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Under the Radar Announces Spring 2017 Issue with Father John Misty on the Cover

Issue 60 Also Includes Interviews with alt-J, Grandaddy, Jarvis Cocker, Mount Eerie, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Perfume Genius, Slowdive, Little Dragon, London Grammar, Mew, Real Estate, Goldfrapp, The New Pornographers and Much More

Apr 07, 2017

Under the Radar is excited to announce the full details of our Spring 2017 Issue, which is out now digitally via Under the Radar's app and the magazine app Readly. The print version is about to ship out to subscribers and stores and will be on all newsstands soon (as well as available soon digitally via the magazine apps Zinio and Readly). More

Watch: The Drums - “Blood Under My Belt” Video

"Abysmal Thoughts" Due Out June 16 via ANTI-

Apr 04, 2017

The Drums are releasing a new album"Abysmal Thoughts" (the quote marks are part of the title), on June 16 via ANTI-. Previously they shared its first single, "Blood Under My Belt."  More

The Drums Announce New Album, Share “Blood Under My Belt”

"Abysmal Thoughts" Due Out June 16 via ANTI-

Mar 01, 2017

The Drums have announced a new album and shared its first single, "Blood Under My Belt." The album is entitled "Abysmal Thoughts" (the quote marks are part of the title) and is due out June 16 via ANTI-, the band's first for the label.  More

SXSW 2017 Announces Second Round of Music Performers

The Drums, Girlpool, Autre Ne Veut, Minus the Bear, and SOHN Among Notable Performers

Oct 12, 2016

SXSW (aka South By Southwest), the annual conference/festival in Austin, Texas, has announced the second round of artists to be performing during the music portion (there's also film and interactive portions) in 2017. More

Real Estate, Yo La Tengo, Cults, Drums, and More Donate Songs to Aid Surfer Blood’s Thomas Fekete

Guided By Voices, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, and Others Also Aid in Cancer Appeal

Nov 11, 2015

Surfer Blood guitarist Thomas Fekete has been battling a rare and aggressive form of cancer. His health insurance has been covering more than six months of regular chemotherapy treatments, but does not cover an alternative treatment plan he's also been undergoing. As Fekete is unable to work and tour he's been relying on fan and friend donations to his GoFundMe page to help pay for treatments. More

Check Out Photos From Day One of FYF Fest

Last Weekend in Los Angeles, CA

Aug 27, 2015

Last weekend Los Angeles hosted FYF Festival. Check out Robert Redfield’s gallery of day one, featuring images of AlvvaysBloc PartyChet FakerDinosaur JrGoldroomMikal Cronin,MetzPurity RingSavagesTennis, and The Drums More

Aug 12, 2015

Indie pop band The Drums have shared a video for "There Is Nothing Left," a track from last year's Encyclopedia. More

Jul 15, 2015

The Drums have announced some August West Coast tour dates, in between stops at Outside Lands and FYF Festival. More

Nov 06, 2014

YACHT has taken their twisted synth inclinations to The Drums' single “I Can’t Pretend.” More

Oct 10, 2014

The Drums have premiered a brand new music video for "I Can't Pretend," the second single off the duo's new album Encyclopedia. More

The Drums Release Another Album Teaser

Encyclopedia Out Sept. 24

Aug 28, 2014

The Drums have just released another video teaser for their upcoming LP Encyclopedia, which is due out September 24.  More

Listen: Under the Radar’s Weekly Playlist Featuring Charli XCX, Phoenix, Interpol, Caribou, and More

Plus New Tracks from Jessie Ware, The Drums, Peaking Lights, Les Sins, Darkside, Teleman (Remixed by Boxed In), Joanna Gruesome, The Twilight Sad, The Unicorns, Sinkane, TOPS, and Others

Aug 22, 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 Charli XCX, Phoenix, Interpol, Caribou, Jessie Ware, The Drums, Peaking Lights, Les Sins (Toro Y Moi side-project), Darkside, Teleman (Remixed by Boxed In), Joanna Gruesome, The Twilight Sad, The Unicorns, Sinkane, TOPS, TEEN, Douglas Dare, The Coathangers, Young Karin, and more. Look no further, your Friday and weekend playlist is here.  More

Listen: The Drums – “I Can’t Pretend”

Encyclopedia Is Out Sept 24 on Minor

Aug 20, 2014

Here’s another new track from The Drums’ forthcoming album Encyclopedia. More

Aug 05, 2014

Next month on Sept. 24 The Drums will return with their third album Encyclopedia, the band's first album since 2011's Portamento. More

Watch: The Drums – “Magic Mountain” Video

Encyclopedia Is Out September 24

Jul 24, 2014

The Drums’ new single “Magic Mountain” has gotten a video.  More

Jul 18, 2014

After premiering their brand new single "Magic Mountain" earlier this week, The Drums have announced the release of their third full-length album Encyclopedia, which will arrive on Sept. 22. More

Listen: The Drums - “Magic Mountain”

Also Announce U.S. Tour Dates

Jul 15, 2014

After a three year absence The Drums have returned to the fold, premiering a brand new track titled "Magic Mountain." More

The Drums Announce Fall Tour

Dates Begin September 15

Jul 11, 2014

The Drums are hitting the road this fall for a fairly extensive North American tour.  More

Dec 18, 2012

Next year John Pierce of The Drums will release his solo debut Mistaken. More

The Drums’ Jonny Pierce Announces Solo Debut

Listen/Watch to New Track "I Didn't Realise"

Nov 28, 2012

Jonny Pierce, frontman for The Drums, has revealed that he will be releasing his debut solo album next year.  More

Oct 26, 2012

We spoke to eight gay and lesbian artists for The Protest Issue, all of them honest and passionate conversations ranging from politics to art to relationships. But none of them were more open and revealing than our exchange with Jonny Pierce of The Drums. 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

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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Under the Radar’s Protest Issue feat. Dan Deacon and Tegan & Sara covers hits newsstands next week!

Issue Also Features Ariel Pink, Passion Pit, Wild Nothing, Matthew Dear, Death Cab for Cutie, Janelle Monáe, Andrew Bird, The Drums, Tom Morello, Zola Jesus, Amanda Palmer, and much more

Aug 23, 2012

Under the Radar is pleased to share our election year Protest Issue for 2012, on newsstands next week, featuring two covers with Dan Deacon and Tegan and Sara. The issue features major stories on the music of Occupy and Gay musicians talking about current Queer issues. The issue is now available to buy in the digital/iPad format hereMore

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

Greetings from The Drums at Under the Radar’s SXSW 2012 Party

Checking in From Flamingo Cantina in Austin, Texas

Mar 14, 2012

The Drums check in from the Under the Radar SXSW Party in Austin, Texas. More

Listen: The Drums – “Days (Mates of State Remix)”

Drums to Play Under the Radar’s SXSW Party

Mar 07, 2012

Mates of State recently took their hand to The Drums’ Portamento cut “Days.” We have the track.  More

The Drums – Under the Radar’s SXSW Party Spotlight

Under the Radar's SXSW Parties Kick Off March 14 at Flamingo Cantina

Mar 05, 2012

On March 14 Under the Radar will host the first of three free SXSW Day parties sponsored by PRS Guitars. Leading up to the event we're letting you know about each artist playing. Today we're spotlighting day one headliner, The Drums.  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

Feb 28, 2012

Today The Drums are releasing their Portamento track "Days" as a stand-alone single in both 7'' and digital formats. More

Watch: The Drums - “Days” Video

Some Days are Just a Drag

Feb 16, 2012

Clearly not feeling as though they got their point across by appearing on Jimmy Fallon last night, The Drums have released an official video for their Portamento track "Days."  More

Feb 16, 2012

Last night Brooklyn indie rocker outfit The Drums brought their deceptively simple pop hooks to the set of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. 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

Listen: “I Can’t Save Your Life” by The Drums

Also Get the Remix Treatment From Summer Camp

Nov 03, 2011

Take a listen to the new Drums track “I Can’t Save Your Life.” More

Listen: The Drums ‘Portamento’

NYC Pop Act's Sophomore Album

Aug 30, 2011

NYC pop act The Drums recently wrapped up the recording of their highly anticipated second album Portamento, due next month, but you can hear it via stream now. We have the details. 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

The Drums Announce U.S. Release of Sophomore Album

Frenchkiss to Release "Portamento" September 13

Jul 28, 2011

NYC pop act The Drums, after announcing the details of the U.K. release of their sophomore album Portamento, have now revealed that Frenchkiss records, home to The Dodos and The Antlers, will be releasing the record in the US September 13. We have the tracklisting and U.S. tour dates, as well as the video for the first single, "Money." More

Jul 13, 2011

The Drums are hard at work on album number two. We have the details.  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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The Drums Release New Track for Japanese Relief Efforts

"The New World" is Available for Download Now

Apr 20, 2011

The Drums have donated an unreleased track as a download with proceeds going to Japan disaster relief efforts. We have the details. More

The Drums’ “Me & the Moon” Gets Remixed

Clock Opera, Twin Shadow and Matthew Dear

Dec 09, 2010

On December 13, The Drums unleash new single “Me and the Moon.”  We have a stream of remixes.  More

The Drums Lose a Member

Tour Continues as Planned

Sep 17, 2010

Brooklyn quartet The Drums has become a trio as guitarist Adam Kessler has quit the band.  More

The Drums Release Video for “Down By the Water”

Clip in Advance of Domestic Physical Release of Full Length LP, Due September 14 on Downtown Records

Aug 30, 2010

The Drums have released a video for their maudlin girl-group homage "Down By the Water." We have the clip. More

The Drums and Surfer Blood Announce Co-Headlining Fall Tour

Old Florida Pals Set for Lengthy North American Tour

Jul 26, 2010

The Drums and Surfer Blood, old friends from Florida, played a sold out one-off show together in January at NYC's Bowery Ballroom, and it went so well that they're going to do it again, this time all across the U.S. and Canada as co-headliners. We have the dates. More

Edwyn Collins’ New Album to Feature The Drums, Franz Ferdinand, and Johnny Marr

First Record Since Suffering Double Brain Hemorrhage Features Star-Studded Supporting Cast

Jun 14, 2010

Ex-Orange Juice frontman Edwyn Collins is set to release his first album since suffering a double brain hemorrhage in 2005. The supporting cast for the album, titled Losing Sleep, includes indie luminaries Johnny Marr of The Smiths, Alex Kapranos and Nick McCarthy of Franz Ferdinand, The Drums, Ryan Jarman of The Cribs, Romeo Stodart of The Magic Numbers, and Roddy Frame of Aztec Camera More

The Drums Set U.S. Release Date for Debut LP

Self-Titled Album to Drop Tomorrow in Digital Format With LP to Follow in August, CD in September

Jun 07, 2010

The Drums are set to release their highly anticipated debut LP in the U.S. on Downtown Records. The self-titled record will be released in digital format tomorrow, June 8, with vinyl and CD to follow. We have the details. More

May 19, 2010

The Drums get eternal for new video “Forever and Ever Amen.” In the grainy retro-looking clip, the band rocks and redecorates pool hall, no doubt inciting the kids in the video to a wild life of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll. We have the video. More

The Drums Discuss Debut Album

Band Hints At Darker Full-Length

Apr 05, 2010

The Most Anticipated Albums of 2010 section in Under the Radar's Winter 2010 Issue includes a short article on The Drums' debut album. We've now posted the full Q&A of that interview with the band. I caught up with Brooklyn via Florida act The Drums in mid-January at their East Williamsburg apartment, somewhere between the moribund Marcy projects and the urbane bastion of hipness that is Bedford Avenue. Apropos, given that the band seem like misfits in today's Brooklyn scene, their insular milieu wedged somewhere between such somber Factory Records acts as The Wake and blithe '50s surf culture dreams. More

Mar 22, 2010

By the third day of SXSW the lack of sleep was really catching up to us. As with the day before, we had to wake up early again to conduct a photo-shoot (three of them in fact), which again left no time for day parties. By the time the evening rolled around we were already burnt out, but still game to check out more bands. Alas, Friday offered little other than underwhelming sets, including ones by a shy Swedish duo and a surprisingly dark hyped Brooklyn band. More

Mar 22, 2010

Staff photographer and Under the Radar's Co-Publisher/Co-Founder, Wendy Lynch Redfern, was down in Austin, Texas for SXSW 2010. Check out a gallery of her photos from the third day of the music portion of SXSW 2010. The gallery includes photos of Band of Horses, jj, The Antlers, and The Drums. More

The Drums Unveil “I Felt Stupid” Video

Track and Field Fisticuffs Ensue

Jan 04, 2010

A track and field meet turns into a nasty grudge match in this new music video from the new wave Brooklyn band The Drums. "I Felt Stupid" is on the blog buzz quartet's Summertime! EP. More

The Drums Announce West Coast Tour Dates

Traveling Up the Coast of California in November

Oct 15, 2009

The Drums, who recently released their debut EP, Summertime!, on Twenty Seven records, have just announced four tour dates in California this November. The Drums are currently featured in the Pleased to Meet You section of the Fall 2009 issue of Under the Radar, currently on stands. Keep an eye out for their debut LP in early 2010. More


Interviews

2014 Artist Survey: The Drums

Jonny Pierce and Jacob Graham on U2's Music Pollution, Racism and Police Brutality in America, and Heartwarming Fan Interactions

Feb 11, 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. Here are some answers from Jonny Pierce and Jacob Graham of The Drums. More

Oct 26, 2012

We spoke to eight gay and lesbian artists for The Protest Issue, all of them honest and passionate conversations ranging from politics to art to relationships. But none of them were more open and revealing than our exchange with Jonny Pierce of The Drums. In fact, over many years and many interviews, I have rarely encountered such on-the-record personal candor from a musician.   More

Remembering First Concerts

Greatest Stories Ever Told

Jul 30, 2010

Musicians reflect on their first concerts. Includes stories from Tegan & Sara, Camera Obscura, Girl Talk, Owen Pallett, Art Brut, The Hold Steady, MGMT, Broken Social Scene, Ariel Pink, !!!, Mew, Real Estate, The Dears, Vivian Girls, Mayer Hawthorne, The Drums, Telekinesis, Fuck Buttons, El Guincho, and more. More

The Drums: In the Studio

Memories and Melodies

Apr 05, 2010

The Most Anticipated Albums of 2010 section in Under the Radar's Winter 2010 Issue includes a short article on The Drums' debut album. Here is the full Q&A of that interview with the band. I caught up with Brooklyn via Florida act The Drums in mid-January at their East Williamsburg apartment, somewhere between the moribund Marcy projects and the urbane bastion of hipness that is Bedford Avenue. Apropos, given that the band seem like misfits in today's Brooklyn scene, their insular milieu wedged somewhere between such somber Factory Records acts as The Wake and blithe '50s surf culture dreams.  More

The Drums

Boys of Melody

Sep 15, 2009

"We're driven by melody. If we're writing a song, and it isn't driven by a rush of melody, we throw it out. When we put something out, we hope it makes you flutter just a little bit," says Drums frontman Jonathan Pierce. Mission accomplished on the band's aptly named Summer-time! EP.  More


Reviews

Encyclopedia

Encyclopedia

Minor

Sep 23, 2014

The third record is the proving ground. Great debuts are a dime a dozen and surpassing the sophomore slump is an impressive feat, but the third time's the charm for a reason. 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

Coachella 2011 Day One Report – Cut Copy, Odd Future, Tame Imapala, Interpol, and more

Apr 16, 2011

Day one of Coachella 2011 displayed several improvements over last year. There was less of a crowd (even though it was sold out this year, they put more of a limitation on how many tickets could be sold). Security was tighter and parking seemed less of a pain. And it even seemed as though the Mojave and Gobi tents were a little bigger this year and able to accommodate more fans. Highlights of the day included two bands from down under and some soft rockers; where-as two notable artists stormed off the stage. More

The Drums

The Drums

Downtown

Jul 02, 2010

Summertime and escapism were the themes that pervaded The Drums' debut EP Summertime! The sweet rush of "Saddest Summer" and their U.K. hit "Let's Go Surfing" were evocative of innocent summers long gone, rife with lithe melodies and blithe handclaps. More

SXSW Day 3 Recap – Band of Horses, jj, The Drums, and The Antlers (Friday, March 20, 2010)

Mar 22, 2010

By the third day of SXSW the lack of sleep was really catching up to us. As with the day before, we had to wake up early again to conduct a photo-shoot (three of them in fact), which again left no time for day parties. By the time the evening rolled around we were already burnt out, but still game to check out more bands. Alas, Friday offered little other than underwhelming sets, including ones by a shy Swedish duo and a surprisingly dark hyped Brooklyn band. More

Summertime! EP

Summertime! EP

Twenty Seven

Oct 30, 2009

On its debut EP, Brooklyn-based quartet The Drums makes music that, strangely, is influenced by both Factory Records and The Shangri-Las. The music is stripped down and simplistic, with songs often being driven by a lone guitar or bass line, and frequently relying on the rhythmic devices of handclaps and finger snaps. More