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    • Under the Radar’s Black Friday Sale - 35% Off Print Subscriptions and 50% Off Back Issues
      Under the Radar is having its annual Black Friday Sale right now and continuing through Monday. This year we're offering 35% off all print subscriptions and all back issues and digital subscriptions are 50% off. 
    • Check Out Photos of M For Montreal
      Last weekend Montreal hosted M For Montreal. 
    • Under the Radar’s Holiday Gift Guide 2017 Part 2: Board Games
      Happy holidays, board gamers! Welcome back to the 2017 edition of Under the Radar’s Holiday Gift Guide. If you’ve been following our regular game review column, PLAYlist, you’ll know that it’s been a pretty fantastic year for new releases. If you’re looking for a perfect present (or just to spoil yourself), we’ve broken down some of our top picks for 2017’s […]
    • Member of the Family
      From the ages of 14 to 16, Dianne Lake was a member of Charles Manson's cult. With Member of the Family, she tells her incredibly personal story from out of place child to teenager enrapt with this twisted "guru," including with it all of the horrors that would inevitably follow.
    • Batman: The Dark Prince Charming Book One
      Part one of acclaimed European writer-artist Enrico Marini's American debut is an instant Batman classic.
    • Death Cab for Cutie Release Audio of Their First Ever Show in Honor of its 20th Anniversary
      Death Cab for Cutie played their first ever show 20 years ago today, on November 22, 1997. In honor of that anniversary the band have shared the audio for the acoustic set on Bandcamp for $4.00, with some of the proceeds going to the Seattle-based charity Aurora Commons.
    • Steve Lightfoot, Showrunner on the Netflix Series “Marvel’s Punisher”
      Grim. Gruesome. Unrelenting. Those intense adjectives and more would be apt describing The Punisher, the latest Marvel Universe series streaming on Netflix.
    • “The Archies” - Alex Segura and Joe Eisma on the New Comic Book Series
      Comics' perennial teenage band, The Archies, are back for new musical adventures. The new comic book series of the same name, written by Alex Segura and Matt Rosenberg, with art by Joe Eisma, sees the fictional band interact with illustrated versions of real life musicians, while, as ever, The Archies fret, bicker, and try to remember that, despite the […]
    • Utopia
      Björk is Björk is Björk: that is to say, even as far back as her salad days fronting avant-punk aliens KUKL, there's been no mistaking her for anybody else, and no possible way of burying her magnetism and charisma in the mix. 
    • The Mercenary
      Released in 1968, The Mercenary reunited director Sergio Corbucci with Franco Nero, the star of his cult classic Spaghetti Western Django.
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    • Live Gallery: Queens Of The Stone Age - O2 Arena, London November 24, 2017
      A titanic night in London...Queens Of The Stone Age have bulldozed 2017. The band's new album 'Villains' is rock at its most potent, a virile, vicious return from a group operating at the absolute peak of their game. Since its release Queens have stormed across the globe, playing some of the biggest shows of their career. Hitting London, the b […]
    • Hunter & The Bear Return With New Cut 'Skin Tight' November 24, 2017
      British rock heroes return...British rock could do with some heroes right now, and they might very well come in the form of Hunter & The Bear. The group's crisp, emphatic live show is currently being put to the test, playing a host of venues the length and breadth of the country. Winning fans wherever they go, Hunter & The Bear are now ready to […]
    • Track By Track: Xenuola Guides Clash Through Her Debut Album November 24, 2017
      It's a surreal-pop gem produced by Sam Dust (LA Priest)...Romy Xeno grew up in rural South Africa, surrounded by tranquil scenes of nature. Coming of age far from the big cities, when the lights would dim all she could hear would be flora and fauna, as close to nature as she could get. Moving to London at the age of 16, this astonishing clash of culture […]
    • Wiley Announces Massive UK Tour November 24, 2017
      Including a Brixton Academy show...Wiley has announced a huge UK tour for next year. The grime figure released solo album 'Godfather' earlier this year, before completing work on his autobiography. With new album 'Godfather II' slated for next year, Wiley has now announced plans for a huge UK tour. Opening in Ireland at Dublin's Olym […]
    • Shane Meadows Directs The New Liam Gallagher Video November 24, 2017
      'Come Back To Me' was filmed in Glasgow...A few weeks back Liam Gallagher tweeted something rather cryptic. Thanking Shane Meadows for his work on a new video, the singer mentioned a trip to Glasgow. So, what did it all mean? The video for 'Come Back To Me' is online now, and it seems to hold the answer. Shane Meadows directed the clip, w […]
    • It's An Education: Clash Meets Body & Soul November 24, 2017
      “Play songs that we love, that we like, that we feel...”As any respectable DJ will tell you, you’re always learning. And despite the Body & Soul trio of Danny Krivit, Joe Claussell and François K, three of the forefathers of house music, hitting the twenty one year anniversary of their founding, they attribute their longevity to an eagerness to draw insp […]
    • Poté Channels Baile Funk On New Bouncer 'Flirt' November 24, 2017
      It's out now via Versicolor...London producer Poté has dropped new Baile Funk infused bouncer 'Flirt'. The UK via St. Lucia talent established his own imprint earlier this year, with Versicolor dedicated to uncovering new club styles from the diaspora and beyond. Since then, it's proved to be remarkably on-point, with Poté gathering lik […]
    • Alien She's 'Feed Me' Is A Righteous Blast Of Noise November 24, 2017
      An inspired new group from Dublin...Dublin three-piece Alien She are ready to share new single 'Feed Me'. The group hail from astonishingly different backgrounds. Aoife Mairead, for instance, is a poet and writer, while Katie O'Neill previously performed solo. The introduction of Darragh McCabe, though, seemed to let the project gel, with thei […]
    • Queen Zee Hit Back With 'Idle Crown' November 24, 2017
      New single packed with rabble-rousing menace...Liverpool group Queen Zee have shared new single 'Idle Crown' - tune in now. The band's sensational live shows have caused enormous word of mouth hype, smashing through gender norms with a righteous fist. New single 'Idle Crown' is released via the group's own Sasstone Records, and […]
    • Premiere: Oscar Jerome - 'Subdued' November 24, 2017
      A drifting, jazz-infused return...South London's Oscar Jerome makes music that can stretch. Growing up he would absorb everything from UKG to hip-hop, and on into jazz, a wide-ranging aesthetic imagination that soaked up everything in its path. As a result, his own music is virtually impossible to peg. New single 'Subdued' follows on the back […]
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    • BILL WARD’S DAY OF ERRORS RELEASE TWO NEW SONGS November 22, 2017
      Bill Ward’s new solo band, Day of Errors, has released its first two songs, Day Of Errors and Blaspheming At Creation through iTunes, Spotify, Amazon MP3 and Google Play. Listen an audio sample here. The band features Joe Amodea on guitar/vocals and Kill Devil Hill singer Jason “Dewey” Bragg on vocals. Two days ago, Ward... Read more
    • 11/21: HAPPY THANKSGIVING, BILL WARD, BOOKS, MERCH, MORE November 21, 2017
      Just wanted to take a second to wish everyone here in the U.S. a very happy Thanksgiving to you and your families. My final live SiriusXM show is today 2-4, 9-11P ET on 106 Volume. Tomorrow is a Best Of. Also Best Of shows Saturday and Sunday 8-10P ET. Bill Ward was schedule to be... Read more
    • BILL WARD’S DAY OF ERRORS TOUR DATES CANCELED November 20, 2017
      Drummer Bill Ward has released the following statement: “Hi Everyone, It’s with great, great sadness that I must tell you I have to cancel the Day Of Errors tour dates scheduled in December. I wound up in hospital this past weekend with heart problems. I am OK and in good recovery at this time. However,... Read more
    • FIRST ANNUAL FRONTIERS “ROCK HOLIDAY BASH 2017” WITH L.A. GUNS, WARRANT, JACK RUSSELL’S GREAT WHITE AND RIVERDOGS, HOSTED BY EDDIE TRUNK, SCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER 2ND November 20, 2017
      Frontiers Music SRL is proud to announce their first-ever U.S. Showcase at Southern California’s premiere rock club: The Canyon Club in Agoura Hills, Ca. – Hosted by the Metal Maniac himself: Eddie Trunk of SiriusXM & That Metal Show. Kick-off your holidays with rocks’ icons L.A. Guns (featuring the reunion of Tracii Guns and Phil... Read more
    • 11/19: VERNON REID, BILL WARD AND MORE ON TRUNK NATION THIS WEEK November 19, 2017
      Hope everyone had a great weekend. Hey, even my Giants won, go figure! Short week this week coming with the holiday. Live tomorrow/Monday 2-4P ET on SiriusXM 106 Volume with guest Vernon Reid in studio. Then live on channel 39 Hair Nation 5-8P ET. Then Volume show replays 9-11P ET. So plenty of TrunkNation tomorrow!... Read more
    • 11/18: RIP MALCOLM YOUNG November 18, 2017
      More sad news in the rock world with the announcement that AC/DC founder Malcolm Young has passed away at just 64. This is not a total surprise. Mal had been in bad shape suffering from dementia and it was often said in the business that once he retired we had seen the last of him.... Read more
    • AC/DC GUITARIST MALCOLM YOUNG PASSES AT AGE 64 November 18, 2017
      Malcolm Young, guitarist and co-founder of AC/DC, died Saturday (November 18th) at the age of 64. Young had been suffering with dementia for the past three years, an illness that forced his retirement from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inducted band he founded with his brother Angus Young in 1973. “Today it is with... Read more
    • ANVIL RELEASE LYRIC FOR “EGO,” NEW ALBUM “POUNDING THE PAVEMENT” DUE JANUARY 19TH November 17, 2017
      Canadian Metal heroes Anvil release their first digital single and lyric video for the new song Ego today (November 17th). The song is taken from their forthcoming studio album Pounding The Pavement. Ego is a song where Lips spread his razor-sharp guitar riffs over the dynamic rhythm foundation courtesy of Robb Reiner and Chris Robertson,... Read more
    • KING’S X GUITARIST TY TABOR SET TO RELEASE “ALIEN BEANS” ON JANUARY 12TH November 17, 2017
      Iconic King’s X guitarist Ty Tabor will release his all new solo effort, Alien Beans, on January 12th through Rat Pak Records. Alien Beans is a double-disc album that features 10 all new studio tracks and a “best of” compilation disc. The “best of” disc is comprised of eleven re-mixed and re-mastered tracks personally selected... Read more
    • AMERICA SALUTES YOU AND WALL STREET ROCKS PRESENTS: GUITAR LEGENDS FOR HEROES ON NOVEMBER 29TH November 17, 2017
      America Salutes You and Wall Street Rocks have joined forces for an unforgettable benefit concert America Salutes You And Wall Street Rocks Presents: Guitar Legends For Heroes on Wednesday, November 29th at Terminal 5 (610 w 56th Street) in New York City. The unforgettable night is dedicated to our heroes to create national recognition as... Read more
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    • Sawdust City Music Festival July 27, 2017
      The inaugural Sawdust City Music Festival takes over Gravenhurst, Ontario this August long weekend. Running from August 4th – 6th the festival features performances from a plethora of talented artists from the area and all over Canada. Whether you want to check out the Muskoka music scene or experience the Jim Cuddy Family Band perform [...] Sawdust City Mus […]
    • Interview: Danko Jones July 21, 2017
      We sat down with John Calabrese, bassist of Danko Jones to talk about the band's impressive 20+ year career, most memorable moments and their newest album Wild Cat.  Interview: Danko Jones by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • Interview: Kid Koala July 20, 2017
      Kid Koala chats with us about his chaotic party show Vinyl Vaudeville, his new album Music To Draw To: Satellite and working on . Interview: Kid Koala by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • The Lemon Bucket Orkestra July 19, 2017
      A Toronto music staple Lemon Bucket Orkestra had humble origins as buskers in Kensington Market, the band’s ringleader Mark Marczyk spoke to the Chart Attack team about the evolution of LBO and their drive to keep performing live for (and with) their ever-growing audiences. The Lemon Bucket Orkestra by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • Interview: Mix Master Mike July 17, 2017
      Mix Master Mike put on an epic show in Quebec City on Friday and again in Toronto last night. We chatted with him about his tour with Metallica and his new Virtual Reality work. Interview: Mix Master Mike by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • Interview: The Dirty Nil July 14, 2017
      The Dirty Nil played one of their biggest shows in Canada yesterday. We caught up with the band just before the show to talk about opening for The Who, touring and Minimum R&B. Interview: The Dirty Nil by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • Interview: A Tribe Called Red July 13, 2017
      A Tribe Called Red played their biggest show in Quebec yesterday at Festival d'été de Québec. We caught up with Bear Witness just prior to the festival to talk about We are the Halluci Nation. Interview: A Tribe Called Red by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • FEQ in 2 Days! July 4, 2017
      Celebrating their 50th year this summer,  Festival d'été de Québec is throwing an epic bash from July 6th to July 16th. FEQ in 2 Days! by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • Album Review: Prairie Cat’s Is Cary Pratt June 30, 2017
      The unconventional songwriter has been making waves with the release of his fourth album. Album Review: Prairie Cat’s Is Cary Pratt by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
    • REVIEW: !!! (ChkChkChk) June 17, 2017
      Wednesday, June 14th at the Horseshoe Tavern: dance-punk at its finest REVIEW: !!! (ChkChkChk) by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.

New Releases for the Week of August 5th, 2014

Posted by falconi5 on August 6, 2014


newreleasesHere are some of the key releases for the week of August 5th, 2014.

Spoon

They Want My Soul

Spoon is one of the best Rock bands of the last decade. Full of Indie Rock swagger with a front man in Britt Daniel that can stand cool to cool withspoon Ryan Adams, Jack White, or Rhett Miller, Spoon is back after the longest hiatus of the career with an album that is 10 songs of almost perfectly symmetric Rock and Roll bliss with each note or turn of phrase placed in exactly the right place at just the right time.

There is a rolling cadence to “Outlier” that takes shoegaze to an exciting new level, and the opener “Rent I Pay” is an old-school Indie Rock song that should play wonderfully in their live shows. “Do You” is a gem of a pop song that features the entire band and their spot-on tight musicianship, while “Rainy Taxi is about as infectious and bouncy as you can get.

This band is one of those musical acts that is pretty much incapable of putting out a bad record, but safe to say that They Want My Soul will stand up right up there with their best, and teaming up with producer Dave Fridmann, known for his work with Sparklehorse, The Flaming Lips as well as others proved to be right choice at the right time creating an album that was definitely worth the wait.

 

Billy Joe Shaver

Long in the Tooth

billyBilly Joe Shaver is a living, breathing, country song. Having lived more lives than he can sing about, enduring the loss of his son, and his wife, and narrowly avoiding spending most of the rest of his life in prison after his acquittal on attempted murder charges in 2010, he is in many ways, too legit to quit.

Having virtually invented the Outlaw Country movement with his Waylon Jennings Honky Tonk Heroes collaboration, Billy Joe is pretty much the last man standing, and with his latest Long in the Tooth, he lays it down as only he can, open, honest, and raw. Whether he is sharing the stage with Willie Nelson where they sing that is hard to be an outlaw when your not wanted anymore, and both of finding them lamenting the fact the only friends that are left are beyond those swinging doors on “Hard to Be an Outlaw,” or he is ripping his heart from his heart from his sleeve, throwing it down on the saw dust floor, picking it up and presenting it to the listener like does on “Last Call for Alcohol,” everything is done with honesty and conviction.

This record could have been made in 1977 or 2017, it is that timeless. Billy Joe Shaver is at the top of his game, every song presented here is a masters course in the art of the song.

 

Empty Hearts

The Empty Hearts

From the opening track, “90 Miles an Hour Down a One Way Street” the blueprint is clear. Pure Power Pop with withempty the ear popping sounds you might have heard in the past from the likes of The Raspberries, Paul Revere and the Raiders, The Box Tops, Big Star, Badfinger and even a touch of The Replacements.

It all make perfect sense, of course, once you know that this pure pop for now people is exquisitely and honestly made by a group of musicians that have been waving the Power Pop flag for more than 35 years within the framework of their own bands, and show no signs of letting up anytime soon. The stars of the show include Wally Palmer of The Romantics on lead vocal and rhythm guitar, Eliot Easton from The Cars on lead guitar, Andy Babiuk with The Chesterfield Kings slinging the bass, and Clem Burke of Blondie fame on drums. In other words members of five of your favorite bands have joined forces in the spirit of good times for the sole purpose of kicking some Rock and Roll ass.

And it works to perfect way-back perfection. The songs are fresh and vibrant, with each of the band members sounding like they are having the time of their lives. The record has a definite live feel to it, and the added presence of Faces member Ian McClagan on organ and keys on a couple of the tracks ramps up the coolness quotient to 11. If retro Rock is wrong, I don’t want to be right, and these guys are doing it better than we have heard in a very long time.

 

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