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The Banjees are an indie-rock band from Brooklyn. The four-piece — made up of Thompson Davis, Nick Barone, Peter Goldberg and Chris Rominger — blend lo-fi and 60s pop for fun, jangly music. On this episode of BTR Hear & There, they perform a frenetic, catchy new song called “Hong Kong Blondes” at the Gowanus Ballroom, an alternative gallery/venue space in Brooklyn.
Influenced by groups like The Misfits, The Jesus Lizard and Rage Against the Machine, New York-based Big Ups play riotous, earth-shattering punk rock. The four-piece — made up of NYU students Brendan Finn (drums), Joe Galarraga (vocals), Carlos Salguero (bass), and Amar Lal (guitar) — are a bottomless pit of energy and angst, and their songs quickly erupt into loud, ferocious scream fests.
George Flanagan is a Queens-based comic who performs all over the city. He is the founder and host of the Spit Take Friday comedy showcase that takes place monthly at Fort Useless in Bushwick, Brooklyn, where it began in March of 2010. Also a musician, he often finds the humor in music-related subjects. Here, amongst other topics, he pokes fun at the idea of the perfect lovemaking song, drawing parallels between loud punk rock and quick, noisy sex.
Hailing from Wales, Los Campesinos! play wild indie-pop that’s clever, catchy, and overflowing with fiery, jarring punk-infused moments. Though the seven-piece has gone through a number of personnel changes over the years, the band’s nurtured a tight, sunny-meets-rowdy sound — inspiring everything from joyous head-bobbing to adrenalized raised fists. Underneath the energetic, sweet melodies are tales of heartache. Here that vulnerability especially shows, as they perform stripped-down versions of songs off their latest album, Hello Sadness.

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