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Under the Radar January - February - March 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

My first introduction to Leonard Cohen was via the 1990 film Pump Up the Volume , in which Christian Slater plays high school student and pirate radio DJ Mark Hunter (aka “Happy Harry Hard-on”). One of the most prominent songs in the film was Cohen’s “Everybody Knows,” from his 1988 album I’m Your Man . With lyrics like “Everybody knows that the dice are loaded” and “Everybody knows that the good guys lost,” it’s a fitting song for the depressing year that was 2016. To adapt the song to this past year: Everybody knows the election was fixed, everybody knows the good gal lost. Everybody’s got this broken feeling, like too many legends just died and we got a future president who lied and lied. In 2016 we not only lost…

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staff’s favorite albums of 2016

Mark Redfern (Publisher/Senior Editor) 1. M83: Junk 2. Radiohead: A Moon Shaped Pool 3. Weyes Blood: Front Row Seat to Earth 4. David Bowie: Blackstar 5. Angel Olsen: MY WOMAN 6. Blood Orange : Freetown Sound 7. Jim James: Eternally Even 8. Primal Scream: Chaosmosis 9. Underworld: Barbara Barbara, we face a shining future 10. Britta Phillips: Luck or Magic 11. Thomas Cohen: Bloom Forever 12. Lush: Blind Spot EP 13. Charlie Hilton: Palana 14. Bat For Lashes: The Bride 15. The Radio Dept.: Running Out of Love 16. Wye Oak: Tween 17. Cass McCombs: Mangy Love 18. Kevin Morby: Singing Saw 19. TEEN: Love Yes 20. C Duncan: The Midnight Sun Matt Fink (Hip-Hop Editor/Staff Writer) 1. Weyes Blood: Front Row Seat to Earth 2. Parquet Courts: Human Performance 3. C Duncan: The Midnight Sun 4. David Bowie: Blackstar 5. Solange: A Seat at the Table John Everhart (DVD Editor/Staff Writer) 1. His Name Is Alive: Patterns of Light 2. Cymbals…

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under the radar 59 a digital sampler!

To Download, visit: www.undertheradarmag.com/sampler/v59 Enter Code: 7k3h-jan17-pb6p 1. ALEX IZENBURG “To Move On” Harlequin Domino www.smarturl.it/HarlequinDLwww.smarturl.it/IzenbergHarlequin www.alexizenberg.com 2. GUM “Gemini” Flash in the Pan Spinning Top Music radi.al/GUMFlashInThePan 3. SOFT HAIR “Lying Has to Stop” Soft Hair Domino/Weird World www.dominorecordingco.com 4. ROSE ELINOR DOUGALL “Stellular” Stellular Vermilion www.tinyurl.com/hg7vp6y 5. DUTCH UNCLES “Big Balloon” Big Balloon Memphis Industries www.dutchuncles.co.uk 6. THE RADIO DEPT. “Swedish Guns” Running Out of Love Labrador labrador.se 7. SAM EVIAN “Sleep Easy” Premium Saddle Creek www.saddle-creek.com/store/721 8. DOUGLAS DARE “Doublethink” Aforger Erased Tapes www.aforger.com 9. THE MAGNETIC FIELDS “You Love to Fail” The Wayward Bus/Distant Plastic Trees (Reissue) Merge www.mergerecords.com 10. WEYES BLOOD “Do You Need My Love” Front Row Seat to Earth Mexican Summer www.mexicansummer.com/artist/weyes-blood 11. A BAD THINK “Now You’re Gone” The Tragic End of a Dreamer Windmark www.abadthink.com 12. ANGEL OLSEN “Give It Up” MY WOMAN Jagjaguwar www.smarturl.it/angelolsen_it 13. SURFER BLOOD “Six Flags in F or G” Snowdonia Joyful Noise www.surferblood.com 14. POST DEATH SOUNDTRACK “That Which Is” The Unlearning Curve Self-Released www.postdeathsoundtrack.com 15. C DUNCAN “Pulses and Rain” (B-Side) The Midnight Sun FatCat www.c-duncan.co.uk 16. DIANA “Helpless” (Unreleased Demo) Familiar Touch Culvert Music www.soundcloud.com/dianasound 17. SPRINGTIME CARNIVORE “Face In the Moon” Midnight Room Autumn Tone www.springtimecarnivore.com 18. XIU XIU “Wondering” FORGET Polyvinyl www.polyvinylrecords.com/product/forget 19. SNUTTOCK “Attention (Leaether Strip Remix)” Rituals Redux Morphius www.snuttock.com 20. PSEUDO FUTURE “Hello Stranger” Time Slips…

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top 100 albums of 2016

1. DAVID BOWIE Blackstar (ISO/Columbia) Mere days before he left us, David Bowie released Blackstar, and for one long weekend it played endlessly on loops, throngs of Bowie fanatics scratching their heads at the album’s mystical lyrics and otherworldly themes. His death pulled back the curtains and the symbols became clear; Bowie, diagnosed with cancer, intended this to be his final statement, a meditation on mortality , a dark and poignant work that features Bowie at his absolute best. Not only was it a final great Bowie album, but Blackstar set the tone for 2016 early on, echoing the gloomy shadow that his death left hanging over the rest of the year. By Cody Ray Shafer 2. RADIOHEAD A Moon Shaped Pool (XL) After The King of Limbs’ relatively minimal reception, it seemed that Radiohead would be…

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2016 artist surveys

For Under the Radar’s 14th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2016. Check out this issue’s digital version and visit www.undertheradarmag.com/artists/artist_surveys_2016 for even more surveys. SPEEDY ORTIZ AND SAD13 Sadie Dupuis 2016 was regarded by many as a fairly tough and negative year. Was it also a hard year for you personally? If so, how? And also what were the high points for you? It was a hard year for anyone who identifies as, or is concerned about the safety of their friends who identify as, queer people, people of color, people who rely on the affordable care act, people who can get pregnant, people who would like to express their religious freedoms without fear of violent retribution. I think it was a hard year…

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bonus answers

ADULT JAZZ Harry Burgess What scary movie did you see way too young as a child, how’d you end up seeing it, and does it still scare you now? I remember seeing and being scared by The Prodigy’s “Firestarter” video when I was like 10 and assuming that it was Marilyn Manson, because I knew, through playground hearsay, him to be scary. What’s the most vivid dream or nightmare you had in 2016? I dreamt that I was on a never-ending cruise, which was horrid. Never docking. AURORA Tell us about the most memorable fan encounter you had this year. Meetings with my fans are mostly just wonderful. They are pretty cool people. But I see how my music attracts people with whom I find similarities to myself. Maybe that’s why they connect with me and my music…