Crobot - BTR Live Studio [ep309]
Crobot is a big, dirty, groovy rock band from Pottsville, Pennsylvania. These guys have clearly studied the works of classic rock and metal’s heaviest hitters, as they pump out riff after riff of absolutely solid tunes. The band stopped by to share some music and sit down for a chat with Maia.

Featured song: “Nowhere To Hide”

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

Crobot’s latest album, The Legend of the Spacebone Killer, is now now available.

Official website for Crobot: http://crobotband.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/Crobotband
Twitter: @Crobotband

Mother Falcon at the BTRhouse in Austin, TX - BTR Live Studio [ep308]
During the 2014 SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas, the BTR Live Studio team set up shop at a lovely house on the East Side and invited bands to play music and chat in the backyard. Southern Tier Brewing Company provided beverages and the fine Austin weather did the rest.

Mother Falcon, a group of young, classically trained musicians based in Austin, have a very unique take on music. Beginning as a jam session among a group of high school cellists looking to explore other genres, the massive band also incorporates violins, cellos, saxophones, and trumpet, piano, accordion, banjo, and bassoon to blend rock, jazz, and hip hop rhythms with lush vocal arrangements to craft their orchestral rock. In addition to entertaining audiences with their own impressive display of talent, they launched Music Laboratory, a summer camp for middle and high school orchestra students. The large band crammed themselves into the backyard at the BTRhouse for a very special session.

Featured song: “Porcelain”

Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1st6ohi

MF Computer, the latest release from Mother Falcon, is now available.

Official website for Mother Falcon: http://motherfalconmusic.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/motherfalconmusic
Twitter: @MotherFalconMus

Upcoming tour dates:
06/07 @ Schuba’s Tavern in Chicago, IL
06/14 @ Lily Pads in Peace Dale, RI
06/24 @ Littlefield in Brooklyn, NY
06/28 @ The Ballroom at The Outer Space in Hamden, CT
07/19 @ Spider House Ballroom and Spider House in Austin, TX
08/02 @ Spider House Ballroom and Spider House in Austin, TX

Official website for Ear Trumpet Labs: http://eartrumpetlabs.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/eartrumpetlabs
Twitter: @EarTrumpetLabs

Kishi Bashi at the BTRhouse in Austin, TX - BTR Live Studio [ep307]

During the 2014 SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas, the BTR Live Studio team set up shop at a lovely house on the East Side and invited bands to play music and chat in the backyard. Southern Tier Brewing Company provided beverages and the fine Austin weather did the rest.

K Ishibashi (aka Kishi Bashi) has racked up quite a musical resume over the past few years. From his NYC synth rock band, Jupiter One, to collaborations with of Montreal, Regina Spektor, and Sondre Lerche, this singer/violinist/composer continues to stretch his sonic palette — originally developed as a solo project with complex live loops, Kishi Bashi has filled out his show with a full band. Here, they perform an intimate session at the BTRhouse as a trio that includes Mike Savino from Tall Tall Trees.

Featured song: “Wonder Woman Wonder Me”

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

Lighght, Kishi Bashi’s new album, will be available 5/13 from Joyful Noise Recordings.

Official website for Kishi Bashi: http://kishibashi.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/mrkishibashi
Twitter: @kishi_bashi

Roman Remains at the BTRhouse in Austin, TX - BTR Live Studio [ep306]

During the 2014 SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas, the BTR Live Studio team set up shop at a lovely house on the East Side and invited bands to play music and chat in the backyard. Southern Tier Brewing Company provided beverages and the fine Austin weather did the rest.

Roman Remains is Liela Moss and Toby Butler from The Duke Spirit. This London-based duo (joined live by additional musicians) has crafted an album and live show full of fantastically dense, noisy, frenetic, fractured pop songs. For this special backyard session, they stripped their setup way down to acoustic instruments to play a couple of songs for us at the BTRhouse.

Featured song: “Gazebo”

Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/Pd05Pt

Zeal, Roman Remains’ latest release, is available now.

Official website for Roman Remains: http://romanremains.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/RomanRemains
Twitter: @Roman_Remains

Yellow Red Sparks at the BTRhouse in Austin, TX - BTR Live Studio [ep305]

During the 2014 SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas, the BTR Live Studio team set up shop at a lovely house on the East Side and invited bands to play music and chat in the backyard. Southern Tier Brewing Company provided beverages and the fine Austin weather did the rest.

Yellow Red Sparks is a fantastic Los Angeles-based folk group. From somber dirges to jubilant stomps and sweet love songs, the band explores every corner of the genre with consistently pristine, cinematic results full of lush sounds. They stopped by the BTRhouse on upright bassist Sara Lynn’s birthday, and we were happy to help celebrate!

Featured song: “Monsters With Misdemeanors”

Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1hc6v7O

Yellow Red Sparks’ self-titled debut album is now available.

Official website for Yellow Red Sparks: http://yellowredsparks.com/
Facebook: http://facebook.com/yellowredsparksband
Twitter: @yellowredsparks

Jess Williamson at the BTRhouse in Austin, TX - BTR Live Studio [ep304]
During the 2014 SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas, the BTR Live Studio team set up shop at a lovely house on the East Side and invited bands to play music and chat in the backyard. Southern Tier Brewing Company provided beverages and the fine Austin weather did the rest.

Jess Williamson is a native of Austin, Texas, though she spent time in New York City studying photography. The quieter, slower pace of Austin is appropriate for her folk and country-inspired music, which is soft and spacious, gently carrying her distinct voice and personal lyrics. Jess took time in the midst of the craziness of her hometown’s massive music festival to stop by the backyard of the BTRhouse, where she treated us to a few songs (captured brilliantly by our Edwina mic from Ear Trumpet Labs) and sat down for a chat with Maia.

Featured song: “Blood Song”

Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1iuOIg5

Native State, the latest release by Jess Williamson, is available now from Brutal Honest.

Official website for Jess Williamson: http://jesswilliamson.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/jesswilliamsonmusic
Twitter: @jessswilliamson

Special thanks to Ear Trumpet Labs for furnishing the Edwina microphone used to record vocals for this session.

Official website for Ear Trumpet Labs: http://eartrumpetlabs.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/eartrumpetlabs
Twitter: @EarTrumpetLabs

Samsaya at the BTRhouse in Austin, TX - BTR Live Studio [ep303]

During the 2014 SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas, the BTR Live Studio team set up shop at a lovely house on the East Side and invited bands to play music and chat in the backyard. Southern Tier Brewing Company provided beverages and the fine Austin weather did the rest.

Samsaya is a Norwegian singer set to make her mark on pop music. With a heart painted over her left eye, which she calls “a reminder that everything I meet and see, I will look upon with my heart and see it with an open mind,” Samsaya delivers pop music with smart lyricism and touches of funk and soul. Existing in a similar world as artists like Rihanna, M.I.A. and Amy Winehouse, Samsaya has her own positive spin on things, and she stopped by our backyard to share some of the fun!

Featured song: “Good With The Bad”

Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1lh1aUd

Bombay Calling, Samsaya’s latest album, will be available soon.

Official website for Samsaya: http://samsaya.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/SamsayaOfficial
Twitter: @Samsaya

Tom Brosseau at the BTRhouse in Austin, TX - BTR Live Studio [ep302]
During the 2014 SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas, the BTR Live Studio team set up shop at a lovely house on the East Side and invited bands to play music and chat in the backyard. Southern Tier Brewing Company provided beverages and the fine Austin weather did the rest.

Tom Brosseau is a longtime favorite of BreakThru Radio, so we were extra happy to have him stop by the BTRhouse while making the rounds of SXSW. A folksinger with a very distinct voice and style, hailing from Grand Forks, ND, and currently residing in Los Angeles, Brosseau possesses a particular sort of workingman spirit, as well as the kind of pristine and evocative guitar playing that only comes from a lifetime of singing and playing. Already a fan of the Ear Trumpet Labs microphones, Tom sounded great singing through the Edwina we had on hand! See for yourself!

Featured song: “I Get Lost Inside Of Her Aspect”

Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1eLH7Wk

Grass Punks, Tom Brosseau’s latest release, is now available from Crossbill Records.

Official Website for Tom Brosseau: http://tombrosseau.com/
Facebook: http://facebook.com/folktombrosseau
Twitter: @tombrosseau

Special thanks to Ear Trumpet Labs for furnishing the Edwina microphone used to record vocals for this session.

Official website for Ear Trumpet Labs: http://eartrumpetlabs.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/eartrumpetlabs
Twitter: @EarTrumpetLabs

Cheers Elephant at the BTRhouse in Austin, TX - BTR Live Studio [ep301]

During the 2014 SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas, the BTR Live Studio team set up shop at a lovely house on the East Side and invited bands to play music and chat in the backyard. Southern Tier Brewing Company provided beverages and the fine Austin weather did the rest.

Cheers Elephant is a Philly band with wonderfully sticky hooks, harmonies, and a hell of a sense of humor. With musical sensibilities and a sound that lands them somewhere between the Kinks and Spoon, there’s a lot to love here. They were the first in a long week of sessions at the BTRhouse, and they definitely got things off to a great start!

Featured song: “Airliner”

Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1id93GA

Like Wind Blows Fire, the latest release from Cheers Elephant, is now available.

Official website for Cheers Elephant: http://cheerselephant.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/cheerselephant
Twitter: @CheersElephant

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11 Questions with Incan Abraham

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By Alex Morales

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Photo Credits: Laurie German

L.A.-based band Incan Abraham has a name that sticks. We stumbled upon the four piece at last summer’s brilliant Silverlake Jubilee and were drawn to their infectious psychedelic pop sounds. The bicoastal band formed in 2009, though the four knew each other as childhood friends. The video for their latest EP ‘Springhouse’ is trippy, dreamy and not to be missed. With other-wordly vibes this quartet is worth watching in living color. Incan Abraham play this Friday, January 25 at Soda Bar in Normal Heights.

We caught up with Giuls Pizzulo (vocals/electronics/guitar) to talk the story behind their catchy name, crazed tour adventures and apocalyptic time capsules.

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Love this Q&A with Incan Abraham! Check out our BTR Live Studio session! 

Special Explosion - BTR Live Studio [ep300]
Special Explosion is an excellent rock band from Seattle that plays a type of music they call “dreamy rock” (or if they’re feeling cheeky, “Dreamo,” which we actually sorta like) and it is — catchy, dynamic, emotionally-laden, pretty music. The male/female (brother/sister) dual vocals help the group rise above many other guitar rock bands, pushing things a little more into that oh-so-sweet indie pop territory. On their first trip to NYC, they stopped into the studio to play some music and speak with Maia about how they formed at School Of Rock.

Featured song: “Clothesline”

Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1ndB9qu

The Art of Mothering, the latest release by Special Explosion, is now available from Topshelf Records.

Official website for Special Explosion: http://specialexplosion.com/
Facebook: http://facebook.com/specialexplosion
Twitter: @specialxplosion

Incan Abraham - BTR Live Studio [ep299]

The members of Los Angeles-based band Incan Abraham have been friends since kindergarten. It’s that childhood bond that fuels much of the imagery, sounds, and aesthetic of the band, from their bouncy, sun-kissed psych pop songs of dreamy adventures to their nostalgic album art. They stopped by to share some tunes from their upcoming release on White Iris Records.

Featured song: “Concorde”

Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1ndvy3E

Tolerance, Incan Abraham’s new album, will be available April 4.

Official website for Incan Abraham: http://incanabraham.com/
Facebook: http://facebook.com/incanabraham
Twitter: @IncanAbraham

Gardens & Villa - BTR Live Studio [ep298]
Gardens & Villa are a band from Santa Barbara, California. Members Adam Rasmussen, Chris Lynch, Dusty Ineman, Levi Hayden and Shane McKillop craft lush, beat-driven music full of creative pop harmonies and featuring unique instrumentation — with prominent synths, tastefully effect-laden bass, and memorable lead melodies played on flute. With these quirks, Gardens & Villa seem to have tapped into something special, producing some of the catchiest, most danceable pop music that we’ve heard in a while.

Featured song: “Echosassy”

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

Dunes, the latest release by Gardens & Villa, is now available from Secretly Canadian

Official website for Gardens & Villa: http://gardensandvilla.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/gardensandvilla
Twitter: @gardensandvilla

Glasvegas - BTR Live Studio [ep297]
Glasvegas is a Scottish indie rock band from Glasgow consisting of James Allan (vocals), Rab Allan (lead guitar), Paul Donoghue (bass guitar) and Jonna Löfgren (drums). Characterized by rolling drum beats, washes of delayed guitars, and strong, narrative-driven vocals, the band has a huge following and a history of critical and commercial success. Here, the band performs in stripped-down duo form, but manages to maintain the epic pop power that their performances are known for.

Featured song: “Geraldine”

Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1fyyL88

Later… When The TV Turns To Static, the latest release from Glasvegas, is now available.

Official website for Glasvegas: http://glasvegas.net/
Facebook: http://facebook.com/glasvegas
Twitter: @glasvegas

Tropic of Pisces - BTR Live Studio [ep296]
Tropic of Pisces is the new project from Brooklyn-based Oberhofer guitarist Mathew Scheiner. The project’s debut is a home-recorded album, which was mixed by Mathew’s Grammy winning engineer/producer/father, Elliot Scheiner (Beck, The Flaming Lips, Fleetwood Mac, etc). Musically, Tropic of Pisces crafts exquisite pop music that manages to use pieces of funk, electro-pop, indie rock, and more.

Featured song: “Symmetry”

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

Symmetry, the latest release by Tropic of Pisces, is now available from Ooh La La records.

Official website for Tropic of Pisces: http://symmetry.fm/
Facebook: http://facebook.com/tropicofpisces
Twitter: @tropicofpisces