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”

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

Robot Princess on Bandcamp:
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”

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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:
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”

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

Official website for You Bred Raptors?:
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”

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

Official website for Beverly:

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”

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Heidemann on Bandcamp:
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

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

Bluffing on Bandcamp:
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”

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

Official website for The Stargazer Lilies:
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”

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

Landlady on Bandcamp:
Twitter: @landladyband

Serious Business on BTR: LVL UP - Serious Business on BTR [ep170]

LVL UP seem to be at the center of a growing storm of kickass Northeast-based bands. Part of the extended Exploding In Sound Records family and apparently making friends wherever they tour, there’s no shortage of positive vibes here. Oh, and their music happens to sound like fuzzy teenage anthems blasting out of a garage — the perfect soundtrack to the basement party of your suburban fantasies.

Featured song: “Big Snow”

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LVL UP on Bandcamp:

Boyfriend - BTR Live Studio [ep330]

Boyfriend is a badass female rapper from New Orleans by way of Nashville. Her rhymes may come off as raunchy at first, but maybe she’s just trying to tell you something you’re not ready to hear. Full of sex-positive anthems and a strong dose of theatrical comedy, her jams are hard and her attitude strong. She stopped by on a recent tour to perform some tunes and talk a bit about how she writes.

Featured song: “Like My Hand Did”

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Hip To Be Square, the latest release from Boyfriend, is now available.

Official website for Boyfriend:
Twitter: @itsmeyourbf

Field Mouse - Serious Business on BTR [ep169]

Field Mouse is a Brooklyn-based shoegaze/pop-inspired band who we last saw on BTR Live Studio. Here, they return to the studio with a new lineup and songs from Hold Still Life, their upcoming debut LP for Top Shelf Records. Driven by the core duo of Rachel Browne and Andrew Futral, the band is known for washes of noisy guitars and the sweet sweet vocals that make every song feel like a dreamy hit.

Featured song: “A Place You Return To When You Dream”

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Field Mouse’s new album, Hold Still Life, will be available July 22.

Official website for Field Mouse:
Twitter: @fieldmousemusic

Teen Girl Scientist Monthly - BTR Live Studio [ep329]

Teen Girl Scientist Monthly seem to have a permanent wink and smile, from their cheeky nerd-chic band name to their catchy, jangly, sci-fi-tinged pop-punk tunes. They keep the energy up and seem to alway be having fun while making music as satisfying as any favorite 90s alt/punk band and as cool and clever as the latest indie darlings.

Featured song: “Dark Rip”

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We Run With Gangs, the latest release from Teen Girl Scientist Monthly, is now available.

Official website for Teen Girl Scientist Monthly:
Twitter: @TeenGirlSciMo

Future Death - BTR Live Studio [ep238]
Future Death is an Austin-based band with an amazing mix of swirling, chaotic post-punk and noise that few bands can pull off. Launched in 2012 by Alton Jenkins and Bill Kenny, and now with bassist Jeremy Humphries and finally vocalist Angie Kang added to the mix, the project has evolved substantially in its short history. Pay attention or these jams may blast past you so quick you won’t know what you missed.

Featured song: “Riot Trains”

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Special Victim, the latest release from Future Death, is now available.

Future Death on Bandcamp:
Twitter: @Future_Death

Slavve - Serious Business on BTR [ep168]
Slavve is the duo of guitarist/vocalist Chuka Chukuma and drummer Marcos Marchesani, formerly of Weird Wives and Surfer Blood. The duo has played together in various projects since growing up in West Palm Beach, Florida, but recently relocated to Brooklyn. With Slavve, their philosophy is to make everything bigger and louder and, trust us, they had no problem doing just that in the studio. With hardcore undertones to their post-punk howl, they make uniquely cathartic music. Here, they play some tunes and talk to Travis about growing up and playing music together since their childhood in Florida.

Featured song: “Pity Party”

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Slavve’s self-titled debut EP is available now.

Slavve on Bandcamp:
Twitter: @SLAVVE_

Toy - BTR Live Studio [ep327]

TOY are an internationally-touring rock ‘n roll band currently based in London. One of the current darlings of the legendary Heavenly Recordings roster, their noise-drenched, psychedelic, shoegaze sound makes the perfect soundtrack to summer shenanigans. Thanks to the help of their friends The Horrors, this 4-year-old band got a fast start touring the world and taking on crucial, and well-deserved, critical praise.

Featured song: “As We Turn”

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Join The Dots, the latest release form Toy, is now available.

Official website for Toy:
Twitter: @thebandtoy