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Under the Radar July - August - September 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

Kirin J Callinan is four from hours the road late. , The Australian musician has been giving us updates from the road, as he is travelling in his tour van from Philadelphia, but is seemingly no closer than his last update. He’s past due at Washington DC’s Black Cat venue, where my wife/co-publisher Wendy and I are waiting to do a photo-shoot with him for a feature in this issue. It’s the last night of his tour opening for countrymen POND and the simple excuse for his tardiness is that he overslept and thus left late. In our near 16 years of doing Under the Radar , it’s certainly not the first time we’ve been kept waiting backstage by a musician, but the photo-shoot locations we have lined up will…

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staff’s favorite songs of the moment

Mark Redfern (Publisher/Senior Editor)1. Grizzly Bear: “Mourning Sound”2. The War on Drugs: “Up All Night”3. Broken Social Scene: “Stay Happy”4. Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and James McAlister: “Mercury”5. Girl Ray: “Earl Grey (Stuck in a Groove)”6. Bedouine: “Solitary Daughter”7. Trailer Trash Tracys: “Eden Machine”8. Ride: “Rocket Silver Symphony”9. Japanese Breakfast: “Diving Woman”10. Childhood: “California Light” Matt Fink (Hip-Hop Editor/Staff Writer)1. Fleet Foxes: “Fool’s Errand”2. Vince Staples: “Big Fish”3. Grizzly Bear: “Losing All Sense”4. Kendrick Lamar: “DNA.”5. Lorde: “Perfect Places” Lily Moayeri (TV Editor/Staff Writer)1. Ride: “Charm Assault”2. Nick Murphy: “Your Time”3. Joe Goddard: “Music Is the Answer”4. The Charlatans: “Solutions” 5: DC Breaks: “No One Like You” (feat. Niara Scarlett) Charles Steinberg (Media and Premieres Editor/Staff Writer)1. alt-J: “Pleader”2. Kevin Morby: “Downtown’s Lights”3. Paul Westerberg: “Lost In Emily’s…

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under the radar 61 a digital sampler!

1. THE WAR ON DRUGS“Thinking of a Place”A Deeper UnderstandingAtlantic www.atlantic.lnk.to/ADeeperUnderstanding2. CHILDHOOD“Californian Light”Universal HighMarathon Artists www.childhoodband.com3. MIDNIGHT SISTER“Blue Cigar”Saturn Over SunsetJagjaguwar www.facebook.com/midnightsistermusic4. THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART“Dance With You” The Echo of PleasurePainbow www.thepainsofbeingpureatheart.com5. GIRL RAY“Preacher”Earl GreyMoshi Moshi shop.moshimoshimusic.com/EarlGrey6. ALVVAYS“Undertow”AntisocialitesPolyvinyl www.alvvays.com7. IRON & WINE“Call It Dreaming”Beast EpicSub Pop megamart.subpop.com/releases/iron_and_wine/ beast_epic8. BEDOUINE“Solitary Daughter”BedouineSpacebomb www.bedouinemusic.com9. SINGLE GIRL, MARRIED GIRL“Starlight”SparkSelf-Released www.singlegirlmarriedgirl.com10. FRANKIE ROSE“Trouble”Cage TropicalSlumberland/Grey Market www.frankierose.info11. BEACH HOUSE“Chariot”B-Sides and RaritiesSub Pop/Bella Union/Mistletonewww.beachhousebaltimore.com12. BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE“Skyline”Hug of ThunderArts & Crafts www.brokensocialscene.ca13. THE DEARS“Of Fisticuffs”Times Infinity Volume TwoDangerbird radi.al/sDxr3Z14. EMA“Aryan Nation (Demo)”Exile In The Outer RingCity Slang www.iwannadestroy.com15. BIG THIEF“Shark Smile”CapacitySaddle Creek www.saddle-creek.com16. CHASTITY BELT“Different Now”I Used to Spend So Much Time AloneHardly Art www.hardlyart.com/artists/chastity_belt17. LAND OF TALK“This Time”Life After YouthSaddle Creek www.saddle-creek.com18. SAINT ETIENNE“Sweet Arcadia”Home CountiesHeavenly www.saintetienne.com19. CURSE OF LONO“London Rain”SeveredSubmarine Cat www.curseoflonoband.com20.…

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kirin j callinan

Wendy Lynch RedfernIf you have the inclination that you might have caught a quick glimpse of Kirin J Callinan’s penis, you can assume you’re correct. He does indeed flash his private parts in his music video for “S.A.D.” He also conjures the spirits of Michael Bolton and George Michael as he shows off sultry dance moves all over Cuba.“We wanted to explore the potential fine line between smut and art, beauty and vulgar, poser and provocateur,” said Callinan in a press release. That mission statement refers to more than just “S.A.D.” (which stands for “Song About Drugs”); it’s a lifestyle that the Aussie artist says goes as far back as adolescence.“Certainly as a teenager coming into adolescence, I always liked dressing up and being the center of attention. What teenager…

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kevin morby

Kevin Morby is calling during a rare moment of relaxation—a day off at his drummer’s place in upstate New York. The next morning he’ll fly to Barcelona for a festival gig, but his easy speaking voice jumps when he talks about the last four shows. He finally had the opportunity to debut songs from his new record, City Music . The crowd’s reaction was a validation of the record he set out to make—an electric guitar record—as he puts it, built with his live band.Conceived as a mind-out-of-body experiment, City Music is the second album Morby wrote, back-to-back, in Los Angeles during a solitary spell. Having just finished penning 2016’s Singing Saw , a lush folk album with backing vocals, horns, and strings, Morby played devil’s advocate with himself. “I…

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the dears

“T his is being alive!”There’s a moment, midstream through “1998,” where you can hear Murray Lightburn’s heartbeat. “This is being alive,” The Dears’ frontman sings over and over on the central track on Times Infinity Volume Two. It’s a buoyant, even bouncing, moment where the rest of the band frolics musically around Lightburn and his musical partner and wife Natalia Yanchak. It’s also about as happy as you’ll hear Lightburn.Such a moment is an authentic one for The Dears, a duo who are deeply committed to their craft, who come alive when making music. Even as mainstream attention has eluded them despite the critical acclaim and Polaris Prize nominations for albums like 2003’s No Cities Left , 2006’s Gang of Losers , 2008’s Missiles, and 2011’s Degeneration Street , The…