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Shaky Knees Festival Lineup - The National, Jack White, The War on Drugs, Fleet Foxes, and More

Plus Queens of the Stone Age, Courtney Barnett, David Byrne, Franz Ferdinand, Alvvays, and Others

Jan 08, 2018

The lineup for the 2018 Shaky Knees Music Festival has been announced. The festival goes down in Atlanta, GA's Central Park May 4-6. The headliners are The National, Jack White, and Queens of the Stone Age.  More

The National Reveal Homecoming Festival Lineup - Julien Baker, Father John Misty, and More

Future Islands, Feist, The Breeders, Alvvays, Moses Sumney, Big Thief, and Others

Jan 08, 2018

The National released their excellent new album, Sleep Well Beast, last September via 4AD. It was our Album of the Week and #7 on our Top 100 Albums of 2017 listMore

Governors Ball 2018 Announces Lineup Featuring Jack White, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, CHVRCHES, and More

Plus Wolf Alice, Eminem, Cut Copy, Margo Price, Alvvays, Moses Sumney, Dirty Projectors, and Others

Jan 03, 2018

Governors Ball has announced the lineup for their 2018 festival, which goes down in New York City's Randall's Island Park the weekend of June 1 - 3. The headliners are Eminem (also announced as a Coachella headliner today), Jack White, Travis Scott, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs.  More

Coachella 2018 Announces Lineup Featuring Beyoncé, The War on Drugs, St. Vincent, and More

Plus The Weeknd, Eminem, Fleet Foxes, alt-J, Perfume Genius, Moses Sumney, Angel Olsen, First Aid Kit, Japanese Breakfast, and Others

Jan 03, 2018

Coachella has announced the lineup for their 2018 festival, which goes down in Indio, California over two weekends in April (with the same bill each weekend). Friday April 13 and 20 is headlined by The Weeknd, Saturday April 14 and 21 is headlined by Beyoncé, and Sunday April 15 and 22 is headlined by Eminem. More

Under the Radar’s Top 100 Albums of 2017

Another Dark Year Was Brightened By a Plethora of Fantastic Albums

Dec 30, 2017

2016 was regarded as a fairly rough year by many, but 2017 was no walk in the park either. 2016 was mired by the deaths of several beloved musical icons (David Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen, George Michael, and Sharon Jones among them) and the disappointing and divisive Presidential election, but in 2017 we had to deal with the ramifications of said election (we'd say that roughly 95% of the musicians we interview likely don't support many, if any, of President Trump's policies).  More

Join Under the Radar on Patreon to Win a Vinyl Copy of Alvvays’ New Album

Support Under the Radar on Patreon to Access Exclusive Content

Sep 15, 2017

If you support Under the Radar's Patreon page at the minimum contribution of at least $1.00 a month you get access to our Patreon-only feed featuring exclusive content only available to Patreon supporters. Now our friends at Polyvinyl have also donated a vinyl copy of the new album by Toronto-based indie-pop four-piece AlvvaysAntisocialites, to give away to one lucky Under the Radar Patreon supporter.  More

Sep 13, 2017

Toronto-based indie-pop four-piece Alvvays released a new albumAntisocialites, last Friday via Polyvinyl. Now the band has shared a video for "Dreams Tonite." Matt Johnson directed the video, which expertly makes it seem like the band are performing at the 1967 Montreal Expo (aka Expo 67) by cutting together newly shot images of the band performing with archival footage from 1967. More

Nine Best Songs of the Week: St. Vincent, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Rostam, Elbow + John Grant, and More

Plus Benjamin Clementine, Moses Sumney, Weyes Blood, Margo Price, Alvvays, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Sep 08, 2017

Of late we've been presenting the eight best songs of the week, but last week we expanded it to a Top 9 because there were so many strong choices. This week we kept it as nine, but because we had trouble narrowing the list down in a week of solid new songs, but few obvious standouts.  More

Eight Best Songs of the Week: Julien Baker, The War on Drugs, LCD Soundsystem, Wolf Alice, and More

Plus Alvvays, Ariel Pink, Yumi Zouma, Madeline Kenney, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Aug 18, 2017

Charlottesville, Virginia is only just over an hour a way from Under the Radar's headquarters. It's the best local city to see shows in and it's a great little progressive college town that we visit often. So we watched in horror, disbelief, and disgust last weekend as the violent and tragic events in Charlottesville surrounding the white supremacist rally dominated the news. More

Listen: Alvvays - “Plimsoll Punks”

Antisocialites Due Out September 8 via Polyvinyl

Aug 17, 2017

Toronto-based indie-pop four-piece Alvvays are releasing a new albumAntisocialites, on September 8 via Polyvinyl. Previously the band shared its first single, album opener "In Undertow," as well as a trippy lo-fi video for the song, and its second single, "Dreams Tonite."  More

Eight Best Songs of the Week: Jessie Ware, Charli XCX, Belle and Sebastian, and More

Plus Susanne Sundfør, Everything Everything, Stars, The Roots, Alvvays, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Jul 28, 2017

It was a busy week for new tracks, with two pop singers (Jessie Ware and Charli XCX) making a strong showing. A couple of classic rockers made a return, and while Ringo Starr's new song (featuring Paul McCartney and others) was pretty standard old rocker fare, one of Mick Jagger's new songs (either "Gotta Get a Grip" or the remix of it by Tame Impala's Kevin Parker) surprisingly almost made our Top 8. More

Listen: Alvvays - “Dreams Tonite”

Antisocialites Due Out September 8 via Polyvinyl

Jul 25, 2017

Toronto-based indie-pop four-piece Alvvays are releasing a new albumAntisocialites, on September 8 via Polyvinyl. Previously the band shared its first single, album opener "In Undertow," as well as a trippy lo-fi video for the song. More

Under the Radar Announces Summer 2017 Issue with Grizzly Bear on the Cover

Issue 61 Also Includes Interviews with The War on Drugs, The National, Broken Social Scene, Slowdive vs. Ariel Pink, Phoenix, Beach House, and Much More

Jul 18, 2017

Under the Radar is excited to announce the full details of our Summer 2017 Issue, which is out now digitally via Under the Radar's app and the magazine app Readly. The print version has shipped out to subscribers and stores and will be on all newsstands soon (as well as available soon digitally via the magazine app Zinio). The issue features Grizzly Bear on the cover. More

Watch: Alvvays - “In Undertow” Video

Antisocialites Due Out September 8 via Polyvinyl

Jul 13, 2017

Toronto-based indie-pop four-piece Alvvays are releasing a new albumAntisocialites, on September 8 via Polyvinyl. Previously the band shared its first single, album opener "In Undertow." Now "In Undertow" has a trippy lo-fi video. Watch it below, followed by the band's upcoming tour dates. More

Seven Best Songs of the Week: TORRES, Emily Haines, Alvvays, The Dears, and More

Plus Japanese Breakfast, LIV, Ride, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Jun 09, 2017

What a packed week for new songs and album announcements, enough to help you ignore all the James Comey/Donald Trump (but at least the Conservatives stumbled at the U.K. general election). More

Alvvays Announce New Album, Share “In Undertow”

Antisocialites Due Out September 8 via Polyvinyl

Jun 06, 2017

Toronto-based indie-pop four-piece Alvvays have announced a new album, Antisocialites, and shared its first single, album opener "In Undertow." Antisocialites is due out September 8 via Polyvinyl is the follow-up to their well-received 2014-released self-titled debut album. More

Check Out Photos From Day One of FYF Fest

Last Weekend in Los Angeles, CA

Aug 27, 2015

Last weekend Los Angeles hosted FYF Festival. Check out Robert Redfield’s gallery of day one, featuring images of AlvvaysBloc PartyChet FakerDinosaur JrGoldroomMikal Cronin,MetzPurity RingSavagesTennis, and The Drums More

Listen: Alvvays - “Underneath Us”

B-side Available As One Day Download

Sep 22, 2014

Canadian garage pop outfit Alvvays have posted a b-side track online titled, "Underneath Us." More

Watch: Alvvays - “Next of Kin” Video

Self-Titled Debut Out Now

Sep 19, 2014

Summer may be coming to a close but Canadian garage pop outfit Alvvays continue to channel the feel of sun-drenched vibes with the music of their self-titled debut. More

Under the Radar Announces September/October Issue with alt-J on the Cover

Issue 51 Also Includes Interviews with Arcade Fire vs. Peter Gabriel, Interpol, Jessie Ware, Foxygen, Caribou, Belle and Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch, Terry Gilliam, Gotham's Ben McKenzie, Zola Jesus, and More

Sep 12, 2014

Under the Radar is excited to announce the full details of the September/October issue, which is on newsstands now. It features alt-J on the cover. Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry does a joint interview with Peter Gabriel. We talk to Lush's Miki Berenyi and Emma Anderson about their 1996 album, LovelifeMore

Watch: Alvvays – “Archie, Marry Me”

Alvvays’ Self-Titled Debut Album is Out Now on Polyvinyl

Jul 31, 2014

Canadian fuzz-pop quintet Alvvays hangs out at the sea in their new video for “Archie, Marry Me.”  More

May 23, 2014

Rising Canadian fuzz-pop quintet Alvvays have officially announced the release of their self-titled debut.  More

Listen: Alvvays - “Archie, Marry Me”

Debut Album Out This Summer

Apr 25, 2014

Newly signed to Polyvinyl, Toronto-based surf-pop outfit Alvvays garnered a plenty of breakthrough accolades at this year's SXSW.  More


Interviews

Sep 06, 2017

It's time-honored wisdom that sophomore albums are more difficult to record than a band's debut and this certainly appears to be the case for the Toronto-based band Alvvays and their sophomore album AntisocialitesMore

Alvvays on “Antisocialites”

More Songs About Parties and Punks

Sep 05, 2017

The Undertones sang "it's not so easy knowing we'll be heard" and "a lot less time, but a lot more care" on "More Songs About Chocolate and Girls," the opening track of their second album, 1980's HypnotisedMore

Alvvays

Jangle All the Way

Dec 03, 2014

"I don't really have any fear of using the P-word," declares Molly Rankin, vocalist for Toronto-based quintet Alvvays. Over the past few years, the band has grown accustomed to being described as a "jangle-pop" act, but rather than swat away the descriptors, Rankin openly embraces them. More

Aug 13, 2014

Molly Rankin and Kerri MacLellan were childhood friends before they were bandmates, growing up together and both playing the fiddle. More


Reviews

Antisocialites

Antisocialites

Polyvinyl

Sep 05, 2017

It was hard to read anything about Alvvays' 2014 debut and not see a reference to the legendary C86 mixtape. The shorthand reference for twee Britpop will probably continue during the Antisocialites press cycle, too, even though frontwoman Molly Rankin has said she never heard the cassette while growing up on a remote island off Nova Scotia.  More

Alvvays

Alvvays

Polyvinyl

Jul 24, 2014

In John Green's The Fault In Our Stars, eye cancer patient Isaac expressed his love for his then-girlfriend Monica by incessantly exchanging the phrase "always," indicating their devotion to one another. It's a word that's often drenched in hyperbolized romance, one that simultaneously signifies yesteryear and hopes for tomorrow. It also makes something of a perfect name for Toronto-based band Alvvays (pronounced "always").