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The Bowery Riots are a 3 piece rock n roll band who take their name from the turn of the century gang The Bowery Boys and the 1849 Astor Riot. Devoted to early rhythm & blues and British invasion rock n' roll, their self-imposed mission is to make honest, literate music that pays tribute to their city and -- perhaps more importantly -- keeps people moving.
Consider your Wednesday music mix solved with DJRePete and BTR.  Tune in for brand new music from Electric Guest, best Coast, and The Hudson Branch. Also check in with a few throwbacks from Almost Charlie, Of Montreal, and Gogol Bordello who plays the Hangout Music and Arts Festival this weekend. Plus, Bryan Scary headlines a quirkier set, some ear candy from Reptar, and we check in with some international BTR talent from the likes of Amadou & Mariam. Check it out via DJRePete on BTR!
New York City-based Reckless Sons make rowdy, roaring rock ‘n’ roll. Led by dynamic frontman Matt Butler, the four-piece have opened for the likes of Peter Bjorn and John and Hercules and Love Affair, and, in 2009, they won the “Free The Noise” contest judged by SPIN, John Varvatos, Jane’s Addiction’s Perry Farrell and Island Records.
Beast Make Bomb’s lo-fi pop melodies fuse gritty punk and 90s indie rock, sounding similar to the fuzzy, yet sweet tones of modern-day acts Dum Dum Girls and Best Coast. Their songs swim in a cool, laid-back vibe, yet are remarkably and undeniably catchy. Since winning Converse’s “Get Out of the Garage” Contest, the Brooklyn four-piece has opened for Queens of the Stone Age and Tokyo Police Club. Here they perform a brand new song called “Double Dipper.” Jessica Larrabee and Andy LaPlant are Brooklyn’s She Keeps Bees, a bluesy garage-rock duo whose music has been compared to the White Stripes and Cat Power, and lauded by The Guardian, the New York Times, and The New Yorker. Their songs waver between quiet, sparse moments and loud bursts of rock ‘n’ roll, conveying an overall deep and emotional soulfulness. Here they perform an unreleased track “Counter Charm.”
New York City’s The Split combine jangly 60’s-inspired pop with gruff rock ‘n’ roll. The quartet — made up of Charlie Duerr (vocals, guitar), Lee Ferran (bassist), Steve Oben (guitarist), and Tim Gray (drums) — play songs that are simultaneously rough and catchy, reminiscent of older acts like The Rolling Stones and Chuck Berry or contemporaries like Harlem and The Soft Pack.
Brooklyn’s Emanuel and the Fear — a large eclectic ensemble sometimes boasting as many as 11 members — play a genre-bending style of orchestral-pop. Led by fiery frontman Emanuel Ayvas, the band’s poetic, yet bold, songs infuse classical music à la Beethoven, chamber-folk à la Arcade Fire, and straightforward intense rock.
Jessica Larrabee and Andy LaPlant are Brooklyn’s She Keeps Bees, a bluesy garage-rock duo whose music has been compared to the White Stripes and Cat Power, and lauded by The Guardian, the New York Times, and The New Yorker. Their songs waver between quiet, sparse moments and loud bursts of rock ‘n’ roll, conveying an overall deep and emotional soulfulness. Larrabee is an especially captivating performer, her passion evident in her intense vocal work.
Though it’s been a few years since their last album, London-based Little Barrie are back with a new and improved lineup. Featuring guitarist and vocalist Barrie Cadogan, bassist Lewis Wharton and drummer Virgil Howe (who also happens to be the son of Yes guitarist Steve Howe), the trio fuses garage rock and 60s funk. Their gritty, yet soulful music packs the kind of spunky swagger that calls to mind classic rock n’ roll and recent acts like The Strokes and The White Stripes. Featured song: “Tip It Over”
Brenda channels the vintage sound of ‘50s rock ‘n roll, the angular gruff noise of ‘90s indie rock, and straightforward feel-good pop — like an interesting fusion of Built to Spill and The Walkmen. Their songs are both thrilling and sweet as they travel through dynamic, rough raucousness before sailing into smooth, catchy melodies. In the past they’ve shared the stage with acts like Grizzly Bear and The Flaming Lips, and just last summer upon hearing a rough cut of their debut album, Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, invited these Portland, Mainers to play the first Solid Sound Festival in Massachusetts.

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