Ayo River

Premiere: Ayo River - “Porcelain”

Jun 27, 2017

Back in 2014, Atlanta, GA based songwriter Weston Taylor began recording indie pop songs with Athens, GA producer and multi-instrumentalist Matt Martin. The fresh fruits of their creative endeavor was entitled Ayo River and the debut album Failed State is set for release in August. Under the Radar has the premiere of the lead single "Porcelain", a lean and flowing example of Ayo River's music, akin to early Death Cab for Cutie. Take it for a spin below.          

Always a storyteller at heart, Taylor has found an engaging channel of expression with Ayo River, a musical outlet that has allowed him to find organic balance in the often overbearing push through modern existence. As stated in the bio, it's  ".. a project that intersects deeply personal lyrics with the inescapable connectedness of the modern world...These songs are Weston’s internal tales of loss and miscommunication in the wildly connected age of the internet, brought to life with sweeping indie-pop influenced writing and production." 

Taylor had this to say about "Porcelain": "This was the first song we recorded mostly live in the studio, so I think it has a much rawer feel than some of the other tracks. I have always seen it as being a kind of witchcraft or spell, starting very ominously as I’m lyrically conjuring up some commands for my life and what I want to happen with it, and then putting them together in a brew. Then it transforms midway through, as if the spell had functioned correctly, and things get sunny. It’s a song about suddenly being alone, getting older and wanting to change things."

Failed State was produced at Chase Park Transduction Studios (Deerhunter, Bright Eyes, Queens Of The Stone Age, Animal Collective, REM) and was mastered by TW Walsh (Sufjan Stevens, The Shins, Cold War Kids, Death Cab For Cutie). It was recorded in the studio with Josh Crusa (bass) and Evan Seeds (drums), who have begun performing in Ayo River's live band. We'll be checking for them in August.




01. Porcelain
02. Jolts
03. Mercedes
04. White Dress
05. Porches + Patios
06. Waking Up
07. 11 Likes
08. Tantrum pt. i
09. Tantrum pt. ii
10. Snakes
11. Failed State


Ayo River Links



Watch: “Dog” Video

Jun 26, 2017

Today, Brooklyn's Widowspeak shared their new video for "Dog", the first single from their forthcoming album Expect the Best, out August 25th on Captured Tracks. Check it out. The video premiered via NPR's First Watch and features vocalist Molly Hamilton looking like Sevie Nicks and taking you back to her era with its hazily saturated video imagery. "Dog" is a darkly buoyant track, embodying the band's self described "cowboy grunge" approach on the new work.

According to the label, Widowspeak's Molly Hamilton told NPR the song is, "about the compulsion to move on from things and places, even people, when you're not necessarily ready to. Sometimes, I get caught up in 'the grass is always greener' mentalities, or cling to an idea that 'I'd be happy if...' and then make a drastic change. Then, inevitably, I feel restless a few months later and it starts again."  Read the rest of the Q&A here.

Widowspeak will be touring in the fall, check ou the dates below. 



Widowspeak Tour Dates:

09/08 - Boston, MA - Great Scott
09/09 - Burlington, VT - ArtsRiot
09/11 - Toronto, ON - Garrison
09/12 - Detroit, MI - El Club
09/13 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle
09/15 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St. Entry

09/16 - Madison, WI - High Noon
09/17 - Des Moines, IA - Des Moines Social Club
09/19 - Denver, CO - Hi Dive
09/20 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
09/21 - Boise, ID - Neurolux
09/22 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
09/23 - Seattle, WA - Barboza
09/24 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret
09/26 - San Francisco, CA - Swedish American Hall
09/27 - Visalia, CA - Cellar Door
09/28 - Los Angeles, CA - Pico Union
09/29 - San Diego, CA - The Hideout
09/30 - Phoenix, AZ - Rebel Lounge
10/01 - Santa Fe, NM - Meow Wolf
10/03 - Austin, TX - Sidewinder
10/04 - New Orleans, LA - Gasa Gasa
10/05 - Birmingham, AL - Syndicate Lounge
10/06 - Nashville, TN - The High Watt
10/07 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
10/08 - Asheville, NC - The Mothlight
10/10 - Washington, DC - DC9
10/11 - Philadelphia, PA - Boot and Saddle
10/12 - Kingston, NY - BSP Kingston
10/13 - Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade

Michael Nau

Listen: “Wonder”

Jun 22, 2017

Sometimes you need a lil' soothing. Enter Maryland born songwriter Michael Nau. Last week, Nau put out his second album in two years, Some Twist via Suicide Squeeze / Full Time Hobby, after a period of artistic indecision - and it's quite welcome. The soft breeze of "Wonder" represents the overall tone of the new work, keeping you company like a laid back friend. Listen Below and check out his upcoming tour dates:   



SAT JUL 1 - Westerly RI, United Folk Festival @ Wilcox Park (12p-9p) - FREE
WED JUL 19 - Brooklyn NY, Rough Trade (TICKETS)
THU SEP 21 - Brighton UK, The Greys (TICKETS)
FRI SEP 22 - Bristol UK, The Louisiana (TICKETS)
SAT SEP 23 - Glasgow UK, The Hug & Pint (TICKETS)
SUN SEP 24 - Leeds UK, Brudenell Social Club (Games Room) 
MON SEP 25 - Manchester UK, Gullivers (TICKETS)
TUE SEP 26 - London UK, The Lexington (TICKETS)
WED SEP 27 - Paris FR, Espace B (TICKETS)
THU SEP 28 - Rotterdam NL, V11 (TICKETS)
FRI SEP 29 - Amsterdam NL, Paradiso (Upstairs) (TICKETS)
SAT SEP 30 - Gent BE, DOK Kantine (TICKETS)
MON OCT 2 - Berlin DE, Privatclub (TICKETS)
TUE OCT 3 - Hamburg DE, Häkken (TICKETS)
WED OCT 4 - Köln DE, Bumann & SOHN (TICKETS)
THU OCT 5 - München DE, Feierwerk (Orangehouse) (TICKETS)
FRI OCT 6 - Luzern DE, Neubad
SAT OCT 7 - Schorndorf DE, Manufaktur (TICKETS)

Rapper Prodigy from the infamous Mobb Deep out of Queens, NY has passed away. He was only 42 years old and the cause of his death is unknown, though he had recently been hospitalized for complications related to sickle cell anemia, a condition he had dealt with all of his life. Prodigy was one of the best MC's ever, delivering gritty, cold blooded raps in an unorthodox, often non rhyming stlye all his own. Rest in peace P. You were one of the greatest. Check out the Mobb Deep video for "Quiet Storm" below, which utilized the famed "White Lines" bass line.

Quiet Storm by Mobb Deep on VEVO.


Watch: TIGERS JAW’s NPR Tiny Desk Concert

Jun 19, 2017

You gotta love NPR Tiny Desk concerts. The intimacy of them pulls you right into a connection with the artist that is quite unique. Pennsylvania's TIGERS JAW's new album spin is out now on Black Cement Records and the acoustic set is a beautifully stripped down version of their surging and melodic rock. From the moment Ben Walsh's guitar strums of "Guardian" begin, a warm feeling washes over. 

From the press release: "Comprised of Ben Walsh and Brianna Collins, TIGERS JAW has gripped listeners and press across the globe with their candid compositions and alluring harmonies.  spin sees Walsh and Collins trading off lead vocals which glow with sincerity on this collection of incredibly understated indie-pop classics."

NPR'S Lars Gotrich commented of Ben Walsh and Brianna Collins’ performance stating, “It's a strikingly intimate format that illuminates their close harmonies that tangle like garlands.” Check it out below:


TIGERS JAW is currently traversing the U.S. on a headline tour in support of spin with special guests Saintseneca and Smidley.  Dates continue through June 24th where the tour wraps up with a performance at Royale in Boston, MA.







Methyl Ethel

Watch: Methyl Ethel - “Drink Wine” Video

Jun 15, 2017

Perth Australia's Methyl Ethel make sweet sounding 80's reminiscent pop with clean lines. Their second album, Everything Is Forgotten, came out in March and they've shared a new single and accompanying video for sprightly synth popper "Drink Wine". Check it out below.

The video was directed by Paxi (behind the surrealism-flavoured visuals for ‘Ubu’) and filmed in Sydney, Australia. The band will be playing European dates this summer with POND and resuming in the fall with North American shows opening for The Drums.


Methyl Ethel Tour Dates:

15th - Concorde 2, Brighton, UK*
16th - O2 Forum, London, UK*
17th - Stylus, Leeds, UK*
19th - The Art School, Glasgow, UK*
20th - Gorilla, Manchester, UK*
21st - Thekla, Bristol, UK (w/ Pond) [SOLD OUT]

12th - Boardmasters, Cornwall, UK 
17th - Rotondes, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
18th - Lowlands Festival, The Netherlands
20th - Green Man Festival, Brecon Beacons, UK

6th-8th - Austin City Limits, Austin TX, US

6th - Bluebird Theater, Denver CO, US^
7th - The Waiting Room, Omaha NE, US^
8th - The Ready Room, St. Louis MO, US^
10th - Skully’s, Columbus OH, US^
11th - The Mod Club, Toronto ON, Canada^
13th - Theatre Fairmount, Montreal QC, Canada^
14th - The Sinclair, Cambridge MA, US^
15th - Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn NY, US^
16th - Black Cat, Washington DC, US^

* - w/ Pond
^ - w/ The Drums

Quiet Hollers

Premiere: Quiet Hollers - “Funny Ways”

Jun 13, 2017

Ahead of the new album from Louisville's Quiet HollersAmen Breaks - out July 7th via indie label sonaBLAST!, Under the Radar has the premiere of their second single "Funny Ways". It's an inviting stream of classically tinged rock that highlights the group's evolution, guided by the silky vocals of singer/guitarist Shadwick Wilde.

The new album follows the group's 2013 alt-country styled debut I Am the Morning and 2015's resonating self-titled sophomore effort Quiet Hollers. Amen Breaks is thematically concerned with existential issues fought both internally and externally and they've turned to vintage drum machines, strings, brass and samples to reflect these tensions. As stated in their bio "The album draws parallels between the modern entertainment landscape and the cultural crossover of the 1970s-- another decade marred by division, political corruption, and terrorist bombs."

The conscious Mr. Wilde had this to say about the new song: “Funny Ways is about criminality, and the self-perpetuating prison-industrial complex.  Have you ever had a friend that just can't stay out of trouble? That's who I wrote this song for. I've got a bunch of those-- used to have more. I have a problem staying away from crime in my writing. But we have a problem in this country, wherein we have 4 percent of the world's population, and 22 percent of the world's prisoners. Is our country more violent or thieving than others because we built it on genocide and slavery, the theft of a person's life?  Maybe. Or are we over-policing our communities of color and using their minor drug offenders for slave labor?  Maybe. I'm just out here trying to encourage some dialogue.”


Upcoming Quiet Hollers Tour Dates:


6/23 – Summer Solstice Festival – Yorkville, IL

6/30  - The Basement – Nashville, TN

7/14 – The Forecastle Festival – Louisville, KY

7/28 - Riverwest - Milwaukee, WI

8/03-06 – Mile of Music Festival – Appleton, WI

8/24 - WBJB Songwriters on the Beach - Belmar, NJ

8/25 - Pioneer - Indianapolis, IN


Follow Quiet Hollers: Website // Facebook // Twitter // Spotify // SoundCloud // YouTube // Bandcamp // Bandsintown // Instagram

Oneohtrix Point Never

Listen: Oneohtrix Point Never “The Pure and the Damned” (ft. Iggy Pop)

Jun 12, 2017

Daniel Lopatin, aka Oneohtrix Point Never, has no doubt been retooling in his netherworld of electronic composition since his spellbinding 2015 release Garden of Delete. His new work comes in the form of a score for the film Good Time, which apparently blew people away at the Cannes Film Festival. The score was awarded Cannes 2107 best soundtrack and will be released on August 11th. Check out the moody beauty "The Pure and the Damned" featuring Iggy Pop below. Here's a little info about the project from Warp Records:

"‘Good Time’ was rapturously received by Cannes’ film critics, directed by Josh and Benny Safdie and stars Robert Pattinson (in a widely regarded career best performance) and Jennifer Jason Leigh. The hypnotic crime thriller follows Pattinson’s Connie in a twisted odyssey through the New York underworld in a desperate attempt to get his brother out of jail. Watch the full trailer hereComposed for the closing scene of the film, ‘The Pure and the Damned’ features a guest vocal and lyrics written by Iggy Pop - a delivery rich with uncomparable weight and wisdom."