Album Reviews

Yo La Tengo
There’s a Riot Going On

Mar 16, 2018 Web Exclusive

Much like when Sly & The Family Stone first proclaimed the same message, There's a Riot Goin' On, in 1971 in response to Marvin Gaye, Yo La Tengo find themselves relaying the same message 47 years plus later. 

Mount Eerie
Now Only

Mar 15, 2018 Web Exclusive

Under his Mount Eerie guise, Phil Elverum released one of the most powerful albums of recent times, A Crow Looked at Me, laying bare unmanageable grief following the loss of his wife Geneviève to cancer.

The Decemberists
I’ll Be Your Girl

Mar 14, 2018 Web Exclusive

The Decemberists' allure has always been their ability to sweep the listener away from the doldrums of everyday life into an enchanting universe where old-world characters merged with new-world musical motifs. 

Classic Interviews

The cast and crew of “Love & Mercy” on gleaning inspiration from Brian Wilson’s genius

The cast and crew of “Love & Mercy” on gleaning inspiration from Brian Wilson’s genius
Actors Paul Dano, John Cusack & Elizabeth Banks, director Bill Pohland, and subject Brian Wilson on "Love & Mercy"

Jun 08, 2015 Web Exclusive

In some version or another, a film adaptation of Brian Wilson’s life has been kicking around Hollywood for a while. Luckily, it eventually fell into producer Claire Rudnik Polstein’s lap. Along with director Bill Pohland and writer Oren Moverman, they have created Love & Mercy, a fun yet unconventional biopic that truly honors Brian Wilson’s enormous musical and cultural legacy without falling into the trap of overt glamorization. With the primary goal of evoking Brian Wilson’s spirit and honestly retelling his life story, the filmmakers and the actors were able to work closely with Brian and his wife Melinda Ledbetter throughout.

Comic Book Reviews

Red Winter
Drawn and Quarterly

Feb 26, 2018 Web Exclusive

Red Winter is a surprising bit of warmth on a cold night, a touching tale and one of the most compelling books of the year so far.


August Greene - Karriem Riggins on His New Collaborative Album with Robert Glasper and Common

Mar 16, 2018 Web Exclusive

At this stage, Karriem Riggins can work with anyone. He already has. If you're not already a fan of one of the most dynamic and creative drummers in the business, then you've undoubtedly heard his craft on albums by artists as diverse as Kanye West and Paul McCartney, Diana Krall and J Dilla.

2017 Artist Survey: Living Hour

Mar 14, 2018 Web Exclusive

For Under the Radar's 15th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to the last year. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2017 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions.


Under the Radar’s Top 25 Comic Books and Graphic Novels of 2017

Jan 11, 2018

It was another grand year for comic book fans. Whether your preference is superheroes, character studies, sci-fi adventures, or memoirs, 2017 offered a plethora of amazing books and series to choose from. Jeff Lemire again proved himself one of the top talents in the field with the ongoing crime fighter series Black Hammer, while young, relative newcomers like Tillie Walden (Spinning) and Chris Gooch (Bottled) defined themselves as talents to follow faithfully.

Of course, no matter how much reading one does, there are always more (and more and more) books left atop the reading pile, and we recognize it's inevitable there are stellar titles we didn't get to (yet). So with that, below is the Under the Radar staff's picks for the Top 25 Comic Books and Graphic Novels of 2017. Enjoy, and please let us know what other titles you think belong on the list by shouting out your favorites in the comments section. By Zach Hollwedel

Live reviews

Lydia Loveless at Underground Arts, Philadelphia, PA, November 4, 2017

Nov 10, 2017 By Frank Valish

Lydia Loveless presents a new and improved self to Philadelphia on a beautiful Saturday night.


Gaming Frequencies: Past Cure

Mar 13, 2018 By Austin Trunick

Past Cure is a game that can’t be cornered into one genre. A blend of action, stealth, and puzzler, you’ll need to move between those styles of gameplay on the fly, sometimes solving puzzles while dodging enemies.

Cinema Reviews


Mar 16, 2018 Web Exclusive

This simple murder cover-up story is filled with surprising twists and turns.

Television Reviews

NBC, Tuesdays 10/9 Central

Mar 13, 2018 Web Exclusive

If Rise feels like Friday Night Lights meets Glee, that is because it has the former's executive producer Jason Katims and Hamilton's producer Jeffrey Seller as its pedigree. Rise shares part of its premise with Friday Night Lights in that it takes place in a small town where high school football rules supreme.