Album Reviews

No Joy
Drool Sucker EP

Jul 29, 2016 Web Exclusive

It seems that after every album they release, the L.A. via Montreal noise-pop group No Joy put out an EP that gives them a chance to release a few tracks not quite suitable for the album in question. 

Summer 08

Jul 28, 2016 Web Exclusive

It feels slightly wrong to praise Metronomy for a lack of pretentiousnessakin, almost, to Joe Satriani being minimalist or Liam Gallagher in tune. There probably isn't a single act that epitomises 2010s likeable-but-nothing-special Brit hipster music, but Metronomy are about as near as damn it. 

Mark Kozelek
Mark Kozelek Sings Favorites

Jul 27, 2016 Web Exclusive

Any lover of music for its emotional healing powers would tell you that there are times when all you want to listen to, and all you can really handle right then, is transparency through a voice and a piano in the background.

Classic Interviews

Okkervil River

Okkervil River
Another Bad Movie

Sep 01, 2008 Fall 2008 - Jenny Lewis

Okkervil River singer/guitarist Will Sheff is having more fun these days. Before 2005’s Black Sheep Boy charmed critics, he was seriously contemplating throwing in the towel. “Basically, I was broke,” he says from his home in Brooklyn. “I was totally broke, and I’d been broke for my entire adult life.”

Comic Book Reviews

Unfollow Vol. 1

Jun 28, 2016 Web Exclusive

What would you do if you were a 24-year-old social media mogul dying of an incurable disease? Larry Ferrell, a billionaire 18 times over in Rob Williams' immediately engrossing Unfollow, uses his wealth to show humankind's true colors. 


The End: Kristin Kontrol on Endings and Death

Jul 29, 2016 Issue # 57 - M83

To end out the week, we ask Kristin Kontrol some questions about endings and death. Kristin Kontrol is the new solo project for Kristin Welchez (born Kristin Gundred), who is also known as Dee Dee, the frontwoman and main creative force behind Dum Dum Girls

Parquet Courts

Jul 26, 2016 Issue # 57 - M83

Though no one worries about it much in an era when indie rock bands routinely jump to major labels and continue on with their integrity intact, there was a time not too terribly long ago when a band's decision to sign to a label with deeper pockets was greeted with trepidation.

Pleased to meet you

Frankie Cosmos

Jul 28, 2016 Issue # 57 - M83

There's a moment near the end of Next Thingthe second studio album by Frankie Cosmosthat perfectly encapsulates the disarmingly conversational spirit of Greta Kline's music. It comes halfway through "Outside With the Cuties," a playfully longing ballad with oohing backing vocals. 


Ranked: 2016 Oscar Nominated Animated Short Films

Feb 26, 2016

The 88th Annual Academy Awards ceremony will happen on Sunday, February 28th. As in years past, we've taken a look at this year's short film competitions. The Academy defines a short film as an original motion picture running 40 minutes or less, and excludes all advertisments, unaired or unsold television episodes, or credit sequences from feature-length films. Our critic, Shawn Hazelett, watched and ranked all of this year's Oscar-nominated shorts. Today, he looks at this year's animated category. 

Live reviews

Montréal Jazz Festival 2016

Jul 20, 2016 By Paul Bridgewater

The sun shone brightly for entirety of this year's Montréal Jazz Festival, right through until the festival's close, when the skies turned grey and rainy. It's a nice metaphor for just how much the two weeks of music that the event brings to town utterly transforms the lives of everyone in the Quartier des Spectacles and beyond.


Everett True’s Electrical Storm and Deconstructing Rock Criticism

Jul 19, 2016 By John Everhart

Legendary critic Everett True's raising funds to publish his book chronicling his experiences in journalism over the years, including his role in creating, and destroying, grunge. Under the Radar caught up with him to discuss the unorthodox format of the book, and sundry other topics.

Cinema Reviews


Jul 29, 2016 Web Exclusive

Anna Gunn plays Naomi Bishop, a high-powered investment banker who has fought her way almost to the top.

DVD Reviews

Deadline – U.S.A.
Studio: Kino Lorber Studio Classics

Jul 26, 2016 Web Exclusive

Playing like a historical version of the fifth season of The WireDeadline – U.S.A. is incredibly unsubtle, even preachy, in its message regarding the dangers of capitalism and sensationalism on the press. 

Television Reviews

AMC (Premieres Sunday, May 22 at 10/9 Central)

May 20, 2016 Web Exclusive

Preacher is adapted from the Vertigo Comics series of the same name. We might well be in a golden age of television adaptations of other properties: for instance, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, and, recently, The Magicians. While it's hard to extrapolate from a pilot whether Preacher will eventually reach a similar critical or popular success as those franchises, it's certainly off to a very strong start.