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Australians have long been known for their love of beer, but the country is also infatuated with espresso coffee. As part of the newest wave of New York’s always changing cafe culture, several spots owned or run by Australians have begun opening up across the city and introducing coffee names such as the “flat white” and the “long black.” Coffee purveyors such as Bluestone Lane, Toby’s Estate, Bluebird Coffee, and Little Collins are all attempting to recreate the Melbourne and Sydney coffee culture right here in the Big Apple. BreakThruTV’s Lauren Hawker spoke with Bluestone Lane’s Aaron Cook and Nicholas Stone, as well as Bluebird’s Tyson Stagg about the trend.
On October 29th, 2013, the US Olympic Committee began their 100 day countdown to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. 56 Olympians, Paralympians, and 2014 hopefuls gathered in New York’s Times Square to kick of the nationwide Road to Sochi Tour. The event included athletic demonstrations, autograph sessions, and interactive sports for fans to try. BreakThruTV’s Lauren Hawker spoke with athletes at the event as well as LGBT rights activists who were there to call for a boycott of the games in show of their disapproval of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s anti-gay laws.
On October 24th, Forced Meme Productions hosted their fifth annual HallowMeme Costume Party at The Bell House in Brooklyn. Celebrating online culture, the event features partygoers dressed as their favorite memes and internet personalities. BreakThruTV’s Lauren Hawker spoke with Forced Meme’s founder Andrea Rosen and other participants.
Join BTR’s Matt Latola as he makes his way through the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon, proving that you can see plenty of great artists at the annual NYC music festival even without a badge. Along the way, he checks out showcases at venues such as Silent Barn, Pianos (for Floating Fest), The Grand Victory (for BTR’s own official CMJ showcase), and the brand new Baby’s All Right (for their very first show ever, no less, put on by BrooklynVegan), featuring artists such as Eagulls, Yamantaka//Sonic Titan, Omar Souleyman, Heliotropes, The Meaning Of Life, and EULA, among many others.
Aly Spaltro began her musical career in the back room of a DVD rental shop in Brunswick, Maine. Bart & Greg’s DVD Explosion was where she worked the night shift and spent her nights practicing, writing songs, and sometimes sleeping in her guitar case. She cut her teeth performing — solo, then as part of a duo, then solo again — in the state’s biggest city, Portland, before moving on to conquer Boston and NYC, ultimately landing in Brooklyn as a home base for her critically-acclaimed, internationally-touring project. To celebrate the March 2013 release of her debut full-length album as Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, BTRtv and HillyTown joined Spaltro for a trip home to Maine to visit the town where she got her start and to unveil the new album with the help of a live band at SPACE Gallery.
Since the clashes between supporters and opponents of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, several human rights violations have been investigated. In the following videos BreakThruTV’s Lauren Hawker sits down with Tamara Alrifai, spokeswoman for Human Rights Watch’s Middle East and North Africa division about various issues facing the nation today.
On July 4, 2013, BreakThruTV’s Lauren Hawker spoke with people at a “Restore The Fourth” rally at NYC’s Union Square. Participants in the group call for an end to unconstitutional surveillance of digital communications by the U.S. government, basing their arguments on the Fourth Amendment of the Bill Of Rights.
A lifetime music nerd, BTR’s Matt Lehtola has never been to a music festival like Bonnaroo before. Join him as he loses his 4-day music festival virginity and learns what it’s all about. Shot entirely on a GoPro camera, Lehtola and DJ Wynn took in the sights and sounds of the festival culture to bring to BreakThruTV.
BTR’s Matthew Demello and Jordan Reisman sat down with fitness guru and musician Cherie Lily and her husband, Andrew WK, a well-known musician and partier himself. The couple discussed their philosophies on life, partying, and fitness as well as their own relationship. Andrew WK’s recent selection to be a cultural ambassador for the US State Department –- which the department quashed before the gig even began -– was also explored.
On Tuesday, March 16, BTR threw an unofficial day party in Austin, TX, during SXSW at The Liberty, a great East Side bar with a sweet outdoor space. In the first of two videos featuring the bands from that show, we check out explosive blues rock duo Black Pistol Fire who split their time between living in Austin and in their original home-city of Toronoto; Saddle Creek skronk pop band UUVVWWZ from Lincoln, NE; mind-bending Philly noise poppers Bleeding Rainbow; and Antenna Farm Recordings’ Austin-based songwriter, Dana Falconberry. In the second of two videos featuring the bands from that show, we check out San Francisco buzz band Social Studies; Portland, OR, indie-poppers Radiation City; Montreal minimalist psych-rockers Suuns; and California-based stoner/psych rockers The Blank Tapes. Crack open a Lone Star and get an exclusive look at this massive music festival from some of the bands at the center of it all!
Opened in May 2011 in Jersey City, Mana Contemporary is a multi-dimensional art complex that provides services and space for artists, art patrons, collectors, and the local community. BreakThruTV’s Lauren Hawker attended the exclusive first look at one of their new shows, Ray Smith: Here | Now. The New York and New Jersey area is still recovering from Hurricane Sandy. Among those affected was Ray Smith, a Mexican-American artist whose Brooklyn studio suffered major flooding. Mana offered Smith refuge by offering studio space and an exhibition to showcase his waterlogged work.
The BTR team hit Austin, Texas for the 2013 South By Southwest music festival last week! Packed in a house on the east side of town, a short walk to all the official — and unofficial — activities, we hit the streets and the shows to bring you a taste of the insanity. Check out these daily videos, which offer a solid sampling of all that went on — though, rest assured, there’s oh so much more happening in Austin during the annual invasion of music industry and fans! We caught The Flaming Lips, the Zombies, tons of bands whose names we didn’t even catch, threw a day party, checked out the Gear Expo and Flatsock 38, scoped out the scene on South Congress, and much more!
On February 2nd, Grand Central Terminal celebrates the centennial anniversary of its opening. To mark the occasion, New York Times Urban Affairs correspondent Sam Roberts spoke with BreakThruTV’s Lauren Hawker about his new book, Grand Central: How A Train Station Transformed America.
Launched in 1975 and spanning 15 issues through 1979, Punk Magazine was an integral part of the music and art scene of the mid-to-late Seventies. Co-founded by cartoonist and editor John Holmstrom, publisher Ged Dunn, and Legs McNeil, the publication is often credited with popularizing the term “punk,” along with the scene then developing at famed NYC venue, CBGB. On Friday, January 11th, Holmstrom celebrated the release of The Best Of Punk Magazine, a collection of work from the magazine. On hand for the energetic occasion at Powerhouse Books in Dumbo, Brooklyn, were a cast of punk rock regulars, some of whom we spoke with, including legendary rock photographer Bob Gruen; co-founder of the Dictators, Andy Shernoff; and Gary Storm, former DJ at WBFO in Buffalo.
The Year Has Ended!!! Chaz Mannenheim, exhausted from the ever-continuing job of #1 newsman, must put together a stunning ‘Year In Review.’ Buckling under the pressure, Chaz begrudgingly enlists his ex-wife, Vera, to help him talk to the people and go over all of the Top Stories from Politics to Pop Culture in 2012. See them Laugh! See them Fight! See them review the year on YEAR IN REVIEW!!!!!

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