Album Reviews

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. 

Ladytron
Ladytron

Feb 14, 2019 Web Exclusive

Ladytron appeared on the music scene in 2001 with their debut album 604 that, at the time, featured a contemporary synth pop sound with a decidedly European slickness. Not much has changed in the 17 years since, but if you do something well, why not keep doing it?

Classic Interviews

Jenny Lewis and Johnathan Rice Discuss Their “Song One” Soundtrack

Jenny Lewis and Johnathan Rice Discuss Their “Song One” Soundtrack
New Film Features Seven Songs By Lewis & Rice

Jan 21, 2015 Web Exclusive

Song One features seven new songs written by Jenny Lewis and Johnathan Rice, a.k.a. Jenny & Johnny. (The songs are performed in the film by actors Johnny Flynn and Ben Rosenfield.) Additionally, the pair helped curate Song One’s soundtrack and select the artists who perform live in the film—including Dan Deacon, Sharon Van Etten, and the Felice Brothers. Lewis and Rice spoke with us about composing songs for fictional musicians, writing from alternate points of view, and Song One’s East Coast indie soundtrack.

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.

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.