As soon as a Flagland song starts, there’s a panicked, anxious energy that bubbles up — probably related to the lineage of the music. The 90s influence is alive and well here in the trio of Kerry Kallberg, Dan Francia, and Nick Dooley, from thrashing Nirvana-isms to poppy Weezer-ish melodies. They stopped by to tear it up in the studio and have some chit chat with Travis.

Featured song: “Awesome Song Kerry Jan”

Complete broadcast and audio playlist:

Love Hard, the latest release from Flagland, is now available.

Official website for Flagland:
Twitter: @flagland

Crazy Pills is an NYC-based garage-pop trio, led by ferocious guitarist and singer Amanda, aka “Tha Kitten.” The band gives their single, “Break It Down,” a proper treatment with this feline-frenzy of a music video featuring some of their best friends and their humans! Participants were asked to shoot themselves with their cats while singing along to the song — we hear this is called “crowdsourcing.” 

No cats were harmed in the making of this video — just a little annoyed.

Crazy Pills on Bandcamp:
Twitter: @CrazyPillsBand

As we prepare for the CMJ Music Marathon in NYC next week, we’re keeping the video party going by sharing clips of the bands playing our official showcase (Saturday, October 19 at Grand Victory in Brooklyn - RSVP here). Here’s EULA, who stopped by for a very special Halloween episode of Serious Business On BTR a couple years ago and will be the second band in our excellent lineup for CMJ. We’re psyched to have them be a part of the show!

Bonnaroo 2013 - BreakThruTV [ep53]

A lifetime music nerd, BTR’s Matt Lehtola has never been to a music festival like Bonnaroo before. Join him as he loses his 4-day music festival virginity and learns what it’s all about. Shot entirely on a GoPro camera, Lehtola and DJ Wynn took in the sights and sounds of the festival culture to bring to BreakThruTV.

Featured songs: “Ready, Able” by Grizzly Bear, “Lord Leopard” and “Sun by Caribou “Kaskaden” by Casiokids, “Free’s” by Bill Callahan, “Shucks” by Dungeonesse, “Geographic John” by Levek, “Island High Cypher” by Kool A.D., “Must Be Nice” by Frankie Rose and The Outs, “Are you… Can you… Were you? (Felt)” by Shabazz Palaces, “The Vent” by Big K.R.I.T.

Official website for Bonnaroo:


Twitter: @Bonnaroo

This past Sunday, we co-sponsored the an all-day, free Northside Festival showcase, presented by StereoActiveNYC and HillyTown at Spike HIll. The lineup featured 12 bands, covering a wide range of version of rock music. Thanks to all the bands (Owel, Clouder, and Cultfever - just a 1/4 of the bill - pictured above), the venue, and the festival for making it all happen!  
Check out the full photo gallery here: StereoActiveNYC / HillyTown / BTR Northside 2013 @ Spike Hill 6.16.13, a set on Flickr.

Last night at Bowery Ballroom, a trio of buzzed bands that we’ve been been loving lately took the stage. Bleached (who seem to be quickly outshining the specter of the Clavin sisters’ excellent previous band, Mika Miko) is the tour’s headliner, with their new BFF’s (that’s what they said) Hunters tagging along for the fun. For this show, they were joined by locals Ex-Cops.

Ex-Cops started things out on the mellow side, but by the time Hunters hit the stage, the explosive energy of frontwoman Izzy just tore the room up, igniting a mosh pit that only intensified through the rest of the night, further fueled by Bleached’s headlining set.

Check out the full photo gallery from the night here: Bleached / Hunters / Ex-Cops @ Bowery

Photos by Bryan Bruchman.

Bleached w/Hunters on tour:
4/24 @ II Morte / Montreal
4/25 @ The Silver Dollar / Toronto
4/26 @ Subterranean / Chicago IL

RACES - BTR Live Studio [ep127] (by btrlivestudio)

Based out of Los Angeles, RACES (formerly Black Jesus) blends bits of psych-rock, indie-pop, and even a little country twang for music that’s one moment guitar-driven and rollicking, and the next brimming with intense emotion and poppy hooks. The wild, but charming songs on the band’s Frenchkiss Records debut, Year Of The Witch, are further highlighted by frontman Wade Ryff’s raspy-textured, yearning vocals. /// Featured song: “Hope And Gloom” /// Year Of The Witch is the latest album by RACES. /// Complete radio broadcast and playlist: /// Official website: /// Twitter: @RACEStheband

JBM - BTR Live Studio [ep126] (by btrlivestudio)

Jesse Marchant, or JBM as he’s more commonly known in the music world, creates delicate, subdued and moving indie rock. Written mostly on an acoustic guitar, his songs are sparse, though never simplistic — he’s classically trained on the guitar and quick with his fingers — and overall the music often conveys a haunting, yet beautiful emotional quality. He’s shared the stage with well-known acts like St. Vincent and The Tallest Man On Earth. /// Featured song: “Moonwatcher” /// Stray Ashes, the sophomore album by JBM, is out via Western Vinyl. /// Complete radio broadcast and playlist: /// Official website:

This Is the Kit - BTR Live Studio [ep121] (by btrlivestudio)

This Is The Kit is the project of English-born singer-songwriter Kate Stables. Based out of Paris and often accompanied by longtime collaborator Jesse Vernon, she plays folk-rock that is sparse, stripped-down, and marked by a captivatingly tender and calm ambiance. Sables has been lauded by artists like Sharon Van Etten, and she is currently signed to Brassland Records, the label co-founded by The National’s Aaron and Bryce Dessner. /// Featured song: “White Ash Cut” /// Wriggle Out The Restless is the latest album by This Is The Kit. /// Complete radio broadcast and playlist: /// Official website: /// Twitter: @thisisthekit

Ravens & Chimes - BTR Live Studio [ep119] (by btrlivestudio)

Marked by beautiful, lush orchestration and impassioned, whispery vocals, Ravens & Chimes’ indie rock is enthralling and emotionally compelling. The Brooklyn five-piece has opened for bands like Billy Bragg and Tim Fite, and their honest, heart-on-the-sleeve songs — three of which have been featured on MTV’s Skins — have earned praise from musical icons Leonard Cohen and Jeff Mangum. Just recently, they were listed as one of The L Magazine’s “8 Bands You Need To Hear.” /// Featured song: “Past Lives” /// Holiday Life is the sophomore album by Ravens & Chimes. /// Complete radio broadcast and playlist: /// Official website: /// Twitter: @RavensandChimes

Should Horse Carriages Be Banned? - BTR Pulse [ep51] (by btrpulse)

On this week’s episode of BTR Pulse, we take a closer look at the controversy surrounding New York City’s horse-drawn carriages. Over the years, many have sustained serious injuries and even died, but the debate seems to have reached its boiling point after two horses collapsed in just the last two weeks. We hit the Central Park area to talk to protesters about their campaign to ban horse-drawn carriages in the city and to gauge what locals thought about the matter. /// Featured Song: “Get Free” by Electric Guest

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