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8 Best Songs of the Week: Coldplay, Destroyer, Anna Meredith, Wire, and More

Plus Leonard Cohen, Sorry, Little Dragon, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Oct 25, 2019

Welcome to another Songs of the Week. It was another light week, in terms of compelling new songs this week. Hence, just like last week's list, we only have a Top 8 again. The top two were pretty much a tie. We're as surprised as you about our #1. More

Oct 22, 2019

Destroyer (the project of Dan Bejar) has announced a new album, Have We Met, and shared its first single, "Crimson Tide," via a video for the track. He has also announced some tour dates. More

Merge Records Announces Initial Lineup for 30th Anniversary Festival

July 24-27, 2019, in Carrboro and Durham, NC - Destroyer, Wye Oak, Waxahatchee, The Mountain Goats, Superchunk, and More

Feb 06, 2019

Merge Records are celebrating their 30th anniversary with a hometown festival July 24-27, 2019, in Carrboro and Durham, NC. The four-day festival is set to feature more than 30 artists and the initial lineup has been announced.  More

FYF Fest 2018 Lineup: My Bloody Valentine, St. Vincent, Florence and the Machine, and More

Janet Jackson, The xx, Car Seat Headrest, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Lucy Dacus, Mount Kimbie, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, The Breeders, U.S. Girls, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and Others Set for 15th Anniversary

Mar 30, 2018

FYF Fest has announced its 2018 lineup. The event is due to take place July 21 and 22 at Los Angeles' Exposition Park. The headliners are Florence and the Machine and Janet Jackson.  More

Soundtracking the Resistance - Stable Genius

The Fallout From Michael Wolff's Book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House

Jan 12, 2018

This week we look at the talk of Washington town, chaotic battles with legislation, half-time shows, and some more magic from the ever reliable and magically baffling Dan Bejar.  More

Jan 10, 2018

Destroyer (the project of Dan Bejar) released a new album, ken, last October via Merge. (It was one of our Top 100 Albums of 2017.) Now he has shared a video for "Stay Lost." Maxwell McCabe-Lokos directed the clip. He also stars in it as a man building something that is not fully revealed until the video's conclusion.  More

Under the Radar Announces Fall 2017 Issue with Julien Baker on the Cover

Issue 62 Also Includes Interviews with Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile, The Horrors, Wolf Alice, Jessie Ware, King Krule, and Much More

Oct 20, 2017

Under the Radar is excited to announce the full details of our Fall 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 Julien Baker on the cover. More

Listen: Destroyer - “Cover From the Sun”

ken Due Out This Friday via Merge

Oct 18, 2017

Destroyer (the project of Dan Bejar) is releasing a new albumken, this Friday (October 20) via Merge. Previously he shared a lyric video for its first single, "Sky's Grey" (which was one of our Songs of the Week), and a video for the '80s sounding "Tinseltown Swimming In Blood" (which was also one of our Songs of the Week). More

10 Best Songs of the Week: King Krule, Destroyer, The Horrors, Phoebe Bridgers, and More

Plus Björk, Grooms, Jessie Ware, Cut Copy, Yumi Zouma, Alex Lahey, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Sep 15, 2017

Okay, okay. Since starting our Songs of the Week posts, we've slowly increased from having five songs, then six songs, then seven songs, then eight songs, and then for the last couple of weeks, nine songs. We think it's time to just settle on an even Top 10.  More

Sep 13, 2017

Destroyer (the project of Dan Bejar) is releasing a new album, ken, on October 20 via Merge. Previously he shared a lyric video for its first single, "Sky's Grey" (which was one of our Songs of the Week). Now he has shared another song from the album, "Tinseltown Swimming In Blood," via a video. More

Eight Best Songs of the Week: The Horrors, Destroyer, The National, Moses Sumney, and More

Plus Cut Copy, Marlon Williams, EMA, Liam Gallagher, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Aug 11, 2017

This week we're either on the brink of war with North Korea or not really that close, depending on which cable TV talking head you listen to and how much you trust President Trump to keep his cool (oh, oh, we're in trouble then). So while we are still clear of the nuclear blast zone (for now), let's soak up the past week's best new tunes. More

Aug 08, 2017

Destroyer (the project of Dan Bejar) have announced a new album, ken, and shared a lyric video for its first single, "Sky's Grey." Ken is due out October 20 via Merge.  More

Destroyer Announces “My Mystery” 12-inch, Shares Video

"My Mystery" b/w "My Mystery (DJ (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) remix)" Out May 6 via Merge Records.

Mar 31, 2016

Today Destroyer (aka Dan Bejar) announced the May 6th digital and limited-edition vinyl release of "My Mystery" b/w "My Mystery (DJ (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) remix)." He also share the video for the remix. More

Nov 23, 2015

Last weekend, Utrecht, Netherlands hosted Le Guess Who? Festival. More

Watch: Destroyer - “Times Square” Video

Poison Season Out Tomorrow via Merge

Aug 27, 2015

Destroyer (aka Dan Bejar) is releasing his new album, Poison Season, tomorrow (August 28) on Merge in the U.S. (and via Dead Oceans in Europe). Previously we had heard Poison Season tracks "Dream Lover," "Girl in a Sling" (via its video), and "Times Square."  More

Stream the Full New Album by Destroyer, “Poison Season”

Poison Season Out August 28 via Merge, Tour Dates Announced

Aug 20, 2015

Destroyer (aka Dan Bejar) is releasing his new album, Poison Season, next Friday (August 28) on Merge in the U.S. (and via Dead Oceans in Europe).  More

Listen: Destroyer – “Times Square”

Poison Season Out August 28 via Merge

Aug 12, 2015

Destroyer (aka Dan Bejar) has shared "Times Square." The song is taken from his forthcoming new album, Poison Season, due out August 28 on Merge in the U.S. (and via Dead Oceans in Europe).   More

Under the Radar Announces August/September Issue with CHVRCHES on the Cover

Issue 54 Also Includes Interviews with New Order, Garbage, Foals, Beirut, Jesse Eisenberg, Low, FFS, Destroyer, Wolf Alice, Tamaryn, the Casts of Fear the Walking Dead and Wet Hot American Summer, and More

Aug 07, 2015

Under the Radar is excited to announce the full details of the August/September 2015 issue, which is available digitally now (via Under the Radar's app and the magazine apps Zinio, Readly, and Readbug), has shipped out to subscribers and stores and will be on all newsstands soon. It features CHVRCHES on the cover. Garbage's Shirley Manson discusses the 20th anniversary of the band's self-titled debut album. We talk to the creators and various cast members of Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp. Star Cliff Curtis and producer Gale Anne Hurd talk about The Walking Dead companion series Fear the Walking Dead. The issue also includes interviews with Beach House, New Order, Foals, Beirut, Jesse Eisenberg, Low, FFS, Destroyer, Wolf Alice, Tamaryn, Telekinesis, Ducktails, DRINKS, Briana Marela, LA Priest, Jaakko Eino KaleviChelsea Wolfe, and more.  More

Watch: Destroyer - “Girl in a Sling” Video

Poison Season Out August 28 via Merge, Tour Dates Announced

Jul 08, 2015

Destroyer (aka Dan Bejar) has shared a video for "Girl in a Sling." The song is taken from his forthcoming new album, Poison Season, due out August 28 on Merge in the U.S. (and via Dead Oceans in Europe). More

May 26, 2015

On November 19-22, Utrecht, Netherlands will once again host Le Guess Who? FestivalMore

May 21, 2015

Destroyer, aka Dan Bejar, has announced the release of his newest album Poison Season, his first full-length work since 2011's KaputtMore

Merge Announces The Merge 25 Festival Lineup

Neutral Milk Hotel, Destroyer, Lambchop, And More

Mar 20, 2014

Merge is turning 25 this year. More

Nov 25, 2013

The sixth annual Le Guess Who? festival kicks off November 28 in Utrecht, Netherlands. With shows scattered in venues around the city, it’s an ideal way to take in the Netherlands while experiencing music from across the world and genre spectrum. (Sweaty festival tents—who needs ‘em?)

Nov 05, 2013

Later this month Destroyer, a.k.a. Daniel Bejar, will release a new EP of material called Five Spanish Songs. More

Sep 12, 2013

Lounge king Destroyer (Dan Bejar) is following up his 2011 full length Kaputt with an EP called Five Spanish Songs. More

Mar 05, 2012

Merge Records have a slew of Record Store Day releases planned. Translation: get your butt down to your local brick and mortar shop on April 21 to check out exclusives from Arcade Fire, M. Ward, Destroyer and more.  More

Feb 28, 2012

Destroyer has announced a lengthy tour throughout the U.S. and Canada in support of the band's latest LP Kaputt. More

Jan 03, 2012

MOJO magazine recently commissioned musicians to cover landmark 1983 New Order album Power, Corruption & LiesMore

Aug 31, 2011

Destroyer has unveiled a RPM-pushing video for the track "Savage Night at the Opera."  More

Primal Scream to Play “Screamadelica” at Poland’s Off Festival

Glasser, Ariel Pink, Destroyer Junior Boys, Liars, and Warpaint Also to Perform

Apr 07, 2011

Looking for a musical get away this summer? Scheduled August 5-7 Katowice Poland’s Off Festival (which we can attest is an fun event), recently released their line-up.  More

Feb 23, 2011

Last night, Bradford Cox and his Deerhunter cohorts made an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman, playing the track "Memory Boy" from their widely acclaimed album Halcyon DigestMore

Under the Radar Announces Winter 2011 Issue and Death Cab for Cutie Cover

Issue Includes Interviews with R.E.M., Bright Eyes, The Decemberists, Cut Copy, Jens Lekman, Okkervil River, Panda Bear, Lykke Li, Iron and Wine, Elbow, Duran Duran, Destroyer, and more

Feb 11, 2011

Under the Radar’s Winter 2011 issue is about to hit stands. The cover features Death Cab for Cutie, who gave writer Matt Fink insight into the band’s forthcoming album, Codes and Keys (due out in May). The issue also includes interviews with Bright EyesBritish Sea PowerThe DearsThe DecemberistsDestroyerThe DodosDuran Duran,ElbowIron and WineLykke LiR.E.M.TelekinesisToro Y MoiThe AntlersThe Big PinkCymbals Eat GuitarsEdward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Jens LekmanOkkervil RiverPanda BearVivian GirlsAnna CalviPorcelain Raft, Smith Westerns, Yuck, and more.


Destroyer Streams New Album

Goes Kaputt January 25

Jan 18, 2011

Got a hankering for something smooth? Why not try Destroyer’s new album, Kaputt on for size? The album is now streaming.  More

Destroyer Gets Weird in New Video

“Kaputt” Goes Your Sanity

Jan 06, 2011

Destroyer gets weird in new video for single “Kaputt” (from the forthcoming album of the same name). We have the clip.  More

Destroyer Unleashes First Taste of New Album

This Is “Chinatown”…in MP3

Nov 23, 2010

Today, Destroyer released a tantalizing track from forthcoming ninth album. Kaputt! (January 25 via Merge). We have the download.  More

Kaputt! A New Destroyer Album

Due Out January 25th on Merge

Oct 15, 2010

Destroyer, helmed by Dan Bejar, is set to release their ninth album Kaputt, out January 25th via Merge.  More

Destroyer Albums Reissued

City of Daughters and Thief Will Be Available on CD; Streethawk Seduction on CD/vinyl

Feb 26, 2010

Destroyer, the indie-rocker poet, New Pornographer and avant-garde musician Dan Bejar, has a rewarding and deep songbook. On April 20th, Merge will give new fans a chance fall in love with the Canadian artist's topsy-turvy wordplay through reissued and remastered versions of three of Bejar's early LPs. More

Broadcast, of Montreal, Atlas Sound to Play Fun Fun Fun Fest

Austin Festival in November Also Features Fuck Buttons, Destroyer, Yeasayer

Aug 26, 2009

The fourth annual Fun Fun Fun Fest (that's a whole lot of fun, but here at Under the Radar we prefer to have fun fun fun fun) will go down on November 7th and 8th at Waterloo Park in Austin, Texas. The fest's lineup has just been announced. Highlights include Broadcast, of Montreal, Atlas Sound, Fuck Buttons, Fucked Up, Yeasayer, Les Savy Fav, Crystal Castles, Mission of Burma, Ratatat, Why?, No Age, Destroyer, HEALTH, Jesus Lizard, and Shearwater. More

Merge Announces Initial Line-up for 20th Anniversary Festival

Merge XX to go down in North Carolina in July

Apr 08, 2009

In honor of their 20th anniversary, the seminal indie label Merge Records will be presenting a five-day festival in North Carolina entitled XX Merge. More


Destroyer on “ken”

Ringmaster in Repose

Dec 11, 2017

Since 1996, Dan Bejar has released a large number of albums, both with his solo project Destroyer and as part of The New Pornographers and Swan Lake. Still, the Vancouver-based singer/songwriter doesn't see his extensive output as some kind of superlative accomplishment, his matter of fact descriptions of the process implying that making music is hard-baked into his daily life. More


Learning to Try

Dec 09, 2015

Though he's not a man who is prone to overstatement, Dan Bejar says his whole career as a musician has been leading up to the release of his ninth Destroyer album, Poison Season. More

Sep 02, 2015

When Destroyer released Kaputt in 2011, Dan Bejar had no reason to expect that he had made a breakthrough album. Kaputt was a different kind of record for him—looser, more playful, more immediate than anything in his overflowing catalog.  More




Destroyer: ken (Merge)

Oct 20, 2017

Destroyer has always been an incongruous name, the music hardly conjuring up a blast of hard rock. That was Dan Bejar's point, but there's something constantly overwhelming about his music. Especially as he continues to experiment and add new tricks, Bejar has a knack of filling every pocket of air, which he does again on his 12th studio album, ken. More

Le Guess Who 2015 Day Three: Destroyer, Suuns and Jerusalem in My Heart and More

November 21st, 2015

Nov 26, 2015

It's Le Mini Who time!  More

Poison Season

Poison Season


Aug 25, 2015

Listeners never know what a new Destroyer album will sound like. Much of that is by design, of course-mastermind Dan Bejar is known to try to totally revamp the act's sound with each record. But from album to album, that uncertainty can grow frustrating, particularly in follow-ups to well-received and well-reviewed albums.  More

Le Guess Who? Day Four: Destroyer, Lonnie Holley, Damien Jurado, and Yo La Tengo

December 1st, 2013

Dec 05, 2013

You know how sometimes at a festival there’s an “off” day, where there just doesn’t seem to be any strong acts that you’re dying to see? Le Guess Who? doesn’t believe in lulls. The final day brought strong sets from DestroyerLonnie HolleyDamien Jurado, and Yo La Tengo. More

Five Spanish Songs EP

Five Spanish Songs EP


Nov 26, 2013

Dan Bejar shows a little love for an influence and takes a break from English with a handful of covers, deeming the English language "spent, despicable, not easily singable" and "good for business transactions, but that's about it." More

Destroyer at El Rey Theatre, Los Angeles, CA,

June 6th, 2012

Jun 08, 2012

Dan Bejar is the smoothest man in indie rock. Nine albums and a handful of EPs into his musical career as Destroyer (not to mention a side-gig as a member of “don’t call it a supergroup” New Pornographers), he combines some of the least cool aspects of folk, 1970s-style soft rock, and (in the case of his most recently release Kaputt) good ol’ fashioned lounge music into a disarmingly slick blend.   More

Coachella Recap Day 2: Radiohead, Andrew Bird, tUnE-yArDs, Destroyer and More

April 15th, 2012

Apr 17, 2012

The strongest line-up of the three-day set, Saturday’s highlights included: Andrew BirdDestroyerBon Iver, and some band called Radiohead





Jan 31, 2011

Destroyer frontman Dan Bejar sings "I write poetry for myself" during Kaputt's "Blue Eyes," and it reads like a modus operandi for his adventurous will over the past decade. The track's New Wave-y, rainy day disco and smooth jazz filigrees speck many of the songs on Bejar's latest musical wonder. More