Devon Welsh

Watch: Devon Welsh (FKA Majical Cloudz) “By the Daylight” Video

Jul 20, 2018

Devon Welsh, formerly of Majical Cloudz, just announced his new solo album Dream Songs, out August 24. He also shared the video for the beautiful third single "By the Daylight". The return of the Montreal artist's voice is very welcome. Here's some background on the new album from the press release:

Produced by Austin Tufts of Braids, the record is a collection of ten powerful songs inspired by the passing of seasons and the intricacies of love, all featuring Welsh's soaring vocals. Today Welsh shared the video for the album's opening track "By The Daylight," a song that finds him intoning, "I am a body / Stuck in a story / Things more powerful than me / Control the actions in my life."

Devon Welsh is a Montreal-based singer, songwriter, and artist. He released two critically acclaimed albums as the frontman of Majical Cloudz, an electronic duo whose intense and innovative music combined aspects of poetry, hardcore, minimalism, and folk. That project came to an end in 2016, largely because it had fulfilled its intentions. "The band has come to a very natural conclusion, as it has communicated everything it was meant to and reached more people than we would have ever imagined," said Devon at the time.

Following the breakup, Devon stepped away from music for a year. "I wrote songs but didn't think about their purpose or about anything at all to do with the music industry or if I would be releasing music in the future," he said about this time, "I just tried to grow as a person and do some learning." The songs he wrote during this period would eventually become the basis for his debut solo album, Dream Songs.

Dream Songs steps out of the strict aesthetic Welsh worked in with Majical Cloudz while continuing and expanding on some of the core ideas which that project explored. The album is a series of reflections on themes: time, separation, the complexities of love, will, eternal life, the seasons. The songs are evidence of Devon's growth as a songwriter; this is his most mature work to date.


We Were Promised Jetpacks

Listen: We Were Promised Jetpacks “Hanging In”

Jul 19, 2018

We Were Promised Jetpacks is returning with a new album, The More I Sleep The Less I Dream, which will be self-released in North America and be available via Big Scary Monsters in Europe on September 14. "Hanging In" is the first single and stays true to the Scottish outfit's brand of melody and muscle. Check it out below. The band gathered themselves and refocused for the new album, cutting out the touring and placing all their attention into getting the new work to where they were satisfied, stripping away the excess to return to their high school band roots. 

Frankie Cosmos

Watch: Frankie Cosmos “Duet” Video

Jul 18, 2018

Frankie Cosmos is still riding with the tour for their wonderful album Vessel. Greta Kline and the gang return to the States in September after a UK stop and continue their show run through November. Today, they shared the video for "Duet", directed by Eliza Doyle, humorously showing the lovely Greta form a relationship with a CPR dummy. Watch:


Frankie Cosmos Tour

Jul. 27 - Denver, CO - Underground Music Showcase
Jul. 28 - Denver, CO - Underground Music Showcase
Jul. 29 - Denver, CO - Underground Music Showcase
Aug. 17 - Paredes de Coura, PT - Vodafone Paredes de Coura
Aug. 19 - Brecon Beacons, UK - Green Man Festival
Aug. 21 - Belfast, UK - Voodoo Belfast !
Aug. 22 - Galway, IE - Roisin Dubh !
Aug. 23 - Dublin, IE - Button Factory !
Sep. 13 - Baltimore, MD -  Ottobar *
Sep. 14 - Durham, NC - Motorco Music Hall *
Sep. 15 - Asheville, NC - Mothlight *
Sep. 16 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade *
Sep. 17 - Birmingham, AL - Saturn Birmingham *
Sep. 19 - New Orleans, LA - Gasa Gasa *
Sep. 20 - Houston, TX - Satellite Bar *
Sep. 21 - San Antonio, TX - Paper Tiger *
Sep. 22 - Austin, TX - Barracuda *
Sep. 23 - Dallas, TX - Deep Ellum Art Company *
Sep. 24 - Oklahoma, OK - Tower Theater *
Sep. 26 - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line Music Cafe *
Sep. 27 - Milwaukee, WI - Back Room @ Collectivo Coffee *
Sep. 29 - Champaign, IL - Pygmalion Festival
Sep. 30 - Detroit, MI - El Club  *
Oct. 01 - Cleveland Heights, OH - Grog Shop *
Oct. 02 - Pittsburgh, PA - Cattivo *
Oct. 03 - Harrisburg, PA - Stage on Herr *
Oct. 05 - Jersey City, NJ - White Eagle Hall  *
Oct. 06 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg *
Oct. 07 - New York City, NY - Bowery Ballroom *
Nov. 02 - Los Angeles, CA - The Regent Theater ^
Nov. 03 - Long Beach, CA - Tropicalia Festival ^
Nov. 05 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore ^
Nov. 08 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom ^
Nov. 09 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret ^
Nov. 10 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theatre ^
! w/ Squarehead
* w/ Lomelda & Stef Chura
^ w/ Kero Kero Bonito

Wild Nothing

Listen: Wild Nothing “Partners In Motion”

Jul 17, 2018

Wild Nothing, the project of Los Angeles-based Jack Tatum, will release his fourth album, Indigo,  August 31st on Captured Tracks. The second single from the new album "Partners In Motion" was just released. Here's some background on Indigo from Captured Tracks:

Indigo is its own cyborg world, utilizing the artful mechanisms of human touch with the precision of technology to create the classic, pristine sound Tatum has been seeking his entire career. It finds Tatum at his most efficient, calculated, and confident after a decade of making music as Wild Nothing. On one hand, Indigo is a return to the fresh, transcendent sweep of his debut, 2010’s Gemini, and on the other, a culmination of heights reached, paths traveled, and lessons learned while creating the follow-ups, Nocturne and Life of Pause. 

In his studio, he would write pieces of songs on guitars, with keyboards, “in the box” with plug-ins and programs—whatever held his interest on any given day. He built a series of highly detailed demos, intending to record the final package swiftly with a live band in a studio and—bucking against the trend of the rougher sound of Wild Nothing’s peers—in a clear, bright, 1980’s-inspired fidelity. “I wanted it to sound like a classic studio record, as close as I could get it there. It just boils down to me wanting to fit into some larger narrative, musically, in terms of these artists I love,” says Tatum. “I think about how my music will age. Ideas of ‘timeless’ are going to be different—so if Indigo is not timeless then it’s at least ‘out of time.’” 


Jóhann Jóhannsson

Listen : Jóhann Jóhannsson “Children of the New Dawn” From Mandy Soundtrack

Jul 14, 2018

The final recording of the great composer Jóhann Jóhansson was his score for upcoming horror-thriller Mandy, starring Nicholas Cage. The single "Children of the New Dawn" was just released via Lakeshore Records. Like Austin's S U R V I V E, it captures perfectly the analog synth music of '80s low budget B-movies. The score was co-produced by Jóhannsson and Randall Dunn (produced Sunn O)))) and features Sunn O)))’s Stephen O’Malley on guitar. 

Here's some context from the press release:

Lakeshore Records in conjunction with Invada Records will release Jóhann Jóhannsson’s final work, his original score to the forthcoming film Mandy.  The film and soundtrack will be released seven months after his heartbreaking and untimely death in February.  Jóhannsson’s manager, Tim Husom, remembers Jóhann and how the project came about:  “My friend and client Jóhann Jóhannsson passed away on February 9, 2018. The last music he created before his death was the score to Mandy. We were working on it right up until the film was delivered to Sundance in early January, 2018.   Back in August of 2016 we received a call from Daniel Noah at SpectreVision about this crazy new horror film they were starting that starred Nicolas Cage, Andrea Riseborough, Linus Roach, and directed by Panos Cosmatos.  Jóhann had just finished his score for Denis Villeneuve’s film, Arrival, when the Mandy mood boards were sent over to us. They were unbelievably cool and scary. Our interest was hooked immediately.  Jóhann’s first email response to me about the project was ‘Seriously, his (Panos) Beyond The Black Rainbow film is a masterpiece! I love it. And the way he uses music.’ To Jóhann, the idea of working on Mandy with Panos and SpectreVision was bringing some much needed balance to his score career and a perfect next step.”


Premiere: Campdogzz “Run Wild” Video

Jul 12, 2018

Chicago-based five-piece Campdogzz sophomore album In Rounds is out 8/3 via 15 Passenger. Under the Radar is happy to show the premiere of the video for single "Run Wild".

“The video is a visual representation of what, to me, is lush, visceral, spiritual Tulsa,OK" comments lead singer-songwriter and Tulsa native Jess Price. "Most of what you see was shot on the Northside and at the historic Colony. Featured is Lydia Cheshewalla (Roots and Ash, Holy Mother Collective) along with several other resident Tulsa artists and musicians, sculpture by Chris Wollard. Those who live or have lived in the area will gladly attempt to describe it. It's sky. The way the winds rip and shift. Green country and how alive it is. Insects. The pull to come back. The heaviness that seems to always be in the air. It's an area that is in part progressing, yet is so acutely preserved. The song itself is more or less a person acknowledging patterns in their life. And the setting holds the heaviness of those patterns and the lightness of their revelations.”

The new album follows Campdogzz’s self-released 2015 debut album Riders in the Hills of Dying Heaven and is ”a more collaborative and intentional effort,” centered around the songwriting and voice of Price, whose “melodies take on the shape of a storm making its way in — and out just as soon”. The Oklahoma native moved to Chicago to become a filmmaker and then met now Campdogzz bandmates Mike Russell and Nick Enderle when making a documentary about their previous band, Suns.



Watch: Preoccupations Live on KEXP

Jul 12, 2018

Calgary's Preoccupations had some shit luck in May when all of their gear and van were stolen on tour. They launched a GoFundMe to replace it, which succeeded in allowing them to continue their tour of latest album New Material. This live session for KEXP with host Stevie Zoom was recorded just before the unfortunate event. the set includes "Disarray", "Solace", "Decompose" from New Material and "Zodiac" from their 2016 ST album.


Buck Meek

Watch: Buck Meek In-Studio “Ruby” Video

Jul 10, 2018

Big Thief guitarist Buck Meek just released an in-studio video of "Ruby" for Blue Room, the video series from Thrd Coast, a Brooklyn and San Francisco-based blog. "Ruby" is from Meek's really good folk-country-bluegrass debut self-titled solo album that came out in May. Here's a bit from Meek's site.

Buck Meek’s songs are for the lost dogs of honest mechanics, good guys and girls born into a life of crime, runaways, snow spirits, the ghosts of Central Park, unsung diving-board stars, the affection shared through gambling, and so on. Bred in Texas, more bread in New York City, Meek spins outlaw ballads and quotidian fairy tales into a yarn, with Adam Brisbin on guitar (Jolie Holland, Sam Evian, Katie Von Schleicher), Mat Davidson on bass (Twain, The Low Anthem, Spirit Family Reunion), and Austin Vaughn on drums (Here We Go Magic, Luke Temple, Sam Evian).