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Blending sparse acoustics and glistening synth, Brooklyn’s Snowmine make indie-rock music that evokes both the aching sentimentality and darling harmonies of Fleet Foxes, and the body moving tribal beats and electronics of Yeasayer. The five-piece — led by new-classical composer Grayson Sanders — knows how to assemble songs that are well-textured and emotional, but it’s their real knack for building upon strong pop melodies that makes their work so appealing.
Katie Dill is currently one half of the music project Mean Lady, but has also been performing and recording her own music for years. Influenced by artists that range from Ella Fitzgerald to The Beach Boys and Bob Marley, Katie has written and recorded hundreds of songs, often folky tunes played on a range of instruments such as piano, banjo, ukulele and omnichord. In this episode of BTR Live Studio, Katie shares a couple of new songs, as well as a solo version of Mean Lady’s “Far Away, played on piano, and discusses some of the inspiration behind her many songs.
Lost Bayou Ramblers got their musical start playing traditional Cajun music in their home state of Louisiana. Deciding that change and growth within the band was necessary led to the production of their newest album -- Mammoth Waltz -- which amps up the band and combines their traditional instrumentation and sound with recognizable rock n’ roll influences. In this episode of BTR Live Studio, Lost Bayou Ramblers share some Cajun history, new tunes and talk about the process of recording their latest album.
Citizens! is a new band on the French label, Kitsuné, comprised of five guys from London and produced by Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapranos. Embracing pop in all its forms and experimenting with creating a new sound, the result is infectious, with a bit of glam attitude and more than a little funk mixed into their indie pop sound. The band played some songs and sat down with Maia to talk about their video for "True Romance," and their rules for recording.
Project E.A.R. (East Asian Revolution) is a musical movement of bands and acts from South East Asia with the mission of giving Asian music exposure across the globe. Originally brought together for the 2008 MTV Asia Awards, it is a collaborative project with members of groups from five countries in the region, including Ahli Fiqir from Singapore, Pop Shuvit from Malaysia, Saint Loco from Indonesia, Thaitanium and Silksounds from Thailand, and Slapshock from the Philippines. With musical influences from metal to rock and pop music, the group's sound changes from song to song and even verse to verse, as the players trade off songwriting and singing duties with ease. On their first ever trip to the US for the 2012 CMJ Music Marathon, the group dropped by our studio to talk about the project and to share some of the songs written for their upcoming record during a trip to Bali earlier this year.
BRAINSTORM is an experimental pop group from Portland, Oregon, who use memorable melodies, polyrhythmic singing, and shimmering guitar lines to build songs bound to lodge themselves in peoples’ heads. Everything the trio does is high energy, danceable, and simultaneously familiar and refreshingly new. The band chatted with Maia about how they blend their eclectic outsider music influences in an organic way, the mixtapes that brought them together, taking internet band friendships offline, and more. Bonus: bassist Dasha gets a new nickname!
This West Bend, Wisconsin, duo began making music when Jacquelyn Beaupre recorded some songs and asked Donivan Berube to help finish them up. Eventually, it turned into a fully collaborative project for the two who work, live, and play together -- and boast that, between the two of them, they can play anything. There's a natural, woodsy feeling in their music, especially on recordings, thanks to their unique recording techniques and honest, optimistic approach. They stopped by the studio to share some songs and talk about giving up the flute and finding it again, not knowing what they're doing, and how the project got started.
Originally a minimalist noise pop duo, Bleeding Rainbow (formerly Reading Rainbow) are now a 4-piece rock band, capable of a fully trippy, fuzzed-out sonic assault. The Philadelphia band wears its 90s subculture inspiration proudly on its vintage t-shirt sleeve, evoking appropriately fuzzy shades of Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine, Yo La Tengo, and more. The band sat down with Maia to chat about being caught stealing, how they got the crazy effects (intentional or otherwise) for a music video, and why it didn't take a lawsuit to get them to change their name.

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