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When indie-folk musician Audrey Ryan performs live, she often switches between numerous instruments like the accordion, banjo, and electric guitar, looping and using each one as a layer for her songs. Although she’s only one person, with all of these parts combined — including her delicate and warm vocals — her music immediately builds up to a more robust and enveloping sound, similar to the full orchestration that accompanies artists like Bon Iver or Sufjan Stevens. For this episode of BTR Hear & There, Ryan played around the corner from Pete’s Candy Store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where she later performed and celebrated the release of her book The Need To Be Heard, a collection of stories for and about DIY musicians like herself.
Just in time for President Obama’s speech regarding his plan to improve the unemployment situation in the country, BTR has correspondents Lauren Hawker and Jess Westberg on the streets of Washington, DC, and New York City this week to ask people about their personal experience with finding and keeping a job. [blip]video2[/blip]

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