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    • Shop Small and Save Big with Under the Radar’s Memorial Day Sale - 35% Off Subscriptions
      Summer's here and we've got your poolside reading material for you, the best independent music magazine under the sun! And this long weekend is the perfect time to add Under the Radar to your summer reading list, as we are having a Memorial Day Sale.
    • Soundtracking the Resistance - Trump Goes Abroad
      This politics column thing has been rolling along for a few weeks now and it's time to move to the next level. Here, and from now on, you'll find different sections bringing a main story, a brief news round-up, words direct from musicians themselves, and the song of the week.
    • Soundtracking the Resistance - Trump Goes Abroad
      This politics column thing has been rolling along for a few weeks now and it's time to move to the next level. Here, and from now on, you'll find different sections bringing a main story, a brief news round-up, words direct from musicians themselves, and the song of the week.
    • Ariana Grande Issues Longer Statement About Manchester Attack: “We won’t let hate win.”
      On Monday night, two explosions went off in the foyer at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England after Ariana Grande finished her concert. Twenty-two people died, including children and teenagers, in a suicide bomber terrorist attack that ISIS has claimed responsibility for.
    • Five Best Songs of the Week: alt-J, EMA, Kirin J Callinan, Washed Out, and Ride
      To help you sort through the multitude of new songs released in the last seven days, we have picked the five best. Below that we have also highlighted other notable new tracks shared this week. This week was light on exciting new songs, likely due to the impending long Memorial Day holiday weekend, but there were still pleasures to be found.
    • Listen: The Charlatans - “Plastic Machinery (Sleaford Mods Remix)”
      Britpop and Madchester survivors The Charlatans released a new album, Different Days, today via BMG. The band have previously shared the album's first single, "Plastic Machinery," which features the legendary guitarist of The Smiths, Johnny Marr, along with Brian Jonestown Massacre frontman Anton Newcombe, as well as a video for the song.  […]
    • Listen: Ride - “All I Want (GLOK Remix)”
      British shoegazing icons Ride reformed in 2014 and have been touring, and are releasing a new album, Weather Diaries, on June 16 via Wichita.
    • Watch: Washed Out - “Get Lost” Video
      Earlier today we posted a song by Washed Out (aka Ernest Greene), "Get Lost." Now the song has a video. Harvey Benschoter directed the colorful clip, which is an animated collage of old advertising images.
    • Priests - Katie Alice Greer on “Nothing Feels Natural,” Obama and Trump, and the DC Music Scene
      Washington, D.C.'s Priests (vocalist Katie Alice Greer, guitarist Taylor Mulitz, bassist G.L. Jaguar, and drummer Daniele Daniele) formed in late 2011 and have already released two cassette tapes in 2012 and 2013 (fittingly titled Tape One and Tape Two), 2012's Radiation/Personal Planes 7-inch EP, and 2014's Bodies and Control and Money 12-inc […]
    • Washed Out Shares New Song - “Get Lost”
      Washed Out (aka Ernest Greene) has shared a new song, "Get Lost." Right now it's just a standalone single, no new album has been announced, but he does have some tour dates in July.
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    • Drum 'N' Bass Producer Marcus Intalex Has Died May 28, 2017
      Tributes pour in for pivotal underground figure...Drum 'n' bass producer Marcus Intalex - real name Marcus Kaye - has died. The producer helped push drum 'n' bass into the 21st century, continually finding new threads of innovation within his sound. Marcus Intalex released his debut album '21' back in 2011, toasting 21 years in […]
    • Ariana Grande's Statement Is Beautiful May 28, 2017
      Singer addresses the awful events of last week...Ariana Grande has issued a statement addressing the horrific events of May 22nd. A suicide attack at the end of her Manchester show killed 22 fans and injured scores more, sparking an international outcry. Ariana Grande took time to process these awful events, and has issued a beautiful statement to show her s […]
    • Frank Ocean Pulls Out Of Primavera May 28, 2017
      Due to "production delays beyond his control..."Frank Ocean has pulled out of his slot at this year's Primavera festival. The singer was set to to headline Friday (June 2nd) at Parc Del Forum, but after weeks of speculation this will not now go ahead. Primavera issued a statement to clarify the matter: "We regret to announce that Frank Oc […]
    • Cadet Smashes It On 'Instagram Girls' May 27, 2017
      Featuring Konan on the hook...Cadet has released new smasher 'Instagram Girls'. The track has been in demand from fans for months now, with social media rumour reaching frenzied heights. A few hours ago, though, South London kid Cadet finally dropped the track fans have been crying out for - and it's a sensation. Konan sits in on the hook, but […]
    • Diadora x Titolo Intrepid Five Almonds May 26, 2017
      Sugarcoated kicks...Getting your bank holiday blowout look together, and in need of something that’ll suit the flood of sunshine that’s currently hitting London? Look no further than Diadora’s near blindingly bright new limited edition style, the Intrepid Five Almonds, which has been created in collaboration with Swiss sneaker retailers Titolo. Whilst some m […]
    • Listen: Lauv - 'I Like Me Better' May 26, 2017
      Sunshine pop with a contagious sense of intelligence...There's something about Lauv. The Los Angeles pop artist has that golden touch, that feeling of connection which runs through so much fantastic music. Making sure that each step counts, Lauv recently broke his silence by releasing new single 'I Like Me Better'. Impeccably produced, the shu […]
    • Clash DJ Mix - Warren XcInce May 26, 2017
      A club-ready selection from a rapidly emerging talent...Warren XcInce has always trod his own path. Academic from a young age, he swapped London for Nottingham, stepping defiantly outside the blistering currents of the capital. Perhaps this is what's enabled the rising producer space to develop his own voice, outwith any determined scene or sound. Steal […]
    • Listen: HAARM - 'Endangered Species' May 26, 2017
      Rising Liverpool three-piece impress...Rising Liverpool trio HAARM have shared new cut 'Endangered Species' - tune in now. The band have been working at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios near Bath, aiming to follow up the viral success of their opening two cuts. For a project in the middle of a whirlwind of hype 'Endangered Species' feel […]
    • Pierre Kwenders On The Power Of Language May 26, 2017
      Montreal artist writes for Clash...Language is one of the most important tools of connectivity on the planet. It's something that can be enormously expressive, rendering a multiplicity of emotions in stark, evocative style. Pierre Kwenders has learned this lesson well. Based in Montreal but born in Congo, his upcoming album features production from Shab […]
    • Noel Gallagher Talks 'Don't Look Back In Anger' May 26, 2017
      And that emotional video from Manchester...Noel Gallagher has spoken about the continuing appeal of 'Don't Look Back In Anger'. The songwriter turns 50 this weekend, and took time out to chat with Radio X presenter Jon Kennedy. The conversation turned to the Oasis classic 'Don't Look Back In Anger', prompted by an emotional rend […]
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    • FORMER VAN HALEN MANAGER, NOEL MONK, DISHES ON THE BAND IN “RUNNIN’ WITH THE DEVIL” OUT JUNE 13TH May 28, 2017
      Excerpt courtesy of Confidential of the New York Daily News: Eddie Van Halen is one of the best guitarists of his generation, but he might have trouble passing a sixth grade health test. Former Van Halen manager Noel Monk recounts the time Eddie was hit with a paternity suit while engaged to Valerie Bertinelli. The... Read more
    • SINGER CHRIS CORNELL REPORTEDLY HAD MARKS ON HIS ARM May 26, 2017
      Musician Chris Cornell reportedly had track marks on his arm when his body was found, according to a report Thursday. The legendary musician used an exercise band and a clip device to hang himself on May 17th, but sources close to the investigation now tells TMZ that the singer also had marks on his arm... Read more
    • GUNS N’ ROSES ANNOUNCES TWO MADISON SQUARE GARDEN PERFORMANCES May 25, 2017
      Unstoppable rock music icons Guns N’ Roses will electrify fans into the fall, announcing today a series of fifteen additional North American Stadium and Arena stops on their ongoing worldwide Not In This Lifetime Tour. Produced by Live Nation, the exhilarating global phenomenon is letting fans get closer with a newly added round of arena... Read more
    • 5/24: ROCKLAHOMA AND TULSA BROADCASTS ARE HERE FROM THE HARD ROCK! May 24, 2017
      Rocklahoma is here! I’ve had the honor of hosting this festival, really one of the first of the rock festival wave, since it started in 2007. I fy to Tulsa tomorrow and will be spending an extended amount of time in that area. That’s because I am also hosting a show with Tom Keifer June... Read more
    • LIVE TO REPLACE SOUNDGARDEN AT ROCKLAHOMA ON MAY 27TH May 24, 2017
      With the original lineup together after an eight-year hiatus, and coming off of an incredible performance at Rock On The Range last weekend, Live has been added to the Rocklahoma lineup for Saturday, May 27th. Live will be stepping in for Soundgarden, who are unable to perform due to Chris Cornell’s untimely passing. Following Live’s... Read more
    • MR. BIG STREAM “1992” May 22, 2017
      As previously reported, Mr. Big will be releasing their new album, Defying Gravity, on July 7th. The band is streaming a new song song called, 1992, from the record, which can be streamed below. In addition to releasing a new CD, Mr. Big will be also be hitting the road. See the dates, for the... Read more
    • DIAMOND HEAD GUITARIST BRIAN TATLER ON METALLICA COVERING “AM I EVIL”, [THE BAND] HELPED US GET OVER TO AMERICA AND REACH AN AUDIENCE THE WE OTHERWISE WOULDN’T HAVE” May 20, 2017
      Ruben Mosqueda of Metal Titans spoke with Diamond Head guitarist, and founder, Brian Tatler. Highlights from the interview appear below. MetalTitans: There are parallels between UFO and Diamond Head stateside; both acts caught the collective ear of American Metal musicians and cite Diamond Head as a direct influence. While you didn’t sell millions of records […]
    • CHRIS CORNELL’S WIFE QUESTIONS WHETHER MEDICATION PLAYED A ROLE IN THE SINGER’S DEATH May 20, 2017
      Vicky Cornell, the wife of Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell, issued a statement on May 19th remembering her late husband, who died the morning of May 18th at the age of 52, and speculated whether his suicide was the result of taking too much of his anxiety medication. “Chris’s death is a loss that escapes words... Read more
    • SINGER CHRIS CORNELL’S DEATH RULED A SUICIDE May 18, 2017
      As reported earlier, singer Chris Cornell passed away yesterday. There were questions raised as to whether the death was a possible suicide, as the vocalist was found with with a band around his neck. Unfortunately, a new report by the Associated Press, reveals that to be the case. The medical examiner determined that singer did... Read more
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      Like many, I woke up today to the tragic news that one of rocks all time great singers Chris Cornell was dead at 52. For decades when anyone would ask me about my favorite late 80’s/90’s bands I would often answer Soundgarden, and that was largely due to Chris’ voice. Even when we had a... Read more
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    • Festival d’été de Québec Adds Another Round of Performers May 25, 2017
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Five Cool Ones: Five Cool Chuck Berry Covers

Posted by falconi5 on March 22, 2017

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In recent days, the great Chuck Berry has received many well deserved accolades with everyone from Paul McCartney to Dave Grohl adding their voices to the chorus giving praise to The Godfather of Rock and Roll. But don’t sleep on the songwriting.

Mostly overlooked for his verse, Chuck could spin a novella in the structure of 2:30 Rock and Roll song.  If you want proof, just listen intently to “Brown Eyed Handsome Man,” “Down Bound Train,” or “House of Blue Lights” just to name a trio.

As far as cover versions go, neither The Beach Boys nor The Rolling Stones would likely exist, as we know them anyway, without Chuck Berry.  And, The Beatles certainly paid homage to the duck walker in their early days. The number of artists that cover Chuck Berry songs is long, eclectic, and awesome.  Here are five of our favorite cover versions.

Brown Eyed Handsome Man

Paul McCartney did a fun, almost head scratching, zydeco version on Run Devil Run, Lyle Lovett takes it low and a bit slower on his Release Me album, and Nina Simone even rocks it up a bit with her rendition. But, the winner is:  TajMahal

 

Roll Over Beethoven

With all due props to the spacey neo Classical riffs on the Electric Light Orchestra version, and the Rocking vibe from the Beatles effort that proves that The Beatles could have been one hell of a Rock and Roll band if they put their guitars to it, the winner here his Mountain with their 70’s Rock riffage courtesy of Leslie West and company. Don’t Bogart that joint.

Rock and Roll Music

Lot’s of cool and eclectic choices. The Beach Boys version from Beach Boys 15 Big Ones is for purists only. The Beatles version is pure gold with John Lennon firmly cementing his position as the pure Rock and Roll singer of the group. But our favorite is from REO Speedwagon and Nine Lives. The boogie-woogie piano and harmonica riff mid-song is worth the price of admission alone.

 

Around and Around

There is really no need to mention any other version here. The Rolling Stones epic bom-diggity, drop the mic, it’s over rendition on 12X5 is the only cover version you really need to hear. Mick’s turn on “Under the Boardwalk” from the same record is worth some ear time as well.

 

Johnny B. Goode

Don’t ever listen to another version of this song.  The Chuck Berry version is the Holy Grail of Rock and Roll.

 

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Live Video of the Day: First Aid Kit – Emmylou (Live at the Polar Music Prize Awards)

Posted by falconi5 on June 10, 2015

firstaid6First Aid Kit plays Emmylou for Emmylou at the Polar Music Awards. Priceless.

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Best Albums of 2015: First Aid Kit – America (EP)

Posted by falconi5 on January 13, 2015

First Aid Kit – America (Rating 4 out of 5)

firstaidkitamericaHere it is. The first record to make the first Best Album of the Year list fo 2015.  Well sort of.  Sure it is an EP, and we are going to have to carefully review the Falcon’s Nest by-laws to see if a release with less than five songs on it can realistically be considered an album, but hey, it is First Aid Kit after all.

Released in January, 2015, America is a set of four songs from the siren sisters of Sweden that feature songs from their critically and Falcon’s Nest acclaimed 2014 release Stay Gold along with additional tracks.

With all due respect to the Stockholm Session versions of “My Silver Lining” and “Stay Gold” presented here, and not intending at all to short change the here-to-for previously unreleased gem “Brother,” the real center of the musical universe here is “America,” the Simon and Garfunkel tune that is performed picture perfectly with all of the bone chilling harmonies intertwining in just the right places, with just the right emphasis to make the song a very early contender for song of the year.

 

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Rock Chick(s) of the Day: First Aid Kit – Master Pretender

Posted by falconi5 on January 12, 2015

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Yet another pretty terrific newly hatched video from Stay Gold, the latest, and also greatest, album from First Aid Kit.

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Video of the Day: First Aid Kit – Walk Unafraid

Posted by falconi5 on December 19, 2014

wildA brand new song, and and even newer video from First Aid Kit. This one is from Wild, the new movie starring Reese Witherspoon.

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Rock Chick(s) of the Day: First Aid Kit – My Silver Lining (Live on KEXP)

Posted by falconi5 on December 2, 2014

firstaidAn hours old live performance of the lead-off track from Stay Gold, the excellent new album, Number 8 if you are scoring at home, from First Aid Kit.

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Live Video of the Day: First Aid Kit – Heaven Knows (Stockholm Session)

Posted by falconi5 on October 2, 2014

firstaidThis hours old video is a perfect example of why you should be listening to anything these talented siblings release.

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Video of the Day: First Aid Kit – Master Pretender

Posted by falconi5 on August 20, 2014

firstaid4Everything that the sisters in First Aid Kit touch is pure gold, and this latest live video is no exception.

 

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Under the Covers: First Aid Kit – Love Interruption (Jack White Cover)

Posted by falconi5 on August 1, 2014

firstaid4First Aid Kit is the coolest sibling duo going today.  Jack White might be the second most interesting man in the world.  Together, they bring us this cover of “Love Interruption” from the Like a Version series.

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Under the Covers: First Aid Kit – Play With Fire

Posted by falconi5 on June 12, 2014

firstaidIf you have not yet purchased Silver Lining the new album from First Aid Kit, do not hesitate, do not debate, buy it now.  Here to wet your First Aid Kit whistle is a sublime Rolling Stones cover.

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