Album of the Week: The National

Alex Lahey Is the Runner-up (Plus Stream New Albums and EPs from Interpol; Carly Rae Jepsen; Tyler, The Creator; and More)

May 17, 2019

The National released a new album, I Am Easy to Find, today via 4AD and it's our Album of the Week. Find more info on the album her, as well as on a strong runner-up that was almost our Album of the Week. There are also streams of other notable albums released today. More

Album of the Week: Charly Bliss

HÆLOS and Clinic Are Runner-ups (Plus Stream New Albums from Mac DeMarco, Maps, The Get Up Kids, and More)

May 10, 2019

Charly Bliss released a new album, Young Enough, today via Barsuk and it's our Album of the Week. Find more info on the album below, as well as on two runner-ups that were almost our Album of the Week. Below that are streams of other notable albums released today. More

Album of the Week: Vampire Weekend

Barrie and Big Thief Are Runner-ups (Plus Stream New Albums from Editors, Filthy Friends, L7, Tacocat, and More)

May 03, 2019

Vampire Weekend have released a new album, Father of the Bride, today via Columbia/Spring Snow and it's our Album of the Week. Find into on the album below, as well as on two runner-ups that were almost our Album of the Week. Below that are streams of other notable albums released today. More

Album of the Week: Fat White Family

Wand is the Runner Up (Plus Stream New Albums from Lizzo, Drugdealer, Diane Coffee, and More)

Apr 19, 2019

England's Fat White Family have released a new album, Serfs Up!, today via Domino, their first for the label (and third album overall) and it's our Album of the Week. Find out more info on it below. Also below are streams for other albums released today, including close runner-up Laughing Matter, by Wand. More

Album of the Week: Strand of Oaks

Runners Up Include: Jenny Lewis, Andrew Bird, Tamaryn, Sleeper, Nilüfer Yanya, and These New Puritans

Mar 22, 2019

We haven't done an Album of the Week post since January, but there are some upcoming albums truly worthy of the title, starting with the new one by Strand of Oaks (the project of Timothy Showalter), Eraserland, released today via Dead Oceans.Here is more info on the album, as well as a round up and streams for other notable albums released today. More

Joint Album of the Week: Sharon Van Etten and The Twilight Sad

Remind Me Tomorrow Out Now via Jagjaguwar and It Won/t Be Like This All the Time Out Now via Rock Action

Jan 18, 2019

We haven't done an Album of the Week since mid November, but this week there was a multitude of strong contenders and so we're back with a joint Album of the Week: Sharon Van Etten's Remind Me Tomorrow and The Twilight Sad's It Won/t Be Like This All the Time both get the honor.  More

Album of the Week: Julia Holter

Aviary Out Now via Domino

Oct 26, 2018

Julia Holter has released a new album, Aviary, today via Domino and it's our Album of the Week. More

Album of the Week: Neneh Cherry

Broken Politics Out Now via Smalltown Supersound

Oct 19, 2018

Neneh Cherry has released a new Four Tet-produced album, Broken Politics, today via Smalltown Supersound and it's our Album of the Week.

Album of the Week: John Grant

Love Is Magic Out Now via Partisan and Bella Union

Oct 12, 2018

John Grant released a new album, Love Is Magic, today via Partisan in the U.S. (and Bella Union elsewhere) and it's our Album of the Week. It was a strong week for new albums and the new albums by Kurt Vile and Jaakko Eino Kalevi could've just as easily taken the crown and there are eight runner-ups this week in total.  More

Joint Album of the Week: Madeline Kenney and Phosphorescent

Perfect Shapes Out Now via Carpark and C'est La Vie Out Now via Dead Oceans

Oct 05, 2018

This week we have a tie for Album of the Week, with both Madeline Kenney's Perfect Shapes and Phosphorescent's C'est La Vie taking the top spot. Below is info on both albums.

Album of the Week: Lala Lala

The Lamb Out Now via Hardly Art

Sep 28, 2018

Lala Lala is the project of Chicago-based Lillie West. Her new album, The Lamb, came out today via Hardly Art and it's our Album of the Week. In his review for Under the Radar, our writer Timothy Michalik declared The Lamb "perhaps one of this year's finest indie rock records to come out of Chicago, if not the country." More

Joint Albums of the Week: Beak>, Frontperson, and Richard Reed Parry

We Had to Give It to All Three to Stop a Fight

Sep 21, 2018

We were in a quandary about this week's Album of the Week. There were a multitude of solid choices and we were racked with indecision. We narrowed it down to six choices: the new albums by Beak>Christine and the QueensFrontpersonRichard Reed ParrySuede, and VillagersMore

Album of the Week: Low

Double Negative Out Now via Sub Pop

Sep 14, 2018

Low released a new album, Double Negative, today via Sub Pop and it's our Album of the Week. Double Negative is the follow-up to 2015's Ones and Sixes. A press release announcing the album described Double Negative as Low's "most brazen, abrasive (and, paradoxically, most empowering) album." In our review of Double Negative, our writer Adam Turner-Heffer calls the album "their most inventive yet." More

Album of the Week: Spiritualized

And Nothing Hurt Out Now via Fat Possum and Bella Union

Sep 07, 2018

Spiritualized (aka Jason Pierce and backing band) released a new album, And Nothing Hurt, today via Fat Possum (and Bella Union in the U.K.) and it's easily our Album of the Week. More

8 Best Songs of the Week: Anna Calvi, John Grant, Neneh Cherry, The Radio Dept., and More

Plus Muse, Brandon Coleman, Liars, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Aug 31, 2018

Last week's Songs of the Week was packed. It featured 13 songs as opposed to our standard 10, including three songs by boygenius, the new supergroup featuring Julien BakerLucy Dacus, and Phoebe BridgersMore

Joint Album of the Week: Anna Calvi and Wild Nothing

Anna Calvi's Hunter Out Now via Domino and Wild Nothing's Indigo Out Now via Captured Tracks

Aug 31, 2018

This week we have a tie for Album of the WeekAnna Calvi's Hunter and Wild Nothing's Indigo. We couldn't decide which album we liked better, so they are joint Album of the Week. Below is info on both albums, as well as full album streams and videos from each record. More

Album of the Week: Tunng

Songs You Make At Night Out Now via Full Time Hobby

Aug 24, 2018

Tunng released a new album, Songs You Make At Night, today via Full Time Hobby. It's the first album with the original lineup (including founding members Sam Genders and Mike Lindsay) since 2007's Good Arrows. While we are not doing a full-on Album of the Week post on it, we wanted to acknowledge it as this week's Album of the Week. More

Album of the Week: Tomberlin

At Weddings Out Now via Saddle Creek

Aug 10, 2018

Tomberlin is the project of Sarah Beth Tomberlin. Her debut albumAt Weddings, came out today via Saddle Creek. While we are not doing a full-on Album of the Week post on it, we wanted to acknowledge it as this week's Album of the Week. More

Album of the Week: Let’s Eat Grandma

I'm All Ears Out Now via Transgressive

Jun 29, 2018

On their debut album, it would have been easy to see Let's Eat Grandma's duo of Rosa Walton and Jenny Hollingworth as somewhat of a novelty. Not in the traditional sense of a jokey, one-hit wonder novelty act, as they lacked the commercial appeal. More

Album of the Week: Kamasi Washington

Heaven and Earth Out Now via Young Turks

Jun 22, 2018

There is an interesting debate going on within the Jazz world about Kamasi Washington, the current crossover wunderkind who is achieving major attention from more traditionally "indie-rock" crowds. On the one hand, from his work with Kendrick Lamar and the Brainfeeder label, he is bringing a wider audience to jazz, a genre that has historically gone misunderstood or mistrusted. More

Jun 15, 2018

After last year's excellent EP The French Press, young Melbournians Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever have amassed quite the deal of hype. And justifiably so, the title track in particular went down as of the best tracks of 2017, excelling a considerable amount of excitement towards their first full length, when it comes. More

Album of the Week: Snail Mail

Lush Out Now via Matador

Jun 08, 2018

In Lindsey Jordan's short time as Snail Mail, the 18-year-old has cultivated an assured but dedicated following. Harking back to her '90s indie rock predecessors such as Liz Phair, Fiona Apple, and even further back to the likes of The Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde, she offers guitar-centerd songs that don't whine or moan or even look for a nostalgia in a past that she hasn't even lived-as seems to be one of the millennial trends nowadays-but find beauty in the mundane and the small details, the likes of which has been done as successfully by only a handful of her contemporaries in recent years. More

Joint Album of the Week: Father John Misty and Natalie Prass

God's Favorite Customer Out Now via Sub Pop and The Future and the Past Out Now via ATO

Jun 01, 2018

This week we have tie for Album of the Week, with Father John Misty's God's Favorite Customer (on Sub Pop) and Natalie PrassThe Future and the Past (on ATO) both taking the top spot. More

Album of the Week: Tracyanne & Danny

Tracyanne & Danny Out Now via Merge

May 25, 2018

Tracyanne & Danny, is a new project from Camera Obscura frontwoman Tracyanne Campbell and Danny Coughlan (who has previously released music as Crybaby). Their self-titled debut album, Tracyanne & Danny, came out today via Merge.  More

Album of the Week: Courtney Barnett

Tell Me How You Really Feel Out Today via Mom + Pop/Marathon Artists/Milk! Records

May 18, 2018

In the now four years since her double EP A Sea of Split Peas announced Courtney Barnett as a force to be reckoned with in the indie singer/songwriter sphere, there has been little-to-no let up in the proficiency of this Australian 30-year-old. More

Album of the Week: Gaz Coombes

World’s Strongest Man Out Now via Hot Fruit/Caroline International

May 04, 2018

World's Strongest Man is a ride down the road less travelled for former Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes. If you were expecting endless variations on a Supergrass theme, then you'll be slightly confused and annoyed by his third solo record. The tunes are still very much intact and will eat into your brain and live there for days, but the approach is a little, shall we say, esoteric. More

Album of the Week: Preoccupations

New Material Out Now via Jagjaguwar

Mar 23, 2018

Those looking for a return to Viet Cong, look away now. At this point it might just be easier to think of Preoccupations as a different band, as their latest album New Material shares a lot more in common with the first, self-titled Preoccupations album than their debut under their former name. Luckily, this is no bad thing, even if different, as Preoccupations have yet again created a gothy, atmospheric post-punk cracker. More

Album of the Week: Mount Eerie

Now Only Out Now via P.W. Elverum & Sun

Mar 16, 2018

This week's album of the week serves as a follow-up to the most stark, moving and genuinely heartbreaking records of last year, Mount Eerie's A Crow Looked At MeCharting Phil Elverum's immediate situation and emotional response to the death of his wife Geneviève in 2016, not long after the birth of the couple's only child, a daughter, the album was a brutally honest document of death and grief delivered with remarkable, soft, melodic directness. More

Album of the Week: Young Fathers

Cocoa Sugar Out Now via Ninja Tune

Mar 09, 2018

For this week's album of the week, we could begin in a tired tirade on how we should forefront any dialogue on resistance, and especially from people of color. And that's true, but to label Cocoa Sugar as "protest music" would overlook the electrified soul of Young Fathers that swerves in a love-drunk stupor through their 10-year output.  More

Album of the Week: Lucy Dacus

Historian Out Now via Matador

Mar 02, 2018

Debate the credibility of the term "indie" all you want-but even in today's landscape of monolithic labels and bustling support crews, we still expect the independent artist to follow their own vision. To say, then, that rising star Lucy Dacus may have almost single-handedly penned a cinematic masterpiece in Historian shouldn't surprise you that much.  More

Album of the Week: Angel Olsen

Phases Out Now via Jagjaguwar

Nov 10, 2017

Phases is the name of Angel Olsen's new release, and that might seem to be accurate enough when you consider it's a collection of rarities that span the St. Louis songstress' burgeoning career. More

Album of the Week: Julien Baker

Turn Out the Lights Out Now via Matador

Oct 27, 2017

Singer/songwriter Julien Baker is on the cover of Under the Radar's current print issue (Issue 62/Fall 2017) and earlier this week we gave her new album Turn Out the Lights a rave 9/10 review. So it should come as no surprise that Turn Out the Lights is our Album of the Week. We liked it so much that we've had two of our writers, Ellen Peirson-Hagger and Stephen Wyatt, write about how great it is. Read both their write-ups below. More

Album of the Week: Wolf Alice

Visions of a Life Out Now via Dirty Hit/RCA

Sep 29, 2017

Brandon Flowers, of The Killers fame, was recently lambasted in some indie-blog circles for claiming in a recent interview with Noisey that rock bands haven't gained a commercial traction comparable to their own lately because there "hasn't been anybody good enough." More

Album of the Week: The Horrors

V Out Now via Wolftone/Caroline

Sep 22, 2017

The Horrors released their fifth album, the fittingly titled V, today via Wolftone/Caroline. Usually for our Album of the Week posts we have an especially written detailed write up of why the album is the week's best, but these week various factors prevented us from pulling that off. More

Album of the Week: The National

Sleep Well Beast Out Now via 4AD

Sep 08, 2017

The National is The National is The National. After 18 years and six albums, the Ohio spawned ensemble make a sound you can spot a mile off: that rich rumble of Matt Berninger's moribund baritone; those quivering, tear-duct moistening laments; the spiralling weaves of delicate guitar.  More

Album of the Week: LCD Soundsystem

American Dream Out Now via Columbia/DFA

Sep 01, 2017

When LCD Soundsystem announced their official return at Christmas 2015, more people were upset about it than you'd think. Having left us at their prime, James Murphy's bohemian brigade released an grandiose but heart-warming final concert movie called Shut Up and Play the Hits. More

Album of the Week: Grizzly Bear

Painted Ruins Out Now via RCA

Aug 18, 2017

The kaleidoscopic sound the four members of Grizzly Bear create is a juxtaposition unto itself.  It is Earth shatteringly loud yet serene and tranquil. It speaks on the larger human psyche while observing the minutia of everyday life.  More

Album of the Week: Frankie Rose

Cage Tropical Out Now via Slumberland/Grey Market

Aug 11, 2017

If anyone expects a complete reinvention from Frankie Rose following a four-year absence (her last album being 2013's Herein Wild, her only record for Fat Possum), especially given that this is a return after a series of personal setbacks sent her back to Brooklyn after a stint in her native Los Angeles, they'll be disappointed. More

Album of the Week: Girl Ray

Earl Grey Out Now via Moshi Moshi

Aug 04, 2017

Londoners Poppy Hankin, Iris McConnell, and Sophie Moss were 16 years old when they formed Girl Ray and recorded their first single, "Trouble." They're still just 19. Being a teenager is about feeling every emotion right down to the core and crowding round your friends to sink into these feelings with every might, because who knows? They might just consume you. More

Album of the Week: Childhood

Universal High Out Today via Marathon Artists

Jul 21, 2017

The state of U.K. indie in the early 2010s had an atmosphere of light revolution. The fallout from the 2006 wave of Arctic Monkeys-inspired bands had cleared and a new dawn had arrived for the alternative youth of the U.K.  More