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Album of the Week: John Grant

Love Is Magic Out Now via Partisan and Bella Union

Oct 12, 2018

John Grant released a new album, Love Is Magic, today via Partisan in the U.S. (and Bella Union elsewhere) and it's our Album of the Week. It was a strong week for new albums and the new albums by Kurt Vile and Jaakko Eino Kalevi could've just as easily taken the crown and there are eight runner-ups this week in total.  More

12 Best Songs of the Week: Lana Del Rey, Frontperson, Helena Deland, Villagers, and More

Plus Suede, Beak>, Steve Mason, Petitie Noir, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Sep 22, 2018

In many instances an album's strongest songs are shared before the album's release. There were several albums released this week, however, that featured standout tracks that were not advance singles and so this week's Songs of the Week features some of those, filtered in with other new singles released this week.  More

Connan Mockasin Shares Nine-Minute Long New Song “Charlotte’s Thong”

Jassbusters Due Out October 12 via Mexican Summer

Sep 19, 2018

New Zealand's Connan Mockasin is releasing his third album, Jassbusters, as well as an accompanying film, Bostyn 'n Dobsyn, on October 12 via Mexican Summer. Previously he shared a video for its first single, "Con Conn Was Impatient," which was also a clip from Bostyn 'n Dobsyn. Now he has shared the audio for another song from the album, the nine-minute long "Charlotte's Thong." More

Aug 15, 2018

New Zealand's Connan Mockasin has announced his third album, Jassbusters, as well as an accompanying film, Bostyn 'n Dobsyn. He's also shared a video for its first single, "Con Conn Was Impatient," which is also a clip from Bostyn 'n Dobsyn. More

Neil and Liam Finn Team Up for First Album Together, Share “Back to Life”

Lightsleeper Due Out August 24 via Inertia Music and [PIAS], Features Mick Fleetwood and Connan Mockasin

Jun 05, 2018

Neil Finn of Crowded House (and now Fleetwood Mac) has joined forces with his son Liam Finn and have announced their first collaborative album together, Lightsleeper. They have also shared its first single, "Back to Life." Lightsleeper is due out August 24 via Inertia Music and [PIAS].  More

Watch Mike Myers Perform Austin Powers Song “BBC” with Mac DeMarco, Weyes Blood, and More

All Star Band Also Features Connan Mockasin, Kirin J Callinan, Neil Finn, and Liam Finn

May 08, 2018

Last night at Los Angeles' Largo venue an interesting all-star band performed. Neil Finn of Crowded House was joined by his son Liam Finn, along with Mac DeMarco (so I guess he definitely wasn't at the Met Gala after all), Kirin J CallinanWeyes Blood (aka Natalie Mering), and Connan MockasinMore

Sep 08, 2017

French singer/actress Charlotte Gainsbourg has announced a new album, Rest, and shared its title track, which was co-written and produced by Daft Punk's Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo. Rest is due out November 17 via Because Music. More

Jun 06, 2017

Australian experimental musician Kirin J Callinan is releasing a new albumBravado, on Friday (June 9) via Terrible Records. Previously he shared the slightly NSFW and highly amusing Cuba-shot video for "S.A.D." (which stands for "Song About Drugs").  More

Kirin J Callinan Shares “Down 2 Hang” and “Living Each Day” (Feat. Connan Mockasin)

Bravado Due Out June 9 via Terrible Records, "Down 2 Hang" Features James Chance

May 25, 2017

Australian experimental musician Kirin J Callinan is releasing a new albumBravado, on June 9 via Terrible Records. Previously he shared the slightly NSFW and highly amusing Cuba-shot video for "S.A.D." (which stands for "Song About Drugs"). More

Apr 27, 2017

Australian experimental musician Kirin J Callinan has announced a new album, Bravado, and shared a slightly NSFW video for "S.A.D." (which stands for "Song About Drugs").  More

Dec 06, 2016

Marfa Myths have announced their 2017 lineup. The festival goes down March 9 - 12 in Marfa, Texas and is put together by Mexican Summer and Ballroom Marfa. Weyes Blood and Perfume Genius will do a collaborative performance together.  More

Oct 24, 2016

New Zealand's Connan Mockasin and England's Sam Dust (who records as LA Priest and is the former frontman of Late of the Pier) have teamed up to form Soft Hair. More

Listen: Soft Hair (Connan Mockasin + LA Priest’s Sam Dust) – “In Love”

Soft Hair Due Out October 28 via Weird World/Domino

Oct 04, 2016

New Zealand's Connan Mockasin and England's Sam Dust (who records as LA Priest and is the former frontman of Late of the Pier) have teamed up to form Soft Hair. The duo are releasing a self-titled debut on October 28 via Domino imprint Weird World and previously shared the album's first single, "Lying Has to Stop." Now here's another song from the album, "In Love," which is an impressive mix of the two artist's different styles. More

Connan Mockasin and LA Priest’s Sam Dust Team Up as Soft Hair, Announce Album and Share Video

Soft Hair Due Out October 28 via Domino, Watch Video for "Lying Has to Stop"

Aug 30, 2016

New Zealand's Connan Mockasin and England's Sam Dust (who records as LA Priest and is the former frontman of Late of the Pier) have teamed up to form Soft Hair. More

Listen: Connan Mockasin - “Running Out of Time” (Rexy Cover)

Reissue of Rexy's Running Out of Time Due Out March 18 via Samantha Urbani's URU Label

Feb 18, 2016

New Zealand's Connan Mockasin has covered "Running Out of Time," a song by Rexy and taken from their 1981 album of the same name. Samantha Urbani (the former frontwoman of Friends) has a new record label, URU, and on March 18 they are reissuing Running Out of Time, a long out of print album by the British duo (their only album). More

Watch: Kirin J Callinan - “The Teacher” Video Featuring Connan Mockasin

Callinan's Sophomore Album Due Out Next Year Via Terrible

Nov 03, 2015

Australian experimental musician Kirin J Callinan is releasing his sophomore album sometime next year via Terrible Records. A title and exact release date have yet to be announced, but now we have the amazing video for the album's lead single, "The Teacher." The song and video features New Zealand's Connan Mockasin on backing vocals (and he also plays sax in video).  More

Nov 02, 2015

Blood Orange's Devonté Hynes has teamed up with New Zealand's Connan Mockasin and just released a collaborative three song EP, Marfa Myths 001. Below you can listen to "Feelin' Lovely."  More

Aug 26, 2015

Unknown Mortal Orchestra performed on Conan last night, doing "Can't Keep Checking My Phone" from the New Zealand band's excellent recent album Multi-Love (out now via Jagjaguwar).  More

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Jul 15, 2014

Take out a two-year print subscription to Under the Radar and receive a free CD in the mail. Current choices include recent albums by The War on Drugs, Sharon Van Etten, Angel Olsen, Temples, Liars, Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings, Charli XCX, Mac DeMarco, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Kevin Drew (of Broken Social Scene), Connan Mockasin, and more. More

Connan Mockasin Announces Tour

New Album Caramel Out Now

Mar 04, 2014

New Zealand native Connan Mockasin has announced plans for a North American tour this spring. More

Under the Radar’s Three SXSW Day Parties to Feature Charli XCX, EMA, Future Islands, and Many More

Lineups Also Includes We Were Promised Jetpacks, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Yamantaka//Sonic Titan, Connan Mockasin, Arthur Beatrice, Gruff Rhys, The Mary Onettes, Small Black, Thumpers, Woman's Hour, and Others

Feb 28, 2014

Under the Radar magazine is excited to reveal the full lineups, poster, and set times for our three SXSW 2014 day parties, taking place on Wednesday, March 12, Thursday, March 13, and Friday, March 14. Lineups include Charli XCXEMAThe Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Future Islands, Connan MockasinWe Were Promised JetpacksThe Mary Onettes, Small Black, ThumpersYamantaka // Sonic Titan, Arthur Beatrice, Gruff Rhys, Woman's Hour, and many others. More

Nov 29, 2013

This weekend, Utrecht, Netherlands is hosting the Le Guess Who? Festival. We sent writer/photographer Laura Studarus down to cover the action. More

Nov 21, 2013

Connan Mockasin gets his groove on in the new video for “I’m The Man, That Will Find You." More

Listen: Connan Mockasin – “Carmel” Album Stream

Due Out November 5 Via Because Music/Mexican Summer

Oct 31, 2013

Ahead of is November 5 release date you can listen to Connan Mockasin’s newest opus Carmel.  More

Listen: Connan Mockasin – “Do I Make You Feel Shy?”

Caramel Out November 4 Via Because Music/Mexican Summer

Oct 24, 2013

New Zealand weirdo Connan Mockasin will release his new art-pop opus Caramel on November 5. More


Interviews

South by Southwest’s First-Timers – Members of 2014’s Rookie Class Talk About Their First SXSW

Featuring Arthur Beatrice, Casual Sex, Connan Mockasin, Future Islands, Glass Animals, Saintseneca, San Fermin, Vaadat Charigim, Woman’s Hour, and Yamantaka // Sonic Titan

Aug 26, 2014

Arthur Beatrice, Casual Sex, Connan Mockasin, Future Islands, Glass Animals, Saintseneca, San Fermin, Vaadat Charigim, Woman's Hour, and Yamantaka // Sonic Titan all discuss playing SXSW for the first ever time this year. More


Reviews

Jassbusters

Jassbusters

Mexican Summer

Oct 15, 2018

Connan Mockasin has never been much of a classifiable dude. He's lived in various cities, including New Zealand's Wellington (his "hometown"), but also London, LA, and most recently, Tokyo. He's also built a huge resume of artists he's supported: Radiohead, Charlotte Gainsbourg (perhaps referred to in the song "Charlotte's Thong"), Fat Boy Slim, Neil & Liam Finn, MGMTthe list goes on.  More

Le Guess Who? Day Two: Wampire, Connan Mockasin, BRAIDS, and Forest Swords

November 29th, 2013

Dec 02, 2013

While Under the Radar wasn’t able to attend the first day of events due to logistical conflicts, we dove headfirst into the second day (jetlag be damned) and saw impressive sets from WampireConnan MockasinBRAIDS, and Forest Swords.

Caramel

Caramel

Mexican Summer

Nov 13, 2013

The entirety of Connan Mockasin's second album, Caramel, sounds like it was recorded underwaterbackwards. This is psychedelic pop at its boldest, and Mockasin puts his emphasis on the first half of that term. More