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.”
Ryan Camenzuli, aka Zuli, is already ahead of the game at just 22 years old. Beyond being a skilled musician and songwriter, the NYC-based artist had a bit of luck early on, benefiting from a relationship with a member of his favorite band, Akron/Family. Zuli admittedly wears his influences on his sleeve, and so folk, experimental, and psych-pop touches stemming from A/F, Animal Collective, and the like shine through in his own music. We caught up with Zuli (the band) at a friend’s apartment in Bushwick, Brooklyn, for this intimate acoustic performance.
Ryan Camenzuli, aka Zuli, is already ahead of the game at just 22 years old. Beyond being a skilled musician and songwriter, the NYC-based artist had a bit of luck early on, benefiting from a relationship with a member of his favorite band, Akron/Family. Zuli admittedly wears his influences on his sleeve, and so folk, experimental, and psych-pop touches stemming from A/F, Animal Collective, and the like shine through in his own music. We caught up with Zuli (the band) at a friend’s apartment in Bushwick, Brooklyn, for this intimate acoustic performance.
Mesiko is the trio of Raquel Bell, David Marshall, and Ray Rizzo. Together, they make a beautiful, chaotic, psychedelic pop racket. We joined them in their Moose Lab studio in DUMBO, Brooklyn, for a very close encounter of the rock n’ roll kind.
Janna Pelle is a Miami-bred, Brooklyn-based pop songwriter with a flair for the eccentric. Proudly inspired by the likes of Lady Gaga, Fiona Apple, and David Byrne, her fun, creative performances and style reflect that. Her daring music video for the single, “City Life,” took the song to the rooftops of the city. Here, she is joined by Doug Berns on bass and Alex Cohen on drums to share the other side of it, bringing the song back home to her bedroom, where she writes and rehearses her music.
NYC-based songwriter Elizabeth Devlin has a distinctly haunting style thanks to her use of the autoharp and penchant for unconventional musical structures. We visited Devlin in her Queens studio, where she performed a special new song, inspired by the racial and social unrest in Baltimore, surrounded by artist Natalie Baxter’s “Warm Guns” work.
Ben Stalets, a down-home folk-singing songwriter from Toledo, Ohio, has a friendly and honest disposition. His songs are uncomplicated and unpretentious, with a rawness that’s both instantly familiar and memorable. On a recent visit of Ben’s to New York City, we caught up with him at The Owl Farm Bar in Park Slope, Brooklyn, where he shared this song.
MiniBoone is a Brooklyn-based quartet that should be familiar to regular viewers of BTRtv. They make catchy, heart-wrenchingly honest tunes and, live, filter it through an explosive ball of energy with yelps, kicks, and impressive melodies and harmonies. We met up with the band at Unit J out in Bushwick, Brooklyn, where they played a song off their upcoming release, Bad Sports, due out 4/21 from Ernest Jenning Recording Co.
Janna Pelle is a Miami-bred, Brooklyn-based pop songwriter with a flair for the eccentric. Proudly inspired by the likes of Lady Gaga, Fiona Apple, and David Byrne, her fun, creative performances and style reflect that. Her daring music video for the single “City Life” took the song to the rooftops of the city, and here she shares the other side of it, bringing the song back home to her bedroom, where she writes and rehearses her music.
Devin Tuel is a songwriter from Pennsylvania and Stephen Harms is a multi-instrumentalist and composer. Over the past year, they came together as the Brooklyn-based indie folk duo known as The Native Harrow and set out to write and perform together. They took a break from working on their debut album to stop by the back room of Freddy’s Bar in South Slope, Brooklyn for this episode of BTR Hear & There.
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.
Our old buddies Howth (rhymes with growth) have undergone some changes since last we heard from them with their Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-inspired batch of tunes. Now with a freshly stripped-down 4-piece rock band lineup, we caught up with the gang at Muchmore’s in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, for a fresh look at songwriter Carl Creighton’s re-energized project.
Nashville-via-Brooklyn-via-everywhere country singer/songwriter MIchaela Anne returns to BTR in the midst of a tidal wave of critical acclaim (including a Rolling Stone premiere of her latest music video). We caught up with her in a classroom at Jalopy Theatre and School of Music in Red Hook, Brooklyn, for this very special performance of a brand new tune.
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.
Workman Song is a solo project fronted by Sean McMahon, a 25-year-old from Western Massachusetts currently living in New York. A sort of mystic folk storyteller, McMahon’s dramatic, stirring music wouldn’t sound entirely out of place in a church — which is exactly where we took it. For this special episode of BTR Hear & There, we joined Workman Song, including members of Streets Of Laredo (who McMahon also plays with regularly) as well as Totara Jack on guitar and Sean’s brother, Griffin McMahon, on the house organ, at Christ Church in New York City.
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.
Fiona Silver is a young New York native with an old soul. Musically, her work drifts from rock to soul and pop, all carried by her captivating stage presence and smoky voice — think Amy Winehouse and Billie Holiday. Here, she brings her band to Grit N Glory, a Lower East Side Rock N Roll and tattoo shop, for an intimate performance of her ukulele-led tune, “Sweet Escape.”

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