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Under the Radar

Under the Radar

Issue 67

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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in this issue

5 min.
letter from the editor

We’ve had longer than expected gaps between issues before, as the financial realities of putting out an indie rock print magazine have become more challenging over the years, but the break since our last issue (the My Favorite Album Issue last fall) is probably the longest we’ve had. It wasn’t intended that way. After that issue we put plans in motion for a Best of the Decade Issue, as we did in 2009. Various obstacles arrived. We had difficulty securing exciting cover artists. Several think pieces weren’t coming together in time. And ad sales were non-existent. As December rapidly approached we were nowhere near ready to finish the issue and we knew that putting out a Best of the Decade Issue several months into the next decade wasn’t a great…

2 min.
staff’s favorite songs of the moment

Mark Redfern (Publisher/Senior Editor) 1. Jessie Ware: “Remember Where You Are” 2. Braids: “Snow Angel” 3. I Break Horses: “Neon Lights” 4. Doves: “Prisoners” 5. Oceanator: “A Crack in the World” 6. JARV IS…: “House Music All Night Long (Extended All Night Gonz Version Feat. Chilly Gonzales & Naala)” 7. Moses Sumney: “Neither/Nor” 8. Wye Oak: “AEIOU” 9. Phoebe Bridgers: “I Know the End” 10. Run the Jewels: “Walking in the Snow” Matt Fink (Senior Writer) 1. Sufjan Stevens: “America” 2. Perfume Genius: “Leave” 3. Christian Lee Hutson: “Lose This Number” 4. IDLES: “Mr. Motivator” 5. Moses Sumney: “Virile” Celine Teo-Blockey (Podcast Editor/Staff Writer) 1. Moses Sumney: “Me in 20 Years” 2. Sufjan Stevens: “America” 3. Tricky: “Fall Please” 4. Ezra Furman: “In America” 5. Caroline Rose: “Pipe Dreams” Mark Moody (Staff Writer) 1. Phoebe Bridgers: “Graceland Too” 2. Bartees Strange: “The Geese of Beverly Road” (The National Cover) 3. The Beths: “Jump Rope Gazers” 4. Spirit…

6 min.
jarv is...

“Like a lot of people, I went through phases,” explains Jarvis Cocker, when asked about his first reaction to the closures and quarantining which occurred in the outbreak of COVID-19. “At first I thought, ‘Oh, this is going to be like going on some sort of meditation retreat, where you go and look at a wall for, like, three weeks, and it’s supposed to clear your consciousness.’ But then as it goes on, you change…I don’t think there’s been another time where the world has had the pause button pressed on it. Everybody’s in this state where you can’t really help but evaluate the way that you live, and figure out what’s important to you.” Our conversation happened days before Cocker’s latest record, Beyond the Pale, was originally due to have…

3 min.

“I think we’ve got a really good freakout record in us…. We want to put out an imaginary film soundtrack.”– Jimi Goodwin One of the most exciting music announcements this year centered around the return of Doves and the imminent release of a new album, The Universal Want. The Manchester, England-based band’s first for 11 years since 2009’s Kingdom of Rust, The Universal Want comprises 10 songs that stands proudly alongside the trio’s other works. Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Jimi Goodwin takes up the story of how he reconnected with his bandmates, brothers Jez and Andy Williams. “We got together in 2017 to hang out as friends. We hadn’t seen each other for a little while. Certainly not the full 11 years; we’d been at mutual parties and seen each other there….…

3 min.
ben gibbard

As Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie walked around Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood in the prelockdown days of the pandemic it was eerily quiet, like that week between Christmas and New Year’s when most of the city’s tech industry transplants have gone back to their home states. Stores were starting to get picked over, businesses were shifting to remote work, and people were scared. Death Cab for Cutie’s manager, Jordan Kurland, suggested that since everyone was home with nothing to do, Gibbard might as well do some livestream concerts to raise some money for local charities. “It just seemed like with everything starting to hurtle out of control, I was in a unique position to provide the one skill that I have to people who were fans of the…

3 min.
tim burgess

COVID-19 may have put paid to most of 2020’s live music events, but one of the surprise hits of the lockdown has been Tim Burgess, frontman of The Charlatans, and his Twitter listening parties. It’s a simple premise—meet at a predetermined time on Twitter, play the designated album from start to finish, and tweet in real-time with Burgess and his guests, usually the artists behind the album. When you talk to Burgess his enthusiasm for music is infectious. As well as hosting #TimsTwitterListeningParty, he’s also found time to release his fifth solo album, I Love the New Sky. It’s an album that has been universally praised and Burgess sounds genuinely blown away by the reviews. “I’ve just seen all these four- and five-star reviews everywhere, I feel forever indebted. It came…