News

Under the Radar’s Protest Sign Auction for the American Cancer Society Starts Now

Bid on Protest Signs from our Protest Issue – Tegan and Sara, Amanda Palmer, Best Coast, Thurston Moore, Sharon Jones, and More

Oct 18, 2016

Starting today and continuing for the next seven days, all of the autographed musician-made protest signs featured in Under the Radar's 2016 Protest Issue will be auctioned on eBay, with all profits going to the American Cancer Society. The auction includes protest signs made by Tegan and Sara, Amanda Palmer, Best Coast, Sharon Jones, Thurston Moore, Banks & Steelz, Moby, Mew, OK Go, Okkervil River, Metronomy, Wild Beasts, Car Seat Headrest, Lush, Local Natives, Julien Baker, Super Furry Animals, Billy Bragg, Perfect Pussy, Wye Oak, Everything Everything, School of Seven Bells, Deerhoof, Kristin Kontrol, Andrew W.K., Yeasayer, Natalie Prass, Superchunk, The Julie Ruin, Frankie Cosmos, Kevin Morby, LUH, Tacocat, Xiu Xiu, Slow Club, and many others. More

Listen: Stream the new Album by Flock of Dimes (Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner)

If You See Me, Say Yes Due Out September 23 via Partisan

Sep 16, 2016

Wye Oak frontwoman Jenn Wasner is releasing her debut full-length album under her Flock of Dimes solo project, If You See Me, Say Yes, next Friday (September 23) via Partisan. Now you can stream the whole album below via NPR First Listen. More

Under the Radar Examines Music and Politics with the 2016 Protest Issue

Special Issue Takes On Sexism and Feminism in the Music Industry, Tackles the Election, and Features Amanda Palmer on the Cover

Sep 09, 2016

Under the Radar is excited to announce the full details of our 2016 Protest Issue (out September, October, and into November), which is out now both digitally and on newsstands. We've done a Protest Issue every U.S. Presidential election year since 2004 and as before this issue features articles examining the intersection of music and politics and photo shoots with musicians holding protest signs of their own making. Then in mid-October we will be launching our charity Protest Auction, in which we auction off all the protest signs in the issue, with all profits going to the American Cancer SocietyMore

Listen: Flock of Dimes (Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner) - “Everything Is Happening Today”

If You See Me, Say Yes Due Out September 23 via Partisan

Aug 23, 2016

Wye Oak frontwoman Jenn Wasner is releasing her debut full-length album under her Flock of Dimes solo project, If You See Me, Say Yes, which is due out September 23 via Partisan. She had already shared the album's first single, "Semaphore," as well as a video for it. Now she has shared another song from the album, "Everything Is Happening Today."  More

Jul 13, 2016

Wye Oak frontwoman Jenn Wasner is releasing her debut full-length album under her Flock of Dimes solo project. Recently it was announced that she had signed to Partisan and would be releasing her debut with them. A 20-second long teaser trailer was also shared.  More

Jun 27, 2016

Wye Oak may have just surprise-released the excellent Tween, a new mini-album on Merge, but frontwoman Jenn Wasner has now announced her debut full-length album under her Flock of Dimes solo project.  More

Wye Oak Announce New Album, Share “Watching the Waiting” Video

Out digitally today and on CD and vinyl on August 5

Jun 09, 2016

Wye Oak released their new album Tween today and shared the music video for first single "Watching the Waiting." More

Mar 29, 2016

Wye Oak has taken part in the A.V. Club's A.V. Undercover video series where bands pick a song to cover from a predetermined list and have covered Pat Benatar's "We Belong." Although A.V. Club stresses that this is not part of the regular season of A.V. Undercover (which doesn't start until May) and band requested that they cover the song while at SXSW.  More

Oct 01, 2015

The National's frontman Matt Berninger has teamed up with former Menomena member Brent Knopf (who also records as Ramona Falls) for the new project EL VY. The duo will be releasing their debut album as EL VY, Return to the Moon, on October 30 via 4AD. More

Watch: Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner and Sylvan Esso Cover Crowded House’s “Don’t Dream It’s Over”

Plus Sylvan Esso and Wasner Cover Gillian Welch, To Be Released as Split 7-inch in November

Jun 18, 2015

Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner has been out on tour with Sylvan Esso under her Flock of Dimes guise. They both stopped by the A.V. Club offices to take part on their A.V. Undercover video series where bands pick a song to cover from a predetermined list (it's in its sixth season). Wasner picked Crowded House's 1986 classic "Don't Dream It's Over" and Sylvan Esso backed her. Sylvan Esso chose Gillian Welch's 2001 song "Everything is Free" and were aided by Wasner.  More

Listen: Under the Radar’s Weekly Playlist Featuring Wye Oak, Titus Andronicus, Slow Club, and More

Plus Tracks from Wunder Wunder, Ashrae Fax, Coldplay Remixed by AlunaGeorge, The Rosebuds, Anand Wilder of Yeasayer, Hooray for Earth, Kan Wakan, and Others

Jul 03, 2014

Welcome to Under the Radar's weekly playlist, where we compile the best and most exciting tracks to debut online in the last week (give or take). Because it's a short work week and a holiday weekend, less new tracks of note debuted this week. So this mix features some of the last week's best new tracks, but also features other tracks from recent months that we liked. Included are songs by Wye Oak, Wunder Wunder, Ashrae Fax, Titus Andronicus, The Rosebuds, Ice Cream Cathedral, Ought, Childhood, Slow Club, Boxed In, Coldplay remixed by AlunaGeorge, Anand Wilder (of Yeasyer), and more. More

Under the Radar Announces the June/July Issue Featuring Future Islands on the Cover

Also featuring interviews with Slowdive, Slow Club, First Aid Kit, Lykke Li, James McAvoy, The Horrors, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The War on Drugs vs. Sharon Van Etten, and More

May 23, 2014

Under the Radar is excited to announce the full details of the June/July issue, which is on newsstands now. It features Future Islands on the cover as well as interviews with Slow ClubLykke Li, The Pains of Being Pure at HeartThe Horrors, SlowdiveThe War on Drugs vs. Sharon Van EttenFirst Aid KitJames McAvoyJohn Slattery, tUnE-yArDs, and more. More

May 08, 2014

Wye Oak trod on sacred ground recently when they covered Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill” during a concert at Washington, DC’s 9:30 Club.  More

Watch: Wye Oak – “Glory”

Shriek is Out Now On Merge

Apr 30, 2014

Wye Oak’s sound-reinventing album Shriek is out now via Merge Records.  More

Apr 21, 2014

Baltimore duo Wye Oak are poised to release their forthocoming LP Shriek later this month on April 29. More

Watch: Wye Oak – “The Tower” Video

Shriek is Due Out April 29 on Merge

Apr 02, 2014

Two painters shirk work in the video for “The Tower,” the new single from Wye Oak’s forthcoming album Shriek. More

Listen: New Wye Oak Song “Glory”

First “Official Single” from Shriek, Due out April 29th on Merge

Mar 17, 2014

Fresh off a run of well-received SXSW shows, Baltimore duo Wye Oak have released the "first official single" from their forthcoming new album, Shriek. It's entitled "Glory" and can be streamed below. More

Listen: Wye Oak – “The Tower”

Shriek Is Out April 29 Via Merge.

Jan 29, 2014

On April 29 Wye Oak will return with their new album ShriekMore

Dirty Projectors Announce Premiere of Short Film

Hi Custodian Premieres September 6 in NYC

Aug 16, 2012

Dirty Projectors have announced the premiere of their short film, Hi Custodian. More

Wye Oak Announce More Tour Dates

Opening Dates For The Decemberists, The National, Okkervil River and More

Jul 27, 2011

Wye Oak has announced more fall tour dates in support of March release, Civilian. More

Jun 22, 2011

Okkervil RiverThe Hold SteadyRa Ra Riot, and Wye Oak are among the first acts announced for the Truck America Music Festival. We have the details.  More

Wye Oak Hits the Road

Dates Kick Off Jun 16

Jun 16, 2011

In support of recently released album Civilian, bombastic rock duo Wye Oak are hitting the road for another round of dates.  More

Apr 11, 2011

Wye Oak is making the rounds today with new video “Fish,” (from album Civilian). We have the clever clip.  More

Arcade Fire, Phish, Muse Headline Outside Lands 2011 Fest

Lineup Also Includes The Black Keys and MGMT, Among Others

Apr 11, 2011

Outside Lands recruits a solid lineup for their 2011 fest. We have the details. More

Wye Oak Stream New Album

Civilian Out March 8

Feb 28, 2011

While Wye Oak’s new album may not hit stores until March 8, the Baltimore duo is giving fans a chance to hear it now. More

Wye Oak Becomes a “Civilian” in March

New Album Out March 8, 2011

Dec 08, 2010

Shoegazing duo Wye Oak have announced their third full-length album. We have the details.  More

New Wye Oak EP, Tour

My Neighbor / My Creator Out Today Via Merge Store

Mar 12, 2010

The spring is looking busy for Baltimore duo Wye Oak. Their newest EP My Neighbor/My Creator is out today via the Merge webstore. They are also going on tour. More

Wye Oak Announces Fall Tour in Support of New Album

After a Successful Performance at XX Merge, Wye Oak Takes The Knot on The Road

Aug 11, 2009

Wye Oak set out to tour the U.S. in support of their new album, The Knot, sharing the stage with The Starlight Mints and Blitzen Trapper on varying dates. Check out the full tour schedule here. More

Jul 15, 2009

Baltimore-based duo Wye Oak have announced tour dates in support of their sophomore album, The Knot (out July 21st on Merge). More

Wye Oak Prepares to Tie “The Knot” This Summer

Band Set to Release Sophomore Album, The Knot, July 21st. Currently On Tour.

Apr 17, 2009

Wye Oak announces new album details. Currently on tour. More


Interviews

2016 Artist Survey: Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak and Flock of Dimes

Wasner on Trump, Brexit, Scary Movies, Memorable Fan Encounters, and Elementary School

Feb 24, 2017

For Under the Radar's 14th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2016. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2016 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions. More

To Play or Not to Play: Indie Artists Debate Whether Canceling Shows is an Effective Means of Protes

A Conversation with Death Cab for Cutie's Nick Harmer, Rogue Wave's Zach Rogue, Tacocat's Emily Nokes, and The Thermals' Hutch Harris

Nov 29, 2016

On March 23, 2016, the state of North Carolina passed The Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act, otherwise known as House Bill 2 or HB2. The law, as written, strips out anti-discrimination protections for gay, bisexual, and transgender people, as well as prohibits transgender individuals from using the bathroom of their choice in public buildings. More

Wye Oak

Bringing It All Back Home

Oct 17, 2016

Wye Oak's fifth studio album Tween was a surprise release. But as singer/guitarist Jenn Wasner explains, the move was more a tribute to the nature of the material than an attempt to mimic industry heavy-hitters.  More

2014 Artist Survey: Wye Oak

Jenn Wasner on Why She Won't Rank Music, Her Teenaged Celebrity Crush, Her Worst Haircut, and the Questions She's Tired of Answering

Feb 13, 2015

For Under the Radar's 12th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2014. Here are some answers from Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak. More

Jul 23, 2014

Wye Oak's stunning new album Shriek, at the surface, lies in stark contrast to their earlier work. The duo of Jenn Wasner (synths, bass, guitar) and Andy Stack (percussion) have eschewed their trademark guitar and drums sound in favor of something more silvery and abstract, no doubt informed by Wasner's foray into electronic textures on her 2013 side project Dungeonesse.  More

Jul 22, 2014

Growing stronger with every record, while incrementally increasing its audience for a good part of the past decade, Wye Oak well could've trodden the beaten path and continued with its trademark guitar and drums sound, one that had endeared it to a progressively mainstream audience, including appearances of 2011's Civilian's title track on the likes of The Walking DeadBeing Human, and Safety Not Guaranteed. More


Reviews

Tween

Tween

Merge

Jun 22, 2016

The latest release from Wye Oak, the project of Baltimore duo Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack, is a brief collection of songs that did not make it onto 2011's Civilian or 2014's Shriek. Hence the clever title, Tween, referring to the fact that these songs exist somewhere in between these more official releases. More

Shriek

Shriek

Merge

Apr 29, 2014

Wye Oak fans who were on board with Jenn Wasner's Dungeonesse project from last yearon which she tackled '80s and '90s R&B and pop tropes with a clear love for the formmay not have realized its prescience. More

Civilian

Civilian

Merge

Mar 21, 2011

Wye Oak return with a third full-length, and a much established thing, with a few well-received records under their belt. More