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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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proper. is the Brooklyn-based indie rock project led by Erik Garlington. With heavy doses of emo sensitivity and fury, the songs writhe and shake as Garlington spits out an avalanche of expertly crafted, brutally honest lyrics. From the first waves of feedback to the propulsive dance beat and the breakdown that follows just in time for the lyrics to start, we’re hooked immediately. The band stopped by Serious Business Music in Brooklyn to rock for us. I Spent The Winter Writing Songs About Getting Better is available now from Big Scary Monsters. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
The Natvral is the newest project from rocker Kip Berman, who spent much of past decade heading up The Pains of Being Pure At Heart. In the past few years, he has shifted gears to make music in a way that feels right for right now - free from expectations. The Natvral’s first EP Know Me More, was released by Kanine in 2018, followed by 2019’s cover of Dear Nora’s “You Looked Like A Portrait.” Kip recently invited us into his Princeton, NJ home for a performance of three songs, and a wide ranging phone conversation with Maia. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Shana Falana is one of our favorite dream-pop artists - currently based in Kingston, New York. Shana and Michael Amari explore darkness and light in their almost-meditative songs, which are illuminated by dazzling visual projections at live shows. During quarantine, Shana brought us into her home and daily life to give us a look at what’s happening in her world while live music isn’t happening. Music: "Go Higher" by Shana Falana Darkest Light is available now from Arrowhawk Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Brooklyn musician Sean Cahill’s band The Next Great American Novelist has been a study in change. Nearly reaching its end when a meeting with Jason Cummings launched the current phase of the reinvigorated project, which blends dreamy, melodic indie rock with hints of sun-kissed pop in a way that feels somewhat more West Coast than Brooklyn in a super refreshing way. The band dropped by Serious Business Music in Brooklyn to brighten up the basement studio for this session. Careless Moon will be the sophomore album from The Next Great American Novelist. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Adir L.C. is an NYC-based songwriter with a refreshing, folk-inflected indie rock style that makes great use of dynamics and lush arrangements. With a huge sound that feels both grounded and ambitious thanks to Adir’s warm and comforting vocals, this is music that’s really easy to get lost in. Currently isolating at his home in Brooklyn, Adir invited us in to have some coffee, meet his dog, Moka, and get a taste of some new music in progress. Check out Adir L.C.’s previous appearance on BTR Live Studio here. Basket Star is available now from Birdwatcher Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Honey Cutt is a Boston-based trio led by Kaley Honeycutt. With surfy touches on their dreamy indie rock sound, the band sounds right at home on the Kanine Records roster, which tends to love an upbeat snare and catchy vocal melodies. The band dropped by Serious Business Music while in town for the New Colossus Music Festival, which ended up being our very last session in the studio for the time being. Coasting by Honey Cutt is available now from Kanine Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.

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