Distortion Mirrors

Premiere: “Phantomoptica” MP3

May 09, 2012

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Recently, we got an advance listen to LA-duo Distortion Mirrorsdebut full-length, Diana, Orchid of Diamonds (out later this year). A dark ride with industrial grinds that call to mind Trent Reznor at his finest, Orchid of Diamonds also has a notable ethereal side. Dare we call it epic? (Yes, we dare.) Today, we’re excited to premiere the album’s opening track, “Phantomoptica.” Check it out above.





“Small Talk” MP3 Stream

May 09, 2012

Surprise Surprise. In between producing Here We Go Magic, Radiohead, Beck, and Paul McCartney among others, and performing as part of Atoms for Peace, Nigel Godrich has found time to start a band. A collaboration with L.A. drummer Joey Waronker (who has worked with the likes of Beck and Elliott Smith) and London-based artist Laura Bettison, Ultraista is a big-ol’ slice of Thom Yorke-worthy weird. Additional information is still scant, but you can check out the debut single “Small Talk” below


Clare and the Reasons

“The Lake” MP3

May 09, 2012

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On July 10, Clare and the Reasons return with their third full-length, KR-51. Today we got a taste of lead single, “The Lake.” Another slice of lush orchestral pop anchored by frontwoman Clare Muldaur, the track is a soothing, and unexpectedly melancholy lullaby. Check it out above.  




Animal Kingdom

Premiere: “Skipping Disc” Interview Video

May 09, 2012


On May 8, British dream pop trio Animal Kingdom released new album The Looking Away via Mom + Pop. We got our hands on a brief interview with the band, discussing album track, “Skipping Disc.” Check out the first airing here, or stream album track “Strange Attractor” below. 



Sunless ’97

Premiere: Sunless ’97 Mixtape

May 08, 2012

This Thursday, May 10, Sunless '97 is set to play Under the Radar’s Great Escape Festival stage. Ahead of that performance, the band sent over a mixtape, which we’re happy to premiere today.  It’s a dreamy ride, unafraid transformation or a few well-placed dance beats—much like the Sunless '97 themselves. Check out the mix below. 

Sunless ’97 Mixtape for Under the Radar Magazine by Under_Radar_Mag on Mixcloud




1. Robert Wyatt - Memories of You

2. Queen Samantha - Take a Chance

3. Sticky Jones Gang - Tunisian Ride

4. Britney - Why Should I Be Sad

5. Andy Stott - Bad Wires

6. Peaking Lights - Key Sparrow

7. Manu Dibango - Echos Beti

8. Sophie - Ooh (preview)

9. Unknown - To Deserve a Fat Rat

10. Arthur Adams - You Got the Floor

11. Fairport Convention - Who Knows Where the Time Goes

12. Atmosfear - Dancing in Outer Space

13. Candido - Dancin and Prancin

14. Sun Ra - India



Noah and the MegaFauna

Premiere: “On and On” MP3

May 08, 2012

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Los Angeles gypsy folk ensemble Noah and the MegaFauna call their tunes “Absinthe bar music,” which is as good of a description as any. Their debut album Anthems For a Stateless Nation (out now) is equal parts Django Reinhardt, Tom Waits, and a night out drinking and dancing with friends. We’re happy to premiere album track “On and On.” Take a listen above or head below to meander through the band’s forthcoming tour dates.

Fun fact: “On and On”’s catchy little violin hook? That’s actually an  erhu—a traditional Chinese violin with two strings and a snake skin resonator.


Tour dates:

May 17 - The Satellite Lounge, LA

May 25 - The Torch Club, Sacramento

May 26 - The Make Out Room, SF

May 30 - The Bootleg, LA

June 10 - Hotel Cafe, LA

June 24 - Joe's Pub NYC




White Arrows

“Roll Forever” MP3 Stream

May 08, 2012

On June 19, Los Angeles electro pop pals White Arrows release their debut LP, Dry Land Is Not A Myth. Ahead of that, they’ve unveiled a teaser, the splashy single, “Roll Forever.” Take a listen to the stream below. They’ve also got a slew (yes, a slew) of upcoming tour dates. You can check those out below as well.


Tour dates:

5/10 ­ Brighton, UK The Great Escape at Sticky Mike's


5/11 ­ London, UK Club NME, Koko

5/12 Den Hague ­ Walk The Line Festival

5/13 ­ Berlin, Germany Comet Club &

5/14 ­ Munich, Germany Orangehouse &

5/15 Paris, France Nouveau Casino (Neon Gold Popshop Paris)

5/16 ­ Paris, France La Maroquinerie ­ +

5/18 ­ Liverpool, UK Sound City, The Kazimier %

5/19 ­ Glasgow, UK Stag & Dagger, Glasgow at Art School Union

5/21 ­ Bristol, UK Bristol O2 Academy, Bristol ­ %

5/22 ­ London, UK HMV Forum %

5/23 ­ Manchester, UK The Ritz %

5/24 ­ Leeds, UK The Cockpit %

5/26 ­ Brussels AB Club %

5/27 ­ Groningen, Vera %

5/28 ­ Nijmegen, Doornroosje %

5/29 ­ Amsterdam, Melkweg %

6/14 San Francisco, CA Rickshaw Stop (Popscene) #$

6/15 Santa Cruz, CA The Catalyst #$

6/16 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour #$

6/17 San Diego, CA Casbah #$

6/18 Phoenix, AZ Rhythm Room #$

6/19 El Paso, TX Low Brow Palace

6/20 Dallas, TX La Grange #

6/21 Austin, TX Red 7 #

6/22 Houston, TX Fitzgerald's #

6/23 Baton Rouge, LA Spanish Moon #

6/26 Tampa, FL The Orpheum #

6/27 Miami, FL Bardot #

6/28 Orlando, FL Will's Pub #

6/29 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade (Hell's Stage) #

6/30 Raleigh, NC King's Barcade #

7/01 Washington DC DC9 #

7/03 Philadelphia, PA Kung Fu Necktie #

7/04 New Haven, CT BAR Night Club #

7/05 Brooklyn, NY Knitting Factory #*

7/06 Cambridge, MA TT The Bears #*

7/07 Montreal, QC Ill Motore #*

7/08 Toronto, ON Drake Hotel #*

7/10 Pittsburgh, PA Brillobox #*

7/11 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop #*

7/12 Chicago, IL Schubas Tavern #*

7/13 Detroit, MI Majestic Café #*

7/14 Milwaukee, WI The Cactus Club #*

7/15 Minneapolis, MN 7th St Entry #*

7/17 Denver, CO Hi Dive #*

7/18 Salt Lake City, UT Kilby Court #*

7/19 Boise, ID Reef Boise #*

7/20 Portland, OR Bunk Bar

7/21 Seattle, WA Capitol Hill Block Party

7/22 Vancouver, BC Media Club #*

7/28 Sacramento, CA LAUNCH Festival


% = w/ White Denim

& = w/ Oberhofer

+ = w/ Friends

# = w/ Beat Connection

$ = w/ Mmoths

* = w/ Teen Daze




Saint Etienne

“I’ve Got Your Music (Golden Filter Remix)” MP3

May 08, 2012

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On May 15, Saint Etienne will release new album Words and Music by Saint Etienne—their first release since 2005’s Tales From Turnpike House. Ahead of that, the band has dropped this remix by likeminded electro band, The Golden Filter. Take a listen to the six minute long rework of “I’ve Got Your Music” above.