Asian Dub Foundation - BTR Live Studio [ep354]

Asian Dub Foundation has been stirring things up for almost 20 years now. The London-based group began as a group of friends, inspired by their parents’ diverse music collections to create their own music, full of Indian and African touches, fused with modern influences from various punk, dance, and rap genres, all coated with fast, socially-conscious lyrics. Two of the current featured members of the group, Aktav8r and Nathan Flutebox Lee, dropped by to share a special performance, and to chat a bit about the band.

Featured song: “Twisted Minds”

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

The Signal And The Noise, the latest release from Asian Dub Foundation, is now available.

Official website for Asian Dub Foundation: http://asiandubfoundation.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/asiandubfoundation
Twitter: @adfofficial

Spirit System - BTR Live Studio [ep353]
Spirit System is a band from Winston Salem, North Carolina, who call their music “etheralia/darkwave/gaze.” Helmed by Eric Gilstrap (also of Clouder) and Laurie Ruroden, along with drummer Gary Guthrie and (for this session) Gilstrap’s Clouder bandmate Max Goransson, the band takes this hybrid genre seriously, with deep bass and reverb everywhere. Spirit System is definitely tapping into something deep and dark, pulling it to the surface in song form.

Featured song: “100,000 Days”

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

Together In The Merciful Dark EP, the latest release from Spirit System, is now available.

Spirit System on Bandcamp: http://spiritsystem.bandcamp.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/SpiritSystem
Twitter: @SpiritSystem

“Icarus” by White Hinterland - BTR Live Studio [ep352.5]

White Hinterland is Casey Dienel. In the wake of her previous, production-heavy album, she retreated to the basement of her family’s house in Scituate, Massachusetts, to build a studio and learn the ins-and-outs of self-recording in order to craft a new, piano-and-voice-reliant body of work. In Dienel’s own words, the “themes of this record… are personal agency, strength, growth, and determination.” It’s raw and beautiful, and she stopped by to share some of these songs and talk about her work with Maia.

Featured song: “Icarus”

For more music and interview, check out the full video: http://b-t-r.co/1r7XLZB

Baby, the latest release from White Hinterland, is now available.

Official website for White Hinterland: http://whitehinterland.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/WhiteHinterlandOfficial
Twitter: @WhiteHinterland

The Donkeys - BTR Live Studio [ep352]

There are a couple of things we love about San Diego foursome The Donkeys: 1) Their music, of course, and 2) Their enthusiasm for travel. If you happen to follow their Instagram account, you’ll be treated to playful portraits of the signs welcoming this easygoing, distinctly West Coast band to the various states as they make their way back and forth across the country. This habit fits the band’s easygoing, sunny vibe well, and hints at their own nostalgic nod to the American rock ‘n roll heritage.

Featured song: “Ride The Black Wave”

Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1qSd2hq

Ride The Black Wave, the latest release from The Donkeys, is now available.

Official website for The Donkeys: http://donkeysongs.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/TheDonkeys
Twitter: @TheDonkeys

Bailiff - BTR Live Studio [ep351]

Bailiff are a no-nonsense bluesy indie rock trio from Chicago featuring the classic rock formula of drums, bass, guitar, and killer riffs which they push the next level. The result is super solid pop, drawing on the likes of Led Zeppelin, Radiohead, the Beatles, and Dylan — and not just the rock bits, there are hints of everything from Indian raga to Native American chant planted in these grooves. Here, the band plays some songs and chats with Maia.

Featured song: “Golden Hour”

Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1ut1gdz

Remise, the latest release from Bailiff, is now available.

Official website for Bailiff: http://bailiffmusic.com/
Facebook: http://facebook.com/bailiffmusic
Twitter: @bailiffmusic

“Not Ours” by Beverly - BTR Live Studio [ep350.5]


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: “Not Ours”

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
Twitter: @WEAREBEVERLY

Challenger - BTR Live Studio [ep350]

Challenger is the project of NYC producer/composer/songwriter John Ross, featuring a full band for live performances. Drawing on the synth and loop-heavy sounds of 80s new wave, the songs are dense and full of pop hooks. Here, the group plays some songs, then chats with Maia.

Featured song: “How Terrorism Brought Us Back Together”

Complete broadcast and audio playlist:http://b-t-r.co/WH1FNm

Back To Bellevue, Challenger’s latest release is now available.

Official website for Challenger: http://challengeforever.com/
Facebook: http://facebook.com/achallengerisborn

TEEN - BTR Live Studio [ep349]

TEEN last visited the studio in 2012 for a stripped-down session, right around the release of their debut album. Now, with a leaner, tighter blend of synths, live and programmed instruments, and killer vocal harmonies, Teeny Lieberson and crew are back to share their latest jams. We’ve been into them from the first listen, but now, with the full live band experience at this session, their growing acclaim is on full display.

Featured song: “All The Same”

Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1pm0SYC

TEEN’s latest release, The Way & Color, is now available.

TEEN on Tumblr: http://teen-nyc.tumblr.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/teentheband
Twitter: @ooteenoo

The Ring by Tancred - BTR Live Studio [ep348.5]

Tancred is the solo project of Jess Abbott, member of the Minneapolis band Now, Now. Born in California before growing up in New England, her current home in the Midwest may be a slightly unnatural fit for someone more accustomed to the coasts, but her direct, confessional music has certainly found a home with her fans, as demonstrated by a dedicated internet fan base built up around her YouTube and Tumblr presence. Initially an acoustic project, Tancred has developed into a full band sound on the latest record, and Jess took the music on the road for a brief tour in December 2013, which also brought her to our studio.

Featured song: “The Ring”

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

Tancred’s latest release, Capes, is now available from No Sleep Records.

Tancred on Tumblr: http://tancredmusic.tumblr.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/tancredmusic
Twitter: @tancredjess

Pinegrove - BTR Live Studio [ep348]

Pinegrove are a young group originally from Montclair, New Jersey, but now calling Brooklyn home while touring the national DIY circuit to share their eclectic sound. With inspiration from the post-rock, alt-country, and progressive rock worlds, their music, written by singer/guitarist Evan Hall, is heartfelt, quirky, and catchy. The foursome stopped by the studio before kicking off a summer tour to share some songs and chat about the band.

Featured song: “Problems”

Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1qm0vCt

Mixtape Two, Pinegrove’s latest release, is now available.

Pinegrove on Bandcamp: http://pinegrove.bandcamp.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/Pinegroveband
Twitter: @PinegroveBand

Little Racer - BTR Live Studio [ep347]

This Brooklyn foursome has been around just long enough to prove that they mean it, and the work is paying off as more and more praise deservedly heads their way. Driving, catchy guitar-pop is their game, bringing to mind some of their NYC forebearers (The Strokes, first and foremost), as they ride the line between lo-fi and intentionally fuzzy. The guys stopped by to share some tunes and chat with Maia about their music.

Featured song: “Fake French”

Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1l9heZs

Modern Accent, the latest release from Little Racer is now available.

Little Racer on Bandcamp: http://littleracer.bandcamp.com
Facebook: https://facebook.com/littleracer
Twitter: @LittleRacerBand

White Hinterland - BTR Live Studio [ep346]
White Hinterland is Casey Dienel. In the wake of her previous, production-heavy album, she retreated to the basement of her family’s house in Scituate, Massachusetts, to build a studio and learn the ins-and-outs of self-recording in order to craft a new, piano-and-voice-reliant body of work. In Dienel’s own words, the “themes of this record… are personal agency, strength, growth, and determination.” It’s raw and beautiful, and she stopped by to share some of these songs and talk about her work with Maia.

Featured song: “Ring The Bell”

Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1p9yFtV

Baby, the latest release from White Hinterland, is now available.

Official website for White Hinterland: http://whitehinterland.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/WhiteHinterlandOfficial
Twitter: @WhiteHinterland

Wild Moccasins - BTR Live Studio [ep345]

Wild Mocassins is an indie pop band from Houston, Texas. Their infectious, exuberant jams are as colorful as the confetti and balloon drops that fans have come to enjoy at their live shows. A tight-knit crew of music nerds who found each other at concerts and record shops, they’ve grown together through songwriting and performance, and that connection is apparent in their records and live shows as they leave it all onstage.

Featured song: “Open Sesames”

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

88 92, Wild Moccasins’ latest release, is available now.

Official website for Wild Moccasins: http://wildmoccasins.net/
Facebook: http://facebook.com/wildmoccasins
Twitter: @wildmoccasins

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