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Adrian Daniel is a musician from Brooklyn, New York, whose music is a funky, soulful take on alternative rock and pop. He brought his full band to Serious Business music in DUMBO to play some songs, and to talk a bit about the issues that his single, “Pride,” brings up. Featured song: "Pride" Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Astronautalis, aka Andy Bothwell, is a man with a lot on his mind. Let’s start with the basics: he’s a rapper known around the world for his hard-touring, indie/punk ethics living in Minneapolis, Minnesota -- a city that’s quickly becoming one of our favorites for music, thanks to the Doomtree and Totally Gross National Product crews, among plenty of other great acts in recent years. And while he’s certainly got the hip-hop chops to destroy any stage, Astronautalis quickly sets himself apart from the crowd by making his deep and passionate love of all genres of music -- and especially indie rock -- very apparent through conversation or even by checking out his list of collaborators on records. Smart, talented, and quick-witted, Astronautalis is changing the game. He dropped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to bring some fire with just a laptop and a microphone. Cut The Body Loose by Astronautalis is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
The Spook School is a wonderful group of people from Edinburgh, Scotland, who make upbeat, memorable queer indie-pop punk rock. We met them in Austin this year when they kicked off our party, impressively packing the house with an early crowd, and had to have them come by the studio while they were in town for NYC Popfest. Here, they share a tune crafted for the Slumberland/Fortuna Pop!’s upcoming Continental Drift split record. The Spook School’s Try To Be Hopeful is available now. 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.
Grace Joyner has officially stepped out of the shadows. Whereas she used to sing harmonies in various bands around Charleston, South Carolina, she’s now come into her own with this project. Featuring dual keyboards without a guitar in sight, she and her band craft evocative, dramatic, psych-tinged rock/pop music that’ll move you. Currently on her first full length release following an emotional debut EP, Joyner is clearly on to something, and developing as a strong songwriter and performer. The band stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn, to show us how they do it. Maybe Sometimes-in C by Grace Joyner is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Walker Lukens is a songwriter based in Austin, Texas. His new EP grew out of voice memos and home recordings -- ultimately fully produced by Spoon drummer Jim Eno (who even plays keyboards on it) and reproduced in all its fully-realized glory by Lukens’ band, The Side Arms, to sound just as great live. Catchy melodies, deep and soulful grooves, and some hard-to-categorize ambient sounds blend together in a special way, giving the songs their own unique vibe to make them extra memorable. He stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO for this special session. Walker Lukens’ EP, Never Understood, is available now from Modern Outsider. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
The core members of Brooklyn world party band Balkan Beat Box -- Tomer Yosef, Ori Kaplan, and Tamir Muskat -- have been shaking things up with their deep grooves for over a decade now. Their Eastern European roots shine bright as they work in elements of hip-hop, reggae, punk, free jazz, and many more genres to fuel their anthemic, brilliant musical fire. They brought their massive sound to Serious Business Music in DUMBO for this episode of BTR Live Studio. Shout It Out is available now from Balkan Beat Box. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Kendra Lou is a songwriter from Copenhagen, Denmark, currently living in New York City. Her music has strong roots in jazz and soul, resulting in a unique blend of genres that intertwine throughout her own alternative pop songs. She stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn with her band for this special performance. Songs Of The Black Moon is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
SUSTO is the musical project of Justin Osborne and his gang of “Acid Boys,” based out of Charleston, South Carolina. The band has had the benefit of a sort of mentor in the form of Band Of Horses’ Ben Bridwell, as well as various other musical luminaries (like The Lumineers, for one) who’ve taken the band out on the road. Appropriately, the band has a tasteful take on rootsy rock with a slightly fried sense of humor. They stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn while out on the road for this special session. & I’m Fine Today will be released January 13, 2017. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.

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