Lights on Moscow

Premiere: Lights on Moscow “Lord Let Me Know”

Aug 23, 2018

Lights on Moscow is a collaboration between Justin Lockey of Editors/ Minor Victories/ Mastersystem and Hazel Wilde of Lanterns On The Lake. Justin Lockey is best known for his work with Editors but is becoming increasingly regarded for his collaborative efforts – most notably on the Mastersystem album, which came out earlier this year. Lanterns On The Lake are a critically acclaimed act who have released 3 studio albums through Bella Union.

Under the Radar has the premiere of the Lights on Moscow single "Lord Let Me Know" from the EP Aorta Songs Pt 1, set for release in October on Physical Education. The debut music, a blend "full of anguish and beauty," took shape circuitously for this duo, with a brief run of performance on a trip to New York that came back around when they lived close by in Newcastle.

“It’s strange how the timing of something can make a difference. We always knew it was something we’d come back to. And now we have” says Wilde of the project.



Listen: Each member of Ought reworks “Desire”

Aug 21, 2018

Montreal's Ought gave us easily one of the best albums of 2018 so far with Room Inside the World. Now band members Tim Darcy, Tim Keen, Matt May, and Ben Stidworthy each individually reworked album standout "Desire", and today, they’re presenting Four Desires on translucent purple cassette. In the words of Corey Feldman, "Very very cool!" Here's what drummer Tim Keen had to say about the release:

We thought it would be interesting to see how the four of us as individuals would come to a “remix” (in the loosest possible terms) of our own work, if given a redo of the 1000s of tiny decisions and compromises inherent in collaboration. The only (self-imposed) requirement was that they all be the same length as the original “Desire”; if you have four sets of speakers, you probably don’t want to play them all at the same time, but we thought it would only be considerate to give you the option.

Ought will be back in touring mode next month including appearances at Hopscotch, Lincoln Calling, and shows with Swearin’, Japanese Breakfast, Moaning, and more. Cassettes will be available at the merch table!



Ought on tour:
Sep 02 Hamilton, ON – Royal Mountain at Rasberry Farm
Sep 05 Baltimore, MD – Ottobar*
Sep 06 Richmond, VA – Strange Matter*
Sep 08 Raleigh, NC – Hopscotch Music Fest
Sep 09 Atlanta, GA – The Earl
Sep 10 Nashville, TN – The High Watt
Sep 12 Columbus, OH – Skully’s Music Diner^
Sep 13 Bloomington, IN – The Bishop^
Sep 14 DeKalb, IL – The House Cafe^
Sep 15 Chicago, IL – Museum of Contemporary Art^
Sep 16 Madison, WI – Majestic Theater^
Sep 17-22 Lincoln, NE – Lincoln Calling Festival
Sep 18 Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line^
Sep 21 Englewood, CO – The Gothic Theatre^
Sep 22 Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court^
Sep 23 Boise, ID – Neurolux^
Sep 25 Seattle, WA – The Neptune Theatre^
Sep 26 Vancouver, BC – The Imperial^
Sep 27 Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom^
Sep 28 Eugene, OR – WOW Music Hall^
Sep 29 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall^
Sep 30 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall^
Oct 02 Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre^
Oct 03 Meza, AZ – The Nile^
Oct 04 Albuquerque, NM – Sister%
Oct 06 Fayetteville, AR – Smoke and Barrel%
Nov 8 Istanbul, Turkey - Babylon
Nov 10 Milan, Italy – ArciOhibo
Nov 13 Rotterdam, Netherlands – Rotown
Nov 14 Münster, Germany – Gleiss 22
Nov 15 Hamburg, Germany – Molotow
Nov 16-17 Berlin, Germany – Puschenfest
Nov 16-18 Leipzig, Germany – TransCentury Update
Nov 18 Kortrijk, Belgium – De Kreun
Nov 20 Brighton, UK – The Haunt
Nov 21 Southhampton, UK – Heartbreakers
Nov 22 Manchester, UK - Manchester Gorilla
Nov 23 Oxford, UK – - The Bullingdon
Nov 24 London, UK - O2 Forum# 

# w/ Hookworms 
* w/ Swearin’
^ w/ Japanese Breakfast
% w/ Moaning

Animal Collective

Watch/Listen: Animal Collective Tangerine Reef

Aug 18, 2018

Animal Collective have collaborated with  Coral Morphologic, an art-science duo formed by marine biologist Colin Foord and musician J.D. McKay, to bring you their audiovisual album Tangerine Reef. Go for a scuba.

Herbert Bail Orchestra

Premiere: Herbert Bail Orchestra “Gavrilo”

Aug 16, 2018

You got to love when an artist takes the question of what went into a song and just runs with it. Herbert Bail Orchestra's Anthony Frattolillo tells of the history lesson at the core of "Gravilo" from the L.A. indie-folk outfit's sophomore LP History's Made At Night, out September 28Under the Radar has the premiere of the new song, which is more than meets the ear, something it does nicely: 

Gavrilo is about an intimate coincidence that changed the world. It’s about fate and destiny, and what the difference is between the two. Gavrilo Princip was a 19 year old Bosnian Serb who assassinated the Arch Duke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, which in turn sparked the beginning of World War I. It’s a story I learned in History class, but never knew the whole thing – the mere fluke that spun our world into the Great War. Gavrilo had actually given up on his assassination attempt, and as I sing about in the song “Crosstown he went to drown / And it was in his sorrow he looked up by chance and found / The Duke and the Duchess caught up broke down / So he walked up took a couple shots and sealed his gold footprint.” It’s a true story. The Duke’s chauffeur was driving an old stick and it stalled right in front of a café where Gavrilo just happened to be sitting after he had already tried and failed at the assassination.  

To be completely honest, I wrote the lyrics to the song in one sitting right after I finished listening to the seminal podcast series Hardcore History by Dan Carlin and an episode called “Blueprint for Armageddon Part I” in which Carlin beautifully weaves together the events that transpired on that fateful April day in 1918. Go listen to it! That’s the inspiration behind this track.

Sonically speaking, I sat down to put the words to guitar and it started off as a kind of slow, melodic blues-folk ballad in A minor, but when I brought it to the group, our drummer Michael Villiers put this kind of tribal-staccato beat to what I was playing, and it changed the intention. Our bassist Andrew Narvaez reinforced that vibe. I felt like people could absorb the story, but now also dance to it. Then Katz started playing the accordion and we bumped it up the D Minor – and it was clear what we needed to do in the service of the song. It harkens back to what I guess people have always loved about Herbert Bail- that “gypsy-folk” Balkan vibe we tie into our blend of American folk rock and blues. The final touches were made with the flourishes of Colin Warling’s psychedelic keyboard swirls and brother Stevie Weinstein Foner’s perfected guitar fills. I just had to say one thing to Stevie, “Jockey it” and he knew exactly what I was talking about. Not to mention it’s a story about a young man that’s not so unlike Herbert Bail in the end- a murderer to some, and a martyr to others. 

Produced by Chris Rondinella (Levon Helm, Sara Watkins) and Seth Olansky (Best Coast), History's Made At Night is an "11-track collection of heartland indie-folk that marks a departure from the group's 'gypsy-folk' roots."

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Madeline Kenney

Watch: Madeline Kenney “Overhead” Video

Aug 15, 2018

Madeline Kenney is releasing her sophomore album Perfect Shapes on October 5th via Carpark Records. She just shared the new single and album opener "Overhead" along with its video. It follows lead single "Cut Me Off." Watch below. The new album was produced by Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak and Flock of Dimes, save this song, which was produced by Ben Sloan.

Here's some info via the press release: “Lyrically, ‘Overhead’ is about the societal expectations of women to have children, my own grappling with those expectations, and considering the value and depth in my life without children,” Kenney explains. The video, which Kenney directed herself, expresses that idea visually through a lofty house, haunted by her personal demons. The dancers in the video arrive to exorcise those demons, and help offset the heaviness Kenney feels, just as open discourse about these unnecessarily taboo topics help lighten the burden for many.

Perfect Shapes arrives just a year after Kenney’s Toro y Moi-produced debut album Night Night at the First Landing, and proves to be an unexpected leap forward in both composition and musicality.

Lauren Bathrop

Premiere: Lauren Bathrop “Maple Tree”

Aug 13, 2018

Nashville singer-guitarist Lauren Balthrop is ready for her introduction. Her debut album, This Time Around, will release Sept 21st on Tone Tree and Under the Radar has the premiere of the minimal folk country gem "Maple Tree".

There's a poignant story behind the song. "I wrote Maple Tree shortly after the 100 year old maple in my Brooklyn front yard was cut down," Bathrop recalls, "It had caught the same disease the other maples on the block succumbed to. When the tree was gone, we were left with an enormous stump that is now overgrown with wildflowers. My house just didn't feel the same. I had looked out of my window onto that tree for over a decade. It was like I lost a friend and protector from the street below. And who knows, it might have been a trigger for my eventual move from Brooklyn to Nashville one year later!"

The song features Josh Kaufman (Bob Weir, The National, Hiss Golden Messenger) on electric bass, Peter Lalish (Lucius, Uni Ika Ai) on electric guitar and acoustic Wurlitzer keyboard, Jason Bemis Lawrence on drums, Maia Friedman (The Dirty Projectors, Uni Ika Ai) on backing vocals and Bathrop on nylon string guitar and vocals. 

The Beths

Watch: The Beths “You Wouldn’t Like Me” Video From Debut Album

Aug 10, 2018

The Beths from New Zealand released their zealous debut album The Future Hates Me! today. Characterized by their label Carpark Records by "explosive guitar riffs, infectious indie-rock hooks...and joyful vocal harmonies that recall the best ‘60s pop," it's one of the summer's brighter releases.

Just before their release, The Beths shared the video for "You Wouldn't Like Me". Check it out below. Here's a bit more on the band from their label page:

New Zealand four-piece The Beths channel their longtime friendship into high-energy guitar pop with a smart lyrical bite. Guitarist, lead vocalist, and primary songwriter Elizabeth Stokes and guitarist Jonathan Pearce attended high school together before meeting up with longtime mates bassist Benjamin Sinclair and drummer Ivan Luketina-Johnston at the University of Auckland, where all four studied jazz. After gigging together in a variety of configurations, the quartet came together for a project exploring the pop and rock sounds of their youth. Everything clicked, and The Beths were born.  

St. Vincent

Watch: St. Vincent Acoustic Version of “New York”

Aug 09, 2018

A musician with a guitar, playing a great song. Simple. Away from all the fanfare and theatrics, it's the clearest window. Watch Annie Clark play an acoustic version of "New York" for q on CBC.