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:

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

Official website for Challenger:

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:

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

TEEN on Tumblr:
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:

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

Tancred on Tumblr:
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:

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

Pinegrove on Bandcamp:
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:

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

Little Racer on Bandcamp:
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:

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

Official website for White Hinterland:
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:

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

Official website for Wild Moccasins:
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:

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

Official website for SPEAK:
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:

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

Official website for Gold & Youth:
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:

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

Official website for Unicycle Loves You:
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:

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

Official website for Miniature Tigers:
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:

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

Official website for Ívar Páll Jónsson:

Official website for Revolution in the Elbow of Ragnar Agnarsson Furniture Painter:
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:

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

Official website for Sally Seltmann:
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 *