News

Protest Auction Extended Ends Today at 3 PM Eastern - Wild Beasts, Perfect Pussy, and Others

Select Protest Signs Still Available to Bid On, Help Us Donate to the American Cancer Society - Everything Everything, Fear of Men, Amber Arcades, and More

Nov 02, 2016

Under the Radar's one-week Protest Auction for the American Cancer Society ended last week and was a complete success. But as happens every time we do a protest sign auction, a handful of signs didn't sell for whatever reason. More

Protest Auction Extended - You Can Still Bid on Signs by Wild Beasts, Perfect Pussy, and Others

Select Protest Signs Still Available, Help Us Donate to the American Cancer Society - Everything Everything, Fear of Men, Amber Arcades, and More

Oct 28, 2016

Under the Radar's one-week Protest Auction for the American Cancer Society ended on Tuesday and was a complete success. But as happens every time we do a protest sign auction, a handful of signs didn't sell for whatever reason. So we have relisted them. You have until next Wednesday, November 2, at 3 PM eastern to bid on the signs by Perfect PussyWild BeastsEverything EverythingFear of MenAmber ArcadesCullen Omori, and Younghusband. Also still up for grabs is a signed vinyl copy of How to Dress Well's latest album, Care. More

Stream the New Album by Cullen Omori (ex-Smith Westerns) - “New Misery”

New Misery Due Out Next Friday via Sub Pop, Playing Under the Radar's SXSW Day Party Next Thursday

Mar 11, 2016

Former Smith Westerns frontman and singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Cullen Omori is releasing his debut solo album, New Misery, next Friday (March 18) via Sub Pop. Now you can stream the whole album below, via Stereogum, who premiered it. More

What’s in a Name? - Cullen Omori on Going Solo and What His Name Means

Omori is Playing Under the Radar's SXSW Day Party Next Thursday

Mar 10, 2016

What's in a Name? is our recurring guest blog series where an artist writes about how they came up their band name. For this edition we hear from Cullen Omori. Of course, Omori is now recording under his own name, but he used to be the frontman of Smith Westerns and here he writes about the process of deciding to now release music simply as Cullen Omori. More

Forgotten Songs: Cullen Omori on Catatonic Youth - Piss Scene 7” Vinyl (Hozac Records) (2008)

Omori is Playing Under the Radar's SXSW Day Party Next Thursday

Mar 09, 2016

Forgotten Songs is our recurring series where a musician or one of our writers examines a song they love that they feel has been overlooked. It could be a song by an artist who never made it big, or it could be a B-side/rarity or unheralded album track by a more well known artist.  More

Listen: Cullen Omori (ex-Smith Westerns) - “Synthetic Romance”

New Misery Due Out March 18 via Sub Pop, Playing Under the Radar's SXSW Day Party Next Thursday

Mar 08, 2016

Former Smith Westerns frontman and singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Cullen Omori is releasing his debut solo album, New Misery, on March 18 via Sub Pop. He's already shared the video for the album's first single, "Cinnamon," as well as the audio for "Sour Milk." Now he's shared another song from the record, "Synthetic Romance." Check it out below. More

Under the Radar Announces Three SXSW Events: Car Seat Headrest, Hinds, Eleanor Friedberger, and More

Everything Everything, Caveman, Still Corners, Julien Baker, Sunflower Bean, Petite Noir, Fear of Men, Yuck, Gwenno, Girls Names, Cullen Omori, TEEN, and Others to Play

Mar 04, 2016

Under the Radar magazine is excited to reveal the full lineups, poster, and set times for its three SXSW 2016 events: two day parties on Wednesday, March 16 and Thursday, March 17 and one official nighttime showcase on Wednesday, March 16. The lineups include Car Seat Headrest, Julien Baker, Hinds, Eleanor Friedberger, Everything Everything, Caveman, Still Corners, Yuck, Sunflower Bean, Petite Noir, Girls Names, Gwenno, MONEY, Cullen Omori, TEEN, Mass Gothic, Younghusband, and more. More

Listen: Cullen Omori (ex-Smith Westerns) - “Sour Milk”

New Misery Due Out March 18 via Sub Pop

Feb 02, 2016

Former Smith Westerns frontman and singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Cullen Omori is releasing his debut solo album, New Misery, on March 18 via Sub Pop. He's already shared the video for the album's first single, "Cinnamon." Now he's shared another song from the record, "Sour Milk." Check it out below via Stereogum (who premiered it), followed by Omori's tour dates. More

Jan 07, 2016

Smith Westerns somewhat quietly broke up in December 2014 after releasing three albums. Frontman and singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Cullen Omori announced back in October that he'd signed to Sub Pop. Now the details of the his debut solo album has been announced. New Misery is due out March 18 via Sub Pop. 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

Oct 21, 2015

Smith Westerns somewhat quietly broke up last December after releasing three albums. Now frontman and singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Cullen Omori has announced that he's signed to Sub Pop. The plan is for him to release his solo debut album next spring. More


Interviews

2015 Artist Survey: Cullen Omori

Omori on 2015's Best Albums, Music Streaming, Outrageous Tour Requests, and Star Wars

Feb 25, 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 Cullen Omori. Omori is the former frontman of Smith Westerns. The singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist is releasing his debut solo album, New Misery, on March 18 via Sub Pop.


Reviews

New Misery

New Misery

Sub Pop

Mar 21, 2016

Before he was old enough to drink, Cullen Omori was already responsible for some of the most irresistible glam rock this side of glitter paradise.  More