News

Loma (Shearwater/Cross Record Side Project) Share New Song “Relay Runner”

Loma Due Out February 16, 2018 via Sub Pop, Tour Dates Announced

Dec 12, 2017

Loma is a new band consisting of Shearwater singer Jonathan Meiburg and the two members of Cross Record (Emily Cross and Dan Duszynski). They are releasing their self-titled debut album on February 16, 2018 via Sub Pop. They previously shared a video for the album's closing track, "Black Widow." Now they have shared another song from the album, the Krautrock-y "Relay Runner."  More

6 Best Songs of the Week: Loma, Tame Impala, Björk, Anna Burch, Shame, and More

Plus Noel Gallagher and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Nov 17, 2017

As we get into the holiday season and build up to Thanksgiving next year there were inevitably less new songs of note this week, but there were still enough gems for a Songs of the Week post. We've got three songs from upcoming debut albums due out in 2018 and two songs from Tame Impala tied for #2. More

Nov 15, 2017

Loma is a new band consisting of Shearwater singer Jonathan Meiburg and the two members of Cross Record (Emily Cross and Dan Duszynski). They have announced their self-titled debut album and shared a video for the album's closing track, "Black Widow." 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

Shearwater Announce More Tour Dates

Jet Plane and Oxbow Out Now via Sub Pop

Sep 08, 2016

Shearwater released an excellent album, Jet Plane and Oxbow, back in January on Sub Pop. And then in May the band expertly covered the late David Bowie's 1979 album Lodger in its entirety for A.V. Club's A.V. Undercover video series.  More

Watch: Shearwater - “Pale Kings” Video

Jet Plane and Oxbow out now via Sub Pop

Jun 09, 2016

Today Shearwater has shared an animated lyric video for “Pale Kings,” off of the band's recently released album Jet Plane and Oxbow. More

Watch Shearwater Cover David Bowie’s “Lodger” in its Entirety

Recorded for A.V. Club's Undercover Series

May 13, 2016

Usually the way the A.V. Undercover series works is that bands pick a song to cover from a predetermined list, but this time Shearwater approached A.V. Club with the idea to cover the album. As Meiburg explains, he was listening to Lodger a lot last year. It's not the most celebrated of Bowie albums, but was well-liked by Bowie himself, although he didn't tour the album and rarely played any of its songs live. More

Jan 14, 2016

Various albums due out next Friday, January 22, are now streaming over at NPR First Listen, including the new albums by Eleanor FriedbergerTy SegallShearwater, and The Besnard Lakes. All can be streamed below More

Shearwater Announces New Album, Shares Single “Quiet Americans”

Jet Plane and Oxbow due out January 22 via Sub Pop

Oct 20, 2015

Shearwater has announced a new album, Jet Plane and Oxbow, for release on January 22 on Sub Pop. The group has also announced the first dates of a 2016 tour. Hear the album's lead single, "Quiet Americans," below. More

Track-by-Track: Shearwater on “Fellow Travelers” Part 2

Jonathan Meiburg on Tracks 6 - 10 on the Band's Ninth Album

Nov 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 Shearwater's Fellow Travelers, and for the next three days we'll post commentary by frontman Jonathan Meiburg on each of the album's songs. More

Track-by-Track: Shearwater on “Fellow Travelers” Part 1

Jonathan Meiburg on Tracks 1 - 5 on the Band's Ninth Album

Nov 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 Shearwater's Fellow Travelers, and for the next two days we'll post commentary by frontman Jonathan Meiburg on each of the album's songs.

Nov 18, 2013

Next week Austin-based ensemble Shearwater will release their very own covers album Fellow Travelers, tackling the works of artists the band has had the privilege to tour alongside of over the years. More

Watch: Shearwater – “You as You Were”

Also: Band hits the Road With St. Vincent

Mar 28, 2012

Shearwater is out on the road with St. Vincent in support of this year’s album, Animal Joy. Even so, the band found time to premiere a new video for album cut, “You as You Were.”  More

Under the Radar Announces Winter 2012 Issue with Dirty Projectors, Grizzly Bear, and Twin Shadow

Issue Also Features: Air, Bear in Heaven, Best Coast, Andrew Bird, Chairlift, Dan Deacon, First Aid Kit, Grimes, Spiritualized, Tegan and Sara, and more

Mar 12, 2012

Under the Radar’s Winter (March/April) Issue will be hitting the stands soon. The issue features an In the Studio 2012 themed cover with the frontmen of three notable acts set to release new albums later this year—Dirty Projectors’ Dave Longstreth, Grizzly Bear’s Ed Droste, and Twin Shadow’s George Lewis Jr. The issue also features interviews with AirBear in HeavenBest CoastAndrew BirdChairliftDan DeaconFirst Aid KitGrimesof MontrealFrankie RoseSpiritualizedTame ImpalaTegan and Saraand much more.  More

Shearwater Signs to Sub Pop

New Album Due Early 2012

Apr 22, 2011

Sub Pop welcomes a new member to their family today. More

Shearwater Explore The Golden Archipelago

New Song, "Castaways," Available for Download

Dec 02, 2009

Shearwater is releasing their sixth LP, The Golden Archipelago soon. It's dropping February 23rd in North America (and February 15th internationally), via Matador. The forthcoming long-player is "the third album in a triptych of excursions about man's impact on the natural world." More


Interviews

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

A Season For Cynics: Musicians Contemplate a Lesser-of-Two-Evils Election

A Conversation with Billy Bragg, Deerhoof's Greg Saunier, Kristin Kontrol, Mew's Jonas Bjerre, Moby, Thurston Moore, Okkervil River's Will Sheff, Amanda Palmer, Henry Rollins, Shearwater's Jonathan Meiburg, Superchunk's Laura Ballance, and Andrew W.K

Nov 03, 2016

On July 11, 2016, Democratic nominee for president Bernie Sanders officially endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, thereby ending one of the unlikeliest campaigns in American political history. It had been a remarkable run for the 74-year-old Vermont senator, going from barely registering in national polls to running neck and neck with Clinton throughout much of the primary. And, if public statements and Twitter endorsements are to be believed, the world of indie rock stood almost unanimously in their support for him. Vampire Weekend, TV on the Radio, Grizzly Bear-all performed for Sanders at his rallies. Killer Mike of Run the Jewels filmed interviews with Sanders to help spread his message. More

2015 Artist Survey: Shearwater

Jonathan Meiburg on 2015's Best Animals, Streaming Music, Being Fired, and Star Wars

Jan 15, 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 Jonathan Meiburg of ShearwaterMore

Nov 27, 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 Shearwater's Fellow Travelers, and for the next three days we'll post commentary by frontman Jonathan Meiburg on each of the album's songs.

Track-by-Track: Shearwater on “Fellow Travelers” Part 2

Jonathan Meiburg on Tracks 6 - 10 on the Band's Ninth Album

Nov 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 Shearwater's Fellow Travelers, and for the next three days we'll post commentary by frontman Jonathan Meiburg on each of the album's songs. More

Track-by-Track: Shearwater on “Fellow Travelers” Part 1

Jonathan Meiburg on Tracks 1 - 5 on the Band's Ninth Album

Nov 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 Shearwater's Fellow Travelers, and for the next two days we'll post commentary by frontman Jonathan Meiburg on each of the album's songs.

Shearwater

Winging It Across the World

May 21, 2012

Like the migratory seabirds they’re named after, the band Shearwater will spend much of the year traversing the globe. The band, led by singer/songwriter Jonathan Meiburg, has just finished the first of three European tours scheduled in 2012 and is on the second leg of an American tour as the support act for St. Vincent.  More


Reviews

Jet Plane and Oxbow

Jet Plane and Oxbow

Sub Pop

Jan 12, 2016

To signal its new musical direction, Shearwater updated its Facebook page with a photo of a gray DeLorean fitted with a flux capacitor. Nowadays, it seems as if every musician on the planet is time traveling to the 1980s for inspiration.  More

Fellow Travelers

Fellow Travelers

Sub Pop

Nov 27, 2013

Fellow Travelers is perhaps more interesting as a concept than as a record. Its premise is pretty damn neat: Shearwater recorded covers of songs by bands they'd toured with in the past, while collaborating in the studio with members of some of those bands. More

Animal Joy

Animal Joy

Sub Pop

Feb 16, 2012

Shearwater’s three-album cycle that started with 2006’s Palo Santo and closed with 2010’s The Golden Archipelago—dubbed by the band as “The Island Arc”—explored a single musical and emotional commonwealth, driven by lush, almost progressive instrumentation and frontman Jonathan Meiburg’s affecting vocals. More