Camera Obscura — Warehouse Live, Houston, TX April 11, 2010

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News

Mar 19, 2014

Camera Obscura is hitting the road in support of last year’s excellent album Desire LinesMore

Mar 19, 2014

As if Camera Obscura going on tour isn’t already enough to make all our pop dreams come true, today the band also announced that they’re putting out a live EP in honor of Record Store Day.  More

Under the Radar’s Top 50 Music Videos of 2013

Our Favorite Visuals of the Year

Jan 03, 2014

While the days of watching music videos on television are long gone, over the past several years the visual art form has certainly found second life (like so many other things) as an excellent online commodity. More

Nov 25, 2013

Camera Obscura are wrapping up the year on a high note, after recently receiving the King Tuts Songwriting Award at the Scottish music industry's Tartan Clef Awards ceremony. More

Oct 09, 2013

Delivering one of the year's best pop album with their latest record Desire LinesCamera Obscura have premiered a new music video for their included single "Troublemaker." More

Sep 26, 2013

While on their American tour a few months ago, Scottish heartbreakers Camera Obscura performed a live session for Wild Honey Pie at Electric Ladyland Studios.  More

Aug 14, 2013

Camera Obscura have premiered a playfully sweet music video for their new Desire Lines single "Break It To You Gently." More

May 15, 2013

With less than a month to go before the release of their newest LP Desire LinesCamera Obscura have debuted another track off the record called "Fifth In Line to the Throne." More

Listen: Camera Obscura - “Do It Again”

Desire Lines Details Revealed

Apr 16, 2013

Desire LinesCamera Obscura's first album in four years, is scheduled to drop on June 4 on 4AD. More

Camera Obscura Cancel Tour Dates

Family Illness Cited

Mar 05, 2013

Camera Obscura have announced that they have been forced to cancel their initial set of tour dates in support of their forthcoming new album Desire Lines. More

Feb 28, 2013

Camera Obscura will release their new album Desire Lines June 4 via 4AD.  More

Feb 21, 2012

Since one great pop act deserves another, check out Camera Obscura’s rerub of Princeton song, “Remembrance of Things to Come.”  More

Under the Radar Announces Best of 2011 Issue Featuring Three Covers: Bon Iver, M83, and The Horrors

Plus: Florence and the Machine, Beirut, PJ Harvey, Anna Calvi, SBTRKT, R.E.M., and more

Dec 23, 2011

Under the Radar's Best of 2011 Issue has shipped out to subscribers and will be hitting newsstands soon. The issue features three unique covers, each featuring an artist behind one of our Top 5 albums of the year: M83The Horrors, and Bon Iver. The issue also takes a look back at other artists who have made a splash in 2011, including BeirutAnna CalviEMAFlorence and the MachineGang Gang DanceNeon IndianPJ HarveyR.E.M.SBTRKT, Slow ClubSt. VincentSummer Camp, tUnE-yArDs, and Yuck. More

Under the Radar Magazine Announces 10th Anniversary Issue Featuring Joanna Newsom and Fleet Foxes

Plus: Paul Rudd vs. The Divine Comedy, plus interviews with Broadcast, Grandaddy, The Flaming Lips, Bat For Lashes, Rilo Kiley, Broken Social Scene, and much more

Oct 19, 2011

Under the Radar is excited to announce the release of the indie music and entertainment print magazine’s 10th Anniversary Issue which hits newsstands next week. The extra-sized 10th Anniversary Issue features cover artists Joanna Newsom and Fleet Foxes Robin Pecknold together in an exclusive photo shoot and joint interview.  Exclusive video taken during the cover shoot of Robin Pecknold and Joanna Newsom arm wrestling can be found here More

Under the Radar Announces Wasted on the Youth Issue

Musicians and Actors on Their Childhood Memories

Jul 29, 2010

Under the Radar's Summer 2010 issue is a special issue we're calling the Wasted on the Youth Issue. The basic idea of the issue was to talk to musicians and actors about various facets of their childhood/teenage years, from their first favorite bands/concerts to childhood memories to movies/TV shows of their youth, etc. We were interested in talking to musicians and actors about some of their earliest memories and their childhood passions. Many of the articles include childhood or teenage photos of the musicians interviewed. We have the full details on the issue that includes these artists: The National, The Antlers, Fred Armisen, Camera Obscura, Judah Friedlander, Fucked Up vs. Devo, Here We Go Magic, Jim James, Jónsi, Kele, The Kids in the Hall, Liars, Local Natives, Menomena, Chloë Grace Moretz, Elisabeth Moss, Portishead, Robert Rodriguez, School of Seven Bells, Tegan and Sara, Russell Tovey, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Edgar Wright, and many more! More

May 20, 2010

"Please to Meet You" artist The Love Language (aka Stuart McLamb) is heading out for a series of dates in support of upcoming second album Libraries (July 13th on Merge). We have the dates. More

Round-up of Recent Interviews: Florence and the Machine, Jónsi, Vampire Weekend, Doves, and more

So Many Interviews, So Little Time: Phoenix, Matt and Kim, Beach House, Camera Obscura, Local Natives, and others

May 07, 2010

For the past couple weeks, our writers (namely Laura Studarus, Frank Valish, and Hays Davis) have been working hard to bring you website-exclusive interviews. We've posted a total of 12 interviews since late April, 10 of which were conducted at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. Making it easy to keep up, we've complied an alphabetical list of our most recent interviews. Find links to our interviews with Doves, Jónsi, Vampire Weekend, Beach House, Camera Obscura, Phoenix, Matt and Kim, Florence and the Machine, Local Natives, Echo & the Bunnymen, The Big Pink, and more. More

Camera Obscura Talk About Volcanoes, Covers, and the Record Industry

Band to Release Richard Hawley Cover Next Month

Apr 26, 2010

One of the bands lucky enough to be Stateside before the Icelandic volcano eruption cut off flights from the U.K., Scottish indie poppers Camera Obscura were counting their blessings when we caught up with them at Coachella.  "We do feel for them because that's the sort of shit that would happen to us!" said keyboardist Carey Lander with a laugh. More

Photos from Coachella 2010 Day Two Gallery - Devo, The Dead Weather, Muse, MGMT

Plus Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Dirty Projectors, Beach House

Apr 20, 2010

Staff photographer and Under the Radar's Co-Publisher/Co-Founder, Wendy Lynch Redfern, was down in Coachella, CA for Coachella 2010. Check out a gallery of her photos from the second day of Coachella 2010. The gallery includes photos of Devo, The Dead Weather, Muse, MGMT, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Dirty Projectors, Beach House. Click here to view the full gallery. More

Apr 14, 2010

On April 11th, Camera Obscura rocked Houston Texas, a stop on their slowly concluding world tour. We sent Under the Radar photographer Iman Mannie Saqr down to cover the action. Check out a full gallery of her photos here. More

Coachella 2010 Line-Up Announced

Jay-Z, Muse, and Gorillaz to Headline Three-Day Festival

Jan 19, 2010

One of North America's most anticipated music festivals, Coachella, has announced its 2010 line-up. The three-day festival, which takes place in the California desert near Palm Springs April 16 - 18, will feature Jay-Z, Muse, and Gorillaz as the headliners. Other highlights include: Public Image Limited, The Specials, Grace Jones, Echo and the Bunnymen, Pavement, Sly and the Family Stone, Devo, LCD Soundsystem, Vampire Weekend, Grizzly Bear, Fever Ray, She & Him, Yeasayer, MGMT, Hot Chip, Dirty Projectors, Mew, Camera Obscura, Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros, Thom Yorke????, Phoenix, Spoon, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Yo La Tengo, Deerhunter, The Big Pink, Florence and the Machine, Owen Pallett, and Local Natives.

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Camera Obscura Goes on the Road Again For Extensive Tour

Hey World, I'm Ready to Be Heart Broken!

Jan 17, 2010

Scottish twee-mopers Camera Obscura are hitting the road again in support of their most recent release, My Maudlin Career. The trek will see the band playing festivals and shows in Australia, Japan, Indonesia, Portugal, and Mexico, before arriving stateside in April. More

Nov 25, 2009

We know Thanksgiving isn't until tomorrow, but maudlin rockers Camera Obscura are already looking forward to Christmas. On December 8th, the band will release mope-worthy holiday single "The Blizzard"available as either a digital single or 7" with B-side, "Swans." More

Aug 20, 2009

In support of their recent release My Maudlin Career, Scottish sextet Camera Obscura is hitting the road for a worldwide tour. We have dates in full. More

Under the Radar Announces its Spring Issue

New Issue Features Bat For Lashes, Camera Obscura, Doves, The Lonely Island, Depeche Mode, Flight of the Conchords, and much more!

Apr 11, 2009

Under the Radar's Spring Issue will be hitting stands soon. Bat For Lashes' Natasha Khan graces the cover and the issue features an in-depth nine-page interview with Khan that traces the long road to her amazing new album Two Suns. More

Under the Radar’s SXSW Party 2009

Camera Obscura, Mumford and Sons, and others impress at our SXSW party

Mar 23, 2009

Under the Radar's 2009 SXSW party was presented by JanSport and featured spirited sets from Mumford and Sons, Frances, Viva Voce, Loney Dear, Chairlift, Jason Lytle (of Grandaddy), and Camera Obscura. More


Interviews

Camera Obscura’s Tracyanne Campbell vs. Lloyd Cole Bonus Q&A

On Collaborations, Glasgow, and Golf Slacks

Aug 19, 2013

When Camera Obscura's Tracyanne Campbell interviewed Lloyd Cole for the June/July 2013 issue of Under the Radar, the two spoke as if they were close friends; we were surprised to find out they'd only briefly met. After Cole had answered Campbell's questions, both artists stayed on the line to answer a few more from us about their history, hobbies, and current albums. Last Friday we posted the main print magazine Q&A between Cole and Campbell. These are extra portions of our interview, quotes that didn't make it into the print article.  More

Aug 16, 2013

Lloyd Cole broke out on the Glasgow, Scotland scene in the mid-'80s, releasing a string of successful albums with his band, The Commotions, before embarking on a remarkably deep solo career. His 1984 debut record with The Commotions, Rattlesnakes, closed with a song titled "Are You Ready to Be Heartbroken?" Twenty-two years later, another Glasgow artist would answer that question. More

Aug 05, 2010

I think Grease was the first film I actually was taken to the cinema to see, which seems kind of bizarre to me because I must have been about three or four years old. More

Thanks for the Memories

Artists and the Early Experiences that Shaped Them

Aug 02, 2010

Everyone can point to formative experiences from childhood that influence his or her future endeavors. More

Remembering First Concerts

Greatest Stories Ever Told

Jul 30, 2010

Musicians reflect on their first concerts. Includes stories from Tegan & Sara, Camera Obscura, Girl Talk, Owen Pallett, Art Brut, The Hold Steady, MGMT, Broken Social Scene, Ariel Pink, !!!, Mew, Real Estate, The Dears, Vivian Girls, Mayer Hawthorne, The Drums, Telekinesis, Fuck Buttons, El Guincho, and more. More

Camera Obscura

Future Focus

Apr 26, 2010

One of the bands lucky enough to be Stateside before the Icelandic volcano eruption cut off flights from the U.K., Scottish indie poppers Camera Obscura were counting their blessings when we caught up with them at Coachella.  "We do feel for them because that's the sort of shit that would happen to us!" said keyboardist Carey Lander with a laugh. Under the Radar sat down with the ladies of Camera ObscuraLander and bandleader Tracyanne Campbellto chat further about acts of God, record sales, and why Yo La Tengo might hold the key to their future (maudlin) career. More

Indie Rock Parenting 101

Musician Moms and Dads on the Challenges of Raising Children on the Road

Mar 22, 2010

Whatever the perception, as any parent will tell you, raising children is hard work, and for a working musician, balancing writing, recording, and touring with being a full-time mom or dad can be extra tricky. More

Jul 01, 2006

If you’re in a Scottish band and the gray, miserable weather of Glasgow in late Fall bums you out, there are few options for feeling better. If you’re Stuart Murdoch, you fill notebooks with stories of funny little frogs and goateed baseball catchers until the sun comes out again. If you’re Mogwai, you turn your amps up until your ears bleed and you can’t feel much of anything. But if you’re Tracyanne Campbell of sweet-tempered sweater-rockers Camera Obscura, you simply skip town to make a record in Sweden. More


Reviews

Festival International de Jazz de Montréal: Camera Obscura, She & Him, Austra

July 3rd, 2013

Jul 04, 2013

Because good things (well varying shades of good, anyway) come in threes, Festival International de Jazz de Montréal offered three Under the Radar favorites on the same evening: Camera ObscuraShe & Him, and Austra.


Desire Lines

Desire Lines

4AD

May 31, 2013

Typically, Tracyanne Campbell writes Camera Obscura's lyrics from an omniscient narrator's perspective, but even when she gets more personal, there's still a bit of a guarded tone at play. More

Coachella 2010 Day Two Report – Camera Obscura, Muse, MGMT, Hot Chip, and more

Apr 18, 2010

Day two of Coachella 2010 alas offered few highlights. This year Coachella has put way too many great artists on Sunday's bill, which will inevitably lead to a lot of Sophie's Choice-like moments of picking between which favorite artists to see. Whereas Saturday's bill suffered from a lack of must see artists, there was no shortage of artists worth checking out, it's just that few of them delivered. Matters were not helped by the fact that the best set I saw was also the first set I saw. Almost everything underwhelmed after that. More

Coachella 2010 Day 2 Recap: Beach House, Camera Obscura, Muse, and More

April 17th, 2010

Apr 18, 2010

Day two started out much like day one, in fulltilt. Despite a bevy of physical ailments left over from yesterday's marathon, making it to Camera Obscura's set on time was worth another painful sprint across the field. However day two was light on the heavy hitters, and after the initial close call, I didn't have to hustle to see sets from Beach House, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Hot Chip, MGMT, and Muse. More

Camera Obscura at Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY, November 22, 2009

Nov 24, 2009

Camera Obscura's Tracyanne Campbell crooned, "I don't wanna be sad again" in "My Maudlin Career," the set opener of the band's Nov. 22 show at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg (and title track of its latest record), but her claim wasn't very convincing. More

SXSW 2009 Day 1

March 18th, 2009

Mar 28, 2009

SXSW is a guessing game. There are many hundreds of bands playing at so many different venues, that you can have a fantastic or a lousy time depending on who you see and how well you second guess how long it will take to get into each venue. The goal is to spend most of your time seeing as many great bands as possible, and as little time possible waiting in line or sitting through sets from bands you don’t want to see just to make sure you’re in the venue in time to see the bands you do want to see. Your enemies are late set times and the varying degrees of sound quality at Austin’s many venues. More

Under the Radar’s SXSW Party 2009

March 20th, 2009

Mar 23, 2009

Under the Radar's 2009 SXSW party was presented by JanSport and featured spirited sets from Mumford and Sons, Frances, Viva Voce, Loney Dear, Chairlift, Jason Lytle (of Grandaddy), and Camera Obscura. More

Bimbo’s 365 Club, San Francisco, CA

February 15th, 2007

Feb 16, 2007

Throughout the night, eyes were locked on Tracyanne Campbell, and although she maintained an unyielding straight face the entire show, the moments she actually did smile sent a ripple through the crowd. More