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10 Best Songs of the Week: Flight of the Conchords, Lala Lala, Little Dragon, and More

Plus BADBADNOTGOOD, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Young Galaxy, Ryley Walker, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Sep 28, 2018

We tend to avoid including cover versions in our Songs of the Week list, as they are not truly new songs, but this week we have included two notable ones in our main list. We also rarely include live songs in our Top 10 songs, but have made a big exception this week. More

Sep 25, 2018

Bay Area singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Jay Som (aka Melina Duterte) has teamed up with Justus Proffit for a collaborative EP, Nothing's Changed, which is due out this Friday, September 28, via Polyvinyl. Now they have shared another song from it, "Invisible Friends."  More

10 Best Songs of the Week: CHVRCHES, Wye Oak, Julia Holter, Hookworms, and More

Plus Middle Kids, GUM, Ed Schrader's Music Beat, Soccer Mommy, Laura Veirs, Jay Som, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Feb 02, 2018

Wow, what a week for fantastic new tracks. Last week when we were putting together the Songs of the Week the pickings were slimmer and the best we could come up with was nine songs, rather than a full 10. More

Jay Som Shares New Song “Hot Bread”

Part of Amazon Music's "Love Me, Love Me Not" Playlist

Feb 02, 2018

Bay Area singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Jay Som (aka Melina Duterte) has shared a new song, "Hot Bread." The song is part of Amazon Music's Valentine's Day-timed "Love Me, Love Me Not" playlist, which yesterday gave us "Up On a Mountain of Love," a new song by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys and The Arcs. More

9 Best Songs of the Week: Jack White, Madeline Kenney, Field Music, Jay Som, and More

Plus Lord Huron, Kevin Morby and Waxahatchee, Franz Ferdinand, Loma, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Jan 26, 2018

After two weeks of a plethora of tracks vying to be one of our Songs of the Week, this week the pickings were slimmer. Thus this week we have only nine best songs, instead of 10. There were also a lot of covers this week. More

Jay Som Shares New B-side “O.K., Meet Me Underwater”

Pirouette 7-Inch Out Today via Polyvinyl

Jan 26, 2018

Bay Area singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Jay Som (aka Melina Duterte) released a fantastic album, Everybody Works, last March via Polyvinyl. (It was one of our Top 100 Albums of 2017.) Today she has released, via Polyvinyl, the new Pirouette 7-inch featuring two songs recorded during the Everybody Works sessions that didn't make the album: "Pirouette" and "O.K., Meet Me Underwater."  More

Jay Som Announces New 7-Inch, Shares A-side “Pirouette”

Pirouette 7-Inch Due Out January 26 via Polyvinyl

Jan 12, 2018

Bay Area singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Jay Som (aka Melina Duterte) released a fantastic album, Everybody Works, last March via Polyvinyl. (It was one of our Top 100 Albums of 2017.) Now she has announced a new 7-inch featuring two songs recorded during the Everybody Works sessions that didn't make the album: "Pirouette" and "O.K., Meet Me Underwater."  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

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

Jay Som Shares New Song as Melina Mae - “Time Off Work”

Everybody Works Out Now via Polyvinyl

Jul 18, 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 new song on Bandcamp, "Time Off Work," under the name Melina Mae.  More

Watch: Jay Som - “One More Time, Please” Video

Everybody Works Out Now via Polyvinyl

May 18, 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. More

Jay Som Shares New Song “Turn the Other Cheek” for Anti-Donald Trump “Our First 100 Days”

"Our First 100 Days" Will Include a New Song Every Day for the First 100 Days of Donald Trump's Presidency

Apr 27, 2017

"Our First 100 Days" is an anti-President Donald Trump project. The good folks behind the "30 Days, 30 Songs" anti-Trump campaign during the election have teamed up with Secretly Group for "Our First 100 Days."  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

Watch: Jay Som - “Baybee” Video

Everybody Works Due Out March 10 via Polyvinyl

Feb 27, 2017

Bay Area singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Jay Som (aka Melina Duterte) will release her debut full-length album, Everybody Works, on March 10 via Polyvinyl.  More


Interviews

Jay Som

Whatever She Wants to Be

Jun 29, 2017

On "The Bus Song," the first single from Everybody Works, the official debut album from Jay Som (aka Melina Duterte), Duterte has a conversation with a friend. Along the bumpy journey, their exchange is bolstered by conviction and compassion: "I can be whoever I want to be," Duterte softly sings. More


Reviews

Jay Som at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, NY on July 28, 2018

July 28th, 2018

Jul 31, 2018

Melina Duterte is a champ.  More