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Formed in 2008 in Sheffield, England, the Crookes consist of George Waite, Daniel Hopewell, Russell Bates and Tom Dakin. Heralded as a prominent group in the UK’s New Pop movement, their list of press accolades is extensive and their fan base apparently large and growing. Romanticism is heavy, with soaring melodies and strident lyrics (which even Noel Gallagher has praised), carried out by Waite’s undeniably strong vocal delivery. They stopped by to blast through some tunes and to chat with Maia about their new record.
Emma Louise Niblett, better known by the stage name Scout Niblett, is an English singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. With six albums under her belt, full of sparse, folk-tinged indie rock, Scout is in the middle of a solid music career. She came by with her band to play some tunes and to get down to some serious talk about metal.
Forest Fire, the NYC-based band led by songwriter Mark Thresher, has seen some changes over the years. Though it began as an alternative folk-rock band, these days the group has found more inspiration from the art-rock likes of Joy Division, Laurie Anderson, Suicide, and Kraftwerk, all of which seems to come out in their use of repetition, straightforward melodies, and synths. They stopped by the studio to talk about their recording process and some of the ideas behind their new album. Here, we present a performance of the song “Cold Kind/Fixation” not seen in their original BTR Live Studio Session.
Celestial Shore is a post-rock trio from Brooklyn. Their music can be difficult to unravel, as they wind mathy, jazzy movements through pop structures, laying down some seriously impressive sonic tricks along the way. Here, they share some tunes and chat with Maia about what they did this summer, and how they got such kick ass album artwork (hint: they asked members of another band to make it).
The Pack A.D. (the A.D. stands for “After Death”) is a Canadian garage rock duo from Vancouver, British Columbia, made up of singer/guitarist Becky Black and drummer Maya Miller. With 4 albums on Mint Records and their recent signing to Nettwerk Records, the band is aiming to take their heavy stoner rock grooves to the next level. They stopped by while on tour to rock out in our studio and talk a bit about their latest EP and video.
Sleepy Kitty is a two piece indie rock band from St. Louis via Chicago. Made up of frontwoman Paige Brubeck and drummer Evan Sult (previously of Harvey Danger and Bound Stems), the duo started as an experimental sound project before ultimately morphing into a full on band. An appreciation for indie rock and post punk acts like Pavement and The Fall meets with the bravado of show-tunes to produce the heavy-hitting pop music of Sleepy Kitty. Here, we present a performance of their song “Mockingbird” not seen in their original BTR Live Studio session.
Ebony Bones — born Ebony Thomas — is a British singer-songwriter, record producer and actress. Known for her onstage antics and fantastic costumes, her list of credits, collaborations, and accolades is extensive — and for good reason. Her music is as colorful and vibrant as her personality, shapeshifting and genre-jumping all over the place without missing a beat. Ebony stopped by to play some songs and talk a bit about recording in India, the influences that shape her eclectic music, and more.
There’s always been an interesting bond between sad, dark music and dance pop. SISU, fronted by multi-instrumentalist Sandra Vu (Dum Dum Girls, Boredoms, Raveonettes), is a great example of this in action. Sonically entrenched in what Vu calls the “loner sounds” of echo-ridden, cold, distorted synths and paired with irresistibly seductive, breathy vocals, the songs explode with emotion.
Forest Fire, the NYC-based band led by songwriter Mark Thresher, has seen some changes over the years. Though it began as an alternative folk-rock band, these days the group has found more inspiration from the art-rock likes of Joy Division, Laurie Anderson, Suicide, and Kraftwerk, all of which seems to come out in their use of repetition, straightforward melodies, and synths. They stopped by the studio to talk about their recording process and some of the ideas behind their new album.
Sleepy Kitty is a two piece indie rock band from St. Louis via Chicago. Made up of frontwoman Paige Brubeck and drummer Evan Sult (previously of Harvey Danger and Bound Stems), the duo started as an experimental sound project before ultimately morphing into a full on band. An appreciation for indie rock and post punk acts like Pavement and The Fall meets with the bravado of show-tunes to produce the heavy-hitting pop music of Sleepy Kitty.
Previously seen on an episode of Serious Business On BTR (where we all learned how to properly pronounce their name), Howth just couldn’t get enough and had to get back in the studio… Okay, the fact is they’ve got a whole new batch of tunes and want to get the word out about them. Even better, though, these songs are all about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles — no joke. Our 80s/90s nostalgia radar went off, too, but the band manages to make better thematic use of the TMNT to cover some serious and personal issues than we knew was ever possible. Take a love for those heroes in a half shell and combine it with an ability to craft ridiculously catchy, mature indie pop songs and you probably still won’t have a sense of how good Howth’s new stuff sounds until you hear it for yourself. Radical.

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