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Yazan is a versatile musician from New York City whose refreshing vibrancy and positivity shines through the music he makes, whether it’s his own or that of several other bands he’s involved with. With a dynamic vocal range and true chops of every sort, we were lucky to have him drop by Serious Business Music in Brooklyn for this session. Hahaha is available now from Exploding In Sound Records. 00:00 - Yazan 00:24 - Do You Wanna Go 03:29 - Interview - Yazan 07:42 - Howlin 12:00 - Interview -...


Donovan Woods

Donovan Woods is a Polaris Prize and Juno Awards-nominated Nashville songwriter, originally from Sarnia, Ontario. Writing pop and country songs for some of the industry’s best-known performers, he’s developed a highly enjoyable and refined style that’s garnered wide acclaim for his own performances and recordings in recent years. He brought his band of totally pro players to the live room at Serious Business in DUMBO, Brooklyn to share some tunes with us! Both Ways is available now. 00:00 -...


Kino Kimino

Kim Talon is the force behind the project Kino Kimino. There’s no question that the project’s connections to Sonic Youth (recording at their studio with members of the band on the album) often gets them in the door, but it’s truly Talon’s powerful performance and intriguingly quirky delivery - wavering between cute/playful and artfully obtuse - paired with that familiar no wave-originated roil, that drives things here. With a band rounded out by some of the Brooklyn scene’s most...



Varsity is a Chicago band with an especially shimmery take on indie pop, drawing on classic rock ‘n roll grooves without sounding derivative of anything in particular, which is rare and highly appreciated these days. The band’s hooks run deep, with the sort of catchiness you can’t shake for days, so dig in and get ready to spend some time with these songs. They stopped by Serious Business Music in Brooklyn while on tour to share some tunes with us. Parallel Person is available now from...



NADINE is a project bringing together Nadia Hulett (Phantom Posse), and Brooklyn’s dynamic production/live band duo of Carlos Hernandez and Julian Fader (both of Ava Luna and Gravesend Recordings). Stylistically, the music is subtly subversive, blending jazzy lounge-pop with some real tenacious earworms. The live band delivers on the record’s meticulously crafted grooves and soft warmth in such a perfect complement to the top-notch songwriting, and it was a pleasure to have them join us in...


Aisha Badru

Aisha Badru has one of those voices that cuts through the music in a very special way. Soft, soulful, and distinct, her songs are deceptively beautifully - delivering a ton of emotion and energy, masked by mesmerizing instrumentation capable of lulling the listener into a daze and - again - that voice. If Aisha Badru’s music is new to you - start paying attention now. She stopped by for this beautiful session in the live room at Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn. Pendulum by Aisha...



Lowlight is a rising indie-folk band from Asbury Park, New Jersey. With no shortage of local accolades, the band has recently brought their sound to thousands more potential fans by opening for The Pretenders on tour -- an appropriate and impressive pairing for Lowlight, a band who had the guts to name their latest EP after one of their home state’s most famous albums by a certain Boss... The quintet brought their sweet sounds to the live room at Serious Business Music in Brooklyn for this...



Loud, heavy, abrasive, and ready to rock, Nihiloceros have blasted onto the Brooklyn scene with what they call “trash pop.” The trio of Mike Borchardt, Alex Hoffman, and Gabe Savitz stormed into the live room at Serious Business Music in Brooklyn to share their jams with us for this session. Nihiloceros’ self-titled EP is available now. 00:00 - Nihiloceros 00:27 - A.N.U.S. 03:56 - Interview - Nihiloceros 07:06 - Slaughter 10:26 - Interview - Nihiloceros 14:21 - Fight 17:02 - Interview -...


Oracle Room

Oracle Room is the musical project of Brooklyn-based songwriter and singer Alex Nelson. Tapping into some sort of hazy cosmic wavelength, this super tight and highly skilled band’s songs float through the air, dropping bits of pop, rock, and dance textures around as they go, all carried by Nelson’s captivating vocal melodies. The band stopped by Serious Business Music in Brooklyn to share some tunes with us for this session. Out There EP is available now. 00:00 - Oracle Room 00:30 -...



Toebow is an NYC-based 5-piece band whose experimental, clever take on rock and jazz-inflected pop is original enough to need its own genre, progressive cartoon rock. Rising from the ashes of the band BOBBY around 2013, the band has been shapeshifting through the scene, formulating their current concoction of sounds for their debut EP. They joined us in the live room at Serious Business Music in DUMBO to give us a taste of how all these pieces come together for this special session! Spirit...



It’s been 4 years since the last time Aloud visited us at BTR Live Studio. Having left their unforgettable mark on the city of Boston, the band’s core of Henry and Jen have since moved to Los Angeles, though their East Coast ties are certainly intact via the rest of the band. While in town for the Tribeca Film Festival with the film All These Small Moments, which features some of their music, the gang stopped by to give us an update on their hooky, soulful, expertly-crafted rock n’ roll...



NYC band Language is the trio of Omar, Wes, and Charles. Stylistically rooted in everything heavy, propulsive, and riffy, the band is a fully capable force of brutal yet smooth rock power. As they prepared to kick into high gear with an incredible new EP and storm the local music scene, the band stopped by Serious Business Music in Brooklyn to give us a taste of what they’ve got going on. Plymouth EP will be released May 18, 2018 from Good Eye Records. 00:00 - Language 00:46 - Game Piece...


Holly Miranda

Holly Miranda has been one of the most fascinating and interesting singers and songwriters around since we first heard her with the band Jealous Girlfriends. Years later, she’s deep into her solo career, with a history of countless incredible collaborations and a knack for surprising and masterfully-executed covers. Now, Miranda’s latest full length is a beautiful exploration of sound and a raw document of her emotions. She stopped by Serious Business Music in Brooklyn to share an...


Tracy Bonham

Tracy Bonham is the Grammy-nominated songwriter whose songwriting is as timeless and powerful as her memorable 90’s hits. Having recently revisited her 20-year old record to deconstruct and reimagine the music from that era, Bonham stopped by the live room at Serious Business Music in DUMBO to share this intimate look at some of her songs. Modern Burdens is available now from ECR Music Group 00:00 - Tracy Bonham 01:05 - Sharks Can’t Sleep 05:18 - Interview - Tracy Bonham 07:58 - Dandelion...


Operator Music Band

New York rock group Operator Music Band land somewhere on planet sound between Kraftwerk and Devo, with minimalist, repetitive pulsations and woozy synth swells forming a base for their punchy, hypnotic future-music. Perhaps a bit retro but also totally of the moment, Operator Music Band is here and needs to be heard. They invaded Serious Business Music in Brooklyn to teach us a little lesson. Coördination EP is available now from New Professor Music. 00:00 - Operator Music Band 00:30 -...



Citris is the grunge-inflected Brooklyn pop band headed up by singer/guitarist Angelina Torreano. Her heavy-hooked, sludgy riffs and tastefully dynamic verse-chorus-verse vibes are fleshed out by Chris Krasnow (guitar/vocals), Eva Lawitts (bass), and Zane West (drums). The band stopped by Serious Business Music in Brooklyn to get their songs all stuck in our heads. “Driving Me Crazy” single is available now from New Professor Music. 00:00 - CITRIS 00:35 - Decay 05:25 - Interview - CITRIS...


Alice Boman

It’s been about four years since Sweden’s Alice Boman first visited us for BTR Live Studio, and her hazy, sweet style is still as entrancing as ever. She’s been working steadily on what will eventually be her debut full length album, with each bit of music released garnering international acclaim and building the anticipation. Here, she shares a hauntingly beautiful rendition of her recent single, which she played exclusively for us at Serious Business Music in Brooklyn. Dreams 7” single...


Hudson Taylor

Hudson Taylor are an Americana/folk duo from Dublin, Ireland, made up of brothers Harry and Alfie Hudson Taylor. There’s always something magical about siblings performing music together, and these two are no exception! They stopped by Serious Business Music in DUMBO on a recent tour of the US to give us a taste of their excellent songwriting and performance. FEEL IT AGAIN EP is available now from Rubyworks. 00:00 - Hudson Taylor 00:53 - Feel It Again 04:28 - Run With Me 07:32 - Interview...


Luke Elliot

Luke Elliot is a musician out of time. His heartfelt, crooning pop-songwriting could be from the 50s, the 60s, the 90s… you get the idea. With his heart on his sleeve and his fingers on the keys, he crafts timeless melodies in the tradition of Dylan, Springsteen, and Tom Waits, all with the spirit of modern indie rock pushing it forward. He stopped by the studio at Serious Business Music in Brooklyn to give us an intimate look at what he’s capable of. Dressed For The Occasion is available...



Brooklyn quartet Monogold return to BTR Live Studio with a fresh batch of tunes. Still rocking their unique psych-tinged indie rock and falsetto vocals, they’ve continued to grow and evolve in their creative approach to pop music since last we saw them. Check out this exclusive session for a taste of what’s to come from the band. Babyfood is available now. 00:00 - Monogold 00:34 - Mourn The Tide 04:26 - Interview - Monogold 05:22 - Dum Fun 09:15 - Interview - Monogold 12:10 - Hiccups 16:41...