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

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

Fenster - BTR Live Studio [ep117] (by btrlivestudio)

Berlin-based trio Fenster play charming chamber-pop. Despite eerie stories of graveyards and ghosts, their songs are minimalistic and calming, marked by their sparse, soft-spoken tenderness. The band also has its fair share of sweeping, climactic moments often accentuated by an assortment of sounds like rattling tambourines and emphatic handclaps. Here, they even use our studios’ sprinklers as an instrument. /// Featured song: “Fisherman” /// Bones, the debut album by Fenster, is out via Morr Music. /// Complete radio broadcast and playlist: http://bit.ly/JNpxSe /// Official website: http://fenster.bandcamp.com

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/

Crinkles - Serious Business on BTR [ep68] (by seriousbusinessonbtr)

Crinkles do dreamy and lush lo-fi pop, their hazy hooks comparable to those of acts like Real Estate and Youth Lagoon. Originally from Burlington, VT, the five-piece — featuring Jonathan Campolo, Nicholas Campolo, Daniel Crosby, Kyle Kabel, and Andrew Chugg — moved to Brooklyn in 2009. Since then, they’ve amassed a number of tracks, many of which are on their debut full-length entitled Loss Leader. Here, Crinkles premiere some of those new songs. /// Featured song: “Jacket Pocket” /// Loss Leader comes out April 7th. /// Complete radio broadcast and playlist: http://bit.ly/Ho6UD4 /// Official website: http://crinkles.heavypet.us /// Twitter: @c_rinkles

Cuckoo Chaos - BTR Live Studio [ep107] (by btrlivestudio)

San Diego five-piece Cuckoo Chaos create intricately layered indie-pop that’s peppered with surf rock and Afropop. Their songs, full of sweet harmonies and jangly guitars, have moments of unpredictable creativity and instant catchiness. Live, the band — made up of Jackson Milgaten, Scott Wheeler, Dave Mead, Jeremy Scott, and Craig Barclift — show not only their energy, but also the technical skill and precision of their music. Here they perform four brand new, previously unreleased songs off their forthcoming album. /// Featured song: “Super Skeleton” /// Woman, the latest release by Cuckoo Chaos, is out via Lefse Records. /// Complete radio broadcast and playlist: http://bit.ly/GEZUAX /// Official website: http://cuckoochaos.com /// Twitter: cuckoochaos

Tiny Victories - BTR Live Studio [ep104] (by btrlivestudio)

Comprised of Greg Walters and Cason Kelly, Tiny Victories experiment with countless sounds and samples to create exhilarating electronic music that combines chillwave and dream-pop. The Brooklyn-based duo make their futuristic pop anthems come to life with waves of noise that throb, buzz, and ripple with real sonic power. Walters’ deep, Joy Division-like vocals also give the songs an added gritty texture. /// Those Of Us Still Alive via BirdDog Records. /// Complete radio broadcast and playlist: http://bit.ly/zYKszD /// Official website: http://tinyvictories.bandcamp.com /// Twitter: @tinyvictories_

Field Mouse - BTR Live Studio [ep92] (by btrlivestudio)

Brooklyn’s Field Mouse play shimmery shoegaze that’s both graceful and completely addictive. Since their 2010 debut, You Are Here, the band — consisting of singer/guitarist Rachel Browne, guitarist Andrew Frutal, drummer Geoff Lewit and, more recently, new bassist Danielle DePalma — has further refined their pop sensibilities. Featuring lush, pretty arrangements and Browne’s delicate vocals, the songs bloom into dreamy soundscapes and flow smoothly from start to finish. /// Field Mouse will release a 7″ February 28 on Small Plates Records. /// Complete radio broadcast and playlist: http://bit.ly/Al1tfg /// Official website: http://fieldmousemusic.com

Los Campesinos! - BTR Live Studio [ep87] (by btrlivestudio)

Hailing from Wales, Los Campesinos! play wild indie-pop that’s clever, catchy, and overflowing with fiery, jarring punk-infused moments. Though the seven-piece has gone through a number of personnel changes over the years, the band’s nurtured a tight, sunny-meets-rowdy sound — inspiring everything from joyous head-bobbing to adrenalized raised fists. Underneath the energetic, sweet melodies are tales of heartache. Here that vulnerability especially shows, as they perform stripped-down versions of songs off their latest album, Hello Sadness. /// Complete radio broadcast and playlist: http://bit.ly/yNR0hh /// Los Campesinos! fourth album, Hello Sadness, is out via Arts & Crafts/Wichita. /// Official website: http://www.loscampesinos.com

Serenades - BTR Live Studio [ep86] (by btrlivestudio)

Hailing from Stockholm, Serenades features Shout Out Louds vocalist/guitarist Adam Olenius and Laasko frontman Markus Krunegard. Together the duo create gorgeous synth-pop packed with sugar-coated melodies, impressive harmonies and anthemic choruses. Formed just last year, the Swedish group’s already signed to Cherrytree Records — an imprint of Interscope, headed by famous Lady Gaga A&R honcho Martin Kierszenbaum — and has a pleasingly polished, radio-friendly sound. /// Come Home is the latest EP by Serenades. /// Complete radio broadcast and playlist: http://bit.ly/y5Jnqj /// Official website: http://theserenades.com

Sunset Hearts - Serious Business on BTR [ep52] (by seriousbusinessonbtr)

Hailing from Portland, ME, Sunset Hearts play ‘80s/new-wave inspired pop that can easily pack a dance floor and even stir up some synchronized handclaps and bell jingling. Each of its eight members is a seasoned musician, having come from other local Maine bands. Lead singer Casey McCurry is an emotive frontman, immediately attaching himself to his microphone and allowing for Sunset Hearts’ contagious and synthy melodies to capture him. While the band’s size may cause some crowding on stage, the octet’s chemistry is solid, the sound strong and robust — proving that there is power in numbers. /// Sunset Hearts’ debut album, Haunted Cloud, is out now. /// Complete radio broadcast and playlist: http://bit.ly/uMeRpO /// Official website for Sunset Hearts: http://www.sunsethearts.com

Also on Vimeo and YouTube:
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"Shadow" by Gringo Star - BTR Live Studio [ep70] (by btrlivestudio)

Brothers Nick and Pete Furgiuele, along with Peter DeLorenzo and Chris Kaufmann make up the Atlanta-based band Gringo Star. Together, the foursome infuses classic rock ‘n’ roll and garage rock with pretty indie-pop. Though most of their songs are simple and catchy — perfect for sing-alongs and continuous toe-tapping — they still retain a unique, Southern rough-around-the-edges grittiness. /// Gringo Star’s sophomore album, Count Yer Lucky Stars, is out now via Gigantic Music. /// Complete radio broadcast and playlist: http://bit.ly/u4155Y /// Official website for Gringo Star: www.gringostar.net

Also available on Vimeo and YouTube:
http://vimeo.com/31569160
http://youtu.be/rnO6wvtB248