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UNDER THE RADAR: Family of the Year - "Diversity" [Official Music Video]

Family of the Year is a 6 piece indie/folk band from Los Angeles.

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The White Stripes

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Kurt Cobain - Nirvana

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Eddie Vedder climbs the stage scaffolding during Pearl Jam's performance at the Pinkpop festival in Landgraaf, Netherlands on June 8th 1992

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Photo: Eddie Vedder climbs the stage scaffolding during Pearl Jam’s performance at the Pinkpop festival in Landgraaf, Netherlands on June 8th 1992.

 

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LIVE SESSION: NICK CAVE AND THE DIRTY THREE - "Sea Above, Sky Below"

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LIVE SESSION: NICK CAVE AND THE DIRTY THREE – “Sea Above, Sky Below”.

 

Nick Cave and the Dirty Three performing for security cameras live at ATP NY 2009.

 

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UNDER THE RADAR: COSMO SHELDRAKE - "Prefusify" , Live in the Laundrette

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UNDER THE RADAR: COSMO SHELDRAKE – “Prefusify” , Live in the Laundrette.

 

Cosmo Sheldrake performing ‘Prefusify’ live in a Brighton laundrette. Video directed by Ruben Woodin and produced by Bat on Ball creations.

Cosmo Sheldrake is a master looper, multi instrumentalist, who played jazz and classical piano from the age of 4, and regularly performs on banjo, loop station, keyboards, double bass, drums, didgeridoo, penny whistle, sousaphone and more.

 

An inspirational singer and improviser, he draws on numerous and disparate musical traditions from Mongolia to West Africa, blues to classical and folk to Balkan brass. Cosmo is a composer and a producer and has written music for film and theatre.

 

Based in London and Brighton, he runs vocal improv and beatboxing workshops, youth empowerment and wilderness camps. He teaches workshops in schools and runs a regular community choir in Brighton.

Cosmo also performs with his older brother Merlin in the Gentle Mystics, who released their debut album in 2011.

 

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UNDER THE RADAR: PRINCESS - "Prisoner"

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UNDER THE RADAR: PRINCESS – “Prisoner”.

 

Princess performing for the Trout Records live session. This one was shot at Asylum Studio at Bow Lane. The video was shot by SecondFrame and the song is called “Prisoner”, a melodic indie alt-rock track which switches up the tempo halfway through for a more involving outro.

 

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JOE STRUMMER - The Clash

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Billy Bragg

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THE DAMNED

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UNDER THE RADAR: LOVE AS LAUGHTER - "LZY SLDR"

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UNDER THE RADAR: LOVE AS LAUGHTER – “LZY SLDR”.

 

The continuing rock and roll adventures of Sam Jayne and his awesome talented friends. 20 years of noise and rock and punk and pop.

 

Love as Laughter is an American indie pop band. The band was formed in 1994 by vocalist and guitarist Sam Jayne as a solo project following the break-up of his previous band, Lync.

 

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MIXTAPE: Under the Radar #6 (11.apr.2014)

MIXTAPE: Under The Radar #6 (11.apr.2014)
Discovering the new Alternative & Indie Pop/Rock Music.
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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: THE SMITHS - "How Soon Is Now?"

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: THE SMITHS – “How Soon Is Now?”.

 

“How Soon Is Now?” is a 1984 song written by Morrissey and Johnny Marr and first released by their band The Smiths. This song – which guitarist, Johnny Marr, described as The Smiths’ “most enduring record” – is about their frontman Morrissey’s crippling shyness. It has since become an anthem for the alienated and socially isolated.

 

This was a very complex song to record. Marr broke the process down to The Guitar Magazine: “I wanted it to be really, really tense and swampy, all at the same time. Layering the slide part was what gave it the real tension. The tremolo effect came from laying down a regular rhythm part with a capo at the 2nd fret on a Les Paul, then sending that out in to the live room to four Fender Twins. John was controlling the tremolo on two of them and I was controlling the other two, and whenever they went out of sync we just had to stop the track and start all over again. It took an eternity."

 

The Smiths had difficulty playing this song live. Marr, in particular, struggled to recreate the guitar effect in concert. Bassist, Andy Rourke, called it “the bane of The Smiths’ live career."

 

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Debbie Harry being photographed by Andy Warhol, 1980, by Chris Stein

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UNDER THE RADAR: AVEY TARE'S SLASHER FLICKS - "Little Fang"

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UNDER THE RADAR: AVEY TARE’S SLASHER FLICKS – “Little Fang”.

 

Let’s hear it for literalism! “Little Fang” is the name of the first single from Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks, the Animal Collective co-leader’s new band with Dirty Projectors’ Angel Deradoorian and Ponytail’s Jeremy Hyman.

 

And so it makes perfect sense that the song’s video would concern the adventures of a vampire cat. Longtime Animal Collective collaborator Abby Portner directed the video, which references a few old horror movies and generally works as a spooky head-trip. But the Jim Henson Creature Shop created the puppet who plays the title character.

 

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: THE SUNDAYS - “Summertime”

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: THE SUNDAYS – “Summertime”.

 

The Sundays were an influential british indie group of the late 1980s and 1990s. Singer Harriet Wheeler and guitarist David Gavurin formed the band in college at Bristol, soon adding bassist Paul Brindley and drummer Patrick Hannan. Comparisons were drawn with original label-mates The Smiths, and bands such as Cocteau Twins, and 10,000 Maniacs.

 

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Michael Stipe (R.E.M.) by Anton Corbijn

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UNDER THE RADAR: PAPER LIGHTS - "Never Let You Go"

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UNDER THE RADAR: PAPER LIGHTS – “Never Let You Go”.

 

Paper Lights is an indie/pop/rock band comprised of 6 members from Atlanta, GA. They have spent time traveling and writing music together as well as working closely with one another for many years now. There is a highly collaborative spirit cultivated among the band which translates into a unique and large cinematic soundscape found within their music.

Paper Lights’ highly anticipated album ‘Caverns’ released in November 2013 and featured new and exciting additions to the band, such as multiple percussive elements, as well as a female vocalist.

 

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UNDER THE RADAR: GIL SCOTT-HERON - "Alien (Hold On To Your Dreams)"

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UNDER THE RADAR: GIL SCOTT-HERON – “Alien (Hold On To Your Dreams)”.

 

Gil is back giving us a preview of what he has to offer in the upcoming Record Store Day later this month, unleashing a new track called ‘Alien (Hold On To Your Dreams)’.

 

The track is a beautiful, brilliant soulful cut that finds Mr. Heron showing off his deep thoughts, his amazing songwriting skills, and his infectious vocals at the same damn time.. Take a break from the normal listening and check out the this new gem. The track will be found on Mr. Heron’s forthcoming posthumous album Nothing New which will be released by XL Recordings on Record Store Day (April 19th).

 

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LIVE SESSION: GARY NUMAN - "Cars", Live at Amoeba

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LIVE SESSION: GARY NUMAN – “Cars”, Live at Amoeba.

 

Gary Numan performed at Amoeba Hollywood October 16th, 2013.

 

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: THE CLASH - "Police and Thieves"

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: THE CLASH – “Police and Thieves”.

 

When The Clash were recording their debut album in February 1977, they were asked to come up with an extra track to increase the overall running time. As big reggae fans, their answer was to cover Police & Thieves, a contemporary club hit by Jamaican singer Junior Murvin. The Clash gave the song their own edgy rock makeover, a move that kick-started punk’s lasting connection with militant black music, and opened up the band’s music to a strong reggae influence.

 

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VINI REILLY - DURUTTI COLUMN

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LIVE SESSION: BILLY BRAGG - "A New England" , Live at Amoeba

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LIVE SESSION: BILLY BRAGG – “A New England” , Live at Amoeba.

 

Billy Bragg performing “A New England” at Amoeba, San Francisco, October 5, 2013.

 

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LIVE SESSION: PETER HOOK - "Transmission", live at Armazém F, Lisbon, April 12th, 2014

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LIVE SESSION: PETER HOOK – “Transmission”, live at Armazém F, Lisbon, April 12, 2014.

 

Hooky and his band The Light performing “Transmission” in Lisbon on April 12th, 2014 at Armazém F.


This was the third & final gig to their tour of Portugal in April 2014, which Hooky & the Light performed both Joy Division albums, Unknown Pleasures and Closer, as well as various other selected tracks.

 

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The Ramones, New York City, by Roberta Bayley

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Portrait of Björk by Anton Corbijn, Reykjavik 1999

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