Twinsmith

Watch: New Twinsmith Video “You & I”

Sep 19, 2017

Omaha, NE's Twinsmith released their impressive third album Stay Cool in July on Saddle Creek and today we get their video for "You & I". The charming animated video was created by Isaac Switzer. Check it out here. If you're not up on this lively act, here's some background:

For Twinsmith, the occasion to make a third album came with an opportunity to distill their process down to its essential parts, and to re-focus the band's perspective in order to fully embrace their sound. Longtime friends Jordan Smith and Matt Regner had written a pair of records as Twinsmith, starting with 2013's self-titled debut and then 2015's Alligator Years - which earned press attention from outlets including NPR Music's All Songs ConsideredInterviewNYLON ('Band Crush'), and Culture Collide, among others. While the lineup would grow to include bassist Bill Sharp and other hired guns to round out the stage, the songwriting core learned to vary their approach while relying on each other to push the plot forward. Starting as DIY tinkerers in a basement, Smith and Regner would evolve their sound from hazy surf rock to a fuller, more dynamic guitar-and-keys pop appeal, making good use of the perks like recording studios and engineers that often come with progress. But as it came time to begin again for a new album, they found themselves looking back to the beginning, stripping back their process and recording in the dining room of their house using old synths and '80s drum machines.

The band will head out on tour in support of the new album beginning next Thursday, September 28th at the Lincoln Calling festival in Lincoln, NE. The dates will continue through October 10th and include an October 6th show at New York's Berlin. Check the dates below.

 

 

Twinsmith tour dates:

 
9/28 - Lincoln, NE @ Lincoln Calling
9/30 - Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
10/1 - DeKalb, IL @ The House Cafe
10/3 - Cleveland, OH @ Mahall's
10/4 - Washington, DC @ Songbyrd Music House & Record Cafe
10/5 - Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
10/6 - New York, NY @ Berlin NYC
10/7 - State College, PA @ Chronic Town
10/8 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Spirit
10/10 - Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups
11/11 - Davenport, IA @ Gas Feed & Seed Festival


Wolf Alice

Listen: “Heavenward” From Forthcoming Wolf Alice Album

Sep 18, 2017

"Heavenward" is the latest single off the new album from North London's Wolf Alice. Visions of a Life is due out September 29th on Dirty Hit/RCA. The title tells you where they're headed on this one, as their signature shoegaze bursts upward. Let it lift you.

Rostam

Listen: “Sumer” From New Rostam Album

Sep 15, 2017

Rostam has reemerged with quite the second run since departing Vampire Weekend. In fact, he's killing it. Following his pronounced duet album with Hamilton Leithauser last year, he has delivered a swirling beauty of a solo record. Launching Half-Light, is "Sumer", where Rostam channels Panda Bear to glorious effect. Check it out!

Monogold

Premiere: “Feelers” From Forthcoming New Monogold Album

Sep 14, 2017

Over the course of their six albums in seven years, Brooklyn's Monogold has embraced stylistic and conceptual change whenever it came naturally. The trio's new album Babyfood comes out September 29th and Under the Radar is premiering the second single "Feelers". Dialing back their instrumentation from their grandiose psych-pop days, Monogold has turned toward a bit of a raw, wild and sometimes minimal sort of sound. Their style and lyrical content have slowly evolved into something more than single-celled and "Feelers" is a glimmering track with a kinetic, new wave tempo. 

Whereas the new album's first single “Cinnamon” approaches the concept of one discovering another’s body, “Feelers” shows what it would be like to see sunshine for the first time...… if you were a newly born bug. Singer Keith Kelly’s lyrics now show an appreciation for the simpler side of life; celebrating the quirky simplicity of being alive on this strange mud ball flying through the sky.

"Feelers" is about all living things' relationship with that crazy fire ball in the sky that we call the sun. Bugs, plants, birds and humans" states Kelly "That first time in a humans' life of understanding what it is and how it feels on your naked skin and what it's actually doing. Some sort of contained chaos that's beckoning, inspiring and controlling life."

 

 

The album release show for Babyfood is at Rough Trade Brooklyn on the 23rd: http://www.roughtradenyc.com/event/1533903-monogold-brooklyn

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Ducktails

Listen: New Ducktails “In The Hallway”

Sep 12, 2017

Matt Mondanile is returning with his latest Ducktails album Jersey Devil, October 6th on his own label New Images. "In The Hallway" is the latest song to be shared and true to form it's a groovy hypnogogic pop tune. On his sixth release, it appears Mondinale has fine tuned his retro outfit of keyboards and is further homing his nostaligic emulation. Here's hoping there's more of this in store. 

Midnight Sister

Listen: “Hitman” From Midnight Sister Debut Album

Sep 11, 2017

This past friday the LA duo Midnight Sister graced the music world with Saturn Over Sunset on Jagjaguar. The label announced it as "the ambitious, warped debut from the LA duo is a sonic thread stretched through this Hollywood multiverse."

It further elaborates aptly on the old tinseltown aura of the adventerous album. "The project of intense creatives Juliana Giraffe and Ari Balouzian, Midnight Sister is brought to you by the isolating landscape of the San Fernando Valley – its colors, its diners, its lunatics, its neon lights. Both lifelong residents of this storied valley, Giraffe and Balouzian have only become more inspired by the area’s mythology over the years, its two-faced magical wonderland and tragic circus. And Saturn Over Sunset works almost as an album version of Altman’s Shortcuts, each song a character study of the valley’s odd personae..Saturn Over Sunset is a shared musical vision of Hollywood’s oddest corners. It is the baroque, eldritch alley you must pass through to fine the speakeasy night of your life. You’ll come out bleary-eyed and the sunrise will be pouring all pink and orange through the smog and palm trees."

Check out "Hitman" here and keep exploring the magic of this debut. 

 

Nosaj Thing

Listen: “Form” From New Nosaj Thing Album Parallels

Sep 08, 2017

Los Angeles-based electronic producer/composer Nosaj Thing is back with the release of his new album, Parallels, out now via Innovative Leisure. The new album exhibits a nice balance of dark electro-soul and vivid ambience and "Form" is a splendid example of the latter. Nosaj has always been deft at minimalism that penetrates and Parallels so shines. Check the new album out today.

 

 

Nosaj Thing is currently on a lengthy North American tour that will conclude in October, with special guests Com Truise, Jacques Greene and Jim-E Stack joining on select dates. Check out Parallelsabove and see below for a full list of tour dates.

Nosaj Thing

Parallels

1. Nowhere

2. All Points Back To U (feat. Steve Spacek)

3. Form

4. How We Do (feat. Kazu Makino)

5. U G

6. Get Like

7. TM

8. Way We Were (feat. Zuri Marley)

9. IGYC

10. Sister



Tour Dates:

8/30 - Strummer's - Fresno, CA

8/31 - The Ritz - San Jose, CA

9/1 - Harlow's - Sacramento, CA

9/2 - Cargo at Whitney Peak Hotel - Reno, NV

9/5 - The Wild Buffalo - Bellingham, WA

9/6 - Sugar - Victoria, BC

9/7 - Knitting Factory - Spokane WA

9/8 - Knitting Factory - Boise, ID

9/9 - Top Hat Lounge - Missoula, MT

9/11 - Commonwealth - Calgary, AB

9/12 - The Starlite Room - Edmonton, AB

9/13 - Amigos Cantina - Saskatoon, SK

9/14 - West End Cultural Center - Winnipeg, MB

9/16 - Red Rocks Amphitheater - Morrison, CO

9/18 - Majestic Theatre - Madison, WI

9/19 - Pyramid Scheme - Grand Rapids, MI

9/20 - Blind Pig - Ann Arbor, MI

9/21 - A&R Music Bar - Columbus, OH

9/22 - The Waiting Room - Buffalo, NY

9/23 - The Lost Horizon - Syracuse, NY

9/30 Luna Light Music & Arts Festival - Darlington MD

10/2 - The Broadberry - Richmond, VA

10/3 - Motorco Music Hall - Durham, NC

10/4 - New Mountain Theatre - Asheville, NC

10/5 - Georgia Theatre - Athens, GA

10/6 - Terminal West - Atlanta, CA

10/8 - Crowbar - Tampa, FL

10/10 - Bardot - Miami, FL

10/11 - Club Downunder - Tallahassee, FL

10/12 - Hi Ho Lounge - New Orleans, LA

10/13 - 1884 Lounge - Memphis, TN

10/14 - ACO @ UCO Performance Lab - Oklahoma City, OK

10/17 - The Black Sheep - Colorado Springs, CO

10/18 - Belly Up - Aspen, CO

10/19 - Metro Music Hall - Salt Lake City, UT

10/20 - Beauty Bar - Las Vegas, NV

10/21 - The Crescent Ballroom - Phoenix AZ



Night Idea

Premiere: Night Idea - “Perfect Water”

Sep 06, 2017

Night Idea out of Richmond, VA are getting ready to release their latest full length, Riverless, on October 13th via Gigantic Noise / Citrus City. Under the Radar has the premiere of the new single "Perfect Water". The track provides ample space for instrumental flexing, in particular for a flourishing lead guitar, within a melding of style described as "a complex blend of experimental pop, prog rock, and widescreen post-punk...that touches upon everything from King Crimson and Pink Floyd to Deerhoof and Palm."

In true prog rock fashion, there is a loose concept that unifies the music and lyrics throughout Riverless. Speaking about the themes, Night Idea shared, "The events [of "Perfect Water"] occur in a different time and place, involving a sudden and mysterious drought and the events that unfold because of it. People become hypnotized and begin disappearing. Part of the fun as the listener is making your own ideas and images to the music."

Based on "Perfect Water" it seems that Night Idea's new album will have plenty of territory for the listener's imagination to interact. Take a listen and check out the band's upcoming tour dates:

 

Night Idea Tour Dates:

9/20 Richmond VA - Broadberry w/ Polyphia
9/21 Newark DE - Homegrown
9/22 Lancaster PA - Lancaster Arts Co-op
9/23 Providence RI - The Attic (house show)
9/24 Boston MA - State Park (Cambridge)
9/27 Harrisburg PA - The Underground Bike Shop
9/28 Detroit MI - PJ's Lager House
10/1 Madison WI - High Noon Saloon
10/3 Kansas City MO - Minibar
10/4 St. Louis MO - City Museum (daytime)
10/4 St. Louis MO - The Way Out Club
10/5 Nashville TN - The Cobra
10/6 Abingdon VA - Wolf Hills
10/7 Blacksburg VA - The Highland Farm
10/11 Wilmington NC - The Whiskey
10/20 Richmond VA - The Broadberry
10/21 Raleigh NC - Slims Downtown
10/22 Charleston SC - Makeout Reef
10/23 Savannah GA - El Rocko Lounge
10/26 Greenville SC
10/27 Athens GA - The 40 Watt
10/28 Greensboro NC