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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

Mar 28, 2016

School of Seven Bells released a new album, SVIIB, back in February via Vagrant. It is the band's first album since the passing of founding member Benjamin Curtis, who passed in December 2013 after a battle with T-cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma and likely their final album.  More

Watch: School of Seven Bells - “On My Heart” Video

SVIIB Due Out February 26 via Vagrant

Mar 08, 2016

School of Seven Bells released a new album, SVIIB, a couple of weeks ago via Vagrant. It is the band's first album since the passing of founding member Benjamin Curtis, who passed in December 2013 after a battle with T-cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma and likely their final album.  More

Listen: School of Seven Bells - “Ablaze”

SVIIB Due Out February 26 via Vagrant

Jan 27, 2016

School of Seven Bells are releasing a new album, SVIIB, on February 26 via Vagrant. It is the band's first album since the passing of founding member Benjamin Curtis, who passed in December 2013 after a battle with T-cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma. Curtis' bandmate Alejandra Deheza has put the album together featuring material Curtis recorded when he was still alive, recordings from the summer of 2012.  More

Listen: School of Seven Bells - “On My Heart”

SVIIB Due Out February 26 via Vagrant

Jan 14, 2016

School of Seven Bells recently announced a new album, SVIIB, now due for release February 26 (originally it was set for February 12) via Vagrant. It is the band's first album since the passing of founding member Benjamin Curtis, who passed in December 2013 after a battle with T-cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma. More

Listen: School of Seven Bells - “Open Your Eyes”

SVIIB Due Out February 12, 2016 via Vagrant

Nov 13, 2015

School of Seven Bells recently announced a new album, SVIIB, due for release February 12, 2016 via Vagrant. It is the band's first album since the passing of founding member Benjamin Curtis, who passed in December 2013 after a battle with T-cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma. Now the band has shared the album's first single, "Open Your Eyes," which you can listen to below via Noisey (who premiered it). More

Oct 29, 2015

School of Seven Bells have announced a new album, SVIIB, due for release next February. It is the band's first album since the passing of founding member Benjamin Curtis, who passed in December 2013 after a battle with T-cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma. Curtis' bandmate Alejandra Deheza has put the album together featuring material Curtis recorded when he was still alive, recordings from the summer of 2012. More

Listen: Under the Radar’s Weekly Playlist Featuring Grimes, Jessie Ware, Zola Jesus, alt-J, and More

Plus New Tracks from Radiohead's Phil Selway, School of Seven Bells, Frightened Rabbit's Scott Hutchison, Willis Earl Beal, and Others

Jun 27, 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 Grimes, Jessie Ware, Radiohead's Phil Selway, Zola Jesus, alt-J, School of Seven Bells, Willis Earl Beal, and much more. More

School of Seven Bells Announces New Album

Recordings Feature Late Member Benjamin Curtis

Jun 25, 2014

School of Seven Bells might have lost member Benjamin Curtis to cancer last year, but that’s not going to stop remaining member Alejandra Deheza from concluding the band’s legacy with one final release. More

Jun 24, 2014

School of Seven Bells has given us one last gift—a cover of Joey Ramone tune, “I Got Knocked Down (But I’ll Get Up).”  More

Dec 30, 2013

After an extensive battle with cancer, School of Seven Bells' member Benjamin Curtis has passed away at the far too young age of 35. More

Musicians Gather to Play Benefit for School of Seven Bells Guitarist Benjamin Curtis

Proceeds To Help Pay Medical Bills and Chemotherapy Treatments

Jul 31, 2013

Earlier this year School of Seven Bells revealed that guitarist Benjamin Curtis had been diagnosed with T-cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma and that in addition to chemothherapy treatments was waiting for a match for bone-marrow transplant. More

Mar 12, 2013

Last month sad news struck the camp of School of Seven Bells when it had been revealed that guitarist Benjamin Curtis had been diagnosed with T-cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma. More

Feb 08, 2013

Terrible news from the School of Seven Bells camp. Guitarist Benjamin Curtis has been diagnosed with cancer. More

Dec 20, 2012

In a bid to out-Flaming Lips the Flaming Lips, today The Polyphonic Spree released a video for their Christmas single, “Silver Bells.”  More

Listen: School of Seven Bells – “Secret Days”

Put Your Sad Down Out November 13

Nov 01, 2012

As previously announced, on November 13 School of Seven Bells will release new EP Put Your Sad Down. Ahead of that, they’ve given us a first listen in the form of album track, “Secret Days.”  More

School of Seven Bells Announces New EP

Put Your Sad Down Out Nov. 13

Oct 17, 2012

Less than a year after releasing their latest full-length GhostorySchool of Seven Bells have announced that they will release a new EP titled Put Your Sad Down on Nov. 13. More

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

School of Seven Bells Announce Summer Tour

Globetrotting Trek Starts This Month

May 17, 2012

Recently wrapping up a North American headlining tour in support of their latest album GhostorySchool of Seven Bells have announced a multi-nation set of shows set to take place throughout the summer. More

Apr 27, 2012

On Record Store Day School of Seven Bells released a limited edition 7'' featuring a cover of Siouxsie and the Banshees' "Kiss Them For Me" b/w an unreleased original tune called "When She Was Me." More

Apr 16, 2012

The video for School of Seven Bells' latest track "Reppear" starts off with a message on an answering machine. More

Feb 24, 2012

School of Seven Bells' latest album Ghostory will finally be released next week on Feb. 28. More

Feb 20, 2012

Yesterday School of Seven Bells stopped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to remind people that their new album Ghostory is coming out next week on Feb. 28. More

Jan 17, 2012

With the release of their third full-length Ghostory just around the bend (out February 28 via Vagrant/Ghostly International), dream pop duo School of Seven Bells have announced a 25 date North American tour. We have the dates. More

Jan 12, 2012

Following up their first single "The Night," off their forthcoming new record Ghostory, NYC dance-pop pair School of Seven Bells have come out with yet another track called "Lafaye." More

Dec 05, 2011

Leading up to the release of their new album Ghostory, New York's School of Seven Bells have leaked the record's first listenable track, "The Night." More

School of Seven Bells Announce New Album for 2012

Ghostory out February 28 via Vagrant/Ghostly International

Nov 16, 2011

School of Seven Bells have announced the release date for their new album, GhostoryGhostory is the third full-length album from the New York based band and is due out February 28 via Vagrant and Ghostly International. More

Surfer Blood Announce New EP and Tour

Tarot Classics Due In October

Aug 08, 2011

Surfer Blood have announced their Tarot Classics EP, due October 25 via Kanine. More

Check Out Photos from Bonnaroo Day One

Including Deerhunter, Twin Shadow, Wavves, School of Seven Bells and More!

Jun 11, 2011

Bonnaroo 2011 kicked off this Thursday June 9th in Manchester, TN and photographer, Matt Jones, was there to capture the action. Check out photos from Day One's performances here.
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Mar 25, 2011

As part of the on-going recover and relief effort after the March 11 Japan earthquake/tsunami, a notable group of musicians have teamed together to create Benefit for the Recovery in Japan. We have the compilation details. 

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Feb 08, 2011

On Friday, February 4, 2011, Interpol, performed at the UCSB's Event Center in Santa Barbara, CA with support from School of Seven Bells. Photographer, Robert Redfield, was there to capture the action. Check out the full gallery. More

Nov 22, 2010

School of Seven Bells released a video for “I L U” an ethereal cut from sophomore album Disconnect from Desire. We have the video.  More

Sep 23, 2010

School of Seven Bells is set to head out on a brief European tour this November in support of sophomore release, Disconnect from Desire. We have the dates.  More

MoogFest Adds Hot Chip, Girl Talk, School of Seven Bells, Panda Bear, and many more to 2010 Lineup

Massive Attack, MGMT, Jónsi, Thievery Corporation and Several Others Confirmed to Perform

Aug 10, 2010

AC Entertainment released the still expanding Lineup for MoogFest, the three-day festival, celebrating the innovative vision of sonic pioneer, Robert Moog, will take place Halloween weekend, October 29-31 in Asheville, NC. The MoogFest 2010 weekend kicks off Friday, October 29, with performances by MGMT, Big Boi, Girl Talk, and others. Artists joining Massive AttackThievery Corporation and Jónsi for Saturday, October 30, includes Four Tet, Caribou, and Matmos. On the final day, Hot Chip and Pretty Lights will headline. Check out the complete lineup.  More

Under the Radar Announces Wasted on the Youth Issue

Musicians and Actors on Their Childhood Memories

Jul 29, 2010

Under the Radar's Summer 2010 issue is a special issue we're calling the Wasted on the Youth Issue. The basic idea of the issue was to talk to musicians and actors about various facets of their childhood/teenage years, from their first favorite bands/concerts to childhood memories to movies/TV shows of their youth, etc. We were interested in talking to musicians and actors about some of their earliest memories and their childhood passions. Many of the articles include childhood or teenage photos of the musicians interviewed. We have the full details on the issue that includes these artists: The National, The Antlers, Fred Armisen, Camera Obscura, Judah Friedlander, Fucked Up vs. Devo, Here We Go Magic, Jim James, Jónsi, Kele, The Kids in the Hall, Liars, Local Natives, Menomena, Chloë Grace Moretz, Elisabeth Moss, Portishead, Robert Rodriguez, School of Seven Bells, Tegan and Sara, Russell Tovey, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Edgar Wright, and many more! More

Stream School of Seven Bells’ “Disconnect From Desire”

Album Out July 13th on Ghostly International/Vagrant

Jul 01, 2010

On July 13th, School of Seven Bells releases their sophomore album, Disconnect From Desire. But starting today, you can hear the Brooklyn trio’s latest opus in full.  More

School of Seven Bells Hit the Road This September

Disconnect From Desire Out July 13th

Jun 16, 2010

Dream-pop trio School of Seven Bells is plotting a North American Tour in support of upcoming sophomore album, Disconnect from Desire. We have the dates.  More

School of Seven Bells to Release New Album

Disconnect From Desire due out July 13

Apr 26, 2010

School of Seven Bells will release their new album Disconnect From Desire on July 13, on Vagrant/Ghostly International in the U.S. and Full Time Hobby in Europe. To support their new release, the band will play two shows at Mercury Lounge in their hometown, New York City, on June 9 and 10.

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School of Seven Bells Discuss New Album

Alejandra Deheza of SVIIB on the Band's Sophomore Album Disconnect From Desire

Mar 31, 2010

The Most Anticipated Albums of 2010 section in Under the Radar's Winter 2010 Issue includes a short article on School of Seven Bells' new album. Here is the full Q&A of that interview with Alejandra Deheza. In preparing the follow-up to its 2008 full-length debut Alpinisms, a vibrant collection of dreampop harmonies, shoegaze guitars and synthetic tribal beats, Brooklyn trio School of Seven Bells didn't plan to change its recording process all that much. Yet, vocalist/guitarist Alejandra Deheza contends that the band's forthcoming sophomore album Disconnect From Desire is a departure from its predecessor, simply because the music and lyrics come from a different time and place. "I love Alpinisms, but I definitely think this is a way better record," she says.  More

CMJ Music Marathon Announces Initial Lineup

Broadcast, Atlas Sound, School of Seven Bells, The Antlers, múm, Japandroids, and more

Aug 19, 2009

The CMJ Music Marathon & Film Festival has announced the initial performers for this year's event.Highlights include: Broadcast, School of Seven Bells, Atlas Sound, The Antlers, Local Natives, múm, Japandroids, Margaret Cho, The Very Best, Crystal Antlers, Portugal. The Man, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Wild Light, Suckers, and more. More

Jul 08, 2009

Can’t get enough School of Seven Bells? Neither, it seems, can Vagrant Records. The label, home to Placebo, Eels, and So Many Dynamos will be re-releasing School of Seven Bells’ debut album Alpinisms on July 14th. The band will launch a supporting tour August 7th in Tokyo, Japan, followed by the band's first headlining U.S. tour.

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Austin City Limits Festival 2009 Lineup Announced

Over 130 Acts In 3 Days, including The Dead Weather, Sonic Youth, Grizzly Bear, Lily Allen, and The Decemberists

Apr 28, 2009

Though the early bird 3-day passes have been sold out since last year, the preliminary lineup for the Austin City Limits Music Festival has only recently been announced. More

Apr 02, 2009

After touring the UK with Bat for Lashes and White Lies, School of Seven Bells will be headed to the States for a co-headlining tour with Pennsylvania’s “experimental psych-band” Black Moth Super Rainbow. More


Interviews

School of Seven Bells

Facing the Days Together

Aug 05, 2016

Sitting in her home in L.A., her face framed by a curtain of bangs and sharply straightened black hair, Alejandra Deheza is filled with memories. Of her former life living in New York City. Of her band, School of Seven BellsMore

Aug 07, 2014

For this Throwback Thursday we revisit our 2007 article on School of Seven Bells, our first interview with the band and what may have been the band's first ever print magazine interview. At the time the band was still a four-piece and had just released their debut EP. By the time their debut album, Alpinisms (referred to by its working title Wired for Light here), was released the band had pared down to a three-piece, losing early member James Elliott. The three-piece lineup of Benjamin Curtis, Alejandra Deheza, and Claudia Deheza continued through their sophomore album, Disconnect from Desire, after which Claudia left. A year after Benjamin and Alejandra released 2012's third full-length, Ghostory, it was announced in February 2013 that Benjamin had been diagnosed with T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma. Benjamin tragically passed away in December 2013, aged only 35. This past June School of Seven Bells released a cover of Joey Ramone's "I Got Knocked Down (But I'll Get Up)," recorded while Benjamin was in the hospital. And Alejandra has since announced that she is working on a new School of Seven Bells album containing material she recorded with Benjamin before his passing.

Read on as Benjamin discusses the early days of School of Seven Bells: how they formed, where they got their name, their early influences, and how their sound came together. More

School of Seven Bells: In the Studio

Alejandra Deheza of SVIIB Discusses Band's Sophomore Album Disconnect From Desire

Mar 30, 2010

The Most Anticipated Albums of 2010 section in Under the Radar's Winter 2010 Issue includes a short article on School of Seven Bells' new album. Here is the full Q&A of that interview with Alejandra Deheza. In preparing the follow-up to its 2008 full-length debut Alpinisms, a vibrant collection of dreampop harmonies, shoegaze guitars and synthetic tribal beats, Brooklyn trio School of Seven Bells didn't plan to change its recording process all that much. Yet, vocalist/guitarist Alejandra Deheza contends that the band's forthcoming sophomore album Disconnect From Desire is a departure from its predecessor, simply because the music and lyrics come from a different time and place. "I love Alpinisms, but I definitely think this is a way better record," she says. More


Reviews

SVIIB

SVIIB

Vagrant

Feb 12, 2016

This is a very good pop record. Opening track "Ablaze" sets the tone with euphoric synths and 'ah's, getting you moving right from the start. Nitpicking, but this extended intro (the vocals don't come in until 0:51) leaves one hoping for a single edit that will get us to the dreamy sway of the verse that much quicker.  More

Ghostory

Ghostory

Vagrant/Ghostly International

Mar 01, 2012

Now a duo after the departure of keyboardist/vocalist Claudia Deheza, one would assume that School of Seven Bells entered their third album Ghostory at a disadvantage. As it turns out, having one less member barely makes an impact on the band's sound. More

Alpinisms

Alpinisms

Ghostly International

Nov 02, 2008

Painting the New York trio School of Seven Bells into a dream-pop corner would be a mistake as the band includes more than its fair share of electronics bells and whistles on debut Alpinisms. More