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Todd Miller joins us to discuss his time at the Paris Climate Summit, thoughts on Texas’ anti-Syrian refugee lawsuit, and listener mail on Divergent.
BTR chats with the lead singer of We Leave At Midnight about their upcoming sophomore release.
BTR chats with multi-instrumentalist Mauricio Vazquez (Fair Coyote) about the creative process for his debut EP.
BTR’s only native Texan explores the treacherous world of Yankee Barbeque.
Spotlight on the City. San Antonio, Texas. October 13, 2015.
Stress Week – Those who enjoy the challenges of NYC may argue that the competition is beneficial for betterment and that the rewards are ultimately worth the struggle. Here’s how we handle the stress in our own lives.
Zydeco Radio is a fresh, young zydeco jam band based out of Lafayette, Louisiana. The guys kept the backyard at our BTRHouse hot while in Austin for SXSW earlier this spring and here we present their full performance of “Shelley Shelley.”
Vacation Week – Quirky and kitschy roadside attractions are key to a fun trip. From Paul Bunyan and Babe in California to the World’s Largest Catsup Bottle in Illinois, there are plenty of strange sites to see.
Fred Thomas is a well-known, well-loved songwriter from the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area of Michigan. Though he’s certainly gotten around in the music world, his work as the mastermind of weirdo-pop band Saturday Looks Good To Me is perhaps the best known. Here, we present the story-based “Bad Blood” off his latest album from Polyvinyl, All Are Saved, which he performed for a special session of BTR Live Studio at the BTRhouse in Austin, Texas, while in town for SXSW.
A man in love with his Minimoog and chopping up cellos
Zydeco Radio is a fresh, young zydeco jam band led by Billy Mack (McDonald) on accordion and vocals and based out of Lafayette, Louisiana. Here, Billy and guitarist Bob Brahan are joined by talented pinch-hitters: Lane Mack on guitar, who happens to be Billy’s brother as well as a talented songwriter in his own right; and Hunter Romero, who is the Macks’ cousin, on washboard. The group didn’t miss a beat and kept the music hot in the backyard of the BTRhouse in Austin during SXSW!
Getting lost in the world and bringing back the stories of others
Fred Thomas is a well-known, well-loved songwriter from the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area of Michigan. Though he’s certainly gotten around in the music world, his work as the mastermind of weirdo-pop band Saturday Looks Good To Me is perhaps the best known. In addition to relentlessly writing and performing, he’s a tireless supporter of his local music scene, runs labels, and cranks out perfectly idiosyncratic and compelling tunes. Solo and under his own name, he dropped by the BTRhouse backyard in Austin to sing some tuneful tales and chat about his work.
The Last Bison is a folk-pop ensemble from Chesapeake, Virginia. At core, they’re driven by the songwriting of Ben Hardesty, supported by a mix of family and friends filling out the group’s music. With the recent addition of more electric instruments to their arsenal, as well as a return to the independent realm after a brush with the major label world, they continue to make lush, inspiring music. The group stopped by the BTRhouse in Austin for this moving performance featuring songs from their recent release, VA.
Kabaka Pyramid — aka Keron Salmon of Kingston, Jamaica’s — is a talented reggae musician and producer who draws heavily on his time as a rapper in the underground music scene. Kabaka, whose name references his desire for longevity in music and deep connection to Kemetic roots, aims for a higher consciousness and spirituality in his music, with the goal of steering future generations towards harmony and unity. The group stopped by the BTRhouse in Austin on a rainy morning to share some special, acoustic renditions of their songs on our front porch.
Swedish duo Summer Heart are one of those bands where their name tells you exactly what they sound like. They make sunny, nostalgic, catchy, dreamy, dancy, hazy pop songs that evoke memories of… well, perhaps a summer romance — perfect to put on a mix put together for a new crush. The guys stopped by the BTRhouse in Austin during a wild week of SXSW shows and parties for this intimate backyard session.
Our team kicked off a week of great stripped-down sessions in Austin during SXSW with the one and only Aaron Earl Livingston, aka Son Little. Using familiar blues-leaning licks and his remarkable soft and gritty vocals (think along the lines of Stevie Wonder) to sing his tales of love, loss, and life, Son Little has already seen and written so much, having collaborated with the likes of The Roots and RJD2 on various projects. He stopped by the BTRhouse to share some tunes and to chat with Maia.
A talk with Roger Sellers about being a one-man band and creating cosmic layers
BTRtv checks out the Austin foodie scene and reports back in this special D+D.
How sickness led to the sinister, sincere, and silly sides of a budding Austin rock band
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.
Samsaya is a Norwegian singer set to make her mark on pop music. With a heart painted over her left eye, which she calls “a reminder that everything I meet and see, I will look upon with my heart and see it with an open mind,” Samsaya delivers pop music with smart lyricism and touches of funk and soul. Existing in a similar world as artists like Rihanna, M.I.A. and Amy Winehouse, Samsaya has her own positive spin on things, and she stopped by our backyard to share some of the fun! Samsaya is a Norwegian singer set to make her mark on pop music. With a heart painted over her left eye, which she calls “a reminder that everything I meet and see, I will look upon with my heart and see it with an open mind,” Samsaya delivers pop music with smart lyricism and touches of funk and soul. Existing in a similar world as artists like Rihanna, M.I.A. and Amy Winehouse, Samsaya has her own positive spin on things, and she stopped by our backyard to share some of the fun!
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.
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.
The smoky tumble and roll of the Whiskey Folk Ramblers create their own genre, ‘folk-noir’
Texas’ Carla J. Clay is rising as an Austin artist who sells work on her website.
Toting the line between Zen and zoot and realizing the band is family.
How to balance Zen and partying, becoming professional, and playing some kickass rock and roll
On companies fueling artists, layering perspectives, and taking the time to do it all right.
On companies fueling artists, layering perspectives, and taking the time to do it all right
Spotlight on Fort Worth, TX. Lottie@btrtoday.com. January 13, 2015.

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