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

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

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

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

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


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:
= w/ She Keeps Bees

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 *

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 *

Cloud Becomes Your Hand - BTR Live Studio [ep336]

New York City’s Cloud Becomes Your Hand is great at making unexpected musical moves. Utilizing the unconventionally rockin’ and experimental sounds of a malletKat and violin in tandem with jumpy, glitchy, bizarre movements, tempos, and tones, their songs feel unique, occupying that under-populated field of avant-rock that a wider audience can actually enjoy listening to. The band stopped by to share some of their musical madness, and to chat about the project’s history.

Featured song: “Bees Going Postal”

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

Rocks Or Cakes, the new album from Cloud Becomes Your Hand, is now available on CD from Northern Spy Records and vinyl from Feeding Tube Records.

Official website for Cloud Becomes Your Hand: http://cloudbecomesyourhand.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/CloudBecomesYourHand
Twitter: @CloudBecYrHand

You Bred Raptors? - BTR Live Studio [ep335]

You Bred Raptors? have a lot working in their favor to make them stand out from most other bands. What’s so special? This Astoria, Queens trio (check #1: not from Brooklyn) plays instrumental music (check #2), wears an array of bizarre masks when they perform (check #3), and has made a name for themselves by holding down a coveted spot in the NYC subways with the Music Under New York Program (check #4). Oh, and their instrumentation is an 8 string bass, cello, drums, and glockenspiels (checks #5—8). The result of all these unique traits is beautiful, strange, and challenging music that makes people stop, look, and listen long enough to get hooked on their prehistoric pop grooves (oh yeah, and check #9: their name is from Jurassic Park).

Featured song: “Yukon”

Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1kW4FuF

Grant, the new album from You Bred Raptors?, is expected out later this summer.

Official website for You Bred Raptors?: http://youbredraptors.com/
Facebook: http://facebook.com/YouBredRaptorsNYC
Twitter: @youbredraptors

Beverly - BTR Live Studio [ep334]
Begun as a collaboration between former Vivian/Dum Dum Girl Frankie Rose and Drew Citron (a former member of Frankie’s band and NYC act Avan Lava), Beverly has taken on new life in the form of a live band (now fronted by Drew, without Frankie) and is quickly amassing fans. Lush pop harmonies and satisfyingly noisy guitars fill the space of their shoegaze pop songs in just the right way.

Featured song: “You Can’t Get It Right”

Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1rlLIH2

Careers, Beverly’s debut album, is available now from Kanine Records.

Official website for Beverly: http://thatssobever.ly
Facebook: http://facebook.com/wearebeverly

Heidemann - BTR Live Studio [ep333]
Monika Heidemann, formerly of Brooklyn pop band Xylos, has set out on her own with a bass guitar and an array of production instruments to bring her own gorgeously-penned songs to life. With minimal instrumentation, her clear vocals cut through with a certain determination, demonstrating a skillful depth that begs a closer listen.

Featured song: “Another Life”

Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1r3DDql

Heidemann on Bandcamp: http://heidemann.bandcamp.com
Twitter: @HEIDEMANNmusic

Landlady - BTR Live Studio [ep331]

There’s a character in the New York music scene who we at BTRtv affectionately refer to as Doctor Schatz. His actual name is Adam, and he’s the force at the center of this whirlwind of a band, Landlady. He also happens to play with a diverse range of other acts — from Man Man and Zongo Junction to Father Figures and more — where you might find him wrestling a saxophone, making obscenely interesting electronic sounds, or, in this case, singing and fronting a great indie rock band. In the case of Landlady, the compositions are complex yet catchy, and the lyrics crafted in such a way that they seem to be aiming for hopeful, Flaming Lips-style psychedelic sing-a-longs. There’s an intense brightness emanating from this Adam Schatz character in everything he does, and these songs are a direct expression of that. Don’t be surprised if he (via this project or another one) becomes a household name in music in the coming years.

Featured song: “Dying Day”

Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1m34D88

Landlady’s new album, Upright Behavior, will be available July 15.

Landlady on Bandcamp: http://landlady.bandcamp.com/
Facebook: http://facebook.com/landladyband
Twitter: @landladyband

Boyfriend - BTR Live Studio [ep330]

Boyfriend is a badass female rapper from New Orleans by way of Nashville. Her rhymes may come off as raunchy at first, but maybe she’s just trying to tell you something you’re not ready to hear. Full of sex-positive anthems and a strong dose of theatrical comedy, her jams are hard and her attitude strong. She stopped by on a recent tour to perform some tunes and talk a bit about how she writes.

Featured song: “Like My Hand Did”

Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1k6Ugfi

Hip To Be Square, the latest release from Boyfriend, is now available.

Official website for Boyfriend: http://boyfriend69.com/
Facebook: http://facebook.com/boyfriendzus
Twitter: @itsmeyourbf

Teen Girl Scientist Monthly - BTR Live Studio [ep329]

Teen Girl Scientist Monthly seem to have a permanent wink and smile, from their cheeky nerd-chic band name to their catchy, jangly, sci-fi-tinged pop-punk tunes. They keep the energy up and seem to alway be having fun while making music as satisfying as any favorite 90s alt/punk band and as cool and clever as the latest indie darlings.

Featured song: “Dark Rip”

Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1lk8L3M

We Run With Gangs, the latest release from Teen Girl Scientist Monthly, is now available.

Official website for Teen Girl Scientist Monthly: http://teengirlscimo.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/teengirlscientistmonthly
Twitter: @TeenGirlSciMo

Future Death - BTR Live Studio [ep238]
Future Death is an Austin-based band with an amazing mix of swirling, chaotic post-punk and noise that few bands can pull off. Launched in 2012 by Alton Jenkins and Bill Kenny, and now with bassist Jeremy Humphries and finally vocalist Angie Kang added to the mix, the project has evolved substantially in its short history. Pay attention or these jams may blast past you so quick you won’t know what you missed.

Featured song: “Riot Trains”

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

Special Victim, the latest release from Future Death, is now available.

Future Death on Bandcamp: http://futuredeath.bandcamp.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/futuredeathband
Twitter: @Future_Death