Find us on Google+ Bands Under The Radar (BUTR)


The first time I heard ‘Alcohol‘ by Shannon LaBrie I became obsessed. I needed to hear it again and again. I couldn’t stop listening. I had it on repeat for weeks. It’s beautifully sad. It punches you in the gut. I think everyone has someone in their life that this song reminds them of. The lyrics are poetic and at the same time very visual. The melody is intoxicating.  And her voice…it doesn’t get better than this. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!

Adept on the piano and guitar, Shannon LaBrie was “raised on James Taylor and Lauren Hill.” LaBrie’s debut album, Just Be Honest, debuted in the Top Ten of iTunes’ Singer/Songwriter chart in February 2013. Perhaps the song that has gotten the most attention is “I Remember A Boy,” backed by soulful guitar tones that hint at Daniel Lanois. Bob Lefsetz singled it out in The Lefsetz Letter, noting: “This track affected me. Made me believe like the great singer-songwriters of yore, maybe this woman has something to say. That in this crazy, mixed-up, shook-up world she can illuminate her story and people can relate.”

LaBrie’s debut at Austin City Limits Music Festival earned her several impressive reviews of her live performance. Austin Chronicle raved “LaBrie is a true guitarist and singer/songwriter from Nashville whose soulful voice’s sensual honey-crisp highs brings to mind the late, great Jeff Buckley.”

Buy ‘Alcohol’ on iTunes or Amazon 
Play ‘Alcohol’ on Spotify or Rdio or Rhapsody

Website | YouTube | SoundCloud | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Reverb Nation



Listen to A Very Indie Xmas playlists that include both albums BUTR Vol. 3: A Very Indie Xmas and BUTR Vol. 13: A Very Indie Xmas 2 on the following music streaming services:

Spotify: A Very Indie Xmas
Rdio: A Very Indie Xmas
Beats: A Very Indie Xmas

Get all 12 songs on  Amazon, and BUTR Store.
Stream all BUTR albums on SpotifyRdio, and Beats.
Download Podcast #70 on iTunes or here.
Download the BUTR app for free here.

BUTR Vol. 13: A Very Indie Xmas 2
1. Remy Zero – Someday At Christmas
2. The Greg Mayo Band – Everyday Will Be Like a Holiday (William Bell cover)
3. The Stone Lonesome – Holiday Road
4. Julie Roberts – Who Needs Mistletoe
5. The Kicks – Santa Clause Is Coming to the USA
6. Triggers – A Very Triggers Christmas
7. Lex Land – This Year’s Santa Baby
8. John Lindberg Trio – Santa’s Gettin’ Ready For December
9. Harper Blynn – Christmas Ain’t No Good Without You
10. Mary Sarah – Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree (feat. The Martin Family Circus)
11. Nathan Roberts & The New Birds – I Don’t Want To Be Alone This Christmas
12. Harmony Roads – O Come, Emmanuel



christmas cd (1)A compilation of artists from the Sun Coast of Florida and beyond, Studio G presents ‘Our Christmas Wish’ which is for a Cancer Free World!!  Listen to 14 Christmas songs of varied genres that will brighten up any holiday.  All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society! So please buy, stream, and share this album with all your friends!

Imagined from the beginning as a fund raiser, Peter Gatti, the owner of Studio G in Riverview, FL, started with an email to musician friends and family about his idea to have musicians, from the talent rich Sun Coast of Florida to put together a set of songs for Christmas in their own voice.What happened was magic.  Musicians got together and performed differing genres, arrangements, and sounds to compile a group of songs that truly usher in that Christmas spirit.

Purchase the album at or on iTunes and Spotify.

Two of my favorites are a progressive rock version of “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” sung by Doug Mock of the Cherry Bombs and “O Holy Night” preformed by speical guest Erick Baker which you can watch below

Erick Baker – O Holy Night from Pilot Moon Films on Vimeo.

Our Christmas Wish A Cancer Free World
Track Listing:
1. Sarah Blinkhorn & Barry Johnson – Baby its Cold Out Side
2. Al Owen & Emily Owen – Blue Christmas
3. Erick Baker – O Holy Night
4. Emily Owen – Santa Baby
5. Doug Mock & Tarah Van Fossen Napoli – O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
6. Al Owen – Away in A Manger
7. Morgan Bernard – Jingle Bell Rock
8. Al Owen – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
9. Steve Blink – Please Come Home For Christmas
10. Tarah Van Fossen Napoli – The Christmas Song
11. Al Owen & Soul Purpose – Joy To The World
12. Tenesha Cragil – Christmas Baby Please Come Home
13. Al Owen – White Christmas
14. Florida Christmas Choir – Silent Night



Get all 15 songs on  Amazon, and BUTR Store.
Stream all BUTR albums on SpotifyRdio, and Beats.
Download Podcast #69 on iTunes or here.
Download the BUTR app for free here.

BUTR Vol. 12: Americana for Hipsters II
1. Sam Outlaw – Keep It Interesting
2. Jon and Roy – Every Night
3. Jeffrey Philip Nelson – I Will Crawl
4. Willie Sugarcapps – Willie Sugarcapps
5. Dominique Pruitt – You Don’t Have A Heart
6. Ty Stone – Angeline
7. David Garnham and the Reasons to Live – Thought I Knew Him Well
8. The Far West – On the Road
9. Sons Of Fathers – Hell and Back
10. Dirty Sweet – Delilah
11. Elise Davis – Make the Kill
12. Justin Kalk Orchestra – Frown, Frown, Frown
13. Gibson Bull – Matilda
14. Ty Stone – Turnin’ You On
15. Fabrizio and the Fever – Bag of Harps
16. Radiolucent – Fightin’ Man



Tennis is an indie pop husband-wife duo Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley from Denver, CO.  They just dropped their 3rd album, Ritual in Repeat, produced by Patrick Carney of The Black Keys.  They are out on the road touring through the end of the year and playing their current single, “I’m Callin’,” which has an edgy, bluesy, textured sound listen below.

Mark Abell, a Buffalo, NY based writer, recently had the opportunity to speak with Alaina Moore, the front-woman for Tennis.

Mark: There are a lot of Patrick’s involved with your band, do a lot of people get them mixed up?

Alaina: (laughs) Our producer goes by Carney, my husband goes by Rick and our drummer goes by Patrick.

M: Patrick Carney, the legendary drummer for the four-time Grammy award winning Black Keys helped produce your new album, “Ritual In Repeat.” How did Carney get involved with the project?

A: We knew Carney through a mutual friend at Fat Possum Records. The Black Keys recorded with the label earlier in their career. To our great surprise, Carney was game and rTennis1eceptive to helping us with the project.

M: What was it like to work with Carney on the your new album?

We’ve known Carney for a long time, we have a long term, substantial relationship. He’s an incredible producer with great instincts. I can bring a song to him with potential and he knows how to bring all the elements together into completion. He also helps me to look at my own work more objectively.

M: Was working with Jim Eno (drummer, Spoon), and Richard Swift (keyboardist, The Shins) dramatically different from working with Carney?

A: Each person was unique unto themselves, we sought out each of these incredibly talented individuals. There was a lot of overlap-like Carney, Eno and Swift brought an objective lens with which to examine my own songs. In addition, each brought all their years of experience, no influence was diametrically opposed.

M: What is your relationship with the Living Vintage fashion blog? You were featured in a post “Bad Girls: the girls of Tennis”.

A: Whoever curated the blog decided to feature us,we didn’t know about it until one of our fans re-tweeted it. It was really sweet, I’m flattered.

M: You mentioned on your Twitter there was an article published recently in a woman’s magazine, “26 Boots you have to have for fall.”

A: 26 must-have boots- that article shows everything that is wrong with humanity. I love fashion and boots immensely. Yet it is ridiculous to assert women need that many pairs of boots. Fashion is an extremely high form of art. Might as well be functional and beautiful. Absurd “fast-fashion” trends are an extremely terrible development. They’re bad for women psychologically and dilute one’s taste from buying footwear that are works of art in which you can invest in. People are unwilling to invest in one pair of boots because they are quickly perceived as archaic. We need to start being more responsible and think about the greater impact of our consumption.

M: You mentioned on your Twitter that your tour “was sponsored by Dayquil.” Were you sick?

A: We experienced the dreaded thing-getting ill on the road.

M: What was the hardest part of touring?

A: The most challenging aspect-the schedule of the sleepless nights, packing up and getting to the hotel at 1am or 2am, waking up at 8am, doing radio shows in the mornings, then sound-check. Weeks and weeks of not enough sleep to heal coupled with insane physical demands. By the end of the tour, I had lost most of my voice.

M: What is most rewarding about touring?

A: I love being with my band-mates and seeing how my songs connected with people.

M: Where do you most like to listen to music?

A: Richard Swift has an amazing studio where he uses monitors for playback. I love listening there. It shows it is not necessary to have a super ostentatious listening space with the most expensive things.

M: What was one of your most memorable listening experiences?

A: Jim Eno played some stuff for us-we listened to Radiohead like we’ve never heard before-instruments and parts.

M: People don’t seem to value quality playback gear today or are unwilling to shell out for it. Any thoughts?

A: Consumers are listening to degraded digital versions of most music. My parents listen via Bluetooth on a battery operated speaker the size of a fist. You are not supposed to hear it like that!

M: How do you make your recordings sound so good?

A: We record digitally without viewing it as punching in, we conceive of it as we were recording to tape. Then we use tape pre-amps to give it that warmth.

M: Do you have any experience with tape?

A: We like to demo and have recorded some things to tape. We aren’t precious about it. We are pragmatic in our approach to recording.

M: Pure Bathing Culture performed with you on your tour. How did you get linked up with them?

A: Pure Bathing Culture record with Richard Swift. Our sound engineer is good friends, there’s a shared community. We are so lucky to have them. We are all in this together to develop support and intimacy.