Album Reviews

San Fermin
Jackrabbit

Apr 20, 2015 Issue #53 - April/May 2015 - Tame Impala

Jackrabbit's path to existence is different enough from that of San Fermin's self-titled debut that it's worth noting.

Passion Pit
Kindred

Apr 17, 2015 Issue #53 - April/May 2015 - Tame Impala

It's easy to forget that Passion Pit's first two records of critically acclaimed ebullient, stadium-ready synth pop, 2009's Manners and 2012's Gossamer, harbored lyrics that shaded much darker.

The Very Best
Makes a King

Apr 16, 2015 Issue #53 - April/May 2015 - Tame Impala

The opening of Makes a King, the third album from The Very Best, sounds like the cries from The Lion King.

Classic Interviews

Robert Redford discusses The Company You Keep

Robert Redford discusses The Company You Keep
The Hollywood legend on All the President's Men, journalism, and his new film

Apr 05, 2013 Web Exclusive

Director, actor, and activist Robert Redford has achieved more in his 50-year career than most individuals could ever hope for. He's starred in many classic films, from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and The Sting to The Way We Were and Three Days of the Condor

Comic Book Reviews

The Fade Out, Act One
Image

Apr 17, 2015

Long-time and frequent collaborators, writer Ed Brubaker and artist Sean Phillips, team up again, this time to transport readers back to the golden age of Hollywood in The Fade Out.

Interviews

The Walking Dead: Death in Primetime

Apr 20, 2015 Issue #52 - January/February 2015 - St. Vincent

On October 30, 2010—the day before AMC aired the first episode of The Walking DeadRobert Kirkman had no idea what to expect. He knew he had a strong storythe success of his Walking Dead comic book series had proven thatand he knew there was nothing remotely like that story on TV.

Track-by-Track: East India Youth on “Culture of Volume”

Apr 17, 2015 Web Exclusive

When we interviewed East India Youth (aka London-based electronic musician William Doyle) last fall for our Best of 2014 issue it was in celebration of his 2014-released debut album, Total Strife Forever, being one of Under the Radar's favorite albums of the year.

Pleased to meet you

Pleased to Meet You Spotlight: Jacco Gardner

Mar 18, 2015 Web Exclusive

Psychedelic wunderkind Jacco Gardner is playing Under the Radar's SXSW day party at Flamingo Cantina this Thursday, March 19 at 2:25 PM. Get to know the Dutch singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.

Lists

Ranked: Björk (Her Albums From Most to Least Accessible)

Apr 20, 2015

An Introductory Guide To Björk's Strange and Beautiful Career

Björk is Iceland's most celebrated musical export. She's been singing since childhood, and gained prominence in the '80s as frontwoman for The Sugarcubes. She left that band in the early '90s to pursue a solo career, driven mostly by her unparalleled creative output. Björk is known for pushing boundaries both sonically and visually, leaving a trail of strange and beautiful works throughout her long and impressive career.

 

Her latest album, Vulnicura, is but another milestone for Björk. As with anyone who's been around so long and made such an impact, diving headfirst into her back-catalog is a little daunting. Björk's work is ethereal, modern, abstract, and whimsical. In another word, intimidating.

 

Björk's work isn't all oblique and avant garde. At the very core of her discography is an inventive pop performer, and her music is always centered on the sheer power and versatility of her voice. It is impossible to rank her albums on quality alone, since they rarely deviate from a standard her fans expect. Instead, this list will serve as more of a guide for those who know they need to listen to Björk, but have put it off too long and don't know where to begin. I will attempt to set out a path that will ease the listener into Björk's world, starting with her most accessible record, leading into her more challenging work. I stuck to her adult studio albums (so no self-titled 1977 album recorded when she was 11) and didn't include her two soundtracks (2000's Selmasongs and 2005's Drawing Restraint 9). Here we go. By Cody Ray Shafer

Blog

Coachella 2015: Preamble

Apr 09, 2015 By Michele Yamamoto

While all of California is becoming a desert, throngs of people are making their way out to that special pretend desert we call the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.






Cinema Reviews

Closer to the Moon

Apr 20, 2015 Web Exclusive

Like so many films “based on a true story,” Closer to the Moon is an unremarkable reenactment of a remarkable story. 

Television Reviews

Marvel’s Daredevil
Netflix

Apr 08, 2015 Web Exclusive

Daredevil, the first of four Marvel series and a miniseries to be shown on Netflix, is a glimpse of the darker, grimier underbelly of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.