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Under the Radar Announces My Favorite Album Issue with Angel Olsen and Sleater-Kinney Covers

Issue 66 Features Musicians and Actors on Their All-Time Favorite Albums, including Tegan and Sara, Wilco, Weyes Blood, Sigur Rós, Fred Armisen, Topher Grace, Jay Baruchel, Low, and more

Sep 27, 2019

Under the Radar is excited to announce the My Favorite Album Issue, our new print issue in which we speak to musicians and actors about their all-time favorite album. The issue features Angel Olsen and Sleater-Kinney on the two covers and is available to buy directly from us here, as well as being distributed in stores nationwide (on newsstands, in such stores as Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million, and elsewhere). More

Album of the Week: Sleater-Kinney

Plus Stream New Albums from Ride, Friendly Fires, Shura, Amason, Blanck Mass, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, and More

Aug 16, 2019

Sleater-Kinney have released a new album, The Center Won't Hold, today via Mom + Pop and it's our Album of the Week. Find more info on the album below. Below that are streams of other notable albums released today: Amason, Blanck Mass, Friendly Fires, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, The Hold Steady, Oso Oso, Ride, and Shura. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Angel Olsen, HAIM, Elbow, Sleater-Kinney, and More

Plus Blanck Mass, Cross Record, Girl Ray, Bodywash, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Aug 02, 2019

Welcome to another Songs of the Week. As soon as this week's #1 song was shared on Tuesday morning we knew it would be the song to beat this week and it easily held off all challengers. Although, there were strong showings at #2 and #3 too. More

Blanck Mass Shares Video for New Song “Love is a Parasite”

Animated Violence Mild Due Out August 16 via Sacred Bones

Jul 31, 2019

Blanck Mass (the solo project of Fuck Buttons' Benjamin John Power) is releasing a new album, Animated Violence Mild, on August 16 via Sacred Bones. Now he has shared another song from the album, "Love is a Parasite," via a Craig Murray-directed video for the track. Watch it below, followed by his upcoming tour dates. More

Blanck Mass Shares New Song “No Dice” and Announces North American Tour Dates

Animated Violence Mild Due Out August 16 via Sacred Bones

Jun 25, 2019

Blanck Mass (the solo project of Fuck Buttons' Benjamin John Power) is releasing a new album, Animated Violence Mild, on August 16 via Sacred Bones. Now he has shared another song from the album, "No Dice." He has also announced some North American tour dates. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Jay Som, The Divine Comedy, Whitney, Temples, and More

Plus Blanck Mass, Bon Iver, Japanese Breakfast, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Jun 07, 2019

Welcome to another Songs of the Week. There were several notable albums announced this week, which meant some strong opening singles to choose from, as well as a few album tracks. More

Blanck Mass Announces New Album, Shares New Song “House vs. House”

Animated Violence Mild Due Out August 16 via Sacred Bones

Jun 05, 2019

Blanck Mass (the solo project of Fuck Buttons' Benjamin John Power) has announced a new album, Animated Violence Mild, and shared its first single, "House vs. House." More

Editors Announce New Blanck Mass Version of Their Last Album, Share New Song “Barricades”

The Blanck Mass Sessions Due Out April 13 and May 3 via Play It Again Sam

Mar 25, 2019

British five-piece Editors released a new album, Violence, back in March 2018 via Play It Again Sam. Now they have announced a new, more electronic, version of the album featuring the original production work on the songs done by Blanck Mass (aka Benjamin John Power of Fuck Buttons) and shared its first single, the new song "Barricades," via a video for the track. 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

Feb 23, 2017

Blanck Mass (the solo project of Fuck Buttons' Benjamin John Power) is releasing a new albumWorld Eater, on March 3 via Sacred Bones. More

Feb 16, 2017

Blanck Mass (the solo project of Fuck Buttons' Benjamin John Power) is releasing a new albumWorld Eater, on March 3 via Sacred Bones. Previously the electronic musician shared the album's first two singles, "Please" and "Silent Treatment." Now "Please" has a video. Michael Tan directed the strange computer animated clip, which you can watch below. More

Feb 02, 2017

Blanck Mass (the solo project of Fuck Buttons' Benjamin John Power) is releasing a new albumWorld Eater, on March 3 via Sacred Bones. More

Jan 10, 2017

Blanck Mass (the solo project of Fuck Buttons' Benjamin John Power) has announced a new album, World Eater, and shared its first single, "Please." World Eater is due out March 3 via Sacred Bones. Below is "Please," followed by the album's tracklist and cover art. More

Dec 21, 2015

East India Youth (aka London-based electronic musician and singer William Doyle) released a fantastic sophomore album, Culture of Volume, earlier this year on XL. It made it on our Top 100 Albums of 2015 list and was well received in his native U.K., but the album has been a bit underappreciated by U.S. critics and listeners.  More

SXSW Music 2016 Announces Second Round of Artists

Mercury Rev, Gwenno, Petite Noir, Cullen Omori, Autre Ne Veut, Chad Valley, Girls Names, PINS, and More on List

Nov 17, 2015

SXSW (aka South By Southwest), the annual conference/festival in Austin, Texas, has announced the second round of artists to be performing during the music portion (there's also film and interactive portions) in 2016 (its 30th year). The list is a little short on big names, but a huge part of SXSW is discovering new artists.  More

May 04, 2015

As is their want, NPR First Listen is streaming several of next the couple of weeks' notable new albums, including the new ones from Surfer BloodJoanna GruesomeTyondai Braxton, and Patrick WatsonBlanck Mass (aka Benjamin John Power of Fuck Buttons) is also streaming his album,Dumb Flesh, via Soundcloud.  More


Interviews

Oct 11, 2019

Rolling one cigarette after another from his home in the East Lothian Council of Scotland, Benjamin John Power is invigorated. Known to the music world as Blanck Mass, or that guy from Fuck Buttons, Power turns his device around to his backyard so I can see how very green the beautiful day is.  More

2015 Artist Survey: Benjamin John Power of Blanck Mass and Fuck Buttons

Power on 2015's Best Albums, TIDAL, Getting Fired, and Jim Carrey's The Mask

Feb 24, 2016

For Under the Radar's 13th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2015. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2015 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions. Here are some answers from Benjamin John Power, who records as Blanck Mass and is also one-half of Fuck ButtonsMore


Reviews

Blanck Mass Animated Violence Mild

Blanck Mass Animated Violence Mild

Sacred Bones

Aug 22, 2019

Animated Violence Mild, the fourth full-length from Benjamin John Power's Blanck Mass, builds on 2017's excellent World Eater to deliver his most vicious, focused, and danceable release yet.  More

Dumb Flesh

Dumb Flesh

Sacred Bones

May 12, 2015

As one half of the Fuck Buttons, Benjamin John Power has spent the best part of a decade challenging our expectations of modern electronica. More