Gold & Youth - BTR Live Studio [ep343]

Vancouver-based Gold & Youth write songs with a hazy, breezy, nostalgic air to them. Equally adept at crafting jams for West Coast summer drives as they are at soundtracking a midnight adventure in the city, their blend of electronics and other instrumentation lays just the right bed for their haunting vocal melodies. Fans of 80s synth-pop should take note: though there’s not much retro about this, nods to the likes of Depeche Mode and Roxy Music are definitely there, bringing electronic sounds to life in the most organic ways.

Featured song: “Daylight Colors”

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

The latest release from Gold & Youth, Beyond Wilderness, is available now on Arts & Crafts.

Official website for Gold & Youth: http://goldandyouth.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GoldandYouth
Twitter: @GoldandYouth

Mannequin Pussy - Serious Business on BTR [ep176]

Mannequin Pussy is a dirty, nasty, excellent garage punk duo-turned-trio of childhood friends. Not only does this episode include fiery performances of the band’s songs, but you’ve got the added bonus of Travis revealing the terrifying truth behind natural flavoring. You won’t want to miss this one.

Featured song: “Kiss”

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

Mannequin Pussy’s latest release, Kiss Me Tender EP, is now available.

Mannequin Pussy on Bandcamp: http://mannequinpussy.bandcamp.com
Facebook: http://facebook.com/meatslave
Twitter: @MannequinPussy

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
Twitter: @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
Facebook:http://facebook.com/HEIDEMANNmusic
Twitter: @HEIDEMANNmusic