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yesterday

Hello there. Jay Som is a project by singer-songwriter Melina Duterte. Her new album arrived some days back and I like it. Enjoy! (US version here) Jay Som – Everybody WorksFiled...

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yesterday

Hey there. With some of the best reviews of the year (so far), the emotional new album by Mount Eerie (project by folk singer-songwriter Phil Elverum) looks like a winner. Enjoy...

Under The Radar review
yesterday

A Crow Looked at Me is an unflinching look at life going on after the loss of someone dear, as much about love as it is about death.  More

The Quietus review
yesterday

It’s been slightly more than two years since Desperate Journalist’s self-titled debut, and my haven’t they grown. It’s more of the same to be fair, though there’s an assuredness...

Clash review
24.03.17

A stark and honest document, laced with compassion...

Under The Radar review
24.03.17

When The Jesus and Mary Chain reunited in 2007, it was unexpected given the acrimonious breakup that brothers Jim Reid and William Reid experienced while touring for their 1998...

Under The Radar review
23.03.17

Australian trio Middle Kids blazed out of the gates with debut single, "Edge of Town," which ticked up millions of streams before the band had even played a show.  More

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21.03.17

Hello. The music by German pop duo Milky Chance may be too catchy for some listeners, but it was a nice change of pace for me. Their new album was added two days ago. Enjoy! (US...

Under The Radar review
18.03.17

As he croons away with that weather-beaten voice and twinkle-eyed cynicism, it's easy to forget Conor Oberst is only 37. A ubiquitous figure on the indie scene for decades, the...

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yesterday

Howdy folks. From a recent Spotify update: the new album by singer-songwriter Conor Oberst. Read this review and enjoy! Conor Oberst – SalutationsFiled under: 2017, Singer...

Under The Radar review
18.03.17

Some ideas are repeated a million times for a good reason. Take, for instance, the line about how easy it is to take a new Spoon album for granted. When a band releases four near...

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yesterday

Hi. The strong new album by Spoon was added to Spotify yesterday. Genre: indie rock. Good stuff. Enjoy! Spoon – Hot ThoughtsFiled under: 2017, Rock

Under The Radar review
17.03.17

Minus the Bear reunite with their original label, Suicide Squeeze, to release an album that is as far removed from their original material as the band has yet gone.  More

Clash review
17.03.17

Soft-focus and faintly nostalgic, but all the better for it...

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yesterday

Hi. It’s a new release week again. First find: Real Estate. Genre: indie pop/rock. Enjoy! Real Estate – In MindFiled under: 2017, Pop, Rock

Under The Radar review
yesterday

For a bunch of barely 30-year-olds, the members of Real Estate sure know how to make some stellar soft rock. That's not meant as an insult—their last album, Atlas, is one of the...

The Quietus review
yesterday

The old John Peel adage about The Fall being “always different, always the same” might be fruitfully adapted for New Jersey janglers Real Estate. For here, truly, is a band that...

Clash review
13.03.17

A thrilling second album from a band who demand to be taken seriously...

Spotinews recomendation
12.03.17

Hello again. As promised here is a third Sunday update. Genre: folk/indie rock. Enjoy Ha Ha Tonka! (Don’t forget to subscribe to the new playlist: Spotinews 077) Ha Ha Tonka...

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11.03.17

Hello again. Indie pop, anyone? If yes, check out the slick new album by Tennis and enjoy! (US version here) (And there is a new playlist: Spotinews 077, where I post samples from...

Under The Radar review
yesterday

The formula that seems to work for the husband and wife duo Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore is to set out to sea and become inspired to make a record. Their first, Cape Dory, was...

Under The Radar review
11.03.17

It's been five years since James Mercer and co. debuted new music to The Shins' vast fanbase. On their fifth studio album Heartworms, the (now) six-piece shows them going a long...

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yesterday

Hey again. The final update of the release week is the new album by The Shins. Genre: indie rock. Enjoy! The Shins – HeartwormsFiled under: 2017, Rock

Spotinews recomendation
10.03.17

Howdy. I love it when my top album of the week is by one of my favorite artists and also available worldwide. Singer-songwriter Laura Marling delivers another winner. Good stuff...

Under The Radar review
yesterday

Laura Marling's Semper Femina—a Latin phrase taken from Virgil's Aeneid which roughly means "always a woman"—is a superb showing of contemporary folk music. Like in her previous...

Clash review
yesterday

A superb meditation on the feminine...

Spotinews recomendation
06.03.17

Morning. A new album by WHY? arrived three days ago. Genre: pop/rock. Enjoy! WHY? – Moh LheanFiled under: 2016, Pop, Rock

The Quietus review
yesterday

After nearly 20 years in the game, Yoni Wolf’s lyrics are still ham-fisted. He’s that friend who won’t stop reciting bad slam poetry on YouTube – endearingly earnest, wordy as...

Under The Radar review
07.03.17

Resignation isn't hinted at in the words sung here by WHY?'s Yoni Wolf—one of indie's most under-celebrated lyricists—but woven extensively throughout. More

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06.03.17

Hello again. From two days ago: the new album by Sondre Lerche gives us some delightful retro pop. Enjoy! (Version for users outside of the Nordic countries here) Sondre Lerche...

Clash review
03.03.17

An occasionally misty-eyed but very welcome return...

Under The Radar review
04.03.17

It's been 11 years since Grandaddy released an album. They've come back just in time. Grandaddy's textured, robot-core sleeper rock makes a natural comeback, with fresh eyes. More

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03.03.17

Hey again. The new album by New Zealand singer-songwriter Nadia Reid is really good. Enjoy! (Note: Next blog update will arrive on Sunday.) (US version here) Nadia Reid...

Under The Radar review
yesterday

The sophomore album from New Zealand's Nadia Reid is a hushed recording—akin to an intimate conversation over coffee on a lazy Sunday morning. The majority of the songs on...

Under The Radar review
03.03.17

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah have always done things on their own terms and The Tourist, the band's first release in three years and fifth overall, is no different.  More

Clash review
03.03.17

A superb new album from the Vancouver crew...

Spotinews recomendation
02.03.17

Hi there. The serene new album by singer-songwriter Peter Silberman is a fairly recent addition to Spotify. Enjoy! (US version here) Peter Silberman – ImpermanenceFiled under...

The Quietus review
07.03.17

For human nature, the concept of the void is something so terrifyingly ungraspable that to try and dodge it is the only possible way to even come close to dealing with it. From...

Under The Radar review
07.03.17

The cover of Impermanence is a blurry self-portrait of The Antlers' frontman Peter Silberman. Silberman lost hearing in his left ear a few months prior to the release of The...

Clash review
07.03.17

A rare talent uncovers truth in tortured silence...

Spotinews recomendation
01.03.17

Hi again. Get your feet moving with the new album by Dude York. Genre: indie rock. Enjoy! Dude York – SincerelyFiled under: 2017, Rock

Spotinews recomendation
01.03.17

Hey again. This album was not available for me when I checked five days ago, but now it has been added. Genre: pop/rock. Enjoy The Feelies! (US version here) The Feelies – In...

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26.02.17

Howdy. Here’s the solid new album by Old 97’s. Genre: alt-country rock. Enjoy! (US version here) Old 97’s – Graveyard WhistlingFiled under: 2017, Folk, Rock

Under The Radar review
10.03.17

With Graveyard Whistling, Old 97's frontman Rhett Miller is his most comfortable self, mic-slinging in the stirrups of a rowdy, fleshed-out sound.  More

Under The Radar review
24.02.17

Ever prolific and avant garde, Jamie Stewart's ongoing noise-pop experiment Xiu Xiu follow up last year's chillingly excellent Xiu Xiu Plays the Music of Twin Peaks with their...

Clash review
24.02.17

Welcome return for undervalued combo...

Under The Radar review
24.02.17

It's been a minute since Los Campesinos! have put out any new music. The last time we got a sampling of new Los Campesinos! tunes was when the band decided to release a Christmas...

Clash review
21.02.17

A fascinating glimpse into the songwriter's psychopathology...

Clash review
21.02.17

Dave Longstreth's next step represents a drastic re-imagining of possibilities...

Under The Radar review
24.02.17

Calling Dirty Projectors an experimental band, as they are commonly labeled, tells us everything and nothing about output ranging from obscure cultural references to guitar driven...

The Quietus review
24.02.17

What would indie guitar music sound like if it took on the futuristic production techniques of modern R&B, hip hop and pop music? It is an intriguing question but one that few...