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Pale Ramon

Pale Ramon is a new NYC band formed around the core duo of Emanuel Ayvas (Emmanuel and the Fear) and Kevin Plessner (Oceanographer). With Ayvas’ memorable, kinetic songwriting and performance style atop driving rhythms, this project takes a leaner approach than what we’ve heard from him in the past -- and to great effect. The band stopped by Serious Business Music in Brooklyn to share some of their tunes. 00:00 - Pale Ramon 00:25 - Beat Punk 04:14 - Interview - Pale Ramon 06:10 - Oh Well...



Deeper are a Chicago-based post-punk band who’ve been steadily crafting their sound and conceptual attack for the past few years, in preparation for the release of their current self-titled debut. There’s a touch of anxious nostalgia to their guitar tones, with groove-loving beats and vocals stabbing thru the sound, recalling the best of 80’s and 90’s bands riding the line between art and rebellion. It’s a feeling that sounds just right these days, and the band stopped by Serious Business...


The Rizzos

The Rizzos are those cool rockers you might’ve known in high school -- the friendly older kids who are kind of tough, but also total sweethearts who look out for you when the school bully throws you in a trash can. We’ve all been there, right? Meg on vocals/guitar, Bettina on drums, and Justin on bass will light you up with a smile just when you need that dose of straight up garage rock they do so well. They stopped by the live room at Serious Business Music in Brooklyn to share some new...



LANZ, aka Benjamin Lanz, is a talented musician who somehow finds time to craft his own unique quirky pop music when he isn’t playing with indie rock’s biggest names (The National, Beirut, Sufjan Stevens). He brought his current project to the live room at Serious Business Music in Brooklyn for this special session. Hoferlanz II is available now from Brassland. 00:00 - LANZ 00:26 - Auckland 04:44 - Interview. - LANZ 10:25 - In Holland 14:38 - Interview - LANZ 19:05 - 125 BPM 23:45 -...


Fort Gorgeous

Billy Libby is the Brooklyn-based songwriter and guitarist at the center of the band Fort Gorgeous. With a sound as beautiful, complex, and mysterious as their Maine-based namesake (and island fort in Casco Bay, just off the coast of Portland), the group crafts perfectly composed, heartfelt songs that effortlessly cruise from breezy to epic. The band stopped by the live room at Serious Business Music in DUMBO, Brooklyn to show us how they do it. The Bottom Of The Sea EP is available now....


Bodies Be Rivers

Bodies Be Rivers is a Brooklyn-based band, formed around the songwriting team of Lauren Smith and Thomas Stephanos. Their intimate songs are incredibly lush thanks to the musical talents of Summer Stephanos (vocals), Jason Lawrence (drums), and Matt Moon (bass). Formed in 2014, the band has just released its debut full length LP, and joined us in the live room at Serious Business Music in Brooklyn for this session. Things I’ll Tell You When You’re Older is available now 00:00 - Bodies Be...


Trace Mountains

Trace Mountains is a band started by songwriter Dave Benton. His name and voice may be familiar from the band LVL Up, but unlike that project, here he takes the lead on crafting and singing songs, though Trace Mountains is ultimately a collaborative effort. Benton’s music is often soft and gentle, with crisp grooves and a smattering of fuzzy guitars and keyboards supporting his unique, endearing slight drawl as he sings tales that come across like secrets. The band stopped by Serious...



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...