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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. 
    • 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”
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    • “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.
    • Premiere: Grooms - “Softer Now” Video
      Brooklyn's Grooms just released a new album Exit Index, the follow up to 2015's Comb The Feelings Through Your Hair. Under the Radar has the premiere of the video for "Softer Now," which offers a portrait of alienation. 
    • Sigur Rós Announce Rare Vinyl Releases, Share Unreleased Jónsi Song
      Iceland's Sigur Rós previously announced Norður og Niður, a new festival at Reykjavik's Harpa venue from December 27 - 31. The band will perform four shows in Harpa's main hall, Eldborg (which has a capacity of only 1,500 per show), on December 27, 28, 29, and 30. Now they have announced some rare limited vinyl releases that will be available […]
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    • Premiere: Beliefs - 'Swamp Core' November 23, 2017
      Menacing post-punk with a bass-heavy feel...Beliefs hail from Toronto, a city that boasts a pretty kick ass callsheet for new bands. Still, though, the group manage to stand out. Perhaps it's their sense of purpose, the precision that offers each song, or perhaps its the menacing atmosphere of the songs themselves - whatever, we're hooked, and you […]
    • Pearl City's 'Flames' Is A Vivid Reinvention November 23, 2017
      Check out this arresting video from the Manchester duo...Pearl City may well be familiar to you. The duo are formed by Nick and Greta, who formerly traded under the name Bernard & Edith. Yet a change of name leads to a change in style, and Pearl City is a defiant break with the past. The duo commented recently: "Pearl City to us is otherworldly - a […]
    • Premiere: Zoology - 'Portland' November 23, 2017
      A sun-kissed thumper for winter climes...Zoology exist somewhere between the two Atlantic coasts. A partnership that spans an ocean, the duo make alt-pop that flickers with a light of inspiration all its own. New EP 'Bloom' is incoming via Majestic Casual, with the songwriting focussing on living well, detaching yourself from the entrapment of 21st […]
    • A-Sho Strips New Single 'Feel Something' Right Down To The Core November 23, 2017
      Canadian performer delivers a stellar, sparse, affecting vocal...A-Sho didn't mean to get into music. Raised in a musical family, the Montreal native was always drawn to sports, and eventually a scholarship to Boston. Yet he couldn't quite shake off the urge to create. Finding himself gathering ideas, fragments of songs, he started to pull this tog […]
    • Two Another Hit A Real Groove On 'Hoping You Changed' November 23, 2017
      It's a delicious, R&B-fuelled bumper...London outfit Two Another are ready to share delicious new bumper 'Hoping You Changed'. The duo sparked word of mouth hype earlier this year, with stellar support slots with the likes of SG Lewis helping their cause. Impeccable songwriting matched to an endearing sense of funk, Two Another make party […]
    • PURS Drop Gritty Self-Released Cut 'On' November 23, 2017
      London outfit return with a raucous new effort...London four-piece PURS have returned with new self-released cut 'On'. The band met while playing with Kid Wave, with members arriving from as far away as Sweden and Australia. London is their base, though, and they're firmly ensconced with the city's labyrinthine network of DIY musicians. N […]
    • Premiere: Grounds - 'Suck It Up' November 23, 2017
      London three-piece riff hard...Grounds are part of a new wave of energy in London's guitar underground, a network of bands, daydreamers, promoters, 'zines, and a whole lot more. A three-piece who riff hard, reference points could include everyone from Mudhoney to Dinosaur Jr., with a slice of Male Bonding on the side. New single 'Suck It Up […]
    • Premiere: W. H. Lung - 'WANT' November 23, 2017
      Off kilter guitar pop with a Krautrock feel...Manchester newcomers W.H. Lung continue to impress with new cut 'WANT'. The band's sound is immediately infectious yet difficult to place; off kilter guitar pop with swathes of electronics, their never-ending percussive chug recalls Neu! at their most expansive. New song 'WANT' is a mini- […]
    • Premiere: Dom Youdan - 'Tigerlily' November 23, 2017
      A heartfelt return from the songwriter...Dom Youdan has always followed his heart. It's what took him into music, after all, and it's also what spurred this Londoner to move all the way to Sydney, Australia. Surging ahead, new EP 'Tigerlily' drops on Friday (November 24th) and it finds the songwriter bearing his feelings as never before. […]
    • Mura Masa Produces Jeshi's Exceptional 'Paranoid' November 23, 2017
      Rapper plots new mixtape...Rising rap talent Jeshi pairs up with Mura Masa on new cut 'Paranoid'. The lyricist is tipped to breakout next year, with Jeshi currently planning new mixtape 'The World's Spinning Too Fast'. Jeshi has been working on the tape for over 12 months, gathering beats from an astonishing array of collaborators. M […]
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      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
      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
      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
      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
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      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 […]
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The Falcon’s Nest Best Albums of 2015 (So Far)

Posted by falconi5 on June 10, 2015


It is pretty much impossible to comprehend that 2015 is almost 1/2 way over. The year started a bit slow as we waited with bated breath for the release of the new Madonna album, and new releases from Brian Wilson, Willie Nelson, and Van Morrison, all mostly met with the sound of one hand clapping, and far from their best effort.

Songwriters turned solo artists have been prevalent so far with Chris Stapelton and Gretchen Peters coming out from behind their collective quills with two highly superlative records that should stand the test of time. Indie Icons My Morning Jacket released Waterfall, again not their best, but highly listenable, and just plain Icons The Waterboys are out with Modern Blues, one of the best records of the year so far.

The new Mumford and Sons is pretty much as expected, unlistenable, and the 2015 version of Whitesnake performing various selections from the David Coverdale era Deep Purple days is an unfortunate waste of vinyl.

So carry on my wayward sons and check out the top twenty below, according to the Falcon’s Nest that is, and make sure you scroll down to “and don’t sleep on” at the end of the list for a bunch more records that are worth your ear time that did not make our top twenty, but may be on yours.

Party on Garth!

20.)  Chris Spedding – Joyland

The veteran session player, who has played with Roxy Music, Elton John, and Roxy Music delivers a more than solid set of noir tunes all by himself. Ian McShane makes a surprise cameo appearance on the title track.

19.)  Alabama Shakes – Sound and Color

A little more textured than their debut, the second time around still has the back of the barroom blast we have come to know and love. A pairing of the first two albums from these upstarts makes for about as solid a one two punch as you will find.

18.) Low Cut Connie – Hi Honey

This one is like that girlfriend you could never take home to mother. Sexy, tattoos in places that rarely see the sun, a bit crazy, and a hell of a lot of fun.

17.)  Ray Wylie Hubbard – The Ruffian’s Misfortune

Nothing short of a Texas national treasure.  “Chick Singer, Badass Rockin'” is worth the price of admission alone.

16.)  Fools Gold – Flying Lessons

You wouldn’t be straying too far from the sun if you made this one your anthem album of the summer. Bright, sunny, psychedelic in the best possible way, and disco tinged in just the right places.  Look, listen, love.

15.)  Palma Violets – Danger in the Club

Not quite as reckless as their debut, yet no less dangerous.  This modern-day Garage Rock classic could have been a Pretty Things record circa 1968.

14.)  Ryley Walker – Primrose Green

Sometimes talent just carries the day. The opening title cut on this one hits you between the ears with about one full minute of guitar mastery even before Ryley Walker songs a note in his Donovan by way of Nick Drake vocal style. This is one epic of a folk song, if there is such a thing.  With influences ranging from British pastoral folk to Miles Davis and Cat Stevens, Primrose Green is about as refreshing an album as you will hear all year.

13.)  Whitehorse – Leave No Bridge Unburned

Luke Doucett and Melissa Mclelland channel their inner Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood, new millennium style.

12.)  Black Star Riders – The Killer Instinct

Rising from the ashes of Thin Lizzy, this one might be the Rock album of the year.

11.)  Rhett Miller – The Traveler

A sterling example of why the head honcho of The Old 97’s is one of the best front men in the business.

10.) Calexico – Eye of the Sun

Any record with Sam Beam, Band of Horses, and Neko Case helping out has got to be good.  And this one is great.

09.) The Staves – If I Was

A sprinkling of Americana and Soft Rock seeps into the blue print here which is a little bit of a change from their maiden voyage, but fear not, the crystalline vocals of the sisters remain very much intact.

08.)  Della Mae – Della Mae

One of the only all female Bluegrass bands you will find around.  Don’t be afraid of a little banjo or Mandolin and immerse yourself in some refreshing new music.

07.)  Noel Gallagher – Chasing Yesterday

Going back to his Brit Rock Roots, he even has a song that sounds strikingly similar to “Rock On'” Gallagher is at the top of his game.

06.)  James McMurtry – Complicated Game

McMurtry is simply one of the best song writers in the game. His best effort since the stellar Just Us Kids, he continues to carry the torch for common people living complicated lives.

05.) Gretchen Peters – Blackbirds

She has written a ton of hit songs for others including Faith Hill’s “The Secret of Life” and “Independence Day” for Martina McBride.  Stepping out on her own she shows signs of stardom in her own right.  The song “Blackbirds” might be the Americana song of the year.

04.  David Corley – Available Light

A years in the making overnight success Available Light resonates like an ill-gotten evening spent over-served in your favorite watering lamenting over loves lost, fortunes squandered, and lives over lived, all in a voice that sounds like it comes from the gutteral crossroads of Lou Reed and Tom Waits.

03.  Chris Stapelton – Traveller

Riding on just the right side of the Country trail right there between Waylon Jennings and Dale Watson, the secret here is in the storytelling. This troubadour should be side by side with Sturgill Simpson and Jamey Johnson on your new school Outlaw Country Rolodex. Stepping out from behind his quill to strap on his guitar, just take one listen to “Tennessee Whiskey” and Chris Stapelton might just be become your new best friend.

02.  Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear

A bit more diverse than 2012’s Fear Fun this time out the good father combines Pop, Americana, and Singer Songwriter with his Laurel Canyon vibe to create what might eventually be one of the best records of 2015.

01.  Dawes – All Your Favorite Bands

Sailing on to exotic ports of call ranging from Jackson Browne, The Band, and 70’s vintage Beach Boys, four albums in Dawes has definitely hit their musical stride. Every tune is a study in song construction with the vocal mix from mostly Taylor Goldsmith front and center on a cloud of sublime guitar work that seems to come from the Dire Straits or J.J. Cale Songbook. The title cut “All Your Favorite Bands” could have been on the B side of “The Pretender,” and if there is any musical justice in this world, this one should be the song of the year for 2015.

And don’t sleep on:

21.) The Wateboys – Modern Blues

22.)  The Lone Bellow – Then Came the Morning

23.)  Catfish and the Bottlemen – The Balcony

24.)  Steve Earle – Terraplane

25.)  Banditos – Banditos

26.)  My Morning Jacket – Waterfall

27.)  Rodney Crowell and Emmylou Harris – The traveling kind.

28.)  Torres – Splinter

29.)  Rose Windows – Rose Windows

30.)  Paul Weller – Saturn Patterns

31.)  Hollis Brown – 3 Shots

32.)  Melody Gardot – Currency of Man

33.)  Boz Scaggs – A Fool to Care

34.)  Ryan Bingham – Fear & Saturday Night

35.)  The Dunwells – Lucky Ones

36.)  Blackberry Smoke – Holding All the Roses

37.)  Whitey Morgan – Sonic Ranch

38.)  John Moreland – High on Tulsa

39.)  Jesse Malin – New York Before the War

40.) Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell

41.)  Ron Sexsmith – Carousel Love

42.)  William Eliot Whitmore – Radium Death

43.)  The Minus 5 – Dungeon Golds

44.)  Gil Landes – Gil Landes

45.)  Jose Gonzales – Vestiges and Clawes

46.)  Blur – The Magic Whip

47.)  Matthew E White – Fresh Blood

48.)  Sonny Landreth – Bound by the Blues

49.)  A Thousand Horses – Southernality

50.)  Holly Miranda – Holly Miranda







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