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Hooray for Earth

Feb 09, 2011 Issue #32 - Summer 2010 - Wasted on the Youth

While most bands relocate to Brooklyn in the hopes of inking a record contract and making it big, Noel Heroux, frontman of synth pop outfit Hooray for Earth, had a decidedly different impetus for his move from Boston, that of being closer to his girlfriend. More

Shine 2009

Feb 07, 2011 Shine 2009

Carrying with them a name that seems permanently rooted in time, Shine 2009 pride themselves on making buoyant dance music for the ages. The Helsinki-based producers Mikko Pykäri and Sami Suova—who were busy mixing their debut EP Associates when we spoke to them via email—make no excuses for their pleasantly anachronistic name that, in part, marks the date of the band’s inception. More

Sharon Van Etten

Nov 17, 2010 Sharon Van Etten

“I have a lot of songs that I want to record, and I want to keep as busy as possible,” says Brooklyn singer/songwriter Sharon Van Etten, whose sophomore LP epic is earning universal praise from critics. With two albums released since 2009, and a third planned for 2011, Van Etten might be making up for lost time. The New Jersey native, who began writing songs in high school, took a career detour when she attended college in Tennessee to study music and recording. She dropped out of school after only a year and became involved in a destructive long-term relationship that undermined her confidence in songwriting and prevented her from performing. “There were some days where it was so bad that I never thought I’d be able to get out of that situation at all,” she says. More

Villagers

Nov 03, 2010 Villagers

Conor J. O’Brien has been making music for years, but for the first time, he’s leaving his Dublin hometown to play around the world. He started Villagers the day after his previous band, The Immediate, dissipated. While O’Brien is used to touring the pubs in Ireland, his stateside tour with Villagers is an entirely new experience for him.In the couple short years since he started writing songs under the name Villagers, O’Brien has been nominated for the U.K.’s prestigious Mercury Prize, and his debut album, Becoming a Jackal, has shot to the top of the Irish Albums Chart and the indie charts in the U.K. More

Two Door Cinema Club

Oct 27, 2010 Web Exclusive

If it seems to you that Irish trio Two Door Cinema Club has been on the road almost constantly since its debut, Tourist History, came out in early 2010, you’d be pretty much right. As guitarist Sam Halliday reports, from the road (surprise) prior to an October gig in Philadelphia, the band can count its days off since the album’s release on one hand. More

Kisses

Oct 22, 2010 Web Exclusive

Kisses take their name very seriously. The Los Angeles duo Jesse Kivel (vocals) and Zinzi Edmundson (keyboards) spin Baltic-style pop laced with shamelessly sweet lyrics—sung with a conviction that would make Jens Lekman proud. Theirs is a world of martinis served straight up, drives under a starry sky, and retro interiors untouched by hipster hands. More

First Aid Kit

Oct 18, 2010 Web Exclusive

Klara Söderberg of First Aid Kit would like people to know that she and her sister Johanna were an active duo performing shows in Sweden before folks in the U.S. discovered them through their cover of Fleet Foxes’ “Tiger Mountain Peasant Song” on YouTube. “I don’t want them to think we were not making music and then did the Fleet Foxes cover and were like, ‘Oh, we can make music,’” Klara explains. “We’ve always been doing our own songs, and that has been the main thing.” More

Summer Camp

Sep 30, 2010 Web Exclusive

Summer Camp is not a chillwave band. Despite the warm, analog indie-pop tunes coming from the North London-via-Surrey duo, their catchy blend of hazy nostalgia has legs beyond the warm months of June, July, and August. It’s the soundtrack to compassionate first kisses, awkward prom portraits, dancing all night long, stupid keggers where you go out of complete boredom, and well, high school in general. Read our interview with Jeremy Warmsley and Elizabeth Sankey. More

Delphic

Aug 05, 2010 Web Exclusive

Early blushes of success and all the superlatives that come with it can threaten to topple even the most level-headed of bands. But Delphic—whose debut full-length Acolyte was released earlier this summer in the U.S.—is well studied for their role as “next big thing.” Under the Radar originally interviewed the band in our Winter 2010 Issue in January (when the album came out in the U.K.), but in honor of their U.S. release we sat down with two-thirds of the Manchester trio—James Cook (vocal/guitar) and Rick Boardman (multi-instrumentalist)—before their performance at Dangerbird Records to discuss first musical obsessions, first gigs, and everything that went into their first tastes of success. More