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13 Best Songs of the Week: Crack Cloud, Death Cab for Cutie, Stella Donnelly, TRAAMS, and More

Plus Kendrick Lamar, Gwenno, Bartees Strange, Ezra Furman, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

May 13, 2022

Welcome to the 19th Songs of the Week of 2022. It was a stellar week for new tracks, thanks in part to some exciting album announcements and their corresponding singles. So this week we have a slightly super-sized Top 13. More

Ben Salisbury and Geoff Barrow Share New Track “The Church”

Men Soundtrack Due Out May 20 via Invada and Lakeshore

May 04, 2022

Ben Salisbury and Geoff Barrow (Portishead, Beak>) have scored the soundtrack for Alex Garland’s latest film, Men. Today, they have shared a new song from the soundtrack titled “The Church.” The official soundtrack will be out on May 20 via Invada and Lakeshore, coinciding with the release date for the film. More

Mar 31, 2021

Squirrel Flower (aka Ella O’Connor Williams) has announced that her new album, Planet (i), will be coming out on June 25 via Polyvinyl. She has also shared a video for the album’s lead single, titled “Hurt a Fly.” More

Watch Suede’s Brett Anderson, Nadine Shah, and Portishead’s Adrian Utley Cover Mercury Rev

Will Feature on GŴYL 2021, Which Takes Place This Friday and Saturday

Mar 04, 2021

BBC Cymru, the Welsh division of BBC, will be streaming the GŴYL 2021 festival this Friday and Saturday. The stream will feature a set of performances from Suede’s Brett Anderson, Charles Hazlewood, and Paraorchestra (the set has been titled Death Songbook). One of the performances, a cover of Mercury Rev’s 1999 song “Holes,” which features contributions by Nadine Shah and Portishead’s Adrian Utley, has been shared. More

Oct 31, 2019

British actresses Olivia Colman (The Crown, The Favourite) and Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag) have teamed up to cover Portishead’s “Glory Box” for a new charity album, Got It Covered, benefiting Children in Need. Now the BBC have shared a video of them recording the cover in the studio. More

Beak> Share New Song “Life Goes On”

From An Upcoming EP Due Out June 21 via Invada/Temporary Residence Ltd.

Apr 24, 2019

Beak>, the trio led by Portishead‘s Geoff Barrow (along with Billy Fuller and Will Young) released a new album, >>>, last September via Invada Records/Temporary Residence Ltd. (it was our joint Album of the Week). Now they have shared a brand new song, “Life Goes On.” More

Beth Gibbons Announces Live Orchestral Album/Film Performing Henryk Górecki’s “Symphony No. 3”

Henryk Górecki: Symphony No. 3 (Symphony of Sorrowful Songs) Due Out March 29 via Domino; Features Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra

Jan 30, 2019

On November 29, 2014 Beth Gibbons of Portishead teamed up with the Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Krzysztof Penderecki, to perform Henryk Górecki’s acclaimed 1977 symphony, Symphony No. 3 (Symphony of Sorrowful Songs). Now an album and film documenting the performance, simply titled Henryk Górecki: Symphony No. 3 (Symphony of Sorrowful Songs), is being released by Domino on March 29. More

Beak> (Portishead’s Geoff Barrow) Announce New Album, Share New Song “Brean Down”

>>> Due Out September 21 via Invada/Temporary Residence Ltd.

Jul 11, 2018

Beak>, the trio led by Portishead‘s Geoff Barrow (along with Billy Fuller and Will Young) have announced a new album, >>>, and shared its first single, “Brean Down.” >>> is due out September 21 via Invada Records/Temporary Residence Ltd. More

BEAK> (Portishead’s Geoff Barrow) Share Video for New Song “Merry Xmas (Face the Future)”

Video Makes Fun of Donald Trump, Theresa May, Vladimir Putin, and Kim Jong-un

Nov 30, 2017

BEAK>, the trio led by Portishead‘s Geoff Barrow (along with Billy Fuller and Will Young) have shared a video for a new Christmas song, “(Merry Xmas) Face the Future.” The video features the faces of the three band members put on computer generated dancing elves. More

Watch the First Trailer for Alex Garland’s “Annihilation,” Film Scored by Portishead’s Geoff Barrow

Natalie Portland Sci-Fi Movie from the Director of Ex Machina Due Out February 23, 2018

Sep 27, 2017

Ex Machina was one of our favorite films of 2014 and now its writer/director Alex Garland is coming back with a new film, Annihilation. It also has a sci-fi theme to it and is based on Jeff VanderMeer’s 2014 novel of the same name (Garland adapted it into a screenplay and is directing). The film stars Natalie Portman as a biologist searching for her missing husband, played by Oscar Isaac (an Ex Machina alumni, remember his great dance moves in that film?). Geoff Barrow of BEAK>and Portishead is scoring the movie, alongside Ben Salisbury. More

Aug 31, 2017

Back in June Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler remixed “Sex Music,” a song by BEAK>, the trio led by Portishead‘s Geoff Barrow (along with Billy Fuller and Will Young). More

Arcade Fire Share Video for New Song “Creature Comfort”

Everything Now Due Out July 28 via Columbia

Jun 16, 2017

Arcade Fire are releasing a new album, Everything Now, on July 28 via their new label Columbia. They have previously shared a video for the album’s title track, “Everything Now,” announced a tour, and shared a funny fake cereal ad/teaser video for another song from the album, “Creature Comfort.” More

Jun 08, 2017

BEAK>, the trio led by Portishead‘s Geoff Barrow (along with Billy Fuller and Will Young) are releasing a new single, “Sex Music,” on Friday via Invada. More

Jun 22, 2016

Portishead has shared the video for cover of ABBA‘s “SOS.” More

Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker Releases “Likely Stories” EP, Soundtrack to Neil Gaiman TV Series

Cocker's First New Solo Release Since 2009 Out Now on 7-Inch in the U.K. and Out Digitally on May 27

May 20, 2016

Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker has scored Likely Stories, a new TV series based on short stories by acclaimed author Neil Gaiman. Now the score has been released as the Likely Stories EP on 7-inch in the U.K. today. The EP will be released digitally on May 27 and as a 7-inch in the U.S. on June 3. More

Jarvis Cocker + Goldfrapp and Portishead Members to Perform at “Thunderbirds” Tribute Concert

In Honor of 50th Anniversary of Classic 1960s Science Fiction Puppet Show Created by Gerry Anderson

Nov 19, 2015

Jarvis Cocker and members of Goldfrapp and Portishead have teamed up for a tribute concert to honor the iconic 1960s British children’s show Thunderbirds. Thunderbirds debuted in 1965 and featured a mix of intricate models and puppets to tell the science fiction tale of International Rescue, a family team of futuristic rescue workers in 2065 who utilized various cool rockets and airplanes to avert disasters. More

Apr 24, 2014

Admittedly, we don’t write about metal much around these parts. But then, most metal doesn’t come with a side of Beth Gibbons. More

Portishead Working on New Album

Follow-Up to 2008’s Third

Feb 27, 2014

In a Q&A with The Quietus at Norway’s By:Larm festival, Portishead guitarist and producer Adrian Utley divulged some exciting information: that the band has begun the writing process for a new album. According to Utley, it could take a while before any new music is released. More

Portishead Announce 2013 Tour Dates

Three European Festival Gigs

Dec 19, 2012

Portishead have confirmed a trio of new tour dates, performing at various European festivals in 2013. More

Photos of Portishead’s Geoff Barrow and Ben Salisbury performing DROKK in a London Comic Book Store

First Ever DROKK Performance, at Orbital Comics in London, England

May 17, 2012

On Wednesday, May 16, 2012, Geoff Barrow and Ben Salisbury took the stage for an in-store at Orbital Comics in London, England for their first ever performance of music from DROKK. DROKK is their album inspired by the Judge Dredd and 2000 AD comics, hence performing in a comic book shop with Judge Dredd and 2000 AD comics behind the band. Photographer Wendy Lynch Redfern was there to capture the performance. More

Apr 05, 2012

Attention European Portishead fans—the band will be making the rounds this June. More

Mar 08, 2012

Geoff Barrow may be busy with other projects, but apparently his full dance card isn’t going to preclude work with Portishead. More

Mar 07, 2012

Geoff Barrow, founding member and instrumentalist of Portishead, is uniting with composer Ben Salisbury on an electronic soundtrack inspired by 2000 AD, a British Sci-Fi comic featuring the long running character Judge Dredd. More

Oct 06, 2011

Portishead Announce Fall U.S. Tour

Follows Band Curated I’ll Be Your Mirror Festival

Jul 11, 2011

As previously announced, British trip-hop legends Portishead will be curating and headlining ATP’s I’ll Be Your Mirror festival in Asbury Park, New Jersey, October 1 and 2. More

Feb 17, 2011

Portishead has been selected to put their stamp on All Tomorrow’s Parties, happening October 1 and 2 in Asbury N.J. We have the lineup. More

Portishead and Jeff Mangum to Play ATP in New Jersey

I’ll Be Your Mirror Festival in Asbury Park September and October

Jan 26, 2011

All Tomorrow’s Parties is coming to the New York City area again, this time to Asbury Park, New Jersey, September 30 - October 2. Portishead is curating the Saturday and Sunday of the festival and will be performing both those nights. But the other big news is that Neutral Milk Hotel’s Jeff Mangum is performing twice as well. More

Under the Radar Announces Wasted on the Youth Issue

Musicians and Actors on Their Childhood Memories

Jul 29, 2010

Under the Radar‘s Summer 2010 issue is a special issue we’re calling the Wasted on the Youth Issue. The basic idea of the issue was to talk to musicians and actors about various facets of their childhood/teenage years, from their first favorite bands/concerts to childhood memories to movies/TV shows of their youth, etc. We were interested in talking to musicians and actors about some of their earliest memories and their childhood passions. Many of the articles include childhood or teenage photos of the musicians interviewed. We have the full details on the issue that includes these artists: The National, The Antlers, Fred Armisen, Camera Obscura, Judah Friedlander, Fucked Up vs. Devo, Here We Go Magic, Jim James, Jónsi, Kele, The Kids in the Hall, Liars, Local Natives, Menomena, Chloë Grace Moretz, Elisabeth Moss, Portishead, Robert Rodriguez, School of Seven Bells, Tegan and Sara, Russell Tovey, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Edgar Wright, and many more! More

Portishead “Chase the Tear” a New Amnesty International Single

All Proceeds Benefit Amnesty International

Dec 10, 2009

After over a decade between albums, Portishead is getting downright prolific. Today they released new single “Chasing the Tear”—a mere year after the release of Third. More

Portishead Makes Plans for Fourth Album

No 11-year Wait This Time?

Sep 28, 2009

It took Portishead 11 years to record and release 2008’s Third, the follow-up to 1997’s Portishead, but in two recent interviews, Portishead’s Geoff Barrow has said that the trio is already working on a fourth album. More


Wasted on the Youth: Geoff Barrow of Portishead and BEAK>

Barrow on his childhood Dredd and William Shatner's wobbly career

Sep 30, 2010

Legend has it that the apocalypse will be preceded the sound of the hooves of four horsemen. But the British trio BEAK>, fronted by Portishead’s Geoff Barrow, creates a Krautrock sound so exquisitely doom-laden that you’d be forgiven for thinking that the end of days are near. More

A Decade of Indie: The Rise of the Outsiders

A Discussion with Geoff Barrow, Isaac Brock, Wayne Coyne, Bradford Cox, Black Francis, Scott Kannberg, Jason Lytle, Mac McCaughan, Colin Meloy, and Chris Walla

Nov 10, 2009

Though it’s reputed to be the most widely spoken musical language in the world today, rock and roll was born on the margins. More


Solving Silence

Jun 02, 2008

Ten years. It’s not much more than a blip on the timeline of recorded history, but it’s a lifetime for the typical musical act. In the ten years since Portishead last had a new release, the music industry—if not the world—has changed several times over. More