It’s our last day here in Tallinn. We’re feeling a bit melancholy at the thought of leaving it behind (who wouldn’t?) but at least we have one last mixtape. The sounds are brought to you by hip-hop artist and Tallinn Music week participant Deech.
Doing a little bit of last minute promotion before the release of his band's latest LP Kintsugi, Death Cab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard recently paid a visit to the studios of SiriusXM radio for a session of music.
SXSW 2015 had a more scaled back vibe than recent years. After SXSW 2014's tragic deaths due to a car slamming into a crowd of attendees and last year's over-capacity issues, as well as charges in recent years that the conference was becoming too commercialized and overtaken by huge artists, 2015 seemed like a breath-catching year.
Welcome to Under the Radar's Weekly Playlist, where we compile the best tracks to debut online in the last week (give or take). In this mix we've got new songs by Torres, Toro y Moi, Built to Spill, How to Dress Well, SBTRKT, Tei Shi, Memory Tapes, and more.
The production company behind a planned biopic about late AC/DC singer Bon Scott is moving forward with their plans for the film, despite the refusal of the legendary singer's estate to sell them story rights
Impressive second album from the Night Slugs producer...These are interesting times. 'Classical Curves', the first album by Jam City (producer Jack Latham), was fixated on the excess of capitalism. A precise fusing of techno and post-whatever dubstep, it was chilly and remote and beautiful; the mechanistic funk of Kraftwerk and Drexciya, combined w […]
Scots trio explore their new 'Lease Of Life'Ley-lines probably don’t exist: they’re no doubt a figment of some 19th century occultist’s tea-addled imagination. But if spiritual conduits do criss-cross the Earth, then they no doubt assemble around the Isle of Jura. A small strip of land in the Hebrides, it juts out into the Atlantic ocean and provid […]
Perfect songwriting with a psychedelic flourish...Caithness may not be a name familiar to most, but for Neon Waltz it’s where they call home. A triangular slice at the most Northerly tip of the British mainland, the county is a curiously barren, often extremely beautiful place. Singer Jordan Shearer - by his own admission - lives “in the middle of nowhere”, […]
New name new shoes. Formerly retailing as Thorocraft, the Californian label this year rebranded and today goes via the acronym TCG (as in Thoroughly Crafted Goods). Priding themselves on “our attention to detail and commitment to quality”, the 2009 founded footwear people produce just limited numbers, ensuring said quality is partnered with strictly caring c […]
A Highland label with an international reach...A label is much more than simply a business - it's a community, a place to share and exchange ideas. Such is the case with Middle Of Nowhere Recordings. Set up as a means to get a one off release from Scottish songwriter Rachel Sermanni out there into the watching world, it has grown to build a roster which […]
Check it out now...Turbo Fruits have always been a party band. Typical subject matter would include girls, hitting the road and frying their brains on illicit substances. Torn and tattered acid punk with a heart of gold, the group began plotting their fourth album last year - but baulked at their label's suggestion to employ, y'know, professionals. […]
Astonishing new clip...Mbongwana Star is a name which has begun occurring with curious regularity online. Hailing from the Democratic Republic of Congo - one of the poorest area's on the African continent - the group seem to fuse Afrobeat, skeletal post-punk, dub, fractured electronics and more. Debut album 'From Kinshasa' will be released on […]
Check it out now...Mac DeMarco is clearly a fan of Field Day. The Brooklyn based artist has played before, hanging around Victoria Park to check out some other acts. Recruited for this year's instalment, Mac DeMarco decided to pen a quick song in Field Day's honour. More of a thrash/chant than a song, it's pretty damn funny... Watch it now. Fi […]
Dirty psychedelia with an evil twist...South London is continually producing the goods right now. It seems that the area - particularly in the SE postcode - is bubbling over with musicians and artists, all manner of nutcases who show total disregard from the norm. Phobophobes hail from Peckham, and have built their very own sonic laboratory. Dirty, gritty ps […]
Mull songwriter looks back...An island is a special place to grow up. Completely surrounded by water, the feeling of being cut off, alone and stoutly independent feeds into its inhabitants. Sorren MacLean grew up on the island of Mull, off the west coast of Scotland. Part of the inner hebrides, it's an area which he returns to frequently - both in his l […]
Trap goddess, ratchet dumping and the Manchester Glower: just some of the made up genres in this week's best songs roundup. This Week’s 5 Best Songs: Rihanna, No Joy and more… by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
Many of the highlights of this year's Prism Prize shortlist are animated. So we gathered the nominated Canadian directors working in the medium to discuss how and why they do it. Could this be the golden age of the animated music video? by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
The Mars One mission is a total mess, but that's not going to stop Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard from moving there and beaming songs back to earth. Band 2 Band: Death Cab For Cutie talk life on Mars and an incredibly strange run by Ryan Parker | Chart Attack.
In the first omnibus edition of Staff Picks, we digest Kendrick, find an entry point into Death Grips, and more... STAFF PICKS: Kendrick Lamar grapples with influence, Courtney Barnett turns her thoughts into anthems by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
This week’s Time Capsule! Chart Title Act Weeks Hot 100 One More Night Phil Collins 1 R & B Nightshift Commodores 3 Country Crazy Kenny Rogers 1 Adult Contemporary One More Night Phil Collins 1 Rock All She Wants to Do Is Dance Don Henley 2 Album No Jacket Required Phil Collins 1 This week […]
Nashville – With more than just a spring in their step, the upbeat indie-pop MisterWives played a sold-out set at the High Watt as a part of their 2015 spring tour. Their tour dates follow swiftly behind the release of their debut LP, Our Own House (via Photo Finish Records), which dropped a little more Continue Reading → The post MisterWives Electrify Nashv […]
Chicago - Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers, the San Francisco sextet that beautifully blends together the colors of indie rock, soul, a touch of blues and a nice layer of folk, will be traveling to Chicago and making themselves at home for more than a single show! Strewn amidst other performances on their current tour, the Continue Reading → The post Chicago is […]
Seattle – Since forming as a joke at a party at Whitman College, Chastity Belt has become a serious new force in the music industry. Yet even though their second LP, Time To Go Home, which dropped this week on Hardly Art, is filled with mature, insightful lyrics, the feminist four-piece still doesn’t take itself Continue Reading → The post Chastity Belt Cele […]
Los Angeles – One thing is for sure – London’s Palma Violets have the swagger and stage theatrics that is the inevitable byproduct of being critically lauded from the moment their first song was released. The infamously trigger-happy British music magazine NME cast Palma Violets into the pantheon of “next big things” in 2012 when Continue Reading → The post […]
New York - George Ezra, the fast rising indie artist from London, who got everyone talking with the single, “Budapest,” is not letting any momentum pass him by! (Existing fans of Ezra will remember Best New Bands contributor, Sean Kayden, reviewing Ezra’s performance in Los Angeles last month, as well as our feature on Ezra from earlier in the year.) The Con […]