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Eric Lindley is a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and producer with a tendency towards sparseness and experimentation in his Careful project. An unconventional use of auto-tuned vocals over indie folk sets him apart from most dudes with guitars, and sets a strangely unsettling tone for his masterfully concocted, lovely songs.
Daytona are a young Brooklyn indie rock trio whose members boast backgrounds in notably boisterous acts Harlem and Wild Yaks. Think of this project as an antidote to the late night parties and wild shredding found in those bands. Through gentle melodies, Daytona produce pop jams that ably alternate between cheery or melancholy from moment to moment. The guys stopped by the studio to share some songs from their EP and to discuss the challenges of picking a band name.
Vensaire, a five piece Brooklyn band, calls their own genre of music “instinctelectual – bridging the gap between the intellectual pursuit of conceptual music with the unthinking pull of the visceral.” Utilizing acoustic and electronic elements, they pull sounds from the ether into a swirling sort of folk psychedelia akin to a mellower pre-pop Animal Collective, all in the context of a fascination with Japan. From their artwork to their live shows, aesthetic choices seem to be nearly as important as musical ones.
Kris Gruen, currently based in Vermont, was born in New York City with music in his blood, thanks to his father, iconic rock photographer Bob Gruen. His first album, Lullaby School, dealt in the Bon Iver-esque territory of subdued whisper-folk, while the sophomore release, Part of it All, takes a broader, more electrified approach, largely thanks to new collaborations. Contributing musicians and friends include drummer Butch Norton (The Eels, Lucinda Williams, Rufus Wainwright), bassist Sebastian Steinberg (Soul Coughing, Dixie Chicks), Nashville’s Jason Goforth on lapsteel, and drummer Nick Brown from The Dig.
Deidre — who also performs with the groups Savoir Adore and French Horn Rebellion — recently expanded her own project to become the band Deidre & The Dark. Like a noir-inspired New Wave film come to life, the group touches on the blues, gypsy music, surf rock, 60s a-go-go and more behind their femme fatale singer. As the group celebrates the release of their “Classic Girl/Don’t Blame Me Now” 7 inch, Deidre reveals some of the concept behind the project, explains how she creates characters, and shares what it’s like to grow up with an organist mom and a synth-obsessed dad.
Starlight Girls are a Brooklyn band specializing in downtempo pop and sultry storytelling – but not exclusively. Drawing on inspiration from the best of all your favorite musical decades (20s, 50s, 60s, 80s, etc) and genres (indie rock, french pop, surf, new wave) the Starlight Girls bring a spooky style all their own to a sort of modern day cabaret sound. Also, they make the most tasteful use of a flute this side of Jethro Tull. With a 7” collab with Xiu Xiu imminent and a debut LP due next year, it looks like we’ll be hearing much more from the group in the coming months.
A native of Blue Point, Long Island, Travis McKeveny grew up with a wealth of great musical inspiration from the likes of Van Morrison, John Hiatt, and Jackson Browne, thanks to his guitarist/singer-songwriter father. Only two years into his own music career, Travis crafts impressive songs comprised of unadorned voice and bare acoustic guitar. Preparing for the release of his debut album, Last Year’s Leaves, he stopped by for a session of BTR Live Studio.
Strongly influenced by her own military family background — including extensive traveling throughout the world — Michaela Anne today finds herself settled in the Ditmas Park neighborhood of Brooklyn, which is quickly revealing itself to have a burgeoning music scene of its own. Leading what she calls her “not exclusively country, country band” and making a name for herself on the Americana circuit, she stopped by BTR Live Studio to play some new songs as she prepares for her next release.

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