Best Albums & Songs of 2017 (So Far)

posted: July 24th, 2017 by Dave Trout
Best Albums & Songs of 2017 (So Far)

We have called together the UTR Critics Panel to choose the music that most impacted them during the first half of 2017. We all have go-to favorites from years-gone-by, but it can be difficult (or overwhelming) to discover the best music being made today... which is why we are here to help. We hope this list gives anyone with discerning ears some a good place to start to find the latest in high-quality faith-inspired music.  (These are listed in no particular order.) [Music qualified for consideration if it was released between 12/1/16 and 7/1/17 and is from a Christian songwriter/artist.] BEST ALBUMS FROM 2017-A Souvenir - Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors …

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Interview with The Asking

posted: June 23rd, 2017 by Dave Trout
Interview with The Asking

Greg & Kate House is one of the sweetest couples you'll ever meet. We are so grateful that they've been attendees of the last two Escape To The Lakes, and that they are on the roster to perform at ETTL 2017! When they take the stage, they are known as The Asking. They just released their first full-length album Call The Ships Home (available on iTunes now), and we were able to catch up with Kate from this Michigan duo. UTR: How long did it take in your relationship to discover that you can make beautiful music together as a duo? Kate: We met at a summer camp in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. We …

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New FREE Album: “Live At ETTL, Vol.3”

posted: June 5th, 2017 by Dave Trout
New FREE Album: “Live At ETTL, Vol.3”

One of the initiatives funded through our 2016 Kickstarter campaign was the release of FIVE new multi-artist compilation albums in 2017.  The latest offering from Under The Radar is a collection of 12 high-quality live performances from the first four years of the Escape To The Lake gathering (2013-2016).  This release is titled Live At Escape To The Lake, Volume 3 and it's available for FREE on NoiseTrade. If you feel led to give a "thank you" tip, 100% of the tip jar will go to support the non-profit ministry work of UTR! DOWNLOAD ALBUM HERE Tracklist for LIVE AT ETTL, VOL.3 1. Punchline — The Farewell Drifters [from ETTL 2013] 2. See The Conqueror …

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UTR’s Big Next Step - YOU can help!

posted: May 16th, 2017 by Dave Trout
UTR’s Big Next Step - YOU can help!

For the last 8+ years, Under The Radar has been primarily one thing: a radio show/podcast... with a few supporting pieces around it like concerts, blog posts, contests, etc.  We are ready to take the BIG NEXT STEP and turn this ministry into a full-fledged media organization.  It is our desire to be the leading voice in curating and championing well-crafted, faith-inspired music. We are on the cusp of ushering in our creative relaunch (target is the end of June), which will include: * New organization name + new logo * New mobile friendly website * New video productions, including:      - Full length artist interviews      - Live and produced music videos      …

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forBrothers World Premiere Video #3 of 3: “Make Something Right”

posted: May 15th, 2017 by Dave Trout
forBrothers World Premiere Video #3 of 3: “Make Something Right”

If you haven't yet seen them, check out the world premiere video #1 "Fall On Me" and video #2 "Foothold" from New Jersey folk-rock outfit forBrothers.  This is the 3rd and final debut music video premiering at UTR - also coming from the new project Fool {live and acoustic}.  And this song "Make Something Right" was cited as one of the Top Gourmet Songs of 2015 by the UTR critics panel. Here's what forBrothers' lead singer Shaant Shishmanian shared about the story behind this song: This song was inspired by conversations I had with my bandmate Ben about the tragedy of human trafficking.  Several years before our first album, Ben and I came up …

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5 Lessons I Have Learned As An Uber Driver

posted: May 10th, 2017 by Dave Trout
5 Lessons I Have Learned As An Uber Driver

I haven't been keeping it a secret, and for various reasons haven't been blasting this publicly either (until now) - I am a part-time Uber driver.  This last January, after our Q4 fundraising for UTR fell below expectations, the UTR board of directors and I decided that to help the financial stability of the organization, both my hours and pay would need to be cut back from UTR.  And after a few weeks of applying for several part-time jobs (all dead ends), I turned to one of the nation's top job providers: Uber.  I won't pretend that Uber completely filled the financial gap for me and my family, however I'm …

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UTR presents the Wild Wild Midwest Tour (May 18-20)

posted: April 30th, 2017 by Dave Trout
UTR presents the Wild Wild Midwest Tour (May 18-20)

We are excited to present the Wild Wild Midwest Tour featuring music from Dove Award-nominated artist John Tibbs (and full band), critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter Jess Ray, and on-the-rise artist Taylor Leonhardt. UTR's founder Dave Trout will be the emcee each night as well.  We hope YOU can join us for one of these incredible nights of gourmet music! [A portion of the tour proceeds benefits the ongoing ministry of Under The Radar, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.]   BUY TICKETS TO ANY OF THE TOUR STOPS   NOTE: Due to unforeseen circumstances, we had to cancel the tour stops on 5/17 in Appleton WI and on 5/21 in South Bend IN.  We are very excited to still visit MN/IL/MI on …

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forBrothers World Premiere Video #2 of 3: “Foothold”

posted: April 24th, 2017 by Dave Trout
forBrothers World Premiere Video #2 of 3: “Foothold”

We hope you had a chance to catch the video world premiere #1 "Fall On Me" plus our exclusive interview with the band forBrothers.  The 2nd world premiere video in our series is the song "Foothold." These tracks you are seeing are a part of the new project Fool {live and acoustic}.  Here's what forBrothers' lead singer Shaant Shishmanian shared about the story behind this song: Originally, "Foothold" and "Don't Know Me" were one full song; "Don't Know Me" being the first half and "Foothold" being the second half. As we were making our record, we realized that the two ideas were different enough to be made into two complete songs, so …

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Interview with forBrothers

posted: April 17th, 2017 by Dave Trout
Interview with forBrothers

In the northeast, their talent has been turning a lot of heads. We are excited the New Jersey-based band forBrothers will be making the trek to peform live at Escape To The Lake 2017 this August. They also released a new project called Fool {live and acoustic} which captures some of the energy of their live performances and showcases why the whole nation should know this band.  To help, we interviewed their lead singer and principal songwriter, Shaant Shishmanian.   UTR: How did forBrothers originally form as a band? Shaant:  Ben and I grew up playing music together.  We formed several bands until college when we went our separate ways.  In 2014 Carli Lampley, nee …

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Holy Week Online Concert w/ Caroline Cobb (Apr.13)

posted: April 11th, 2017 by Dave Trout
Holy Week Online Concert w/ Caroline Cobb (Apr.13)

In the days that lead up to the celebration of Christ's resurrection, we are hosting a concert with songs to celebrate the themes of redemption, forgiveness, and Jesus' sacrificial love.  And you don't even have to bend over to tie your shoes for this concert, as it will be beamed straight to your couch.  We are excited to feature a one-hour Holy Week Concert with Caroline Cobb this Thursday, May 12 at 8:30pm CT.  The tickets for this online concert are available now at a You-Name-The-Price amount.  However, this is a benefit for UTR's ministry, so we ask you to be as generous as possible.  In fact, anyone who pays/tips $20+ will receive a download …

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