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[blip]video2[blip] Tei Shi, aka songwriter Valerie Teicher, was born in Argentina and spent time in Bogota, Vancouver, and Boston before laying roots in New York. Musically, Tei Shi comes from a place somewhere between shoegaze and dance music, with swirling layers of airy vocals floating on electronic loops and production. On her first release, dark, mellow melodies ruled, but newer material sees Tei Shi pushing things in a more assertive, bass-and-beat heavy direction.
Two Inch Astronaut is a trio from Colesville, Maryland, that exudes the classic post-punk guitar vibes that the kids love -- those kids being us, obviously. Here, we present an extra video from their recent session, featuring the full performance of their song, “Cigarettes, Boys, And Movies.”
Winstons is the new, Brooklyn-based/Virginia-conceived duo of Lou Nutting (guitar, vocals) and Ben Brock Wilkes (drums, vocals). Formed less than a year ago, this garage-soul band has already stormed some of the best stages in town with their furious blues-tinged rock ‘n roll, and they brought their high energy performance to Spaceman Sound in Greenpoint for this session.
Following a 13-year stint as a member of beloved New York band The Walkmen, Peter Matthew Bauer is now on his own (with, perhaps, a little help from his friends). His debut solo album, Liberation!, was largely conceived on a trip across Europe and delivers a driving, dense sonic package that may feel a little familiar to fans of his previous band. He stopped by to share some songs and talk a bit about the project with special guest host Travis Harrison in this, the final episode of BTR Live Studio recorded at the SoHo location of Serious Business.
Crobot is a big, dirty, groovy rock band from Pottsville, Pennsylvania. These guys have clearly studied the works of classic rock and metal's heaviest hitters, as they pump out riff after riff of absolutely solid tunes.
Streets Of Laredo, the New Zealand-originating family band fast on their way to becoming a household name in Brooklyn, makes the sort of joyous acoustic racket rarely seen in rock clubs these days. Drawing on 70s folk-rock (a la Bob Dylan and Paul Simon), and using horns, guitars, and lots of sing-a-longs, the bright-eyed optimism that brought the group to a new city in a new country is evident in their music.
Raindeer is a psychedelic synth-pop band from Baltimore, Maryland. True to their Baltimore, aka Charm City, roots, they're a little quirky and very… well, charming in their pop goodness. Originally the solo project of Charlie Hughes, the band has a colorful, acid-tinged aesthetic that's fitting for their sonic tendencies, which push things towards Britpop and garage realms while keeping it weird.
Johnny Lewis has a fascinating musical career history: he's already done electronic production for The Larva Ink, Lizzo, and Bokonon, and he's even been on the festival circuit, opening for national acts such as The Flaming Lips and EOTO. But he gave that up to move to NYC, where his love of acoustic music led to the writing of his first solo record. His production background certainly helped to make this stand out among the slew of folk and alt-Americana records out there, as the songs are expertly crafted and layered in a way that most debuts aren't. Johnny brought his full live band to the studio to share the music and talk a bit about this musical journey.
Sunflower Bean is a New York-based trio of young psychedelic rockers. Comprised of Julia Cumming (vox/bass), Nick Kivlen (vox/guitar), and Jacob Faber (drums), they're quickly making a name for themselves as a band to watch -- especially at this year's CMJ Music Marathon. Riffy, groovy, and heavy, they've got the right blend of lo-fi Sabbath vibes to keep the party going.
Pinegrove are a young group originally from Montclair, New Jersey, but now calling Brooklyn home while touring the national DIY circuit to share their eclectic sound. With inspiration from the post-rock, alt-country, and progressive rock worlds, their music, written by singer/guitarist Evan Hall, is heartfelt, quirky, and catchy. The foursome stopped by the studio before kicking off a summer tour to share some songs and chat about the band.
Tei Shi, aka songwriter Valerie Teicher, was born in Argentina and spent time in Bogota, Vancouver, and Boston before laying roots in New York. Musically, Tei Shi comes from a place somewhere between shoegaze and dance music, with swirling layers of airy vocals floating on electronic loops and production. On her first release, dark, mellow melodies ruled, but newer material sees Tei Shi pushing things in a more assertive, bass-and-beat heavy direction.

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