Oct 10, 2009 By Stacie Leonard

This was my eighth ACL (Austin City Limits) Festival to attend (the idea was born in '02) and although I'm not one for reading festival "recap" posts, for those that missed this year's festivities here's a little summary of the day's events. Includes coverage of The Dead Weather, Bon Iver, Grizzly Bear, Phoenix, Girl Talk, Pearl Jam, The Dodos, The Walkmen, Passion Pit, Here We Go Magic, The B-52's, Ghostland Observatory, The Decemberists, Andrew Bird, Kings of Leon, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Daniel Johnston, Blitzen Trapper, School of Seven Bells, and more. More

Sep 18, 2009 By Aaron Passman

The Beatles: Rock Band and the concurrent reissuing of the Fab Four's entire catalog is worth celebrating, but it also introduces the band to a new generation in a way that makes the music secondary to the medium. More

Sep 10, 2009 By Dungen Web Exclusive

The Swedish psych-rock band Dungen just finished touring the US of A. Earlier in their tour we posted the first part of band's tour blog, written and photographed by Dungen exclusively for Under the Radar. Dungen started their tour playing with Fleet Foxes and Woods opened for them. Check out our review of their Philadelphia show. Here's part 2 of Dungen's tour blog. More

Aug 28, 2009 By Aaron Passman

Having once been declared Kansas City's biggest Weezer fan (no bullshit!), it gives me great pain to write the following: Weezer, please break up. I know, it hurts to hear it from someone you love, but I mean it this time. I used to hate those people that said "I only like old Weezer" the way some people say "I prefer old Modest Mouse" or "The Cure haven't done anything good since the '80s." But I can only be an apologist for so long. More

Aug 14, 2009 By Dungen Web Exclusive

The Swedish psych-rock band Dungen is currently touring the US of A. The tour started with some dates with Fleet Foxes. Dungen will be providing text and photo updates exclusively for Under the Radar's readers along the way. Here is part one of Dungen's tour diary. Visit the band's website for details of the rest of their tour dates More

Aug 06, 2009 By Aaron Passman

The sudden death of John Hughes todayafter suffering a heart attack during a morning walk in Manhattancreates a void not unlike that left upon the deaths of Elvis Presley, John Lennon or James Dean. Even if his best work was long behind him, he redefined for American culture what it meant to be a teenager. More

Jul 21, 2009 By Frank Valish

Where am I and why am I here? This was how I was feeling as I was walking the much-longer-than-anticipated distance between my car and the Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Scranton, PA. Add to this hike the fact that it was raining and unseasonably cold for June, and I was second-guessing myself already. More

Jul 14, 2009 By Amanda Tannen Web Exclusive

As part of a new regular feature, artists tackle theme-oriented mixtapes/playlists. We supply the theme, they supply the mix. Our inaugural I Made It Myself blog was written by stellastarr* bassist Amanda Tannen. The NYC-based band’s third album, Civilized, was released last week on the band’s own Bloated Wife Records. Amanda Tannen scores the intersection of “love” and “indecisiveness” by tackling the theme “I Think I Love You.”


Jul 09, 2009 By Jim Fairchild

All Smiles is the current project of Jim Fairchild, who was once the guitarist with Grandaddy, has worked with Earlimart, and has recently played in Modest Mouse's touring band. In this guest blog, Fairchild talks about a recent dream he had and the joys and challenges of self-releasing All Smiles' new album, Oh For the Getting and Not Letting Go. More