Album Reviews

Albert Hammond Jr.
Momentary Masters

Jul 31, 2015 Web Exclusive

As The Strokes approach their "heritage period," where new material is received with a brief smile and an open gateway to touring, Albert Hammond Jr. finally appears to be making his own headway into a genuine solo career.

Jason Isbell
Something More Than Free

Jul 31, 2015 Web Exclusive

Considering the pitiful state of arena country, Jason Isbell is a damn messiah. Something More Than Free demonstrates Isbell's songwriting prowess and the honed power of his band, The 400 Unit.

The Jesus and Mary Chain
Live at Barrowlands

Jul 30, 2015 Web Exclusive

As a band that made their name at the cutting edge of the post-punk movement, a band revered for sounding genuinely new and original, The Jesus and Mary Chain seem unlikely candidates for nostalgia. 

Classic Interviews

Eleanor Friedberger

Eleanor Friedberger
New York, I Love You

Oct 11, 2011 Web Exclusive

Let's get this out of the way first off: prog-pop sibling duo The Fiery Furnaces are still a band and Eleanor Friedberger's debut solo album, Last Summer, is simply an outlet for the singer-songwriter's passion for '70s-influenced rock,  pop, and fashion. Under the Radar talked with Friedberger about how the Furnaces' last proper album, I'm Going Away, led to her inaugural suite of solo recordings, musical love letters to New York, and her appreciation for Lindsay Anderson's 1973 surrealist comedy-drama fantasy, O Lucky Man!.

Comic Book Reviews

Cyborg #1
DC

Jul 29, 2015 Web Exclusive

Cyborg returns to S.T.A.R. labs following his death and regeneration at the end of Convergence, and his debut issue is a mixed bag of sci-fi weirdness and mopey characterization. 

Book Reviews

Duff McKagan
How to Be a Man (And Other Illusions)

Jul 30, 2015 Web Exclusive

While his first book focused on his destructive lifestyle, addictions, and recovery, Duff McKagan's second book focuses on the stable, healthy, and pragmatic person he his now.

Interviews

Jesse Eisenberg on “The End of the Tour”

Jul 31, 2015 Web Exclusive

The actor and writer told us about his experience making the intimate The End of the Tour, and his own short story collection, Bream Gives Me Hiccups, due in book stores this fall.

Wet Hot American Summer: Michael Showalter

Jul 31, 2015 Web Exclusive

In both the movie and the new prequel series First Day of Camp, co-creator Michael Showalter also stars as teenage camp counselor Gerald “Coop” Cooperberg, a lovesick young man with significant girl problems.

Pleased to meet you

Amason

Jul 29, 2015 Issue #53 - April/May 2015 - Tame Impala

Amason never had a plan. The story of this Swedish band's formation spans years of friendship and admiration, a bond that eventually assembled itself into a band in 2012, when members Amanda Bergman, Pontus Winnberg, Petter Winnberg, Nils Törnqvist, and Gustav Ejstes put aside their musical projects to start anew.

Lists

Ranked: Björk (Her Albums From Most to Least Accessible)

Apr 20, 2015

An Introductory Guide To Björk's Strange and Beautiful Career

Björk is Iceland's most celebrated musical export. She's been singing since childhood, and gained prominence in the '80s as frontwoman for The Sugarcubes. She left that band in the early '90s to pursue a solo career, driven mostly by her unparalleled creative output. Björk is known for pushing boundaries both sonically and visually, leaving a trail of strange and beautiful works throughout her long and impressive career.

 

Her latest album, Vulnicura, is but another milestone for Björk. As with anyone who's been around so long and made such an impact, diving headfirst into her back-catalog is a little daunting. Björk's work is ethereal, modern, abstract, and whimsical. In another word, intimidating.

 

Björk's work isn't all oblique and avant garde. At the very core of her discography is an inventive pop performer, and her music is always centered on the sheer power and versatility of her voice. It is impossible to rank her albums on quality alone, since they rarely deviate from a standard her fans expect. Instead, this list will serve as more of a guide for those who know they need to listen to Björk, but have put it off too long and don't know where to begin. I will attempt to set out a path that will ease the listener into Björk's world, starting with her most accessible record, leading into her more challenging work. I stuck to her adult studio albums (so no self-titled 1977 album recorded when she was 11) and didn't include her two soundtracks (2000's Selmasongs and 2005's Drawing Restraint 9). Here we go. By Cody Ray Shafer

Blog

Anatomy of a Song: Mark Oliver Everett, aka E of EELS, on “Last Stop: This Town”

Jul 16, 2015 By Mark Oliver Everett

A song is a chance overlapping of countless variables in an artist's life. Anatomy of a Song is a place where those variables can be dissected and examined. In this edition, Mark Oliver Everett, aka E of EELS, discusses the track "Last Stop: This Town." The song first appeared on EELS' 1998 released second album Electro-Shock Blues, but it's also featured on the band's new live album and film, EELS-Royal Albert Hall, which is out now via E Works and [PIAS]. Read on as Everett writes about how "Last Stop: This Town" was inspired by the passing of his sister. 






Cinema Reviews

I Am Chris Farley

Jul 31, 2015 Web Exclusive

I Am Chris Farley celebrates the life of a star who self-destructed too early.

Television Reviews

Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp
Netflix

Jul 29, 2015 Web Exclusive

Big time content producers like Netflix are currently in the business of reviving cult classics—in the loosest sense of the word, as the foreboding Fuller House looms on the horizon—but even die-hard fans of David Wain's 2001 movie comedy Wet Hot American Summer were probably as confused as the masses by the announcement of a prequel series.