Nov 10, 2011 Web Exclusive

In our video interview Under the Radar spoke to Anders Trentemøller about unusual soundtracks, good vs. evil, and why it’s healthy to give yourself a few rules.  More

Oct 15, 2011 Issue #39 - Best of 2011

When Slow Club multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Rebecca Taylor was seven, she fell in love with Strictly Ballroom star Paul Mercurio. "I remember thinking, 'I like him a lot and I don't know why!" she giggles. "I was going, 'Oh Mommy, let's watch that film again!'" More

Oct 11, 2011 Web Exclusive

Let's get this out of the way first off: prog-pop sibling duo The Fiery Furnaces are still a band and Eleanor Friedberger's debut solo album, Last Summer, is simply an outlet for the singer-songwriter's passion for '70s-influenced rock,  pop, and fashion. Under the Radar talked with Friedberger about how the Furnaces' last proper album, I'm Going Away, led to her inaugural suite of solo recordings, musical love letters to New York, and her appreciation for Lindsay Anderson's 1973 surrealist comedy-drama fantasy, O Lucky Man!. More

Oct 10, 2011 Web Exclusive

It’s hard not to smile when listening to a Casiokids album. The 8-bit melodies—created via their namesake Casio keyboards, of course—bounce and crackle with a Mario Bros. meets of Montreal energy. Check out our silly conversation about time travel, secret identities, and mayonnaise with the “kids.” Be sure to catch their set at our CMJ party on October 19. More

Oct 07, 2011 Web Exclusive

Spencer Krug is a restless man who has never been shy about his myriad ambitions or apologized for them. His two bands—Wolf Parade and Sunset Rubdown—have been parked under “indefinite hiatus” for the foreseeable future. With his two beloved bands on the backburner, Krug is content to let his muse carry him wherever it may go. His perpetual creative momentum has led him to creating the alias Moonface which Krug hopes will help him avoid creative stagnancy. His debut LP as Moonface, Organ Music Not Vibraphone Like I’d Hoped, is full of warm, buzzing organ drones, cascading melodic figures, analog beats and loops, but, as the title suggests, no vibraphone. More

Sep 12, 2011 Web Exclusive

Over the past few years, Handsome Furs—Dan Boeckner and his wife, Alexei Perry—have toured through regions of the world rarely ever visited by Western bands (Poland, Myanmar, Yugoslavia, China, etc.). As a result, they’ve been exposed to things about which we North Americans know little to nothing. Their third LP, Sound Kapital, finds the duo embracing the role they refer to as “closet journalists,” and as a result, morphing into a political band. More

Sep 09, 2011 Web Exclusive

Ask a blog-approved artist these days what bands from yesteryear were especially influential on them, and you'll often hear names like Galaxie 500, Spaceman 3, Orange Juice, The Cure, OMD, the evergreen MBV and Joy Division, and so on. More

Sep 01, 2011 Web Exclusive

Most fans know Jonas Bjerre as the dewy-voiced frontman of Mew. Since their inception in 1994, Bjerre’s show stopping falsetto has become a band trademark, soaring above the trio’s often-complex prog arrangements. Currently between albums (Mew released their ambitiously titled third album, No more stories/Are told today/I'm sorry/They washed away/No more stories/The world is grey/I'm tired/Let's wash away in 2009Bjerre stepped away to compose the delicate soundtrack for the Danish coming-of-age comedy, Skyskraber. More

Aug 30, 2011 #37 – St. Vincent

Niki & The Dove seem somewhat otherworldly, delivering larger-than-life tunes built around multi-instrumentalist Gustaf Karlöf’s complex webs of electronics and singer Malin Dahlström’s oversized voice and ambitious storytelling. But, speaking from Dover, England over a cup of tea, the two best friends from Sweden chalk up their partnership not to the hands of fate or other supernatural forces, but rather a gradual evolution. “We had sporadically been making music together over the years,” says Dahlström, dispelling the idea that their current musical constellation simply fell from the heavens. More