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On March 15, 2014, BTR threw a free, unofficial day party during the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas. Held at The Liberty — a great East Side watering hole with a huge outdoor area, including a bar and the East Side King food truck — we hosted a fun-filled day with music from Clouder, The So So Glos, Gringo Star, Diane Coffee, Milagres, Zorch, and Marijuana Deathsquads. Our friends at Southern Tier Brewing Company provided complimentary beers for our guests. Minneapolis noise band Marijuana Deathsquads is the ever-evolving, experimental project lead by Ryan Olson, Isaac Gale (whose videos for Bon Iver, Polica, P.O.S., and On An On you may have seen), and Stefon Alexander (P.O.S), and supported by multiple drummers and other performers contributing synths, vocals, and miscellaneous sounds to the sonic chaos. They’ve quickly become a BTR favorite (you may have caught their incredible session for Serious Business on BTR), so of course we had to have them headline our day party! Here, we get down in the dirt and on the stage with the band as they tear through their single, “Ewok Sadness.”
During the 2014 SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas, the BTR Live Studio team set up shop at a lovely house on the East Side and invited bands to play music and chat in the backyard. Southern Tier Brewing Company provided beverages and the fine Austin weather did the rest. Mother Falcon, a group of young, classically trained musicians based in Austin, have a very unique take on music. Beginning as a jam session among a group of high school cellists looking to explore other genres, the massive band also incorporates violins, cellos, saxophones, and trumpet, piano, accordion, banjo, and bassoon to blend rock, jazz, and hip hop rhythms with lush vocal arrangements to craft their orchestral rock. In addition to entertaining audiences with their own impressive display of talent, they launched Music Laboratory, a summer camp for middle and high school orchestra students. The large band crammed themselves into the backyard at the BTRhouse for a very special session.
During the 2014 SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas, the BTR Live Studio team set up shop at a lovely house on the East Side and invited bands to play music and chat in the backyard. Southern Tier Brewing Company provided beverages and the fine Austin weather did the rest. K Ishibashi (aka Kishi Bashi) has racked up quite a musical resume over the past few years. From his NYC synth rock band, Jupiter One, to collaborations with of Montreal, Regina Spektor, and Sondre Lerche, this singer/violinist/composer continues to stretch his sonic palette — originally developed as a solo project with complex live loops, Kishi Bashi has filled out his show with a full band. Here, they perform an intimate session at the BTRhouse as a trio that includes Mike Savino from Tall Tall Trees.
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During the 2014 SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas, the BTR Live Studio team set up shop at a lovely house on the East Side and invited bands to play music and chat in the backyard. Southern Tier Brewing Company provided beverages and the fine Austin weather did the rest. Jess Williamson is a native of Austin, Texas, though she spent time in New York City studying photography. The quieter, slower pace of Austin is appropriate for her folk and country-inspired music, which is soft and spacious, gently carrying her distinct voice and personal lyrics. Jess took time in the midst of the craziness of her hometown’s massive music festival to stop by the backyard of the BTRhouse, where she treated us to a few songs (captured brilliantly by our Edwina mic from Ear Trumpet Labs) and sat down for a chat with Maia.
During the 2014 SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas, the BTR Live Studio team set up shop at a lovely house on the East Side and invited bands to play music and chat in the backyard. Southern Tier Brewing Company provided beverages and the fine Austin weather did the rest. Tom Brosseau is a longtime favorite of BreakThru Radio, so we were extra happy to have him stop by the BTRhouse while making the rounds of SXSW. A folksinger with a very distinct voice and style, hailing from Grand Forks, ND, and currently residing in Los Angeles, Brosseau possesses a particular sort of workingman spirit, as well as the kind of pristine and evocative guitar playing that only comes from a lifetime of singing and playing. Already a fan of the Ear Trumpet Labs microphones, Tom sounded great singing through the Edwina we had on hand! See for yourself!
During the 2014 SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas, the BTR Live Studio team set up shop at a lovely house on the East Side and invited bands to play music and chat in the backyard. Southern Tier Brewing Company provided beverages and the fine Austin weather did the rest. Cheers Elephant is a Philly band with wonderfully sticky hooks, harmonies, and a hell of a sense of humor. With musical sensibilities and a sound that lands them somewhere between the Kinks and Spoon, there’s a lot to love here. They were the first in a long week of sessions at the BTRhouse, and they definitely got things off to a great start!
On March 15, 2014, BTR threw a free, unofficial day party during the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas. Held at The Liberty — a great East Side watering hole with a huge outdoor area, including a bar and the East Side King food truck — we hosted a fun-filled day with music from Clouder, The So So Glos, Gringo Star, Diane Coffee, Milagres, Zorch, and Marijuana Deathsquads. Our friends at Southern Tier Brewing Company provided complimentary beers for our guests. Check out the video to catch some of the performances and exclusive interviews with BTR Live Studio host, Maia Macdonald.
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This week in Austin, Texas, thousands of musicians and fans are at the South By Southwest Music Festival. A huge event featuring showcases, unofficial parties, and countless opportunities to hear new music, we’ve got a team down there working on special episodes of BTR Live Studio and throwing a huge, free, day party on Saturday, March 15 at The Liberty (details here – http://breakthruradio.tumblr.com/post/77843659959/btrsxsw2014).
Welcome to a SXSW edition of the Party Hour on BreakThru Radio. Going down this week in Austin, Texas is SXSW, so to celebrate we’ve packed the playlist with several artist performing at this weeks festival. Music with the Mad Decent Records camp, double tracks from Riff Raff and new music from Chuck Inglish & Chromeo. Plus some long awaited album release dates.
This week on Sew & Tell, I am honored to feature a conversation with Adrienne Jones, Professor of Fashion Design at Pratt Institute and designer in her own right, who organized the current Pratt exhibit “Black Dress.” The exhibit shines a spotlight on the work from ten contemporary black designers, at a time when that population is sorely underrepresented in the world of fashion. Join us as Adrienne shares about her own career path in design and fashion education, how her godmother inspired “Black Dress,” the evolution of the exhibit and its featured designers, and more. Plus, a playlist chock-full of new music, including the latest from TEEN, Real Estate, Ages & Ages, and more! So tune in & turn it up – it’s time for fashion on BTR!

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