Album Reviews


Nov 25, 2015 Web Exclusive

Silently flitting between the light and dark of the mainstream and underground electronic music worlds, Arca has left a hauntingly frenzied stamp on releases as big as Kanye West's Yeezus as well as his own solo productions. However, up until this point, Arca's work has been one of introspection and intimacy; an aesthetic common in music that swells from the bedroom outwards. 

Lanterns on the Lake

Nov 24, 2015 Web Exclusive

Two years since Until the Colours Run debuted, U.K.-based quartet Lanterns on the Lake returns with their third full-length album. Much like its predecessor, Beings opens with lead-singer Hazel Wilde's haunting vocal work, this time on "Of Dust & Matter."

Foam Island

Nov 23, 2015 Issue #55 - November/December 2015 - EL VY

Things aren't going well in the U.K. right now, politically speaking. The right-leaning Conservative government is dismantling public services and hammering the poor, while the left is, quite simply, a powerless laughingstock. It's precisely this demoralizing picture of U.K. society that London-based electronic duo Darkstar have attempted to capture on album number three Foam Island.

Classic Interviews

Scotland Week: Frightened Rabbit’s Scott Hutchison (aka Owl John)

Scotland Week: Frightened Rabbit’s Scott Hutchison (aka Owl John)
"Many other countries of Scotland's size are independent and I feel that our cultural identity is in fact stronger then many of those places."

Sep 02, 2014 Web Exclusive

We have a special theme on Under the Radar's website this week which we're simply calling Scotland Week. All throughout the week we will be posting interviews, reviews, lists, and blog posts relating to Scotland and in particular Scottish music. For some of the Scotland Week Q&As we emailed out the same set of Scottish related questions to various different musicians from the country.

Comic Book Reviews

The Book of Hope

Nov 13, 2015 Web Exclusive

The Book of Hope is a compilation of Finnish cartoonist Tommi Musturi's ongoing series of the same name. Written over 10 years, the book tells the story of a retired couple living in Finland, figuring out how to spend their days. 

Book Reviews

Amy Ellis Nutt
Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family

Nov 20, 2015 Web Exclusive

With Becoming Nicole, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Amy Ellis Nutt tells the story of the Maines family, husband, wife, and adopted identical twins, born as boys but one whom identified as a girl.


CHVRCHES - The Under the Radar Cover Story Bonus Q&A

Nov 20, 2015

To hear them tell it, everything has been easy for the members of CHVRCHES since they officially formed in the fall of 2012. Well, maybe not everythingthey've had to deal with the pressure of being an overnight blog sensation, the wear and tear of two years on the road, and the stress of creating the follow-up to their breakthrough debut album, 2013's The Bones of What You Believe.

CHVRCHES - The Under the Radar Cover Story

Nov 19, 2015 Issue #54 - August/September 2015 - CHVRCHES

It's a rare sunny day in Glasgow in early July, and the members of CHVRCHES are finally able to take a breath. After an intensive six-month period of writing and recording, they have (as of this afternoon) signed off on the final masters for Every Open Eye, their second full-length release. 

Pleased to meet you


Nov 19, 2015 Web Exclusive

Alicia Bognanno is tired. You can practically hear her rubbing the sleep out of her eyes, even through the static of the phone. Luckily that weariness is buoyed out of annoyance by her ineffable excitement for where her life is currently headed.


The 16 Best John Hughes Soundtrack Moments

Sep 17, 2015

Let me make something crystal clear before the diehards start in on me: Neither myself nor anyone at Under the Radar is saying that "Don't You (Forget About Me)" is the best Simple Minds song (everyone knows that's "Someone Somewhere In Summertime") or that "If You Leave" is OMD's finest moment. That's not what this little write-up is about (see: title of article). But since we're on the subject, both songs are killer. Yea, yea, yea-we know Simple Minds didn't write their biggest, most popular, and most recognizable single. Not sure why that matters or takes away from its greatness. And as for "If You Leave," OMD are proud of it. Paul Humphreys told me himself when I interviewed him in 2013. SO BACK OFF.

Anyway, I realize that nearly a third of this list is made up of soundtrack moments from Planes, Trains & Automobiles. I'm not saying that's the best John Hughes movie, though I could easily be convinced. Just saying it has some of the best soundtrack moments. That scene near the end when Steve Martin is on the train reflecting on the week he's had with John Candy? And thinking about his wife and kids? And that Dream Academy song is playing? SHEESH. Note: I've included the vocal version of The Dream Academy's "Power to Believe"; the film uses the instrumental version, which until last year had never been officially released.

Also, some of these tracks were in the movies, but never made it to the official soundtracks. Licensing shit I imagine. But that doesn't matter anymore, because the Internet and stuff!

I've done my best to dig up the actual clips on YouTube, though not every clip is available. Per usual, I've also dumped the tunes into a Spotify playlist for ya (except for "Twist & Shout" because there's no love between The Beatles and Spotify), so between the two formats, we've got ya covered.

What are your favorite John Hughes soundtrack moments? We wanna know. Sound off in the comments!

By Kenny S. McGuane


Hard Rock Corner: Graveyard

Nov 05, 2015 By Frank Valish

For Swedish hard rock band, Graveyard’s fourth album, Innocence & Decadence, the band finds itself stretching out.

Cinema Reviews


Nov 20, 2015 Web Exclusive

Carol uses satire as a mask which, once cast aside, leads to an incredibly well-drawn relationship between its two leads and unspoken discussions on station, gender, sexuality, and identity.

Television Reviews

Master of None

Nov 04, 2015 Web Exclusive

Aziz Ansariforever memorable as Parks and Recreation's fast-talking, business-minded, materialistic Tom Haverfordteams up with Parks and Recreation co-executive producer Alan Yang on Master of None, a new Netflix series. Ansari, who also writes and directs the new series, stars as Dev, a 30-year-old aspiring actor navigating career and personal life in New York City.