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Dec 23, 2023

Here we go again, racing to December’s finish line, eager to put another chaotic year in the rearview and nervous about what the next 12 months have in store for us. More

13 Best Songs of the Week: Ratboys, Madeline Kenney, Alan Palomo, This Is the Kit, and More

Plus Lightning Dust, Glasser, Julie Byrne, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Jun 09, 2023

Welcome to the 21st Songs of the Week of 2023. The theme this week was horns, three of the songs in the Top 4 feature some sort of brass instrument (saxophone, etc.). Stricken with indecision, we settled on a Top 13 this week. More

This Is the Kit Share New Song “Stuck in a Room” (Plus Live Performance Video)

Careful of Your Keepers Due Out This Friday via Rough Trade; Produced by Gruff Rhys

Jun 07, 2023

This Is the Kit, the Paris-based project led by British-born singer/songwriter Kate Stables, are releasing a new Gruff Rhys-produced album, Careful of Your Keepers, this Friday via Rough Trade. Now they have shared its third single, “Stuck in a Room.” They have also shared a video of the band performing the song live last month at the Minack Theatre in Cornwall, England, which is an outdoor theater on the side of a cliff overlooking the sea at the very southern tip of England. More

12 Best Songs of the Week: Decisive Pink, Christine and the Queens, Local Natives, and More

Plus Madeline Kenney, CJ’s Mirra Maze, Sparks, Youth Lagoon, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

May 12, 2023

Welcome to the 17th Songs of the Week of 2023. This week we had an obvious #1, a clear highlight to top the list. But there were plenty of other solid tracks too, including three from newly announced albums. More

This Is the Kit Share New Song “More Change” (Feat. Gruff Rhys) and Announce U.S. Tour

Careful of Your Keepers Due Out June 9 via Rough Trade; Produced by Gruff Rhys

May 09, 2023

This Is the Kit, the Paris-based project led by British-born singer/songwriter Kate Stables, are releasing a new Gruff Rhys-produced album, Careful of Your Keepers, on June 9 via Rough Trade. Now they have shared its second single, “More Change,” via an amusing music video. The song also features backing vocals by Rhys. This Is the Kit have also announced some new North American tour dates. More

22 Best Songs of the Last Two Weeks: Jessie Ware, Alison Goldfrapp, Nation of Language, and More

Plus Blondshell, Girl Ray, Little Dragon, Dawn Richard, Indigo De Souza, and a Wrap-up of the Last Two Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Apr 14, 2023

Welcome to the thirteenth Songs of the Week of 2023. We didn’t do a Songs of the Week last week because I was on a brief vacation (it was my daughter’s spring break), so this week’s list includes songs from the last two weeks. Any song first released between April 1 and April 14 was eligible. Hence we have a supersized list week—22 songs is probably the most we’ve ever had in one Songs of the Week main list, but it breaks down to 12 songs from this week and 10 from last week. More

This Is the Kit Announce New Gruff Rhys-Produced Album, Share New Song “Inside Outside”

Careful of Your Keepers Due Out June 9 via Rough Trade; Tour Dates Also Announced

Apr 04, 2023

This Is the Kit, the Paris-based project led by British-born singer/songwriter Kate Stables, has announced a new album produced by Gruff Rhys, Careful of Your Keepers, and shared its first single, “Inside Outside,” via a music video. This Is the Kit have also announced some UK and EU tour dates. 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

Oct 07, 2020

This Is the Kit, the project led by British-born singer/songwriter Kate Stables, is releasing a new album, Off Off On, on October 23 via Rough Trade. Now she has shared another song from the album, “Was Magician.” As well as the regular audio for the song, This Is the Kit has shared a live performance video for “Was Magician.” More

12 Best Songs of the Week: Jesse Kivel, Doves, Django Django, Janelle Monáe, and More

Plus Everything Everything, Seamus Fogarty, This Is the Kit, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Sep 11, 2020

Welcome to the 36th Songs of the Week of 2020. This week’s list is a supersized one, with 12 instead of 10 songs (and last week we only had eight), which is surprising considering Monday was the Labor Day holiday here in America, meaning few new songs were shared that day. More

Sep 10, 2020

This Is the Kit, the project led by British-born singer/songwriter Kate Stables, is releasing a new album, Off Off On, on October 23 via Rough Trade. Now she has shared another song from the album, “Coming to Get You Nowhere,” via a video for the track that features Stables helping to get a car unstuck on a country lane. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Sufjan Stevens, This Is the Kit, Bill Callahan, Lonnie Holley, and More

Plus Ganser, Glass Animals, NZCA LINES, Fear of Men, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Jul 03, 2020

Welcome to the 26th Songs of the Week of 2020. Tomorrow is Independence Day here in America, but it’s hard to feel overly patriotic this year with the Trump administration continuing to botch the response to the pandemic and with so much to fix in this country—including systemic racism, police brutality, gun reform, climate change, and wealth inequality, to name just a handful of challenges. More

Jul 01, 2020

This Is the Kit, the project led by British-born singer/songwriter Kate Stables, has announced a new album, Off Off On, and shared its first single, “This is What You Did,” via a video for the track. More

May 15, 2019

The National are releasing a new album, I Am Easy to Find, which is accompanied by a 24-minute short film directed by Mike Mills and starring Oscar-winning Swedish actress Alicia Vikander, this Friday via 4AD. Last night they stopped The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to perform the album’s “You Had Your Soul With You.” They were aided by a string quartet and two guest singers, This Is the Kit’s Kate Stables and Pauline de Lassus (aka Mina Tindle). More

Jul 20, 2017

This Is the Kit, the project led by British-born, Paris-based singer/songwriter Kate Stables, released their fourth album, Moonshine Freeze, a couple of week’s back via Rough Trade. More

Under the Radar Announces Summer 2017 Issue with Grizzly Bear on the Cover

Issue 61 Also Includes Interviews with The War on Drugs, The National, Broken Social Scene, Slowdive vs. Ariel Pink, Phoenix, Beach House, and Much More

Jul 18, 2017

Under the Radar is excited to announce the full details of our Summer 2017 Issue, which is out now digitally via Under the Radar’s app and the magazine app Readly. The print version has shipped out to subscribers and stores and will be on all newsstands soon (as well as available soon digitally via the magazine app Zinio). The issue features Grizzly Bear on the cover. More

Jul 07, 2017

Here we highlight four albums due out today that we feel are most worth hearing. We have also included Amazon links for each album. If you click through those links and buy the album (or anything else on Amazon once you’ve clicked through) then Amazon rewards us with a sales percentage. So buy that album you were likely going to purchase anyway, but also help support one of America’s last truly independent print music magazines. More

Seven Best Songs of the Week: Wolf Alice, Everything Everything, Algiers, and More

Plus Trailer Trash Tracys, The Horrors, This Is the Kit, Frankie Rose, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Jun 16, 2017

So many notable new tracks this week! To help you sort through the multitude of fresh songs released in the last seven days, we have picked the seven best this week had to offer. More

Listen: This Is the Kit - “Bullet Proof”

Moonshine Freeze Due Out July 7 via Rough Trade

Jun 16, 2017

This Is the Kit, the project led by British-born, Paris-based singer/songwriter Kate Stables, are releasing their fourth album, Moonshine Freeze, on July 7 via Rough Trade. More



Interviews

Aug 05, 2021

If timing is in fact everything, This Is the Kit’s Kate Stables has got it in spades. More

This Is the Kit

Melodious Ambiguity

Aug 30, 2017

While Kate Stables is beloved for the haunting Celtic tinged melodies and evocative lyrics she records under the alias This Is the Kit, one of the most poignant moments on her new LP is taken from a far off land and sung in a language you’re not likely to understand. More