Tycho

Watch: Tycho’s New Video for “Glider”

Oct 18, 2017

Tycho, the San Francisco electronic band conducted by producer and graphic artist Scott Hansen, introduced a luminous new prism to electronic music last year with their album Epoch. Today they share the video for the lead track "Glider". Watch it below. The band projects stunning visuals during their live shows and the video blends these with elements of visionary Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky's 1972 film Solaris, as an homage.

Tycho kick off their European tour in Dublin on Thursday and will also perform for the first time ever in Russia at Izvestiya Hall in Moscow on November 9th. See the rest of their tour dates below.

"As an American kid growing up in the '80s I never thought I'd get a chance to visit Moscow, let alone play a show there." Says band head Scott Hansen, "So much in the world has changed since those days but the power of music to unite people transcends. We're always grateful to be able to share what we love with people from all over the world and so it is with great honor that we will play Moscow for the first time."

 


European Tycho live dates:

19 OCT - Dublin, IR - District 8 *SOLD OUT*

20 OCT - London, UK - Rough Trade East

22 OCT - London, UK - The Roundhouse

24 OCT - Barcelona, ES - Razzmatazz 2

25 OCT - Toulouse, Fr - Bikini

27 OCT - Bologna, IT - Estragon

28 OCT - Turin, IT - Movement Festival

30 OCT - Basel, CH - Kaserne

31 OCT - Zurich, CH - Plaza

01 NOV - Antwerp, BE - Trix

02 NOV - Utrecht, NL - Tivoli

04 NOV - Copenhagen, DK - DR Koncerthuset

05 NOV - Stockholm @ Nobelberget

09 NOV - Moscow, RU - Izvestiya Hall


 

 

Mocky

Premiere: Artistic Mocky Video For “Stop Time” ft. Nia Andrews

Oct 16, 2017

L.A.-by-way-of-Berlin transplant Mocky has a jewel of a new video for "Stop Time" featuring fellow Angeleno artist Nia Andrews and Under the Radar is happy to share the premiere. The vintage film stock look of flowing animation compliments the smooth edged pop tune and would play nicely as an installation in a modern art gallery. Watch it below.

Following the release of the fourth installation of his Moxtape series titled How To Hit What And How Hard, the hypnotic visual keeps up with the skipping final track. Directed by Rand Sevilla, ""Stop Time" sees Mocky now channeling filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky with whom he shares a songwriting credit on his album Saskamodie. Mocky plays everyhing on How To Hit What And How Hard which he recorded in his self built LA studio. In addition to the lovely vocals of Andrews, invited to contribute were Gonzales and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson on the exquisite "Desiree" and Pegasus Warning, Joey Dosik and Aponte Poro on a variety of instruments.

According to Mocky: "Everything began with me hitting something, and during the process, I realized that in the modern musical environment, "how", "what" and "how hard" you hit something make all the difference."

In a very cool move, Mocky is opening the hood on this "how-to kit" of a record, releasing all of the isolated, separated instruments as samples in an "Unpacked Edition", allowing others to make their own works recreated from Mocky's handmade blueprint.

Mocky's new solo project succeeds his recent work producing Feist's groundbreaking album Pleasure and co-writing five songs with Kelela for her recently released debut album Take Me Apart. 

This Will Destroy You

Listen: “Kitchen” From This Will Destroy You Restaurant Score

Oct 13, 2017

Anybody who takes dining out seriously will know that the music is the oft undervalued facet of the experience. Los Angeles Band This Will Destroy You recognizes this and has been commissioned by Chef Jordan Kahn's new Culver City restaurant Vespertine to curate a score for its spaces. "Kitchen" is the first piece to be released and it's beautiful. Listen below.

Here's what it's all about:

“Kitchen” is the first aural glimpse into the Vespertine project, a collaborative concept wherein the entirety of Chef Jordan Kahn’s new Culver City restaurant has been custom-scored by Los Angeles’ own THIS WILL DESTROY YOU.

One of seven pieces written for the building itself (and even the space around it), “Kitchen” is the music that diners first hear as they are greeted by Chef Kahn before dinner service begins for the evening. In composing the music for this interaction, THIS WILL DESTROY YOU’s Chris King and Jeremy Galindo sought to convey a warm, hospitable – if not reassuring – tone for listeners that may (or may not) be present elsewhere as they discover and explore the spaces in and around Vespertine’s looming architectural monolith for the remainder of their stay.

"One track will play as you enter on the ground floor, where you will find a 26-foot-long hanging art piece ominously named 'The Table' across from the entrance to an elevator that has only one button to push. Another track will play on the second floor, where Kahn will be the first person you see after you emerge, and you will have a conversation with him and his team of cooks about what’s to come. Another track will play on the roof, where you will sit for your introductory snacks and look out over Culver City and the mountains to the east, so long as it’s not raining, in which case don’t worry, they have something else planned. And the last track will play in the 22-seat dining room where you will ultimately eat your spaceship food while sitting on a surprisingly comfortable steel-and-wool banquette, attended by servers dressed in custom, androgynous uniforms that are very Rick Owens–does–Lord of the Rings cosplay."

 

 

In related news, THIS WILL DESTROY YOU will join fellow post-rockers Sannhet soon for a short run of live dates next month including a BrooklynVegan-presented show on November 14th at Knitting Factory, as part of the historic New York City venue’s 30th anniversary celebration. See all confirmed dates below.

 THIS WILL DESTROY YOU w/ Sannhet:

11/12/2017 Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center – Harrisburg, PA
11/13/2017 BSP Kingston – Kingston, NY
11/14/2017 Knitting Factory – Brooklyn, NY
11/15/2017 35 Artspace – Portsmouth, NH
11/16/2017 The Met – Pawtucket, RI
11/17/2017 The Outer Space/The Ballroom – Hamden, CT
11/18/2017 Debonair Music Hall – Teaneck, NJ

Nick Hakim

Watch: Nick Hakim “Cuffed” Video

Oct 12, 2017

Nick Hakim breathed some foresty fresh air into soul music this year with his debut album Green Twins. "Cuffed" is one of the groovier tracks and the video was just shared. The latest video from the widely acclaimed album was directed by Daniel Kaufman and reimagines the Santeria rituals of the Venezuelan Maria Lionza cult. Throughout the video, the fierceness and devotion of the participants increases with the intensity of the song. Filmed in the Catskills, NY, “Cuffed” also features experimental performance artists FlucT. In gorgeous black and white deep woods scenes, the envigoration of these visceral practices is captured. Take the trip below and also check out Hakim's tour below.

Kaufman describes how the concept for the video took shape: “I was listening to the song and stumbled upon Cristina Garcia Rodero's photos of the Maria Lionza pilgrimage. I've been interested in Santeria rituals since filming with some voodoo practitioners in Haiti years ago, so the photos really resonated for me and seemed to both play with and be an interesting counter point to the song.. I also knew it wasn't enough--and wouldn't be appropriate—to simply ape or appropriate the imagery. I knew we had to focus on the aesthetic/emotional kernel within those photos but make it our own... we wanted to make something simple--a space where we could create real rules for our own ritual about renewal, and then document it."

Hakim found the experience particularly meaningful: "My favorite part of this process was getting to know everyone else in the couple days we spent working on this video: in one day all of us connected with one another and found trust within one another. It was truly therapeutic. The land we were on was extremely beautiful. I feel blessed to have worked with such talented and amazing artists."


 

TOUR DATES

Oct 10 New Orleans, LA - Gasa Gasa

Oct 12 Houston, TX - White Oak Music Hall (Upstairs)

Oct 13 Austin TX - Antone’s

Oct 14 Austin TX - ACL Festival

Oct 15 Dallas, TX - House of Blues (Cambridge Room)

Oct 17 Tucson, AZ - Club Congress

Oct 18 Santa Ana, CA - Constellation Room

Oct 19 Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex

Oct 20 San Francisco, CA - The Independent

Oct 21 Oakland, CA - Starline Social Club

Oct 23 Portland, OR - Doug Fir

Oct 24 Seattle, WA – Barboza

Nov 01 Paris, FR - Pitchfork Avant-Garde

Nov 02 Belfort, FR - La Poudrière

Nov 03 Rotterdam, NL - BIRD

Nov 04 Eindhoven, NL - So What's Next Festival

Nov 07 Bristol, UK - The Lantern

Nov 08 Vienna AT - Gasometer ^

Nov 09 Zagreb HR - Tvornica Kulture ^

Nov 10 Milan IT - Fabrique Milano ^

Nov 13 Berlin DE - Columbiahalle ^

Nov 15 Brussels, BE - Forest National *

Nov 16 Amsterdam, NL - AFAS Live *

Nov 17 Hamburg, GER - Uberjazz Festival

Nov 18 Paris, FR - Le Zenith *

Nov 23 Manchester UK - O2 Apollo ^

Nov 24 Wolverhampton UK - Civic Hall ^

Nov 26 London UK - O2 Academy Brixton ^

Nov 27 London UK - London UK - O2 Academy Brixton ^

Nov 29 Southampton UK - O2 Guildhall ^

Dec 1 Cologne DE - Palladium ^

Dec 3 Stockholm SE - Annexet ^

Dec 4 Stockholm SE - Annexet ^

Dec 5 Oslo NO - Sentrum Scene ^

Dec 6 Oslo NO - Sentrum Scene ^

Feb 12 Birmingham UK - Hare and Hounds

Feb 13 Bristol UK - The Lantern

Feb 14 London UK - KOKO

Feb 15 Leeds UK - Brudenell Social Club

Feb 16 Glasgow UK - King Tut’s

Feb 17 Manchester UK - The Deaf Institute

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Sufjan Stevens

Listen: “Wallowa Lake Monster” From The Greatest Gift Mixtape

Oct 11, 2017

Sufjan Stevens is back at it. The Greatest Gift is a collection of outtakes, remixes and demos from Stevens’ lauded 2015 album Carrie & Lowell and is set for release on November 24th. A portion of the proceeds from the release will benefit the Cancer Support Community. Check out the delicate "Wallowa Lake Monster" below. According to the press release, here is what The Greatest Gift has in store:

The Greatest Gift unveils new remixes by several longstanding collaborators: Roberto C. Lange (a.k.a. Helado Negro) remixes both “Death With Dignity” and “All Of Me Wants All Of You;” Thomas Bartlett (a.k.a. Doveman) remixes “Exploding Whale,” a song previously only available as a 7-inch single; and James McAlister (a.k.a. 900X) remixes “Fourth of July.” The album also features Stevens’ own remix of “Drawn to the Blood.”
The mixtape also includes alternate and/or demo versions of songs from the original album,including a fingerpicking version of “Drawn to the Blood,” and iPhone-recorded demo versions of “John My Beloved” and “Carrie & Lowell.”
Finally, the mixtape features four previously unreleased new songs, “official” outtakes from Carrie & Lowell recorded at the same time as the album. These include “Wallowa Lake Monster” as well as “The Hidden River of My Life,” “City of Roses” and “The Greatest Gift.”

Hanz Zimmer & Benjamin Wallfisch

Listen: “Tears in the Rain” From Blade Runner 2049 Score

Oct 09, 2017

Blade Runner 2049 opened on Friday and you just knew that the soundtrack was going to go massive based on the Vangelis masterpiece for the 1982 original. Hanz Zimmer collaborated with score composer Benjamin Wallfisch, continuing their work from the music for the Christopher Nolan film Dunkirk. The score is epic and is composed with a respectful appreciation to the Vangelis original, one of the most powerful scores ever made. Listen to the beautiful "Tears in the Rain", which is essentially a reimagination of Vangelis's "Tears In Rain", and hear for yourself.

A. Savage

Listen: ‘Ladies From Houston” From Forthcoming A. Savage Album

Oct 09, 2017

A. Savage from Parquet Courts is releasing his solo album Thawing Dawn this friday on Dull Tools and has shared the clear Leonard Cohen homage "Ladies From Houston" from his superb debut. The song showcases Savage's storytelling talents and the song's warmly deliberate pace will have you following his imaginative stroll. The new song was premiered during an interview Matt Wilkinson gave for Beats 1.

Savage had this to say about the song: "I wrote Ladies From Houston after going to a small gathering of friends.  We were at the house of our friend's father, who had just died, and he had just finished selling off most of his dad's possessions so he could sell the house.  Some stuff we broke.  But a collection of erotica and photographs remained, and we all began sorting through it.  This investigation set off a string of stories that went on late into the night.  We all learned something about everyone else.  The words are based on the stories told that night."
Check it out here. You can also listen along with the lyrics provided and check out A. Savage plus Parquet Courts tour dates below.

LYRICS FOR "LADIES FROM HOUSTON"
When the night sun stops trying, if it dims without fighting
and a chorus of midnight dogs flowers from the shadows
like the ladies from Houston who walk into my house
drink coffee and talk softly, drink wine and speak loud
back at me
 
I've got a full ring of keys again
 
30 years paid in mistakes as the rent to the room that my soul vacates
 
Yeah she raised me like I was her own flesh and blood
and she came when I cried and I wasn't embarrassed. 
Well I knew enough Spanish to interpret a shoe
as an armed confrontation when its quickly removed and lifted
 
I've got a full ring of keys again
 
Time is a feral cats prowl blind and lost to the chase without fear or doubt
 
Said he's stepped into quicksand and its not like you think
said he's waited with commitment but he didn't start sinking
I said I'd fallen in line, and a few times in love
and I've raised my voice at folks I thought I was above, like a fool
 
I've got a full ring of keys again
 
Scratching glyphs into the glass of the men's room mirror to reflect my wrath
 
Uncle Marty was trouble, at least that's what I heard, 
Now he's dead or in prison or just gone but not missing
But I remember the burn mark, and the Speedy tattoo
and the words that he chose and the way his lips moved to make them
 
I've got a full ring of keys again
 
Nothing lies further from truth than the words from the one who says solid sooth
 
What's the purpose if there is one, for this televised demon
for the sadness I feel when he polutes screen
For the beer in the fridge which has halfway been tasted
That I put to my lips so that it doesn't get wasted or drank

 

A. SAVAGE TOUR DATES (new dates in bold)
Wed. Nov. 1 - Pittsburgh, PA @ The Funhouse at Mr. Smalls w/ Jack Cooper
Thu. Nov. 2 - Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle w/ Jack Cooper
Fri. Nov. 3 - Detroit, MI @ Jumbo's w/ Jack Cooper
Sat. Nov. 4 - Columbus,OH @ Double Happiness w/ Jack Cooper
Sun. Nov. 5 - Louisville, KY @ Kaiju w/ Jack Cooper 
Mon. Nov. 6 - Nashville, TN @ The End w/ Jack Cooper
Wed. Nov. 8 - Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn w/ Jack Cooper 
Thu. Nov. 9 - Durham,NC @ The Pinhook w/ Jack Cooper
Fri. Nov. 10 - Washington, DC @ DC9 w/ Jack Cooper
Sat. Nov. 11- Brooklyn, NY @ Murmrr Ballroom w/ Jack Cooper
Thu. Nov. 30 - Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA
Fri. Dec. 1 -Jersey City, NJ @ Monty Hall
Sat. Dec. 2 - Portsmouth, NH @ 3S Artspace
Sun. Dec. 3 - Allston, MA @ The Great Scott
Mon. Dec. 4 - Montreal, QC @ l'Escogriffe Bar Spectacle
Tue. Dec. 5 - Toronto, ON @ The Garrison
Mon. Jan. 22 - Berlin, DE @ Monarch
Tue. Jan. 23 - Cologne, DE @ King Georg
Wed. Jan. 24 - Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso Upstairs
Thu. Jan. 25 - Gent, BE @ Nest
Fri. Jan. 26 - Paris, FR @ Pop Up Du Label
Sun. Jan. 28 - Brighton, UK @ The Hope
Mon. Jan. 29 - Bristol, UK @ Louisiana
Tue. Jan. 30 - Leeds, UK @ Oporto
Wed. Jan. 31 - Glasgow, UK @ Broadcast
Thu. Feb. 1 - Manchester, UK @ Soup Kitchen
Fri. Feb. 2 - London, UK @ Garage
  
PARQUET COURTS TOUR DATES

Wed. Nov. 15 - Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle (Red Bull 30 Days in Chicago) w/ Meat Wave
Thu. Nov. 16 - Detroit, MI @ El Club w/ Bonny Doon
Fri. Nov. 17 - Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop w/ The Cowboy
Sun. Nov. 19 - Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere w/ B Boys
Fri. Dec. 15 - Sat. Dec. 16 - Buenos Aires, AR @ Festival BUE 

 

Wolf Parade

Listen: “Baby Blue” & “Weaponized” From New Wolf Parade Album

Oct 06, 2017

There's cause for celebration. Wolf Parade's first album in seven years, Cry Cry Cry, is out today, which means there's another audacious long play of theirs to gleefully try to wrap your head around. Aided by veteran Seattle producer John Goodmanson (Sleater-Kinney, Unwound, Blonde Redhead), there was a mindset to prune away excess on the 11 tracks of Cry Cry Cry. But thankfully there were a couple of occasions of indulgence in the classic spirit of Wolf Parade. "Baby Blue" and "Weaponized" start out with tight structure before their respective glorious unfurlings. Check them out: