Bombay Rickey is a band based in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, with an eclectic mix of influences. Self-described as "the soundtrack to a Bollywood noir film from the 1960s, or perhaps to a spaghetti western that never existed," they bring together jazz, funk, rock, and a plethora of world music sounds for an exciting blend that's all their own. We visited the band at home for an intimate living room performance, in the middle of one of the most serene neighborhoods in Brooklyn.
NYC-based El Jezel have been together for over a decade, combining elements of glimmering, wistful shoegaze and charging, melodic post-rock. The blend of male and female vocals, along with their ability to waver between various genres mid-song, keeps their music unpredictable and refreshing. For our BTR Hear & There Christmas Special, in front of a brightly decorated Brooklyn home, they brave the cold winter weather to perform (as a duo) an acoustic version of their holiday tune, “Working On Christmas.”
Sabila Sabila is the new solo project of Brooklyn-based Haleh, who happens to be half of the experimental electronic duo, The Mast. Though the music of Sabila Sabila is just starting to seep out via recordings and videos, Haleh has apparently been sitting on this goldmine for years, sharing them privately with friends in small, intimate live performances. We caught up with her at the Jill Lindsey store in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, for this gorgeous tune in an appropriately lovely shop, in collaboration with our friends at Paper Garden Records.
Nikki Yanofsky is a young Canadian jazz/soul singer. Just 20 years old, she's already been performing in the public eye for eight years, garnering awards and appearances at international festivals and world class venues. We caught up with Nikki at Caroline Music’s office space for this intimate acoustic performance.
Gemma Ray is a British musician, singer, composer, and producer. Currently living in Berlin, her style is described as pop-noir, and draws heavily on indie folk and blues. On a recent visit to New York, she stopped by Lowlands Bar, a charming bar tucked away in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn, for an intimate performance of her song "You Changed Me."
Sean Rowe has an unforgettable voice. Deep and resonant, his singing perfectly expresses his naturalist roots and stirring songwriting. Drawing on the folk and blues traditions, Rowe taps into something timeless, whether performing solo or with a group. Here, he performs at a friend's apartment in Brooklyn, in the most casual and intimate of living room settings, joined by friends and fellow musicians.
Gemma Ray is a British musician, singer, composer, and producer. Currently living in Berlin, her style is described as pop-noir, and draws heavily on indie folk and blues. On a recent visit to New York, she stopped by Lowlands Bar, a charming bar tucked away in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn, for an intimate performance of her song "The Right Thing Did Me Wrong."
Bombay Rickey is a band based in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, with an eclectic mix of influences. Self-described as "the soundtrack to a Bollywood noir film from the 1960s, or perhaps to a spaghetti western that never existed," they bring together jazz, funk, rock, and a plethora of world music sounds for an exciting blend that's all their own. We visited the band at home for an intimate living room performance, in the middle of one of the most serene neighborhoods in Brooklyn.
Gramercy Arms is a New York-based collective of revolving musicians and artists, masterminded by main songwriter/producer Dave Derby (Dambuilders/Lloyd Cole) along with Rainy Orteca, Sean Eden and Kevin March. For this intimate BTR Hear & There session, we found the band performing in the lovely back room of Hi-Fi, a revered musician-friendly bar in the East Village.
The Wytches are a trio based in Brighton, UK, with a heavy, grungy, surf-punk sound. Raw and vibrant, their live shows are known for great performances, and their new record showcases an accurate analog capture of their style. During the band’s summer tour of the U.S., we caught up with them at their label (Partisan Records) for an intimate acoustic performance of the single, "Wire Frame Mattress."
Jack & Eliza grew up in NYC as childhood friends. At 15, Eliza won the International John Lennon Songwriting award. Now, with both in college in their hometown, they're musical collaborators, performing as a duo all around the city. Their simplistic approach -- two guitars, two voices -- brings their talents to the forefront, as their vocals work together to weave together pristine narratives. Inspired by the sunny, psychedelic pop of bands like The Beach Boys and The Mamas & The Papas, these two are riding a similar sunny, blissful wave. We caught up with them at Coco, a restaurant in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, for an intimate acoustic performance of their single, "Secrets."
Alyson Greenfield is a Brooklyn-based songwriter and performer. Riding the lines between piano pop, electronica, and hip-hop through her use of synthesizers, drums, organs, and beatboxers, Greenfield takes chances (such as her unique album of hip-hop covers) and, if her many festival appearances and critical praise are any indicator,they're working for her. She is also the Founder/Director of the Tinderbox Music Festival, an annual Brooklyn-based event focused on female musicians and empowering young women through the arts. We visited the backyard of her apartment building for an intimate performance, featuring beatboxing by her collaborator Shane Maux.
You should already be very familiar with Brooklyn’s own Ava Luna. A few years back, when they first began their ascent on the local scene, some likened them to “Beck fronting the Jackson 5.” Since then, they’ve grown incredibly, developing their own sound (and quite a social media presence) as they’ve turned out weirder, funkier jams at each turn. Lately they’ve been sending out more of a no wave/Talking Heads vibe, and it seems to be resonating extremely well with fans and critics, ourselves included. We hit their album release party for Electric Balloon at Silent Barn in Bushwick, Brooklyn, to capture the frenetic energy of their song, “Daydream.”
This Brooklyn band (normally a quintet but performing here as a duo) works in the realm of anthemic, folk-inspired rock n' roll. At times, there's a Dylanesque quality that takes a turn towards Springsteen territory for the choruses, while other times the band heads more for something in the realm of Radiohead, walking the fine line between ambient textures and epic pop. Grab a bouquet on the way in and a drink at the bar, and enjoy another take on Elaphant's music in the intimate setting of Sycamore, a flower shop and bar in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn.
This Brooklyn band (normally a quintet but performing here as a duo) works in the realm of anthemic, folk-inspired rock n' roll. At times, there's a Dylanesque quality that takes a turn towards Springsteen territory for the choruses, while other times the band heads more for something in the realm of Radiohead, walking the fine line between ambient textures and epic pop. Grab a bouquet on the way in and a drink at the bar, and enjoy another take on Elaphant's music in the intimate setting of Sycamore, a flower shop and bar in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn.
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.”
Brett Saxon is a Brooklyn-based songwriter. Wielding an acoustic guitar and a tight backing band, Brett sings his way through tales of longing, loneliness, and social politics. His is a particularly moody take on the folk and country traditions, pulled into the modern day bars of Brooklyn. Here, Brett steps out from behind the bar at Mission Dolores, where he works in Gowanus, Brooklyn, for an intimate performance with his band.
Brett Saxon is a Brooklyn-based songwriter. Wielding an acoustic guitar and a tight backing band, Brett sings his way through tales of longing, loneliness, and social politics. His is a particularly moody take on the folk and country traditions, pulled into the modern day bars of Brooklyn. Here, Brett steps out from behind the bar at Mission Dolores, where he works in Gowanus, Brooklyn, for an intimate performance with his band.
Genghis Hans is the cleverly named Brooklyn-based pop duo of guitarist/singer Hansdale Hsu and producer Stryker Matthews. Hints of tropicalia and chillwave drop in and out of their songs, all of which feature a kind of shimmery, mellow vibe that make a worthy soundtrack for life. We caught up with the band as they played at The Warehouse, on the border of Brooklyn and Queens.
Anthonie Tonnon is a songwriter and performer based in Auckland, New Zealand, who performs both solo and with a four piece band. Formerly known as the frontman for the pop band Tono And The Finance Company, his solo work has been quickly gathering steam with a busy schedule touring and opening for internationally-renowned acts. Tonnon's work melds the dramatic, the dreamlike, and the surreal into tuneful tales filled with everyday characters. While on a US tour, he joined BTR Hear & There on the border of Bushwick, Brooklyn, and Ridgewood, Queens, for a very intimate performance of his song "Sugar In The Petrol Tank."

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