Watch: Elena Tonra (Ex:Re/Daughter) Perform “Romance” at BBC 6 Live Room

Jan 16, 2019

Elena Tonra of Daughter recently released her debut solo album under the name Ex:Re and "Romance" is one beautiful cut. Tonra and her band performed the first single live for Mary Anne Hobbs in the BBC 6 Music Live Room. Watch it below.

Some songs in composition and thought come straight from the heart and shoot straight into it. This is one of them.

Mike Edel

Premiere: Mike Edel “Houdini” From Forthcoming Album “Thresholds”

Jan 15, 2019

Pacific Northwest artist Mike Edel is releasing his "big & beautiful" new record Thresholds on March 1st, and if the single "Houdini" is any indication, his third full length will blast some fresh airwaves into the new year. Produced by Chris Walla, Thresholds looks to update the energy of turn of the century radio rock in uplifting fashion. Under the Radar has the premiere of "Houdini" and you can take it for a spin below.

No offense to Death Cab for Cutie, but it becomes pretty clear what they have been missing since Chris Walla's departure when you hear the sunblast of "Houdini"

Of the track, Edel glows, “I blew out my vocal chords within 15 minutes each day that I tracked vocals for the song. It’s one of my proudest moments as an artist because ‘letting go,’ (co-writing plus Walla’s heavy-handed production) resulted in a song that sounds new and really stretched me to cross my own sonic thresholds.”  


THRESHOLDS pre-order:
3/21 - Hamburg - Astra Stube 
3/22 - Buxtehude – The Rebel’s Choice
3/23 – Künzelsau – Kokolores
3/24 - Offenbach - Hafen 2
3/25 – Bamberg – Live Club
3/27 - Lübeck - Tonfink 
3/29 - Cologne - die Wohngemeinschaft
3/30 - Berlin - Culture Container
2/14 – Montreal, QC - Folk Alliance 
2/14 – Montreal, QC - Folk Alliance 
2/17 – Winnipeg, MB – Festival Du Voyageur
2/18 – Regina, SK – The Artesian
2/19 – Saskatoon, SK – The Black Cat Tavern
2/23 – Victoria, BC – Alix Goolden Hall
4/3 – Hamilton, ON | Mills Hardware
4/4 – London, ON | The London Music Club
4/6 – Ottawa, ON | Cafe Deckuf 
4/7 – Burlington, VT | The Light Club Lamp Shop
4/8 – Boston, MA | Sofar Sounds
4/9 – Asbury Park, NJ | The Saint
4/10 – New York, NY | The Rockwood
4/11 – Washington, DC | Songbyrd DC
4/12 – Philadelphia, PA | The Barbary
4/14 – Pittsburgh, PA | Howlers
4/15 – Cleveland, OH | Wilberts
4/17 – Milwaukee, WI | Shank Hall
4/18 – Minneapolis, MN | Nomad World Pub
4/19 – Burlington, WI | Coffeehouse on Chestnut and Pine
4/20 – Chicago, IL | Uncommon Ground (Edgewater)
5/5 – Los Angeles, CA | Hotel Cafe
5/9 – Seattle, WA | The Sunset
5/10 – Bellingham, WA | The Firefly
5/14 – Rossland, BC | Flying Steamshovel
5/15 – Red Deer, AB | Red Hart Brewing
5/16 – Edmonton, AB | The Buckingham
5/17 – Calgary, AB | The Ironwood
5/18 – Calgary, AB | The Ironwood
5/21 – Lethbridge, AB | The Slice
5/22 – Kelowna, BC | Fernando’s
**Additional dates TBA
Tickets and Info @ www.mikeedel.com/tour

Broken Social Scene

Watch: Broken Social Scene Intimate Set at House of Strombo

Jan 14, 2019

Hey how about a Broken Social Scene live set to start out the week? The Canadian legends played an intimate set, including a couple of premieres, for The Strombo Show, a Canadian radio show hosted by George Stroumboulopoulos, which has aired since 2005. Stroumboulopoulos hosts a concert series called House of Strombo that he hosts from his downtown Toronto home.

Here's Broken Social Scene playing: 0:20 Cause = Time, 7:41 Can't Find My Heart (Premiere,) 12:44 1972 (Premiere), 18:28 I'll Bring The Sun, 22:24 TBT, 28:38 Lover's Spit (with Feist), and 39:18 Ibi Dreams Of Pavement.

Ryan Lott

Listen: Ryan Lott (Son Lux) Shares “Water Fields” From Pentaptych Ballet Score

Jan 11, 2019

If anybody is still unaware of the diversity and versatility of Son Lux's Ryan Lott as a songwriter, this should be convincing. Lott has written the score for Pentaptych, a ballet commissioned by the Philbrook Museum of Art and presented by Tulsa Ballet. 9 pieces of music are being released from the work, out February 8th on This Is Meru. The first piece "Water Fields" has just been shared. Check it out. 

Here's what Lott wrote about the score:

"In dance, music is as much the space in which movement occurs as is the room itself. Those of us who write music for dance are, in that sense, architects. For Pentaptych, I sought to create a series of resonant spaces for Ma’s choreography, and for the generation and regeneration of Eric’s paintings. Each musical movement explores a consistent instrumental palette, led by the violin (and its viola and cello counterparts), in various stages of abstraction. We hear familiar sounds accompanied by unknown colors, just beyond the reach of familiarity. My hope is that navigating through this array of “rooms” feels as much like an exploration as a homecoming." 


The Twilight Sad

Watch: The Twilight Sad “VTr” Video

Jan 09, 2019

Scotland's The Twilight Sad is set to release their new album It Won/t Be Like This All the Time on the 18th, their first new record since 2014's Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave. Here's a teaser, it's awesome. The band just shared the video for the final single before release, "VTr". 


Watch: Interpol “What’s In My Bag” at Amoeba Records LA

Jan 07, 2019

This is bar none one of the coolest things I've ever seen. One of my favorite bands Interpol going through the music and films they picked up at Amoeba Records in LA: Paul Banks, Sam Fogarino, and Daniel Kessler each talk about what they chose and why. Check it:

Animal Collective

Stream: Animal Collective’s Merriweather Post Pavilion on its Birthday

Jan 06, 2019

The incomparable Animal Collective released its most vibrant magnum opus Merriweather Post Pavilion ten years ago today. Happy Birthday! It's a good opportunity to listen again (or for the first time) to an album that reflects the entire color spectrum of the universe. Dive in:

Pickle Darling

Stream: Pickle Darling “Bigness”

Jan 03, 2019

There doesn't seem to be that much electronic bedroom pop anymore, or at least not much that's easy to find. Pickle Darling, aka Lukas Mayo, out of New Zealand just released his album Bigness on bandcamp, which he labels as "10 songs about bigness and smallness". It's charming, airy and amusing. Have a listen.