ENCORE: Snowmine - BTR Live Studio [ep112]

Blending sparse acoustics and glistening synth, Brooklyn’s Snowmine make indie-rock music that evokes both the aching sentimentality and darling harmonies of Fleet Foxes, and the body moving tribal beats and electronics of Yeasayer. The five-piece — led by new-classical composer Grayson Sanders — knows how to assemble songs that are well-textured and emotional, but it’s their real knack for building upon strong pop melodies that makes their work so appealing.

Featured song: “Let Me In”


Laminate Pet Animal is the debut album by Snowmine.

Complete radio broadcast and playlist: http://b-t-r.co/SLV55i

Official website: http://snowmine.bandcamp.com
Twitter: @snowmine

Kelli Scarr - BTR Live Studio [ep128] - BTR Live Studio on Blip

The folk-pop tinged music of Brooklyn singer-songwriter Kelli Scarr is pure and poignant, smooth and seductive, reminiscent at times of Neil Young or Gillian Welch. Scarr — who has toured and worked with Moby and been nominated for an Emmy for her soundtrack work on HBO’s In a Dream — wears her heart on her sleeve lyrically, and her cool and soothing vocals are especially soul-stirring. /// Featured song: “Dangling Teeth” /// Dangling Teeth, the new album by Kelli Scarr, is out now via Silence Breaks. /// Complete radio broadcast and playlist: http://b-t-r.co/KE8ExB /// Official website: http://www.kelliscarrmusic.com /// Twitter: @kelliscarr

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: http://bit.ly/Ji5DP5 /// Official website: http://www.jbm-music.com

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: http://bit.ly/J9xyGs /// Official website: http://thisisthekit.co.uk /// Twitter: @thisisthekit

Lucius - BTR Live Studio [ep120] (by btrlivestudio)

Originally a duo featuring Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe, Brooklyn’s Lucius now has four permanent members and performs with a rotating fifth. Their charming indie-pop borrows mostly from country and folk, but their songs vary in mood and style — some are quirky and frenetic (reminiscent of St. Vincent), while others are sparse and delicate (like Feist). Though they sing heartbreaking tales, it’s the powerful, yet tender, harmonies of Laessig and Wolfe that make the music especially poignant. /// Featured song: “Don’t Just Sit There” /// Lucius’ self-titled EP is their latest release. /// Complete radio broadcast and playlist: http://bit.ly/II70LB /// Official website: http://www.ilovelucius.com /// Twitter: @ilovelucius

Bird Courage - BTR Live Studio (by btrlivestudio)

Bird Courage is a folk-rock duo who perform their moving, mellow folk-rock in subway stations all over New York City. The pair — made up of New Zealand artist Samuel Saffery and Bushwick musician Erik Meier — teamed up after originally competing for busking spots. Together they create acoustic music that’s full of raw emotion, especially with the group’s fragile, almost hushed, vocals. /// Featured song: “Blind In Both Eyes” /// A Promising Flee is the debut EP by Bird Courage. /// Official website: http://www.birdcourage.com /// Twitter: @BirdCourage

"Three Car Garage" by You Won’t - BTR Live Studio [113.5] (by btrlivestudio)

Here we present an extra video from our BTR Live Studio session with You Won’t, featuring a performance of their song, “Three Car Garage.” /// “Three Car Garage” is available on Skeptic Goodbye, the debut full-length by You Won’t, out now via Old Flame Records. /// Watch yesterday’s episode of BTR Live Studio featuring You Won’t: http://bit.ly/IA30qk /// Complete radio broadcast and playlist: http://bit.ly/II7Brr Official website: http://youwontyouwont.com Twitter: @youwontmusic

You Won’t - BTR Live Studio [ep113] (by btrlivestudio)

Originally from Cambridge, Mass., You Won’t mix lo-fi rock and stripped-down folk. Beneath the layers of raw distortion, their songs are strewn with sincere lyrics and endearing twangy-pop melodies. The band — made up of Josh Arnoudse, Raky Sastri, Tony Leva — released their debut full-length, Skeptic Goodbye, earlier this year. /// Featured song: “Fryer” /// Skeptic Goodbye, the debut full-length by You Won’t, is out via Old Flame Records. /// Complete radio broadcast and playlist: http://bit.ly/II7Brr /// Official website: http://youwontyouwont.com /// Twitter: @youwontmusic

Snowmine - BTR Live Studio [ep112] (by btrlivestudio)

Blending sparse acoustics and glistening synth, Brooklyn’s Snowmine make indie-rock music that evokes both the aching sentimentality and darling harmonies of Fleet Foxes, and the body moving tribal beats and electronics of Yeasayer. The five-piece — led by new-classical composer Grayson Sanders — knows how to assemble songs that are well-textured and emotional, but it’s their real knack for building upon strong pop melodies that makes their work so appealing. /// Featured song: “Let Me In” ///Laminate Pet Animal is the debut album by Snowmine. /// Complete radio broadcast and playlist: http://bit.ly/Hi2Gly /// Official website: http://snowmine.bandcamp.com /// Twitter: @snowmine

"So Low, So High" by Shenandoah and the Night - BTR Hear & There [ep57] (by btrhearandthere)

Shenandoah and the Night is a dreamy indie-pop group from New York City. Led by sultry vocalist Sheah Ableman (formerly of San Francisco’s Yard Dogs Road Show), the band sometimes incorporates Doo-wop and folk into their music, channeling the sounds of Nina Simone, Janis Joplin and The Black Keys. Ableman is an especially captivating frontwoman, full of endless flair and personality. Here, the group performs at the bar Brooklyn Social in Carroll Gardens. /// The “So Low, So High” single is out May 8, 2012 from Family Records. /// Official website: http://shenandoahandthenight.com/

Balthrop, Alabama, Part 2 of 2 - Dubway Days [ep7.2] (by sewandtellonbtr)

In part two, Ben and Balthrop, Alabama unveil “Brother To Brother,” a heartfelt and moving song, featuring the band’s rich orchestration and the especially haunting and beautiful vocals of siblings Pascal and Lauren. The track is available for FREE for one week — to get it, simply send an email to balthropsong@gmail.com. /// Originally from Mobile, AL, siblings Pascal and Lauren Balthrop moved to New York City and founded a fictional town-meets-epic-ensemble called Balthrop, Alabama. At any point, the band can consist of more than 10 musicians, each portraying a different character of the town, and together they create bustling music that’s a blend of stirring rock ‘n’ roll and lush, folk-rock (complete with washboard and banjo). Their latest album, We Have Electricity via End Up Records, comes out April 10th and contains songs about sorrow, oil, electricity and friendship. Here we present a lost episode of Dubway Days with Balthrop, Alabama. /// Official website: http://balthropalabama.com /// Twitter: @balthropalabama

Balthrop, Alabama Part 1 of 2 - Dubway Days [ep7.1] (by sewandtellonbtr)

In part one, Ben Arthur sits down with Balthrop, Alabama’s sibling leads and Michael Arthur — who happens to be Ben’s brother — and together they decide to write a song about sibling rivalries. The four of them map out the basic structure of it, trying out various choruses and keys. After the rest of the band arrives, they work together to lay down the track and work out its kinks. /// Originally from Mobile, AL, siblings Pascal and Lauren Balthrop moved to New York City and founded a fictional town-meets-epic-ensemble called Balthrop, Alabama. At any point, the band can consist of more than 10 musicians, each portraying a different character of the town, and together they create bustling music that’s a blend of stirring rock ‘n’ roll and lush, folk-rock (complete with washboard and banjo). Their latest album, We Have Electricity via End Up Records, comes out April 10th and contains songs about sorrow, oil, electricity and friendship. Here we present a lost episode of Dubway Days with Balthrop, Alabama. /// Official website: http://balthropalabama.com /// Twitter: @balthropalabama

Casey Shea - BTR Live Studio [ep106] (by btrlivestudio)

Hailing from New York City, Casey Shea and his four-piece play music that wavers between booming rock ‘n’ roll and piercingly heartfelt folk-rock. Led by Casey Shea on guitar/vocals — who previously fronted bands in Nashville and Tallahassee — the group also features Matthew Basile (bass), Len Monachello (piano/vocals), Dave Burnett (drums/vocals), and Gilber Gilmore (guitar/vocals). Many of the band’s songs, their sincerity accented by Shea’s passionate voice, have been featured in a number of TV shows and films. /// Featured song: “In Your Head” /// In Your Head, the third album by Casey Shea, is out via Family Records. /// Complete radio broadcast and playlist: http://bit.ly/xDuwNq /// Official website: http://caseysheamusic.com /// Twitter: @caseyshea

Slow Club - BTR Live Studio [ep101] (by btrlivestudio)

Hailing from Sheffield, UK, Slow Club — a music duo consisting of Charles Watson and Rebecca Taylor — play charming, sentimental folk-pop. Their mix of melancholy lyricism and toe-tap worthy melodies call to mind an English version of Mates of State. Taylor’s graceful vocals sound especially delicate and airy, as though they drift seamlessly over the synth-tinged songs. Here they perform as a four-piece. /// Featured song: “Everything Is New” /// Paradise, the sophomore album by Slow Club, is out via Moshi Moshi. /// Complete radio broadcast and playlist: http://bit.ly/AegPAA /// Official website: http://www.slowclubband.com /// Twitter: @slowclubrebecca

Low Roar - BTR Live Studio [ep91] (by btrlivestudio)

Low Roar is Ryan Karazija, former singer of West Coast band Audrye Sessions. Originally from San Francisco, he moved to Reykjavik, Iceland, and recorded his first full-length under the new moniker. The album’s beautiful and ambient indie-folk has a haunting chilliness that seems borrowed from the frigid, isolated surroundings, while Karazija’s voice, eerily similar to Thom Yorke’s, is yearning and vulnerable. The songs are simple — adorned only with bells, accordions and occasional electronic bits — yet filled with emotional depth. /// Low Roar’s self-titled EP is out on Tonequake Records. /// Complete radio broadcast and playlist: http://bit.ly/yOKYve /// Low Roar on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lowroar.music