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Listen: The Dears - “I’m Sorry That I Wished You Dead”

Times Infinity Volume Two Due Out July 14 via Dangerbird

Jun 26, 2017

When Montréal's The Dears released their last album, 2015's Times Infinity Volume One, the band promised that there would be a volume two (its title implied as much). Times Infinity Volume Two is due out July 14 via Dangerbird in the U.S. (and Paperbag in Canada).  More

Seven Best Songs of the Week: TORRES, Emily Haines, Alvvays, The Dears, and More

Plus Japanese Breakfast, LIV, Ride, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Jun 09, 2017

What a packed week for new songs and album announcements, enough to help you ignore all the James Comey/Donald Trump (but at least the Conservatives stumbled at the U.K. general election). More

Listen: The Dears - “All the Hail Marys”

Times Infinity Volume Two Due Out July 14 via Dangerbird, Also Listen to "1998"

Jun 05, 2017

When Montréal's The Dears released their last album, 2015's Times Infinity Volume One, the band promised that there would be a volume two (its title implied as much). Times Infinity Volume Two is due out July 14 via Dangerbird in the U.S. (and Paperbag in Canada). More

The Dears Announce New Album, Share “Of Fisticuffs”

Times Infinity Volume Two Due Out July 14 via Dangerbird and Paperbag

May 05, 2017

When Montréal's The Dears released their last album, 2015's Times Infinity Volume One, the band promised that there would be a volume two (its title implied as much). Now Times Infinity Volume Two has been announced and its first single, "Of Fisticuffs," has been shared.  More

Under the Radar Announces November/December Issue with EL VY on the Cover

Issue 55 Also Includes Interviews with Julia Holter, Kurt Vile, Neon Indian, Martin Courtney, The Dears, John Grant, Bruce Campbell on Ash vs Evil Dead, the Cast of Back to the Future, and More

Nov 13, 2015

Under the Radar is excited to announce the full details of the November/December 2015 issue, which is available digitally now (via the magazine apps Zinio and Readly), 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, as well as Readbug and Kindle. The issue features EL VY (Matt Berninger of The National and Brent Knopf of Menomena and Ramona Falls) on the cover.  More

Oct 22, 2015

The Dears released their new album, Times Infinity Volume One, late last month via Dangerbird. Now they have shared a lyric video for "Here's to the Death of All the Romance" (the audio for which we had the pleasure of premiering). But it's more than just lyrics against a boring backdrop, it's really a full on video that incorporates the song's lyrics. More

Premiere: The Dears - “Here’s to the Death of All the Romance”

Times Infinity Volume One Due Out September 25 on Dangerbird

Aug 21, 2015

Montreal collective The Dears have shared "Here's to the Death of All the Romance," a surging new single that, like much of their best work, somehow manages to sound both restrained and melodramatic. More

Aug 07, 2015

As we previously reportedThe Dears recently announced their new album, Times Infinity Volume One, which is out September 25 via Dangerbird.  More

Jul 14, 2015

Under the Radar favorites The Dears have announced their new album and shared a song from it. The Montreal band's new album, Times Infinity Volume One, has been teased for a while by the band, but now has an official release date of September 25 (it's out via Dangerbird in the U.S.).  More

The Dears’ Murray A. Lightburn Announces Solo Album Details and To Give You the Shirt Off His Back

Vinyl Pre-orders of Solo Debut May Come With Worn Polo, MASS:LIGHT due Aug. 20

Jul 15, 2013

While not exactly the flashiest choice of attire, The Dears' Murray A. Lightburn has maintained a signature look over the years by wearing a black polo shirt wherever he goes. Soon to release his debut solo album MASS:LIGHT on Aug. 20, Lightburn has revealed that pre-orders of the record's vinyl will come with the chance to win the very shirt off Murray's back. More

Listen: Murray A. Lightburn - “Motherfuckers”

Off The Dears' frontman's Debut Solo Album

Jul 12, 2013

Recently announcing the arrival of his debut solo album, MASS:LIGHT The Dears' Murray A. Lightburn has shared the completed effort's opening track "Motherfuckers." More

May 30, 2013

With his band currently working on a follow up to 2011’s Degeneration StreetThe Dears frontman Murray Lightburn has taken the opportunity to release a solo album.  More

The Dears To Premiere Documentary, Release Live Album

Never Destroy Us: The Dears At Pasaguero and The Dears Live at Pasaguero

Nov 27, 2012

Next month the Canadian Broadcasting Company will premiere a new documentary on the native sons and daughters making up The Dears. 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

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

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

Check Out Photos from the Under the Radar Day SXSW Party - Thursday March 17th

Including Atlas Sound, The Dears, Yuck, The Dodos, Lord Huron and More

Mar 21, 2011

Check out photos from the first of the Under the Radar SXSW 2011 Day Parties (sponsored by JanSport), including shots of Atlas Sound, The Dears, Lord Huron, Sondre Lerche, Yuck, The Dodos and Violens. Photos by Wendy Lynch Redfern. Check out the full gallery here. More

Under the Radar Announces Winter 2011 Issue and Death Cab for Cutie Cover

Issue Includes Interviews with R.E.M., Bright Eyes, The Decemberists, Cut Copy, Jens Lekman, Okkervil River, Panda Bear, Lykke Li, Iron and Wine, Elbow, Duran Duran, Destroyer, and more

Feb 11, 2011

Under the Radar’s Winter 2011 issue is about to hit stands. The cover features Death Cab for Cutie, who gave writer Matt Fink insight into the band’s forthcoming album, Codes and Keys (due out in May). The issue also includes interviews with Bright EyesBritish Sea PowerThe DearsThe DecemberistsDestroyerThe DodosDuran Duran,ElbowIron and WineLykke LiR.E.M.TelekinesisToro Y MoiThe AntlersThe Big PinkCymbals Eat GuitarsEdward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Jens LekmanOkkervil RiverPanda BearVivian GirlsAnna CalviPorcelain Raft, Smith Westerns, Yuck, and more.

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Listen to The Dears’ New Album Now

Degeneration Street Out February 15

Feb 08, 2011

After teasing out fans’ anticipation with a series of weekly webcasts, The Dears are final ready to show off their fifth studio full-length, Degeneration Street. We have the details.  More

The Dears Shed “Blood”

Track Off Forthcoming Album Degeneration Street

Dec 01, 2010

Building anticipation for their forthcoming album Degeneration Street (out February 15, 2011 via Dangerbird) Canadian rockers The Dears released new song “Blood.” We have the track. More

Bands Added to SXSW 2011 Lineup

DeVotchKa, The Dears, and J Mascis Slated to Play the Fest

Nov 23, 2010

Today, SXSW released a generous batch of bands that will be joining A Place to Bury Strangers, Asobi Seksu, Nite Jewel, and Erykah Badu, to name a few, in the numerous live venues of downtown Austin. More

The Dears to Host Weekly Webcasts

The Dears Host Weekly Webcasts

Nov 22, 2010

In anticipation of their new album Degeneration Street (out February 15, via Dangerbird), The Dears are taking to the web-hosted airwaves to host their own radio program. We have the details.  More

Oct 26, 2010

Montreal, Canada mainstays The Dears have released their new single, "Omega Dog," available as a digital download for 99 cents here at the website of the band's label, Dangerbird Records. You can also stream the song there. On The Dears' website the band promises that "Omega Dog" is "utterly kick ass, you won't even believe what you are hearing." More

The Dears Unveil New Song, “Omega Dog”

Hear Their New Album in Full During Residency Dates

Sep 10, 2010

Building up to the release of their yet-to-be-titled follow up to 2008 album MisslesThe Dears recently released a live video of new song “Omega Dog,” recorded at their residency in Mexico City. We have the clip. More

Jul 22, 2010

For much of 2009 and 2010 Canada’s The Dears have been hard at work on a follow-up to 2008’s Missiles. Now, with the new album near completion and slated for early 2011, the band is ready to road test material with residences in Montreal, Toronto, and Brooklyn. More

Apr 09, 2010

Still hard at work on their follow-up to 2008's Missiles, The Dears are heading south for a three-night residency in Mexico City. The shows will find The Dears premiering their untitled new album in full. More

Jul 14, 2009

Playboy—that enterprise we all know and love—has announced the creation of a new video series for Playboy.com, which will feature artists covering their favorite artists. More

Photos of The Dears at the Echoplex

The Dears, Great Northern, and Eulogies played the Echoplex in Los Angeles, May 23rd 2009

May 26, 2009

The Dears’ Tour Bus Stolen

North American Tour to Continue as Scheduled

Apr 30, 2009

Last night, as The Dears prepared to embark on a six-week  North American tour, the band’s tour bus was stolen. The vehicle disappeared from the parking lot of the 700 blvd St. Jean Pointe-Claire Comfort Inn as the driver slept in the hotel. More


Interviews

Winning to Lose: The Indie Rock Revolution a Decade and a Half Later

Paul Banks, Wayne Coyne, Kevin Drew, Black Francis, Ben Gibbard, Jens Lekman, Murray Lightburn, Colin Meloy, Nina Persson, Laetitia Sadier, and More on Indie Rock's Identity Crisis

Mar 20, 2017

In 2001, when Under the Radar's first issue was released, the music industry had reached a transitional moment. In January, Apple introduced its iTunes program to the world, laying the groundwork to forever change how listeners interfaced with their music. More

2016 Artist Survey: The Dears

Murray Lightburn and Natalia Yanchak on 2016's Best Albums, Trump, Prince, Memorable Fan Encounters, and Fake Band Names

Feb 09, 2017

For Under the Radar's 14th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2016. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2016 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions.  More

2015 Artist Survey: The Dears

Murray Lightburn on Music Streaming, Mainstream Pop, the Election, Being Fired, and Star Wars

Feb 17, 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 Murray Lightburn of The Dears. The Canadian band released their latest album, Times Infinity Volume One, in 2015 via Dangerbird. More

The Dears

Bringing It All Back Home

Jan 05, 2016

Murray Lightburn is feeling philosophical. The Dears frontman apologies profusely for his conversational rabbit trails, crediting his meandering deep thoughts to the exhaustion of balancing album promotion and daily life as the father of two. But he's also the first to acknowledge that his mental processes onstage and off mirror each other.  More

2014 Artist Survey: The Dears

Murray Lightburn on the Teacher Who Impacted Him, Not Talking About Kim Kardashian's Ass, and a World Without Cell Phones and Internet

Jan 30, 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. More

Indie Rock Parenting 101

Musician Moms and Dads on the Challenges of Raising Children on the Road

Mar 22, 2010

Whatever the perception, as any parent will tell you, raising children is hard work, and for a working musician, balancing writing, recording, and touring with being a full-time mom or dad can be extra tricky. More

The Dears

Allusions of Grandeur

Nov 01, 2008

“Like all Dears records, there’s a grand theme,” says Murray Lightburn, referring to the feeling of being under threat, the underlying idea behind his band’s fourth album, Missiles. It’s a universal enough concept, in step with the record’s mid-paced marvels of melody, harmony, rhythm, and riffage, located at one of the more soulful intersections of pop and rock. Missiles may not seem a particularly fitting title for such romantically inclined music (“paced to love-making,” says the band’s blog), but melodrama remains at the core of The Dears’ oeuvre.  More

The Dears

Beautiful Losers

Jul 01, 2006

"My glamorous lifestyle is catching up with me," says Dears songwriter and vocalist  Murray Lightburn from what he describes as a "fucking lame hotel" in Sydney, Australia. Though he's a talkative and engaging man, two weeks of European promotional interviews for his band's third full-length release, Gang of Losers, have left him with little excitement for explaining either his songwriting approaches, his thoughts on the Canadian scene, or the rationale behind stripping his band's orchestral pop sound down to its bare elements. More

The Dears

Random Quotes

Mar 01, 2003

Now that you’ve read our article on Montreal’s fabulous favorites The Dears, on page 18 of Issue 4 of Under the Radar, scroll below for more quotes from the band’s mastermind, (vocalist, songwriter, arranger, you name it), Murray Lightburn, and his main cohort, (and keyboardist/backing vocalist), Natalia Yanchak. More


Reviews

Times Infinity Volume One

Times Infinity Volume One

Dangerbird

Oct 20, 2015

With its last album, 2011's Degeneration StreetThe Dears returned to its roots, at least lineup-wise. Past members Patrick Krief (guitars/vocals), Robert Benvie (guitars/keyboards/vocals), and Robert Arquilla (bass/vocals) returned to the fold after a period away from the band, and a new member, drummer Jeff Luciani, rounded out the group that had since its formation been anchored by married couple Murray A. Lightburn and Natalia Yanchak.  More

JanSport Presents the Under the Radar SXSW 2011 Party Recap – Atlas Sound and more

March 17th, 2011

Mar 25, 2011

A recap of Under the Radar's Thursday SXSW party, which was presented by JanSport and featured performances by ViolensThe DodosYuckSondre LercheLord HuronThe Dears, and Atlas Sound (Deerhunter's Bradford Cox).

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Degeneration Street

Degeneration Street

Dangerbird

Mar 02, 2011

The Dears' last album, 2008’s Missiles, came at a fractious time in the band’s history. More

Pop Montreal 2010 Day One Recap – The Dears Preview New Album

September 30th, 2010

Sep 30, 2010

From topless men in tutus to a standout gig by one of the city's best bands, the first day of Pop Montrealslight on the programming front, as always, to ease festival goers into the fraywas visually and sonically stellar. Here's a recap of day one, including The Dears performing their next album from start to finish. More