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7 Best Songs of the Week: Julien Baker, St. Vincent, Sufjan Stevens, Sharon Jones, and More

Plus Fischerspooner, Django Django, Belle and Sebastian, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Oct 13, 2017

Last week we didn't do a Songs of the Week post simply because there truly were hardly any new tracks worth considering for it. But this week there was a wealth of exciting new music. To help you sort through the multitude of fresh songs released in the last seven days, we have picked the seven best this week had to offer, along with highlighting other notable new tracks shared this week. Check out the full list below. More

Julien Baker Shares Video for New Song “Turn Out the Lights”

Turn Out the Lights Due Out October 27 via Matador

Oct 11, 2017

Singer/songwriter Julien Baker is releasing her new albumTurn Out the Lights, on October 27 via Matador, her first for the label. Previously she shared its first single, "Appointments," (which was our #1 Song of the Week), as well as a moving video for the songMore

Oct 09, 2017

Singer/songwriter Julien Baker is releasing her new albumTurn Out the Lights, on October 27 via Matador, her first for the label. Previously she shared its first single, "Appointments," (which was our #1 Song of the Week), as well as a moving video for the song. More

Watch: Julien Baker - “Appointments” Video

Turn Out the Lights Due Out October 27 via Matador

Sep 14, 2017

Singer/songwriter Julien Baker is releasing her new album, Turn Out the Lights, on October 27 via Matador, her first for the label. Previously she shared its first single, "Appointments,"(which was our #1 Song of the Week). Now the song has a video. Sophia Peer directed the clip, which starts with Baker singing the song in an empty cabin, with a single candle.  More

Eight Best Songs of the Week: Julien Baker, The War on Drugs, LCD Soundsystem, Wolf Alice, and More

Plus Alvvays, Ariel Pink, Yumi Zouma, Madeline Kenney, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Aug 18, 2017

Charlottesville, Virginia is only just over an hour a way from Under the Radar's headquarters. It's the best local city to see shows in and it's a great little progressive college town that we visit often. So we watched in horror, disbelief, and disgust last weekend as the violent and tragic events in Charlottesville surrounding the white supremacist rally dominated the news. More

Julien Baker Announces New Album, Shares “Appointments”

Turn Out the Lights Due Out October 27 via Matador

Aug 17, 2017

Singer/songwriter Julien Baker has announced her new album, Turn Out the Lights, and shared its first single, "Appointments." Turn Out the Lights is due out October 27 via Matador, her first for the label. Below is "Appointments," followed by the album's tracklist and cover art, as well as her upcoming tour dates. More

Julien Baker Announces New Fall Tour Dates, Promises New Album Coming Soon

The Follow-up to Sprained Ankle Due Out on Matador

Jul 17, 2017

Singer/songwriter Julien Baker announced back in January that she had signed to Matador after interest from most of the important American indie labels. Matador previously released a new Baker 7-inch and shared both its A-side, "Funeral Pyre," and B-side, "Distant Solar System," an unreleased track from the sessions of her Sprained Ankle debut album. Now Baker has announced some new fall tour dates and a press release promises that her new album is due out soon.  More

The National, Hot Chip, Wild Beasts, and More to Perform House Shows for Amnesty International

Local Natives, Julien Baker, Jessie Ware, Frightened Rabbit, Billy Bragg, and Others to Raise Awareness for Refugee Crisis

Jun 27, 2017

Amnesty International and Sofar Sounds have organized a series of concerts in houses to raise awareness for the refugee crisis. More

Julien Baker Shares “Good News (Piano Version)” for “Our First 100 Days” Anti-Donald Trump Project

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

Mar 23, 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

Listen: Julien Baker - “Distant Solar Systems”

The B-side of the "Funeral Pyre" 7-inch

Mar 17, 2017

Singer/songwriter Julien Baker, who was the talk of SXSW 2016, recently signed to Matador after interest from most of the important American indie labels. Matador previously announced a new Baker 7-inch and shared its A-side, "Funeral Pyre."  More

Julien Baker Signs to Matador, Shares New Song - “Funeral Pyre”

Matador Re-releasing Sprained Ankle Outside America and Australia

Jan 06, 2017

At SXSW last year everyone was talking about Julien Baker. As well as her fantastic performances, there was a lot of music industry chatter about which label, out of the many notable ones that were courting her, she would sign to. More

Aug 12, 2016

Julien Baker performed at the Newport Folk Festival last month and backstage she was filmed performing a cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Badlands." It was filmed by MyMusicRX, which is part of the Children's Cancer AssociationMore

Julien Baker Announces New September Tour Dates

Sprained Ankle Out Now via 6131 Records

Jul 11, 2016

Julien Baker released her acclaimed debut album, Sprained Ankle, last fall via 6131 Records and performed at Under the Radar's official nighttime SXSW showcase back in March (she was one of the most buzzed about artists at this year's SXSW). Now she has announced some new September tour dates.  More

May 31, 2016

Julien Baker has taken part in the A.V. Club's A.V. Undercover video series where bands pick a song to cover from a predetermined list and has covered Death Cab for Cutie's "Photobooth," a song from the band's Forbidden Love EP from 2000. More

Under the Radar Announces May/June 2016 Issue with M83 on the Cover

Issue 57 Also Includes Interview with Lush, Primal Scream, John Carpenter, Frightened Rabbit, Underworld, Yeasayer, Frankie Cosmos, Julien Baker, Cat's Eyes, School of Seven Bells, Parquet Courts, Fear of Men, Minor Victories, Kevin Morby, and More

May 06, 2016

Under the Radar is excited to announce the full details of our May/June 2016 issue (out May, June, and into July), which 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, and the magazine apps Zinio, Readly, and Readbug. The issue features M83 on the cover. More

Outside Lands 2016 Lineup: Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, Air, Grimes, Sufjan Stevens, and The Muppets

August 5 - 7 in San Francisco, Lineup Also Includes Beach House, Ryan Adams, Duran Duran, The Last Shadow Puppets, Foals, Peaches, Kevin Morby, Lana

Apr 05, 2016

Outside Lands have announced their 2016 lineup. The festival goes down August 5 - 7 at San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. Highlights of the lineup include Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, Air, Grimes, Sufjan Stevens, Beach House, Ryan Adams, Duran Duran, The Last Shadow Puppets, Foals, Peaches, Kevin Morby, Lana Del Rey, DIIV, Big Grams, Julien Baker, Lionel Richie, Major Lazer, Jason Isbell, Lord Huron, Vince Staples, Years & Years, HÆLOS, POLIÇA, Ra Ra Riot, Rogue Wave, Caveman, Whitney, Miguel, and Chance the Rapper.  More

Listen: Julien Baker - “Ballad of Big Nothing” (Elliott Smith Cover)

Say Yes! A Tribute to Elliott Smith Due Out October 15 via American Laundromat Records

Apr 04, 2016

American Laundromat Records are releasing Say Yes! A Tribute to Elliott Smith on October 15. The Elliott Smith tribute album will feature newly recorded covers of Smith's songs by Amanda Palmer, Jesu/Sun Kil Moon, Yuck, Waxahatchee, Lou Barlow, J Mascis, Adam Franklin of Swervedriver, Tanya Donelly, and others.  More

FYF Fest 2016 Lineup: LCD Soundsystem, Tame Impala, Air, Beach House, Grimes, Hot Chip, and More

Father John Misty, Kendrick Lamar, Grace Jones, Wolf Parade, Ty Segall, DIIV, Wild Nothing, Julia Holter, and Many Others Set for Los Angeles Fest in Au

Mar 29, 2016

FYF Fest has announced its 2016 lineup and it's another impressive one. The event is due to take place August 27 and 28 at LA Sports Arena and Exposition Park. Saturday will be headlined by Kendrick Lamar and Tame Impala and Sunday will be headlined by LCD Soundsystem (who seem to be playing every festival this year) and Grace Jones. More

Watch Julien Baker Perform a “Tiny Desk Concert” for NPR

Sprained Ankle Out Now via 6131 Records, Performing at Under the Radar's Official SXSW Showcase Next Wednesday

Mar 07, 2016

Julien Baker 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. Watch below as Baker performs two songs from last fall's acclaimed debut album,Sprained Ankle (out now via 6131 Records). More

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

Elliott Smith Tribute Album to Feature Julien Baker, Amanda Palmer, Jesu/Sun Kil Moon, and Yuck

Say Yes! A Tribute to Elliott Smith Due Out October 15 via American Laundromat Records

Mar 03, 2016

American Laundromat Records have announced Say Yes! A Tribute to Elliott Smith, which is due out October 15. The Elliott Smith tribute album will feature newly recorded covers of Smith's songs by Julien Baker, Amanda Palmer, Jesu/Sun Kil Moon, Yuck, Waxahatchee, Lou Barlow, J Mascis, Adam Franklin of Swervedriver, Tanya Donelly, and others. More


Interviews

Julien Baker

Qualitative Research

Jun 16, 2016

It has been two weeks since Julien Baker made a triumphal trek through SXSW, but she is still buzzing. Playing five shows in four days, the 20-year-old singer/songwriter became one of the festival's breakout acts, taking a victory lap after her 2015 full-length debut, Sprained Ankle, became one of the year's most-acclaimed breakthroughs.  More

2015 Artist Survey: Julien Baker

Baker on 2015's Best Albums, the Election, Justin Timberlake, Star Wars, and Sexism in the Music Industry

Mar 08, 2016

For Under the Radar's 13th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2015. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2015 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions. Here are some answers from Julien Baker. Baker released her acclaimed debut album, Sprained Ankle, last fall via 6131 Records. More