Under the Radar is excited to announce the full details of the Best of 2014 Issue, which is about to hit newsstands and will be out all of January and February. It features St. Vincent on the cover and interviews with some of the artists behind 2014's best albums.
In the digital age we usually see albums before we hear them, so not only do album covers bear the weight of first impressions, they become, in our memory, the visual manifestations of the music itself. A good cover looks the way the music sounds. Here's a list of 40 of our favorites from the year.
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The holiday present buying season gets into full swing post-Thanksgiving and we've put together a guide of potential gifts to get for fellow geeks and/or music lovers. This is just a small sampling of all the potential cool gifts available this year, focusing mainly on music and DVD box sets and reissues, along with a few toys and items of clothing.
In the late 1950s through the early ‘60s, San Francisco’s Walter and Margaret Keane built a multi-million dollar art empire on top of a silly little lie. Their stylized paintings of young children with oversized eyes were printed off in unlimited editions, slapped into cheap frames, and sold for discount prices at gas stations and supermarkets. They were mar […]
Looking back on the half decade prior to the release of Tegan and Sara's 2004 breakthrough album, So Jealous, Sara Quin likens those years to being underwater. She and her sister, Tegan, had enjoyed a substantial wave of press when they signed to Neil Young's Vapor Records in 1999, but after three albums and five years of building a small, devoted […]
Jenny Lewis and Johnathan Rice (a.k.a. Jenny & Johnny) composed original songs for the film. In this exclusive clip, Lewis and Rice work in the studio with actor Ben Rosenfield to capture the perfect take on their track, “Marble Song.”
Greg Prato of Bravewords Cuban born drummer Dave Lomabardo (Philm, Slayer) about America’s new relationship with country. Highlights from the interview appear below. BraveWords: What are your thoughts on the recent developments between Cuba and the US, and did it come as a surprise? Dave Lombardo: It did come as a surprise. I’m very happy […]
Hope everyone had a great Christmas! Usual drill here in NJ with my family as it should be. Kids driving me crazy with their games on their new Ipods but that’s the fun of Christmas and having little ones I guess. I leave for San Fransisco on Tuesday to host Y&T at Rock Bar in […]
Producer Bob Rock has predicted that Metallica’s tenth album will be a “landmark” – but he doesn’t believe he’ll work with the band again. He first worked with James Hetfield and co on their Black Album in 1991, and continued through the decade on Load, ReLoad, Garage Inc. and S&M. His final collaboration was 2003’s […]
Guitarist and Black Label Society frontman Zakk Wylde was recently a guest on the Loveline radio show with hosts Dr. Drew Pinsky and Mike Catherwood. He discussed some of his favorite memories as the guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne’s band. Watch the interview highlights below. Blabbermouth.net has transcribed a few gems from the conversation below. Recounting [… […]
Farmikos, the new L.A. band featuring former Ozzy Osbourne and David Lee Roth guitarist Joe Holmes and vocalist Robbie Locke (ex-Laidlaw), have announced a tentative January 15th 2015 release for their eponymous digital debut EP. They have released a video for the song, Facing East. Watch it below. To learn more about Farmikos and their […]
Just a quick note to wish everyone that celebrates a very Merry Christmas. It’s a great time of year and I hope you all get a little downtime to celebrate and relax with family and friends. My all new podcast will post this Thursday Christmas day and will feature a brand new exclusive interview with […]
Drummer Brian Tichy has posted the following message on his Facebook page: We here at Tish Tone Records are proud to announce the release of this powerful, heartfelt celebration CD. Blessed by the Rhoads family and including a track by Randy’s brother Kelle Rhoads, the final tracks are being laid as we speak and then […]
Greg Prato of Bravewords spoke with UFO bassist Pete Way. Highlights from interview appear below. BraveWords: Let’s start by talking about your upcoming solo album. It’s going to be called Walking On The Edge, right? Pete Way: That’s right. If you want to know about the style of music, it’s a little bit interesting to […]
Echo Asylum‘s Insanity spoke with Crowbar frontman Kirk Windstein. Blabbermouth.net has transcribed the part of the discussion where he discussed KISS and why they should quit making new albums. Windstein said, “You hate to say it, but some bands, as they get older, they put out a record as an excuse to go on tour.” […]
Guitarist Chris Caffery says Savatage could continue playing together following their scheduled reunion at next year’s Wacken Open Air festival in Germany. The Trans-Siberian Orchestra man will hook up with his old bandmates for the performance. And he says there could be more to come from the outfit who split in 2002 shortly after the […]
If this doesn't get you in the mood for Christmas nothing will...It’s a little noted facet of her career, but Bjork was actually a child star. Spotted at a school recital, the Falkinn record label offered the singer the chance to record her debut album in 1977 – at the tender age of 12. Now footage of Bjork reciting a nativity story has emerged online. […]
The singer was 70 years old...Joe Cocker was an unlikely rock hero. A gas fitter from Sheffield, the singer learned his trade through playing the clubs and pubs of the North of England. Developing a unique, husky, powerful style, his first single was a flop but a recording of The Beatles’ ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’ – with a little help from Jimmy P […]
Bob Dylan, The Band, new beginnings…November 2014 saw the release of the latest addition to Bob Dylan’s ‘Bootleg Series’, a supplementary range of albums that have gathered rare or unreleased material from his vaults. The 11th instalment, ‘The Basement Tapes Complete’, is significant, however, in that it documents not only the most secretive and mythical per […]
AW14, part two.A contemporary menswear label for people ‘who don’t follow a path’ – they say – London based Roux just released its second AW14 drop. Titled ‘Scuro’, the new collection is sports focused, boasting tees, sweats and a token varsity jacket; a palette of grey, white and black creates a clean aesthetic, while texture is created courtesy of several […]
Maxïmo Park man’s tour tales…Clash’s Good Trip, Bad Trip asks interviewees to reminisce on some of their best – and worst – touring experiences, and recall the colourful characters they’ve met on the road. Here, we’ve spoken to Paul Smith, livewire frontman of Maxïmo Park, sometime solo artist and currently one-half of an excitingly different duo beside Fiel […]
...and the first release is mighty impressiveA mighty independent institution, Fierce Panda made its name through a series of vital single releases, picking up soon-to-be-stellar names when they were still playing for three pints and a packet of crisps. Now, the label is set to come full circle after announcing a new singles project. The first in what will p […]
Listen to it now...A devoutly solo artist, Royce Wood Junior is perhaps most readily known through collaboration. The producer has worked with everyone from Kwabs to Rosie Lowe, George Maple to Denai Moore – but now he’s ready to step out on his own. Recent EP ‘Rover’ is out now, with Royce Wood Junior currently focussing on the fine points of upcoming debut […]
Worrying signs from police...One of the most renowned nightspots in Europe, fabric is a vital force in club culture. Sadly, reports are emerging today (December 18th) that the venue could lose its license following an annual review. The Evening Standard has run with the story, claiming that a series of recent incidents surrounding drug use has raised concern […]
More than one million on each side of the Atlantic...Starting the year by claiming the BRIT Critics Choice Award, Sam Smith has moved impeccably through 2014. Debut album ‘In The Lonely Hour’ was warmly received by fans, and has remained consistently in the upper echelons of the charts for almost 12 months. Today (December 18th) it was revealed by the Offici […]
Reclusive London artist impresses...A London based talent, SchilKid utilises his energies in both visual arts and music. Preferring to remain in the shadows, the producer often allows himself to be represented by his own sketches. “You can choose to believe I look like any one of them – whichever portrait the music guides you to,” he explains. “I have no des […]
As he reflects on his storied career, we take stock of Nick Cave via the most recent crop of bands he’s influenced, from Iceage to Hank Wood And The Hammerheads. The Albums That Defined 2014: As Nick Cave reflects, his immortal influence lives on by Michael Rancic | Chart Attack.
It was such a big year for Canadian music, narrowing it down to 25 took some serious editing. Have a listen to the best of the north below. The 25 Best Canadian Songs of 2014 by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
Pixies talk Beatles, Greys talk Sloan, Sloan talk punk, Kevin Drew talks masturbation, and more talking from the year in record talk. The Best of ESSENTIAL ALBUMS in 2014: 10 great artists talk influential records by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
Toronto pulse-maker/MIMICO-member Ben Oginz talks working alone for his haunted synth solo project. PREMIERE: Mystic Triangle serenades swirling colours in “Snake Eyes Wins” video by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
On their new albums, Death From Above 1979 and Foo Fighters aim for credibility by cribbing from their past. The Albums That Defined 2014: Death From Above 1979, Foo Fighters and the conservative co-opting of DIY by Michael Rancic | Chart Attack.
Slim Twig's old Tropics project absorbs U.S. Girls and Ice Cream for a surprisingly glammy first single as Darlene Shrugg. PREMIERE: The debut single from Darlene Shrugg, “Freedom Comes In A Plastic Card” by Richard Trapunski | Chart Attack.
The Zombies formed when five lads at two separate schools in St. Albans, England decided to combine their talents. Rod Argent, the principle songwriter, played piano and keyboards and Colin Blunstone handled vocals, with Paul Atkinson on guitar, Hugh Grundy on drums, and Chris White replacing original bassist Paul Arnold and gradually assuming some songwriti […]
Austin - Yip Deceiver doesn’t have much star power…yet. Even piggybacking off their status as Of Montreal alumni. Last year’s debut record Medallius was no instant breakout, good as it was. So, maybe those in attendance at their set at the Mohawk one night last week will be able to look back as that time they Continue Reading → The post Yip Deceiver at Aust […]
New York – Would that the contemporary music scene depicted an equal number of female and male leads, it’d be incongruent to mention the importance of an act like Shilpa Ray. But until that proverbial stage reflects the natural balance of the sexes, it’s important to note the deeply impactful nature of this band. In Continue Reading → The post Shilpa Ray Bri […]
Austin – There’s a nasty rumor about this city: the live music capital of the world isn’t very welcoming to EDM. Since EDM isn’t really “live” that isn’t surprising. Still, for a music scene that’s embraced so many genres and artists over the years, there’s something iffy about it. You get the sense that Win Continue Reading → The post Goldroom : EDM Gets Th […]
Chicago – The holidays tend to halt most tours, making it the perfect time of year for local bands to showcase their talents at larger venues. This was the case for The Way Down Wanderers Thursday night at Lincoln Hall, where the Chicago transplants put on a show for their latest release: a cassette tape! Continue Reading → The post The Way Down Wanderers Ta […]
Seattle – The audience at Capitol Hill’s Barboza was treated to fuzzy, indie rock recently, courtesy of Francisco the Man. The L.A. outfit recently wrapped up a West Coast tour in support of their debut album, Loose Ends, out now on Fat Possum. (Ed., when it was released in October, Best New Bands called the Continue Reading → The post Francisco The Man Pla […]