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