Sep 25, 2017 Issue #61 - Grizzly Bear

If you have the inclination that you might have caught a quick glimpse of Kirin J Callinan's penis, you can assume you're correct. He does indeed flash his private parts in his music video for "S.A.D." He also conjures the spirits of Michael Bolton and George Michael as he shows off sultry dance moves all over Cuba. More

Sep 22, 2017 Web Exclusive

Job satisfaction is never a concern for Sam Beam. The simplistic joy of musical expression he experienced recording as Iron & Wine for the first time is still the dominant feeling in the studio 15 years later. Perhaps it's no surprise, then, that the vulnerability that marked those first few records is still front and center on his latest album, Beast Epic (on Sub Pop).

Sep 21, 2017 Issue #61 - Grizzly Bear

Everyone's death grief model is unique. Kübler-Ross, the best known model, rarely encompasses its depth in the long term. There's no manual in place for such a cataclysmic life event. For Michelle Zauner, who essentially is the Philadelphia based Japanese Breakfast, her first album Psychopomp tackled the subject in a fairly straightforward manner after her mother's death.  More

Sep 19, 2017 Issue #61 - Grizzly Bear

Timing is everything. Seminal early '90s U.K. group Ride broke up prior to the release of itsat the timefinal album, 1996's Tarantula. Much was made of this split, marking it as acrimonious, when in reality it only lasted a few weeks with the members returning to each other quickly, albeit as friends, not band mates.  More

Sep 18, 2017 Issue #61 - Grizzly Bear

"I hope for the best, but expect the worst and prepare for it mentally," says Franklin James Fisher, singer in the industrial-soul unit Algiers. "I wasn't surprised by Trump at all. Not by a country that let George Bush take the election the first time, and then after it was proven that he started two wars on false pretenses, voted for him properly the second time." More

Sep 15, 2017 Issue #61 - Grizzly Bear

A conversation between Ariel Pink (full name Ariel Marcus Rosenberg) and Neil Halstead, vocalist/guitarist of Slowdive, is seemingly incongruous at first blush, considering their vastly different methodologies. Ariel Pink has released music at a rapid pace, in a cut-up manner, evolving from his early 4-track days onto newer adventures in hi-fi such as 2014's terrific Pom pom. More

Sep 14, 2017 Web Exclusive

In this new series, Parental GuidanceUnder the Radar listens in as a musician's parent interviews them. For the inaugural edition, Lupe Aguinaga interviews her daughter, Downtown Boys' vocalist Victoria Ruiz, along with the band's guitarist, Joey La Neve DeFrancesco, about how the life of a band changes as they reach bigger stages, and how they would change the music business, if they could. More

Sep 12, 2017 Issue #61 - Grizzly Bear

The quintessentially English pop trio, Saint Etienne are back with their first new record in five years. Home Counties is both an homage to and cathartic re-visitation of the suurbia surrounding London where Sarah Cracknell, Bob Stanley, and Pete Wiggs grew up. More

Sep 11, 2017 Issue #61 - Grizzly Bear

"We spend a lot of time together outside Saint Etienne, hanging out and doing other projects," Saint Etienne singer Sarah Cracknell reflects. "We end up making another record when the time feels right." The English trio's output may have slowed since their slew of '90s hits but new Saint Etienne material is bound to excite any indie-pop fan.  More