May 25, 2011 #36 - Music vs. Comedy

The late Andy Kaufman once bristled at the suggestion that he was a comedian, contending that comedians told jokes while he was simply an entertainer, an artist who would use whatever he had—songs, props, characters—to make you laugh. As the 2006 winner of “The Andy Kaufman Award,” Reggie Watts is also an entertainer for whom the word “comedian” seems insufficient. More

May 24, 2011 Web Exclusive

Country-folk singer/songwriter Josh T. Pearson (ex-Lift to Experience) slurs his words like a true Texan. This spring he is back from wandering the wilderness with his first suite of songs in 10 years, Last of the Country Gentleman. The record touches on such old pop music themes as love, despair, and regret, but the 37-year-old artist's delivery is labyrinth-like and truly haunting. It's a spartan record that stays with you for quite some time. As such, we called up the son of a preacher man about his life over the past decade and trying to surmount past woes through cathartic music. More

May 20, 2011

As one of the few artists who can legitimately claim dual citizenship in both the music and comedy worlds, Jon Wurster has witnessed firsthand the evolution of the relationship between the two scenes. Having kicked around the indie rock scene for nearly three decades now, ending up with fulltime gigs drumming with both Superchunk and Mountain Goats, he is also one-half of the team behind The Best Show on WFMU, the long-running radio program hosted by writer and comedian Tom Scharpling.  More

May 19, 2011 #36 - Music vs. Comedy

Looking over the history of musical comedy, from Vaudeville to Monty Python and “Weird Al” Yankovic to The Lonely Island, one would get the impression that having a Y-chromosome is a prerequisite for being able to write and sing funny songs. But don’t tell that to Kate Micucci and Riki Lindhome, the duo behind Garfunkel and Oates and the stars of an upcoming HBO series that will bring to life their delightfully twisted slice-of-life observations. With sugary sweet harmonies and lullaby hooks prettying up songs about handjobs (“I Don’t Understand Job”) and getting medical marijuana prescriptions (“Weed Card”), their music is as playfully charming as it cleverly subversive.  More

May 17, 2011 #36 - Music vs. Comedy

It's best to verbally engage The Stepkids with a drink in your hand and plenty of time to chat. The Connecticut-based trio of Tim Walsh (percussion), Jeff Gitelman (guitar), and Dan Edinberg (bass/keyboard), (plus touring member Fred Dileone and projectionist Jesse Mann, who creates psychedelic light installations, projected directly on the band as they play), love music and can speak at great lengths about it, be it their ultimate guilty pleasure Steely Dan or collective favorite George Clinton, who they lovingly call George as they talk over each other to expound upon his genius.
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May 13, 2011 Web Exclusive

It’s early in Coachella’s final day when Brazilian outfit CSS walk over to the press tent, several minutes late and a tad dazed under the sun, on what is turning out to be the hottest of the three days. This August, CSS will release its third album, La Liberación—its first in three years—and after a long recording and selection process, the band is more than ready to share.

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May 06, 2011 Web Exclusive

While backstage at the 2011 Coachella Music and Arts Festival, Under the Radar writer Michele Yamamoto conducted video interviews with some of the fest's most noteworthy bands including Brazilian rockers, CSS More

May 06, 2011

While backstage at the 2011 Coachella Music and Arts Festival, Under the Radar's publisher/senior editor Mark Redfern conducted video interviews with some of the fest's most noteworthy bands, New York collective,Here We Go Magic. More

May 05, 2011 Web Exclusive

While backstage at the 2011 Coachella Music and Arts Festival, Under the Radar's publisher/senior editor Mark Redfern conducted video interviews with some of the fest's most noteworthy bands. Under the Radarcaught up with Danish musician/producer, Anders TrentemøllerMore