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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: Junk2. Radiohead: A Moon Shaped Pool3. Weyes Blood: Front Row Seat to Earth4. David Bowie: Blackstar5. Angel Olsen: MY WOMAN6. Blood Orange : Freetown Sound7. Jim James: Eternally Even8. Primal Scream: Chaosmosis9. Underworld: Barbara Barbara, we face a shining future10. Britta Phillips: Luck or Magic11. Thomas Cohen: Bloom Forever12. Lush: Blind Spot EP13. Charlie Hilton: Palana14. Bat For Lashes: The Bride15. The Radio Dept.: Running Out of Love16. Wye Oak: Tween17. Cass McCombs: Mangy Love18. Kevin Morby: Singing Saw19. TEEN: Love Yes20. C Duncan: The Midnight Sun Matt Fink(Hip-Hop Editor/Staff Writer)1. Weyes Blood: Front Row Seat to Earth2. Parquet Courts: Human Performance3. C Duncan: The Midnight Sun4. David Bowie: Blackstar5. Solange: A Seat at the Table John Everhart(DVD Editor/Staff Writer)1. His Name Is Alive:…

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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”HarlequinDomino www.smarturl.it/HarlequinDLwww.smarturl.it/IzenbergHarlequinwww.alexizenberg.com 2. GUM“Gemini”Flash in the PanSpinning Top Musicradi.al/GUMFlashInThePan 3. SOFT HAIR“Lying Has to Stop”Soft HairDomino/Weird Worldwww.dominorecordingco.com 4. ROSE ELINOR DOUGALL“Stellular”StellularVermilionwww.tinyurl.com/hg7vp6y 5. DUTCH UNCLES“Big Balloon”Big BalloonMemphis Industrieswww.dutchuncles.co.uk 6. THE RADIO DEPT.“Swedish Guns”Running Out of LoveLabradorlabrador.se 7. SAM EVIAN “Sleep Easy”PremiumSaddle Creekwww.saddle-creek.com/store/721 8. DOUGLAS DARE“Doublethink”AforgerErased Tapeswww.aforger.com 9. THE MAGNETIC FIELDS“You Love to Fail”The Wayward Bus/Distant Plastic Trees (Reissue)Mergewww.mergerecords.com 10. WEYES BLOOD“Do You Need My Love”Front Row Seat to EarthMexican Summerwww.mexicansummer.com/artist/weyes-blood 11. A BAD THINK“Now You’re Gone”The Tragic End of a DreamerWindmarkwww.abadthink.com 12. ANGEL OLSEN“Give It Up”MY WOMANJagjaguwarwww.smarturl.it/angelolsen_it 13. SURFER BLOOD“Six Flags in F or G”SnowdoniaJoyful Noisewww.surferblood.com 14. POST DEATH SOUNDTRACK“That Which Is”The Unlearning CurveSelf-Releasedwww.postdeathsoundtrack.com 15. C DUNCAN“Pulses and Rain” (B-Side)The Midnight SunFatCatwww.c-duncan.co.uk 16. DIANA“Helpless” (Unreleased Demo)Familiar TouchCulvert Musicwww.soundcloud.com/dianasound 17.…

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top 100 albums of 2016

1. DAVID BOWIEBlackstar(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. RADIOHEADA Moon Shaped Pool(XL) After The King of Limbs’ relatively minimal reception, it seemed…

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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. (Sad13 photo by Shervin Lainez) 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…

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bonus answers

ADULT JAZZHarry BurgessWhat 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 photo by Knut Aaserud) AURORATell 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…