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Sep 15, 2015

Craft Spells have shared a brand new song, “Our Park By Night.” It will be released as a 7-inch and is the first new music since the band’s excellent 2014 album Nausea (released on Captured Tracks), which was wildly under-heard/underrated. “Our Park By Night” is perhaps a slight bit funkier/more bass heavy than previous Craft Spells tracks. More

Watch: Craft Spells - “Twirl” Video

Going on Tour with Julian Casablancas + The Voidz This September and October

Jun 05, 2015

Craft Spells’ excellent 2014 album Nausea (released on Captured Tracks) was wildly under-heard/underrated, but Julian Casablancas must have paid attention, as he’s taking the band out on tour this September and October. More

Dec 18, 2014

Craft Spells is hitting the road behind their criminally underrated sophomore release Nausea. More

Watch: Craft Spells – “Nausea” Video

Nausea Is Out Now Captured Tracks

Jul 10, 2014

The video for the title track of Craft Spells’ new album Nausea was hand drawn by visual artist Colin McFadyen. More

Listen: Craft Spells - “Breaking The Angle Against The Tide”

Nausea is out June 10 Via Captured Tracks.

Mar 24, 2014

Check out “Breaking The Angle Against The Tide,” the first single from Craft Spells’ forthcoming album Nausea. More

Feb 24, 2012

Led by Justin Paul Vallesteros, California-based pop quartet Craft Spells have announced the release of an upcoming EP entitled, Gallery which will arrive May 15. More

The Digital Version of Under the Radar’s Summer Issue Features 50 Extra Pages of Content

Includes Articles on Stephin Merritt, The Rapture, Eleanor Friedberger, My Morning Jacket, Handsome Furs, and more

Aug 04, 2011

The digital version of Under the Radar‘s Summer Issue includes the same articles that appear in the printed version—plus 50 extra pages of editorial content not found in the print version, including extra full page photos, 11 bonus articles, and 13 bonus reviews. While we certainly still encourage you to pick up the print version (on newsstands now), we also recommend checking out the digital version, which is viewable on your iPad, Mac, PC, and Android device. The Summer Issue’s digital version includes exclusive articles on Eleanor Friedberger, Handsome Furs, My Morning Jacket, The Rapture, Twin Sister, Stephin Merritt, and others. Order the digital version of the Summer Issue here or subscribe to the digital version here. More

Under the Radar Announces Summer Issue and St. Vincent Cover

Issue Also Features Stephen Malkmus vs. Gus Van Sant, M83, The Horrors, Washed Out, Bon Iver vs. Fugazi, WU LYF, Dum Dum Girls, and much more

Jul 28, 2011

Under the Radar’s Summer 2011 Issue has just hit stands. It features St. Vincent on the cover and includes articles on M83, Bon Iver vs. Fugazi, The Horrors, Washed Out, Stephen Malkmus vs. Gus Van Sant, WU LYF, Dum Dum Girls, Friendly Fires, Memory Tapes, John Maus, Niki & The Dove, Purity Ring, Youth Lagoon, and many others; as well as over 115 reviews. The digital version of the magazine also includes 50 extra pages of bonus content, including articles on My Morning Jacket, The Rapture, Eleanor Friedberger, Handsome Furs, Moonface, Stephin Merritt, Laurel Halo, and more. More


Jun 11, 2014

After a couple long years of quietude, Craft Spells (the songwriting vehicle of dream pop scholar Justin Vallesteros) reemerge with Nausea. The album shares a name with a Sartre novel about existential angst. More

May 17, 2012

Justin Paul Vallesteros has been studying his Radio Dept. How else do you explain the (very) subtle expansion of sound on Craft Spells’ new EP Gallery? Embracing a floaty aesthetic not unlike the Swedish dream pop band’s, Vallesteros and his cohorts seem to glide through six tracks, concerning themselves with (in no particular order), girls, loneliness, summer daysor, often, all of the above. More