New Podcasts: GOOD PATRON & GREEN ROOM DOOR

posted: September 8th, 2017 by Dave Trout
New Podcasts: GOOD PATRON & GREEN ROOM DOOR

The UTR Media creative re-launch continues! Over the last week, we launched 2 new podcasts that lovers of well-crafted music should enjoy. Descriptions and links are below - and it's always helpful if you spread the word on social media or rate/review the shows on the platform of your choice. GOOD PATRON Good art - especially independent art - doesn't just happen. Host Garret Godfrey explores some of the best ways we all can be more supportive of faith-based independent music, including interviews and the latest crowdfunding campaigns. Episode 1 includes interview clips with Matthew Smith and Anthony Quails, plus new campaigns by Over the Rhine, Bill Mallonee, & Audrey …

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What’s Happening With the Relaunch into UTR Media?

posted: August 31st, 2017 by Dave Trout
What’s Happening With the Relaunch into UTR Media?

In early 2016, a UTR artist challenged us to think about growing. "What would it look like if Under The Radar was THE leading voice for folks interested in indie Christian music?" The question was an exciting one to ponder, and it started us on the path to cast a bigger vision for UTR's future.  Now, about 18 months later, we are in the throws of our creative relaunch, and there's a lot happening in these parts, so we just want to give you the lay of the land, and the reasons behind each change. NEW NAME We kept the acronym UTR in our name, because we want to honor the …

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New Podcast: GOURMET MUSIC

posted: August 28th, 2017 by Dave Trout
New Podcast: GOURMET MUSIC

We have lots of exciting things blooming because of the re-launch and re-brand to UTR Media.  We have a new website coming very soon (both mobile friendly and user friendly). We will be doing a lot more video productions, including full-length interviews with folks like Burlap To Cashmere, Sara Groves, Branches, etc, and shorter specialty features with Andrew Peterson, Nick Flora, Brettan Cox, and more. We are planning to release 2 more compilation albums on NoiseTrade this year AND we're working on a Rich Mullins Tribute Album for 2018. On top of all this, we will be launching 5 brand new podcasts over the next several weeks -- all sharing a unique vantage …

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Interview with Christopher Williams

posted: August 21st, 2017 by Dave Trout
Interview with Christopher Williams

When Christopher Williams released his 10th album The City Makes The Man in 2014, I had heard of him, but was mostly unfamiliar with his music.  We met for the first time that fall, and quickly discovered his amazing talent as a singer-songwriter and his wonderful kindness as a friend. Since then, we've done a tour together, have stayed at his home several times, and had him at Escape To The Lake twice. Now, as C-Dub releases his 11th album Gather, we are excited to be on-board from the start. We were able to catch up with Christopher this week.  UTR: Do you remember the first time you got paid as it …

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Recap of Escape To The Lake 2017

posted: August 13th, 2017 by Dave Trout
Recap of Escape To The Lake 2017

Escape To The Lake is my favorite week of the year, and because of the beauty of this amazing community, it is one of the best representations of the Church of Christ that I have ever encountered.  I usually hobble into the event weary, and leave feeling refreshed and restored. This year was no different. The festivities began on August 2, when our Songwriters' Bootcamp began. A couple-few dozen folks came a day early to ETTL to get some coaching from our A-list songwriting mentors, which this year was Sarah Hart, Jimmy Abegg, Tim Coons, Andy Gullahorn, Jill Phillips, Son of Laughter, Joy Ike, and Nick Flora. These 8 coaches performed an outdoor …

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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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