Album Reviews

Pond
Man, It Feels Like Space Again

Jan 26, 2015 Issue #52 - September/October 2014 - St. Vincent

Six albums into their career, Pond is still known by most as that other psych-rock band from Australia. 

The Dodos
Individ

Jan 23, 2015 Issue #52 - September/October 2014 - St. Vincent

The Dodos have always been a pleasantly disarming mix of salty and sweet. Complex rhythmic ideas round out simple but creative melodic lines, which are in turn occasionally rounded out by an unexpected dissonance. Basic instrumentation expands to fill up vast amounts of space, both on the recordings and during their hypnotic live shows.

Sleater-Kinney
No Cities to Love

Jan 22, 2015 Web Exclusive

In the chorus of "A New Wave," halfway through Sleater-Kinney's new comeback album, No Cities to Love, Carrie Brownstein sings "No one here is taking notice/No outline will ever hold us/It's not a new wave, it's just you and me."

Classic Interviews

The Legends

The Legends
He Knows the Noise

Sep 07, 2009 Web Exclusive

After a two-year absence, The Legends (aka Johan Angergård) has returned with Over and Over, his fourth full-length under the moniker. Featuring the single “Seconds Away”—affectionately dubbed “the noisiest pop single to ever come out of Sweden”—the album effortlessly interjects aggressive distortion and white noise into traditional electro-indie pop structures. Under the Radar caught up Angergård via email to discuss multitasking, distortion, and making music in emotionally trying times.

Comic Book Reviews

Olympians: Ares: Bringer of War
First Second

Jan 26, 2015 Web Exclusive

The seventh installment of George O'Connor's graphic novel treatment of the Greek gods is by far the series' most violent. Set against the backdrop of the Trojan War, Ares: Bringer of War chronicles the bloodthirsty deity's involvement in the decade-long struggle between the Greeks and the Trojans.

Interviews

2014 Artist Survey: Springtime Carnivore

Jan 26, 2015 Web Exclusive

For Under the Radar's 12th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2014. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2014 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions.

2014 Artist Survey: Twerps

Jan 26, 2015 Web Exclusive

For Under the Radar's 12th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2014. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2014 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions.

Pleased to meet you

The Death of Pop

Jan 26, 2015 Issue #51 - September/October 2014 - alt-J

After slogging it out in various unnamed and unknown bands throughout his youth, Angus James of U.K.'s The Death of Pop had enough. He decided to pack in the life of an unemployed musician and get a job.

Lists

Top 25 Comic Books and Graphic Novels of 2014

Jan 15, 2015

Comic books are increasingly becoming a widely accepted, mainstream art form. The days when comics were for niche consumers-guilty pleasure reads for all but the most hardcore fanboys and girls-are rapidly receding into the past. And as the medium gains momentum, the output gets better and better. Publishers still print superhero titles on a weekly basis, many of which go on to become summer blockbusters or to inspire television shows. Increasingly, though, comics and graphic novels diverge from the traditional cape and tight stories the medium is primarily associated with, and the results are often some of the most impressive, exciting, and moving stories told all year.

No Best of 2014 recap would be complete without a look at the year's comic book standouts. Under the Radar's picks for Top 25 Comic Books of 2014 Is below, as selected by the comic book staff. Though recognizable DC and Marvel characters are indeed represented on the list, a significant number of the titles were released by smaller publishers and have nothing to do with superheroes. Read below to find out why certain titles made our Top 10, and continue scrolling to see the 15 other titles we think deserve recognition. By Zach Hollwedel

Blog

Overlooked Albums of 2014: The Hidden Cameras

Dec 30, 2014 By John Everhart

The Hidden Cameras' AGE, the Berlin via Toronto act's finest album to date, is also their most overlooked, as since its release in early '14, it's been greeted with nary a shrug from the public at large.






Cinema Reviews

Night Will Fall

Jan 26, 2015 Web Exclusive

In 1945, as World War II drew to a close in Europe, American and British forces collaborated on a documentary which was produced to reveal the horrors of the concentration camps to the world.

DVD Reviews

Three Sides Live
Studio: Eagle Rock

Jan 26, 2015 Web Exclusive

Three Sides Live, reissued here for the first time on Blu-Ray and stand-alone DVD, stands as the ultimate mid-period Genesis show. 

Television Reviews

12 Monkeys
SyFy, Fridays 9/8 Central

Jan 18, 2015 Web Exclusive

12 Monkeysbased on the film of the same name, is a puzzling time travel mystery thriller. At least, it was under the creative genius of filmmaker Terry Gilliam, inspired by a short film La Jetée by French artist Chris Marker. Somehow, Syfy managed to update a 20-year-old film and actually not bring any improvements to the style or story.