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Johnny Marr on His New “Fever Dreams, Pt. 1” EP and His Favorite Smiths Song

Oct 14, 2021 Web Exclusive

Although Johnny Marr co-wrote ’80s hits such as “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now”—playing riffs as lyrical as anything frontman Morrissey ever penned—the ex-Smiths guitarist is now singing a very different tune. “Spirit Power and Soul,” the lead single from Marr’s new solo EP Fever Dreams, Pt. 1 (out tomorrow) is a stark departure from the melancholic songs he and The Smiths soundtracked many an angsty adolescence with. More

Andy Shauf on His New Album “Wilds” and Landing on Former President Obama’s Playlist

Oct 13, 2021 Web Exclusive

While Andy Shauf’s new album, Wilds, features more lyrics about Judy and other beloved characters from his preceding albums such as 2020’s The Neon Skyline, the Canadian singer/songwriter says he’s not staking his career on an extended, Marvel-esque expanded universe. More

Self-Portrait: Magdalena Bay

Oct 08, 2021 Web Exclusive

For our recurring Self-Portrait feature, we ask musicians to take a self-portrait photo (or paint/draw a self-portrait) and write a list of personal things about themselves, things that their fans might not already know about them. This Self-Portrait is by Los Angeles-based duo Magdalena Bay (aka Mica Tenenbaum and Matthew Lewin). More

Shannon Lay on “Geist” and Taking Things Slow

Oct 06, 2021 Web Exclusive

Three quarters of the way through our interview discussing Shannon Lay’s reflective new album, Geist (out this Friday on Sub Pop), Lay visibly exhales. Wearing a white Ramones T-shirt, Lay appears freshly scrubbed and fully relaxed in the kitchen of her recently acquired Los Angeles bungalow. More

illuminati hotties on “Let Me Do One More”

Oct 04, 2021 Web Exclusive

Sarah Tudzin, aka illuminati hotties, has a unique way of stretching pop dynamics like silly putty, shaping them into her own self-coined “tenderpunk” vernacular. A former student of the Berklee College of Music and already a seasoned engineer in her mid-20s, her own pet project was initially meant as a reference point for clientele who wished to make good use of her unique set of skills. More

The End: Strand of Oaks

Oct 01, 2021 Web Exclusive

To end out the week, we ask Timothy Showalter of Strand of Oaks some questions about endings and death. More

Goat Girl on “On All Fours”

Sep 29, 2021 Issue #68 - Japanese Breakfast and HAIM (The Protest Issue)

South London’s Goat Girl made waves when their idiosyncratic politically charged self-titled debut album landed in 2018. The band—who consist of Lottie Cream (aka Lottie Pendlebury, vocals/guitar), L.E.D (aka Ellie Rose Davies, guitar/vocals), Rosy Bones (aka Rosy Jones, drums), and new bassist Hollie Hole (aka Holly Mullineaux)—have now released their second album On All Fours, which demonstrates a fresh, more experimental approach to creating music. More

Sufjan Stevens and Angelo De Augustine on “A Beginner’s Mind”

Sep 24, 2021 Web Exclusive

Oh, the conversations, inventions, ideas, and discoveries one can enjoy when sitting with a friend, watching a movie. It may seem like an obvious or even commonplace experience to consider, but as one gets older, further and further removed from school and responsibility-less free time, it can be more and more difficult to just sit with a friend and watch a film. Not to mention during a global pandemic when it can be frowned upon socially and public-health-wise even to sit together with a pal. Yet, the simple act is exactly what the friends and artists, Sufjan Stevens and Angelo De Augustine, did in a cabin in Upstate New York recently. The result of which is a new 14-track record, A Beginner’s Mind, out today and inspired almost entirely by movies the two watched together, enraptured. More

Lost Girls – Jenny Hval and Håvard Volden on “Menneskekollektivet” (The Extended Article)

Sep 20, 2021 Web Exclusive

There is a moment during Under the Radar’s Zoom conversation with Jenny Hval and Håvard Volden where the couple (who were in the same room together) unknowingly inhabit the exact same pose together on screen: rolling deep reflecting eyes with the left hand resting on the cheek. More