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The National Announce Homecoming 2020 Lineup, Will Perform “High Violet” in Full

Local Natives, Patti Smith, Jay Som, Japanese Breakfast, Phosphorescent, Hamilton Leithauser, and More

Nov 20, 2019

The National have announced the lineup to their 2020 Homecoming festival and that they will be performing their 2010 album High Violet in its entirety both nights of the festival. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Jay Som, The Divine Comedy, Whitney, Temples, and More

Plus Blanck Mass, Bon Iver, Japanese Breakfast, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Jun 07, 2019

Welcome to another Songs of the Week. There were several notable albums announced this week, which meant some strong opening singles to choose from, as well as a few album tracks. More

Japanese Breakfast Shares Cover of Tears For Fears’ “Head Over Heels”

Single Out Now via W Records, Proceeds Go to the ACLU

Jun 05, 2019

Japanese Breakfast (Michelle Zauner) has shared a cover of the Tears For Fears classic "Head Over Heels" (from 1985). It was recorded for W Records, which is an imprint of W Hotels, and all proceeds are going to the ACLU, and follows "Essentially," a brand new song Japanese Breakfast released via W Records back in April (it was one of our Songs of the Week). More

12 Best Songs of the Week: Bruce Springsteen, Lucy Dacus, Marika Hackman, Ride, and More

Plus FKA twigs, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Japanese Breakfast, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Apr 26, 2019

Welcome to another Songs of the Week. There were a plethora of strong tracks to choose from this week, thanks in part to both some new albums that were announced this week and some other albums that were released today. So much so that we have expanded it to a Top 12 this week (as we've done from time to time in the past). More

Japanese Breakfast Shares New Song “Essentially”

Single Out Now via W Records, Proceeds Go to the ACLU

Apr 26, 2019

Japanese Breakfast (Michelle Zauner) has shared a brand new song, "Essentially." It was recorded for W Records, which is an imprint of W Hotels, and all proceeds are going to the ACLU. It was recorded at the W Sound Suite at the W Hotel in Bali, is the first completely original track created for W Records, and is the first of two songs Zauner has recorded for the label. More

Feb 28, 2019

Michelle Zauner has released two albums as Japanese Breakfast and is also becoming an accomplished music video director. Now she has announced that she has signed a book deal with the publishing company Knopf and is writing a memoir entitled Crying in H Mart. More

Better Oblivion Community Center (Phoebe Bridgers + Conor Oberst) Share “Dylan Thomas” Video

Video Directed by Japanese Breakfast’s Michelle Zauner; Tour Dates Announced

Jan 29, 2019

Phoebe Bridgers and Conor Oberst (of Bright Eyes) have teamed up as the new band Better Oblivion Community Center and last week they surprise released their self-titled debut album via Dead Oceans. Now the duo has shared a video for "Dylan Thomas." Japanese Breakfast's Michelle Zauner directed the clip, which features Bridgers and Oberst attend a weird cult-like party. The band have also announced their first tour dates. More

Austin City Limits Festival - Eight Artists to Check Out

Austin City Limits Festival - Eight Artists to Check Out Japanese Breakfast, Parquet Courts, and Other Artists Worth Catching This Weekend and Next

Oct 05, 2018

As if the South By Southwest (SXSW) extravaganza isn't enough for Texas' Capital city, it is the annual Austin City Limits music festival in October that truly keeps Austin weird. Inspired by the musical television series of the same name, the festival began as an annual one weekend (3-day) music festival in 2002.  More

Belle and Sebastian Announce The Boaty Weekender Lineup, Including a Reunited Camera Obscura

Floating Festival on a Cruise Ship Also Includes Alvvays, Mogwai, Japanese Breakfast, Django Django, Tracyanne & Danny, Kelly Lee Owens, and More

Sep 05, 2018

Back in February Scotland's Belle and Sebastian told fans they were considering launching a Belle and Sebastian cruise in 2019 and wanted their fans' opinions on it via a survey on their website. Then in May the band announced The Boaty Weekender, a floating festival to set sale from Barcelona to Sardinia and back again on August 8-12, 2019. Now Belle and Sebastian have announced the initial line-up. Most notably, it features Camera Obscura, who are making their return to performing live for the first time since the 2015 death of the band's Carey Lander from cancer. More

Six Artists to See at the Pitchfork Music Festival This Weekend

A Round-Up of Artists We’re Excited to See at the Chicago Festival

Jul 20, 2018

There's a very specific aesthetic that fills the air of Pitchfork Music Festival. You could blame it on the slightly pretentious nature of the multimedia behemoth, or the dozens of record shop pop-ups scattered within the tent filled merchandise area. But what really seems to be that aesthetic is the overall energy found within the gates of Chicago's Union Park. That energy is mellow, obsessive, and ridiculously easygoing. More

Apr 25, 2018

Japanese Breakfast (aka Michelle Zauner) released her sophomore albumSoft Sounds From Another Planet, last July via Dead Oceans (it was one of our Top 100 Albums of 2017). Now she has covered The Cranberries' "Dreams" in a session for Spotify.  More

Pitchfork Music Festival Full 2018 Lineup: Tame Impala, Courtney Barnett, Fleet Foxes, and More

Plus Julien Baker, The War on Drugs, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Blood Orange, Japanese Breakfast, Kelly Lee Owens, Moses Sumney, Lucy Dacus, Big Thief, and More

Mar 13, 2018

Chicago's the Pitchfork Music Festival has been slowly announcing their lineup via a mural with the artists' names being painted on it over the last few weeks. Now the final and full lineup has been revealed for the festival, which goes down July 20 to 22 in Chicago's Union Park.  More

Sasquatch! 2018 Line-up: Bon Iver, The National, Modest Mouse, David Byrne, Spoon, and More

Grizzly Bear, Slowdive, Neko Case, Julien Baker, and others on Memorial Day Weekend (May 25 – 28) in Quincy, Washington

Feb 05, 2018

The Sasquatch! Music Festival has revealed the lineup for their 2018 festival, their 17th year. Once again it will be going down Memorial Day Weekend (May 25 - 28) at the Gorge Amphitheater in Quincy, Washington. The lineup includes Bon Iver, The National, Modest Mouse, David Byrne, Spoon, Grizzly Bear, Slowdive, Neko Case, Julien Baker, TV On The Radio, Tune-Yards, Wolf Parade, Japandroids, Big Thief, Perfume Genius, Japanese Breakfast, Benjamin Clementine, Phoebe Bridgers, Algiers, Pond, and others. More

Belle and Sebastian Announce Summer U.S. Tour Dates, Japanese Breakfast and More to Support

Snail Mail, Perfume Genius, Men I Trust, and Frankie Cosmos Also to Support

Jan 22, 2018

Belle and Sebastian are releasing three interconnected EPs, all titled How to Solve Your Human Problems. How to Solve Your Human Problems Part 1 came out back on December 8, Part 2 came out January 19, and Part 3 is due out February 16.  More

Bonnaroo 2018 Lineup Announced - Bon Iver, The Killers, alt-J, Broken Social Scene, and More

Plus Muse, Eminem, First Aid Kit, Moses Sumney, Japanese Breakfast, Alex Lahey, Everything Everything, and Others

Jan 09, 2018

Bonnaroo have announced their 2018 lineup. The festival goes down in Manchester, Tennessee from June 7-10 and this year, their 17th year, the headliners are Eminem, The Killers, and Muse.  More

Coachella 2018 Announces Lineup Featuring Beyoncé, The War on Drugs, St. Vincent, and More

Plus The Weeknd, Eminem, Fleet Foxes, alt-J, Perfume Genius, Moses Sumney, Angel Olsen, First Aid Kit, Japanese Breakfast, and Others

Jan 03, 2018

Coachella has announced the lineup for their 2018 festival, which goes down in Indio, California over two weekends in April (with the same bill each weekend). Friday April 13 and 20 is headlined by The Weeknd, Saturday April 14 and 21 is headlined by Beyoncé, and Sunday April 15 and 22 is headlined by Eminem. More

Under the Radar’s Top 100 Albums of 2017

Another Dark Year Was Brightened By a Plethora of Fantastic Albums

Dec 30, 2017

2016 was regarded as a fairly rough year by many, but 2017 was no walk in the park either. 2016 was mired by the deaths of several beloved musical icons (David Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen, George Michael, and Sharon Jones among them) and the disappointing and divisive Presidential election, but in 2017 we had to deal with the ramifications of said election (we'd say that roughly 95% of the musicians we interview likely don't support many, if any, of President Trump's policies).  More

Watch Japanese Breakfast Play a “Tiny Desk Concert” for NPR with a String Section

Soft Sounds From Another Planet Out Now via Dead Oceans

Oct 25, 2017

Japanese Breakfast (aka Michelle Zauner) released her sophomore albumSoft Sounds From Another Planet, back in July via Dead Oceans. Now she has stopped by NPR's offices to perform a Tiny Desk Concert. For the uninitiated, Tiny Desk Concerts are stripped down sets recorded at the desk of Bob Boilen, the host of NPR's All Songs Considered. More

Oct 18, 2017

Japanese Breakfast (aka Michelle Zauner) released her sophomore albumSoft Sounds From Another Planet, back in July via Dead Oceans. Now she has shared a video for "The Body is a Blade."  More

Oct 10, 2017

Bay Area singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Jay Som (aka Melina Duterte) released her debut full-length album, Everybody Works, back in March via Polyvinyl. It's an eclectic and confident mix of dream pop and garage rock. Now she has shared a video for "The Bus Song." Japanese Breakfast (aka Michelle Zauner) directed the video, which features Duterte and friends goofing around the Bay Area, picking up more musicians as they go.  More

Sep 15, 2017

Japanese Breakfast (aka Michelle Zauner) released her sophomore albumSoft Sounds From Another Planet, back in July via Dead Oceans. Previously she shared a video for the album's first single, "Machinist," the audio for the lush ballad "Boyish," and the video for "Road Head." Now she has released a RPG browser video game entitled Japanese Breakquest. More

Join Under the Radar on Patreon to Enter to Win a Vinyl Copy of Japanese Breakfast’s New Album

Support Under the Radar on Patreon to Access Exclusive Content

Jul 20, 2017

If you support Under the Radar's Patreon page at the minimum contribution of at least $1.00 a month you get access to our Patreon-only feed featuring exclusive content only available to Patreon supporters. And our friends at Dead Oceans have also donated a vinyl copy of the excellent new album by Japanese Breakfast (aka Michelle Zauner), Soft Sounds From Another Planet, to give away to one lucky Under the Radar Patreon supporter.  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

Six Best Songs of the Week: Wolf Alice, Ted Leo, Cut Copy, Cults, and More

Plus Japanese Breakfast and Loney dear, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Jul 07, 2017

Most of the American music industry took Monday and Tuesday off for the long July 4th weekend, leaving only three days to produce worthy new songs this week. But that was good enough for some strong new offerings, including one song actually called "Offering." More

Japanese Breakfast Shares Strange “Road Head” Video and Announces Fall Tour Dates

Soft Sounds From Another Planet Due Out July 14 via Dead Oceans

Jul 06, 2017

Japanese Breakfast (aka Michelle Zauner) is releasing her sophomore albumSoft Sounds From Another Planet, on July 14 via Dead Oceans. Previously she shared a video for its first single, "Machinist," and the audio for the lush ballad "Boyish." Now she has shared another song from the album, "Road Head," via its video. Zauner self-directed the video, with some help from Adam Kolodny.  More

Seven Best Songs of the Week: TORRES, Emily Haines, Alvvays, The Dears, and More

Plus Japanese Breakfast, LIV, Ride, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Jun 09, 2017

What a packed week for new songs and album announcements, enough to help you ignore all the James Comey/Donald Trump (but at least the Conservatives stumbled at the U.K. general election). More

Listen: Japanese Breakfast - “Boyish”

Soft Sounds From Another Planet Due Out July 14 via Dead Oceans

Jun 07, 2017

Japanese Breakfast (aka Michelle Zauner) is releasing her sophomore albumSoft Sounds From Another Planet, on July 14 via Dead Oceans. Previously she shared a video for its first single, "Machinist."  More

Japanese Breakfast Announces New Album, Shares “Machinist” Video

Soft Sounds From Another Planet Due Out July 14 via Dead Oceans

May 04, 2017

Japanese Breakfast (aka Michelle Zauner) has announced her sophomore album, Soft Sounds From Another Planet, and shared a video for its first single, "Machinist." Soft Sounds From Another Planet is due out July 14 via Dead Oceans.  More

Slowdive Announce American Tour Dates

Iconic Reformed Shoegazers Are Working on a New Album and Recently Released First New Song in 22 Years

Jan 23, 2017

Legendary '90s shoegazers Slowdive reformed in 2014 and have been playing shows. There were promises that they were working on new music and a couple of weeks ago they finally shared "Star Roving," their first new song in 22 years.  More


Interviews

Sep 21, 2017

Everyone's death grief model is unique. Kübler-Ross, the best known model, rarely encompasses its depth in the long term. There's no manual in place for such a cataclysmic life event. For Michelle Zauner, who essentially is the Philadelphia based Japanese Breakfast, her first album Psychopomp tackled the subject in a fairly straightforward manner after her mother's death.  More


Reviews

Soft Sounds From Another Planet

Soft Sounds From Another Planet

Dead Oceans

Jul 13, 2017

When Japanese Breakfast first emerged into the world, it was to deal with the loss of Michelle Zauner's mother. The solo project from Little Big League singer Zauner mourned with impeccable pop style on 2016's Psychopomp. A year on and Soft Sounds From Another Planet finds Zauner seeking escape from trauma, shooting off to the stars for a synth-tinged autotuned adventure every bit as good as her debut. More