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Under the Radar

Issue 68
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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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4 min.
letter from the editor

This issue has been in the works for well over a year. In fact, originally we were going to do a Protest Issue in 2018 and one photo in these pages (of Soccer Mommy) was taken for that failed attempt. We began doing protest sign shoots in earnest in January 2020, starting in London by photographing Miki Berenyi and K.J. “Moose” McKillop of Piroshka in Parliament Square, opposite the Houses of Parliament. It’s a location where many protests and demonstrations have occurred over the years, so it felt like a fitting place to start. We’ve done a Protest Issue every U.S. presidential election year since 2004, the first election year that Under the Radar was around for, and the concept has always been the same—we photograph musicians holding protest signs of…

2 min.
staff’s favorite songs of the moment

Mark Redfern (Publisher/Senior Editor) 1. Wolf Alice: “The Last Man on Earth” 2. Japanese Breakfast: “Posing for Cars” 3. Deep Sea Diver: “Eyes Are Red (Don’t Be Afraid)” 4. The Weather Station: “Parking Lot” 5. Cassandra Jenkins: “Hard Drive” 6. Lost Horizons: “In Quiet Moments” (Feat. Ural Thomas) 7. Flock of Dimes: “Price of Blue” 8. Squid: “Narrator” 9. Baio: “Dead Hand Control” 10. Ora The Molecule: “Souldigging” Matt Fink (Senior Writer) 1. The Weather Station: “Atlantic” 2. Japanese Breakfast: “Paprika” 3. Tune-Yards: “hold yourself.” 4. Cassandra Jenkins: “Hard Drive” 5. Horsegirl: “Ballroom Dance Scene” Austin Trunick (Cinema and DVD Editor/Senior Writer) 1. Bill Callahan & Bonnie Prince Billy “Deacon Blues” (Feat. Bill MacKay) 2. Grrrl Gang: “Honey, Baby” 3. Julien Baker: “Favor” 4. Middle Kids: “Cellophane (Brain)” 5. dad sports: “nrvs again” Dom Gourlay (Live Music Editor/Staff Writer) 1. Iceage: “Dear Saint Cecilia” 2. The Telescopes: “This Train” 3. Loose Articles: “Up the Disco” 4. Bleach…

3 min.
under the radar 68 a digital sampler!

To Download, visit: www.undertheradarmag.com/sampler/v68 Enter Code: 9s4c-apr21-zr3j 1. DEEP SEA DIVER “Eyes Are Red (Don’t Be Afraid)” Impossible Weight High Beam/ATO www.thisisdeepseadiver.com 2. JAPANESE BREAKFAST “Be Sweet” Jubilee Dead Oceans www.japanesebreakfast.rocks 3. BAIO “Dead Hand Control” Dead Hand Control Glassnote www.tinyurl.com/pupub6dz 4. JANE WEAVER “The Revolution of Super Visions” Flock Fire www.janeweavermusic.com 5. CHAI “ACTION” WINK Sub Pop https://chai-band.com/global 6. ARLO PARKS “Hurt” Collapsed in Sunbeams Transgressive/[PIAS] https://arloparks.ffm.to/ collapsedinsunbeams 7. KIWI JR. “Cooler Returns” Cooler Returns Sub Pop www.kiwijr.com 8. FIELD MUSIC “Orion From the Street” Flat White Moon Memphis Industries www.fieldmusic.bandcamp. com/merch 9. STILL CORNERS “White Sands” The Last Exit Wrecking Light www.stillcorners.com 10. THE WEATHER STATION “Robber” Ignorance Fat Possum https://theweatherstation. lnk.to/IgnorancePR 11. FLEET FOXES “Maestranza” Shore ANTIhttps://fleetfoxes.ffm.to/shore.nuk 12. BRIGHT EYES “Dance and Sing” Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was Dead Oceans www.thisisbrighteyes.com 13. ALLIE CROW BUCKLEY “Moonlit and Devious” Moonlit and Devious Self-Released www.alliecrowbuckley.com 14. ANOTHER MICHAEL “New Music” New Music and Big Pop Run For Cover www.runforcoverrecords.com 15. ORA THE MOLECULE “Creator” Human Safari Mute https://mute.ffm.to/otm-hs 16. SERPENTWITHFEET “Heart Storm” DEACON Secretly Canadian www.secretlycanadian.com/artist/serpentwithfeet-2/ 17. BRIJEAN “Lathered In Gold” Feelings Ghostly International www.brijean.com/music 18. HELENA DELAND “Pale” Someone New Luminelle Recordings www.helenadeland.com 19. ADRIAN YOUNGE “James Mincey…

4 min.
julien baker

The worrier in Julien Baker is losing ground. Steadily, over the course of each new album or project, Baker is slowly learning from community and experience to trust the muse, to lean into the moment, to let the songs say what they will. Damn the opinions or reactions of others. Okay, maybe not quite so much. Ever since it became clear that Baker’s melancholic songs were finding a much larger listening audience than she would have ever predicted upon the 2015 release of her debut, Sprained Ankle, Baker became increasingly concerned about her platform and the way she uses it. She was an artist. People were listening. “Look, I’m not a mega-star. I’m just an indie musician, a singer/ songwriter, with a decent group of people listening to me and I make…

3 min.
deep sea diver

Jessica Dobson began learning piano at six years old but her real light bulb moment came when she discovered a different instrument. “When I got the guitar it was like everything else in the world fell away, it was just me and that instrument. I used to practice so much that I’d get into trouble! Playing until two in the morning on a weekday before school. I got really good at hiding under my covers so it would kind of quiet the sound down.” Then at just 19 Dobson signed a big label deal but sadly things didn’t work out quite as she’d hoped. “Going through rejection at such a young age, you learn your lessons and I learned a lot,” she says. It led to her taking a break from…

2 min.
goat girl

South London’s Goat Girl made waves when their idiosyncratic politically charged self-titled debut album landed in 2018. The band—who consist of Lottie Cream (aka Lottie Pendlebury, vocals/guitar), L.E.D (aka Ellie Rose Davies, guitar/vocals), Rosy Bones (aka Rosy Jones, drums), and new bassist Hollie Hole (aka Holly Mullineaux)—have now released their second album On All Fours, which demonstrates a fresh, more experimental approach to creating music. On All Fours gives off an air of effortless progression rather than a “difficult” second album. However, Davies says it took them a while to hit their stride. “As we’d been touring so intensively it did take us a while to get back into the swing of writing again,” she explains. “We had some half-written songs which all had some nice elements, but a lot of…