songs, and to chat about the project with Maia. Featured song: “Breadcrumbs” // Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. The Perennials’ debut EP is coming soon from Brassland. Follow The Perennials on Facebook and Twitter.
Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App! Courtesy Tier exist in New York City, but come from all over the world. Their diverse backgrounds, both personal and musical, blend together perfectly for a smart, fresh take on rootsy, bluesy rock. While they’ve certainly got the catchy, anthemic thing down, there’s more to their music, allowing the band to stretch their songs out, creating room and drama for a uniquely epic style. Here they brought their big sound to Serious Business Music and chatted with Maia a bit about the band. Featured song: “Little Rock” // Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Little Rock, the new EP by Courtesy Tier, is available now. Follow Courtesy Tier on Facebook and Twitter.
This week we chat with Wright Harvey, co-founder of the Sugarlift Gallery in Brooklyn, and creator of its awesome blog!
Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App! Sometimes a simple smile or giving up of one’s seat can completely change someone else’s day. As part of “Change Week” at BTR, Zach Schepis and Lisa Autz hit the streets to learn about how people create small changes to make large impacts on the daily lives of others. For more on this topic, check out this week’s Third Eye Weekly. Featured song: “Holdin’ On” by Good Field
Now you can watch us on your iPhone or iPad! Check out the BTRtoday App! Bethlehem Steel, a Brooklyn trio of fuzzy, poppy-punk loving rockers, has a real way with dynamics. It’s that loud-quiet-loud thing with some sing-screaming that works so well, and the band puts it to excellent use in their nostalgia-tinged songs. They stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO share a brand new song and to chat with Maia a bit about how they ended up named for a defunct company. Featured song: “Klonopinterest” // Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Docking, the new EP from Bethlehem Steel, is available now from Miscreant Records. Follow Bethlehem Steel on Facebook and Twitter.
Spotlight on the City for February 2016 features Rochester, NY.
Old Man Canyon is the Vancouver-based project of musician Jett Pace. Total pop, from the shimmery guitar and keyboards to the perfectly tight percussion, it’s no surprise the band has found themselves sharing the stage with the likes of the like-minded Foster The People and Paper Kites. The band stopped by on their way through NYC to share some songs and chat about the project at Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Featured song: “Hollow Tree” // Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Old Man Canyon’s latest LP, Delirium, is available now. Follow Old Man Canyon on Facebook and Twitter.
The existence of parallel universes is a theory in physics that allows us to open our minds to what could be possible in another similar realm. As part of “Parallel Week” at BTR, Zach Schepis and Lisa Autz asked people in NYC about their visions of a parallel universe and what their place might be in an alternate world. For more on this topic, check out this week’s Third Eye Weekly. Featured song: “Don’t Make Me Hit You” by Har Mar Superstar
Fireships is the latest project from NYC-born songwriter Andrew Vladeck. This Brooklyn-based (and Brooklyn-inspired) project brings together a group of Vladeck’s talented musical friends in creating timeless, rock-inspired folk music. While the songs are well-crafted and performed by stellar musicians, it’s really the vocals that stand out and make these songs unique, thanks to Vladeck’s weary, confident delivery and sharp storytelling. Featured song: “Going Down Fighting” // Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Fireships, the self-titled debut album from Fireships, is available now. Follow Fireships on Facebook and Twitter.
The New Tarot is a young Brooklyn-based band featuring the Walker sisters — Monika (vocals/guitar) and Karen (vocals/keyboard) — at the center of its wild world. Shapeshifting between 90s-style alt-rock to indie psych to metal-pop (or something like that, in keeping with the TNT abbreviation of their band name), the sisters keep your ears guessing as to what they’re going to do next. There’s a fantastical side to their songs and imagery that made for a memorable session when they dropped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO for this live taste of their music. Featured song: “Tell Me You Like Me” // Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview The New Tarot’s EP, Stella, is available now. Follow The New Tarot on Facebook and Twitter.
It’s “Launch Week” at BTR, as we celebrate the unveiling of our new website and mobile app. That means big changes and, in that spirit, BTR’s Zach Schepis and Lisa Autz take to the streets of New York City to ask people about big changes in their own lives. Ideas from eating healthier to living more fulfilling lives are discussed as people imagine the best changes they can make for themselves. For more on this topic, check out this week’s Third Eye Weekly. Featured song: “Do It” by Good Field
Starlight Girls is a Brooklyn band of self-proclaimed “genre-undefining hyper weirdos” with a flair for theatrics. Drawing on psychedelic rock, indie pop, surf, and more to craft their own strange and beautiful sounds, the band stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to play some tunes and talk a bit about the process behind their debut album. Featured song: “So Far” // Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview. Starlight Girls’ debut LP, Fantasm, is available now. Follow Starlight Girls on Facebook and Twitter.
Narc Twain is an indie rock band based in New York City and fronted by Jukebox The Ghost’s Tommy Siegel. For this episode of BTR Side Tracks, we present the band tearing through their anthemic warning song, “Future Shock,” performed during their recent BTR Live Studio session.
BTR sits down with Jamie Frey, formerly of The Brooklyn What, to chat about his new project No Ice and their upcoming album.
Fern Mayo is a Brooklyn-based trio of 90s-style skronky, fuzzy, poppy punk-loving indie rock devotees currently leaving their mark on the local scene. Singer Katie Capri’s vocal style is forceful and feels cathartic, as if every line is exorcising some sort of demon, matched by writhing grooves and explosive, anthemic choruses. The band stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to share some songs and chat with Maia about the band.
Nobody knows what the future might hold or what changes could uproot everything we know. BTR ‘s Zach Schepis and Lisa Autz take to the streets of Manhattan to ask people what aspects of our society they think are built to last.
Miranda Lee Richards is a San Francisco-based musician whose roots lie in the folk and Americana worlds. Though her story includes some heavy hitters in rock — for instance, being taught guitar by a member of Metallica and playing in the infamously volatile indie band Brian Jonestown Massacre — Richards’ work is grounded, beautiful, and dreamy with a mystical edge. She stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn, along with Sammy Smith on vocals, to share a stripped-down, acoustic take on her songs in an intimate environment, and to offer some background on her musical history.
Gramma’s Boyfriend is the latest project fronted by the Twin Cities’ own Haley Bonar. A household name in certain musical circles for her years of output under her own name, this time around she’s joined by Jeremy Ylvisaker (Cloak Ox, Andrew Bird), Mark Erickson (Cloak Ox), Luke Anderson (Rogue Valley), and Jacob Hanson (Actual Wolf, Haley Bonar, All Tomorrow’s Petty). The band play fun, raucous rock music — think somewhere between B-52s and Dead Kennedys — with an infectious danceability and catchiness sure to leave the room sweaty, happy, and exhausted. During the 2015 CMJ Music Marathon, they tore it up at our showcase then came by the studio to rock out some more and chat with Maia about the project.
Inspirations for our creative endeavors usually come from a particular muse or event. BTR’s Zach Schepis and Lisa Autz take to the streets to ask people about their greatest sources of inspiration and creativity.
DeQn Sue’s music is difficult to define. The Los Angeles-born singer, whose stage name is an ode to both her father’s character on the TV show S.W.A.T. and her mother’s first name, is currently at least partially based in Alabama. Drawing on just about any genre of pop music you could name, DeQn Sue twists from soul to rock to funk to dance music, all capped off with an unforgettably charming vibe that’s quirky without being schticky.
Sweet Spirit began as a sort of side project for Austin’s Sabrina Ellis. Launched as a more country and soul-inspired singer-songwriter outlet to balance the wild, punk side of her musical life in the band A Giant Dog, the project quickly changed course, as her AGD bandmate Andrew Cashen joined, and the duo recruited more players to fill out their new songs. Now, a full on wild party of sound onstage — not to mention, buzzy as hell thanks to praise from Austin heroes Spoon — Sweet Spirit is dominating their local scene and getting attention nationwide. They reigned the chaos in just enough to rock out for this session at Serious Business Music in DUMBO in the midst of a stop in town for the annual CMJ Music Marathon.
BTR’s Lisa Autz and Zach Schepis recently visited the Javits Center in New York City to speak with marathon runners, health-product representatives, and the general public about their top fitness goals for the year.
Raya Brass Band is a Brooklyn-based five-piece with a reputation for starting a party everywhere they (and their horns) go. Drawing on Balkan music, New Orleans brass, punk rock, out jazz, and other international inspirations, the band crafts a whirlwind of high energy, body-moving tunes. They stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to give us a taste of the magic and talks about some of the inspiration behind their music.
The hilarious Nick Turner stops by the Spit Take Comedy lair to discuss Donald Trump’s master plan, his new sexless dog, and how to handle hecklers. Things get really nostalgic when Nick and George discuss what they miss most about old New York.
BTR sat down with Brooklyn-based musician Lawrence Scaduto, creator of Shopping and Fourth Grade Gladiator, and also an amazing guitar pedal maker.
Courtney Barnett lives in Melbourne, plays guitar, and writes songs. As vague as that sounds, it’s the absolute truth. She even releases her records via her own label, Milk! Records. What we’re not telling you is that there’s something very special about her songwriting — something almost nostalgic and definitely timeless, akin to the folk and psych of the 60s. Once you hear her songs, you’ll want to keep her your own little secret, too.

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