Album Reviews

Katy Goodman & Greta Morgan
Take It, It’s Yours

Aug 26, 2016 Web Exclusive

Not content to release merely one remarkable album in 2016 (her band La Sera's Music for Listening to Music To), Katy Goodman teams up with Greta Morgan (Springtime Carnivore) to release her second great album this year.

The Veils
Total Depravity

Aug 25, 2016 Web Exclusive

Total Depravity, the fifth album by English indie rock quintet The Veils, is brilliantly haunting and ruefully grim. Fans of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and latter day Tom Waits will find much to love on this album, as the band's chilly instrumentation and frontman Finn Andrews' theatrical vocals evoke the Gothic tinge of the former, while the singer's lyricism hews close to the devilish weirdness of the latter.

Morgan Delt
Phase Zero

Aug 24, 2016 Web Exclusive

Morgan Delt's first jam bore the hallmarks of '60s psych so thoroughly that some thought it was unearthed from the post-Woodstock era. Drenched in psychedelia, Phase Zero is dripping with dreamy sounds that ooze from your speakers' pores like day-after LSD sweat.

Classic Interviews

2010 Artist Survey: Colin Newman of Wire

2010 Artist Survey: Colin Newman of Wire

Dec 24, 2010 Web Exclusive

For Under the Radar’s 8th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2010. Pick up a copy of Under the Radar’s Year End issue for interviews with: The Antlers, Bon Iver, Caribou, Club 8, Delphic, Rose Elinor Dougall, Gayngs, Hot Chip, Lost in the Trees, Love is All, The Love Language, Mogwai, of Montreal, Okkervil River, Yoko Ono, Owen Pallett, Plants and Animals, Mark Ronson, Superchunk, Tame Impala, Vampire Weekend, Sharon Van Etten, and Vivian Girls.  Here’s a survey from Colin Newman of Wire.

Comic Book Reviews

Plutona
Image

Aug 26, 2016 Web Exclusive

It seems Jeff Lemire can do no wrong. The prolific comic book author and artistwhose Descender was Under the Radar's staff pick for best comic book of 2015continues his unbeatable and unmatched streak of successes withPlutona.

Interviews

Hans Petter Moland, director of In Order of Disappearance

Aug 26, 2016 Web Exclusive

Hans Petter Moland has been a stalwart of Norwegian cinema for over two decades. Often playing with dark material, and skirting around the edges of multiple genres, he’s become a regular on the festival circuit, appearing frequently at Cannes and the Berlin Film Festival where his eighth film, In Order of Disappearance, premiered back at the start of 2014. Two and half years down the line and his mix of revenge thriller and black comedy has continued to launch strongly in a number of regions, leading to a US release. The film set in Norway stars acclaimed Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgård, best known to US audiences for blockbusters ranging from the Marvel films to Pirates of the Caribbean.

In their fourth film together, Skarsgård plays Nils, a taciturn snowplow operator who embarks on an amateur and very bloody revenge mission when his son is killed by local gangsters. His actions inadvertently spark a gang war, sending the body count spiraling. Hans spoke to us recently to discuss mixing genres, the rise of Norwegian cinema, and working with Stellan Skarsgård.

Stellan Skarsgård, star of In Order of Disappearance

Aug 25, 2016 Web Exclusive

At the age of 65, Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgård has just about done it all by now. In a career stretching back nearly five decades he’s appeared in everything from Hollywood blockbusters to acclaimed foreign language films and award winning TV series’. He’s perhaps best known to American audiences for his role as Dr. Erik Selvig in four Marvel films and Bootstrap Bill in two Pirates of the Caribbean films, not to mention roles in the likes of Good Will Hunting and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

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. 

Lists

TIFF 2016 Preview: The Movies We’re Most Excited to See

Aug 24, 2016

By Jason Wilson

With the 41st Toronto International Film Festival around the corner, the list of films set to be playing cover so many styles and genres that there truly is something for every taste. TIFF is about variety and access. It is friendly to the public and is far from being an exclusive affair. It is a celebration of film, filmmakers and film lovers. That said, deciding on what movies to target is a tall order with such a massive slate.

I’ll be covering TIFF for Under the Radar this year. The festival runs from September 8 – 18. The following are 10 movies I’m especially interested in seeing with a little rundown on why I’m looking forward to them. After this, I’ll have a second 15 titles I’m also interested in. This is only scratches the surface of the total list. If your most anticipated is missing, feel free to pop on down in the comments section and make a case for it. Depending on the schedule, I likely won’t be able to see all of these movies during the festival. It’s 10 days of running around to various venues and still finding the time to eat, sleep and write. Onto the list!

Blog

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

In Order of Disappearance

Aug 26, 2016 Web Exclusive

If the rash of TV shows from Scandinavia is anything to go by, they like it bleak up in Northern Europe.

Television Reviews

Preacher
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.