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Seth Applebaum (also of Brooklyn psych-surf freaks, The Mad Doctors) is apparently pretty prolific when it comes to experimental, groovy, weirdo jams. Ghost Funk Orchestra is more no-wave than the funk in their name may imply, but either way, they’re definitely all party. The massive band crammed themselves, horns and all, into Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn, for this lively session. GFO’s Demos & Outtakes is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
gobbinjr (lowercase, despite what autocorrect will tell you) is the musical project of Madison, Wisconsin-native-but-currently-NYC-livin’ songwriter, Emma Witmer. Facebook says that her middle name is Jerk, but we don’t think it is. We also don’t really think she’s a jerk, even when her songs get kind of mean. How much of a jerk can you be if you name your band after your first bong? Exactly. Witmer’s music — recorded on her own — is pretty personal, but live she’s got a whole band to give the songs that extra energy, and they stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn, to play for us. Vom Night and Shea Forever are available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Chicago trio Dream Version — Eric Brummitt, Alec Jensen, and Michael Kunik — have been perfecting their poppy, post-punk-inspired indie rock since 2013. Keeping instrumentation to the classic power trio setup gives the band a lot of room to play and experiment with their idea of pop music, pushing things further into the arty, experimental territory that makes them feel a bit more in line with The Fall than The Kinks. The music is deceptively smart in it’s simplicity, and the lyrics manage to turn personal questions and conflicts into rock anthems. The band stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO to share their music with us. Fight Fair by Dream Version is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Mosquitos first gained notoriety for their Bossa Nova/indie pop hit “Boombox” in the 2000s. After spending a decade in Rio de Janeiro and Oaxaca, Mexico, the now NYC-based trio is back with a fresh batch of music inspired by their experience. Singer Juju Stulbach and singer/multi-instrumentalist Chris Root stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn, to share this acoustic, stripped-down take on their tunes with us. Mexican Dust is out now on Six Degrees records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Suzanne Santo is best known as the singer from Los Angeles-based Americana band, honeyhoney. Here, she steps out on her own with a strong debut solo release, showcasing a powerful range from slow-burn crooner to full on rocker. Suzanne brought her band down to Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn, for this intimate session. Suzanne Santo’s debut solo album, Ruby Red, is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Yoke Lore is the new musical outlet for Adrian ​Galvin, previously of Yellerkin​ and Walk the Moon​. Galvin crafts his catchy, heartfelt tunes on banjo and then twists and shapes them into tight, catchy pop songs. For this rare stripped-down session, the band takes it back to the basics with a raw and live performance, highlighting the strengths of his songwriting and pure musical abilities. Yoke Lore’s Goodpain EP is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Domino Kirke has returned. Her music career began early when she was “discovered” at just 17 and over the years she’s taken several turns through various projects and genres that have ultimately led to her current endeavor and a new record. Her first release in 5 years — and first under her own name — it arrives with a heavy dose of inspiration from her friend and musical collaborator, Luke Temple. It’s worth noting that Domino comes from quite a unique family of talented folks: her father is the drummer from Free and Bad Company, her mother runs a SoHo boutique, and her sisters Jemima and Lola are both successful actresses. Domino stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn, with guitarist Jen Turner to share this intimate take on some of her new music. Domino Kirke’s Beyond Waves is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Normally we’d write some sort of semi-thoughtful description of the band here, but in this case we’ll let their Facebook bio do the heavy lifting: “sad13 (sad thirteen) is a cyborg dog astrally projected from the recent past to save the middle school dance. sadie dupuis is sad13.” That tells you pretty much everything you need to know. Also, they’re pop songs — just as sweet, sugary, and satisfying as the stuff you heard on the radio growing up, but much less terrible in the sense that they’re written in a way that takes on the negative portrayals of women we’ve grown way too accustomed to hearing and turns it on its head. We’d expect nothing less of Speedy Ortiz’s Sadie Dupuis, who’s earned a reputation as one of the best songwriters around these days. She brought the band by Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn, to share some tunes. Sad13’s Slugger is available now on Carpark Records. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Native Harrow is Devin Tuel, accompanied by her musical partner and conspirator, composer/multi-instrumentalist Stephen Harms. We first encountered the duo in 2015, performing for our cameras in the quiet confines of a bar in Brooklyn. Since then, Native Harrow has changed quite considerably, releasing much more music, moving, and spending a significant amount of time on the road developing a strong live show and letting Devin’s songs stretch their legs and find their footing. This is all evident in their latest batch of music and this session, recorded live at Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn during their summer 2017 tour. Sorores, the latest release from Native Harrow, is available now. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.
Amy Oelsner is a songwriter currently based in Bloomington, Indiana. With her band, and under the name Amy O, she has succeeded in developing a record that manages to feel both familiar and fresh, referencing the much-adored sounds of bands like Sleater-Kinney and Helium with bombastic riffs and solid semi-sweet melodies while also revealing some authentic emotional truths. Amy’s no stranger to putting it all out there — in addition to working on music in various forms for over a decade, she’s also poured her talents into zine culture, with a new release in the form of Yoko Oh Yes!, a collection of interviews with female musicians. Amy O stopped by Serious Business music in DUMBO, Brooklyn, to rock out for this fun session. Elastic by Amy O is available now from Winspear. Listen to the audio podcast for more music and interview.

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