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Under the Radar Announces Fall 2017 Issue with Julien Baker on the Cover

Issue 62 Also Includes Interviews with Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile, The Horrors, Wolf Alice, Jessie Ware, King Krule, and Much More

Oct 20, 2017

Under the Radar is excited to announce the full details of our Fall 2017 Issue, which is out now digitally via Under the Radar's app and the magazine app Readly. The print version has shipped out to subscribers and stores and will be on all newsstands soon (as well as available soon digitally via the magazine app Zinio). The issue features Julien Baker on the cover. More

Aug 29, 2017

Eccentric Los Angeles legends Sparks (brothers Ron and Russell Mael) are releasing a new albumHippopotamus, on September 8 via BMG. Previously they shared a video for its title track, a video for another song from the album, "What the Hell Is It This Time?" (which posited that God gets a little tired of people over-praying to him all the time for trivial things), and the audio for "Edith Piaf (Said It Better Than Me)."  More

Listen: Sparks - “Edith Piaf (Said It Better Than Me)”

Hippopotamus Due Out September 8 via The End Records

Jul 28, 2017

Eccentric Los Angeles legends Sparks (brothers Ron and Russell Mael) are releasing a new albumHippopotamus, on September 8 via The End Records. More

Watch: Sparks - “What the Hell Is It This Time?” Video

Hippopotamus Due Out September 8 via The End Records

May 16, 2017

Eccentric Los Angeles legends Sparks (brothers Ron and Russell Mael) are releasing a new albumHippopotamus, on September 8 via The End Records.  More

Mar 28, 2017

Los Angeles legends Sparks have announced a new album, Hippopotamus, and shared a video for its title track. The album is due out September 8.  More

Nov 20, 2015

Los Angeles legends Sparks have kept busy in 2015 with FFS, their collaboration with Scotland's Franz Ferdinand that released their self-titled debut album back in June via Domino. But they've also found time to record a new holiday song, "Christmas Without a Prayer."  More

Oct 15, 2015

FFS, the collaboration between Scotland's Franz Ferdinand and Los Angeles legends Sparks, released their self-titled debut album back in June via Domino and it's really one of the best records from a super-group in recent memory, seamlessly blending both artists' sounds into something new and exciting.  More

Oct 14, 2015

FFS, the collaboration between Scotland's Franz Ferdinand and Los Angeles legends Sparks, released their self-titled debut album back in June via Domino. Last night the supergroup showed up on The Late Late Show with James Corden. They performed "Police Encounters." More

Aug 04, 2015

FFS, the collaboration between Scotland's Franz Ferdinand and Los Angeles legends Sparks, released their self-titled debut album back in June via Domino. More

Jul 29, 2015

Yoko Ono has announced a new album. It's not due out until January 22, 2016 (is this the first notable album to get a confirmed 2016 release date?) and it's titled Yes, I'm a Witch Too, making it the sequel 2007's Yes, I'm a Witch. Like that record, this one is a collaborative album. Every song is a collaboration between Ono and a different artist. This one includes collaborations with Death Cab for Cutie, tUnE-yArDs, Sparks, Peter Bjorn and John, Cibo Matto, Portugal the Man, Miike Snow, Penguin Prison, and of course her son, Sean Lennon, among others.   More

Jun 08, 2015

FFS, the collaboration between Scotland's Franz Ferdinand and Los Angeles legends Sparks, are releasing their self-titled debut album tomorrow via Domino and now we have the video for "Piss Off." More

Jun 01, 2015

FFS, the collaboration between Scotland's Franz Ferdinand and Los Angeles legends Sparks, are releasing their self-titled debut album next week via Domino. More

May 28, 2015

FFS, the collaboration between Scotland's Franz Ferdinand and Los Angeles legends Sparks, have shared a new single entitled "Call Girl." It's the latest song to be revealed from their self-titled debut album, which is due out June 9 via Domino. More

May 20, 2015

FFS is a collaboration between Scotland's Franz Ferdinand and Los Angeles legends Sparks. It's an inspired matchup to be sure and seems to work based on what we've heard so far. Their self-titled debut album is out June 9 via Domino and now we have the video for "Johnny Delusional." More

Apr 01, 2015

Glasgow, Scotland-based rock band Franz Ferdinand has joined forces with legendary Los Angeles duo Sparks to form the super-group FFS, announcing the release of their self-titled debut, due out June 9 via via Domino Records. More

Feb 07, 2014

Still touring behind their latest LP Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right ActionFranz Ferdinand have apparently been secretly collaborating on a joint album with veteran synth duo Sparks. More

Halloween 2013 Questionnaire: Sparks, Wooden Shjips, White Hills, Audacity, His Clancyness

"Anything by Katy Perry scares the hell out of me." - Sparks' Russell Mael

Oct 28, 2013

We sent out the same set of Halloween-related questions to a bunch of different musicians. All Halloween week we are posting their responses. Here are some spooky answers from SparksWooden ShjipsWhite HillsAudacity, and His Clancyness. More


Interviews

Nov 03, 2015

FFSan acronym meaning "For Fuck's Sake" in text lingois what many people probably thought when they heard that Scottish indie rockers Franz Ferdinand and Los Angeles art-pop legends Sparks were attempting to join together in one band under that moniker. Or at least that's what Franz Ferdinand vocalist and songwriter Alex Kapranos suspects, a possibility that seems to please him to no end. More

Halloween 2013 Questionnaire: Sparks, Wooden Shjips, White Hills, Audacity, and His Clancyness

"Anything by Katy Perry scares the hell out of me." - Sparks' Russell Mael

Oct 28, 2013

We sent out the same set of Halloween-related questions to a bunch of different musicians. All Halloween week we are posting their responses. Here are some spooky answers from SparksWooden ShjipsWhite HillsAudacity, and His Clancyness. More


Reviews

Hippopotamus

Hippopotamus

BMG

Sep 04, 2017

Fewer and fewer living artists today can claim to be songwriting men-of-all-seasons like brothers Ron and Russell Mael, the creative force behind Sparks. With a career spanning 46 years and almost two dozen genre-bending studio albums, you'd have to turn to the likes of David Bowie to find a musical approach more chameleon-like.  More

New Music for Amnesiacs: The Ultimate Collection

New Music for Amnesiacs: The Ultimate Collection

Lil' Beethoven

Nov 29, 2013

At the very least, the brothers Ron and Russell Mael, otherwise known as Sparks, deserve a trophy for perseverance. Over the course of more than four decades, Sparks' artistic evolution has been intriguing, even if that meant denting the Billboard charts only occasionally. More