Premiere: Stream Twinsmith’s New Album - “Stay Cool”

Jul 10, 2017

Longtime friends Jordan Smith and Matt Regner from Omaha, Nebraska began their band Twinsmith as DIY tinkerers, writing a pair of records starting with 2013’s self-titled debut and then 2015’s Alligator Years before recruiting bassist Bill Sharp and others to reinforce their live performance.

Now, Twinsmith is returning with their third album, Stay Cool, out this Friday via Saddle CreekThe title offers instruction that its songs carry out. The new album delivers the clean, sparkling refinement of their new sound, as clear as day and with an immediacy that is completely catching. Honed with the assistance of friend and Omaha neighbor, producer Graham Ulicny (Reptar, The Faint), the emphasis this time around was to simplify things by stripping away the excess, allowing the essential parts to come forward. 

The retooled sound of Stay Cool was actually found through a rediscovery of their original approach. “When we first started the band, Matt and I used an 8-track recorder and made all our demos in the basement of my parents’ house" recalls Smith. "For this new one we drew back a lot (from the first two albums). We recorded it like when we first started— (this time) in the dining room at our house, with old synths and ’80s drum machines. We wanted to drop back and do what was comfortable.."

"The main goal was to make something a bit more personal to us." continues Smith. "The last album was kind of in-your-face pop music and that’s why we made this so short and sweet; we wanted listeners to hear the small, distinct sounds we were working on. Because there were only a few people involved, we could make our decisions more directly." 

Stay Cool sees Twinsmith's sound evolving from hazy surf rock to a fuller, more dynamic guitar-and-keys pop appeal. The fresh, slick new direction produces results that will have you bopping, hopping and electric sliding with glee. Clear out some space in your basement, dining room or wherever and get ready to feel good. Stream Stay Cool below.



Here is the link to the pre-order of Stay Cool:

Broken Social Scene

Listen: “Protest Song”

Jul 07, 2017

The return of alt rock luminaries Broken Social Scene is cause for celebration. The Canadian collective's fifth full-length, and first in seven years, Hug of Thunder, is out today and is fantastic. It's certainly one of the best albums of the year so far. It's hard to choose a song to lead into the glorious sound still intact, but "Protest Song" is as good as any. Check it out below and do yourself a favor - keep diving in. The water is both exhilarating and warm and after a while, you don't want to get out.

Leif Erikson

Listen: Leif Erikson - “Concrete & Steel”

Jul 06, 2017

London five-piece band Leif Erikson have shared the new single from their forthcoming self-titled, debut mini-album out August 25th via Arts & Crafts. The gently propulsive track feels like the wind at your back, while incongruently, lead singer and guitarist Sam Johnston's lyrics grapple with inner city disaffection. Check it out below. You can also catch them touring the UK in November.

For those unfamiliar, the press release describes the band: "Leif Erikson are a London-based five-piece who craft quietly emotive, effortlessly explorative transatlantic pop: five unique life journeys brought together under the namesake of a little-known Icelandic explorer, believed by many to have been the first Westerner to reach the shores of America. And at a time when an increasing number of new bands see depth and substance as a potential commercial risk, lead singer and guitarist Sam Johnston's socially conscious lyrics project a disarming honesty. Here are songs which offer the kind of thoughtful interiority that, while grounded in intimate observation, feel instantly relatable to anybody struggling to find meaning and comfort amidst the hectic concerns of inner city living."

Concrete and Steel by Leif Erikson on VEVO.

Fall Tour Dates:
Sept 7th - Oslo, London (Headline)
Nov 2nd - Deaf Institute, Manchester (w/Island)
Nov 3rd - Think Tank, Newcastle (w/Island)
Nov 4th - La Belle Angele, Edinburgh (w/Island)
Nov 6th - Brudenell Games Room, Leeds (w/Island)
Nov 7th - Bodega, Nottingham (w/Island)
Nov 8th - Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham (w/Island)
Nov 9th - The Cookie, Leicester (w/Island)
Nov 10th - Lousiana, Bristol (w/Island)
Nov 11th - The Hope & Run, Brighton (w/Island)


Listen: Laucan - “Molten Silver”

Jun 29, 2017

Laucan has released another beautiful song ahead of his anticipated debut full-length album FramesperSecond out July 21st on Sunday Best. "Molten Silver" is the b-side to current single and album track "Wait For The Impact" and it is a classic folk song, showing the versatility of the Lewes, England raised newcomer, Laurence Galpin. Laucan has demonstrated an impressive handle on elaborate and rangey electronic/instrumental compositions to date and ""Molten Silver" is emblematic of his roots in folk music.

Of the track Galpin comments: "One weekday afternoon a long time ago I fell asleep while playing Bomberman64, a long time before that, I woke up in the middle of the night on a trampoline in the Sussex Downs. 'Molten Silver' came somewhere in between while I slept"

"Molten Silver" hangs in the air and compliments the quiet, providing further incentive to follow Laucan wherever his musical adventure leads. Listen below:



Listen to "Wait For The Impact"

FramesPerSecond Tracklisting:

1. Wait For The Impact

2. Up Tomorrow

3. I Want Out

4. Just Off The Old Kent Road

5. In Between

6. FramesPerSecond

7. You Give Way

8. Miss Mistiness

9. Symptom

10. The Tree (Came Down)

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Ayo River

Premiere: Ayo River - “Porcelain”

Jun 27, 2017

Back in 2014, Atlanta, GA based songwriter Weston Taylor began recording indie pop songs with Athens, GA producer and multi-instrumentalist Matt Martin. The fresh fruits of their creative endeavor was entitled Ayo River and the debut album Failed State is set for release in August. Under the Radar has the premiere of the lead single "Porcelain", a lean and flowing example of Ayo River's music, akin to early Death Cab for Cutie. Take it for a spin below.          

Always a storyteller at heart, Taylor has found an engaging channel of expression with Ayo River, a musical outlet that has allowed him to find organic balance in the often overbearing push through modern existence. As stated in the bio, it's  ".. a project that intersects deeply personal lyrics with the inescapable connectedness of the modern world...These songs are Weston’s internal tales of loss and miscommunication in the wildly connected age of the internet, brought to life with sweeping indie-pop influenced writing and production." 

Taylor had this to say about "Porcelain": "This was the first song we recorded mostly live in the studio, so I think it has a much rawer feel than some of the other tracks. I have always seen it as being a kind of witchcraft or spell, starting very ominously as I’m lyrically conjuring up some commands for my life and what I want to happen with it, and then putting them together in a brew. Then it transforms midway through, as if the spell had functioned correctly, and things get sunny. It’s a song about suddenly being alone, getting older and wanting to change things."

Failed State was produced at Chase Park Transduction Studios (Deerhunter, Bright Eyes, Queens Of The Stone Age, Animal Collective, REM) and was mastered by TW Walsh (Sufjan Stevens, The Shins, Cold War Kids, Death Cab For Cutie). It was recorded in the studio with Josh Crusa (bass) and Evan Seeds (drums), who have begun performing in Ayo River's live band. We'll be checking for them in August.




01. Porcelain
02. Jolts
03. Mercedes
04. White Dress
05. Porches + Patios
06. Waking Up
07. 11 Likes
08. Tantrum pt. i
09. Tantrum pt. ii
10. Snakes
11. Failed State


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Watch: “Dog” Video

Jun 26, 2017

Today, Brooklyn's Widowspeak shared their new video for "Dog", the first single from their forthcoming album Expect the Best, out August 25th on Captured Tracks. Check it out. The video premiered via NPR's First Watch and features vocalist Molly Hamilton looking like Sevie Nicks and taking you back to her era with its hazily saturated video imagery. "Dog" is a darkly buoyant track, embodying the band's self described "cowboy grunge" approach on the new work.

According to the label, Widowspeak's Molly Hamilton told NPR the song is, "about the compulsion to move on from things and places, even people, when you're not necessarily ready to. Sometimes, I get caught up in 'the grass is always greener' mentalities, or cling to an idea that 'I'd be happy if...' and then make a drastic change. Then, inevitably, I feel restless a few months later and it starts again."  Read the rest of the Q&A here.

Widowspeak will be touring in the fall, check ou the dates below. 



Widowspeak Tour Dates:

09/08 - Boston, MA - Great Scott
09/09 - Burlington, VT - ArtsRiot
09/11 - Toronto, ON - Garrison
09/12 - Detroit, MI - El Club
09/13 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
09/15 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St. Entry

09/16 - Madison, WI - High Noon
09/17 - Des Moines, IA - Des Moines Social Club
09/19 - Denver, CO - Hi Dive
09/20 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
09/21 - Boise, ID - Neurolux
09/22 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
09/23 - Seattle, WA - Barboza
09/24 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret
09/26 - San Francisco, CA - Swedish American Hall
09/27 - Visalia, CA - Cellar Door
09/28 - Los Angeles, CA - Pico Union
09/29 - San Diego, CA - The Hideout
09/30 - Phoenix, AZ - Rebel Lounge
10/01 - Santa Fe, NM - Meow Wolf
10/03 - Austin, TX - Sidewinder
10/04 - New Orleans, LA - Gasa Gasa
10/05 - Birmingham, AL - Syndicate Lounge
10/06 - Nashville, TN - The High Watt
10/07 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
10/08 - Asheville, NC - The Mothlight
10/10 - Washington, DC - DC9
10/11 - Philadelphia, PA - Boot and Saddle
10/12 - Kingston, NY - BSP Kingston
10/13 - Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade

Michael Nau

Listen: “Wonder”

Jun 22, 2017

Sometimes you need a lil' soothing. Enter Maryland born songwriter Michael Nau. Last week, Nau put out his second album in two years, Some Twist via Suicide Squeeze / Full Time Hobby, after a period of artistic indecision - and it's quite welcome. The soft breeze of "Wonder" represents the overall tone of the new work, keeping you company like a laid back friend. Listen Below and check out his upcoming tour dates:   



SAT JUL 1 - Westerly RI, United Folk Festival @ Wilcox Park (12p-9p) - FREE
WED JUL 19 - Brooklyn NY, Rough Trade (TICKETS)
THU SEP 21 - Brighton UK, The Greys (TICKETS)
FRI SEP 22 - Bristol UK, The Louisiana (TICKETS)
SAT SEP 23 - Glasgow UK, The Hug & Pint (TICKETS)
SUN SEP 24 - Leeds UK, Brudenell Social Club (Games Room) 
MON SEP 25 - Manchester UK, Gullivers (TICKETS)
TUE SEP 26 - London UK, The Lexington (TICKETS)
WED SEP 27 - Paris FR, Espace B (TICKETS)
THU SEP 28 - Rotterdam NL, V11 (TICKETS)
FRI SEP 29 - Amsterdam NL, Paradiso (Upstairs) (TICKETS)
SAT SEP 30 - Gent BE, DOK Kantine (TICKETS)
MON OCT 2 - Berlin DE, Privatclub (TICKETS)
TUE OCT 3 - Hamburg DE, Häkken (TICKETS)
WED OCT 4 - Köln DE, Bumann & SOHN (TICKETS)
THU OCT 5 - München DE, Feierwerk (Orangehouse) (TICKETS)
FRI OCT 6 - Luzern DE, Neubad
SAT OCT 7 - Schorndorf DE, Manufaktur (TICKETS)

Mobb Deep

Watch: Mobb Deep “Quiet Storm” Video - R.I.P Prodigy

Jun 21, 2017

Rapper Prodigy from the infamous Mobb Deep out of Queens, NY has passed away. He was only 42 years old and the cause of his death is unknown, though he had recently been hospitalized for complications related to sickle cell anemia, a condition he had dealt with all of his life. Prodigy was one of the best MC's ever, delivering gritty, cold blooded raps in an unorthodox, often non rhyming stlye all his own. Rest in peace P. You were one of the greatest. Check out the Mobb Deep video for "Quiet Storm" below, which utilized the famed "White Lines" bass line.

Quiet Storm by Mobb Deep on VEVO.