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The Stepkids

May 17, 2011 The Stepkids

It’s best to verbally engage The Stepkids with a drink in your hand and plenty of time to chat. The Connecticut-based trio of Tim Walsh (percussion), Jeff Gitelman (guitar), and Dan Edinberg (bass/keyboard), (plus touring member Fred Dileone and projectionist Jesse Mann, who creates psychedelic light installations, projected directly on the band as they play), love music and can speak at great lengths about it, be it their ultimate guilty pleasure Steely Dan or collective favorite George Clinton, who they lovingly call George as they talk over each other to expound upon his genius.

Reading Rainbow

Apr 06, 2011 Web Exclusive

Reading Rainbow, the male-female lo-fi garage-rock duo, owes its name to the children’s television show where one-time Star Trek: The Next Generation actor LeVar Burton promotes reading to elementary school children. The Philadelphia-based band owes its sound more to the likes of popsmiths The Vaselines and current indie darlings Dum Dum Girls, with a pinch of good ol’ ‘60s melodies and harmonies thrown in for good measure. More

Niki and the Dove

Mar 31, 2011 Niki & the Dove

Malin Dahlström (vocals) and Gustaf Karlöf (multi-instrumentalist) jokingly call themselves “melancholy and sad people.” However, one would be hard pressed to come to that conclusion listening to their music. The duo, who performs as Niki and The Dove, weave ambitious pop themes through ethereal, wide-screen soundscapes, creating a sound that’s as dark and mysterious as it is joyful. Since its formation in February of 2010, the band has already caught international ears, and recently signed to Sub Pop. The charming pair recently chatted with Under the Radar, filling us in on their belief in the power of the pop song, David Lynch look-alikes, and why we may never know the true identity of Niki or the Dove. More

Erland & The Carnival

Feb 21, 2011 Erland & The Carnival

Upon the release of his band’s Stateside debut album, Erland Cooper, the Scotland-born singer of Erland & The Carnival, takes some time to speak with Under the Radar about the new album, his own personal inspirations, and what Erland & The Carnival is really about. More

Foster the People

Feb 20, 2011 Issue #35 - Winter 2011 - Death Cab for Cutie

“I wasn’t your typical artist-broody, hood over my face, like the star of a Simple Plan music video,” Mark Foster says, laughing. More

Anna Calvi

Feb 14, 2011 Anna Calvi

On the other end of an exceptionally bad phone connection, Anna Calvi comes across as a ghostly whisper. “When I’m singing I feel emotions that I can’t access in normal, everyday life,” says the London native of her shyness when speaking to the press, her voice struggling against a sea of static. More

Chad Valley

Feb 13, 2011 Issue #35 - Winter 2011 - Death Cab for Cutie

Hugo Manuel wears two hats (that we’re aware of). He’s primarily known as one-third of Oxford, England’s well-respected math-rock band Jonquil, but lately he’s been doing something altogether different: Manuel is the man-behind-the-curtain of Chad Valley, his self-described “sun-drenched Balearic pop” solo project. Last year, Chad Valley graced the Internet with a handful of gorgeous, tropical-electro, bedroom-pop teasers and left underground-music junkies jonesing for an official release. More

Porcelain Raft

Feb 13, 2011 Issue #35 - Winter 2011 - Death Cab for Cutie

Mauro Remiddi believes one of the key elements to his songwriting process is achieving a level of exhaustion. Writing, recording, and mixing a new song in a single day is a common occurrence for the 38-year-old, who regularly sequesters himself in his small London flat. Because he progresses from start to finish so quickly, Remiddi says his work often feels like “an afterthought, like finally you think of what actually happened. More

Lord Huron

Feb 11, 2011 Issue #33 - Fall 2010 - Interpol

Twenty-seven-year-old multimedia artist Ben Schneider has hired actors to stage a fake lecture about a lost civilization of Antarctica and pulled off a guerrilla exhibition of his work in a French chapel. One would be forgiven for assuming his new identity—crafting dreamy, international sound-quilts under the name Lord Huron—is likewise embedded with secret meaning and artistic rebellion. More