Jul 09, 2009 Winter 2009 - Anticipated Albums of 2009

“There’s a way to write a love song differently… there’re so many different kinds of love songs. And I think specifically with this album, this album is a lot about love and a lot about… finding the antidote to misery,” says Passion Pit’s Michael Angelakos. He then adds with a chuckle, “There’s no reason why you shouldn’t embrace love as an antidote to your problems when you are a depressed, miserable person.” More

Jul 03, 2009 Web Exclusive

When Welsh actress Eve Myles recently found out she was pregnant, she made sure that her baby was of this Earth. "We checked on the scan that it was a human and was not an alien," Myles jokes. Gwen Cooper, the secret government agent that Myles plays on the British sci-fi show Torchwood, was pregnant with an alien baby last season, so Myles jokes that her mother was especially pleased to know fiction wasn't bleeding over to reality. More

Jul 02, 2009 Winter 2009 - Anticipated Albums of 2009

From their nebulous beginnings as cut-up pranksters, employing Felliniesque stage prop stunts like stairmasters and smoke-breathing wolf heads as well as an extemporaneous set of band names (NRA, Robert Redford, Tower of Girls), the wildly eclectic Glaswegian sextet The Phantom Band have gradually metamorphosed into a proper band and settled on the appropriately elusive moniker. Now they’ve got a great debut LP, Checkmate Savage, to show for it. More

Jul 02, 2009 Web Exclusive

Shortly after beginning their Spring tour in support of the recently-released third album Grr…, Bishop Allen frontman Justin Rice spoke over the phone with Under the Radar while driving on the way to a gig in Salt Lake City. Not only is Rice the band’s frontman, but he’s gained a following in film circles as well, having acted in a number of films, including Mutual Appreciation, Let Them Chirp a While, Alexander the Last and, most recently, Harmony and Me. More

Jun 30, 2009 Web Exclusive

Lucky Soul is currently in the studio finalizing its sophomore album, which has yet to be titled. Two years since the release of its '60s girl group and Motown soul inflected debut, The Great Unwanted, the British band is prepared to move things in a slightly different direction, adding some different flavors to its anachronistic sound, which will hopefully distance the band from the retro label with which it was tagged as a result of its last album. Songwriter and guitarist Andrew Laidlaw corresponded with Under the Radar via email in between trips to Sweden where he was recording with Stockholm Strings to give a little taste of what we will be in for come the fall. More

Jun 26, 2009 Web Exclusive

Even though actress Pell James has only about a dozen film credits to her name, she's worked with an enviable list of directors that includes Terrence Malick, Wes Anderson, David Fincher, Jim Jarmusch, Sidney Lumet, Barry Levinson, James Toback and James Marsh. Her latest film, Surveillance, is a twisted thriller directed by Jennifer Lynch, the daughter of David Lynch. More

Jun 23, 2009 Web Exclusive

In his more than 30 years of writing and recording—with The Soft Boys, The Egyptians, solo, and now The Venus 3—Robyn Hitchcock has firmly established himself within the pantheon of great English songwriters, dating back to the eccentric master himself, Syd Barrett. Hitchcock's latest album, Goodnight Oslo, is his second with his Venus 3 band of Peter Buck (R.E.M.) on guitar, Scott McCaughey (Minus 5, Young Fresh Fellows) on bass, and Bill Rieflin (Ministry) on drums, and the album clearly demonstrates the rapport the musicians have established since 2006's Olé Tarantula. More

Jun 22, 2009 Winter 2009 - Anticipated Albums of 2009

This is what we know about Music Go Music: The band is based in Los Angeles. It has recorded nine songs over three EPs, incorporating elements of disco, Carpenters-esque soft rock, prog, and even metal, all the while sticking to a heavily melodic pop format. Its first single, the ultra-catchy “Light of Love,” has earned well-deserved comparisons to ABBA. And the band consists of three players who mysteriously refer to themselves as Kamer Maza, Gala Bell, and the über-capitalized, one-named TORG. More

Jun 17, 2009

London-based producer and music artist Kwes has a thing for a good cup of tea. He enjoys drinking the stuff so much that since last July, he has released a steady stream of mixtapes, each named and inspired by the taste and aroma of a particular blend: “Lapsang Souchong,” “Earl Grey,” “Lady Grey,” “Illegal Tea,” and “Rooibos.” Even his own compositions—such as his personal favorite to date, “Rich Tea”—can’t escape the influence of the throat-soothing beverage. More