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Under the Radar Issue 65

Under the Radar is obsessed with music. We're dedicated to breaking new bands and checking-in with our favorite established artists through our in-depth articles and eye-catching original photography. Each issue also contains a ridiculous number of reviews--all the better to help you find your new favorite album, film, TV show, book, comic book or video game.

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letter from the editor

This issue has taken many forms over its protracted development. You might have asked yourself in the last few months, “Is the next issue of Under the Radar ever going to come out?” The realities of indie rock music magazine publishing in 2019 necessitated that we also asked ourselves that same question several times over. This is not to say we ever considered not printing another issue, but financial considerations and other concerns led to the delay. At first we were over-ambitious, thinking we would turn around another issue very quickly last fall. We did set up some regular features for it and also considering turning it into another one of our Protest Issues—which examine the intersection of music and politics and which we have traditionally done every four years, timed…

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staff’s favorite songs of the moment

Mark Redfern (Publisher/Senior Editor) 1. Andrew Bird: “Bloodless” 2. Julia Jacklin: “Body” 3. Strand of Oaks: “Forever Chords” 4. Telekinesis: “Cut the Quick” 5. Yak: “This House Has No Living Room” (feat. J. Spaceman) 6. Steve Gunn: “New Moon” 7. HAELOS: “Kyoto” 8. Rose Elinor Dougall: “Make It With You” 9. Piroshka: “Everlasting Yours” 10. Stella Donnelly: “Old Man” Matt Fink (Senior Writer) 1. Sharon Van Etten: “Seventeen” 2. Emily Reo: “Strawberry” 3. Better Oblivion Community Center: “Dylan Thomas” 4. John Vanderslice: “I’ll Wait For You” 5. Matmos: “Silicone Gel Implant” Charles Steinberg (Keeping Score and Playlist Editor/ Staff Writer) 1. The Twilight Sad: “Sunday Day13” 2. Sharon Van Etten: “Jupiter 4” 3. James Blake: “Where’s the Catch?” (feat. André 3000) 4. Nicholas Britell: “Agape” 5. Ex:Re: “New York” Matt Conner (Staff Writer) 1. Better Oblivion Community Center: “Chesapeake” 2. Lily & Madeleine: “Canterbury Girls” 3. Joshua Powell: “Arrowheads or Worse” 4. The Cranberries: “All Over Now” 5.…

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under the radar 65 a digital sampler!

1. JULIA JACKLIN “Body” Crushing Polyvinyl Record Co. www.juliajacklin.com 2. TELEKINESIS “Cut The Quick” Effluxion Merge smarturl.it/Effluxion 3. MITSKI “Nobody” Be the Cowboy Dead Oceans www.mitski.com 4. THE GOON SAX “Make Time 4 Love” We’re Not Talking Wichita www.thegoonsax.com 5. STRAND OF OAKS “Weird Ways” Eraserland Dead Oceans www.strandofoaks.net 6. THE TWILIGHT SAD “VTr” It Won/t Be Like This All the Time Rock Action www.thetwilightsad.com 7. DELICATE STEVE “Selfie of a Man” Till I Burn Up ANTIwww.delicatesteve.com 8. SHARON VAN ETTEN “Jupiter 4” Remind Me Tomorrow Jagjaguwar sharonvanetten.ffm.to/remindmetomorrow 9. PIROSHKA “Everlastingly Yours” Brickbat Bella Union www.bellaunion.com 10. C DUNCAN “Impossible” Health FatCat www.c-duncan.co.uk 11. JAAKKO EINO KALEVI “People in the Centre of the City” Out Of Touch Weird World/Domino www.jaakkoeinokalevi.com 12. SNEAKS “Ecstasy” Highway Hypnosis Merge smarturl.it/HighwayHypnosis 13. NENEH CHERRY “Kong” Broken Politics Smalltown Supersound www.smalltownsupersound.com 14. FRONTPERSON “He Follows Me” Frontrunner Oscar St. www.frontperson.bandcamp.com/album/frontrunner 15. J MASCIS “Elastic Days” Elastic Days Sub Pop megamart.subpop.com/artists/j_mascis 16. YAK “This House Has No Living Room” Pursuit of Momentary Happiness Virgin/EMI and Third Man 17. DAVID ALFRED “The Garden” The Transition Erased Tapes www.erasedtapes.com/artist/david-allred 18. DANIEL BRANDT “Cherry Dream” Channels Erased Tapes www.erasedtapes.com/artist/daniel-brandt 19. AMANDA PALMER “Drowning in the Sound” There Will Be No Intermission Cooking Vinyl www.amandapalmer.net 20. WEYES BLOOD “Everyday” Titanic Rising Sub Pop www.megamart.subpop.com/artists/weyes_blood 21. CHERRY GLAZERR “Self Explained” Stuffed & Ready Secretly Canadian www.cherry-glazerr.com 22. CASS MCCOMBS “Sleeping Volcanoes” Tip of the Sphere ANTIwww.cassmccombs.com 23. JULIANA…

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top 100 albums of 2018

1. KAMASI WASHINGTON Heaven and Earth (Young Turks) While Kamasi Washington set a high bar for himself with 2015’s monumental The Epic, the three-hour Heaven and Earth is a stunning achievement that illustrates how the sax player/composer and his band crossed over in 2018 to fans from outside of the jazz realm. At times stirring, complex, and moving, this is music for everyone. By Hays Davis 2. MITSKI Be the Cowboy (Dead Oceans) “We nearly drowned for such a silly thing,” sings Mitski at the outset of “Old Friend,” the third track from her brilliant fifth album, Be the Cowboy. This lyric lies at the nucleus of Be the Cowboy’s soldier heart: across the album’s 14 ultra-compact, hyper-hooky songs, Mitski often comes close to succumbing. Yet in none of these songs does she give up;…

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anna calvi

What was the highlight of 2018 for either you personally or for the band? What was the low point? Releasing my record, because I’ve been working on it for several years now so it was great to finally get it out to the world. Nothing career wise, I don’t really have anything to complain about. What’s your favorite birthday party memory from childhood? My Aunt was a bit crazy and when I was eight years old she came to my birthday party dressed as a witch and had a sword and was showing all these terrified eight year olds this sword. What was your favorite family vacation as a kid? What was your least favorite? I remember going to Universal Studios in Hollywood and that blew my mind. The E.T. ride I thought actually had…

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xiu xiu

What was the highlight of 2018 for either you personally or for the band? What was the low point? Highlight: Amazing new line up! Thor Harris and Jordan Geiger joining Angela Seo and myself. I am very, very much looking forward to getting back on tour. Low point: Having to push my finger into the eye of a stray pit bull to get it off my wrist and the bite making it impossible to play guitar for two months. Which Muppets character are you most like and why? Miss Piggy. I am insecure, imperious, fancy pink, and scream at people a lot. Scott Hutchison of Frightened Rabbit tragically took his own life this year. What should be done to improve mental health conditions for musicians? Obviously this is a horrible loss and tragedy but it…