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Julien Baker is from Memphis, Tennessee, and currently in school at MTSU. Regionally, she may be better known as a member of the punk-influenced indie band, Forrister, though in recent months her solo work has caught the attention of the national music press. What makes her stuff stick — beyond an undeniably great voice — is the way she effortlessly spins heart-wrenching, brutally honest, confessional lyrics over sweetly melodic, looped guitar. Without much more than a few songs floating around to hear, she’s managed to captivate more than a few new fans, ahead of the release of her full recorded debut. She stopped by Serious Business Music to play a few songs and chat with Maia about her upcoming plans for both her solo work and band.
BTR chats with New York-based rocker Anna Rose about her rock roots, constantly evaluating your surroundings, and her forthcoming release.
Brooke Annibale is a singer/songwriter from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who credits much of her musical direction to experiences growing up around her family’s music store. This musical direction led her to Nashville, where she attended college and lived, returning often over the years to record there even after returning to her home city. She stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to share some tunes and talk about how she crafts her timeless folk songs. Brooke Annibale’s new album, The Simple Fear, is available now.
Brooke Annibale is a singer/songwriter from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who credits much of her musical direction to experiences growing up around her family’s music store. This musical direction led her to Nashville, where she attended college and lived, returning often over the years to record there even after returning to her home city. She stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to share some tunes and talk about how she crafts her timeless folk songs.
Julien Baker is from Memphis, Tennessee, and currently in school at MTSU. Regionally, she may be better known as a member of the punk-influenced indie band, Forrister, though in recent months her solo work has caught the attention of the national music press. What makes her stuff stick — beyond an undeniably great voice — is the way she effortlessly spins heart-wrenching, brutally honest, confessional lyrics over sweetly melodic, looped guitar. Without much more than a few songs floating around to hear, she’s managed to captivate more than a few new fans, ahead of the release of her full recorded debut. Here, she performs “Sprained Ankle,” the title track from her debut album which will be released October 23 on 6131 Records, recorded during her recent visit to BTR Live Studio.
Julien Baker is from Memphis, Tennessee, and currently in school at MTSU. Regionally, she may be better known as a member of the punk-influenced indie band, Forrister, though in recent months her solo work has caught the attention of the national music press. What makes her stuff stick — beyond an undeniably great voice — is the way she effortlessly spins heart-wrenching, brutally honest, confessional lyrics over sweetly melodic, looped guitar. Without much more than a few songs floating around to hear, she’s managed to captivate more than a few new fans, ahead of the release of her full recorded debut. She stopped by Serious Business Music to play a few songs and chat with Maia about her upcoming plans for both her solo work and band.
Sye Elaine Spence is a singer/songwriter living in Atlanta, though she is originally from New York City. Spence spent time as a professional songwriter, collaborating with artists and producers and releasing some of her own pop-rock and soul songs before taking a break to refocus her musical career. Eventually, she met Michael Lesousky and set off on her current path of a quiet, poetic style of songwriting. Sye and Michael took a bus up from Atlanta to play a few songs and talk about the music at Serious Business in DUMBO, Brooklyn.
Ben Stalets, a down-home folk-singing songwriter from Toledo, Ohio, has a friendly and honest disposition. His songs are uncomplicated and unpretentious, with a rawness that’s both instantly familiar and memorable. On a recent visit of Ben’s to New York City, we caught up with him at The Owl Farm Bar in Park Slope, Brooklyn, where he shared this song.
Capable of a lullaby’s croon, lamenting cries, and powerful defiance, Lila Rose has a far-reaching voice with range and conviction. She is a daring singer, songwriter, and visual artist.
Ben Stalets, a down-home folk-singing songwriter from Toledo, Ohio, has a friendly and honest disposition. His songs are uncomplicated and unpretentious, with a rawness that’s both instantly familiar and memorable. On a recent visit of Ben’s to New York City, we caught up with him at The Owl Farm Bar in Park Slope, Brooklyn, where he shared a brand new song.
Nashville-via-Brooklyn-via-everywhere country singer/songwriter MIchaela Anne returns to BTR in the midst of a tidal wave of critical acclaim (including a Rolling Stone premiere of her latest music video). We caught up with her in a classroom at Jalopy Theatre and School of Music in Red Hook, Brooklyn, for this very special performance.
New Jersey-based songwriter Rylan Stowe talks to BTR about changing band lineups, 2015 plans, and his songwriting process. Stowe also offers some insight into the inspiration for songs off his most recent EP.
Sidestepping the Hollywood legacy of his family to blaze a songwriting trail of his own.

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