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Under the Radar April - May - June 2017

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

On March 12 Under the Radar lost one of our own when our writer Dan Lucas unexpectedly passed away from a surprise illness at his flat in London. He was only 31 and his death has saddened and shocked his family, friends, and loved ones, and also rattled the British music journalism community, where he was an active and well-loved figure. Dan was born in 1986 and raised in Northampton, a town in the East Midlands of England. He had prolifically written for us for the last five years and was also a valued contributor to the British music websites Drowned in Sound , Gigwise , and Louder Than War (where he met his longtime girlfriend, fellow music writer Elizabeth Aubrey). Since 2013 Dan had also been a sport’s writer for…

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staff’s favorite songs of the moment

Mark Redfern (Publisher/Senior Editor) 1. Father John Misty: “Pure Comedy” 2. Rose Elinor Dougall: “Answer Me” 3. Sondre Lerche: “Soft Feelings” 4. Marika Hackman: “Time’s Been Reckless” 5. alt-J: “3WW” (feat. Ellie Rowsell) 6. Beach Fossils: “Tangerine” (feat. Rachel Goswell) 7. Kelly Lee Owens: “C.B.M.” 8. Mew: “Candy Pieces All Smeared Out” 9. Little Cub: “Loveless” 10. Nick Hakim: “Green Twins” Matt Fink (Hip-Hop Editor/Staff Writer) 1. Real Estate: “Stained Glass” 2. Father John Misty: “Total Entertainment Forever” 3. Mount Eerie: “Ravens” 4. Lorde: “Green Light” 5. Arca: “Piel” Lily Moayeri (TV Editor/Staff Writer) 1. Fenech-Soler: “Night Time TV” 2. Rhys Langston: “Reflections for a Fly-by-Night” 3. Corbu: “Polygon Forest” 4. London Grammar: “Big Picture” 5. POND: “30,000 Megatons” Charles Steinberg (Media and Premieres Editor/Staff Writer) 1. Sylvan Esso: “Signal” 2. Nick Hakim: “Cuffed” 3. alt-J: “3WW” (feat. Ellie Rowsell) 4. Little Dragon: “Don’t Cry” 5. ANOHNI: “Paradise” Zach Hollwedel (Comic Book Editor/Staff Writer) 1. Hurray for the Riff Raff:…

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little dragon

We asked Little Dragon vocalist Yukimi Nagano to take a self-portrait. We also asked her to write a list of personal things— interesting facts that fans may perhaps not know about her. The Swedish electro-pop band (Nagano, drummer Erik Bodin, bassist Fredrik Källgren Wallin, and keyboardist Håkan Wirenstrand) formed way back in 1996, when the members were still in high school together, but didn’t release their self-titled debut album until 2007. The band’s new album, Season High , the follow-up to 2014’s Nabuma Rubberband, was co-produced and mixed by Little Dragon and James Ford in the band’s hometown of Gothenburg. It once again finds the band creatively melding a variety of influences—from ’80s pop and R&B to ’90s club music and dream pop—all given a very fresh, sensual, and contemporary sheen,…

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the jesus and mary chain

“W e just liked those words, ‘damage’ and ‘joy,’” Jim Reid dryly explains in regards to the name of their new record, before pausing to contemplate them. “I think it does describe something: not the album, but the people who made the album.” The long-awaited Damage and Joy is The Jesus and Mary Chain’s first album since 1998’s Munki . The famously combative siblings, brothers Jim and William Reid, reunited in 2007, periodically touring their classic material—including full-album performances of their seminal 1985 LP, Psychocandy — and have teased fans with talk of a new record since nearly the moment they got back together. It took them almost a decade to finally make it happen. “Our previous record almost broke us as human beings,” admits Reid. “It destroyed the band, and it…

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Alt-J’s music was hauntingly echoing off Ely Cathedrals’ aged walls, as guitarist/vocalist Joe Newman, drummer Thom Green, and keyboardist Gus Unger-Hamilton stood inside and Jonas Bjerre L played to R , : Silas Bo Madsen Utke the Graae , Johan notes Jorgensen Wohlert totheir new song “Pleader.” The Ely, Cambridgeshire church was the perfect setting for recording that track, which closes their third album, Relaxer (the rest of which was recorded in a conventional studio). “Pleader” has a hymnal cum classical tone different from much of the indie rock band’s prior work, though it was very much in line with the classical music that Unger-Hamilton had been forced to spend hours practicing as a boy. “I was very much the boy that labored over the piano, but I’ve now acquired the…

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jarvis cocker and chilly gonzales

Errol Flynn. Clark Gable. Robert Mitchum. Marilyn Monroe. Dorothy Parker. Greta Garbo. Charles Bukowski. F. Scott Fitzgerald. Heath Ledger. Gram Parsons. Jim Morrison. John Lennon. James Dean and Natalie Wood. Sharon Tate and Roman Polanski. All were guests of Chateau Marmont, Hollywood’s most fabled hotel. Opened as an apartment building in 1929 and converted into a hotel in 1931, Columbia Pictures founder Harry Cohn famously told his stars, “If you must get into trouble, do it at the Chateau Marmont.” Regarded as one of the most discreet hideaways in Hollywood, its place in the histories of cinema, literature, and rock and roll have cemented the Chateau’s status as perhaps the most fabled locale in all of American pop culture. The hotel—or, to be specific, one of its suites—is the subject of…