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13 Best Songs of the Week: Caroline Rose, boygenius, Sleaford Mods, The WAEVE, and More

Plus The National, Wednesday, Braids, Murray A. Lightburn, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Jan 20, 2023

Welcome to the third Songs of the Week of 2023. It was a stacked week for new songs and album announcements. Boygenius alone released three songs to consider! There were enough tracks we liked that we settled on a super-sized Top 13 this week. More

Braids Announce New Album, Share Video for New Song “Evolution”

Euphoric Recall Due Out April 28 via Secret City

Jan 18, 2023

Montreal experimental pop trio Braids have announced a new album, Euphoric Recall, and shared a new song from it, “Evolution,” via a music video. More

12 Best Songs of the Week: Death Cab for Cutie, Editors, Maya Hawke, Alvvays, and More

Plus Braids, Imarhan, The Beths, Ezra Furman, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Aug 19, 2022

Welcome to the 31st Songs of the Week of 2022. This week’s list covers songs from the last two weeks, as I was on vacation last week. This week we’re doing things slightly differently, with just a main Top 12 list and some honorable mentions, without the longer list of songs also released in the last week. More

Braids Share New Single “Retriever”

The Band Will Be Supporting Future Islands on Several European Tour Dates

Aug 11, 2022

Montreal trio Braids have shared a new single, “Retriever.” More

Under the Radar Announces The Protest Issue with Japanese Breakfast and HAIM on the Covers

Issue 68 Out Now and Also Includes Julien Baker, Wolf Alice, Tegan and Sara, Arlo Parks, Fleet Foxes, Jessie Ware, Shamir, Lucy Dacus, Valerie June, David Byrne, Julian Casablancas, and Much More

Apr 21, 2021

Under the Radar is excited to announce the full details of our new print issue, which is out now nationwide (on newsstands, in such stores as Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million, and elsewhere) and available to buy directly from us here. The issue features Japanese Breakfast and HAIM on the two covers and is another edition of The Protest Issue, which examines the intersection of music and politics and features musicians photographed with protest signs of their own making. More

Mar 25, 2021

Montreal trio Braids have shared two new songs, titled “Sailor Moon” and “2020.” The two songs were recorded during the sessions for their most recent album, 2020’s Shadow Offering, and were premiered Tuesday night by the band during a livestream concert on YouTube. More

Braids – Stream the New Album and Read Our Interview with the Band

Shadow Offering Out Now via Secret City; Produced by Chris Walla

Jun 19, 2020

Montreal trio Braids have released a new album, Shadow Offering, today via Secret City. Now that the album is out you can stream the whole thing here. Also, today we posted our Self-Portrait interview with the band. Read the interview here and stream the album below. More

9 Best Songs of the Week: Braids, The Dears, Jess Williamson, Hinds, and More

Plus HAIM, Khruangbin, Protomartyr, Glass Animals, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

May 01, 2020

Welcome to the seventeenth Songs of the Week of 2020. It’s another week under quarantine, the same as the last week. Some states, most notably Georgia, are starting to open up again, even though most experts say it’s too soon. More

Braids Share Video for New Song “Just Let Me” (Co-Directed by Singer Raphaelle Standell-Preston)

Shadow Offering Due Out June 19 via Secret City; Produced by Chris Walla

Apr 30, 2020

Montreal trio Braids are releasing a new album, Shadow Offering, on June 19 via Secret City. Now they have shared another song from the album, “Just Let Me,” via a video co-directed by the band’s singer Raphaelle Standell-Preston in her directorial debut. More

12 Best Songs of the Week: Braids, NZCA LINES, Muzz, Sorry, and More

Plus Bob Dylan, Man Man, Hamilton Leithauser, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Mar 27, 2020

Welcome to the twelfth Songs of the Week of 2020. It was another scary week out there, as America surpassed China and Italy to become the country with the most COVID-19 coronavirus cases in the world, with 101,242 known U.S. cases at the time of this writing and 1,588 American COVID-19 deaths. Meanwhile the world economy is in tatters and there’s no realistic end to the quarantine in sight, despite what President Trump says about everything opening back up again in time for Easter. More

Braids Share Video for Nine-Minute New Song “Snow Angel” and Postpone Album Release Date

Shadow Offering Now Due Out June 19 via Secret City; Produced by Chris Walla

Mar 26, 2020

Montreal trio Braids were releasing a new album, Shadow Offering, on April 24 via Secret City, but now they have pushed it back to June 19 due to COVID-19. They have also shared another new song from it, the nine-minute “Snow Angel,” via a video for the track. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Metronomy, Little Dragon, Peter Bjorn and John, Caribou, and More

Plus Shopping, Anna Calvi and Courtney Barnett, Braids, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Jan 31, 2020

Welcome to the fourth Songs of the Week of 2020. There are lots of bass-heavy dance-y songs in the Top 4 this week. Some of this week’s best tracks were connected to albums newly announced this week, others were standalone singles, or additional new songs from previously announced albums. More

Braids Announce New Album, Share Video for New Song “Young Buck”

Shadow Offering Due Out April 24 via Secret City; Produced by Chris Walla

Jan 31, 2020

Montreal trio Braids have announced a new album, Shadow Offering, and shared its first single, “Young Buck,” via a video for the track. Shadow Offering was produced by former Death Cab for Cutie guitarist/producer Chris Walla. More

Braids Announce EP and Tour Dates, Share “Companion” Video

Companion EP Due Out May 20 via Arbutus/Flemish Eye

Apr 29, 2016

Montreal trio Braids have announced a new EP, entitled Companion, that’s due out May 20 via Arbutus/Flemish Eye. They have shared a video for the title track and announced some tour dates. The EP features four songs recorded during the sessions for 2014’s Deep In the Iris. More

Braids Announce Fall Tour Dates

Deep In the Iris Out Now via Arbutus

Jul 22, 2015

Montreal trio Braids released their third album, Deep In the Iris, back in April. Now they have announced a slew of fall tour dates that take in Canada and both American coasts. More

Music Video Roundup: Braids, Fucked Up, Christopher Owens, Holly Herndon, FIDLAR, and More

Plus Clips from Flying Saucer Attack, Eternal Summers, Omar Souleyman, Daughn Gibson, Johanna Warren, JEFF The Brotherhood, and Others

Jun 03, 2015

So many new music videos are released these days that we simply can’t do individual write-ups on all of them. Collected here are some videos shared in the last couple of days that we weren’t able to otherwise post to our site. The clips include puppets, people covered in honey, astronauts, a really long braid, and a spoof of videos from the ‘90s. More

Listen: BRAIDS - “Deep Running”

Outtake Off Flourish // Perish

Apr 28, 2014

Last year ethereal electronic outfit BRAIDS released their sophomore LP Flourish // Perish. More

Nov 29, 2013

This weekend, Utrecht, Netherlands is hosting the Le Guess Who? Festival. We sent writer/photographer Laura Studarus down to cover the action. More

Premiere: BRAIDS Mixtape (Le Guess Who? Edition)

November 28-December 1 in Utrecht, Netherlands

Nov 27, 2013

Tomorrow, Under the Radar will head over to the Netherlands to check out Le Guess Who? Festival. In honor of our trek, we asked a few of our favorite musicians performing at the festival to introduce us to a few of their favorite musicians via our ongoing mixtape project. More

Stream New Albums By Porcelain Raft, DIANA, Braids, and More

Including Pure Bathing Culture, White Hills, and Larry Gus

Aug 15, 2013

Several new albums are streaming in advance of their release next week. More

Listen: BRAIDS - “Fruend”

New Album Flourish // Perish out Aug. 20

Aug 07, 2013

Following their 2011 Mercury Prize-nominated debut Native Speaker, Canadian electro experimentalists BRAIDS will release their sophomore album Flourish // Perish on Aug. 20. More

Listen: BRAIDS - “Amends”

New 12'' Out in June

Apr 29, 2013

Calgary trio BRAIDS have returned following the release of their 2011 debut Native Speaker with a new 12’‘ In Kind // Amends. More

Purity Ring Announces Split 7” With BRAIDS

Out October 10 Via Fat Possum

Aug 26, 2011

Today Purity Ring (a “Pleased to Meet You” artist in our current issue) announced a split 7” with BRAIDS. We have the details. More


Jun 19, 2020

For our recurring Self-Portrait feature, we ask musicians to take a self-portrait photo (or paint/draw a self-portrait) and write a list of personal things about themselves, things that their fans might not already know about them. This Self-Portrait is by Raphaelle Standell-Preston and Austin Tufts of Braids. The whole band also submitted a self-portrait photo. More


Apr 24, 2015

BRAIDS have always felt like the right band at the wrong time. Their first two recordsFlourish // Perish and Native Speaker—are remarkable melanges of twitching experimental pop led by Raphaelle Standell-Preston’s spell-casting intonations. More

Dec 02, 2013

While Under the Radar wasn’t able to attend the first day of events due to logistical conflicts, we dove headfirst into the second day (jetlag be damned) and saw impressive sets from Wampire, Connan Mockasin, BRAIDS, and Forest Swords.

Aug 26, 2013

BRAIDS’ 2011 debut Native Speaker stood out as an inventive, cerebral take on the syncopated obsessions of their peers. Returning after a foray into side project Blue Hawaii, the Montréal group’s follow up finds them crystallizing their influences and thought processes into one of the most accomplished collections of tracks this year. More