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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

Girls Names Share “Reticence” Video, Announce Tour Dates

Arms Around a Vision Out Now via Tough Love

Nov 30, 2015

Irish post-punk band Girls Names released their third album, Arms Around a Vision, back in October via Tough Love. Now they have shared a video for "Reticence" and announced some 2016 tour dates, including a stop at SXSW. Matthew Reed directed the clip, which a press release says "explores the contrast between human form and machinery. 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

Under the Radar Announces November/December Issue with EL VY on the Cover

Issue 55 Also Includes Interviews with Julia Holter, Kurt Vile, Neon Indian, Martin Courtney, The Dears, John Grant, Bruce Campbell on Ash vs Evil Dead, the Cast of Back to the Future, and More

Nov 13, 2015

Under the Radar is excited to announce the full details of the November/December 2015 issue, which is available digitally now (via the magazine apps Zinio and Readly), has shipped out to subscribers and stores and will be on all newsstands soon. It will also soon be available digitally via Under the Radar's app, as well as Readbug and Kindle. The issue features EL VY (Matt Berninger of The National and Brent Knopf of Menomena and Ramona Falls) on the cover.  More

Stream the New Album by Girls Names, “Arms Around a Vision,” in Full

Arms Around a Vision Due Out This Friday via Tough Love

Sep 30, 2015

Irish post-punk band Girls Names will be releasing their third album, Arms Around a Vision, this Friday (October 2) via Tough Love. Now you can stream the whole album. Listen to it below via Noisey, who premiered it. More

Listen: Girls Names - “A Hunger Artist”

Arms Around a Vision Due Out October 2 via Tough Love

Jul 07, 2015

Irish post-punk band Girls Names will be releasing their third album Arms Around a Vision on October 2 via Tough Love. That's quite a long ways away, but now the Belfast band has released another song from the record, the fantastic near-six-minute long "A Hunger Artist." More

Listen: Girls Names - “Zero Triptych”

Limited edition 12" Out May 11

Mar 26, 2015

Irish four-piece Girls Names have returned with the first piece of new music since their 2013 EP The Next Life. More

Watch: Girls Names – “The Next Life” Video

The Next Life EP Due Out 10/29

Oct 22, 2013

On October 29, Girls Names will release a new EP called The Next Life. Here’s the video for the title cut. More

Sep 26, 2013

Next month, Girls Names will release their new EP The Next Life. (That’s the David Bowie-cribbing artwork above.)  More

May 09, 2013

Releasing their sophomore LP The New Life earlier this spring Belfast-based four-piece Girls Names have premiered a new music video for their latest single "Hypnotic Regression." More

Premiere: Girls Names Mixtape

Set to Play the Third of Under the Radar’s Three Free SXSW Parties

Mar 13, 2013

Ahead of our three SXSW day parties, we asked a few of the bands performing to participate in our mixtape project. Today’s entry is from Girls NamesMore

Girls Names – Under the Radar’s SXSW Party Spotlight

Set to Play Under the Radar's Third SXSW 2013 Party, Friday, March 15 at Flamingo Cantina

Mar 12, 2013

On March 15 Under the Radar will host the third of three free SXSW day parties. Leading up to the event we're letting you know about each artist playing. Today we're spotlighting Girls Names More

Under the Radar Announces Three SXSW Day Parties Featuring Surfer Blood, DIIV, Small Black, and more

Also Performing: Shout Out Louds, Foxygen, Marnie Stern, Doldrums, Caveman, Young Galaxy, Girls Names, IO Echo, Mister Lies, Young Dreams, and more

Mar 06, 2013

Under the Radar magazine is excited to reveal the full lineups, poster, and set times for its three SXSW 2013 day parties, taking place on Wednesday March 13, Thursday March 14, and Friday March 15. Featured performers include Surfer Blood, DIIV, Small BlackShout Out LoudsFoxygenPoolside, Young Galaxy, Marnie Stern, Doldrums, Caveman, Girls Names, IO Echo, Mister Lies, Young Dreams, and more. More


Interviews

Girls Names

Culture of Gravitation

Jan 20, 2016

Cathal Cully, frontman for Belfast, Northern Ireland foursome Girls Names, is bleary-eyed. Cully has wrapped a week of 16-hour days from his side job working in television production. Plus, the previous day was Culture Night Belfast, a festival with a variety of arts events taking place over a nine-hour stretch in the cordoned-off city center.  More


Reviews

Arms Around a Vision

Arms Around a Vision

Tough Love

Dec 17, 2015

Clanging dissonance gives way to jangle-pop in "Reticence," the opener to the Irish post-punkers' second LP-a continuation down the shadowy path they took on The New Life.   More

Zero Triptych 12-Inch

Zero Triptych 12-Inch

Tough Love

Jul 15, 2015

Girls Names aren't exactly a band that shy away from reinvention. They wrote off their debut album of rackety surf pop as a disaster before it had even been released, calling it Dead to Me and moving swiftly on to the hypnotic,  More

The Next Life EP

The Next Life EP

Slumberland

Nov 14, 2013

If you're a vinyl collector, as I suspect a good number of Under the Radar readers are, then the 12" release of Girls Names' new EP will set you back $11: perfectly reasonable, until you consider that this only gets you one new track ("Third Uncle") and a couple of needless B-side-worthy remixes. More

Green Man Festival 2013 - Edwyn Collins, The Horrors, Low, Fuck Buttons, Band of Horses, and more

Sep 06, 2013

The Green Man Festival has, in the 10 years since its inception, evolved from a one-day, 300-capacity campfire folk show into a week-long, eclectic event playing home to some 22,000 guests. Amongst British festival-goers it has a reputation as one of the summer's highlights and is spoken of as being a world away from the laddish, lager lout-infested, drug-peddling havens that make up the larger part of the Brit festival circuit. More

The New Life

The New Life

SLUMBERLAND

Mar 08, 2013

Clocking in at almost 50 minutes, The New Life is a long-form evolution for Girls Names. The band's 2011 debut Dead to Me was filled with staccato bursts of '80s indie pop clangs, thrashed out with the sort of breathless urgency that suggested the Belfast trio-since upgraded to a quartet-had its eyes on something much more substantial. Turns out it did: the follow-up. More