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Saturday, March 28th, 2020  

Album Reviews

Snapshot of a Beginner

Nap Eyes
Snapshot of a Beginner

Mar 27, 2020 Web Exclusive

Evolution and epiphany are at the front of Nigel Chapman’s mind on Snapshot of a Beginner. The growth is indeterminate and the visions are fleeting. “I’m so tired, of trying to recreate...Though I feel inspired, then a moment later find I’ve been too late,” he confesses on the opening wind-up “So Tired.” The album, though, is an unequivocal step forward for Nap Eyes.

Future Nostalgia

Dua Lipa
Future Nostalgia

Mar 27, 2020 Web Exclusive

It’s hard to imagine there was ever a time when Dua Lipa didn’t feel destined for superstardom. At some point between the release of the “New Rules” video and her triumphant night at the 2018 Brit Awards, Lipa’s rise seemed not only inevitable but necessary. 

925

Sorry
925

Mar 26, 2020 Web Exclusive

Based around the creative nucleus of best friends Asha Lorenz and Louis O’Bryen, Sorry have steadily been gaining a reputation as one of the most innovative new artists to emerge from the flourishing London underground scene in recent years.

Classic Interviews

2014 Artist Survey: HAERTS

2014 Artist Survey: HAERTS
Nini Fabi, Ben Gebert, Garrett Ienner, and Derek McWilliams on First Celebrity Crushes, Favorite Directors, and Best Fan Interactions

Jan 19, 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.

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. 

Book Reviews

Russ Giguere and Ashley Wren Collins
Along Comes The Association: Beyond Folk Rock and Three-Piece Suits

Mar 27, 2020

Founding member of The Association Russ Giguere documents his band's history, from its early-'60s formation through the band's dissolution, reformation, and on tour into the '80s, '90s, and beyond.

Interviews

Ben Gibbard and Other Pacific Northwest Artists on Weathering the COVID-19 Quarantine

Ben Gibbard and Other Pacific Northwest Artists on Weathering the COVID-19 Quarantine

Mar 27, 2020 Web Exclusive

The city of Seattle is many things. It’s a hub for tech companies, food and drink establishments, and, perhaps most importantly, music. The lineage of Emerald City greats pushes well into the past and continues with standout after standout today from Pearl Jam to Death Cab For Cutie to Thunderpussy, The Decemberists, Car Seat Headrest, and The Black Tones. 

Waxahatchee on “Saint Cloud” and Being Quarantined During COVID-19

Waxahatchee on “Saint Cloud” and Being Quarantined During COVID-19

Mar 26, 2020 Web Exclusive

Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield began her musical recording career in high school with twin sister, Allison. Earlier band P.S. Eliot gave way to Crutchfield’s primary vehicle, Waxahatchee, which she records under today.

Pleased to meet you

Sorry on “925”

Mar 25, 2020 Web Exclusive

Schoolmates Asha Lorenz and Louis O’Bryen are the creative heart of Sorry, a band that are being lauded as one of the most exciting and innovative new artists to emerge from the flourishing London underground scene in recent years.

Lists

Twelve Alternative Netflix Double Features to Stream in Quarantine

Mar 25, 2020

There are few things worse than being quarantined for a global pandemic, but Netflix’s recommendation algorithms have to be up there. The endless deluge of bland original films and original series make it easy to forget that the service has some quality films if you’re willing to dig. Not only have we done the digging for you, we’ve paired some of the best selections into double features; everyone’s got the time and nothing makes a good movie better than another one to complement it. Here’s two dozen great flicks you may not have heard of or didn’t know were on Netflix.

Words and Double Features by Stephen Danay

Blog

Election 2020: Joe Biden Needs a Cool VP

Election 2020: Joe Biden Needs a Cool VP

Mar 18, 2020 By Steve King

So, here we are, in the spring of an election year, with a collapsing stock market, imminent recession, and a pandemic superflu threatening to bring down all of civil society. The primaries aren’t over, but Democrats have their likely nominee. 




Cinema Reviews

Resistance

Mar 25, 2020 Web Exclusive

The true story of a would-be world famous mime joining the French Resistance.

Television Reviews

The Plot Against America
HBO, Mondays at 9 p.m.

Mar 16, 2020 Web Exclusive

Before Russian bots compelled us to trash talk politicians on Facebook, wed gather on our neighbors’ back porches and armchair-commentate over beers. Before turning to Fox News or Rachel Maddow, we dialed in to snippy talking head radio broadcasts.