Album Reviews

Morbid Stuff

Apr 19, 2019 Web Exclusive

With their first two albums2013's self-titled debut and 2016's The Dream Is OverToronto's PUP quickly established themselves as one of the most interesting bands around. 

Cage The Elephant
Social Cues

Apr 18, 2019 Web Exclusive

Cage The Elephant have been on an upward trajectory since their self-titled debut dropped in 2009, leaving a trail of alternative rock hits along the way. Ten years and four studio albums later, the Nashville-based six-piece shows no signs of slowing down. 

American Football
American Football (LP3)

Apr 17, 2019 Web Exclusive

Twenty years ago, American Football, a trio of college students then located in Urbana, Illinois, released their debut self-titled album, American Football, and restructured the path that emo rock would take for the following decades. 

Classic Interviews

2016 Artist Survey: Michael Collins of Drugdealer

2016 Artist Survey: Michael Collins of Drugdealer
Collins on Bowie and Prince, Scary Movies, Self-Driving Cars, the Democratic Party, and Memorable Fan Encounters

Feb 27, 2017 Web Exclusive

For Under the Radar's 14th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2016. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2016 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions. 

Comic Book Reviews

The Weatherman Vol. 1

Apr 05, 2019 Issue #65 - Mitski and boygenius

Collecting the first six issues of the series by writer Jody LeHeup, artist Nathan Fox, and colorist Dave Stewart, The Weatherman scratched our sci-fi/action/adventure itch better than anything has since Schwarzenegger's big-screen heyday. 

Book Reviews

Mike “McBeardo” McPadden
Teen Movie Hell

Apr 12, 2019 Web Exclusive

Over the course of Teen Movie Hell, McPadden runs the gauntlet of coming-of-age comedies, “from Animal House to Zapped!


The End: John Grant

Apr 19, 2019 Issue #65 - Mitski and boygenius

To end out the week, we ask John Grant some questions about endings and death.    

The Goon Sax on “We’re Not Talking”

Apr 18, 2019 Issue #65 - Mitski and boygenius

The three members of Aussie trio The Goon Sax have only been back in the U.S. for a day, and already some reporter on the phone wants to know what they think of America. 

Pleased to meet you

Nilüfer Yanya on “Miss Universe”

Apr 16, 2019 Web Exclusive

Nilüfer Yanya thought she would have done her debut album when she was 20. The 23-year-old's cover of Pixies' "Hey" in 2016 marked her out as a distinctive voice in London's underground indie scene, by trading the original's anxious snarl for a bewitching after-hours vibe. 


Ranked: 2019 Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts

Feb 24, 2019

Best Documentary Short is routinely one of the strongest categories, perhaps because the natural, open-ended approach to documentary filmmaking sees incredibly ambitious projects peter out. Certainly the reverse happens, as with Hoop Dreams. Unfortunately, this year includes two entries that might technically fall within the parameters of documentary filmmaking, but are too calculated and told from the benefit of hindsight to have the typical effect of nonfiction storytelling. No, not every documentary needs to be vérité, but every documentary should create a sense of the present tense. The two that do not heavily dilute the category.

By Shawn Hazelett

Live reviews

Tallinn Music Week, Tallinn, Estonia

Apr 15, 2019 By Max Pilley

For three days each spring, a corner of the old town in the Estonian capital transforms from a preserved, post-industrial throwback to a bustling, anything-is-possible playground for hundreds of invited artists and speakers to splash around in.


Lil Rap Column: Lil Uzi Vert is Trapped, Just as He’s Finding His Voice

Apr 15, 2019 By Conrad Duncan

My enduring belief that Lil Uzi Vert will come good is based on one thing: No artist who makes a song as era-defining as "XO TOUR Llif3" does it by mistake. That said, the last few years have been tiring. 

Cinema Reviews

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

Apr 19, 2019 Web Exclusive

Gilliam’s film has echoes of Fellini and an irreverence that’s marked the high points of his career, which is why it’s frustrating when the whole thing feels worth less than the sum of its parts.

Television Reviews

Leaving Neverland
(HBO, Sunday March 3 and Monday March 4)

Mar 03, 2019 Web Exclusive

Leaving Neverland, a sprawling account of alleged sexual abuse at the hands of Michael Jackson, was set for controversy from the moment it premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival.