2013 marked the 20th anniversary of The Breeders' classic album Last Splash, and to celebrate, they spent the year touring and playing the record live in its entirety. For December, Speedy Ortiz - who have been on Serious Business On BTR twice and are one of our favorite bands here at BTRtv - opened the shows. Friday night at Webster Hall in NYC, the two bands shared the stage one final time for the year, and a huge crowd came out. The night had the added bonus of The Breeders playing their album Pod in addition to Last Splash, and Speedy Ortiz opened the night perfectly. Check out the full photo gallery and our latest video with Speedy Ortiz below!

The Breeders + Speedy Ortiz @ Webster Hall 12.20.13, photos by Bryan Bruchman.

Recently, we had experimental Minneapolis noise band Marijuana Deathsquads in for a Serious Business On BTR session (look for the video from that next Monday!) - where they performed in the studio in a stripped-down four piece format. Just a few weeks later they were back in town on their tour with Poliça (the two bands share some members, and most notably producer Ryan Olson - also of Gayngs - who performs onstage with MDS but lets his music speak for itself in Poliça) so of course we had to check out the full concert experience. Webster Hall is a pretty big stage, so the band had more than enough room to fit three drummers and other guests - including the oh-so-smooth Har Mar Superstar on a few songs. The result was a total sensory overload of percussive insanity, vocal manipulations, and general musical madness. Singer Isaac Gale seems possessed, thrown into physical and vocal contortions, fed by the fury of electronic and live beats. 
Then came Poliça. After the first act’s onslaught of three drummers, two seemed tame, but the style and grace of lead singer Channy Leaneagh is undeniable, and she slithered her way across the stage, pulling the nearly-sold-out room into her spell. The set was heavy on newer material from their recent release, Shulamith, but fans showed a lot of love for the (slightly) older tunes from last year’s Give You The Ghost
It was a long week of music here in NYC while the CMJ Music Marathon took over, and this year we had an official showcase on Saturday at The Grand Victory in Brooklyn. For the show, we picked 5 of our favorite bands - all who we’ve worked with at BTRtv - to present a great night of music to close out the festival. Thanks to the venue and bands - The Meaning Of Life, EULA, Bleeding Rainbow, Heliotropes, and Eternal Summers - and of course everybody who came out to party, for a great night!

Check out the full BTR CMJ 2013 gallery for more!

It’s day two of CMJ Music Marathon, do you feel crazy yet? Ok, just checking. We’re just getting warmed up for our big showcase on Saturday, October 19 at Grand Victory in Brooklyn (RSVP here), so here’s another taste to get you ready for a great night of music. Heliotropes are one of our favorites and hopefully yours too, and they’ll bring some heavy rock vibes to the show on Saturday, so brush up on their jams and practice your devil horns.

Last night at The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn, the Portland, OR indie rock duo Quasi (aka Janet Weiss and Sam Coomes) celebrated 20 years as a band. Touring behind their latest Kill Rock Stars release, Mole City, and offering a special zine documenting their history together, the duo blazed through their set without wasting much time on banter (except for when they talked about banter, or told a quick joke). Tonight they play Mercury Lounge in NYC. 
Check out the full photo gallery here: Quasi @ Knitting Factory - 10/13/13, photos by Bryan Bruchman.

ENCORE: pow wow! - Serious Business on BTR [ep110]

Astoria, Queens-based pow wow! is the brainchild of Eddie and Jeff Nazareno, brothers originally from the suburbs of northern New Jersey. The duo has solidified their lineup with bassist John-Paul Anthony, lead guitarist and co-vocalist Amanda Burden, and drummer Sal Garro and playing their own sort of party soul music, with traces of brit-pop, shoegaze, and plenty of indie rock touches.

Featured Song: “Don’t Stop To Look”

pow wow!’s Don’t Stop To Look is out now.

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

pow wow! on Tumblr: http://powwownyc.tumblr.com

Bandcamp: http://powwow.bandcamp.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/powwownyc

Twitter: @powwownyc

White Mystery - Serious Business on BTR [ep114]

White Mystery are the brother-sister ginger rock ‘n roll slaying duo of Miss Alex White and Francis Scott Key White. Making the most of the classic atomic-hot drums-and-guitar combo and sharing vocal duties, these two blast out tunes with impossible energy and gusto. They dropped their rock bomb on our studio and sat down for an interview with Travis, to share a bit about their hard-touring lifestyle.

Featured Song: “Jungle Cat”

White Mystery’s Telepathic will be released on 4/20.

Official website for White Mystery: http://whitemysteryband.com/

Facebook: http://facebook.com/WhiteMysteryBand

Twitter: @missalexwhite

The Paparazzi - Serious Business on BTR [ep113]

Erik Paparazzi has been recording and touring in various incarnations of The Paparazzi since way back. His heroes are the underdogs of pop like Harry Nilsson, Nick Lowe, Todd Rundgren, Lee Hazelwood, Brian Wilson, and all the other musical visionaries who can get down with happy accidents, soul power, and the lushness of it all. And his experiences performing with the likes of Cat Power, Dirty Delta Blues, and other notable acts informs his powerful solo work. Here, he catches up with Travis, talks about his work, and offers a rousing interpretation of a perhaps-familiar commercial.

Featured Song: “Hi”

The Paparazzi’s Rococo is available from Serious Business Records.

The Paparazzi on Serious Business Records: http://seriousbusinessrecords.com/artists/show/17

Supercute! - Serious Business On BTR  [ep112]

Supercute! is a an all-girl band from Brooklyn who definitely live up to their name. Founded by 19-year old singer Rachel Trachtenburg — whose musical roots go back to playing drums in The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players at age 6 — and joined by bandmate Julia Cumming, this duo is currently prepping their debut album, produced by British songwriter Kate Nash. Here, the girls are joined by friends to complete the super cuteness, just before they head out on tour.

Featured song: “I Do”

Supercute!’s debut album is being produced by Kate Nash and will be released Summer 2013.

Complete radio broadcast and playlist: http://b-t-r.co/108vlNY

Official website for Supercute!: http://www.supercuterocks.com/
Bandcamp: http://supercute.bandcamp.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/supercuteband
Twitter: @SUPERCUTEROCKS

So So Glos - Serious Business on BTR  [ep111]

Infamous Brooklyn punks, party-starters, Mets fans, and wranglers of legendary DIY venues Market Hotel and Shea Stadium, So So Glos are always up to something. A true rock ‘n roll band of brothers via divorce and remarriage, their childhood musical beginnings found a new life in 2007 when they formed the band and set out to tour, make records, and operate all ages venues.


Featured song: “Son Of An American”

So So Glos’
Blowout will be released on April 2nd.

Complete radio broadcast and playlist:
http://b-t-r.co/16ELLEb

Official website for So So Glos: http://thesosoglos.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sosoglos
Twitter: 
@sosoglos

pow wow! - Serious Business on BTR [ep110]

Astoria, Queens-based pow wow! is the brainchild of Eddie and Jeff Nazareno, brothers originally from the suburbs of northern New Jersey. The duo has solidified their lineup with bassist John-Paul Anthony, lead guitarist and co-vocalist Amanda Burden, and drummer Sal Garro and playing their own sort of party soul music, with traces of brit-pop, shoegaze, and plenty of indie rock touches.

Featured Song: “Don’t Stop To Look”

pow wow!’s Don’t Stop To Look is out now.

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

pow wow! on Tumblr: http://powwownyc.tumblr.com
Bandcamp: http://powwow.bandcamp.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/powwownyc
Twitter: @powwownyc


Jonathan Pilkington Kahnt (JPK) - Serious Business on BTR [ep108]

Originally hailing from New Jersey, Jonathan Pilkington Kahnt — known to his friends and musical colleagues as JPK — deals in a brand of songwriting that places sincerity at the forefront, relying on heartfelt lyrics and crooning capable of winning over even the most cynical of audiences.

Featured Song: “Plate Tectonics”

Complete radio broadcast and playlist: http://b-t-r.co/13inL9z

JPK on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JPKisJPK

MiniBoone - Serious Business on BTR [ep107]

NYC indie rock band MiniBoone is the real-life mashup of the catchiest, spazziest, most heart-wrenchingly honest, tuneful bits of every one of your favorite bands, all happening at once. Live, they’re an explosive ball of energy, all yelps and leaps and full on SICK RIFFS. Lovers of MiniBoone are crazy for the band, and rightfully so.

Featured Song: “Baby, I Hope So”

On MiniBoone Mountain is available from Drug Front Records.

Complete radio broadcast and playlist: http://b-t-r.co/ZppTLR
Watch MiniBoone performing “I Could, I Could,” previously on BTRtv: http://b-t-r.co/Ymz6ym

Official website for MinBoone: http://www.miniboone.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/miniboone
Twitter: @miniboone

Upcoming tour dates:
3/2 @ Paper Box in Brooklyn, NY
3/7 @ The Golden West in Baltimore, MD
3/8 @ Warehouse in Norfolk, VA
3/10 @ The Black Lodge in Winston-Salem, NC
3/12 @ Kung Fu Necktie in Philadelphia, PA

“I Could, I Could” by MiniBoone - Serious Business on BTR [ep106.5]

NYC indie rock band MiniBoone is the real-life mashup of the catchiest, spazziest, most heart-wrenchingly honest, tuneful bits of every one of your favorite bands, all happening at once. Live, they’re an explosive ball of energy, all yelps and leaps and full on SICK RIFFS. Lovers of MiniBoone are crazy for the band, and rightfully so. Here’s a taste of the fun in their upcoming episode of Serious Business On BTR, as they kick out the song, “I Could, I Could.”

Featured Song: “I Could, I Could”

On MiniBoone Mountain is available from Drug Front Records.

Official website for MinBoone: http://www.miniboone.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/miniboone
Twitter: @miniboone

Upcoming tour dates:
2/21 @ Studio at Webster Hall in NYC, NY
3/2 @ Paper Box in Brooklyn, NY
3/7 @ The Golden West in Baltimore, MD
3/8 @ Warehouse in Norfolk, VA
3/10 @ The Black Lodge in Winston-Salem, NC
3/12 @ Kung Fu Necktie in Philadelphia, PA

Encore: Yukon Blonde – Serious Business on BTR [ep102

Yukon Blonde is a Canadian indie rock band from Vancouver, though they tour so much they’re rarely actually there. Originally called Alphababy, the quartet has toured internationally and drawn critical praise for their catchy, hook-and-harmony-heavy songs. The band stopped by our studio on a recent tour of the states to talk about getting government help for a music career, the difference between American and British harmonies, and more.

Featured Song: “Radio”

Tiger Talk is available now from Dine Alone Records.

Complete radio broadcast and playlist: http://b-t-r.co/X0phJE

Yukon Blonde’s official site: http://www.yukonblonde.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/yukonblonde
Twitter: @yukonblonde

Upcoming tour dates:
3/20 @ Danforth Music Hall in Toronto, ON, Canada