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Apr 03, 2024

1980s electro-pop icons Pet Shop Boys are releasing a new album, Nonetheless, on April 26 via Parlophone. Now they have shared its second single, “Dancing Star.” The song is about Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev, who defected from the Soviet Union in 1961. Pet Shop Boys have also released two B-sides (“Sense of Time” and “If Jesus Had a Sister”), two remixes of “Dancing Star,” and one remix of previous B-side “Party in the Blitz.” More

Jan 31, 2024

1980s electro-pop icons Pet Shop Boys have announced a new album, Nonetheless, and shared its first single, “Loneliness,” via a music video. More

Glastonbury 2022: Watch Performances from Wolf Alice, Jessie Ware, Mitski, HAIM, Foals, and More

Plus Courtney Barnett, Cate Le Bon, Pet Shop Boys, beabadoobee, Dry Cleaning, First Aid Kit, Jack White, Kendrick Lamar, Caribou, St. Vincent, Squid, black midi, Big Thief, and Many Others

Jun 27, 2022

Couldn’t make it to Glastonbury this past weekend? We have you covered, with highlights from some of the performances including ones by Wolf Alice, Jessie Ware, Courtney Barnett, Mitski, HAIM, Foals, and many more. Plus Cate Le Bon, Pet Shop Boys, beabadoobee, Dry Cleaning, First Aid Kit, Jack White, Kendrick Lamar, Fontaines D.C., Lorde, Caribou, Metronomy, St. Vincent, Olivia Rodrigo and Lily Allen, Squid, black midi, Big Thief, IDLES, Crowded House, and much more. More

13 Best Songs of the Week: Craig Finn, Fontaines D.C., Good Morning, Hatchie, and More

Plus Jane Inc, Shearwater, Soft Cell, Bauhaus, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Mar 25, 2022

Welcome to the twelfth Songs of the Week of 2022. This week two icons from the 1980s united for a single and another artist from that era released their first new song in 14 years. There were also a couple of album tracks we loved. Tally it all up and we settled at 13 favorite songs this week. More

Mar 22, 2022

Soft Cell have shared a video for their new single “Purple Zone.” The song features Pet Shop Boys, and it is the latest release from Soft Cell’s forthcoming album, *Happiness Not Included, which will be out on May 6. More

New Order Share New Song “Be a Rebel”

Rescheduled 2021 Tour Dates with Pet Shop Boys Announced

Sep 08, 2020

New Order have shared a new song, “Be a Rebel.” This week they were supposed to be embarking on a joint tour with fellow electro-pop icons of the 1980s, Pet Shop Boys, but alas those dates were postponed due to COVID-19. Rescheduled 2021 tour dates have now been announced. More

New Order and Pet Shop Boys Announce Co-Headlining North American Tour Dates

1980s Legends Come to America This September and October for the Unity Tour

Feb 24, 2020

Two electro-pop icons of the 1980s, New Order and Pet Shop Boys, are going on a North American tour together. The just announced co-headlining dates they are calling the Unity Tour see the two bands performing 11 shows across North America. More

Pet Shop Boys Announce New Album, Share New Song “Burning the Heather”

Hotspot Due Out January 24, 2020 via x2 Recordings Ltd.

Nov 14, 2019

1980s electro-pop icons Pet Shop Boys have announced a new album, Hotspot, and have shared another new song from it, “Burning the Heather,” which features former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler on guitar. More

Sep 11, 2019

1980s electro-pop icons Pet Shop Boys have shared a new song, “Dreamland,” that’s a collaboration with Years & Years (the band led by Olly Alexander). More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Wand, Idlewild, Barrie, Charly Bliss, SOAK, and More

Plus The Love Language, Foxygen, These New Puritans, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Feb 08, 2019

This week’s Songs of the Week was almost just a Top 8. However two fun, but seriously inessential, songs from the Lego Movie 2 soundtrack skated in at the bottom of the list. Veteran Scottish rockers Idlewild surprised us with an interesting new song, even though we admittedly haven’t paid much attention to their last few albums. More

Under the Radar’s Holiday Gift Guide 2018 Part 9: Music Box Sets, Vinyl, and Reissues (Part One)

Featuring The Band, David Bowie, Prince, Pet Shop Boys, Aretha Franklin, Elvis Presley, The Cranberries, The Beta Band, and More

Dec 20, 2018

Welcome to part 9 of our Holiday Gift Guide 2018, which centers on music box sets and reissues, some on CD and some on vinyl. We’re splitting this section into two parts, as we were sent quite a few releases to include in it. More

May 10, 2016

1980s electro-pop icons Pet Shop Boys returned with a new album, Super, last month via x2. Now the duo has shared a video for Super track “Twenty-something.” Gavin Filipiak directed the black & white clip, which premiered on Univision and tells the story of a recently released inmate in San Diego. More

Watch: Pet Shop Boys - “Happiness”

Super- out April 1 via X2 Records

Mar 25, 2016

London electronic pop veteran duo Pet Shop Boys will be releasing their new album Super- April 1 and have shared the video for their new single called “Happiness.” More

Feb 16, 2016

1980s electro-pop icons Pet Shop Boys are returning with a new album, Super, on April 1 on x2. Now the duo has shared another song from the record, “The Pop Kids,” via a lyric video. It’s a bright and shiny ode to youth and embracing pop music as well as the early ‘90s London club scene. More

Jun 18, 2013

Next month veteran electronic pop duo the Pet Shop Boys will release their new album Electric. More

Watch: Pet Shop Boys – “Winner” Video

Elysium is Out 9/17 Via Parlophone

Jul 23, 2012

On September 17, Pet Shop Boys will release new studio album. Elysium. Ahead of that they have this video for album cut “Winner.” More

Pet Shop Boys Score Ballet

The Most Incredible Thing Premieres Spring of 2011

Jul 08, 2010

Pet Shop Boys Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe are embarking on a new, theatrical project. The pair is busy scoring The Most Incredible Thing, a ballet based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairytale of the same name.


PETA Requests Pet Shop Boys Change Name

Pet Shop Boys...Rescue Shelter Boys?

Apr 10, 2009

The European branch of PETA has a strange request for British band The Pet Shop Boys. Would they consider changing their band name to “The Rescue Shelter Boys?” More


Pet Shop Boys

Always Fascinating

Apr 19, 2013

After 26 years of releasing albums, you might forgive Pet Shop Boys for no longer looking for new things to do with pop music; after all they’ve been one of the most renowned electronic pop artists since before most of today’s pop music consumers were born (and indeed before they were thought of as consumers). More

Pet Shop Boys

Pop Stars Turned Political Pundits

Jun 03, 2009

Listening to any of the endless dance-floor-oriented hits from Pet Shop Boys in their 13-year-long career, you would think the duo of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe have nothing but disco balls on their mind. But the two, who have just released their tenth studio album, Yes, have a lot more running through their brains. Starting their musical career in the mid-‘80s, Pet Shop Boys have been through the boom of that decade, through the changeable ‘90s, and are now closing out the doom-filled ‘00s with not a lot changing in their songwriting process. More


Apr 08, 2016

Perhaps the nadir of The Simpsons’ decline is the 19th-season episode “That ‘90s Show,” an anachronistic flashback episode that needlessly rewrites the history of the beloved show and its titular family. More

Jul 18, 2013

It’s been less than a year since veteran synthpop wizards Pet Shop Boys released their mellow and moody eleventh studio album, Elysium. Having left Parlophone Records after 25 years, they’ve quickly returned with a brand new album on a brand new label. More

Sep 12, 2012

On their 1986 breakthrough single “West End Girls,” Pet Shop Boys sang about alienation; it was a great dance pop song about feeling lost in their own hometown. Now, 26 years later, they are revered as one of the most important acts of their generation in their own milieu. Yet new record Elysium finds them sounding once again like proverbial fish out of water, only with far less aplomb. More