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Thursday, July 9th, 2020  

Album Reviews

Inlet

Hum
Inlet

Jul 09, 2020 Web Exclusive

Hum toured a bit in 2015, began working on new material in 2016, and in 2018 were reported to be finishing up a new album. There was ample warning that Inlet was coming, but long-awaited records like these don’t always materialize as promised. 

So When You Gonna…

Dream Wife
So When You Gonna…

Jul 09, 2020 Web Exclusive

Brighton, England-based trio Dream Wife’s second album is a much less raucous affair than their eponymous 2018 debut. The band have toned down the incendiary guitars and combative vocal roar in favor of a more considered approach but there’s still much to enjoy here. 

Homegrown

Neil Young
Homegrown

Jul 08, 2020 Web Exclusive

If you were to take a telescope and point it out into the clear night sky, you would see the stars, the moon, maybe a planet or two. While the visible light from these celestial bodies is, in reality, minutes-to-decades old, that does not diminish the glow or your viewing of it. You can bask in that light. And in this same way, music fans can now—finally—bask in the music of Homegrown, the 1974-recorded and 2020-released “new” record from Hall of Fame songwriter, Neil Young.

Classic Interviews

Ramona Lisa – Charilift’s Caroline Polachek on Her Solo Album

Ramona Lisa – Charilift’s Caroline Polachek on Her Solo Album
Seeing Herself With New Eyes

Jul 28, 2014 Issue #50 - June/July 2014 - Future Islands

When it came time for Caroline Polachek to embark on her first solo record, she opted to follow a non-traditional route. Rather than emblazoning her own nameor that of Chairlift, her well-known bandacross the front of the LP, she released Arcadia under the alias Ramona Lisa.

Comic Book Reviews

Bad Gateway
Fantagraphics

Jan 17, 2020 Web Exclusive

The latest in the rather depressing misadventures of Megg and Mogg, who at least outwardly present as a witch and cat, respectively, sees the protagonists' lives continue to flush down the toilet. 

Interviews

My Favorite Album: Hayden Thorpe on Leonard Cohen’s “The Best of Leonard Cohen”

My Favorite Album: Hayden Thorpe on Leonard Cohen’s “The Best of Leonard Cohen”

Jul 08, 2020 Issue #66 - My Favorite Album - Angel Olsen and Sleater-Kinney

The reason I chose this record was because when I was in New York I saw his exhibition at the Jewish Museum. Which is just a genius installation. Within that was a series of around 300 self-portraits. I don’t think he started making self-portraits until the last 20 years of his life. 

Anna Burch on “If You’re Dreaming”

Anna Burch on “If You’re Dreaming”

Jul 07, 2020 Web Exclusive

Anna Burch spoke with Under the Radar during the height of pandemic stress about her new solo album, If You’re Dreaming.

Pleased to meet you

bdrmm on Their Debut Album “Bedroom”

Jul 03, 2020

One constant in this most surreal of times has been the influx of great records released so far in 2020. The latest of those is Bedroom, the debut LP from Hull, England-based five-piece bdrmm

Lists

Heroes in Quarantine: How to Make the Most of DC Universe During the Pandemic

Jun 05, 2020

Seems like just about every studio or network has its own streaming service these days. Netflix (the OG). Amazon. HBO Go. HBO Now. HBO Max (huh?). Hulu. CBS. Disney +. Apple TV. The list goes on and on. There are so many, it becomes virtually impossible to tell which one is worth the monthly fee, which one has enough content to keep you tuning in, and which one is only as good as its one show de jour and can be canceled come the season finale.

Enter DC Universe, DC Comics' foray into the streaming arena. DC Universe is rife with content, some classic, some of it original, and all absolutely worth the price of entry. There are movies; holy rusty rocks, Batman, are there movies. DC Universe boasts a wealth of films, from the Michael Keaton Batman films to exclusive animated features. Speaking of animated, the TV selection is a treasure chest of series, from Batman: The Animated Series and Justice League, which followed, to original live action content like Star Girl and Doom Patrol.

Unlike the aforementioned services, though, DC Universe offers its subscribers a trove of content beyond what's streaming. DC's bread and butter has historically always been its comics-weeklies, monthlies, limited series, and original graphic novels-and DC Universe is loaded with digital reads. Organized to entice the diehard and the newcomer alike, subscribers can search by their favorite character, seminal story arcs, or even "Get to Know" the universe one character at a time through curated selections. The site also features a fan community section, with message boards, sweepstakes, and events, an encyclopedia collecting vast histories of the DCU, and a news feed to help you keep current.

With DC Universe, there's something for every fan of the Justice League, Legion of Doom, and every A, B, and C character that inhabits the DC multi-verse. Let's takes a look at some of the content worth bingeing this summer while practicing social distancing.

By Zach Hollwedel

Blog

Modest Mouse – Reflecting on the 20th Anniversary of “The Moon & Antarctica”

Modest Mouse – Reflecting on the 20th Anniversary of “The Moon & Antarctica”

Jun 12, 2020 By Matt the Raven

Twenty years after its initial release, The Moon & Antarctica remains the pivotal release that opened the floodgates to success and helped propel Modest Mouse from Pacific Northwest cult heroes to international indie rock luminaries.    




Cinema Reviews

Mr. Jones

Jul 09, 2020 Web Exclusive

If Mr. Jones was given an HBO or BBC limited series treatment, we could become better acquainted with the eponymous journalist, and better grasp his heroism from the strong direction.

DVD Reviews

Husbands
Studio: The Criterion Collection

Jul 09, 2020 Web Exclusive

It’s a testament to a filmmaker’s legacy when the seventh of their films to be inducted into The Criterion Collection is just as fascinating as the six that came before it. 

Television Reviews

Betty
HBO, Fridays at 11 p.m.

May 01, 2020 Web Exclusive

The rumble of skateboard wheels on concrete is one of the most soothing sounds in the world. This is the both the underscore and overlay for HBO’s six-part series, Betty