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    • Watch Lana Del Rey and Father John Misty Get Intimate in 11-Minute “Freak” Video
      Lana Del Rey has shared an 11-minute long video for "Freak" that costars Father John Misty (real name Josh Tillman). The song is from Del Rey's 2015 album, Honeymoon. The video starts simply enough with duo hanging out near the ocean, but then things get trippy. Eventually the music turns into Claude Debussy's "Clair de Lune" fo […]
    • Peaches Shares Another Crazy NSFW Video, for “Free Drink Ticket”
      Peaches released her new album, Rub, back in September via I U She Music/INgrooves. Today she has shared the video for "Free Drink Ticket." Like all the videos for the album, it's way NSFW.
    • Britta Phillips (of Luna and Dean & Britta) Announces Debut Solo Album, Shares Evie Sands Cover
      Britta Phillips is known for several things. She's been a member of Luna since 1999 and then was in Dean & Britta with her husband and Luna bandmate Dean Wareham. Back in the '80s she was the singing voice of Jem in the cult cartoon Jem and the Holograms (recently made into a poorly received live action film Phillips had a cameo in). 
    • Sam Beam (of Iron & Wine) and Jesca Hoop Announce Album, Share “Every Songbird Says”
      Sam Beam (of Iron & Wine) and Jesca Hoop have teamed up for a collaborative album of duets and shared their first single together. Love Letter for Fire is due out April 15 via Sub Pop. Below you can stream the album's first single, "Every Songbird Says." Also below is the album's tracklist and the duo's tour dates together.
    • 2015 Artist Survey: Dan Deacon
      For Under the Radar's 13th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2015. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2015 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions. Here are some answers fro […]
    • Yeasayer Share Striking Full Gatefold Album Art in a Weird Video Featuring a New Song
      Yeasayer are releasing their new album, Amen & Goodbye, on April 1 via Mute. Today they have shared a new video in a series of teasers for the record. This one is titled "Amen and Goodbye 6" and it takes you inside the full gatefold album cover, which was created in collaboration with sculptor David Altmejd.
    • Premiere: Library Voices – “Slacker” Video
      Self-professed "mid-fi rock band" Library Voices has offered up some decidedly lo-fi visual accompaniment for the deliriously catchy track "Slacker."
    • Mark Ronson and Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker Share Video for “Summer Breaking / Daffodils”
      Mark Ronson's massive hit fourth album, last year's Uptown Special, featured two songs with guest vocals from Kevin Parker of Tame Impala. Now the two songs have been combined into one video about a young woman (played by model Sarah McDaniel, the cover star of Playboy's first non-nude issue) trying to avoid her parents on a tropical family ho […]
    • 2015 Artist Survey: EZTV
      For Under the Radar's 13th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2015. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2015 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions. Here are some answers fro […]
    • Night Driver
      The latest branch at least somewhat rooted in the Broken Social Scene tree comes via vocalist Lisa Lobsinger's new project, Laser. The trio, which also features Paul Pfisterer and Martin Davis Kinack, surrounds Lobsinger's exquisite vocal with instrumentation both synthetic and real. 
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    • Going So Low: Optimo's JD Twitch February 10, 2016
      Keith McIvor his new compilation...Going to an Optimo rave is never a straight-forward experience. The duo - JG Wilkes and JD Twitch - spin whatever comes to hand, whether it's rare post-punk, cutting edge techno, experimental soundscapes or even Madonna's ABBA-sampling smash 'Hung Up'. The pair extend this appetite into their solo projec […]
    • K-Swiss: 50 Love February 10, 2016
      The brand celebrates a half century by serving up the archive. Founded in LA in 1966, Cali label K-Swiss hits the big 5-0 this year, and in the tradition of the better footwear labels (sports division), it’s celebrating not with a cake but a revival. Tapping the archives for the new ’50 Love’ campaign – a play on its tennis origins; Swiss founders, brothers […]
    • DJ EZ To Play 24 Hour Set February 10, 2016
      In aid of Cancer Research...DJ EZ is set to play a very special 24 hour set in aid of Cancer Research. The legendary selector has spent almost 20 years spreading his gospel, matching superb technical skills to a near unrivalled knowledge of UK garage, grime, house and more. Now the turntablist aims to give something back. DJ EZ will play a 24 hour set later […]
    • Premiere: VŌDŪN - 'Mawu' February 10, 2016
      Ultra-heavy Afro-futurism...VŌDŪN are an ultra-heavy crew, with their Afro-futurism matching sludgy rhythms against complex percussive grooves. New album 'Possession' arrives on March 25th, and it's rooted in West African voodoo culture and the more out-there elements of rock. Clash is able to unveil the video for new track 'Mawu' an […]
    • Palace Winter Announce Debut Album Plans February 10, 2016
      It's called 'Waiting For The World To Turn'Palace Winter are set to release new album 'Waiting For The World To Turn' on June 3rd. Carl Coleman and Caspar Hesselager have produced their broadest statement yet, one that spans Americana and Krautrock, left field elements and out-right pop. “There’s something very traditional and even r […]
    • Liima - 'Amerika' February 10, 2016
      Shot in Palmsdale, California...Nordic four-piece Liima are set to release debut album 'ii' next month. Before then, though, they're ready to unveil another preview. 'Amerika' is already a key component of their live set, allowing the group's varied stylish impulses to mesh neatly into one highly fluid channel. The track has now […]
    • Playlist: Starslinger's Valentine Hits February 10, 2016
      Ahead of his appearance at Kitsune's London bash...Valentine's Day is a time for lovers, for people to express what they truly mean to one another. Music is the perfect way to do that. The way a particular track can resonate with a person is truly special, allowing them to express things they previously couldn't quite reach. Kitsune are high-t […]
    • Nevermen - 'Mr Mistake' February 10, 2016
      Incredible animated clip...Nevermen pay attention to every little detail. After all, the trio - Doseone, TV On The Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe and Faith No More chameleon Mike Patton - have spent eight years working on their debut album. Out now, 'Nevermen' is an intriguing collision of three enormously creative people, and this has resulted in a pletho […]
    • Premiere: Jarbird - 'Iona' February 10, 2016
      London four-piece blessed with an enormous sense of calm...Jarbird are based in London but owe their roots to a shared spell studying at Leeds University. Now residing in the capital, the band have quietly, conscientiously busied themselves with carefully refining their music. Ethereal, artful yet devoutly pop, Jarbird's music is blessed with an enormou […]
    • Berlin's OYE Records To Boycott Record Store Day February 10, 2016
      As tensions continue to rise...OYE Records in Berlin has revealed that it will boycott this year's Record Store Day. The enormous growth of the event sparked a backlash last year, with UK labels Sonic Cathedral and Howling Owl deciding to pull out. Influential German retailer OYE Records has now confirmed that it will not participate in 2016, as the Vin […]
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Rock Chick of the Day: Lissie – Don’t You Give Up

Posted by falconi5 on January 25, 2016

lissieHere’s hoping that with her soon to be released record that perennial favorite Lissie can shed the image of a cover artist one trick pony.  Sure she does a brilliant job in interpreting songs like “Stairway to Heaven,” “Games People Play,” and “Nothing Else Matters,” but if this first single from her soon to be released album is any indication, she will stand on her own artistic merit.  Mission most definitely accomplished.

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Best Albums of 2016: The I Don’t Cares – Wild Stab

Posted by falconi5 on January 25, 2016

The I Don’t Cares – Wild Stab (Rating 2.5 out of 5)

idontJuliana Hatfield just might be the female version of Paul Westerberg, and here they release Wild Stab, the first collaboration between the former Blake Babies and Juliana Hatfield band member and the Paul Westerberg of The Replacements. If you are a replacements fan, this one will be right up your listening alley. 

If you are a Julianna Hatfield fan, you might be somewhat disappointed as her vocals seem to float pretty much in the background throughout most of the 16 tracks presented here, with a couple of notable exceptions.  For a better Hatfield fix, Whatever, My Love with her band The Juliana Hatfield Three will be a much more soul satisfying fix.

As far as Westerberg goes on Wild Stab, he seems a bit more up beat than we are used to hearing him, and while there is no one real great song on this record, there are also no Baby Ruth bars in the pool either.

Every song is solid, with a couple of standouts in “Outta My System” a Replacement-ish tune, and “Dance to the Fight” where Hatfield jumps into the fray in fine style on a number that could have been played in any fraternity house, at any time, back in the day.

Like the Replacements, the vibe is sometimes loud, often times ramshackle, and all the time pretty cool. This one is is a nice gift to the ears, and like the relatively recent Replacements reunion shows it will leave you wanting more.



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Best Albums of 2016: Gedeon Luke and the People – Live Free & Love

Posted by falconi5 on January 23, 2016

Gedeon Luke and the People – Live Free and Love – Rating 5 out of 5

gedeonlukeThe first album to receive 5 out of 5 stars, Live Free & Love, the debut from platter from Gedeon Luke will live up to its billing,and then some!  Laying down the stone soul vibe of James Brown, Al Green, Curtis Mayfield, and Sly and the Family Stone thrown on top the swagger of Prince, you have a record that just might catch your turntable on fire.

Growing up on the meaner streets of Memphis, Luke devoted his energy to music, church and family to stay out of trouble and lay down a spiritual foundation for his life and his music. Live Free & Love was recorded in a Memphis studio “Live Style” with just Gedeon, his band, and special guests laying down and recording the groove live-style.

The record opens with “Lend Me Your Sunshine,” a feel-good number that starts with a Prince sultry vibe and ends as a Michael Franti tinged romp. This one is a real ear-opening “hey I like this, who is it” sort of moment. Simply put, song number two, “Standing on Top of the World” is a Soul burner of epic old-school proportions. When Gedeon asks for the band to give him a beat and the horns kick in, you are going to have to check yourself to make sure you have not been hot tub time machined back to 1965 in the middle of a concert at the Apollo Theater courtesy of the love child of James Brown and Curtis Mayfield.

“Hey (That’s What I Say)” is a good time Sunday morning gospel feel good number, and “Echoes” name checks just about every major musical force over a bed of Sly and the Family Stone.  You’ve got to remember how you got here indeed. Stevie Wonder enters the fray five songs in with the rousing and inspiring “Live Free,” and Gedeon goes low and slow Al Green with “Hurting Kind.” And don’t sleep on “Soul Child” which is pure “Dirty Mind” Prince at his sultriest.  “She’s so Superfly, she’s so fine.”

If you are a fan of Soul (old or new or neo), or just appreciate great, inspiring music, this one is a must-have addition to your musical library. There is nothing not to like on this record.

Is it possible the best album of the year has already been released in the first month of the year. It is quite possible, and Live Free & Love just might be the one.  Stay tuned.

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Live Video of the Day: Rayland Baxter – Mr. Rodriguez (Audiotree Live)

Posted by falconi5 on January 21, 2016

raylandIf there is a musical God, Rayland Baxter and his 2015 release Imaginary Man will get a lot of attention in the new year.  His vibe is Justin Townes Earle meets Paul Simon.

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Rock Chick of the Day: Palmyra Delran – You’re My Brian Jones

Posted by falconi5 on January 21, 2016

palmyraYou might not have heard of Palmyra Delran, but you probably should check her out.  Her style is an infectious groove of Girl Power Rock mixed with a Cheap Trick and Ramones vibe. This single, “You’re My Brian Jones,” was voted coolest song of the year on Little Steven’s underground garage in 2013.

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Video of the Day: Little Green Cars – The Song They Play Every Night

Posted by falconi5 on January 20, 2016

littlegreenThe first single to be released from Falcon’s Nest Favorites Little Green Cars.  If you haven’t listened to Absolute Zero their debut record in a while, give yourself an eargasm and check it out. If this first single from their soon to be released album is any indication, it will be a must hear as well.

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Rock Chick of the Day: Suzi Quatro – She’s in Love With You

Posted by falconi5 on January 20, 2016

suziqReally good quality on this from everybody’s teenage queen Suzi Quatro.

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Five Cool Ones: Five Cool Albums we are looking forward to in 2016

Posted by falconi5 on January 20, 2016

5While we wait with breath properly bated for the release of the New Roxy Swain release Beneath Full Moonlight coming very soon, along with The Ghosts of Highway 20, a record that should be another stellar effort from Lucinda Williams, here are five more tasty platters that should be worthy of some early ear time here in 2016.

Along with the five hot rockets highlighted below, The 1975 will be making an appearance this year, and the venerable Loretta Lynn will enter the fray with Full Circle with guest turns from Elvis Costello and Willie Nelson. Look for an updated version of “Fist City” that should be worth the price of admission alone.

And finally there is Yoko.  Yes, that Yoko. Her contribution to the year is Yes, I’m a Witch Too. This should be a drop the microphone runaway winner for the most appropriately named record of the year, or any year for that matter. It is doubtful that even the presence of Moby and Death Cab for Cutie on this one will be enough to save it from what is sure to be universal scorn.

Elton John – Wonderful Crazy Night

Here, we have 33rd album from Elton John.  Sure, while about 14 of stand out as musical treasures, roughly 14 are only slightly above or below average, and 4 are pretty much unlistenable, this one should stand front and center in the mostly stellar category. With Nigel Olsson and Davey Johnson from the glory Elton days back on board for the first time since The Captain and the Kid back in 1976, and knob twirling on the production side from T Bone Burnett, along with the Hemingway of Pop music Bernie Taupin back in the fold, good times should be had by all.

Lissie – My Wild West

In 2010 Lissie was poised for great things. While her career has not vaulted into the stratosphere quite as quickly as expected, she has released two pretty good records while establishing herself as an artist that can full envelop any cover song she chooses to attack. If you have not her cover version of “Stairway to Heaven'” stop right now and check it out. Her rendition of “Go Your Own Way” is pretty groovy. We are not quite sure what to expect with this one, but if “Hero” is any indication, we can’t wait to find out.

Lake Street Dive – Side Pony

Finally, our ears are a-twitter for the much-anticipated release of Side Pony from Lake Street Dive, the follow-up to Bad Self Portraits that came out in 2014. With Dave Cobb, most recently employed by Chris Stapleton and Sturgill Simpson on the board for this one, there is can’t miss written all over it.

Bonnie Raitt – Dig in Deep

If you don’t like Bonnie Raitt, you should. You should, and I don’t want to know you. Dig in Deep, Her first album in 4 years, has 5 originals, the most since 1998’s Fundamental.

The Cult – Hidden City

The Cult.  Yes, your eyes are not deceiving you. I said The Cult, and they have a new record coming out on February 5th. This means that that Elton John, The Cult, and Lucinda Williams all have records coming out the same day.  Another day that will live in infamy. I have scheduled an ear wax removal for February 4th to make sure I am at full strength.


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Video of the Day: Hank Williams Jr. – Are You Ready for the Country (feat. Eric Church)

Posted by falconi5 on January 18, 2016


The song “Are you Ready for the Country” has an interesting history. Originally written and included on Harvest in 1972, it surfaced again in the hands of Waylon Jennings. And now, in 2016, we are treated to an updated take on the song courtesy of Hank William Jr. and Eric Church. This one is on It’s About Time, his 37th album and one that might be his best in a very long time.

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Rock Chick of the Day: Sunflower Bean – Wall Watcher

Posted by falconi5 on January 18, 2016

sunflowerbeanThe new proper full length, Human Ceremony, comes out on February 6th. This Indie-Psych Brooklyn trio may be short on years on this earth, they are all under 21, but they are long on talent with bassist Julia Cummings leading the way.

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