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UNDER THE RADAR: Liam Gallagher shares new single “For What It’s Worth”

“For What It’s Worth” is a mid-tempo throwback to mid-era Oasis, rich with swelling strings and gently swaying guitars. 


Song from the forthcoming solo effort "As You Were". The record is out October 6th on Warner Bros. Records/Parlophone.


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UNDER THE RADAR: CHUCK - "New Yorker"

New Yorker, it’s the middle ground of Jonathan Richman and Jeffrey Lewis, as over a strutting beat, twitchy electronics and genuinely quite gorgeous horn arrangements, CHUCK sings of establishing himself in his new hometown, “I made a whole bunch of New York friends ’cause everyone else did, and now I’m a New Yorker”. Song from "Frankenstein Songs for the Grocery Store" out August 18th via Audio Antihero Records. 


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UNDER THE RADAR: Chad VanGaalen - "Pine and Clover"

Chad VanGaalen has a new album, "Light Information", coming out in the fall. Now he’s unveiled a track from it called “Pine And Clover” alongside one of his characteristically trippy, painterly videos. His voice on the track sounds like he’s singing from a cavern, but the instrumentation is sharp and precise. 


"Light Information" is out September 8, 2017 via Sub Pop. 


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UNDER THE RADAR: The Waterboys - "Payo Payo Chin"

The Waterboys have announced their brand new double album entitled Out Of All This Blue, available September 8 via BMG Records. Produced by Mike Scott and recorded in Dublin and Tokyo. 


"Payo Payo Chin" carries a strong poppy bounce, accented with Scott's easygoing lilt, and serves as the album's closer.


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Daniel Ash and Kevin Haskins’ Poptone tour expands into the fall

Daniel Ash and Kevin Haskins’ Poptone tour expands into the fall | SongsSmiths | Scoop.it

Former Bauhaus, Love and Rockets, and Tones on Tail bandmates Daniel Ash, Kevin Haskins, with the addition of Haskins’ daughter Diva Dompe, have just finished up their last 4 Poptone gigs this month.

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UNDER THE RADAR: illuminati hotties - "(You're Better) Than Ever"

illuminati hotties front-woman, Sarah Tudzin, describes herself as, “an LA native, record producer, and burrito enthusiast”, and at this moment that’s basically all we know about the band. Last week though they released a video for their debut single, (You’re Better) Than Ever, and it’s more than enough information for us to be impressed. 


With nods to the likes of Frankie Cosmos and The Total Bettys, (You’re Better) Than Ever is a thrilling blast of pop melody and lo-fi spirit. 


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UNDER THE RADAR: Billy Bragg - "King Tide and the Sunny Day Flood"

This year, the great British folk-punk socialist protest-song master Billy Bragg is releasing a series of one-off songs, promising to address a bleak global political landscape. 


Last month, he gave us the anti-Trump screed “The Sleep Of Reason.” Today, he follows it up with “King Tide And The Sunny Day Flood,” an alt-country lament about all the terrible shit that’s going to happen if climate change continues unabated. 


Sample lyric: “Everyone’s a Libertarian till the brown water floods their home.” It’s a stressful listen! Listen to the song and read what Bragg has to say about it. 


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DOC: Buzzcocks + Magazine on What's On Granada TV '78

A 'What's On' special featuring Buzzcocks and Magazine, broadcast on Granada TV and presented by Tony Wilson. First (and only?) transmission date: July 27th, 1978. 


The programme lasts nearly 40 minutes and consists mainly of Tony Wilson interviewing Pete Shelley and Howard Devoto, but there is also live footage of both bands shot at the Lesser Free Trade Hall in Manchester on July 21st, 1978. 


15 chapters: 

1. Slate Part 1 

2. Section 1 

3. Buzzcocks: What Do I Get? 

4. Section 3 

5. Magazine: Motorcade 

6. Section 4 

7. Slate Part 2 

8. Section 6 

9. Buzzcocks: Love You More 

10. Section 8 

11. Magazine: Burst 

12. Section 10 

13. Buzzcocks: I Don't Mind 

14. Section 12 

15. Buzzcocks with Howard Devoto: I Can't Control Myself

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UNDER THE RADAR: Gorillaz - "Strobelite"

Gorillaz shared the video for “Strobelite,” off of their latest album Humanz. The Peven Everett-featuring track is perfect for the club, which is why director Raoul Skinbeck took the animated band to the club to hang out with Vince Staples and Savages’ Jehnny Beth.


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UNDER THE RADAR: Daughter - "Burn It Down"

English indie rock band Daughter have an interesting new project about the be released, a video game soundtrack. A genre typically reserved for electronic artists, Daughter is breaking the mold by crafting a 13-song soundtrack album for the game Life Is Strange: Before The Storm. The game is a prequel to 2015’s award-winning Life Is Strange by Square Enix that has the principal characters facing everyday issues such as bullying, suicide, teen pregnancy, love, and friendship. The album will be called Music From Before The Storm and today they’ve shared one of the tracks, “Burn It Down.” 


Music From Before The Storm is out 9/1 via Glassnote.


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UNDER THE RADAR: Destroyer - "Sky's Grey"

Dan Bejar is releasing his 12th solo album as Destroyer on October 20 via Merge, ken, and today he shared the lead single, “Sky’s Grey,” a genial jam that makes the bold claim, “I’ve been workin’ on the new Oliver Twist!” Bejar describes the name for his new album like this, “Sometime last year, I discovered that the original name for “The Wild Ones” (one of the great English-language ballads of the last 100 years or so) was ‘Ken.’


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IN CONCERT: Cage The Elephant at Lollapalooza Chicago 2017 (Full Show)

Setlist: 

00:02 Cry Baby 

4:32 In One Ear 

9:25 Spiderhead 

13:12 It's Too Late To Say Goodbye 

17:24 Punchin' Bag 

22:05 Trouble 

26:25 Ain't No Rest For The Wicked 

30:00 Mess Around 

33:15 Cold Cold Cold 

36:46 Telescope 

40:51 Back Against the Wall 

45:43 Whole Wide Worde (Wreckless Eric Cover) 

49:17 It's Just Forever 

53:05 Cigarette Daydream (Shake me down) 

57:37 Come A Little Closer 

1:02:20 Teeth

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LIVE SESSION: Benjamin Booker - Wicked Water (Live at Rock the Garden)

Benjamin Booker play "Wicked Water" live from Rock the Garden in Minneapolis on July 22, 2017

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UNDER THE RADAR: Baby In Vain - "Low Life"

Danish-trio, Baby In Vain are set to release their debut album More Nothing later this month on Partisan Records, and last week shared the latest taste of it, Low Life. The track was initially written three years earlier, and recorded as a, “trippy, hard rock kind of song”.


 It was only after three years of working on other material and experience, that the band came back to the track, and it emerges transformed, and unlike anything the band have done before. While normally noted for their visceral musical assault, Low Life is a bassy, slowly unfurling beauty, incorporating twinkling synthesisers, muted drum sounds and even some wonderfully scuzzy saxophones. 


Bringing to mind the likes of Howling Bells, Timber Timbre and The Twilight Sad, it’s easily the most exciting thing Baby In Vain have done to date. 


More Nothing is out August 25th via Partisan Records. 


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UNDER THE RADAR: Siobhan Wilson - "Dark Matter"

It’s already been a fantastic year for Glaswegian multi-instrumentalist Siobhan Wilson. As well as releasing There Are No Saints, one of the year’s finest albums, and appearing live in a session on 6Music, the Elgin-raised songwriter also cleaned up at the recent Green Man Rising competition earning herself a slot at the festival. Celebrating that triumph, Siobhan has announced a slue of new tour dates for September, as well as sharing a video to one of her debut album’s stand-out moments, Dark Matter. 


Set to a stripped backing of electric guitar and minimal percussion, Dark Matter is a contemplative musing on the trials and tribulations of everyday living, as she contrasts life’s huge and minor mysteries noting: “nobody really know what dark is made of, or what goes on behind your eyes”. Discussing the inspiration behind the track, Siobhan suggests it is, “about all of the things you can never understand about life, time, space and people”. 


You shouldn’t need us, or for that matter Green Man Festival, to tell you that Siobhan Wilson is a talent undeniably on the rise. There Are No Saints is out now via Song, By Toad. 


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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: Elvis Costello - "Watching The Detectives"

Elvis Says: “Something was supposed to be changing. I spent a lot of time with just a big jar of instant coffee and the first Clash album, listening to it over and over. By the time I got down to the last few grains, I had written “Watching the Detectives”. The chorus had these darting figures that I wanted to sound like something from a Bernard Herrmann score. The piano and organ on the recorded version were all we could afford.” 


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Legendary 1983 New Order gig has its audio surface online for the first time

Legendary 1983 New Order gig has its audio surface online for the first time | SongsSmiths | Scoop.it
“one of the hottest gigs I have ever done,” This was how Peter Hook described New Order’s first concert in Chicago on June 30th 1983, at Chicago's Metro in his book “Substance: Inside New Order.…
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UNDER THE RADAR: CHUCK - "Cherry Tree"

"Cherry Tree" is a classic lo-fi affair, layers of effected vocals accompanied by a jarring electric guitar line reminiscent of Forth Wanderers or Trust Fund. 


Song from the album "Frankenstein Songs for the Grocery Store" out August 18th via Audio Antihero Records. 


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LIVE SESSION: Waxahatchee - "Never Been Wrong" (Live at WFUV)

Waxahatchee performs "Never Been Wrong" live in Studio A. Recorded 29.06.2017.

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UNDER THE RADAR: Baio - "Man of the World"

Vampire Weekend bassist Chris Baio released his sophomore solo album Man Of The World at the end of June under the name BAIO. Today he’s shared a video for the album’s title track, which sees him travel the world via greenscreen. Directed by Baio and Scott Peters. 


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UNDER THE RADAR: Frankie Rose - "Dyson Sphere"

Frankie Rose is finally returning after a four-year absence with Cage Tropical, the veteran New York rocker’s first album since returning to the city from the West Coast. 


Recorded with Lansing-Dreiden/Violens mastermind and prolific indie-world producer Jorge Elbrecht and assisted along the way by Nicolas Jaar’s erstwhile Darkside bandmate Dave Harrington, Cage Tropical was inspired by the chilly synth scores of ’80s sci-fi, and early singles “Trouble” and “Red Museum” definitely bore that influence out. 


But “Dyson Sphere,” named for a hypothetical megastructure of solar panels enveloping the sun, is the most overtly menacing yet, an ominous synthetic post-punker that comes with a video of Rose performing while shrouded in a thick blue haze directed by Daniel Patrick Carbone. 


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UNDER THE RADAR: The Shins - "Half a Million"

The Shins put out Heartworms, their first new album in five years, earlier this year and today a video for “Half A Million” has been released. Created and directed by LAMAR+NIK, the clip animated the band members using 5,566 stickers, “hand cut from 4,868 frames and animated by them down on top of each other at each of the 40+ locations.


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