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Hyukoh is a juggernaut of the Korean indie rock world. Taking on K-Pop and proving that rock n’ roll and other international sounds are welcome in the pop culture scene best known for sugary sweet pop, they’ve climbed the charts and garnered considerable critical acclaim. While their retro-leaning fashion sense nods to something else, musically they run the gamut from gentle indie rock and folk to hard-hitting punk and rap touches. Extremely versatile musicians, and multi-lingual singers, Hyukoh is set for even further world domination. While in NYC on their first ever North American tour, they stopped by to share their music with us in this session, recorded live at Serious Business Music in DUMBO. Hyukoh’s 23 is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
IDLES is a lightning bolt shooting straight out of Bristol, England, and tearing through the mess of a world we’re all currently suffering through, guiding the masses with a grin and a fist while dancing and shouting and leading a charge for what’s honest and true. If that sounds a bit heavy-handed or perhaps too optimistic, maybe it is, but IDLES isn’t afraid to give the effort 1000%. This quintet makes a huge, permanent impression on any audience, suspecting or otherwise, instantly converting even the most skeptical out there into totally devout supporters with their cathartic post-punk and conviction. The band let it rip in the live room at Serious Business Music in Brooklyn before making their way to Austin for SXSW. BRUTALISM is available now from Partisan Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Tank & The Bangas is a soul/hip-hop/rock band blasting forth from New Orleans and overflowing with spirit and energy. Led by poet/vocalist Tarriona “Tank” Ball and rounded out by a tight band of musicians and backing vocalists, The Bangas is a huge force to reckon with. Bringing a bit of a musical hodgepodge to the table, their style jumps from genre to genre, pulling in the fury of a gospel tent and the creativity of a poetry slam, you’ll be pulled in immediately. The whole band crammed into the live room at Serious Business Music in DUMBO to rock this one for us. The Big Bang Theory: Live at Gasa Gasa Is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
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Recent Episodes
Portland, Maine songwriter Jeff Beam returns to BTR Live Studio for a very special At Home session, featuring three songs recorded remotely and filmed on VHS – performed with Kate Beaver in their living room/recording studio/dining room. Here, the duo tackles one of the most dynamic tracks off Beam’s latest record, using loops and backing tracks for a stunning experimental pop performance set against a Maine sunset and dripping with psychedelic vibes. Jeff Beam’s self-titled LP is available now. Watch our previous video for Jeff Beam’s “Disarray” and listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Photo Ops is the LA-based project of Terry Price. Following a move from Nashville, his songwriting shifted towards a more personal, folk-tinged sort of pop. What remains is his super-attuned sense of melody, in what he refers to as “adult lullabies.” Here, he shares an exclusive, intimate acoustic performance from his home studio. Pure At Heart is out now from Western Vinyl. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Colorado based indie-folk artist Xanthe Alexis shares a look inside her home and an intimate, acoustic performance. The Offering is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Kyle Forester – who has played in the bands Woods, Crystal Stilts, and Purple Mountains – joins us from his home in Queens for an exclusive solo performance of songs from his new record. Hearts In Gardens is available now. Watch our previous video for Kyle Forester’s “Strange Vision” and listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
HaStyle Rhymes is a hip-hop artist, a cartoon artist and a barber who served time in the U.S. Air Force. A man of many skills and trades, a world traveler and a lyrical writer who has something to say about the state of hip-hop and where it’s going. Here he brings us into his home for a straight up performance for BTR Live Studio At Home. Return To Earth is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Oginalii is a genre-blending rock band from Nashville, whose sludgy, technical, desert psych has a way of creeping into your brain and sticking there. For this episode of BTR Live Studio At Home, Emma, Emma, Ryan, and Simon descend to an appropriately cave-like basement music space to share an exclusive performance of their latest single with us. “Pillars” is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.

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