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10 Best Songs of the Week: Julia Holter, Matthew E. White, Friendly Fires, and More

Plus Jamila Woods, Neneh Cherry, Thom Yorke, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Oct 19, 2018

An artist whose last song also made it to #1 on that week's list and an anti-Donald Trump protest song scheduled to be covered by many more artists head this week's Songs of the Week list. Plus Thom Yorkemakes the list yet again. More

Oct 18, 2018

My Brightest Diamond (aka Shara Nova) has announced a new album, A Million and One, and shared it's first single, "It's Me on the Dance Floor." A Million and One is due out November 23 via Rhyme & Reason. Listen to "It's Me on the Dance Floor" below. More

Justin Vernon Is Working on New Bon Iver Music, Announces Eaux Claires Festival Line-up

Line-up Includes James Blake, Beach House, Jenny Lewis, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, a Grateful Dead Tribute Led by Members of The National, and More

Feb 11, 2016

Bon Iver's main creative force Justin Vernon said last year that there were no upcoming plans for a new Bon Iver album (the last one was released in 2011), but in a new interview with Billboard he has said that he's "no longer winding down" and promises that he's "definitely been working on music."  More

Watch: My Brightest Diamond – “Lover/Killer” Video

This is My Hand is Out Now on Asthmatic Kitty

Nov 18, 2014

My Brightest Diamond's video for This is My Hand cut "Love/Killer" is a creepy story involving a gun and a killer. More

Under the Radar Announces September/October Issue with alt-J on the Cover

Issue 51 Also Includes Interviews with Arcade Fire vs. Peter Gabriel, Interpol, Jessie Ware, Foxygen, Caribou, Belle and Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch, Terry Gilliam, Gotham's Ben McKenzie, Zola Jesus, and More

Sep 12, 2014

Under the Radar is excited to announce the full details of the September/October issue, which is on newsstands now. It features alt-J on the cover. Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry does a joint interview with Peter Gabriel. We talk to Lush's Miki Berenyi and Emma Anderson about their 1996 album, LovelifeMore

Watch: My Brightest Diamond - “Pressure” Video

This Is My Hand Due Out Oct. 14

Sep 03, 2014

My Brightest Diamond has shared a video for the disco-inflected new song “Pressure,” taken from the upcoming album This Is My Hand More

Listen: Under the Radar’s Weekly Playlist Featuring alt-J, Jessie Ware, Arcade Fire, Stars, and More

Plus New Tracks from Zola Jesus, Blonde Redhead, I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness, Röyksopp and Robyn, Pharmakon, Saint Pepsi, Willis Earl Beal, Ryn Weaver, The Vaselines, My Brightest Diamond, Tweedy, The Juan MacLean, and Others

Aug 15, 2014

Welcome to Under the Radar's weekly playlist, where we compile the best and most exciting tracks to debut online in the last week (give or take). In this mix we've got new songs by alt-J, Jessie Ware, Arcade Fire, Stars, Zola Jesus, Blonde Redhead, I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness, Röyksopp and Robyn, Pharmakon, Saint Pepsi, Willis Earl Beal, Ryn Weaver, The Vaselines, My Brightest Diamond, Tweedy, The Juan MacLean, and more. Look no further, your Friday and weekend playlist is here.  More

Listen: My Brightest Diamond – “Lover Killer”

This is My Hand Is Due Out September 16 on Asthmatic Kitty

Aug 14, 2014

On September 16, My Brightest Diamond will release her new album This is My Hand on Asthmatic Kitty.  More

Under the Radar Announces Best of 2011 Issue Featuring Three Covers: Bon Iver, M83, and The Horrors

Plus: Florence and the Machine, Beirut, PJ Harvey, Anna Calvi, SBTRKT, R.E.M., and more

Dec 23, 2011

Under the Radar's Best of 2011 Issue has shipped out to subscribers and will be hitting newsstands soon. The issue features three unique covers, each featuring an artist behind one of our Top 5 albums of the year: M83The Horrors, and Bon Iver. The issue also takes a look back at other artists who have made a splash in 2011, including BeirutAnna CalviEMAFlorence and the MachineGang Gang DanceNeon IndianPJ HarveyR.E.M.SBTRKT, Slow ClubSt. VincentSummer Camp, tUnE-yArDs, and Yuck. More

Nov 17, 2011

My Brightest Diamond’s Shara Worden leads a open mic night/church revival in the video for “High Low Middle” a cut from recently released album All Things Will Unwind. We have the clip.  More

Watch: My Brightest Diamond - “Be Brave” Video

Off Upcoming All Things Will Unwind

Sep 20, 2011

After recently announcing the upcoming release of her third LP All Things Will Unwind opera-pop musical artist Shara Worden, aka My Brightest Diamond, has debuted an in-studio music video for the featured track "Be Brave." More

Jul 06, 2011

Opera-pop songstress Shara Worden (who performs as My Brightest Diamond) has announced her third album All Things Will Unwind (out October 18 via Asthmatic Kitty). We have the details and lead single.  More

Mar 11, 2011

Recently, we told you about My Brightest Diamond/Clare and the Reasons collaborative project, Letters to Distant Cities. Now the project’s first single “The Sea” has spawned a music video. More

Feb 25, 2011

Clare and the Reasons and My Brightest Diamond—both known for their orchestral pop—are joining forces on new project, Letters to Distant Cities. We have the details. More

My Brightest Diamond Plays Studio 360

New Song “We Added it Up”

Jan 26, 2011

Former Sufjan Stevens and Decemberist backer, and current solo chanteuse My Brightest Diamond (a.k.a Shara Worden), took to the studio at WNYC to preview new songs for Studio 360. More

My Brightest Diamond to Release Split 7-inch with Dayna Kurtz July 20th

Singer/Songwriters to Cover Each Other’s Material

Jun 30, 2010

My Brightest Diamond’s Shara Worden is set to a release a split EP with singer/songwriter Dayna Kurtz. Available July 20th, the project sees the ladies covering each other’s material. Worden will be taking on “Postcards from Downtown” while Kurtz is retooling Bring Me the Workhorse cut, “Gone Away.” More

Pygmalion Music Festival Announces Lineup and Schedule

From September 16th to 19th, Illinois is the Place to Be for Iron & Wine, The Antlers, My Brightest Diamond, Low, etc.

Aug 13, 2009

Longing for one last summer-ish experience? Well, if you're in Champaign-Urbana Illinois, the fifth annual Pygmalion Music Festival has you covered. A mere $60 dollars gets you four days of music, including such notable indie bands as Iron & Wine, The Books, My Brightest Diamond, The Antlers, Headlights, Wavves, BLK JKS, Autolux, Low, Japandroids, YACHT, and Ra Ra Riot. We have the full lineup and schedule. More


Interviews

My Brightest Diamond

Feeling The Pulse

Dec 16, 2014

After My Brightest Diamond's Shara Worden released her last album, 2011's All Things Will Unwind, she found herself in an existential crisis. Having spent most of her adult life learning how to craft meticulously-arranged, exhaustingly-detailed albums, she was met with the realization that her music wasn't translating into the era of iPod playlists and short attention spans. More

My Brightest Diamond

Following the White Rabbit

Feb 07, 2012

Ever since Shara Worden (who performs as My Brightest Diamond) donned a cheerleader uniform to tour with Sufjan Stevens, there’s been an approachable, yet otherworldly presence about her. Since her time with the Illinoisemakers, Worden has produced three albums of material—wrapping big ideas about life and death in a chamber-pop beauty. Her new album, All Things Will Unwind, follows suit. Under the Radar caught up with the songstress via e-mail to get her take on collaborations, going out on a limb, and what current artist is making the next generation dance. More

My Brightest Diamond

Seeing the Sound

Jun 01, 2008

Given that the prospect of describing music is an inherently abstract process—entrusting words or images to capture the infinite permutations of rhythms, tones, and textures—it only makes sense that some artists who work in the sound medium would perceive these qualities differently than the rest of us. In technical terms, such folks are said to have “narrow band synesthesia,” a phenomenon where certain sounds or instruments consistently evoke a particular visual essence, and ideas for songs might only be intelligible as collages of color. In this case, A Thousand Shark’s Teeth is a shadowy landscape of grays and dark blues, graceful and brooding, an album created by someone who saw it all in her head. More


Reviews

A Million and One

A Million and One

Rhyme & Reason

Nov 30, 2018

It's hard to get a take on Shara Nova, better known as My Brightest Diamond. It's also hard not to like her sophisticated and sensual, cabaret-influenced, chamber-pop vibe.  More

This Is My Hand

This Is My Hand

Asthmatic Kitty

Sep 12, 2014

Shara Worden has been quietly carving out a niche for herself as a unique voice for some time now. Her projects have certainly been varied; aside from releasing music under the My Brightest Diamond moniker, she's contributed to everything from last year's The Blind Boys of Alabama release I'll Find a Way to Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang's Death Speaks, a classical composition that truly sculpted beauty from morbidity. More

All Things Will Unwind

All Things Will Unwind

Asthmatic Kitty

Oct 19, 2011

My Brightest Diamond, aka Shara Worden, is anything if not polarizing. More