Live Radio Milwaukee Broadcast (Riverside Theatre) MP3 | Under the Radar Magazine Under the Radar | Music Blog for the Indie Music Magazine
Thursday, February 22nd, 2024  

Oct 07, 2009 Live Yo La Tengo

Since Yo La Tengo is forgoing its usual winter run of eight Hanukkah shows in the band’s hometown of Hoboken, N.J., an extra-special close-to-home gig was inevitable while touring for its newest release, Popular Songs (Matador). At New York’s Roseland Ballroom on September 25, the Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Co. played a pre-show set in the lobby, the rowdy dudes of Atlanta’s Black Lips opened in the theater, comedian John Oliver emceed, and concertgoers were treated to a light show by Joshua White and Gary Panter during Yo La Tengo’s set.

More

Oct 06, 2009 Live Fanfarlo

On “I’m A Pilot,” the opening track from Fanfarlo’s glorious debut LP Reservoir (Atlantic), frontman Simon Balthazar croons, “If I stay in this room, they’ll remember me for my youth.” The waltz as a whole is about the famed aviator Howard Hughes, who slowly went insane and shut himself in a film-screening room for four months, then disappeared from the public eye. But taken slightly out of context, “I’m A Pilot” very much defines the London-based orchestral pop outfit, who graciously and effortlessly charmed the crowd at a packed Bowery Ballroom on Sept. 21.

More

Sep 22, 2009 Live Akron/Family Atlas Sound Deerhunter Circulatory System Sufjan Stevens Animal Collective

Kurt Cobain once remarked caustically that he would only wear a tie-dyed t-shirt if it were made with “the urine of Phil Collins and the blood of Jerry Garcia.” Perhaps he was rolling over in his grave when Sufjan Stevens and his band opened the main stage of ATP day 2 decked out in oversized tie-dyes. Delivering a set comprised of 2004’s Seven Swans from start to finish, Stevens announced that, “this is a set for your hangovers.”

More

Sep 19, 2009 Live Chairlift

“My dying breath will be spent complaining about the brevity of a band’s set.” I’ve said this so many times, that trotting out this complaint yet again may simply come off as white noise. But seriously Chairlift—let’s talk about your show at the Troubadour. Eight songs and no encore? You’re so much better than that! And I ‘aint too proud to beg.

More

Sep 17, 2009 Live Modest Mouse

“We’re super guys,” said Modest Mouse lead singer Isaac Brock. “…All I’m saying is, while you were here wasting your time, we lowered gas prices to five cents a gallon for 20 minutes…but you were here.” After a Close Encounters of the Third Kind introduction—complete with flashing lights—and riotous opener “Invisible,” I was ready to believe just about anything. Anything.

More

Sep 11, 2009 Live

It’s a damp, humid Sunday evening and tucked away in a cobbled lane at the heart of Glasgow’s city centre, Stereo is the venue for the only Scottish date on Bill Callahan’s European tour. He’s promoting his latest release, Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle, his second without his famous sobriquet.

More

Sep 03, 2009 Live Dungen Woods

Perhaps it’s best to think of Dungen and Woods as jam bands for people with higher standardsthey both hit the same ‘60’s-inspired notes as many jammy Bonnaroo mainstays, but back it up with substance and a sense of history.

More

Sep 02, 2009 Live Mew

The Danish trio Mew (who are a five-piece live) took the Troubadour stage for a sold-out show and launched right into “New Terrain,” the opening track to the band’s lengthily titled new album, No more stories/Are told today/I’m sorry/They washed away/No more stories/The world is grey/I’m tired/Let’s wash away. On record the song is awash with backwards vocals and, live, singer Jonas Bjerre seemed to warp his pipes in a similar fashion. Guitarist Bo Madsen started “New Terrain” playing bongo drums, before switching to the guitar. The song was loudits bass and drums tickling at the ears and making the $2 earplugs sold at the bar briefly tempting.

More

Sep 01, 2009 Live Mew

This week the Zune L.A. gallery/performance space is hosting the Mewseum, an exhibition of Mew’s music videos, including three filmed for their lengthily titled new album, No more stories/Are told today/I’m sorry/They washed away/No more stories/The world is grey/I’m tired/Let’s wash away. The three videos are directed by Martin De Thurah and also displayed are photos from the videos. Mew performed a short set Monday night at Zune L.A. to a grouping of fans and industry folk. Before the Danish trio took the stage, the three No more stories videos were shown.

More