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Jan 13, 2017

Kevin Barnes and of Montreal released a new album, Innocence Reaches, last August via Polyvinyl. Now the band has surprise-released a brand new EP. Rune Husk contains four songs and can be streamed below via Spotify and Apple Music. More

Nov 11, 2016

The great Champaign, Il based indie record label Polyvinyl turns 20 this year. To honor that, on November 25th they are putting out a new compilation, Polyvinyl Plays Polyvinyl, in which its artists cover other artists on the label. More

Under the Radar Examines Music and Politics with the 2016 Protest Issue

Special Issue Takes On Sexism and Feminism in the Music Industry, Tackles the Election, and Features Amanda Palmer on the Cover

Sep 09, 2016

Under the Radar is excited to announce the full details of our 2016 Protest Issue (out September, October, and into November), which is out now both digitally and on newsstands. We've done a Protest Issue every U.S. Presidential election year since 2004 and as before this issue features articles examining the intersection of music and politics and photo shoots with musicians holding protest signs of their own making. Then in mid-October we will be launching our charity Protest Auction, in which we auction off all the protest signs in the issue, with all profits going to the American Cancer SocietyMore

Watch: of Montreal - “let’s relate” Video

Innocence Reaches Out Now via Polyvinyl

Sep 01, 2016

Kevin Barnes and of Montreal released a new album, Innocence Reaches, last month via Polyvinyl. The band previously shared the album's first single, the fantastically produced pop song "it's different for girls," as well as a great dance party of a music video"my fair lady," and danceable album opener "let's relate." More

Stream the New Album by of Montreal, “Innocence Reaches,” in its Entirety

Innocence Reaches Due Out August 12 via Polyvinyl

Aug 04, 2016

Kevin Barnes and of Montreal are releasing a new album, Innocence Reaches, on August 12 via Polyvinyl. The band previously shared the album's first single, the fantastically produced pop song "it's different for girls," as well as a great dance party of a music video"my fair lady," and danceable album opener "let's relate." Now you can stream the whole album below via NPR First Listen. More

Listen: of Montreal - “let’s relate”

Innocence Reaches Due Out August 12 via Polyvinyl

Aug 03, 2016

Kevin Barnes and of Montreal are releasing a new album, Innocence Reaches, on August 12 via Polyvinyl. The band previously shared the album's first single, the fantastically produced pop song "it's different for girls," as well as a great dance party of a music video, and "my fair lady."  More

Listen: of Montreal - “my fair lady”

Innocence Reaches Due Out August 12 via Polyvinyl

Jul 21, 2016

Kevin Barnes and of Montreal are releasing a new album, Innocence Reaches, on August 12 via Polyvinyl. The band previously shared the album's first single, the fantastically produced pop song "it's different for girls," as well as a great dance party of a music videoMore

Jun 29, 2016

Kevin Barnes and of Montreal are releasing a new album, Innocence Reaches, on August 12 via Polyvinyl. The band previously shared the album's first single, the fantastically produced pop song "it's different for girls." More

of Montreal Announces Tour

Innocence Reaches out August 12th via Polyvinyl

Jun 22, 2016

of Montreal has announced a massive Fall US tour. More

of Montreal Announce New Album, Share “it’s different for girls”

Innocence Reaches Due Out August 12 via Polyvinyl

Jun 01, 2016

Kevin Barnes and of Montreal seem to release a new album every year these days, but what's even more impressive is that most of them are fairly great records. Now 2016's offering has been revealed, of Montreal has announced a new album, Innocence Reaches, which is due out August 12 via Polyvinyl.  More

Aug 06, 2015

Kevin Barnes and his of Montreal band have shared a new video for "Last Rites At the Jane Hotel." Matthew Cooper directed the creepy but colorful stop-motion animated clip that includes a skeleton riding a bicycle and cats and spiders in skeleton masks. The song is taken from the band's latest studio album, Aureate Gloom, which came out back in March.   More

Jul 06, 2015

Last weekend, Gdynia, Poland hosted Open’er Festival—the country’s largest four-day music event.  More

of Montreal Announce New U.S. Tour Dates

Snare Lustrous Doomings Live Album Out Now via Polyvinyl

Jun 03, 2015

Kevin Barnes and his of Montreal band have announced some new U.S. tour dates. Their full run takes them from late August to early November. The band's latest studio album, Aureate Gloom, came out back in March. More

Check Out Photos from the Under the Radar SXSW 2015 Day Party of Montreal and Mew

Plus Shots of East India Youth, Jacco Gardner, SOAK, Matthew E. White, and Pompeii

Mar 29, 2015

Under the Radar's own Wendy Lynch Redfern and Laura Studarus were down in Austin for SXSW last week. Here's a selection of their live photos from the Under the Radar Daytime event at The Flamingo Cantina on Thursday, March 19, 2015. More

Watch: of Montreal – “Bassem Sabry” Video

Aureate Gloom is Out Now on Polyvinyl

Mar 11, 2015

We’re not going to try to explain of Montreal’s new video for Aureate Gloom cut “Bassem Sabry.”  More

Under the Radar’s SXSW 2015 Events to Feature of Montreal, Mew, Torres, San Fermin, and Many More

Thursday Day Party and Saturday Official Nighttime Showcase; Lineups Also Include East India Youth, Matthew E. White, Boxed In, Jacco Gardner, and Others

Mar 06, 2015

Under the Radar magazine is excited to reveal the full lineups, poster, and set times for our two SXSW 2015 events. This year we are having a day party at the Flamingo Cantina on Thursday, March 19, and an official nighttime showcase at Central Presbyterian Church on Saturday, March 21. Our events are set to feature performances from of MontrealMewTorresSan FerminEast India YouthMatthew E. WhiteJacco GardnerBoxed InSOAKAmasonSpringtime CarnivorePompeiiTalk in Tongues, and Dinner. More

of Montreal To Release New Live Album, “Snare Lustrous Doomings” on Record Store Day

Listen to Live Recording of "Wraith Pinned To The Mist And Other Games"

Mar 06, 2015

On the heels of their brand new album Aureate Gloomof Montreal have announced the Record Store Day release of a brand new live album titled, Snare Lustrous Doomings. More

Feb 23, 2015

Next week, of Montreal return with their newest album Aureate Gloom. More

Listen: of Montreal -  “Empyrean Abattoir”

Aureate Gloom is Out March 3 on Polyvinyl

Jan 07, 2015

of Montreal, a.k.a. the band that never sleeps, is at it again.  More

Under the Radar Announces Best of 2014 Issue with St. Vincent on the Cover

Issue 52 Also Includes Interviews with Jenny Lewis, The War on Drugs, James Franco, Ariel Pink vs. Panda Bear, Jason Schwartzman vs. Real Estate, the Cast of The Walking Dead, "Weird Al" Yankovic, The Flaming Lips, Sharon Van Etten, and More.

Dec 19, 2014

Under the Radar is excited to announce the full details of the Best of 2014 Issue, which is about to hit newsstands and will be out all of January and February. It features St. Vincent on the cover and interviews with some of the artists behind 2014's best albums. More

Dec 09, 2014

Following last year's lousy with sylvianbriar of Montreal frontman Kevin Barnes recently revealed that the band's follow-up Aureate Gloom would soon see the light of day. More

of Montreal Announces New Album

Aureate Gloom Due Out Next Year

Oct 02, 2014

In an interview with Stereogum's Chris DeVille, Kevin Barnes, the notoriously eccentric mind behind of Montral, discussed the band's upcoming 13th LP, Aureate Gloom. More

Listen: of Montreal – “Jigsaw Puzzle”

Due Out April 19, Record Story Day

Mar 05, 2014

Oh come on Record Store Day, like you couldn’t get any cooler. What is that you say? of Montreal is releasing a remastered vinyl of 2004’s Satanic Panic In The AtticMore

of Montreal Announce Tour Dates

U.S. Leg Starts This March

Jan 28, 2014

Releasing their latest album Lousy With Svlvianbriar last year, of Montreal have announced plans for a new round of touring behind the effort. More

Jan 27, 2014

Last year the ever-prolific Kevin Barnes and his band of Montreal released their latest record Lousy With Svlvianbriar. More

Oct 22, 2013

For our Track-by-Track feature, we go in-depth with an artist about each song on their new album. This week we are featuring of Montreal's Lousy With Sylvianbriar, and for the next three days we'll post commentary by frontman Kevin Barnes on all of the album's songs. More

Track-by-Track: of Montreal on “Lousy With Sylvianbriar” Part 3

Kevin Barnes on the Tracks 8 - 11 on the Band's 12th Album

Oct 16, 2013

For our Track-by-Track feature, we go in-depth with an artist about each song on their new album. This week we are featuring of Montreal's Lousy With Sylvianbriar, and for three days this week we'll post commentary by frontman Kevin Barnes on all of the album's songs. Here's part three. More

Track-by-Track: of Montreal on “Lousy With Sylvianbriar” Part 2

Kevin Barnes on the Tracks 4 - 7 on the Band's 12th Album

Oct 15, 2013

For our Track-by-Track feature, we go in-depth with an artist about each song on their new album. This week we are featuring of Montreal's Lousy With Sylvianbriar, and for the next three days we'll post commentary by frontman Kevin Barnes on all of the album's songs. Here's part two. More

Track-by-Track: of Montreal on “Lousy With Sylvianbriar” Part 1

Kevin Barnes on the Tracks 1 - 3 on the Band's 12th Album

Oct 14, 2013

For our Track-by-Track feature, we go in-depth with an artist about each song on their new album. This week we are featuring of Montreal's Lousy With Sylvianbriar, and for the next three days we'll post commentary by frontman Kevin Barnes on all of the album's songs. Lousy With Sylvianbriar was released last week on Polyvinyl. More

Oct 11, 2013

Recently releasing his twelve album Lousy With Svlvianbriar musical reinventionist Kevin Barnes and his band of Montreal have premiered a new music video for record's opening track and single "Fugitive Air." More

Oct 03, 2013

It has been nearly 10 years since he pulled off one of the most unexpected mid-career reinventions in recent rock history, stripping of Montreal down to its psychedelic twee foundation and rebuilding it as an electronic pop band, but Kevin Barnes has never stopped reimagining his sound. More

Listen: of Montreal – “Belle Glade Missionaries”

lousy with sylvianbriar Out October 8 via Polyvinyl

Sep 12, 2013

On October 8, capitalization challenge collective of Montreal will release their new album lousy with sylvianbriar via Polyvinyl. Take a listen to new track, “Belle Glade Missionaries.” More

Listen: of Montreal - “she ain’t speakin’ now”

New Album lousy with sylvianbriar Out Oct. 8

Aug 13, 2013

This fall singer/songwriter Kevin Barnes and his band of Montreal return with their newest album lousy with sylvianbriar. More

of Montreal Announce Tour

Supporting Upcoming Album lousy with sylvianbriar

Jul 31, 2013

Recently announcing the forthcoming arrival of the band's new album lousy with sylvianbriar, frontman Kevin Barnes and of Montreal have made plans for an upcoming tour. More

Jul 10, 2013

Fancy that, a new of Montreal album!  More

of Montreal Announce Spring Tour

Taking Place This May

Mar 08, 2013

Releasing a new album and rarities collection last year, Kevin Barnes and of Montreal have announced that they will embark on another round of performances this coming spring. More

Nov 29, 2012

of Montreal recently shared a split-single with Deerhoof in honor of Record Store Day. Their contribution, a simmering pop balled “Feminine Effects,” was recently given new vocals by singer Rebecca Crash and a sufficiently whacked-out video. More

Oct 26, 2012

Following the release of their new rarities compilation Daughter of Cloud psychedelic disco pop collective of Montreal have come forward with a music video for one of its standout tracks "Sails, Hermaphroditic." More

Protest Sign Auction Ends In One Hour!

Your Last Chance to Bid on Autographed Protest Signs Made by Tegan and Sara, Janelle Monáe, Death Cab, Dan Deacon, James Blake, The Drums, EMA, of Montreal, DIIV, Okkervil River, and others

Oct 23, 2012

Under the Radar magazine's Protest Auction ends in one hour at 2:00 p.m. EST. The auction features all of the autographed protest signs created by musicians for the magazine's The Protest Issue, which is on newsstands now. All profits will go to the War Child charity. Musicians who are taking part include Janelle Monáe, Death Cab for Cutie, Tegan and Sara, Dan Deacon, The Drums, of Montreal, DIIV, James Blake, Okkervil River, Tom Morello, Liars, Matthew Dear, Dum Dum Girls, EMA, Menomena, Amanda Palmer, Laetitia Sadier, Reggie Watts, Youth Lagoon, Zola Jesus, and many others. More

Oct 23, 2012

As prolific as he has demonstrated himself to be Kevin Barnes was bound to have leftover songs that were worth grouping together one day for a compilation. More

Protest Sign Auction Ends Tomorrow at 2:00 PM EST

Bid on Autographed Protest Signs Made by Tegan and Sara, Janelle Monáe, Death Cab, Dan Deacon, James Blake, The Drums, EMA, of Montreal, DIIV, James Blake, Okkervil River, and others

Oct 22, 2012

Under the Radar magazine's Protest Auction ends tomorrow, Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. EST. The auction features all of the autographed protest signs created by musicians for the magazine's The Protest Issue, which is on newsstands now. All profits will go to the War Child charity. Musicians who are taking part include Janelle Monáe, Death Cab for Cutie, Tegan and Sara, Dan Deacon, The Drums, of Montreal, DIIV, James Blake, Okkervil River, Tom Morello, Liars, Matthew Dear, Dum Dum Girls, EMA, Menomena, Amanda Palmer, Laetitia Sadier, Reggie Watts, Youth Lagoon, Zola Jesus, and many others. More

Bid on Autographed Protest Signs Made by Tegan and Sara, Janelle Monáe, Death Cab, and more

Protest Auction Ending Tuesday, Also Features Dan Deacon, James Blake, The Drums, EMA, of Montreal, DIIV, James Blake, Okkervil River, and others

Oct 21, 2012

Under the Radar magazine's Protest Auction is now on and ends Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. EST. The auction features all of the autographed protest signs created by musicians for the magazine's The Protest Issue, which is on newsstands now. All profits will go to the War Child charity. Musicians who are taking part include Janelle Monáe, Death Cab for Cutie, Tegan and Sara, Dan Deacon, The Drums, of Montreal, DIIV, James Blake, Okkervil River, Tom Morello, Liars, Matthew Dear, Dum Dum Girls, EMA, Menomena, Amanda Palmer, Laetitia Sadier, Reggie Watts, Youth Lagoon, Zola Jesus, and many others.

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Check Out Photos of Niki & the Dove, of Montreal, Patrick Wolf and More

Plus: School of Seven Bells, The Big Pink and Icona Pop

Oct 10, 2012

Last weekend Echo Park, California hosted the third annual Culture Collide Festival. We sent photographer Helen Boast down to cover the action. Check out her shots of Niki & the Doveof MontrealPatrick WolfSchool of Seven BellsThe Big Pink, and Icona Pop More

Listen: of Montreal - “Feminine Effects”

Another Track Off Daughter of Cloud Compilation

Oct 03, 2012

Following tracks "Sails, Hermaphroditic" and "Our Love Is Senile" of Montreal have unveiled yet another portion of their forthcoming rarities compilation Daughter of Cloud. More

“Obama: First Indie Rock President?” Protest Article Tackles Musicians’ Support of Obama

Kevin Barnes, Jello Biafra, Andrew Bird, Carl Newman, Will Sheff, and Tom Morello Discuss Obama's First Term and Musician Involvement in the Election

Sep 26, 2012

In Under the Radar's Protest Issue, which is on newsstands now, we examine the intersection of music and politics. The issue includes an article titled "Barack Obama: The First Indie Rock President?" in which we talk to of Montreal's Kevin BarnesDead Kennedys' Jello BiafraAndrew BirdThe New Pornographers' Carl NewmanOkkervil River's Will Sheff, and Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello about President Barack Obama's first term, and the erosion in support from musicians versus the 2008 election. More

Listen: of Montreal - “Our Love Is Senile”

Off Rarities Compilation Daughter Of Cloud

Sep 12, 2012

Next month Athens, Georgia native Kevin Barnes and his arty pop ensemble of Montreal will a rarities compilation entitled Daughter of Cloud, made up of previously unreleased and out-of-print tracks recorded from the past five years. More

of Montreal to Release Rarities Compilation, Tour

Listen to "Sails, Hermaphroditic"

Sep 05, 2012

As prolific as of Montreal frontman Kevin Barnes has been through his career it comes as little surprise that the man has had some leftover songs in his library that never made it onto a finished album. More

Apr 24, 2012

of Montreal have debuted an appropriately odd and colorful music video for their new Paralytic Stalks single "Spiteful Intervention." More

NXNE Announces 2012 Lineup

The Flaming Lips, of Montreal, and Others to Attend

Apr 17, 2012

South by Southwest's Canadian brother North by Northeast has announced its return on June 11-17 in Toronto. More

Bon Iver, Vampire Weekend, Sufjan Stevens, and Others Contribute Items to Charity Auction

Proceeds Will Go Toward Medical Costs for Infant With Heart Defect

Apr 04, 2012

A charity auction is currently under way, and several musicians have donated rare items and collectibles to be sold off. The money will go to help Asa Adams, a child born last December with a congenital heart defect. Asa has had three heart surgeries, and though his prognosis is good his parents are now faced with the inevitable cost of these life-saving procedures. More

Mar 22, 2012

FOMO. Fear Of Missing Out. At a festival the size of SXSW, the terror that someone—somewhere—might be having a better time than you is an ever-pressing concern. Well, everywhere but at Under the Radar’s three-day parties. I realize my option is somewhat suspect, seeing as they sign my paychecks, but believe me when I say that, for at least three days of the fest, there was nowhere else I would have rather been than The Flamingo Cantina in Austin, Texas. More

Check Out Photos from Friday’s Under the Radar SXSW 2012 Day Party

Including of Montreal, Deerhoof, Cymbals Eat Guitars, La Sera, Lost in the Trees and Django Django

Mar 20, 2012

Check out photos from Friday's Under the Radar SXSW 2012 Day Party including shots of Django DjangoLost in the TreesCymbals Eat GuitarsLa SeraDeerhoof and of Montreal. Photos by Wendy Lynch Redfern.  More

Under the Radar SXSW Party Packed

Crowds Line Up Outside Flamingo Cantina

Mar 16, 2012

Under the Radar's SXSW party at Flamingo Cantina is packed. More

of Montreal – Under the Radar’s SXSW Party Spotlight

Headlining Shure Presents Under the Radar's Third SXSW Party, Friday, March 16 at Flamingo Cantina

Mar 10, 2012

On March 16 Shure presents Under the Radar’s 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 of Montreal. More

Listen: Unreleased of Montreal Track - “Feminine Effects”

Part of a Split Record Store Day Release with Deerhoof

Mar 09, 2012

Of Montreal have released a stream of a previously unreleased song, "Feminine Effects." It's part of a split 7" record with Deerhoof. Don't forget that both of Montreal and Deerhoof are playing our Friday SXSW party. More

Mar 02, 2012

As part of Under the Radar’s three free SXSW day partiesof Montreal is set to play 2005 album The Sunlandic Twins in its entirety.  More

Under the Radar Announces Three SXSW Day Parties: of Montreal to Perform The Sunlandic Twins

Lineup Also Includes Chairlift, The Drums, Reggie Watts, Deerhoof, Bear in Heaven, Youth Lagoon, La Sera, Taken By Trees, and more

Feb 29, 2012

Under the Radar magazine is excited to reveal the full lineups, poster, and set times for its three SXSW 2012 day parties, taking place on Wednesday, March 14th, Thursday, March 15th, and Friday, March 16th. The Friday party, which is presented by Shure, will feature headliner of Montreal performing their beloved 2004 album The Sunlandic Twins in its entirety, the only SXSW 2012 performance of the album. The lineup also includes ChairliftThe DrumsReggie WattsDeerhoofBear in HeavenYouth LagoonLa SeraTaken By Trees, and more. More

Watch: of Montreal Play “Fallon”

Perform "Dour Percentage"

Feb 09, 2012

Last night Kevin Barnes and of Montreal stopped by the set of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon performing the track "Dour Percentage" off the band's latest album Paralytic Stalks. More

Jan 25, 2012

As previously reportedof Montreal is set to put out their eleventh full-length on February seventh. Now you can listen to it in full.  More

Listen: of Montreal - “Dour Percentage”

New Track From Paralytic Stalks

Jan 06, 2012

Leading up to the release of their eleventh album Paralytic Stalks, Kevin Barnes and his of Montreal cohorts have decided to share yet another track from the record entitled, "Dour Percentage." 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

of Montreal Announce Tour Dates For 2012

Paralytic Stalks Out February 7 via Polyvinyl

Dec 12, 2011

With their latest album, Paralytic Stalks set to release in February, of Montreal has released tour dates for the months of March and April. More

of Montreal Announces New Album Release Date

Paralytic Stalks Out Feb. 7

Dec 05, 2011

Of Montreal have announced the official release date of its upcoming eleventh LP Paralytic Stalks. More

The Digital Version of Under the Radar’s 10th Anniversary Issue Features 70 Extra Pages of Content

Includes Bonus Joanna Newsom vs. Robin Pecknold Interview, Plus Articles on The Dears, Dntel/The Postal Service, The Fiery Furnaces, of Montreal, Okkervil River, Saint Etienne, Elliott Smith, Sonic Youth, and more

Nov 23, 2011

The digital version of Under the Radar's 10th Anniversary Issue includes the same articles that appear in the printed version—plus 70 extra pages of editorial content not found in the print version, including extra full page photos, 13 bonus articles, and 11 bonus reviews. The digital version includes exclusive bonus articles on Arab Strap, Clinic, The Dears, The Delgados, DNTEL/The Postal Service, The Fiery FurnacesRobin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes vs. Joanna NewsomMogwai, of Montreal, Okkervil River, Saint EtienneElliott Smith, and Sonic Youth. More

Listen: “Wintered Debts” by of Montreal

Paralytic Stalks Due Out Early 2012

Nov 22, 2011

Glammy psych-pop band of Montreal posted a new track, dubbed “Wintered Debts,” on their website this morning. More

Polyvinyl Announces a Commemorative DVD Compilation

Features of Montreal, Mates of State, Deerhoof, and More

Nov 17, 2011

In celebration of 15 years of releasing great music, Polyvinyl have announced A Brief History in Moving Pictures, which features 60 music videos from 26 Polyvinyl artists. Check out the tracklist here. More

Under the Radar Magazine Announces 10th Anniversary Issue Featuring Joanna Newsom and Fleet Foxes

Plus: Paul Rudd vs. The Divine Comedy, plus interviews with Broadcast, Grandaddy, The Flaming Lips, Bat For Lashes, Rilo Kiley, Broken Social Scene, and much more

Oct 19, 2011

Under the Radar is excited to announce the release of the indie music and entertainment print magazine’s 10th Anniversary Issue which hits newsstands next week. The extra-sized 10th Anniversary Issue features cover artists Joanna Newsom and Fleet Foxes Robin Pecknold together in an exclusive photo shoot and joint interview.  Exclusive video taken during the cover shoot of Robin Pecknold and Joanna Newsom arm wrestling can be found here More

Polyvinyl Records Gives Away Free Download Sampler in Honor of 15th Anniversary

Artists Include of Montreal, Deerhoof, and Xiu Xiu

Sep 19, 2011

In honor of their 15th anniversary, Polyvinyl Records is celebrating with a show featuring the labels past and current artists and giving out a free sampler. More

of Montreal Announces Box Set/New Album

New Album is Titled “Paralytic Stalks”

Sep 14, 2011

 

Because there’s no such thing as rest in of Montreal land, today the Athens, Georgia collective announced a box set and a new album. Sheesh…sleep much?

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Artists Participate in Japan Benefit Compilations

Love is All, Casiokids, Ariel Pink, Chairlift and More

Jul 29, 2011

There’s a whole lotta music going on to benefit Japan. Two major complations were announced today featuring (among others): Love is All, Casiokids, Ariel Pink, Chairlift, Deerhoof and more. We have the detials.  More

Polyvinyl Releases Compilation to Benefit Japan

Includes Material from of Montreal, Deerhoof, Xiu Xiu, Love Is All, and more

Jul 12, 2011

Polyvinyl have released a compilation to help raise money for Japan, which suffered a devastating tsunami in March of this year. More

Jul 01, 2011

Staying true to his inner weirdo, of Montreal's Kevin Barnes unveiled a new video for the track "L'age D'or," which is featured on the band's new EP thecontrollersphere. More

Listen: of Montreal “Flunkt Sass Vs. The Root Plume”

From Upcoming EP, thecontrollersphere (April 26)

Apr 11, 2011

of Montrea offer a first listen of “Flunkt Sass vs. The Root Plume," from their forthcoming album.  More

Buy Our Current Issue to Access the Digital Sampler Featuring Sufjan Stevens, of Montreal, and more

Includes Exclusive Unreleased Tracks by Rose Elinor Dougall, Motorifik, and Club 8

Jan 14, 2011

Every issue of Under the Radar includes a free digital sampler that can be accessed via the download code printed in the issue. Our Year-End issue's sampler (which is sponsored by Shure) includes exclusive unreleased tracks by MotorifikRose Elinor Dougall, and Club 8, as well as songs by of MontrealPlants and AnimalsThe Radio Dept., Tame ImpalaWild NothingSufjan StevensTwin ShadowLost in the TreesBeach HouseAvi Buffalo, and Owen Pallett. We have the details.  More

Nov 03, 2010

Of Montreal released the video today for False Priest cut, “Famine Affair.”  More

of Montreal Want Your Remixing Skills

Give Them Your Take on “Famine Affair,” Win $500

Oct 27, 2010

of Montreal want your take on glam track, “Famine Affair.” We have the contest details.  More

of Montreal Expand Tour

On the Road Now Until Early Next Year

Oct 08, 2010

Things are going so well for costumed crew of Montreal (currently promoting new album, False Priest) that they’ve expanded their trek into early next year. We have the full run of dates.  More

of Montreal Debut New Video for “Coquet Coquette,” To Release Album on Cassette

Tour with Janelle Monáe Now Includes Dates in Atlanta and San Francisco

Aug 18, 2010

The new video for of Montreal's "Coquet Coquette" is pretty crazy. During its 3:28-running time you'll witness a cannibalistic group of marauders storming a deserted island. There's witch doctors, necrophilia, face-painting, and a shirtless Kevin Barnes for the ladies in the house. Plus, they are releasing their new album on cassette. We have the video, details, and tour dates. More

of Montreal Release Promo Trailer for New Album

Footage Certain to Induce Vertigo, Possibly Spur Album Sales

Jul 15, 2010

of Montreal have released a visually compelling, and rather vertigo-inducing, teaser video for their new album False Priest, due out September 14. It's described by the band as a "fragmented glimpse into the Wednesday wilderness of False Priest."  More

of Montreal Announces False Priest, Out September 14th

“We’re Kind of Making this Psychedelic, No Wave, Funk Album.”

Jun 25, 2010

 

Last year, Kevin Barnes told us about the “psychedelic, no wave, funk album” of Montreal was working on. Today, more details were released about the album, now officially titled False Priest.

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of Montreal Head Out on Tour

James Husband to Support

Apr 08, 2010

More than just a "Gallery Piece" Under the Radar Best of the Decade artists of Montreal are heading out on tour. Supporting will be James Husband, side project of of Montreal's James Huggins III. We have the dates. More

of Montreal Rock Tots on “Yo Gabba Gabba”

“Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, Toast”

Mar 10, 2010

Costumed rockers of Montreal visited hippest kids show on the air, Yo Gabba Gabba. Along with a few costumed performers that wouldn’t look out of place in their stage show, Kevin Barnes and the gang sang “Bananas, Rice, Apple Sauce, Toast,” a song about proper nutrition when you’re sick. We have the video. More

Who’s on Under the Radar’s Best of the Decade Cover? Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard is.

The Final Cover is Revealed, As is the Rest of the Issue's Content

Dec 11, 2009

Under the Radar's Best of the Decade Issue will be hitting stores on December 18th. The cover features five notable indie musicians from different bands all photographed together. Every day this week we have been revealing a different cover artist building up to today's reveal of the final cover. More

Who’s on Under the Radar’s Best of the Decade Cover? Jenny Lewis is.

One of the Five Cover Artists to Be Revealed Each Day This Week

Dec 10, 2009

Under the Radar's Best of the Decade Issue will be hitting stores on December 18th. The cover features five notable indie musicians from different bands all photographed together. Every day this week we will be revealing a different cover artist until the final cover is revealed this Friday. More

Who’s on Under the Radar’s Best of the Decade Cover? Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox is.

One of the Five Cover Artists to Be Revealed Each Day This Week

Dec 09, 2009

Under the Radar's Best of the Decade Issue will be hitting stores on December 18th. The cover features five notable indie musicians from different bands all photographed together. Every day this week we will be revealing a different cover artist until the final cover is revealed this Friday. More

Who’s on Under the Radar’s Best of the Decade Cover? Devendra Banhart is.

One of the Five Cover Artists to Be Revealed Each Day This Week

Dec 08, 2009

Under the Radar's Best of the Decade Issue will be hitting stores in a couple of weeks. The cover features five notable indie musicians from different bands all photographed together. Every day this week we will be revealing a different cover artist until the final cover is revealed this Friday. More

Who’s on Under the Radar’s Best of the Decade Cover? of Montreal’s Kevin Barnes is.

One of the Five Cover Artists to Be Revealed Each Day This Week

Dec 07, 2009

Under the Radar's Best of the Decade Issue will be hitting stores in a couple of weeks. The cover features five notable indie musicians from different bands all photographed together. Every day this week we will be revealing a different cover artist until the final cover is revealed this Friday. Today we reveal that the first cover artist is of Montreal's Kevin Barnes. More

of Montreal vs. Hall & Oates

Kevin Barnes interviews Daryl Hall and John Oates for Under the Radar

Sep 29, 2009

Under the Radar arranged for of Montreal's Kevin Barnes to interview Daryl Hall and John Oates for us. The interview appears in our Fall 2009 Issue, but we've also posted the full transcripts on this website in two parts: More

Broadcast, of Montreal, Atlas Sound to Play Fun Fun Fun Fest

Austin Festival in November Also Features Fuck Buttons, Destroyer, Yeasayer

Aug 26, 2009

The fourth annual Fun Fun Fun Fest (that's a whole lot of fun, but here at Under the Radar we prefer to have fun fun fun fun) will go down on November 7th and 8th at Waterloo Park in Austin, Texas. The fest's lineup has just been announced. Highlights include Broadcast, of Montreal, Atlas Sound, Fuck Buttons, Fucked Up, Yeasayer, Les Savy Fav, Crystal Castles, Mission of Burma, Ratatat, Why?, No Age, Destroyer, HEALTH, Jesus Lizard, and Shearwater. More

Aug 22, 2009

Of Montreal's Kevin Barnes is currently in his Athens, Georgia, home studio working on the band's tenth album, which will be titled False Priest and is tentatively due out next spring. We briefly spoke to Barnes this past Wednesday about his progress on False Priest, which he says is influenced by Parliament and the '80s No Wave scene. More

Check Out Photos of Lollapalooza Day One

Photos of Depeche Mode, Fleet Foxes, Of Montreal, Peter Bjorn and John, A-Trak, and Hollywood Holt

Aug 08, 2009

Lollapalooza began yesterday in Chicago and we sent photographer Andrew Reed Weller down to capture the day one action. Check out his photos of Depeche Mode, Fleet Foxes, Of Montreal, Peter Bjorn and John, A-Trak, and Hollywood Holt. Click here for the full gallery of Friday's photos.

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Jul 01, 2009

Summertime and festivals go hand-in-hand. So, if you happen to be in Houston Texas on August 8th & 9th, why not check out The Free Press Summer Fest? Featuring Under the Radar favorites Broken Social Scene, Of Montreal, and Explosions in the Sky, along with a bevy of up-and-comers, this might just be one of those shows worth braving the heat for. More

Jamie Lidell, TV on the Radio, Of Montreal, Chuck D, and Others on Michael Jackson

Architecture in Helsinki, Superchunk, Pop Levi, Herbie Hancock also Comment on the King of Pop's Passing

Jun 26, 2009

Various musicians have either provided Under the Radar with quotes or issued general statements about the passing of Michael Jackson that we thought we'd share with you. Included are quotes or statements from Architecture in Helsinki, Chuck D, Jamie Lidell, Of Montreal, Pop Levi, TV on the Radio, Herbie Hancock, Superchunk, Snow Patrol, and others. More


Interviews

The End: Kevin Barnes from of Montreal on Endings and Death

"I think having a grand piano or a Chinese satellite or something crush me from the sky, when I wasn't paying attention, would be an okay way to go."

Jan 06, 2017

To end out the week, we ask of Montreal frontman/main creative force Kevin Barnes some questions about endings and death. Last year the ever-prolific Barnes released his 14th of Montreal studio album, Innocence Reaches, via his longtime label Polyvinyl. More

Blue in a Red State: Learning to Live in an Us vs. Them Country

A Conversation with Cursive's Tim Kasher, The Mynabirds' Laura Burhenn, of Montreal's Kevin Barnes, Okkervil River's Will Sheff, and Shearwater's Jonathan Meiburg

Nov 10, 2016

There's a quote—now considered apocryphal—from legendary film critic Pauline Kael that for years stood as damning evidence of the extent to which people could exist in their own cultural and social bubbles.  More

of Montreal

The Age of Icons

Oct 03, 2016

In the 12 years since Kevin Barnes hit the reset button on of Montreal with 2004's Satanic Panic in the Attic, his muses have pulled him in an almost unimaginable variety of directions. More

of Montreal – Kevin Barnes on “Aureate Gloom” and Why He Doesn’t Get Taylor Swift

After the Flood – of Montreal is Playing Under the Radar’s SXSW Day Party Today at 5 PM

Mar 19, 2015

The indie rock culture wars are finally over. That's the only real conclusion you can draw when indie bands win Grammys and underground music publications routinely give their most glowing reviews to Top 40 pop stars. For anyone who came of age in the post-Nirvana era of Pavement, Guided by Voices, and Yo La Tengo—bands that could flirt with mainstream approval but never quite escape being placed in the "other" category—this is a strange watershed moment, one that seems to have washed away a whole culture with its arrival. Count of Montreal's Kevin Barnes as one who is still getting used to the new terrain after the flood. More

2014 Artist Survey: of Montreal

Kevin Barnes on Racism and Police Brutality in America, Respecting the Audience, the Questions He's Tired of Answering, and Collaborating with His Brother

Feb 18, 2015

For Under the Radar's 12th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2014. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2014 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions.

Oct 21, 2013

For our Track-by-Track feature, we go in-depth with an artist about each song on their new album. This week we are featuring of Montreal's Lousy With Sylvianbriar, and for the next three days we'll post commentary by frontman Kevin Barnes on all of the album's songs. More

Track-by-Track: of Montreal on “Lousy With Sylvianbriar” Part 3

Kevin Barnes on the Tracks 8 - 11 on the Band's 12th Album

Oct 16, 2013

For our Track-by-Track feature, we go in-depth with an artist about each song on their new album. This week we are featuring of Montreal's Lousy With Sylvianbriar, and for three days this week we'll post commentary by frontman Kevin Barnes on all of the album's songs. Here's part three. More

Track-by-Track: of Montreal on “Lousy With Sylvianbriar” Part 2

Kevin Barnes on the Tracks 4 - 7 on the Band's 12th Album

Oct 15, 2013

For our Track-by-Track feature, we go in-depth with an artist about each song on their new album. This week we are featuring of Montreal's Lousy With Sylvianbriar, and for the next three days we'll post commentary by frontman Kevin Barnes on all of the album's songs. Here's part two. More

Track-by-Track: of Montreal on “Lousy With Sylvianbriar” Part 1

Kevin Barnes on the Tracks 1 - 3 on the Band's 12th Album

Oct 14, 2013

For our Track-by-Track feature, we go in-depth with an artist about each song on their new album. This week we are featuring of Montreal's Lousy With Sylvianbriar, and for the next three days we'll post commentary by frontman Kevin Barnes on all of the album's songs. Lousy With Sylvianbriar was released last week on Polyvinyl. More

Oct 03, 2013

It has been nearly 10 years since he pulled off one of the most unexpected mid-career reinventions in recent rock history, stripping of Montreal down to its psychedelic twee foundation and rebuilding it as an electronic pop band, but Kevin Barnes has never stopped reimagining his sound. More

2012 Artist Survey Bonus Answers: of Montreal

Kevin Barnes Reflects on the Last Year

Feb 13, 2013

For Under the Radar's 10th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2012. Pick up the Best of 2012 issue to read many of the responses. We are also posting additional web-exclusive bonus answers to the website. These are from artists whose surveys are in the print magazine, but are extra answers that didn't fit in the issue. Here are bonus answers from of Montreal's Kevin Barnes.  More

of Montreal

Disconnecting The Dots

Nov 30, 2010

As the 21st century dawned, of Montreal were ready for their breakthrough. Having already completed one indisputable (though overlooked) psychedelic pop classic in 1999's The Gay Parade, they had staked out territory as the most whimsically kaleidoscopic, playfully childlike, and innocently asexual band in the then-fading Elephant 6 Recording Company. More

of Montreal vs. Hall and Oates Part 1

Kevin Barnes interviews Daryl Hall

Sep 29, 2009

If you were anywhere near a radio in the '80s, you are likely familiar with Daryl Hall and John Oates. The duo's string of hits is remarkable—"You Make My Dreams," "Private Eyes," "Maneater," "Out of Touch," and more. On the surface, Hall & Oates couldn't be more different from Athens, Georgia's of Montreal. But of Montreal frontman Kevin Barnes grew up on Hall & Oates and harbors a not-so-guilty liking for the pair's music. Under the Radar hooked up Barnes with Daryl Hall and John Oates to discuss the band's history and what makes Hall & Oates tick. This is part one of our interview, in which Kevin Barnes interviews Daryl Hall. More

of Montreal vs. Hall and Oates Part 2

Kevin Barnes interviews John Oates

Sep 29, 2009

If you were anywhere near a radio in the '80s, you are likely familiar with Daryl Hall and John Oates. The duo's string of hits is remarkable—"You Make My Dreams," "Private Eyes," "Maneater," "Out of Touch," and more. On the surface, Hall & Oates couldn't be more different from Athens, Georgia's of Montreal. But of Montreal frontman Kevin Barnes grew up on Hall & Oates and harbors a not-so-guilty liking for the pair's music. Under the Radar hooked up Barnes with Daryl Hall and John Oates to discuss the band's history and what makes Hall & Oates tick. This is part two of our interview, in which Kevin Barnes interviews John Oates. More

of Montreal: In the Studio

“We’re kind of making this psychedelic, No Wave, funk album.”

Aug 21, 2009

Of Montreal's Kevin Barnes is currently in his Athens, Georgia, home studio working on the band's tenth album, which will be titled False Priest and is tentatively due out next spring. We briefly spoke to Barnes this past Wednesday about his progress on False Priest, which he says is influenced by Parliament and the '80s No Wave scene. "We're kind of making this psychedelic, No Wave, funk album," says Barnes. More

Of Montreal

Dirty Minds and Super Freaks

Sep 01, 2008

"Everybody involved is so emotionally invested in Of Montreal that it’s become like a cult,” says Kevin Barnes, Of Montreal’s master of ceremonies. He’s assessing not only the status of his band in the public eye—due to mount with the release of the band’s exceptional new album, Skeletal Lamping, to be promoted on tour with a “show to end all shows”—but the drive among its members and in the extended family that makes all their DIY dreams come true. More


Reviews

Innocence Reaches

Innocence Reaches

Polyvinyl

Aug 12, 2016

What happens to an artist that specializes in youthful exuberance when they're no longer young? On "Suffer for Fashion," the first track from of Montreal's landmark 2007 album Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?, Kevin Barnes put it thusly: "If we've got to burn out, let's do it together." More

SXSW 2015 Thursday - Under the Radar Party - of Montreal, Mew, East India Youth, SOAK, and More

Mar 30, 2015

"We played a show at 7'oclock this morning, which is entirely too early to be playing a rock 'n' roll concert," said Matthew E. White. The Richmond, VA-based singer/songwriter/guitarist was up on stage at the Flamingo Cantina, for a second-on-the-bill 12:45 PM set at Under the Radar's SXSW day party.  More

Aureate Gloom

Aureate Gloom

Polyvinyl

Feb 27, 2015

Of Montreal doesn't give a shit about first impressions. Each album (out of a pretty dense discography, no less) is not only impossible to nail down and succinctly summarize, but also completely different in focus and sound than its predecessor. More

The Past is a Grotesque Animal

Studio: Oscilloscope
Directed by Jason Miller

Jul 15, 2014

Director Jason Miller’s fantastic new documentary investigating musician Kevin Barnes and his primary creative outlet, Of Montreal, presents a frank, complex portrait of an artist who has been pushing the limits of his medium for almost two decades. More

Lousy With Sylvianbriar

Lousy With Sylvianbriar

Polyvinyl

Oct 07, 2013

Kevin Barnes is clearly not a man for taking a break. Over the last 16 years, of Montreal's leading light has rattled off close to a record a year. And these are never just any old long-player; each is antithetical to its predecessor, a bleeding statement of Barnes' thirst for forward-thinking pop melodies. More

Daughter of a Cloud

Daughter of a Cloud

Polyvinyl

Nov 08, 2012

Rooting around in an old attic stuffed full of junk can be a hit and miss process: Homer Simpson found a “Stradawhovius,” I found a signed picture of David Cassidy; Can found The Lost Tapes, Oasis found The Masterplan. So when of Montreal went rooting around their discarded odds and sods collection, they would have known that the odds of finding anything worth releasing were pretty well 50/50. More

Under the Radar SXSW Party Recap: Niki & The Dove, The Drums, Chairlift, of Montreal and More

Mar 23, 2012

FOMO. Fear Of Missing Out. At a festival the size of SXSW, the terror that someone—somewhere—might be having a better time than you is an ever-pressing concern. Well, everywhere but at Under the Radar’s three-day parties. I realize my option is somewhat suspect, seeing as they sign my paychecks, but believe me when I say that, for at least three days of the fest, there was nowhere else I would have rather been than Under the Radar's three day parties at The Flamingo Cantina in Austin, Texas. More

Paralytic Stalks

Paralytic Stalks

Polyvinyl

Feb 08, 2012

On dance-prog epic "Ye, Renew the Plaintiff," of Montreal freak-genius Kevin Barnes nearly screams himself hoarse: "I'm desperate for something, but there's no human word for it/I should be happy, but what I feel is corrupted, broken, impotent, and insane." More

of Montreal and Janelle Monáe at the Palladium, Los Angeles, CA

October 31st, 2010

Nov 04, 2010

Someone needs to cast of Montreal bandleader Kevin Barnes in a revival of Rocky Horror Picture Show revue. After 12 years of gender bending, Technicolor, costumed pop, this seems like the only logical career arc. It probably goes without saying that seeing of Montreal live in concert is a damn good time. More

False Priest

False Priest

Polyvinyl

Sep 17, 2010

“You fetishistize the archetype,” of Montreal ringleader Kevin Barnes chides on track “Like a Tourist.” Perhaps he’s scolding himself. On False Priest, Barnes once again calls on the cabaret king archetype he’s carefully constructed over the past nine albums, inhabiting the role of glitter-dipped, master of ceremonies with the ease of an old shirt. More

Lollapalooza 2009 Day One Report

August 7th, 2009

Aug 08, 2009

No amount of rain or cloud could've obscured the beauty of Chicago's Grant Park on the first day of Lollapalooza, which despite less than welcoming conditions drew tens of thousands of mostly happy, mostly well-behaved music fans. On day one we caught Fleet Foxes, Crystal Castles, Of Montreal, and Depeche Mode. More