Twin Shadow

Watch: Twin Shadow “Brace” Video

Mar 16, 2018

It's funny how thin the margin is between spiritous and uplifting and melodramatic. Twin Shadow, (George Lewis Jr) is well aware of that thin line, evidenced by his new song "Brace" featuring Rainsford. The song follows "Little Woman" and "Saturdays" (the latter of which features Haim) as the latest offering from the new album, Caer (pronounced: ka-air), Twin Shadow's fourth album to date, set to release on April 27th via Warner Bros. Records / Reprise. In less savvy hands "Brace" might be insufferable, but Twin Shadow's delivery brings shivers. Watch and listen.

Rich Aucoin

Premiere: Rich Aucoin “The Dream”

Mar 15, 2018

Nova Scotia-based musician Rich Aucoin is dropping his new Hold EP tomorrow and in advance, he's sharing a new teaser track titled “The Dream” with Under the Radar. Aucoin slows down the tempo of his previous work on Hold and "The Dream" is an example. It follows other singles from the EP, "Release", "The Fear" and "The Middle". Take a listen below.

Here's what Aucoin has to say about the latest track: “The Dream is a song about the contentment we can feel at an individual level when daydreaming or imagining a different world. It’s not about the achieving of making that world come to reality but looks at the various therapeutic benefits from such an endeavour. Whether it be imagining a time where you are not heartbroken, in an estrangement, or in conflict with the changes in your life, that power to picture yourself beyond the given moment is a useful tool for accepting the way things are and getting to that new spot, The Dream.”

Aucoin will be hitting the road, kicking off his fifteen-date PRESS ON tour on March 26th. The press release describes it will be "Unlike a traditional tour, he will be bicycling from city to city, raising awareness for mental health by donating 100% of proceeds to Mental Health America and The Canadian Mental Health Association. [crowdrise campaignAucoin will be joined by bandmates in each city as he pedals alone across the deserts, mountains, and forests of America."



PRESS ON Tour Dates:

3/26: Los Angeles, CA @ Bardot

4/6: Phoenix, AZ @ TBA

4/11: Flagstaff, NM @ The Hive

4/19: Albuquerque, NM @ Burt’s Tiki Lounge

4/26: Amarillo, TX @ The 806

5/3: Oklahoma City, OK @ The Root

5/4: Norman, OK @ Opolis

5/11: Little Rock, AR @ TBA

5/16: Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone

5/23: Nashville, TN @ TBA

5/31: Knoxville, TN @ Birdhouse

6/20: Washington, DC @ DC9

6/23: Baltimore, MD @ The Crown

6/26: Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA


Watch: Tinariwen “Nannuflay” Animated Video

Mar 14, 2018

There's no shortage of animated music videos these days and now Tinariwen jumps in with the video for the song "Nannuflay" from their latest album Elwan, featuring Kurt Vile and Mark Lanegan.

From the press release: In the clip, an old Taureg man returns to the camp where he grew up, bringing back memories of both the joys and the torments of the nomadic life he lived there, a story of hearty people living in the land of loneliness.

In recent years Tinariwen's homeland, a Saharan mountain range between north-eastern Mali and southern Algeria, has been transformed into a conflict zome. Each song on the album powerfully evokes a land that can no longer be found, with nostalgia for a joyous past and sadness for the tragic loss of a territory.



Watch: Ought “Desire” Video

Mar 12, 2018

You're getting the consensus sense right now that Montreal's Ought just put out one of the best albums of the year so far. One of the best songs on the new album Room Inside the World is "Desire" and the video just dropped. It has an interesting twist with the ordinary protagonist transforming into a lead singer in drag. Check it out below.

The video's director Heather Rappard says:  

“Desire” as a song has a real triumphant quality and masculine energy; I wanted to take this and subvert it and create a video that focused more on internal desire. Something that was important to me was that the video feel cathartic and positive; I’ve seen a lot of videos that take on ideas around gender that have characters being assaulted or just exoticized. I wanted this character to have a full life but be most empowered, happiest, and at peace with himself when he’s on stage at the end."



Listen: Alva Noto Remodel of Menke’s “Moln”

Mar 09, 2018

Swedish multi-instrumentalist, producer and songwriter Menke has released the Alva Noto Remodel of "‘Moln",’ her original debut single,’ out now via Size/Cosmos. Menke tapped German producer Alva Noto, which has Earmilk smitten:

"Menke's vocal is hushed, haunting and otherworldly, but Noto's subdued electronics and expert layering to knock this already stunning track into an entirely different galaxy."

Here's some more background on the artists from the press release:

Alva Noto is known for his unique ability to combine ambient sounds with outside environmental aspects. He showcased this skill effortlessly in his masterful score for the award-winning film The Revenant.  As co-founder of the Raster-Noton label, he has also won the prestigious Golden Nica prize for his work on the critically acclaimed CD series ’20 to 2000’ and has collaborated with the likes of Iggy Pop and has previously remixed tracks by Bjork and John Cale.

Menke creates her own soulful world with small gestures. She plays piano, guitar, banjo, cello, vibraphone, but also more unconventional instruments such as lyre and wine glasses.

The words for ‘Moln’ were taken from Karin Boye’s poem of the same. Speaking of the poem, Menke says: “"I more or less stumbled over Karin Boye’s poetry by accident to be honest. I was just home one day, and out of boredom I picked a book randomly from the bookshelf. That book was a collection of poems by Karin Boye. “I opened it up and read the first one, a poem called ’Moln’. It struck me like lightning. The words had such a thorough impact on me and as I read along I kept hearing this music in my head. Music that grew and came alive as I read the poem for the first time.”"

August Rosenbaum

Premiere: August Rosenbaum “Nomad” Video

Mar 07, 2018

August Rosenbaum is a Danish pianist and composer, the beautiful music of whom Under the Radar has only just discovered. We have the premiere of the video for the contemplative piano piece "Nomad". The production is very pretty in every sense (and perfect for this snowy day in New York). "Nomad is from the piano-based EP Rasa, out April 13th and follows the Rosenbaum’s critically acclaimed album Vista, released back in November. Directed by Jasper Spanning, the music video is based on a fascination of the story of Jeanne D'arc and moves with mystique and gorgeous imagery.

From the press release, Rosenbaum describes the making of the new video: “..We felt like exploring an approach that allowed the music to take on the form of a score. The minimalistic feel of the piano version of “Nomad” carves out room for the listener while adding a distinctive tone to the images.”

Jasper Spanning continues: “August is an old friend and it has been a great pleasure to create these images for his music. It’s been a very close collaboration and I really feel that music and images merge into one expression. The project is very personal to me.”

“The piano is my starting point for everything when I make music," says August. "It has been my natural expression since I started playing at 6 years old, and it is how I hear, feel and create harmonies, chords and melodies. When making Vista with Robin (Hannibal), it became a dogma that underneath all the layers of detail, production and arrangement, there had to be a strong “core”, a composition that could carry the emotion and intent when scraped down to only being played on the piano."

Last year’s release of the album Vista put August Rosenbaum on the map as one of the most exciting rising composers. It’s a record of evocative and soulful music that brought together August Rosenbaum’s rich musical background in both jazz, classical music, film scoring and pop. Vista was written and produced in collaboration with Grammy-nominated producer Robin Hannibal who’ve worked with an impressive range of artists including Rhye, Little Dragon and Kendrick Lamar.



August Rosenbaum

Jon Hopkins

Watch: Jon Hopkins “Emerald Rush” Animated Video

Mar 06, 2018

British electronic producer Jon Hopkins is known for his spacious, ethereal and pulsing compositions. His long awaited new album Singularity will be released May 4th. In the meantime, he just released an animated video for the track "Emerald Rush". Check it out below. 

Japanese Breakfast

Watch: Japanese Breakfast “Boyish” Video

Mar 05, 2018

Japanese Breakfast released its splendid album Soft Sounds from Another Planet this past summer and today shared the video for "Boyish" from that album. Check the prom themed video below and new Japanese Breakfast tour dates as well. 

Here's what frontwoman Michelle Zauner had to say about the video that she directed:

"The video for Boyish was always sort of our magnum opus for Soft Sounds. I think it took Adam Kolodny and I working on so many videos together to prepare for the enormity of a school dance--lighting and decorating such a large space, casting and dressing so many extras. The song is about insecurity, particularly what it's like to love someone who isn't physically attracted to you. It's an old song, the meaning of which has transformed for me over time, but it has always been about a tension and rejection perfectly encompassed by a school dance. I did not attend my own senior prom, so it was the perfect opportunity to bring my own vision of a gorgeous, space dance to life."

Japanese Breakfast Tour Dates:

3/23 - Ewing, NJ @ TCNJ
3/24 - Greenfield, MA @ Hawks & Reed Ballroom
4/2 - Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar SOLD OUT
4/3 - Durham, NC @ Motorco 
4/4 - Athens, GA @ 40 Watt *
4/5 - Birmingham, AL @ Saturn *
4/6 - Orlando, FL @ The Abbey * SOLD OUT
4/7 - Tampa, FL @ Crowbar *
4/9 - Houston, TX @ Walter's 
4/10 - Austin, TX @ The Scoot Inn *
4/11 - San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger *
4/13 - Tuscon, AZ @ 191 Toole *
4/15 - Indio, CA @ Coachella
4/17 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy *
4/18 - San Louis Obispo, CA @ SLO Brew *
4/20 - San Diego, CA @ The Irenic *
4/22 - Indio, CA @ Coachella
4/23 - Flagstaff, AZ @ The Green Room *
4/24 - Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf *
4/26 - Norman, OK @ Norman Music Festival 
4/27 - Little Rock, AR @ Stickyz *
4/28 - Nashville, TN @ Exit / In *
4/29 - Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups SOLD OUT
5/25-27 - Quincy, WA @ Sasquatch Music Festival
5/30 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club + =
5/31 - Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw = SOLD OUT
6/1 - Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair + = SOLD OUT
6/2 - Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair + = SOLD OUT
6/3 - Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer + =
6/6 - Richmond, VA @ The Broadberry
6/7-10 - Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo 
6/9 - Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theatre
6/14 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Spirit
6/15 - Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre Ballroom
6/16 - St Louis, MO @ The Ready Room
6/17 - Kansas City, MO @ The Record Bar
6/19 - Denver, CO @ Ogden Theater ~
6/20 - Sundance, UT @ Sundance Amphitheater ~
6/21 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Bunkhouse Saloon 
6/22 - San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park ~
6/23 - Pomona, CA @ The Glass House
6/25 - Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater ~
6/28 - Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre ~
6/29 - Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre ~
6/30 - Portland, OR @ Oregon Zoo Amphitheater~
7/12 - Dennis, MA @ Cape Cinema
7/13 - Burlington, VT @ ArtsRiot
7/14 - Porstmouth, NH @ 3S Artspace
7/15 - Kingston, NY @ BSP Kingston
7/16 - Rochester, NY @ The Bug Jar
7/18 - Toronto, ON @ The Phoenix 
7/19 - Grand Rapids, MI @ The Pyramid Scheme
7/20 - Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall
7/24 - Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
7/28 - New York, NY @ Panorama Music Festival
9/12 - Columbus, OH @ Skully's
9/13 - Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop
9/14 - DeKalb, IL @ The House Cafe
9/16 - Madison, WI @ Majestic Theater
9/18 - Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line
9/23 - Boise, ID @ Neurolux
10/3 - Mesa, AZ @ The Nile

* w/ Snail Mail
+ w/ LVL UP
= w/ Radiator Hospital
~ w/ Belle & Sebastian