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As a Chasidic, all-female, alt rock band from Crown Heights, Bulletproof Stockings stand out from the crowded Brooklyn music scene, and they've drawn considerable attention for their music, as well as their female-only rule for audiences. Musically, they manage to blast out heavy rock with the unconventional instrumentation of drums, piano, cello, and violin -- without an electric guitar in sight. The quartet stopped by the new Serious Business Music in DUMBO to rock out and chat with Maia about their music.
Laser Background, the hazy dream-pop brainchild of Philadelphia's Andy Molholt, plays around in that murky field of tape hiss and slow grooves. There's a playfulness here, falling somewhere in the fuzzy, psychedelic territory between the Beatles and Pavement, where pop melodies definitely rule, but everything sounds just a little bit… well, strange. Here, we present “Tropic Of Cancer,” from their recent session for BTR Live Studio.
As a Chasidic, all-female, alt rock band from Crown Heights, Bulletproof Stockings stand out from the crowded Brooklyn music scene, and they've drawn considerable attention for their music, as well as their female-only rule for audiences. Musically, they manage to blast out heavy rock with the unconventional instrumentation of drums, piano, cello, and violin -- without an electric guitar in sight. The quartet stopped by the new Serious Business Music in DUMBO to rock out and chat with Maia about their music.
Dar Williams is a folk songwriter currently two decades into her music career. Her latest release, Emeralds, draws heavily on that accrued history, crowd-funded through Pledge Music, recorded in studios all around the country, and involving a wealth of guest musicians and co-writers. Here, she visits Saltlands Studio in DUMBO to share some of her latest tunes and to chat with Maia about the inspiration behind her work.
The Washington, DC-based "technicolor pop" band Pree has a way with color. Visually, their art (and instruments) tend toward bright and vibrant hues, while musically, they shimmer and shine with a chaotic take on pop that can weave from a hush to explosive bursts. They stopped by Saltlands Studio to share some of their latest tunes and chat with Maia.
Rey Pila is the NYC-via-Mexico City rock quartet of Diego Solorzano, Rodrigo Blanco, Andres Velasco and Miguel Hernandez. Their driving garage rock has drawn considerable international acclaim, including shows with some of the biggest names in indie rock. Here, the band talks a bit about how landing a fan in Julian Casablancas of The Strokes affected the course of their new album. Featured song: “What A Nice Surprise” // Listen to the audio podcast with more music and interview Rey Pila’s sophomore album, The Future Sugar, will be released July 17, 2015. Follow Rey Pila on Facebook and Twitter.
Mariachi El Bronx is the alter ego of the LA-based punk band The Bronx. Begun when the band challenged themselves to adapt their music for an acoustic set, they took it one step forward and reinvented themselves as a traditional Latin band, and have continued to develop that in tandem with their louder, electric side. The whole crew crammed into Saltlands Studio to share some songs and chat with Maia.
Sophie B. Hawkins needs no introduction. The New York-based, Grammy-nominated songwriter has a long history of hit songs, releases, and life challenges. Here she shares her classic 1992 single, "Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover" in an intimate performance at Saltlands Studio in DUMBO, Brooklyn, recorded during her recent session for BTR Live Studio.
Turbo Fruits is a Nashville-based rock quartet. With songs about girls, partying, and the uncertainty of life, they go for the heartstrings and sound cool doing it. Notorious for their wild live shows, the band took things down a notch on a recent tour to stop by Saltlands Studio for this BTR Live Studio session.
Caverns is a five piece rock band based in New York City that blends classic rock hooks with psychedelic vibes, all pinned together with touches of blues, funk, and prog. Here, we present “Count To Five,” performed during their recent session for BTR Live Studio and also featured on their latest EP, Tonche.
Linda Oh is a jazz bassist, born in Malaysia, raised in Australia, and currently living in New York. With a background in classical music and composing for film, and after playing constantly with various groups, her own compositions have an exciting experimental groove -- particularly here with her Sun Pictures album and group. She stopped by with her quartet to play some tunes and chat with Maia about her work.
Gnawa music blends ancient African/Islamic spiritual religious songs and rhythms, while incorporating poetry and dancing. InnoVe Gnawa is a group of artists from different parts of Morocco, led by master Maalem Hassan BenJaafer and celebrating the trance-inducing folk genre in NYC.
Laser Background, the hazy dream-pop brainchild of Philadelphia's Andy Molholt, plays around in that murky field of tape hiss and slow grooves. There's a playfulness here, falling somewhere in the fuzzy, psychedelic territory between the Beatles and Pavement, where pop melodies definitely rule, but everything sounds just a little bit… well, strange.
Tavche Gravche is a New York City-based group taking a fresh approach to traditional Balkan music, blended with original tunes. Composed of Clarinetist Vasko Dukovski, guitarist Dan Nadel, and bassist/founder Daniel Ori, the group blends Macedonian and Mediterranean sounds in an improvisation-fueled blast of danceable rhythms.
A Deer A Horse is a Brooklyn-based trio self-described as "urgent rock n' roll." Centered around the riveting songwriting and vocal delivery of singer/guitarist Rebecca Satellite and compounded by bassist Angela Phillips' memorable punk-stomp stage antics, ADAH has been quietly bubbling up in the Brooklyn music scene over the last few years, making quite an impression at every turn. Here, they perform “Fighter” during their recent session for BTR Live Studio.
Solid Goold (previously Albert And The Solid Goold) are a prog-leaning pop trio headed up by eponymous keyboard player, Albert Goold. Jammy, self-deprecating, and all around cheery, the band has a feel good vibe that's perhaps impossible not to love.
Kuf Knotz is an experimental indie/hip-hop artist based in New York, though the Philadelphia roots definitely show through at times. Blending classic rap, soul, and hard rock styles to shape the group's sounds, Kuf Knotz bring a seriously strong feel-good vibe to any room, headed up by an ultra-smooth vocal style. For this session at Saltlands Studio, Brooklyn's Mr. Reed joined the fun to provide some super soulful choruses and the group spoke with Maia.
Turbo Fruits is a Nashville-based rock quartet. With songs about girls, partying, and the uncertainty of life, they go for the heartstrings and sound cool doing it. Notorious for their wild live shows, the band took things down a notch on a recent tour to stop by Saltlands Studio for this BTR Live Studio session.
Sophie B. Hawkins needs no introduction. The New York-based, Grammy-nominated songwriter has a long history of hit songs, releases, and life challenges. Her 1992 single, "Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover" is probably already playing in your head, but for this session, she stopped by Saltlands Studio to share some of her latest work in a stripped-down, piano-led arrangement, and to have a revealing chat with Maia about life and music.
Brooklyn pop trio Pearl And The Beard return to BTR Live Studio with their latest batch of stomp-worthy, epic folk-rock songs. Taking a slightly heavier approach this time around, Jocelyn Mackenzie, Emily Hope Price, and Jeremy Lloyd-Styles raise their powerful voices to inspiring effect with every rousing chorus. As the trio wrapped up work on their latest album and prepped for a string of shows with Ani Difranco, they brought their big sound and SO MANY FEELINGS to Saltlands for this session.
A Deer A Horse is a Brooklyn-based trio self-described as "urgent rock n' roll." Centered around the riveting songwriting and vocal delivery of singer/guitarist Rebecca Satellite and compounded by bassist Angela Phillips' memorable punk-stomp stage antics, ADAH has been quietly bubbling up in the Brooklyn music scene over the last few years, making quite an impression at every turn. Musically, they do great things with space, leaving room for tension in nearly every song, before exploding in perfectly timed, cathartic movements that drive their songs ahead. Satellite goes from hyper-focused poetic lightning rod to manic carnival ringleader, directing the force of the trio throughout each song's twists and turns. Here, they joined us in the studio to share some music and talk about what they've got coming up.
Surfer Blood is a familiar name in the indie rock scene these days. A festival favorite who've toured with the likes of the Pixies (a pretty spot-on pairing in many ways), they've teamed up with Joyful Noise to release their latest record full of sunny jams, and continue to tour relentlessly. For this episode of BTR Side Tracks, we present a single from their last album, Pythons, recorded live at Saltlands Studio in DUMBO, Brooklyn, during their recent session for BTR Live Studio.
Caverns is a rock n’ roll five piece based in New York City, founded by Nicola Wincenc and including Russell Holzman, Lucio Westmoreland, Isaac Sleator, and Nick Katz. Blending classic rock hooks with psychedelic vibes, and with blues, funk, and prog touches pinning it all together, the band makes has a sound that would be great for stadium crowds. While they're still a young band finding their way, they’re quickly working their way up through the local club circuit. The guys stopped by to share some tunes and chat with Maia about synths, their upcoming EP, and summer tour plans.
Surfer Blood is a familiar name in the indie rock scene these days. A festival favorite who've toured with the likes of the Pixies (a pretty spot-on pairing in many ways), they've teamed up with Joyful Noise to release their latest record full of sunny jams, and continue to tour relentlessly. This session was filmed in late 2014, before guitarist Thomas Fekete had to sit out of touring to go through cancer treatment. Bands and fans have rallied to raise money and help him through this tough time. Check out some of the band's new songs and their conversation with guest host Travis Harrison, about meeting Jeff Goldblum and their upcoming record -- which they couldn't quite discuss yet at that point.
Exit Verse is the latest project featuring the songwriting of legendary singer/guitarist Geoff Farina (Karate, Secret Stars, Glorytellers). Here, Farina ventures into far rockier territory than his recent projects, belting out anthemic choruses over catchy rock tunes strong enough to conjure up 90s flashbacks for those of us who were there. For this episode of BTR Side Tracks, we present “Dirty Water,” recorded during Exit Verse’s recent session for BTR Live Studio.
Genevieve's music has taken her from fronting the Chicago-based rock band Company Of Thieves to Los Angeles and a new solo endeavor. With the help of some of the world's best producers, she's been hard at work crafting bright, epic pop songs that showcase her stunning voice and refreshingly expressive personality. With a lethal combination of raw talent, a clear musical vision, and flawless songcraft, she's off to a very strong start. In this episode of BTR Side Tracks, she performs “The Enemy,” one of the more intimate moments of the session.
Nots is a badass garage punk quartet from Memphis, Tennessee. Fronted by singer-guitarist Natalie Hoffman (formerly of Ex-Cult) and balanced by drummer-singer Charlotte Wilson, the band snarls and howls its way through cool, shout-along post-punk jams. For this episode of BTR Side Tracks, we present “Reactor,” recorded during Nots’ recent session for BTR Live Studio.
Monomyth is a psych-pop foursome from Halifax, Nova Scotia. We caught up with them for a session of BTR Live Studio when they were in town for CMJ 2014. Not seen in that session is this full performance of “Cruel Blue Hello.”
BTR favorites EULA have been skronking their way across the NYC DIY landscape for a few years now. From their days as a notoriously wild, noisy, post-punk trio to their current incarnation (featuring a new drummer and the wise addition of sax), lead instigator Alyse Lamb has clearly been on some sort of mission. Their latest release, which had them working with Martin Bisi, brings them closer to the 80s No Wave that they've long been hinting at, as the music itself seems to be getting clearer, heavier, and more focused than ever. Here, guest host Travis Harrison sits down with these animals to catch up.
Cariad Harmon is a charming London-bred folksinger who currently lives in New York. She dropped by Saltlands Studio, joined by her friend Orly, for this intimate session, then spoke with Maia.
White Reaper is a badass rock 'n roll/garage-pop band from Louisville, Kentucky. You really don't need to hear much more than that to know that you'll love them from the first fuzzy chord. They stopped by in the middle of a CMJ blitz for this session sat Saltlands in DUMBO, Brooklyn.

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