Album Reviews

Methyl Ethel
Triage

Feb 18, 2019 Web Exclusive

When 4AD launched in 1980 it quickly became the most trusted label for fans of independent and eclectic music. Not quite so much anymore. While still priding itself as an outlet for independent bands, the label's music has become a bit less trustworthy. And so it is with Methyl Ethel's Triage, the Australian trio's third album.

Piroshka
Brickbat

Feb 15, 2019 Web Exclusive

Piroshka immediately draw interest, not only from the curious name, taken from the wolf-terrorized hero in the Hungarian construct of the fairytale Little Red Riding Hood, but also for being what some might consider a supergroup.

Homeshake
Helium

Feb 15, 2019 Web Exclusive

Former Mac DeMarco guitarist Peter Sagar's latest album as HomeshakeHelium, is a watered-down detour from the cohesive "jizz-jazz"a wretched expression in itselffound on his two previous albums Midnight Snack and Fresh Air, where jazzy chord progressions and homages to late '90s R&B were defining features. 

Classic Interviews

Leviathan’s Directors: Lucian Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel

Leviathan’s Directors: Lucian Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel
Entering the Belly of the Beast with Leviathan

Mar 04, 2013 Web Exclusive

Qualifiers such as "like nothing you've ever seen" or "not for the faint of heart" find themselves so ubiquitously inserted into film marketing that any inherent interest produced as a result of their use is commonly downgraded to, at best, ambivalence. However, there's no better way to describe Leviathan.

Book Reviews

Roger Daltrey
Thanks A Lot Mr Kibblewhite

Feb 11, 2019 Web Exclusive

Roger Daltrey tells of his life in The Who in his memoir, Thanks A Lot Mr Kibblewhite.

Interviews

16th Annual Artist Survey: Ioanna Gika

Feb 15, 2019 Web Exclusive

For Under the Radar's 16th Annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to the last year, plus some fun personal questions. 

16th Annual Artist Survey: Ra Ra Riot

Feb 13, 2019 Web Exclusive

For Under the Radar's 16th Annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to the last year, plus some fun personal questions. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2018 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions. 

Pleased to meet you

Barrie Announce Debut Album, Share New Song “Clovers”

Feb 08, 2019

Barrie are a five-piece from Brooklyn and this week they announced their debut album, Happy to Be Here, and shared its lead single, "Clovers." Happy to Be Here is due out May 3 via Winspear. "Clovers" is a pleasing slice of dream pop/indie pop that would appeal to fans of Yumi Zouma. 

Lists

Top 10 Comic Books and Graphic Novels of 2018

Jan 18, 2019

It was, yet again, another fantastic year for comic book readers. Whether sci-fi, horror, super hero, drama, or coming of age, this year's best graphic novels offer something for lovers of every genre. Interestingly, though the settings of the following titles are as varied as they can possibly be, a few common themes emerge in this year's reading. A couple of our picks for best of the year are set in a world where men no longer exist. Others explore gender and sexual identity, while yet others mine adolescence and self-discovery. Though at times, 2018 was marred by closed-mindedness, the year's graphic novels were as progressive and inclusive as any to date. By Zach Hollwedel






Cinema Reviews

Tito and the Birds

Jan 25, 2019 Web Exclusive

An intriguing animated tale worthy of an audience beyond its native Brazil.

DVD Reviews

Backbeat
Studio: Shout! Factory

Feb 18, 2019 Web Exclusive

Released in 1994, Backbeat is not so much a chronicle of the Beatles’ beginnings but a biopic of the brief life of their one-time bassist, Stuart Sutcliffe.

Television Reviews

The Good Place Season 3, Episode 12 (“Pandemonium”)
NBC

Jan 25, 2019 Web Exclusive

The Good Place mastered the art of the season finale ages ago. "Pandemonium," its third season finale, nevertheless ups the show's ante. It is unilaterally the show's most heartbreaking episode to date.