Anna St. Louis is on the come up. From the Kevin Morby family of talented musicians, St. Louis kind of sounds like the female version of Morby, vocally. Her debut album If Only There Was A River comes out October 12th on Woodsist / Mare Records. Today, St. Louis shared the single "Desert". Listen below. 

From the press release:

If Only There Was A River is the first full-length studio album from Anna St. Louis. The songwriter, who originally hails from Kansas City, began writing songs after moving to Los Angeles five years ago and has previously released a cassette of recordings on Woodsist / Mare Records, appropriately titled First Songs. The tape received notice from NPR: All Songs Considered, Pitchfork, and Stereogum.

On her proper debut, St. Louis, spreads her wings and expands on the promise hinted at on First SongsTo achieve that end, St. Louis enlisted Kyle Thomas (King Tuff) and Kevin Morby to produce the album, which was engineered by Thomas in his home in Mount Washington, LA. The collection of 11 songs also features Justin Sullivan (Night Shop) on drums and multi-instrumentalist Oliver Hill (Pavo Pavo). While hints of influences like Loretta Lynn, John Fahey and Townes Van Zandt peek out of the corners of the songs, If Only There Was a River is not a nostalgic affair. Rather it marks the emergence of an artist fully coming into their own.


Jeff Tweedy

Watch: Jeff Tweedy “Some Birds” Video

Sep 24, 2018

Jeff Tweedy is releasing a solo album WARM, coming November 30th on dBpm Records. Uh..that's cool. Today he shared the video for lead single "Some Birds", directed by Seth Henrikson. Check it out below.

From the press release:

 "When I got the call to collaborate with Jeff on the video for ‘Some Birds’ it was a thrill and an honor,” comments Henrikson. “The concept for the video naturally highlights Jeff’s amazing song writing and lyrical genius. However, it also exploits another of Jeff’s gifts -- his uncanny sense of men’s fashion and hairstyles. I’m excited to share it with Tweedy fans!” 
Jeff describes the song as “like a lot of songs on WARM, being a confrontation between self and shadow self simultaneously feeling I'm to blame and not to blame, present and gone, and utterly confused, but determined to hold someone accountable.

WARM was produced and recorded entirely by Jeff at Chicago’s now legendary studio, The Loft(with help from some of his usual collaborators – Spencer TweedyGlenn Kotche and Tom Schick). WARM follows the acoustic retrospective release, Together at Last (2017), and Wilco’s 2016 album, Schmilco

Chris Cornell

Listen: Chris Cornell Unreleased Song “When Bad Does Good”

Sep 21, 2018

A previously unreleased song by Chris Cornell has been shared in connection with the announcement from his estate that a career-spanning box set of his music will be released November 16th. "When Bad Does Good" is part of the 62-song limited edition deluxe box set featuring solo work and songs with his bands SoundgardenTemple of the Dog, and Audioslave. It will accompany 17-track self-titled album as well. The song was found in Cornell's personal archives. Looking forward to all of the tears of joy, sadness, and memory this listening will bring.


Jon Hopkins

Watch: Jon Hopkins “Sigularity” Video

Sep 19, 2018

British composer-producer Jon Hopkins has delivered one of this year's most striking albums in Singularity. There have been a couple wonderful videos released for the tracks "Emerald Rush", and an Apple Music exclusive for "Feel First Life", and today Hopkins shared the video for the title track "Singularity". He calls it "The single most epic video I've ever had made." and talks about the video's director Seb Edwards:

"Seb has been a friend and collaborator for nearly 15 years now, but this is the first opportunity we’ve had to work with total freedom on a video for my own music. The power of what he has done left me speechless the first time I saw it. He translated the themes of destruction and defiance that I fed into the music into a powerful, violent ballet between male and female and I totally love it.”

Says Edwards of the project: I've always loved Jon’s work and we've been wanting to collaborate for a while. ‘Singularity’ is such an incredible track, its merciless intensity somehow reflects our troubled times. I wanted to capture the feeling of defiance that rises from the initial brutality. The track is ultimately about acceptance and finding peace in nature. I hope I did it justice.”

Richard Reed Parry

Premiere: Richard Reed Parry “I Was In The World (Was The World In Me)” Live Video

Sep 18, 2018

Arcade Fire’s multi-instrumentalist Richard Reed Parry is set to release his sophomore album Quiet River of Dust Vol.1 this Friday the 21st on ANTI- Records. Ahead of the release, Under the Radar has the premiere of the live video for "I Was In The World (Was The World In Me)".

"I Was in the World, Was the World in Me is a song about the elements and our bodies being inextricably interwoven - about being a human and experiencing a moment in nature that’s so direct and powerful that we lose our sense of where we end and the world around us begins,” describes Parry poetically. “A simultaneously blissful and terrifying moment of “losing yourself”: swimming in a river, realizing that the same beautiful tactile sensation you’re having in the water is, in a way, a living version of what you might experience at the moment of death - the molecules of your body actually merging with the molecules of the world around you…we become ashes, thrown into the sea, absorbed up into the clouds, raining down onto the land and into the rivers… as we turn, turn, turn again.”

The seven-song psychedelic folk-rock album is the first of two volumes to be released in accordance with a seasonal equinox; Vol.1 arriving on the autumnal equinox this Friday, September 21st, and the second volume to be released on the date of the spring equinox in 2019. The new work was Inspired by the traditional British folk music Parry was raised with as well as a formative experience exploring Japanese forests after Arcade Fire's first tour there in 2008.

“Being out in the natural world or being immersed in music is the meditation for me,” says Parry of the work. “That’s the heart of this record: the experience of transcending the place that you’re in, getting lost in the feeling of where you end and where the world begins, in a dreamlike world of music and thought.” It is music meant to be absorbed in a setting devoid of other distractions, not shuffled into your streaming playlist—a tall demand these days but one worth the time.

The album has been “slowly gestating for the last decade, in many ways a necessary respite from Parry’s other gigs.” according to the press release. “Japanese folk myths, death poems, and British folk music are tributaries flowing into a river of late-20th-century avant-garde composition and traditional songcraft...This is a meditative, widescreen musical experience with Beach Boy harmonies and a hypnotic pulse. Layered songs that move in a linear fashion, following a current rather than circular composition.”

Quiet River of Dust Vol.1&2 is Parry’s independent turn into psychedelic folk-rock after his 2014 album of biologically inspired compositions, Music for Heart and Breath and three albums leading the instrumental ensemble Bell Orchestre, which he formed in university as a student of electroacoustic music and contemporary dance. Parry will tour the record on a small fall run starting in October. Dates Below.



Richard Reed Parry Tour Dates

10/17 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios

10/18 – Seattle, WA – Columbia City Theater

10/19 – Victoria, BC – Capital Ballroom

10/21 – Vancouver, BC – Wise Hall

11/5 – Toronto, ON – Longboat Hall

11/26 – Ottawa, ON – St. Alban’s Church

11/27 – Brooklyn, NY – Murmrr Theatre

11/28 – Providence, RI – Columbus Theatre

11/29 – Portland, ME – Space

11/30 – Burlington, VT – ArtsRiot

Molly Burch

Watch: Molly Burch “To The Boys” Video

Sep 17, 2018

Molly Burch's welcome sophomore album, First Flower, is out October 5th, 2018 and today she shared the amusing barnyard toy video for her floating track "To The Boys". 

Burch says of the song, "I've been called soft-spoken a lot in my life and I feel like I've carried that around with me. It seems like a lot of us have internalized this image of what a "powerful" person looks and sounds like, what a leader looks and sounds like. Hopefully that's changing. This song is about finding your power and holding it with confidence, and not apologizing for being yourself."

From the press release: First Flower is the follow up to Burch's acclaimed debut Please Be Mine. It is a walk-through Molly's most intimate thoughts, exploring broken friendships, her relationship to her sister and how she learned to fight overwhelming anxiety. Throughout, her voice is as strong and dexterous as ever, displaying her incredible range and professionalism as a vocalist.

While hurricane Harvey kept Molly locked in at home, she wrote much of the album, bouncing ideas off her bandmate and boyfriend Dailey Toliver who would contribute guitar parts and orchestration suggestions. When it came time to record, Burch chose to work with Erik Wofford at Cacophony Recorders in Austin. 
Burch has announced a headlining US tour this Fall which will run through to December in support of the new album. Check below for the dates.

Molly Burch Live Dates:
10/05 - Austin, TX - ACL Festival *
10/08 - New Orleans, LA - Gasa Gasa ^
10/09 - Atlanta, GA - 529 ^
10/10 - Asheville, NC - Mothlight ^
10/11 - Richmond, VA - Gallery 5 ^
10/12 - Washington DC - Songbyrd ^
10/13 - New York, NY - Rough Trade ^
10/14 - Boston, MA -The Lilypad ^
10/15 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brendas ^
10/16 - Pittsburgh, PA - Funhouse @ Mr. Small's ^
10/17 - Columbus, OH - Rumba ^
10/18 - Nashville, TN - Fond Object ^
10/20 - Austin, TX - Barracuda ^
10/24 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress #
10/25 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar #
10/26 - Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg Theater #
10/27 - San Francisco, CA - Cafe Du Nord #
10/29 - Portland, OR - Polaris Hall #
10/30 - Seattle, WA - Sunset Tavern #
11/2 - Spokane, WA - The Bartlett #
11/03 - Boise, ID - Funky Taco #
11/04 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court #
11/05 - Denver, CO - Lost Lake #
11/7 - Oklahoma City, OK - ACM @ UCO Performance Lab
11/8 - Fayetteville, AR - Smoke and Barrel
11/17 - Tours, FR - Le Temps de Machine
11/18 - Paris, FR - Le Pop Up Du Label
11/19 - Stuttgart, DE - Kellerclub
11/20 - Lucerne, CH - Neubad
11/21 - Munich, DE - Unter Deck
11/22 - Budapest, HU - A38 Gallery
11/23 - Vienna, AT - Blue Bird Festival
11/24 - Jena, DE - Glashaus
11/25 - Berlin, DE - Privatclub
11/26 - Hamburg, DE - Aalhaus
11/27 - Amsterdam, NL - Paradiso
11/28 - Amiens, FR - La Lune des Pirates
11/30 - Gent, BE - Trefunt
12/01 - Margate, UK - Tom Thumb Theatre
12/02 - Brighton, UK - Komedia
12/03 - Birmingham, UK - Hare & Hounds
12/04 - London, UK - The Lexington
12/05 - Liverpool, UK - Leaf
12/06 - Dublin, IRL - The Grand Social
12/07 - Manchester, UK - Night & Day
*Supporting Japanese Breakfast
^ Olden Yolk supports
# Jesse Woods supports

We Were Promised Jetpacks

Premiere: We Were Promised Jetpacks’ New Album “The More I Sleep the Less I Dream” Full Stream

Sep 13, 2018

The return of impassioned Scottish rockers We Were Promised Jetpacks feels like reuniting with a band you can now say you’ve grown up with and the growth has been mutual. They’ve been described as “a high school band that never stopped” but now it’s as though they’ve returned from study abroad and the nature of the dialogue is more sophisticated, more measured.

We Were Promised Jetpacks is back with the new album, The More I Sleep the Less I Dream, out September 14th. Ahead of the self-released album in the U.S. and on Big Scary Monsters in Europe, Under the Radar is thrilled to present the exclusive full album premiere.

Going back to basics in order to find yourself again was the theme for their fourth full-length album, which follows 2014’s Unravelling. This began with the band going back to the foundation of the original four members—Adam Thompson, Michael Palmer, Sean Smith, and Darren Lackie. After touring 2014’s Unravelling, which like all of their tours over the years was a full-on siege, the band took some We time, returning to native Scotland to regenerate the skin that had worn a bit thin and to refocus with family and old friends. It was the longest continuous duration back home in Scotland the since the band started. “There was no external pressure but we put pressure on ourselves to try and keep things going,” recalls guitarist Michael Palmer. “But the ultimate pressure we put on ourselves was ‘make this something good.’”

They met up regularly and wrote constantly at their rehearsal space in Leith, Edinburgh for two years, making sure they knew all of their songs inside out. Every single detail of everyone’s parts poured over, refined, built on. After making their prior albums in England, Scotland, and Iceland, it felt like a good opportunity to try crafting songs in the U.S. The album was recorded over the course of five weeks at Minor Street in Philadelphia and Long Pond in New York’s Hudson Valley in early 2018. Palmer describes this as being stress-free. “I don't want to say it was relaxing or chilled or anything because we worked extremely hard,” he says. “But we knew what we were doing this time and we were able to just get shit done without second-guessing ourselves, or panicking that it wouldn't turn out right. For the first time, we went into the studio with confidence and a plan.”

For the recording, the band connected with producer Jonathan Low (The National, Sufjan Stevens, Kurt Vile, The War on Drugs) and were inspired by his approach to their vision and his grounded style, helping the musicians keep each song simple and minimal. “Jon was totally onboard with us only adding things that underlined what we wrote together in the rehearsal space. We wanted it to sound like it was alive and he really helped us realize that,” says Thompson.

There's a distinct room to breathe for all the songs on The More I Sleep the Less I Dream. “When writing we tried to limit the songs to what we could create in the room,” says Palmer. “For the last record we'd fall back on, well in the studio we'll add something there so it'll sound good,’ and we didn't want to do that anymore. But instead of putting pressure on everyone to get their parts right, it ended up being really invigorating. It left room to breathe as you say, and also meant that everyone had room to do interesting things. And once we had that, Jon did a great, great job of making the album sound like a proper record and not a demo. He's very good, that guy.”

Bands like Explosions in the Sky and Radiohead were touchstones for the new record along with the inspiration the band gleaned from one another. “The album is so much about us going back to our basics and relying on our instincts,” says Palmer. “There’s a range of songs that span everything we do as a band, and we’re the connection between them. It feels like this album is us.”

Pre-order The More I Sleep the Less I

We Were Promised Jetpacks Tour Dates:

09.19 - Portland, ME @ Portland City Music Hall *
09.20 - Porstmouth, NH @ 3S Artspace *
09.21 - Montreal, QC @ Bar Le "Ritz" P.D.B.
09.22 - Toronto, ON @ Lee's Palace
09.23 - Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig #
09.25 - Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall #
09.26 - Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall #
09.27 - Madison, WI @ Majestic Theater #
09.28 - St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club #
09.29 - Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium
10.01 - Billings, MT @ The Pub Station
10.02 - Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett ~
10.03 - Seattle, WA @ Neumos ^
10.04 - Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom ~
10.05 - Bellingham, WA @ The Wild Buffalo ~
10.06 - Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall ~
10.08 - Chico, CA @ The Big Room #
10.09 - San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall #
10.11 - Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre #
10.12 - San Diego, CA @ Irenic #
10.13 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom #
10.15 - Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
10.16 - Austin, TX @ Mohawk
10.17 - Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
10.18 - New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues - The Parish
10.19 - Chattanooga, TN @ Songbirds
10.20 - Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
10.22 - Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
10.23 - Washington, DC @ 930 Club
10.24 - Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes
10.26 - Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
10.27 - Philadelphia, PA @ Foundry
10.28 - Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
10.29 - Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel
11.14 - Aberdeen, UK @ The Lemon Tree
11.15 - Glasgow, UK @ Saint Luke's
11.17 - Edinburgh, UK @ Old Dr Bells Bath
11.18 - Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
11.19 - Manchester, UK @ The Deaf Institute
11.21 - London, UK @ Bush Hall
11.22 - Luxembourg City, LU @ Rotondes
11.24 - Berlin, DE @ Lido
11.26 - Vienna, AT @ Chelsea
11.27 - Graz, AT @ Orpheum Gratz
11.28 - Maxvorstadt, DE @ Muffatwerk
11.29 - Heidelberg, DE @ Karlstorbahnhof 
11.30 - Cologne, DE @ Luxor
12.01 - Amsterdam, NL @ Bitterzoet 

* with Worriers
~ with Cumulus
# with Jenn Champion 

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American Wrestlers

Listen: American Wrestlers “Devils”

Sep 12, 2018

St. Louis band American Wrestlers lead by Gary McClure just released a new song "Devils", which follows the single "Ignoramus", released in April. There's a new album on the horizon for American Wrestlers this year, which will follow 2016's Goodbye Terrible Youth. Sounds good to me. The lyrics for "Devils" were posted with the song on Bandcamp:

Come over my pacifist friend 
Or we wont meet again 
All winter we covered our skin 
Now you wont feel a thing 
And we'll burn with the devils we raised 
And sleep like a stone 
They'll burn with the devils they raised 
Sleep like a stone 
All love is a sorrowful theft 
Concrete from the sea 
Cold calling for the featherless men 
Fenced in by the wind 
I own the Capital 
I was born to give 
Same old servants under flowers 
Dry out in your dress 
See me cling to denial 
Like salt to the sea 
I want to sit for a while 
I wont speak 
Same sick ward since 79 
These days 
This close to the gloom 
I'm something til the living decides my fate 
There's so much time to lose