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Listen: Willis Earl Beal – “Survive”

Nocturnes Out August 28 via Tender Loving Empire

Jul 30, 2015

Willis Earl Beal announced back in May that he will release a brand new album titled Noctunes on August 28 via Tender Loving Empire. The follow-up to last year's Experiments in Time, the new record is deliberately minimal. Back in May he shared the track "Flying So Low." Now he has shared "Survive," another slow burn of a track. More

May 28, 2015

Willis Earl Beal has announced that he will release a brand new album titled Noctunes later this summer. More

Watch: Willis Earl Beal – “I AM.” Video

Experiments in Time is Out Now

Oct 30, 2014

Willis Earl Beal’s new video for Experiments in Time cut “I AM.” Features a lonely person wandering the streets at night.  More

Listen: Under the Radar’s Weekly Playlist Featuring Foxygen, Modest Mouse, Interpol, TOPS, and More

Plus New Tracks from Jessie Ware, Zola Jesus, Sondre Lerche, Kindness, Esben and the Witch, Purling Hiss, Willis Earl Beal, Moonbabies, Mysteries, Happyness, King Tuff, and Others

Sep 05, 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 Foxygen, Modest Mouse, Interpol, TOPS, Jessie Ware, Zola Jesus, Sondre Lerche, Kindness, Esben and the Witch, Purling Hiss, Willis Earl Beal, Moonbabies, Mysteries, Happyness, King Tuff, and more. Look no further, your Friday and weekend playlist is here.  More

Listen: Under the Radar’s Weekly Playlist Featuring alt-J, Jessie Ware, Arcade Fire, Stars, and More

Plus New Tracks from Zola Jesus, Blonde Redhead, I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness, Röyksopp and Robyn, Pharmakon, Saint Pepsi, Willis Earl Beal, Ryn Weaver, The Vaselines, My Brightest Diamond, Tweedy, The Juan MacLean, and Others

Aug 15, 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 alt-J, Jessie Ware, Arcade Fire, Stars, Zola Jesus, Blonde Redhead, I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness, Röyksopp and Robyn, Pharmakon, Saint Pepsi, Willis Earl Beal, Ryn Weaver, The Vaselines, My Brightest Diamond, Tweedy, The Juan MacLean, and more. Look no further, your Friday and weekend playlist is here.  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

Listen: Willis Earl Beal - “Traveling Eyes”

New Album Experiments in Time Out Aug. 8

Jun 27, 2014

Earlier this month in an exclusive interview with Under the RadarWillis Earl Beal revealed that he'd left his label, XL imprint Hot Charity, and would be digitally self-releasing his new album, Experiments in Time, on Aug. 8Beal has shared the first piece of music from the forthcoming LP, "Traveling Eyes."  More

Jun 10, 2014

In an exclusive interview with Under the RadarWillis Earl Beal has revealed that he's leaving his label, XL imprint Hot Charity, and will be digitally self-releasing his new album, Experiments in Time, on August 8 via CD Baby. More

Jun 10, 2014

When I first spoke with Willis Earl Beal last summer, I was immediately struck by how unguarded he was in venting his frustration and disenchantment with the music industry. He didn't want to promote his new album,Nobody Knows, and he seemed to resent the need to sell his work as a product at all. More

Feb 19, 2014

Mischa Barton (The OC) is a member of Willis Earl Beal’s “Church of Nobody,” a.k.a. the cast of characters populating the singer’s new video “Coming Through.” More

Jan 28, 2014

In an exclusive interview with Under the Radar, soul musical artist Willis Earl Beal revealed that he already had a follow-up album waiting in the wings to to succeed last year's Nobody Knows. More

Under the Radar’s November/December Issue, Featuring HAIM on the Cover, is on Newsstands Now

Also Features Interviews with Cut Copy, Cocteau Twins on Blue Bell Knoll, Cillian Murphy vs. Nils Frahm, Anna Calvi, Luke Temple, Willis Earl Beal, Glasser, Courtney Barnett, Midlake, Mac DeMarco vs. Beach Fossils, Dan Harmon, and more

Nov 19, 2013

Under the Radar is excited to announce the full details of the November/December 2013 issue, which is on newsstands now and will be out until late December/early January. It features HAIM on the cover as well as interviews with Cut CopyCocteau Twins on Blue Bell KnollCillian Murphy vs. Nils FrahmAnna CalviLuke TempleWillis Earl BealGlasserYuckMidlakeYamantaka // Sonic TitanDeltron 3030, Courtney BarnettMac DeMarco vs. Beach Fossils, Dan Harmonand much more. More

Nov 11, 2013

Wasting precious little time since releasing his latest LP Nobody Knows earlier this fall, soul artist Willis Earl Beal posted two brand new tracks over the weekend to enjoy. More

Oct 31, 2013

This week, Willis Earl Beal played a show at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory. There, he was joined by Cat Power (who appears on Nobody Knows cut, “Coming Through”).  More

Oct 19, 2013

Friday was the fourth day of CMJ 2013. We set writer/photographer Laura Studarus down to cover the action. Check out her shots of Eleanor FriedbergerGhost Wave, and Willis Earl Beal More

Sep 04, 2013

Next week on Sept. 10 Chicago soul singer Willis Earl Beal will release Nobody Knows, the follow-up to the young artist's debut Acousmatic Sorcery from last year. More

Aug 27, 2013

Soon to release his newest album Nobody Knows on Sept. 10, Chicago musical artist Willis Earl Beal has shared a brand new track from the effort titled "Coming Through." More

Aug 23, 2013

On Sept. 10 Willis Earl Beal will release his new album Nobody Knows, but that's not the only project that will be featuring the talented blues/soul artist. More

Jul 25, 2013

If you ever feel like hanging your head and crying, but the tears just won't come, Willis Earl Beal knows your pain. Beal, a Chicago native soul-singer, has released "Too Dry To Cry," from his upcoming album Nobody Knows,and it's blissfully bluesy and raw, with a pounding rhythm and hauntingly melancholy chant. More

Jun 25, 2013

Chicago-based artist Willis Earl Beal has announced the release of his sophomore album, Nobody Knows. More

Check Out Photos of Øya Festival, Day 1

Feist, Sondre Lerche, Florence and the Machine and More

Aug 09, 2012

From August 7-11 Oslo, Norway is hosting the Øya Festival. We sent social media editor Laura Studarus over to cover the action. Check out her shots of Sondre Lerche,Willis Earl BealMathias EickOberhoferFriendsBob MouldThurston MooreFlorence and the MachineFeistThe Stone Roses, and Purity Ring More


Interviews

Jun 10, 2014

When I first spoke with Willis Earl Beal last summer, I was immediately struck by how unguarded he was in venting his frustration and disenchantment with the music industry. He didn't want to promote his new album,Nobody Knows, and he seemed to resent the need to sell his work as a product at all.  More

Willis Earl Beal Bonus Q&A

The Trouble I've Seen

Jan 09, 2014

Willis Earl Beal wants you to know that he considers himself a fortunate man, or, in his words, "more fortunate than unfortunate." But from the outset of our hour-long interview, it's clear that Beal is growing weary of his life as a musician. More

Willis Earl Beal

Deal with the Devil

Jan 08, 2014

Willis Earl Beal never wanted to be famoushe wants to make that point clear. More


Reviews

OFF Festival 2016

August 7th, 2016

Aug 09, 2016

Thanks to the Facebook Memories function, I know that exactly six years ago—at my first OFF FestivalMore

Noctunes

Noctunes

Tender Loving Empire

Aug 31, 2015

In the last two years since he was plucked from homelessness and obscurity, signed to (and quickly released from) a big record label deal, man of mystery Willis Earl Beal has been relishing his reclaimed life as a "nobody."  More

Willis Earl Beal: Experiments In Time

Willis Earl Beal: Experiments In Time

Self-Released

Aug 28, 2014

The whole premise of Willis Earl Beal's Experiments In Time is that recorded albums are time capsules. Listening to a record is reliving a past moment. Beal takes this concept and explores it in a richly introspective work that is both challenging and thoroughly satisfying.

CMJ Day Four: Eleanor Friedberger and Willis Earl Beal

October 18th, 2013

Oct 24, 2013

The highlights of day four of CMJ were two very different artists: Eleanor Friedberger and Willis Earl Beal. While both are incredibly talented musicians with idiosyncratic worldviews, their varying levels of commitment made for two very different sets. More

Nobody Knows

Nobody Knows

Hot Charity/XL

Sep 10, 2013

Nobody Knows is probably the album Willis Earl Beal knew he had always wanted to make. And for those who heard his debut release, 2012's Acousmatic Sorcery, and pegged him solely as an outsider artist, it's probably not the one you expected. More

Øya Day 1: Sondre Lerche, Thurston Moore, Florence and The Machine, Feist, and More

August 8th, 2012

Aug 09, 2012

Welcome to the first official day of the Øya Festival—or as I like to call it: shock the American. Check out reviews from the day including: Sondre LercheWillis Earl BealOberhoferThurston MooreFriendsFlorence and The MachineFeistStone Roses, and Purity Ring. More