SPEAK - BTR Live Studio [ep344]
SPEAK is the Austin-based art rock quartet of Troupe Gammage, Joey Delahoussaye, Nick Hurt, and Jake Stewart. Their music tends towards the dramatic side of electronic synthpop, in the form of darkly epic dancefloor jams topped with falsetto vocals, all while hints of their influences (reportedly Peter Gabriel, Blur, and Kanye West, which sounds pretty accurate) shine through.

Featured song: “Gates”

Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1p6NzAj

Pedals, the latest release from SPEAK, is now available.

Official website for SPEAK: http://hearspeakhere.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/hearSPEAKhere
Twitter: @hearSPEAKhere

“The War Years” - Chaz Mannenheim, Newsman Of Yesteryear!

Here for you, viewer, is a whirlwind review of Chaz Mannenheim’s most outrageous and powerful moments, taken from his wartime radio broadcasts and all leading to his fateful transportation to our modern age.

Chaz Mannenheim on Facebook: http://facebook.com/ChazMannenheim
Twitter: @ChazMannenheim
Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/breakthruradio/chazs-essentials/

Gold & Youth - BTR Live Studio [ep343]

Vancouver-based Gold & Youth write songs with a hazy, breezy, nostalgic air to them. Equally adept at crafting jams for West Coast summer drives as they are at soundtracking a midnight adventure in the city, their blend of electronics and other instrumentation lays just the right bed for their haunting vocal melodies. Fans of 80s synth-pop should take note: though there’s not much retro about this, nods to the likes of Depeche Mode and Roxy Music are definitely there, bringing electronic sounds to life in the most organic ways.

Featured song: “Daylight Colors”

Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1sIjiqz

The latest release from Gold & Youth, Beyond Wilderness, is available now on Arts & Crafts.

Official website for Gold & Youth: http://goldandyouth.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GoldandYouth
Twitter: @GoldandYouth

Mannequin Pussy - Serious Business on BTR [ep176]

Mannequin Pussy is a dirty, nasty, excellent garage punk duo-turned-trio of childhood friends. Not only does this episode include fiery performances of the band’s songs, but you’ve got the added bonus of Travis revealing the terrifying truth behind natural flavoring. You won’t want to miss this one.

Featured song: “Kiss”

Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1kwJZyN

Mannequin Pussy’s latest release, Kiss Me Tender EP, is now available.

Mannequin Pussy on Bandcamp: http://mannequinpussy.bandcamp.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/meatslave
Twitter: @MannequinPussy

Unicycle Loves You - BTR Live Studio [ep342]
Unicycle Loves You is a Brooklyn trio who “write loud, noisy pop songs from hell.” While they don’t actually come across as being all that evil, they do have a way of making some terrifyingly great loud sounds. Evolving from jangly power pop to post-new wave to garage-psych, the band’s latest work finds them further mutating their raw pop songs with walls of sound. The band stopped by to play some tunes and chat with Maia about their recording process.

Featured song: “Jaws”

Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1sOnqHa

The latest release from Unicycle Loves You, The Dead Age, is now available.

Official website for Unicycle Loves You: http://unicyclelovesyou.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/UnicycleLovesYou
Twitter: @UnicycleLovesU

“Uncharted Places” by Alyson Greenfield - BTR Hear & There [ep91]
Alyson Greenfield is a Brooklyn-based songwriter and performer. Riding the lines between piano pop, electronica, and hip-hop through her use of synthesizers, drums, organs, and beatboxers, Greenfield takes chances (such as her unique album of hip-hop covers) and, if her many festival appearances and critical praise are any indicator,they’re working for her. She is also the Founder/Director of the Tinderbox Music Festival, an annual Brooklyn-based event focused on female musicians and empowering young women through the arts. We visited the backyard of her apartment building for an intimate performance, featuring beatboxing by her collaborator Shane Maux.

Featured song: “Uncharted Places”

Uncharted Places, Alyson Greenfield’s latest release, is now available.

Official website for Alyson Greenfield: http://alysongreenfield.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/alysongreenfieldmusic
Twitter: @AlysonGreenfiel

Miniature Tigers - BTR Live Studio [ep341]

Miniature Tigers is an indie pop band that originated way back in the MySpace days in Phoenix, Arizona, but currently resides in the musical utopia of Brooklyn, New York. With several critically-acclaimed albums under their belt, they’ve amassed a solid fan base by touring extensively, spreading their pristine, catchy tunes far and wide. Singer and guitarist Charlie Brand has set out to craft relatable, passionate songs that listeners can connect with and, so far, that certainly seems to be working. The guys stopped by to play some tunes from their latest album and chat with Maia about their music.

Featured song: “I Can’t Stop”

Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1s5wwAL

Cruel Runnings, the latest release from Miniature Tigers, is now available.

Official website for Miniature Tigers: http://www.miniaturetigers.com/
Facebook: http://facebook.com/MiniatureTigers
Twitter: @MiniatureTigers

Do What You Love: Realistic Advice? - BTR Pulse [ep185]

This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people whether they think advising others to do what they love is realistic advice. People share their thoughts on the advice and whether or not they are happy in their own current situations.

Featured song: “Next Of Kin” by Alvvays

Multicult - Serious Business on BTR [ep175]

Baltimore trio Multicult (aka Nick Skrobisz, Jake Cregger, and Rebecca Burchette) bring a super minimalist, yet effective, approach to their music. They’ve got the post-punk aggression and no-BS thing down, pummeling ahead through every song like a three-headed monster of bass, drums, and guitar, with every instrument weaving in and out around the song, occasionally coming together for big, hooky choruses that cut through their fuzzy production aesthetic. The band stopped by to melt some faces in the studio and chat with Travis about how they write and record their songs.

Featured song: “Foreign Object”

Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1xYb27c

Multicult’s upcoming LP, Variable Impulse, will be available September 23.

Multicult on Bandcamp: http://multicult.bandcamp.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/pages/Multicult/131906646824797

Ívar Páll Jónsson - BTR Live Studio [ep340]
Revolution In The Elbow of Ragnar Agnarsson Furniture Painter is an indie rock musical, written by Icelandic songwriter Ívar Páll Jónsson. Opening at the Minetta Lane Theatre in NYC, this surreal and philosophical story does indeed take place in the elbow of one Ragnar Agnarsson. Here, Jónsson and a few of his talented ensemble of musical collaborators join us in the studio to share stripped down renditions of the excellent music from the play, and to share a bit of the story behind the production.

Featured song: “Alone”

Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/WWLPih

Revolution in the Elbow of Ragnar Agnarsson Furniture Painter is now playing.

Official website for Ívar Páll Jónsson: http://www.ivarpalljonsson.com/

Official website for Revolution in the Elbow of Ragnar Agnarsson Furniture Painter: http://revolutionelbow.com/
Facebook: http://facebook.com/elbowville
Twitter: @RevolutionElbow

Sally Seltmann - BTR Live Studio [ep339]
Sally Seltmann is a singer/songwriter/producer from Sydney, Australia, with a rich musical history. Notably, she co-wrote Feist’s hit song, “1234,” and previously performed under the name New Buffalo, where she collaborated with the likes of Beth Orton and Dirty Three’s Jim White, releasing records on Arts & Crafts (who she is still working with). Since dropping that moniker, she formed Seeker Lover Keeper, a trio with Holly Throsby and Sarah Blasko, and set up the “Alphabet Botanical” side project as an opportunity to write and record with other artists. Sally stopped by to play some songs from her latest record and to chat with Maia.

Featured song: “I Will Not Wear Your Wedding Ring”

Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1rSKWm9

Hey Dreamer, the latest release by Sally Seltmann, is now available.

Official website for Sally Seltmann: http://sallyseltmann.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/sallyseltmann
Twitter: @SallySeltmann

Shilpa Ray Tour Dates

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Shilpa Ray just announced a string of new Fall tour dates (many with She Keeps Bees, another BTR favorite). Revisit Shilpa’s recent episode of BTR Live Studio and then catch her at a show!

Upcoming Tour Dates:
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= w/ She Keeps Bees

AUGUST
23 - Buffalo, NY - Nietzche’s *
25 - New York, NY - City Winery ( Solo Show w/ Simon Felice)
26 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
29 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon *
30 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Lounge *

SEPTEMBER
01 - Oakland, CA - The Night Light
03 - San Francisco, CA - Brick and Mortar *
06 - Los Angeles, CA - Satellite *
07 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar *
08 - Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room *
10 - Las Vegas, NV - Beauty Bar *
11 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court *
12 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theatre *
13 - Kansas City, MO - Czar Bar *
14 - Lincoln, NB - Duffy’s Tavern *
15 - Des Moines, IA - Vaudeville Mews *
16 - Milwaukee, WI - Club Garibaldi *
17 - Detroit, MI - PJ’s Lager House *
18 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Tavern *
19 - Columbus, OH - Rhumba Room *
20 - Athens, OH - The Union *
22 - York, PA - The Depot *
25 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East Upstairs *
26 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Neck Tie *
27 - Washington, DC - The Lot At Atlantic Plumbing *
28 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506 *
30 - Atlanta, GA - Purgatory *

Do You Hide Your Spending Habits? - BTR Pulse [ep184]

This week on BTR Pulse, Sarah Fraser asks people whether or not they ever hide their spending habits. People share what purchases they hide the most and who they hide their spending from.

Featured song: “Looking For A Fight” by Bleached