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8 Best Songs of the Week: HAIM, Baxter Dury, Soccer Mommy, Destroyer, and More

Plus Girl Ray, Field Music, Max Bloom, SASAMI, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Nov 22, 2019

Welcome to another Songs of the Week. There were quite a few notable cover songs released this week, including some of the Christmas variety, but not as many strong originals as the last couple of weeks. Hence we are down to a Top 8 instead of our preferred Top 10. More

Nov 22, 2019

North London trio Girl Ray have released a new album, Girl, today via Moshi Moshi. Now that the album is out, you can stream the whole thing below. Also on Wednesday we posted our My Firsts interview with the band and you can read that here. Also below are their upcoming tour dates. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Nick Cave, Anna Meredith, Kim Gordon, FKA twigs, and More

Plus Corridor, Michael Stipe, Caribou, Girl Ray, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Oct 11, 2019

Welcome to another Songs of the WeekLast week we covered two week's worth of songs, but this week we're back to our regular coverage. Although there are a heck of a lot of honorable mentions this week. More

Girl Ray Share Video for New Song “Girl”

Girl Due Out November 8 via Moshi Moshi

Oct 08, 2019

North London trio Girl Ray are releasing a new album, Girl, on November 8 via Moshi Moshi. Now they have shared its title track, "Girl," via a video for the song. Crusoe Weston directed the video, which features the trio driving to the beach.  More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Angel Olsen, HAIM, Elbow, Sleater-Kinney, and More

Plus Blanck Mass, Cross Record, Girl Ray, Bodywash, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Aug 02, 2019

Welcome to another Songs of the Week. As soon as this week's #1 song was shared on Tuesday morning we knew it would be the song to beat this week and it easily held off all challengers. Although, there were strong showings at #2 and #3 too. More

Jul 31, 2019

North London trio Girl Ray have announced a new album, Girl, and shared a video for its first single, "Show Me More." Girl is due out November 8 via Moshi Moshi. They've also announced some UK tour dates. Watch the "Show Me More" video below, followed by the album's tracklist and cover art, as well as the tour dates. More

Feb 27, 2018

Girl Ray are a promising new trio from North London featuring Poppy Hankin (guitar/vocals), Iris McConnell (drums), and Sophie Moss (bass). After putting out a series of great singles, the band released their debut album, the cleverly titled Earl Grey, last August via Moshi Moshi (it was our Album of the Week and #3 on our Top 15 Debut Albums of 2017 list.). Now they have shared another new song, "The Way We Came Back," via a video.  More

SXSW Music 2018 Announces 570 More Artists

Low, Ought, Gaz Coombes, Girl Ray, Sunflower Bean, U.S. Girls, Hinds, and More Added to the List

Jan 10, 2018

SXSW (aka South By Southwest), the annual conference/festival in Austin, Texas, previously announced the first round of 2018 musical performers, as well as the second round. Now they have announced the third round of artists to be performing during the music portion (there's also film and interactive portions) in 2018 and it's a long list featuring 570 artists! More

Under the Radar’s Top 15 Debut Albums of 2017

Our Favorite First Full-Lengths From the Last Year

Dec 31, 2017

The majority of 2017's best debut albums came from female artists or bands fronted by women, from London-based all-female indie-pop teenaged trio Girl Ray and Syria-born singer/songwriter Bedouine (aka Azniv Korkejian) to Australian indie rocker Alex Lahey and New Zealand bedroom pop artist Fazerdaze (aka Amelia Murray). Midnight Sister, Priests, and Charly Bliss are all female-fronted bands as well, on top of other women solo artists on our Top 15 Debut Albums of 2017 listMore

Dec 11, 2017

Girl Ray are a promising new British trio. Poppy Hankin (guitar/vocals), Iris McConnell (drums), and Sophie Moss (bass) are all 19 years old and from North London (although perhaps some of its members might be 20 by now for all we know). Last month they shared a new Christmas song, "(I Wish I Were Giving You a Gift) This Christmas," which was released as a 7-inch last Friday via Moshi Moshi. Now the song has a video. More

Nov 21, 2017

Girl Ray are a promising new British trio. Poppy Hankin (guitar/vocals), Iris McConnell (drums), and Sophie Moss (bass) are all 19 years old and from North London. Now they have shared a new Christmas song, "(I Wish I Were Giving You a Gift) This Christmas." More

Aug 22, 2017

Girl Ray are a promising new British trio. Poppy Hankin (guitar/vocals), Iris McConnell (drums), and Sophie Moss (bass) are all 19 years old and from North London. Now they have shared a video for "Don't Go Back at Ten." In it they parody R&B videos from the early 2000s, with the band and friends clowning around in front of a green screen in hoodies and cowgirl outfits. More

Album of the Week: Girl Ray

Earl Grey Out Now via Moshi Moshi

Aug 04, 2017

Londoners Poppy Hankin, Iris McConnell, and Sophie Moss were 16 years old when they formed Girl Ray and recorded their first single, "Trouble." They're still just 19. Being a teenager is about feeling every emotion right down to the core and crowding round your friends to sink into these feelings with every might, because who knows? They might just consume you. More

Under the Radar Announces Summer 2017 Issue with Grizzly Bear on the Cover

Issue 61 Also Includes Interviews with The War on Drugs, The National, Broken Social Scene, Slowdive vs. Ariel Pink, Phoenix, Beach House, and Much More

Jul 18, 2017

Under the Radar is excited to announce the full details of our Summer 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 Grizzly Bear on the cover. More

Nine Best Songs of the Week: St. Vincent, Midnight Sister, Broken Social Scene, and More

Plus The National, Temples, Widowspeak, Deerhoof, Girl Ray, EMA, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Jun 30, 2017

Despite leading up to a long holiday weekend, it was a packed week for great new songs. Quite a few notable artists shared new songs this week, including Arcade Fire, St. Vincent, The National, Liam Gallagher, Neil Young, Mogwai, Weezer, Broken Social Scene, Toro Y Moi, and more. More

Listen: Girl Ray - “Don’t Go Back at Ten”

Earl Grey Due Out August 4 via Moshi Moshi

Jun 28, 2017

Girl Ray are a promising new British trio. Poppy Hankin (guitar/vocals), Iris McConnell (drums), and Sophie Moss (bass) are all 19 years old and from North London.  More


Interviews

My Firsts: Girl Ray

Falling Up the Escalator

Nov 20, 2019

My Firsts is our email interview series where we ask musicians to tell us about their first life experiences, be it early childhood ones (first word, first concert, etc.) or their first tastes of being a musician (first band, first tour, etc.). For this My Firsts we talk to all three members of Girl Ray: Poppy Hankin, Sophie Moss, and Iris McConnell. More

Girl Ray

English Breakfast

Sep 13, 2017

At the heart of North London trio Girl Ray is a massive love for puns. From their debut album title Earl Grey to the band name itself, Girl Ray, Poppy Hankin, Iris McConnell, and Sophie Moss are amused by a good play on words.  More


Reviews

Girl

Girl

Moshi Moshi

Nov 29, 2019

There was a time when any attempt by an indie band to "pivot to pop" would be viewed with deep suspicion and no small amount of cynicism. But since the advent of streaming services and social media music has become a far less tribal affair with people much more open and willing to embrace a wide variety of genres. More

Earl Grey

Earl Grey

Moshi Moshi

Jul 31, 2017

There's something rather pleasing about an album called Earl Grey from a band named Girl Ray. The debut from the North London trio of Poppy Hankin, Iris McConnell, and Sophie Moss is also pleasing, though not quite memorable enough to stay the course. More