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: http://b-t-r.co/1sOnqHa

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

Official website for Unicycle Loves You: http://unicyclelovesyou.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/UnicycleLovesYou
Twitter: @UnicycleLovesU

“Uncharted Places” by Alyson Greenfield - BTR Hear & There [ep91]
Alyson Greenfield is a Brooklyn-based songwriter and performer. Riding the lines between piano pop, electronica, and hip-hop through her use of synthesizers, drums, organs, and beatboxers, Greenfield takes chances (such as her unique album of hip-hop covers) and, if her many festival appearances and critical praise are any indicator,they’re working for her. She is also the Founder/Director of the Tinderbox Music Festival, an annual Brooklyn-based event focused on female musicians and empowering young women through the arts. We visited the backyard of her apartment building for an intimate performance, featuring beatboxing by her collaborator Shane Maux.

Featured song: “Uncharted Places”

Uncharted Places, Alyson Greenfield’s latest release, is now available.

Official website for Alyson Greenfield: http://alysongreenfield.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/alysongreenfieldmusic
Twitter: @AlysonGreenfiel

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: http://b-t-r.co/1s5wwAL

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

Official website for Miniature Tigers: http://www.miniaturetigers.com/
Facebook: http://facebook.com/MiniatureTigers
Twitter: @MiniatureTigers

Multicult - Serious Business on BTR [ep175]

Baltimore trio Multicult (aka Nick Skrobisz, Jake Cregger, and Rebecca Burchette) bring a super minimalist, yet effective, approach to their music. They’ve got the post-punk aggression and no-BS thing down, pummeling ahead through every song like a three-headed monster of bass, drums, and guitar, with every instrument weaving in and out around the song, occasionally coming together for big, hooky choruses that cut through their fuzzy production aesthetic. The band stopped by to melt some faces in the studio and chat with Travis about how they write and record their songs.

Featured song: “Foreign Object”

Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1xYb27c

Multicult’s upcoming LP, Variable Impulse, will be available September 23.

Multicult on Bandcamp: http://multicult.bandcamp.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/pages/Multicult/131906646824797

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: http://b-t-r.co/WWLPih

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

Official website for Ívar Páll Jónsson: http://www.ivarpalljonsson.com/

Official website for Revolution in the Elbow of Ragnar Agnarsson Furniture Painter: http://revolutionelbow.com/
Facebook: http://facebook.com/elbowville
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: http://b-t-r.co/1rSKWm9

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

Official website for Sally Seltmann: http://sallyseltmann.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/sallyseltmann
Twitter: @SallySeltmann

Robot Death Kites - Serious Business on BTR [ep174]

With a name like Robot Death Kites, it makes total sense that they’re loud, noisy, silly, dress-wearing punks from Brooklyn who take off their clothes for interviews. Basically, Travis’ dream guests for the show. Enjoy!

Featured song: “Office Politics”

Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/WK6DcI

The latest release from Robot Death Kites, Yuppie Nightmare EP, is now available.

Official website for Robot Death Kites: http://robotdeathkites.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/robotdeathkites
Twitter: @RobotDeathKites

Robot Princess - Serious Business on BTR [ep173]
Robot Princess is an indie rock band from New York City. Their music — often reflected in the candy-colored aesthetic of their artwork — is filled with big hooks, melodies, and backing vocals to sing along with, thanks to Beau Alessi’s fresh take on pop songwriting. There are elements of quirky 90s pop-punk and alternative here (we’re thinking Atom and His Package or some Weezer hits) all contributing to the pure fun factor of the band.

Featured song: “Action Park”

Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1pwn1Wj

The newest release by Robot Princess, Teen Vogue, is now available.

Robot Princess on Bandcamp: http://robotprincess.bandcamp.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/RobotPrincessMusic
Twitter: @robot_princess

Cloud Becomes Your Hand - BTR Live Studio [ep336]

New York City’s Cloud Becomes Your Hand is great at making unexpected musical moves. Utilizing the unconventionally rockin’ and experimental sounds of a malletKat and violin in tandem with jumpy, glitchy, bizarre movements, tempos, and tones, their songs feel unique, occupying that under-populated field of avant-rock that a wider audience can actually enjoy listening to. The band stopped by to share some of their musical madness, and to chat about the project’s history.

Featured song: “Bees Going Postal”

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

Rocks Or Cakes, the new album from Cloud Becomes Your Hand, is now available on CD from Northern Spy Records and vinyl from Feeding Tube Records.

Official website for Cloud Becomes Your Hand: http://cloudbecomesyourhand.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/CloudBecomesYourHand
Twitter: @CloudBecYrHand

You Bred Raptors? - BTR Live Studio [ep335]

You Bred Raptors? have a lot working in their favor to make them stand out from most other bands. What’s so special? This Astoria, Queens trio (check #1: not from Brooklyn) plays instrumental music (check #2), wears an array of bizarre masks when they perform (check #3), and has made a name for themselves by holding down a coveted spot in the NYC subways with the Music Under New York Program (check #4). Oh, and their instrumentation is an 8 string bass, cello, drums, and glockenspiels (checks #5—8). The result of all these unique traits is beautiful, strange, and challenging music that makes people stop, look, and listen long enough to get hooked on their prehistoric pop grooves (oh yeah, and check #9: their name is from Jurassic Park).

Featured song: “Yukon”

Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1kW4FuF

Grant, the new album from You Bred Raptors?, is expected out later this summer.

Official website for You Bred Raptors?: http://youbredraptors.com/
Facebook: http://facebook.com/YouBredRaptorsNYC
Twitter: @youbredraptors

Beverly - BTR Live Studio [ep334]
Begun as a collaboration between former Vivian/Dum Dum Girl Frankie Rose and Drew Citron (a former member of Frankie’s band and NYC act Avan Lava), Beverly has taken on new life in the form of a live band (now fronted by Drew, without Frankie) and is quickly amassing fans. Lush pop harmonies and satisfyingly noisy guitars fill the space of their shoegaze pop songs in just the right way.

Featured song: “You Can’t Get It Right”

Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1rlLIH2

Careers, Beverly’s debut album, is available now from Kanine Records.

Official website for Beverly: http://thatssobever.ly
Facebook: http://facebook.com/wearebeverly

Heidemann - BTR Live Studio [ep333]
Monika Heidemann, formerly of Brooklyn pop band Xylos, has set out on her own with a bass guitar and an array of production instruments to bring her own gorgeously-penned songs to life. With minimal instrumentation, her clear vocals cut through with a certain determination, demonstrating a skillful depth that begs a closer listen.

Featured song: “Another Life”

Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1r3DDql

Heidemann on Bandcamp: http://heidemann.bandcamp.com
Twitter: @HEIDEMANNmusic

Bluffing - Serious Business on BTR [ep171]

Bluffing doesn’t mess around. Established in Brooklyn in March 2012 with the singular mission of crafting concise hits under two minutes, they’re set to make their pop and punk heroes proud. Check them out here, but pay close attention or risk missing something awesome: the songs are over almost as soon as they start!

Featured songs: “Sheltered” / “Mind Over Mood

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

Sugar Coated Pills of Wisdom, Bluffing’s latest release, is now available from PaperCup Music.

Bluffing on Bandcamp: http://bluffing.bandcamp.com/
Facebook: http://facebook.com/pages/BLUFFING/532748140081403
Twitter: @BLUFFINGband

The Stargazer Lilies - BTR Live Studio [ep332]

The Stargazer Lilies are a shoegaze-inspired band based out of northeastern Pennsylvania. Some may recognize John Cep and Kim Field from their previous NYC-based project, Soundpool, which was known for a dancier sound. They’ve now left that clubby vibe behind in favor of their current more cosmically-derived, minimalistic and primal noisy rock sound, with heavier live drums, incredible walls of guitar textures and riffs, and ethereal vocals.

Featured song: “We Are The Dreamers”

Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1pUWV48

The Stargazer Lilies’ debut album, We Are The Dreamers, is available now.

Official website for The Stargazer Lilies: http://www.thestargazerlilies.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/pages/The-Stargazer-Lilies/161756103866261
Twitter: @TheStrgzrLilies

Landlady - BTR Live Studio [ep331]

There’s a character in the New York music scene who we at BTRtv affectionately refer to as Doctor Schatz. His actual name is Adam, and he’s the force at the center of this whirlwind of a band, Landlady. He also happens to play with a diverse range of other acts — from Man Man and Zongo Junction to Father Figures and more — where you might find him wrestling a saxophone, making obscenely interesting electronic sounds, or, in this case, singing and fronting a great indie rock band. In the case of Landlady, the compositions are complex yet catchy, and the lyrics crafted in such a way that they seem to be aiming for hopeful, Flaming Lips-style psychedelic sing-a-longs. There’s an intense brightness emanating from this Adam Schatz character in everything he does, and these songs are a direct expression of that. Don’t be surprised if he (via this project or another one) becomes a household name in music in the coming years.

Featured song: “Dying Day”

Complete broadcast and audio playlist: http://b-t-r.co/1m34D88

Landlady’s new album, Upright Behavior, will be available July 15.

Landlady on Bandcamp: http://landlady.bandcamp.com/
Facebook: http://facebook.com/landladyband
Twitter: @landladyband