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My Favorite Album: Weyes Blood on Joni Mitchell’s “Hejira”

Jul 17, 2020 Issue #66 - My Favorite Album - Angel Olsen and Sleater-Kinney

“I think it’s a sleeper, I’ve been hearing the record and knowing it for a long time and it all of a sudden came to me like a revelation that it was a great record,” Natalie Mering, aka Weyes Blood, says of her deferred realization of her favorite album, Hejira by Joni Mitchell. 

Dehd on Chicago, Black Lives Matter, and Their New Album “Flower of Devotion”

Jul 16, 2020 Web Exclusive

Just a few years ago, Emily Kempf was roaming around the United States. She had just left her Atlanta home, and her band Back Pockets, and was looking to find a new scene. After an “insane” nine months of wandering, she wound up in the windy city of Chicago. It was originally on her lists of prospective locations, along with Oakland, California, and a small town in Northern Vermont. But, there was something about Chicago that just felt right. It fit like a glove—a clothing item she previously hadn’t needed while living under the sweltering Georgia heat. And soon enough, she met her future bandmate, Jason Balla at his gig at Animal Kingdom.  More

Tommy O’Dell of DMA’S – COVID-19 Quarantine Artist Check In

Jul 15, 2020 Web Exclusive

We are checking in with musicians during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic to see how they are dealing with everything. What has their home quarantine experience been like so far and how is the crisis impacting both their career and art? Here we check in with Tommy O’Dell of Australian trio DMA’S. More

My Favorite Album: Heidi Gardner of “Saturday Night Live” on Tenacious D’s Self-Titled Album

Jul 14, 2020 Web Exclusive

Comedian and actor, Heidi Gardner, who is known for her many roles on Saturday Night Live and for her voice work on the animated show, SuperMansion, pursued her career in comedy a little later in life than some. While laughter had always been part of her world, for a while she never knew she could find a job that paid within the ranks. In the meantime, before earning a role on the most prestigious sketch show in the world, Gardner appreciated the work of the talented musical and comedic duo, Tenacious D. More

Rutledge Wood on Hosting Netflix’s Hit Game Show “Floor Is Lava”

Jul 10, 2020 Web Exclusive

What’s the difference between lava and magma?  Turns out magma doesn’t have it’s own #1 TV show.  Welcome to the world of Netflix’s Floor Is Lava. Filmed and in the can for more than a year, the show (which debuted June 19 and quickly vaulted to the platform’s top ranking) arrives at a time of social distancing and discord and saves the planet.  More

My Favorite Album: Whitney on the Music of Neil Young

Jul 09, 2020 Issue #66 - My Favorite Album - Angel Olsen and Sleater-Kinney

To hear Max Kakacek and Julien Ehrlich discuss their favorite album is to also discuss Whitney’s latest album, Forever Turned Around. The Chicago-based duo at the center of the indie folk band are obsessed with all things Neil Young these days and that includes an inability to arrive at a single favorite album. More

My Favorite Album: Hayden Thorpe on Leonard Cohen’s “The Best of Leonard Cohen”

Jul 08, 2020 Issue #66 - My Favorite Album - Angel Olsen and Sleater-Kinney

The reason I chose this record was because when I was in New York I saw his exhibition at the Jewish Museum. Which is just a genius installation. Within that was a series of around 300 self-portraits. I don’t think he started making self-portraits until the last 20 years of his life.  More

Anna Burch on “If You’re Dreaming”

Jul 07, 2020 Web Exclusive

Anna Burch spoke with Under the Radar during the height of pandemic stress about her new solo album, If You’re Dreaming. More