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Pitchfork Music Festival Full 2018 Lineup: Tame Impala, Courtney Barnett, Fleet Foxes, and More

Plus Julien Baker, The War on Drugs, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Blood Orange, Japanese Breakfast, Kelly Lee Owens, Moses Sumney, Lucy Dacus, Big Thief, and More

Mar 13, 2018

Chicago's the Pitchfork Music Festival has been slowly announcing their lineup via a mural with the artists' names being painted on it over the last few weeks. Now the final and full lineup has been revealed for the festival, which goes down July 20 to 22 in Chicago's Union Park.  More

Courtney Barnett Announces More U.S. Tour Dates, Julien Baker and Vagabon to Support

Tell Me How You Really Feel Due Out May 18 via Mom + Pop/Marathon Artists/Milk! Records

Feb 20, 2018

Australian singer/songwriter/guitarist Courtney Barnett is releasing a new albumTell Me How You Really Feel, on May 18 via Mom + Pop/Marathon Artists/Milk! Records. Previously she shared its first single, "Nameless, Faceless," via a video for the song. (It was our #1 Song of the Week.) Now she has announced some new North American tour dates to go down this July.  More

Sasquatch! 2018 Line-up: Bon Iver, The National, Modest Mouse, David Byrne, Spoon, and More

Grizzly Bear, Slowdive, Neko Case, Julien Baker, and others on Memorial Day Weekend (May 25 – 28) in Quincy, Washington

Feb 05, 2018

The Sasquatch! Music Festival has revealed the lineup for their 2018 festival, their 17th year. Once again it will be going down Memorial Day Weekend (May 25 - 28) at the Gorge Amphitheater in Quincy, Washington. The lineup includes Bon Iver, The National, Modest Mouse, David Byrne, Spoon, Grizzly Bear, Slowdive, Neko Case, Julien Baker, TV On The Radio, Tune-Yards, Wolf Parade, Japandroids, Big Thief, Perfume Genius, Japanese Breakfast, Benjamin Clementine, Phoebe Bridgers, Algiers, Pond, and others. More

Jan 16, 2018

The National released their excellent new albumSleep Well Beast, last September via 4AD. It was our Album of the Week and #7 on our Top 100 Albums of 2017 list. Now the band has announced some more tour dates for this spring.  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

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

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

Under the Radar’s Top 50 Albums of 2017 So Far

Our Favorite Albums Released Between January 1 and July 7, 2017

Jul 13, 2017

In the past we've avoided posting midyear best albums lists. It seemed somehow impatient and premature to evaluate the year's albums halfway through. And how do you decide which period the list covers, which arbitrary release date do you work out is the cut off point, as every midyear list seems to cover a different period? But 2017 is a year that demands a partial evaluation. More

Jun 09, 2017

Here we highlight five albums due out today that we feel are most worth hearing.  More

Six Best Songs of the Week: Arcade Fire, Radiohead, Big Thief, The War on Drugs, and More

Plus Broken Social Scene, Liam Gallagher, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Jun 02, 2017

This week was marred by President Trump pulling out of the Paris Accords climate change agreement, but it was a strong one for music. To help you sort through the multitude of new songs released in the last seven days, we have picked the five best.  More

Listen: Big Thief – “Mary”

Capacity Due Out June 9 via Saddle Creek

May 31, 2017

Big Thief just released their debut album, Masterpiece, last May on Saddle Creek, but they have already have their sophomore album, Capacity, coming out on June 9, also on Saddle Creek. Previously they shared the snowy video for the album's first single "Mythological Beauty" and the audio for "Shark Smile." Now they have shared another song from the album, the poetic and haunting "Mary." More

Listen: Big Thief - “Shark Smile”

Capacity Due Out June 9 via Saddle Creek

May 08, 2017

Big Thief just released their debut album, Masterpiece, last May on Saddle Creek, but they have already have their sophomore albumCapacity, coming out on June 9, also on Saddle Creek.  More

Apr 05, 2017

Big Thief just released their debut album, Masterpiece, last May on Saddle Creek, but they have already announced their sophomore album and shared a video for its first single. More

Listen: Big Thief - “Paul”

Masterpiece Due Out May 27 via Saddle Creek

May 12, 2016

Big Thief are a promising new band on Saddle Creek, perhaps the indie label's most exciting new signee in several years. The four-piece are releasing their debut album, Masterpiece, on the label on May 27. Now they have shared the fourth single from the album, "Paul." It follows their last single, "Humans."  More

Under the Radar Announces May/June 2016 Issue with M83 on the Cover

Issue 57 Also Includes Interview with Lush, Primal Scream, John Carpenter, Frightened Rabbit, Underworld, Yeasayer, Frankie Cosmos, Julien Baker, Cat's Eyes, School of Seven Bells, Parquet Courts, Fear of Men, Minor Victories, Kevin Morby, and More

May 06, 2016

Under the Radar is excited to announce the full details of our May/June 2016 issue (out May, June, and into July), which has shipped out to subscribers and stores and will be on all newsstands soon. It will also soon be available digitally via Under the Radar's app, and the magazine apps Zinio, Readly, and Readbug. The issue features M83 on the cover. More

Listen: Big Thief - “Humans”

Masterpiece Due Out May 27 via Saddle Creek

Apr 28, 2016

Big Thief are a promising new band on Saddle Creek, perhaps the indie label's most exciting new signee in several years. The four-piece are releasing their debut album, Masterpiece, on the label on May 27. Now they have shared the third single from the album, "Humans." Listen below. More


Interviews

Aug 31, 2017

The second album in as many years from Brooklyn's powerful folk rock group Big Thief is that work of impact that propels a band from a warm reception to commanding the discussion. Formed from a coalescence of peaking creativity and internal chemistry, Capacity expands on a cherished notion, that of connecting with people through intimate channels. More

Big Thief

Unflinching Vulnerability

Jun 02, 2016

It should have been a joyous occasion, but Big Thief's SXSW debut was instead fraught with difficulty for  frontwoman Adrianne Lenker. Not long before the Brooklyn-bred indie rock quartet's first shows at that massive Austin festival this year, Lenker all but lost a crucial component of being a musician: her ability to hear. More


Reviews

Capacity

Capacity

Saddle Creek

Jun 08, 2017

It's natural to be seduced by contemporary apparatus of sound sculpting that intensifies the listening experience. Then you hear a band like Big Thief and recognize the potential power in balanced unison of guitar, drum and voice and that these essential means of expression are the most direct conductors of the passions of musical souls. More