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Fronted by Andrew Kenny (American Analog Set, Broken Social Scene) and including members of Matt Pond PA, the Wooden Birds play a brand of rock that at once sounds as akin to 70s era rock like Fleetwood Mac as it does to more modern fare like Wilco. Here the band plays “False Alarm,” from their latest album, ‘Two Matchsticks.’
The Two Man Gentlemen Band plays retro music that harkens back to decades past — but not pre-millennial so much as pre-war. Their old-timey tunes may be of a vintage style, but they definitely manage to incorporate themes that are as relevant today as ever. Ever the consummate showmen, the duo took a bit of time out of their seemingly never-ending touring schedule to play a song for us at the Jalopy Theatre in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
Brooklyn’s Me You Us Them plays straight ahead rock music with plenty of loud guitars and a driving rhythm section. Here they play “As Of Now” off of their album, ‘Post-Data.’
Lauren Shera plays inspiring folk music with heart. Her emotive voice and lightly strummed guitar portray the poignancy of her music with ease. Here she plays “Red Paint” from her album, ‘Once I Was A Bird.’
There have been a few articles floating around the web this week that discuss the clash of bikes on pedestrians on NYC bridges. We set out to ask pedestrians and cyclists if they’ve encountered any problems, and what they think about the possibility of banning bikes from bridges.
Brooklyn’s Dinosaur Feathers create upbeat pop music with layers of harmonized vocals, grooved out melodies, and plenty of intricate and energetic rhythms. Their music is catchy, expertly-played, and lasting.
Brooklyn Singer-songwriters Annie Lynch (of Annie and the Beekeepers) and Michaela Anne make acoustic folk music graced with honey-sweet voices that are flush with emotion.
Brooklyn’s Bandana Splits is a trio that sings doo-wop-inspired pop music. Lauren Balthrop, Annie Nero, and Dawn Landes keep their music sweet, simple, lively and catchy – just as their musical inspirations from the 50s and 60s did before them. Travis says, “The Bandana Splits are Dawn Landes, Lauren Balthrop and Annie Nero. Their debut record is called Mr. Sam Presents the Bandana Splits and it is out on BoySkout Records. These women are the best. They are my friends. I love their songs and their singing and their sweet musical spirits. And the outfits don’t hurt either.”
Robert Ellis is a Texan singer-songwriter who sings with an old soul. While his songs have the feel of classic country, they appeal to modern ears with their true-to-the-heart lyrics and timeless aura. Here he performs his song, “Friends Like Those,” off his new album ‘Photographs.’
After a brief hiatus, Gold Streets was just back in the studio to record a couple of new songs. One of those is called, “Frequency,” and features the band’s signature sounds — post-punk rhythms and shoegaze/new-wave guitars with dual male/female vocals. Here, they play that song at a DIY artspace in Bushwick, Brooklyn
Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside play a well-blended mix of roots, blues, country, jazz, and rock. At first, it may seem anachronistic, but Ford’s edgy voice pulls it all together and into the present in a way that makes it as vital as any contemporary rock outfit.
Says Travis: “These guys love rock and roll. This is a true rock band. I’m not just saying it. It is for real. You can download all of their records for free. And now you can hear them live in the studio here at Serious Business and they sound like the hottest of hot hot rock fire.”
Brooklyn’s Spanish Prisoners are about to release their sophomore album, ‘Gold Fools’ – a psychedelic pop record filled with a unique electronic ambiance. Here they play “Rich Blood” at Bushwick DIY space, the Schoolhouse.
Self-proclaiming their genre as “Psychefaeriedelica,” Australia’s Sherlock’s Daughter features aesthetically sweet rock graced with airy voices, thoughtful lyrics, and great melodies.
y/y is a Brooklyn-based duo Jason Meeks and Conrad Burnham. Together they craft experimental rock music that weaves together sequenced and manipulated-on-the-fly beats and electronics with live guitars, percussion, and vocals (often pleasingly drenched in reverb). The results usually bob back and forth from ambient sounds to danceable beats and riffs. Here they perform in a Bushwick art and events space.
Brooklyn band Milagres plays a brand of rock that’s more dynamic than most — unafraid to shift from atmospheric and soft to forceful and loud within a mere moment or over the progressive course of a song. Their music can be upbeat or melancholy, relying on the traditional rock combo of guitars, drums, and bass along with rich vocal harmonies, keys and electronic elements, extra percussion, and even orchestral arrangements.
Les Sans Culottes, a vibrant band of seven, play their own catchy, fun take on pop-rock with a French twist.
Brooklyn’s Cassettes Won’t Listen plays electronic pop music, weaving together playful melodies with an 80’s influenced style. The music is lively, original, and downright strikingly charming.
Brooklyn band A Million Years has a talent for matching great power-pop guitar riffs with catchy, often anthemic lyrics.
Bass Drum of Death, originally from Mississippi, play garage rock, with edgy lyrics and skillful guitar riffs. Underneath all that angst is a whole lot of talent.
Originally hailing from New Jersey, Jonathan Pilkington Kahnt deals in a brand of songwriting that places sincerity at the forefront, relying on heartfelt lyrics and crooning capable of winning over even the most cynical of audiences.
As Miracle Fortress, Montreal musician and producer Graham Van Pelt composes full on psychedelic music infused with pop and electronic influences.
El Jezel have been active in the NYC/Brooklyn indie rock scene for a decade and have worked with Travis Harrison multiple times in the past, so their session for Serious Business on BTR was something of a reunion. Here, the band plays their signature brand of psychedelic rock, graced with sweet and melodic voices and their usual charm.
Radical Dads is a Brooklyn trio channeling 90s rock, with up-tempo, catchy tunes that will make you want to keep listening.
Brooklyn’s Alina Simone, originally from the Ukraine, plays folk music with a dark side. A powerful singer-songwriter, Simone here plays “Apocalyptic Lullaby” (from her new album, Make Your Own Danger) with her band on a balcony in Brooklyn.
Asa, currently on a world-wide tour, performs soul music with a spicy kick of pop and a side of reggae that will have you hooked.
This week, we present “Smash Hits, Vol. 2,” the second installment of some of our favorite moments from Serious Business on BTR.
Singer-songwriter Tracy Bonham plays unique rock music, sometimes accompanied by striking violin, sometimes by powerful bass, and always with smartly crafted lyrics from the talented musician.
Brooklyn’s Bel Air is a sometimes-folky, alt-country rock band featuring sweet, harmonic vocals, smooth guitars, and a knack for writing catchy tunes. Here, they play “Wash Away” at a vintage hat shop in Dumbo called Cha Cha’s House Of Ill Repute.
You might be thinking the name sounds familiar, but the band doesn’t play the kind of music you’d normally associate with NASCAR. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. has their own electronic-pop/indie-rock sound that’s original and upbeat.
Brooklyn band Teletextile features sweetly-sung, melodic vocals, sincere lyrics, and a unique range of instruments, from harp and violin to banjo and accordion. Here, the band is featured playing in the choir loft of the First Unitarian Universalist Congregational Society church in Brooklyn Heights.
Watch our BTR Live Studio session with artist Chris Mills. Happy folk-like indie-rock music with great lyrics and masterful guitar.
Weird Children are a fun-loving indie-pop band from Brooklyn with a sound somewhat reminiscent of 80’s power pop with catchy lyrics and good vibes.
Swedish band Wildbirds & Peacedrums play electronic music with soft vocals and killer percussion. Their sound is definitely nothing you’ve ever heard before, so make sure to check out our live session with the experimental band.
Don’t miss our Hear & There episode with Johanna and the Dusty Floor as the band performs in Brooklyn in Johanna’s home. The Australian born piano player’s sound is a mix of electronic pop and symphony orchestra, and is something you won’t want to miss.
An Horse has a catchy indie-rock sound that leaves you wanting more. Carefully crafted lyrics mixed with some fun-loving rock music – listen as An Horse performs live in our studios.
After watching indie-rock band Bunny’s A Swine perform, you’ll be hooked. Their brand of grunge-tinged pop is infectious, with an awkwardly-cool vibe that will leave you wanting to hear more from the Massachusetts power trio.
Indie-rock band Automatic Children perform the unforgettable song, “Now You Know” at the KGB bar in NYC. Don’t miss their remarkable live performance here at BreakThru radio.
British indie-folk band, Peggy Sue, stopped by to have a jam session with BreakThru Radio. Their sound is tranquil and melodic but fun. Listen to them perform “Dumbo” in our BTR Live Studio session.
It’s our week of encores and we’re back with Reggie Watts. Listen to the Brooklyn musician and comedian perform “Goldie Fox” and “Just A Game,” original tracks recorded just for BreakThru Radio.
Our first Hear & There episode is back for an encore. It’s hard not to have fun when Japanther’s around. A loud, merry, and unforgettable band, they make you want to get out on the dance floor. If you missed it, or if you just miss them, listen to their performance from Party Xpo in Brooklyn.
They’re a band you don’t want to miss, and in case you did, here’s another shot. Listen to Hank & Cupcakes perform “Ain’t No Love” and “Jimmy” at Serious Business Studios in New York City. Funky, fun, and friendly, their sound is contagious.
This week, we’ve compiled a “best of” segment we’re calling “Smash Hits, Vol. 1,” which pulls together a number of our favorite moments from the first 27 episodes of Serious Business on BTR. Included is some of the funniest, raw, and more unforgettable footage we have. Don’t miss out on a chance to sit back, relax, and laugh while watching the best of our conversations with the artists of Serious Business.
Listen as The Gypsy West unleash their “psychedelic” rock onto customers at the Main Drag. Performing at the guitar store in Bushwick, Brooklyn, the band lives up to their progressive nature.
Singer Ivana XL performs “Meat,” XXX and XXX live in Travis’s studio. One of Travis’s biggest fans, she talks about wanting to go on tour and why her bathing habits would make her an excellent tour-mate.

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