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Norwegian songwriter Susanne Sundfor exists at the intersection of two worlds (as cleverly depicted in the video for her single "The White Foxes") -- the ancient, natural world of forests and ruins, and the modern, manufactured world of technology, all covered in snow. This is true both thematically, as her songs are often lyrically cold and dark with subtle overtones of brilliant warmth, as well as sonically, blending lush piano elements with the more mechanical, almost industrial elements of pop music. Susanne stopped by to play some solo tunes and talk about the therapy of making art and how her own style developed. Featured song: “The Silicone Veil” Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/16AFsCr The latest release by Susanne Sundfor, The Silicone Veil, is now available. Official website for Susanne Sundfor: http://susannesundfor.com Facebook: http://facebook.com/susannesundfor Twitter: @susannesundfor Find out more about BTRtv's programs at btrtoday.tv
Radical Dads are the Gowanus, Brooklyn-based trio of Lindsay Baker, Chris Diken, and Robbie Guertin (formerly of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah). In addition to pumping out great pop jams accompanied by only the most excellent artwork, the band professes their appreciation for "gummy snacks, hitting the fizz, snoozin’ on Sundays, meditation, meditating on pizza, pizza itself, sunglasses, friends, all-time peace, and the search for the attainment of the transcendence of coolness." We can get behind that. Oh, and the music rules, too. Here, we present an additional video from their recent session, featuring a performance of title track from their latest album.
Snowden's mastermind and songwriter, Jordan Jeffares, crafted the long-awaited followup to the critically-acclaimed debut LP, Anti-Anti, through touring and moving the project's home base multiple times, ultimately landing in Austin, TX. No One In Control demonstrates how the band's sound changed in these years, abandoning some of its early dance party vibe for a more developed, mature stance, producing sounds perhaps more appropriate for solitary enjoyment via headphones than on a dancefloor full of sweaty hipsters, thus carving out a niche beyond its initial influences.
The MTA began enacting its fourth system-wide fare hike in five years on March 3rd. Commuters will now pay an added $1 fee for every MetroCard purchased in an effort to clean up stations and save resources. Overall, the MTA has raised MetroCard rates a total of 38 percent since 2008. This week on BTR Pulse, Lauren Hawker asks people their thoughts on this latest fare hike.