Mogwai

Watch: “Coolverine” Video

Jun 07, 2017

Mogwai's new album, Every Country's Sun arrives September 1 on Temporary Residence Ltd. and today they've shared the video for "Coolverine" the first single from the next installment. The ominous, slow motion, grey tone video was directed by James and Justin Lockey of Hand Held Cine Club. The Lockey brothers teamed up with Mogwai's Stuart Braithwaite and Slowdive's Rachel Goswell to bring us last year's Minor Victories project, directing those videos as well. The video for "Coolverine" aligns with the tone and pace of the track, visually capturing suspension and anit-gravity. Check it out:

 

 

The band just debuted the entire new album live via a surprise set at Barcelona's Primavera Festival this past weekend. Mogwai head out on a US tour this Fall - dates below.

11/20 - Observatory N. Park - San Diego, CA
11/21 - Belasco Theater - Los Angeles, CA
11/22 - Regency Ballroom - San Francisco, CA
11/23 - Roseland Theater - Portland, OR
11/24 - The Showbox - Seattle, WA
11/25 - Commodore Ballroom. Vancouver
11/28 - Ogden Theatre - Denver, CO
11/30 - The Waiting Room Omaha, NE
12/1 - First Avenue - Minneapolis, MN
12/2 - House of Blues Chicago, IL
12/3 - Majestic Theatre - Detroit, MI
12/5 - Danforth Music Hall - Toronto, ON
12/6 - Corona Theatre - Montreal, QC
12/7 - Royale Nightclub - Boston, MA
12/8 - Terminal 5 - New York, NY
12/9 - Theatre of Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA
12/10 - 9:30 Club - Washington, DC

 

Kevin Morby

Watch: “City Music” Video

Jun 06, 2017

The greatly anicipated new album from Kevin Morby, City Music, will see its release on June 16th via Dead Oceans and the video for the stirring title track was just shared. Check out the whimsical video below.

Morby has this to say about "City Music": "It’s a rare song for me in that it’s more about the guitar than the lyrics, so when it came time to write lyrics, I wanted to make something as relatable and simple as possible to conjure up the feeling of being elated by a city's beautiful mania."

Previously released tracks from Morby's fourth album were "Come To Me Now" and "Aboard My Train".

The press release sets you up for what's in store: "Full of listless wanderlust, it’s a collection inspired by and devoted to the metropolitan experience across America and beyond by a songwriter cast from his own mold. As he puts it: “It is a mix-tape, a fever dream, a love letter dedicated to those cities that I cannot get rid of, to those cities that are all inside of me.”..Here, Lou Reed and Patti Smith stare out at the listener,” explains Morby. “Stretched out on a living room floor they are somewhere in mid-70s Manhattan, smoking cigarettes.” It finds Morby exploring similar themes of solitude, but this time framed by a window of an uptown apartment that looks down upon an international urban landscape “exposed like a giant bleeding wound.”

 

Moon Duo

Stream: Moon Duo Red Vinyl Reissue - Killing Time

Jun 02, 2017

So this is rad - Portand Oregon psych-krautrock duo, Moon Duo is reissuing their classic 2009 EP Killing Time on red vinyl with three bonus tracks contemporary to the recordings on the original release. “Bopper’s Hat,” “Run Around,” and “Dead West Pt. II,” have never been widely available on vinyl before. The announcement prompted listen and its one fun and fast trip through a murky tunnel. Stream away below.

The expanded classic follows the release of Moon Duo’s two-volume Occult Architecture suite, released in February and May.

 

Moon Duo return to the road next week, kicking off a European tour including festival stops at Beaches Brew in Ravenna and Roskilde Festival.

 “Killing Time” EP Expanded Edition Tracklisting:
1. Killing Time
2. Speed
3. Dead West
4. Ripples
5. Bopper’s Hat*
6. Run Around*
7. Dead West Pt. II*
* = bonus track
 
Moon Duo On Tour:
June 5, 2017 - Dachau, DE @ Kultursommer Dachau w/ Dinosaur Jr.
June 8, 2017 - Ravenna, IT @ Beaches Brew
June 10, 2017 - Barcelona, ES @ Upload Club
June 11, 2017 - San Sebastian, ES @ Daba Daba
June 12, 2017 - Bilboa, ES @ Kafe Antzokia
June 13, 2017 - Madrid, ES @ Caracol
June 14, 2017 – Biarritz, FR @ Wheels and Waves Festival
June 15, 2017- Montpellier, FR @ Le Rockstore
June 17, 2017 - Luzern, CH @ B-Sides Festival
June 19, 2017 - Antwerp, BE @ Trix
June 20, 2017 - Brussels, BE @ Les Ateliers Claus
June 21, 2017 - Tel Aviv, IL @ Barby
June 30, 2017 - Roskilde, DK @ Roskilde Festival
Aug. 18, 2017 - Paredes de Coura, PT @ Paredes de Coura
Aug. 25, 2017 - La Tour-de-Peilz, CH @ Nox Orae Festival
Sep. 1, 2017 - Seattle, WA @ Bumbershoot Festival

The War on Drugs

Listen: “Holding On” - Lead Single from The War on Drugs New Album

Jun 01, 2017

This one hardly needs an introduction, just dive in and listen to the lead single "Holding On" from The War on Drugs new album A Deeper Understanding, announced today out August 25th on Atlantic Records. The fourth album from TWOD will be their first release on Atlantic. Following the record store day release of the resplendent and dreamy "Thinking of a Place", "Holding On" hits the road with the wind behind it and doesn't look back:

 

The announcement came with some background on A Deeper Understanding: "For much of the three and a half year period since the release of Lost In The Dream, The War On Drugs’ frontman, Adam Granduciel, led the charge for his Philadelphia-based sextet as he holed up in studios in New York and Los Angeles to write, record, edit, and tinker—but, above all, to busy himself in work. Teaming up with engineer Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes, Weezer), Granduciel challenged the notion of what it means to create a fully realized piece of music in today’s modern landscape. Calling on his bandmates – bassist Dave Hartley, keyboarding Robbie Bennett, drummer Charlie Hall and multi-instrumentalists Anthony LaMarca and Jon Natchez -- continuously throughout the process, the result is a “band record” in the noblest sense, featuring collaboration, coordination, and confidence at every turn. Through those years of relocation, the revisiting and reexamining of endless hours of recordings, unbridled exploration and exuberance, Granduciel’s gritty love of his craft succeeded in pushing the band to great heights."

A Deeper Understanding Tracklisting:
1. Up All Night
2. Pain
3. Holding On
4. Strangest Thing
5. Knocked Down
6. Nothing To Find
7. Thinking of a Place
8. In Chains
9. Clean Living
10. You Don’t Have To Go

Summer Tour Dates:

Mon. Sep. 18 – Portland, ME @ State Theatre
Thu. Sep. 21 – Philadelphia, PA @ Dell Music Center
Fri. Sep. 22 – New York, NY @ SummerStage in Central Park
Sat. Sep. 23 – Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
Mon. Sep. 25 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore Charlotte
Tue. Sep. 26 – Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
Thu. Sep. 28 – Dallas, TX @ The Bomb Factory
Fri. Sep. 29 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall [Outside Lawn]
Sat. Sep. 30 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
Thu. Oct. 5 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre
Fri. Oct. 6 – Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre

Mon. Oct. 9 – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre – SOLD OUT
Tue. Oct. 10 – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre
Wed. Oct. 11 – Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Fri. Oct. 13 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
Sat. Oct. 14 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre – SOLD OUT
Sun. Oct. 15 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre

Wed. Oct. 18 – St. Paul, MN @ Palace Theatre
Thu. Oct. 19 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
Fri. Oct. 20 – Columbus, OH @ Express Live!
Sat. Oct. 21 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall – SOLD OUT
Sun. Oct. 22 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
Wed. Nov. 1 – Amsterdam, NL @ AFAS Live
Thu. Nov. 2 – Amsterdam, NL @ AFAS Live – SOLD OUT
Fri. Nov. 3 – Cologne, DE @ E-Werk
Sat. Nov. 4 – Brussels, BE @ Forest National – SOLD OUT
Mon. Nov. 6 – Paris, FR @ Bataclan
Thu. Nov. 9 – Glasgow, UK @ Barrowlands
Fri. Nov. 10 – Glasgow, UK @ Barrowlands – SOLD OUT
Sun. Nov. 12 – Manchester, UK @ O2 Apollo Manchester – SOLD OUT
Mon. Nov. 13 – Manchester, UK @ O2 Apollo Manchester
Tue. Nov. 14 – London, UK @ Alexandra Palace
Fri. Nov. 17 – Zurich, CH @ X-tra
Sat. Nov. 18 – Milan, IT @ Fabrique
Mon. Nov. 20 – München, DE @ Muffathalle
Tue. Nov. 21 – Hamburg, DE @ Große Freiheit 36
Wed. Nov. 22 – Berlin, DE @ Tempodrom
Fri. Nov. 24 – Oslo, NO @ Spektrum
Sat. Nov. 25 – Copenhagen, DK @ Tap 1
Mon. Nov. 27 – Stockholm, SE @ Annexet

Curse Of Lono

Premiere: “Pick Up The Pieces” Boxed In Remix

May 30, 2017

London five-piece Curse of Lono released their "sumptuously cinematic" debut album Severed in April on Submarine Cat Records. Today, Under the Radar is premiering the remix to Severed stand out "Pick Up The Pieces", imagined by the album's producer Oli Bayston of London's alt-dance outfit Boxed In. The blissfully churning energy of the original is left intact, while enhanced by the polished sheen of Boxed In's synthesized sound. Take it for a ride, it's a lot of fun.

Lead singer Felix Bechtolsheimer had this to say about the remix: "Oli is a good friend and, having produced the album, he was keen to go a bit mental on one of the tracks. The remix is completely nuts and we absolutely love it." 

Curse of Lono's debut is aptly characterised as combining "spaced out, harmony-laden indie-folk with driving, gothic alt-rock". Founded and fronted by Felix Bechtolsheimer, formerly the singer-guitarist in British roots pioneers Hey Negrita, Curse Of Lono formed in early 2015, though the songs on Severed were written over a 14-year period. In the summer of 2015 Curse Of Lono added ex-Hey Negrita drummer Neil Findlay, lead guitarist Joe Hazell, bassist Charis Anderson and keyboardist Dani Ruiz Hernandez to the line-up. 

You can also check out the video for the original of "Pick Up The Pieces" below.

 

 

Following their recent sold out gigs at The Islington, Servants Jazz Quarters and Water Rats, Curse Of Lono have announced appearances at the following UK festivals:

3rd June - CAMDEN ROCKS FESTIVAL, London

4th June - WYCHWOOD FESTIVAL, Cheltenham Racecourse

9th June - ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL, Isle Of Wight

30th June - MAVERICK FESTIVAL, Suffolk

29th July - STANDON CALLING, Hertfordshire

10th Sept - SC4M FESTIVAL, Winchester

Do Make Say Think

Stream: Do Make Say Think - Stubborn Persistent Illusions

May 26, 2017

May certain things missed not go unrecognized. Without much publicity or fanfare, OG's of instrumental 'post-rock', Do Make Say Think, released Stubborn Persistent Illusions, their seventh full length album, and first in eight years, last Friday. Apologies are in order on this end for not giving this release its deserved shine. But hey, you can stream it here now (or run out and get the vinyl/cd) and let it carry you through the weekend.

The Toronto band has been self-sufficiently recording, producing, and performing some of the most fearlessly inventive instrumental rock for over two decades and their newest effort is as substantial and gratifying a listen as ever. The band members continue to be Ohad Benchetrit, David Mitchell, James Payment, Justin Small and Charles Spearin.

Their bio description so consicely frames the group: "Do Make Say Think have consistently released superlative and critically acclaimed instrumental rock albums that feature highly original hybrids of psych, jazz, punk, prog and electronica. They shatter the all-too-familiar confines of generic post-rock with every album, and forge compelling instrumental rock with just the right balance of noise, melody, narrative depth, compositional acumen and inventive mixing and editing." 

 

Pantha du Prince

Listen - Pantha Du Prince: “Islands in the Sky (Recondite Remix)”

May 24, 2017

Wizard of electro-ambience Hendrik Weber, a.k.a. Pantha Du Prince, is about to rain down gems from his perch in the clouds. On June 9th, both an ambient and remix version of The Triad will drop on Rough Trade. The Triad was last year's release of Pantha's first studio album in 6 years and extpanded his canon of silky electronic brilliance. These ambient and remixed variations open back doors and channels into alternative, yet familiar spaces. The sparse and pulsing Recondite remix of "Islands in the Sky" was shared today. Check it out.

If you're not yet hip to it, The Triad and its reworkings were described in the press release:

Created in collaboration with two like-minded musicians, NYC’s Scott Mou (Queens) and Norway’s Bendik Kjeldsberg (of Bell Laboratory), The Triad was both a return to, and a significant leap forward from, the form and style Pantha Du Prince had become known for.

 But The Triad had more to offer, and Weber has created a totally reworked ambient re-envisioning of The Triad album, which leaves behind the pulsating beats and most of the vocals of the original, creating something new, delicate, dreamy, and unutterably gorgeous.

In addition to Weber’s ambient recreations, a handful of fellow-travelers in the world of thoughtful electronic genres have contributed remixes of The Triad’s songs to an EP of Remixes, which will be released alongside the Ambient Versions LP. The Remixes EP features deep-house royalty Solomun, eclectic minimalist Efdemin, Amsterdam-via-Nigeria house innovator Shinedoe, experimental polymath Alva Noto, and more. Berlin acid house adventurer Recondite has done a remix of "Islands in the Sky"

Pantha du Prince is currently on tour, stealthily dropping down on Music Hall of Williamsburg last night. Here are a few remaining west coast dates:

Tour Dates:

May 25 - The Echo - Los Angeles, CA
May 27 - Great Northern - San Francisco, CA
May 28 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR

Brightness

Watch: “Talk To Me” Video

May 23, 2017

The New project from Australian artist Alex Knight called Brightness shared another 8mm cast video today for "Talk To Me", a song from his forthcoming debut album Teething, due June 30th worldwide on I Oh You records. The vintage style video, directed, edited and shot once more by Mclean Stephenson, follows a similar one for lead single "Oblivion". Under the Radar premiered the instructional lyric and guitar tabs version of the great, driving indie pop track back in March. Check out the video for "Talk To Me" here.

"The message in 'Talk To Me' is that rawness and inexperience aren't things to be ashamed of, especially for young people, and that it can be hazardous to affect composure and poise when in fact you feel totally lost," explains Brightness. "It carries a similar sentiment to 'Everybody Hurts' by R.E.M, but in this case it's: 'Everybody's Green.'"

About the project, Brightness continues:  "Teething was written and recorded over a period of time in which my internal compass was on the fritz and I was feeling particularly disoriented...The songs on the album correlate with the spectrum of mind-states I was in during this time - states of panic, frustration and dread, but also of love, excitement and euphoria." So far, the visual aesthetic Brightness employs in his videos follows the tone of his music, gritty and exhilerating. Looking forward to more.