Archive for the ‘Under the Radar’ Category

Just can’t stop listening to The Naked And Famous, a sexier sounding Silversun Pickups hailing from New Zealand.  TNAF will be in NYC on May 4th, Terminal 5.  Count me in.





British pop singer, Sunday Girl, is the total package:  hot with a voice (marketable).  She’s making more noise in the UK, thanks to her covers of Ke$ha’s “Tik Tok” and MGMT’s “Time to Pretend”, but with Diplo signed on as her producer, her original songs are Brit-pop good.  Her music videos are just as hot, including the cover song of Laura Branigan’s “Self Control.”  If the music thing doesn’t work, Sunday Girl (real name: Jade Williams) could always do magazine covers.  Check out some of the goods below.


I was feeling tired when I came back home

I didn’t know the number on the telephone

Then I heard the sweetest voices

Calling through the dry ether radio

Ether radio, ether radio

WHO: Michigan band Lightning Love

COMPARISONS: A tamed down Metric meets Eisley

WORTHY: Pretty simple lyrics matched with simple production – and catchy.

MORE: The vocalist and drummer happen to be brother and sister – just like Eisley.


Jena Malone, from movies like Into the Wild and the girl who played the “religious” pregnant teen in Saved!, has gone stripper.  Check out the (mediocre) new single, “Electric Love”, from Dirty Vegas – yes, THAT Dirty Vegas – as Jena tries her best hand at dancing with a pole – not so much ON the pole.

Who’s down with G-O-D now?

Zoey Van Goey are giving new fans a free MP3 of their latest track “Cake And Eating It” (the band, which hails from Glasgow, also have another track named “We Don’t Have That Kind of Bread”, so maybe they have a thing for pastries).

My friend, Hayley, would agree with the lyric: “Ain’t nothing so good as a cake and eating it.”

This.  Is.  Just.  WOW.

Here’s a little girl that takes her father’s side to belt out an acoustic cover of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zero‘s “Home”, and let’s just say I actually felt what some people call…emotion?

It’s great to see a little girl that’s not looking up to the half-naked pop artists like Lady GAG, Katy Perry, Rihanna, etc., but looking up to her father’s tastes and appreciating some serious indie music (“Someday, I’m gonna whistle.”).



“Let me come home – home is wherever I’m with you”

Mugshot by Exposed Magazine UK

Strange, yet, strangely awesome and catchy.  NYC band Darwin Deez share a story of friendship or love or something…”Radar Detector” appeared on the UK charts in 2010, while the states haven’t officially jumped on board yet.  A band to watch in 2011.

You and I buy star maps and drive my car around Los Angeles
You and I buy star maps and ding dong ditch a televangelist

It’s only been a week
But I know that you are mine to keep

You are a radar detector
I drive 1,000 miles an hour
I won’t go on and on
But you are always looking out for me

You and I go shopping and find exactly what we’re looking for
You and I go shopping and fall asleep inside the mattress store.

We cruise the neighborhood
But it’s not supposed to feel this good

You are a radar detector

When I’m driving around, you are a radar detector

Photo by Primary UK.

As Tila Tequila continues with her suicidal tweeting every minute of the day (she needs to be admitted ASAP), there’s another girl out there we should keep our eyes on. 

SoKo hails from France where she’s a successful actress full-time, and an angsty folk artist part-time.  Relatively private, it’s unsure who is at fault for inspiring her lyrics to songs such as “I’ll Kill Her”, “Shitty Day”, “I’ll Never Love You More”, “My Enemy”, “It’s Raining Outside”, “It’s Hard to be Alone”, “It’s Not Going to Work” etc.  Her dark lyrics still manage to have an underlying tinge of humor and youth to them – even with her threatening attempt at murdering the girl who’s taken her lover and her “future away” in the song that put her on the international map, “I”ll Kill Her.” She became well known outside of France, after a radio station in Denmark began to play the track a few years ago, making it a hit pretty much everywhere but the US. 

Unhappy and overwhelmed with how her music career was progressing (she recorded an album and immediately scrapped it, and has never officially released anything to this date), she up-and-quit a year ago – stating on her myspace page: “SOKO IS DEAD”.  She vanished for a year, canceled some concert dates, canceled on SXSW, and in the process moved to LA (which she appropriately and bitterly calls “helL.A.”).  Since then, she’s written new songs and seems like she’s come to terms with her music once again.  She returned to France for a surprise show in November of ’09, and now has come to NYC for a performance this weekend at Le Poisson Rouge in the West Village (Saturday, January 16th).  Pretty big step.

Check out an acoustic performance of “I’ll Kill Her” below, and a video from last year’s show in Paris – her big return – titled “SOKO IS NOT DEAD”.