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7 Best Songs of the Week: Marlon Williams, Chromeo, Morrissey, Superchunk, and More

Plus Elbow, Widowspeak, Mavis Staples, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Nov 10, 2017

We haven't done a Songs of the Week post for a few weeks, due to various factors, but now we're back. This week we've got the first singles from the upcoming new albums by Marlon WilliamsChromeo, and Superchunk, as well as two covers (Widowspeak covering Neil Young and Elbow taking on The Beatles). More

Elbow Announce Best Of Album, Share Cover of The Beatles’ “Golden Slumbers” from Christmas Ad

The Best Of Due Out November 24, Watch Michel Gondry-Directed John Lewis Christmas Ad

Nov 10, 2017

Elbow released a new album (their seventh), Little Fictions, back in February via Concord. Now the band have announced a new best of compilation, fittingly titled The Best Of, and shared its bonus track, a cover of The Beatles' "Golden Slumbers" (from Abbey Road). More

Sep 18, 2017

Elbow released a new album (their seventh), Little Fictions, back in February via Concord. A couple of weeks ago the band shared a new version of Little Fictions' closing track "Kindling." Renamed "Kindling (Fickle Flame)," this version is redone as a duet with John Grant. Now a video for the new version has been shared. More

Nine Best Songs of the Week: St. Vincent, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Rostam, Elbow + John Grant, and More

Plus Benjamin Clementine, Moses Sumney, Weyes Blood, Margo Price, Alvvays, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Sep 08, 2017

Of late we've been presenting the eight best songs of the week, but last week we expanded it to a Top 9 because there were so many strong choices. This week we kept it as nine, but because we had trouble narrowing the list down in a week of solid new songs, but few obvious standouts.  More

Sep 08, 2017

Elbow released a new album (their seventh), Little Fictions, back in February via Concord. This week the band shared a new version of Little Fictions' closing track "Kindling." Renamed "Kindling (Fickle Flame)," this version is redone as a duet with John GrantMore

Jun 16, 2017

Elbow released a new album (their seventh), Little Fictions, back in February via Concord. Now the band has shared a video for "All Disco." Austin Humphries directed the clip, which features interviews with British music fans conducted during this year's Record Store Day.  More

Elbow Expand U.S. November Tour Dates

Little Fictions Out Now via Concord

Apr 26, 2017

Elbow released a new album (their seventh), Little Fictions, back in February via Concord. The band had previously announced some U.S. tour dates, but now they have added an extra one in Philadelphia and due to demand they've moved their New York show from Webster Hall to Terminal 5.  More

Under the Radar Announces Spring 2017 Issue with Father John Misty on the Cover

Issue 60 Also Includes Interviews with alt-J, Grandaddy, Jarvis Cocker, Mount Eerie, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Perfume Genius, Slowdive, Little Dragon, London Grammar, Mew, Real Estate, Goldfrapp, The New Pornographers and Much More

Apr 07, 2017

Under the Radar is excited to announce the full details of our Spring 2017 Issue, which is out now digitally via Under the Radar's app and the magazine app Readly. The print version is about to ship out to subscribers and stores and will be on all newsstands soon (as well as available soon digitally via the magazine apps Zinio and Readly). More

Under the Radar’s 15th Anniversary: Elbow’s “Asleep in the Back”

Celebrating Under the Radar's 15th Anniversary and the Best Albums of 2001

Feb 06, 2017

Under the Radar's very first print issue came out in December 2001. In honor of our 15th Anniversary some of our writers are reflecting on some of their favorite albums from 2001.  More

Feb 03, 2017

Here we highlight five albums due out today that we feel are most worth hearing. There's also a longer list of albums released in the last month that are also worth checking out. We have also included Amazon links for each album.  More

Jan 27, 2017

Elbow are releasing a new album (their seventh), Little Fictions, on February 3, 2017 via Concord. Previously the British band shared its beautiful first single, "Magnificent (She Says)," as well as an equally stirring video for the song, and the song "All Disco." More

Jan 05, 2017

Elbow are releasing a new album (their seventh), Little Fictions, on February 3, 2017 via Concord. Previously the British band shared its beautiful first single, "Magnificent (She Says)," as well as an equally stirring video for the song. More

Watch: Elbow - “Magnificent (She Says)” Video

Little Fictions Due Out February 3, 2017 via Concord

Dec 15, 2016

Elbow are releasing a new album (their seventh), Little Fictions, on February 3, 2017 via Concord. Now the previously shared beautiful first single, "Magnificent (She Says)," has an equally stirring video.  More

Elbow Confirm New Album Details and Share New Song, “Magnificent (She Says)”

Little Fictions Due Out February 3, 2017 via Concord

Dec 06, 2016

Back in October Elbow announced a new album (their seventh) and some tour dates. Very little info on the album was revealed beyond the release date of February 3, 2017, but now the album's title (Little Fictions), cover art, and tracklist have all been revealed. The band have also released the album's first single, "Magnificent (She Says)."   More

Elbow Announce New Album and Tour Dates

First Album Without Drummer Richard Jupp Due Out February 3, 2017

Oct 03, 2016

Elbow have announced a new album (their seventh) and some tour dates. Very little info on the album has been revealed beyond the release date of February 3, 2017, but we do know that it will be the Manchester, England band's first album without drummer and founding member Richard Jupp, who left the band earlier this year to focus on other creative projects, including his drum school. More

Watch: Guy Garvey (of Elbow) - “Angela’s Eyes” Video

Courting the Squall Due Out October 30 in the U.K., Next Spring in the U.S.

Sep 29, 2015

Elbow frontman Guy Garvey recently announced his debut solo album, Courting the Squall. We've already heard the album's first single, "Angela's Eyes," and now the song has a video. It features Garvey and his backing band performing the song in a lounge while a woman (perhaps Angela) half-watches while also doing a crossword. More

Listen: Guy Garvey (of Elbow) - “Angela’s Eyes”

Courting the Squall Due Out October 30 in the U.K., Next Spring in the U.S.

Sep 18, 2015

Elbow frontman Guy Garvey formally announced his debut solo album, Courting the Squall, on Wednesday. The first single was announced as "Angela's Eyes" and was played on BBC Radio 6 Music, but there was no easy way for U.S. listeners to hear the song. Now it has surfaced on YouTube (stream below) and can also be listened to on Spotify hereMore

Sep 16, 2015

Back in August Elbow frontman Guy Garvey gave an interview with the British radio station XFM and said that he'd just put the finishing touches on a new solo album and that it was due for release in October. Now Garvey has announced on his official Facebook page that the album is titled Courting the Squall and is due out October 30 in the U.K. More

Aug 06, 2015

Elbow may have released their The Take Off and Landing of Everything full-length album last year, and just released a new four-song EP entitled Lost Worker Bee, but the band is still keeping busy with other projects.  More

Watch: Elbow - “Lost Worker Bee” Video

Lost Worker Bee EP Out Today in the U.K. and July 31 in U.S.

Jul 24, 2015

Elbow may have released their The Take Off and Landing of Everything full-length album last year, but they already have a new four-song EP entitled Lost Worker Bee. More

Listen: Elbow - “What Time Do You Call This”

Featured on Man Up Soundtrack

Apr 27, 2015

Elbow have premiered a brand new stand-alone song titled, "What Time Do You Call This," which is featured on the soundtrack of the upcoming Ben Palmer romantic comedy, Man Up. More

Feb 25, 2015

Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead, Robert Del Naja of Massive Attack, and Guy Garvey from Elbow can all be found contributing to the soundtrack for The UK Gold, a feature-length documentary about the history of tax evasion in Great Britain. More

Nov 17, 2014

In an effort to battle the ongoing outbreak of Ebola, numerous musical artists have contributed to a brand new rendition of the classic charity single "Do They Know It's Christmas?" for Band Aid 30. More

Watch: Elbow – “Charge” Video

The Take Off And Landing of Everything Is Out Now on Concord

Nov 03, 2014

Elbow’s new video for “Change” is a documentary-style look at motorcycle racing. More

Apr 25, 2014

Recently releasing their sixth studio album The Take Off and Landing of EverythingElbow have premiered a adorably sweet music video for their single "My Sad Captains." More

Apr 16, 2014

Last night, Elbow performed at the O2 Arena in London, England. We sent Helen Boast over to cover the action. More

Mar 21, 2014

According to Guy Garvey, Elbow's new record includes "wide-eyed, youthful, optimistic celebrations of travel." Not for nothing is the album titled The Take Off and Landing of Everything. More

Mar 03, 2014

For those of us in the states that are unable to experience Elbow's newest album The Take Off and Landing of Everything in one of the many pubs around the UK, the veteran band has announced that the LP has been made available to purchase a full a week ahead of its scheduled release on iTunes. More

New Elbow Album to Get Previewed in UK Pubs

The Take Off And Landing Of Everything Due Out March 11

Feb 28, 2014

With the anticipated release of their newest album The Take Off And Landing Of Everything on March 11, Elbow has revealed a rather clever means of previewing the album before it hits store shelves. More

Elbow Announce North American Tour

New Album The Take Off And Landing Of Everything Due Out March 11

Feb 11, 2014

Elbow have announced plans for a new tour through North America. More

Jan 27, 2014

On March 11 Elbow will release their latest studio album The Take Off And Landing Of Everything. More

Watch: Elbow - “Fly Boy Blue / Lunette” Video

New Album The Take Off And Landing Of Everything Due Out March 11

Jan 15, 2014

On March 11, Elbow will release their sixth studio album, The Take Off And Landing Of Everything, the follow up to 2011’s build a rocket boys!. More

Elbow Announce Sixth Studio Album

Coming March 10, 2014

Sep 30, 2013

Elbow have announced details of their forthcoming sixth studio album, due out in 2014. More

Elbow To Release Catalog Box Set

Featuring Vinyl Editions Previously Out of Print

Oct 08, 2012

Recently releasing their B-side compilation Dead in the Boots last month, Elbow have announced that they will be issuing a limited edition box set of their existing catalog. More

Aug 29, 2012

This week Elbow released a new B-side compilation entitled Dead In the Boots. More

Jul 19, 2012

On August 27, Elbow will release Dead in the Boot, b-side album featuring 13 cuts from their 15-year career.  More

Mar 23, 2012

UK Olympiads Elbow have announced that they will be throwing their respective hat in the ring of current Record Store Day exclusives by releasing a one-sided 7'' of the fan-favorite single "McGreggor." 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

Oct 27, 2011

Tonight Elbow is playing a gig in their hometown Manchester, England. 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

Oct 03, 2011

Check out photos of Elbow at The Greek Theater in Los Angeles on October 1, 2011, supported by DeVotchKa. Click here to view the full gallery. More

Photos from Austin City Limits 2011 Day Two including Arcade Fire, Elbow, and Fleet Foxes

Plus Empire of the Sun, Broken Social Scene, The Head and the Heart Plus More.

Sep 21, 2011

Check out photos from Day Three of ACL Music Festival 2011 in Austin, TX including Arcade Fire, Fleet Foxes, Elbow, Dale Earnhart Jr. Jr. Empire of the Sun, and more. More

Watch: Video Interviews and Performances From The Mercury Prize Ceremony

Including Under the Radar Favorites Everything Everything, James Blake, and Elbow

Sep 07, 2011

Yesterday PJ Harvey took the Mercury Prize for Let England Shake. It was a tough race, given the high number of Under the Radar friendly artists. While Harvey’s off celebrating her well-deserved win, we have videos from the ceremony, including interviews and performances from Anna Calvi, Elbow, Everything Everything, and James BlakeMore

Jul 19, 2011

Today the 2011 Barclaycard Mercury Prize shortlist was announced. We have the full list.  More

Elbow Announce North American Tour

In Support of build a rocket boys!

Jun 13, 2011

In support of their critical and commercial success, build a rocket boys!, Elbow are coming back to the U.S. this fall. We have the details about their tour. More

Apr 22, 2011

While backstage at the 2011 Coachella Music and Arts Festival, Under the Radar's publisher/senior editor Mark Redfern conducted video interviews with some of the fest's most noteworthy bands. Under the Radar caught up with British indie rockers Elbow—who's newest album build a rocket boys! is available now—and waxed festivals and desert birdwatching.  More

Coachella 2011 Day 2 Recap: Arcade Fire, Elbow, Two Door Cinema Club, The New Pornographers, Wire

Plus The London Suede, Freelance Whales, Gogol Bordello and Trampled by Turtles

Apr 17, 2011

Day two of Coachella continued day one's comfort. Whatever advanced security they've implemented--or at least perhaps scalpers buying up lots of tickets that ultimately weren't used--has helped make this year a comfortable festival again. There's room to move around and enjoy just about every band. Even stranger, some bands that are legendary are experiencing small turnout. The only band that really drew a massive crowd was the Arcade FireMore

Watch: Elbow “Open Arms”

A Sad Cartoon World

Apr 13, 2011

Today, Elbow released an old-school animated video for build a rocket boys! cut, “Open Arms.”  We have the clip.  More

Feb 18, 2011

After several months of build up, Elbow has finally announced the U.S. release date for fifth full-length build a rocket boys!  We have the details.  More

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.

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Watch: Elbow In-Studio Performance of “Lippy Kids”

Tracklist for Upcoming Album Also Released.

Jan 04, 2011

Elbow gets down in the studio to new track "Lippy Kids." We have the video. More

Elbow to Build a Rocket

New Album Due March 7

Dec 22, 2010

On March, 7, 2011, the band will try again for gradeur with new album Build a Rocket Boys!  More

Elbow to Re-Release Classic Album “Asleep in the Back” in the U.K., October 26th

Expanded Album Includes a Bonus EP, Live Tracks, and DVD

Oct 01, 2009

U.K. fans take note: Mercury Prize winning band Elbow is set to re-release their debut album Asleep In the Back. Featuring a bonus disc with enough extras to make us North American fans green with envy, the expanded Asleep in the Back includes the band’s Noisebox EP, cuts from their Radio One Steve Lamacq session, and a DVD. We have the tracklisting in full. More

Jul 23, 2009

Manchester, England's Elbow played a show at The Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles, CA Wednesday night. We sent photographer Wendy Lynch Redfern down to capture the action. Check out the full gallery of photos from the Wiltern show here. Elbow were supported by Los Angeles' Mellowdrown and Jesca Hoop. More

Elbow Announces North American Tour Dates

“Seldom Seen” Band to Open For Coldplay and to Headline Select Dates

May 13, 2009

Elbow is set to tour North America, opening for Coldplay in addtion to a handful of headlining dates. More


Interviews

Elbow

Boldly Truthful

Jul 11, 2017

Guy Garvey and his Manchester, England band Elbow may have called their joyous new album Little Fictions, but in conversation the singer is instead frank, forthright, and boldly truthful. More

Elbow - Guy Garvey on “Little Fictions”

Boldly Truthful (The Full Q&A)

Mar 24, 2017

Guy Garvey and his band Elbow may have called their joyous new album Little Fictionsbut in conversation the British alt-rocker is instead frank, forthright, and boldly truthful.  More

The End: Guy Garvey of Elbow on Endings and Death

"I want to die just before the punchline of a really, really long anecdote."

Apr 08, 2016

To end out the week, we ask Guy Garvey some questions about endings and death. The Manchester, England-based singer/songwriter/guitarist is best known as the frontman for Elbow, who have released six albums, from 2001's Asleep in the Back to 2014's The Take Off and Landing of EverythingMore

Elbow

Journeying Through Life's Changes

Apr 28, 2014

"I had a life-affirming bus journey last week," says Elbow singer Guy Garvey during a phone call from New York. "I'd gotten the ferry over from Brooklyn. I didn't have change for the machine. More

Mar 21, 2014

According to Guy Garvey, Elbow's new record includes "wide-eyed, youthful, optimistic celebrations of travel." Not for nothing is the album titled The Take Off and Landing of Everything. More

Elbow: Backstage at Coachella

Video Interview with Elbow at Coachella 2011

Apr 22, 2011

While backstage at the 2011 Coachella Music and Arts Festival, Under the Radar's publisher/senior editor Mark Redfern conducted video interviews with some of the fest's most noteworthy bands. Under the Radar caught up with British indie rockers Elbow—who's newest album build a rocket boys! is available now—and waxed festivals and desert birdwatching.  More

Elbow

Blast off with a 'Rocket'

Mar 12, 2011

Late last year, Elbow's Guy Garvey narrated a BBC radio documentary about his hometown titled The Rainy City. As Garvey explains, it's "about Manchester's weather and the influence it may have had on the culture, industry, and the art that's come out of this city." More

Elbow

Weathering the Storm

Jun 01, 2008

Given all the obstacles Elbow has faced over the past three years, it’s quite an accomplishment that the veteran Manchester, England, quintet were able to write an album at all, let alone one that is arguably the best of their decade-long career. The sinking of their long-time record label, V2, and ensuing legal battles left Elbow doubting the fate of their fourth album and contemplating getting day jobs in order to survive. More


Reviews

Little Fictions

Little Fictions

Concord

Jan 30, 2017

Guy Garvey and his bandmates in Elbow are, at this point, the U.K.'s most consistent elder statesmen of "old-school" alt-rock. Their seventh studio full-length album, Little Fictions, somehow manages to imbue the elegant, refined beauty of their oeuvre with new flavor and creativity even while giving fans exactly what they have come to expect from Elbow over the years.  More

Lost Worker Bee EP

Lost Worker Bee EP

Conchord

Aug 26, 2015

The Lost Worker Bee EP comes across as the sound of Elbow taking stock of their improbable (though highly deserved) ascent from U.K. indie also-rans to stadium-headlining behemoths, delving into new textures and ideas, yet still recalling the sort of subtle wonderment that made their early records so rich and rewarding. More

Elbow live at the Wiltern Theater, Los Angeles, CA

May 28th, 2014

May 29, 2014

“Charge,” the first song of Elbow’s concert, is aptly titled. The British band storms the audience with startling vigor, urged on by Richard Jupp kicking his bass drum with the force of a Clydesdale. Midway through the new track, a pair of female violinists seated at the rear of the stage swoop in. Their dramatic musical squall increases the barometric pressure inside the room. The audience somehow finds its breath for a loud cheer.

The Take Off and Landing of Everything

The Take Off and Landing of Everything

Concord

Apr 30, 2014

It's been 13 years since the release of Elbow's debut album, Asleep in the Back, and the Mancunian outfit's track record of understated success is long established.  More

Elbow at The Greek Theater, Los Angeles, CA

October 1st, 2011

Oct 02, 2011

I’d like to nominate Elbow’s Guy Garvey as the most charming man in rock. Really. How many artists do you honestly believe when they thank you for coming? When they ask an audience how they’re doing? Or call a stadium full of people “friends?” Chalk it up to waiting ten years to release their first record. Chalk it up to his being the kind of personality that thrives in the spotlight. Or…chalk it up to the fact that Elbow happens to be a band of gentlemen in the truest sense of the word. Your choice. More

Coachella 2011 Day Two Report – Arcade Fire, Suede, Mumford & Sons, and Elbow

Apr 18, 2011

Day two of Coachella 2011 offered few surprises, but plenty of solid sets, including two British bands—one reunited '90s legends back for another try, and the other a star-making main stage performance from a band still on their debut album. More

build a rocket boys!

build a rocket boys!

Fiction

Apr 12, 2011

How does one follow up a Mercury Prize-winning album? By dropping the capitals from your album title, the up-tempo rockers from your tracklist, and the angst from your life. More