Album Reviews

The Horrors

Sep 22, 2017 Web Exclusive

There are roughly three groups of people that are aware of The Horrors. First is the cult following that have been devoted to the charismatic group from its Ramones-esque beginnings. 

Foo Fighters
Concrete and Gold

Sep 22, 2017 Web Exclusive

Upon first listen, Concrete and GoldFoo Fighters' ninth studio albummay land with a bit of a shrug, relying on overly familiar hard rock grooves and staying largely in the band's comfort zone. The riffs crunch and Dave Grohl alternates between soft balladeer vocals, a gruff snarl, and occasional scream.  

Cut Copy
Haiku From Zero

Sep 21, 2017 Web Exclusive

Back in 2013, we praised this Australian dance-pop unit's fourth LP, Free Your Mind, while admitting it wasn't a much of a step in any direction for their sound. Four years later Cut Copy returns with Haiku From Zero, and still little has changed-and perhaps it's time new directions be explored.

Classic Interviews

Manic Street Preachers

Manic Street Preachers
Betrothed Lyrics and Existential Questions

Oct 19, 2009 Web Exclusive

When Richey Edwards fled from London's Embassy Hotel one February morning in 1995, he left behind a legacy, a myth, and a band of childhood friends who carried on without him, achieving greater success in the ensuing years than they'd had with their "minister of propaganda" in the fold.

Comic Book Reviews

Poppies of Iraq
Drawn & Quarterly

Sep 01, 2017 Web Exclusive

From husband and wife collaborating team Brigitte Findakly and Lewis Trondheim, Poppies of Iraq is a deeply touching original graphic novel, simultaneously intimate and universal.


Iron & Wine on “Beast Epic”

Sep 22, 2017 Web Exclusive

Job satisfaction is never a concern for Sam Beam. The simplistic joy of musical expression he experienced recording as Iron & Wine for the first time is still the dominant feeling in the studio 15 years later. Perhaps it's no surprise, then, that the vulnerability that marked those first few records is still front and center on his latest album, Beast Epic (on Sub Pop).

Japanese Breakfast on “Soft Sounds From Another Planet”

Sep 21, 2017 Issue #61 - Grizzly Bear

Everyone's death grief model is unique. Kübler-Ross, the best known model, rarely encompasses its depth in the long term. There's no manual in place for such a cataclysmic life event. For Michelle Zauner, who essentially is the Philadelphia based Japanese Breakfast, her first album Psychopomp tackled the subject in a fairly straightforward manner after her mother's death. 

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Sep 20, 2017 Issue #61 - Grizzly Bear

2017 has been a period of nascency for Azniv Korkejian, a.k.a. Bedouine-as we're settling in for our interview, the Syrian-Armenian singer is in Houston with her family, welcoming her newborn nephew into the world. Between that and the release of her self-titled debut album, Korkejian is in the midst of a very fruitful season.


Under the Radar’s Top 50 Albums of 2017 So Far

Jul 13, 2017

In the past we've avoided posting midyear best albums lists. It seemed somehow impatient and premature to evaluate the year's albums halfway through. And how do you decide which period the list covers, which arbitrary release date do you work out is the cut off point, as every midyear list seems to cover a different period? But 2017 is a year that demands a partial evaluation. The first half of the year has already produced enough strong albums to easily fill a Top 50, but also the second half of 2017 is stacked with so many high profile releases that threaten to overshadow some of the gems released so far. For example, we've already heard some August and September releases that we're certain will make the upper echelons of our final best albums of 2017 list come December.

To make this list an album had to be released for the first time (no reissues) somewhere between January 1, 2017 and last Friday, July 7. That means there are some good albums out tomorrow (such as Waxahatchee, Japanese Breakfast, and The Dears) that may made this list had we extended the period that far. Fourteen of our writers and editors (including myself and my co-publisher/wife Wendy Redfern) each submitted a list of their 20 favorite albums released this year thus far. Their number one album was worth 20 points, their number two worth 19 points, and so on until their number 20 album and any honorable mentions were worth one point each. All of that was calculated into the final list. By the way, this year we've interviewed 38 of the artists in the Top 50 and reviewed almost all these albums, so continue reading Under the Radar, both in print and online, for further proof that in-depth music journalism is far from dead. By Mark Redfern

Live reviews

Panorama 2017: Highlights & Observations

Aug 04, 2017 By Austin Trunick

NYC’s Panorama is a relatively young festival, which makes the smoothness with which it ran very impressive.


Soundtracking the Resistance - Gracie and Rachel on Music Industry Misogyny and Mansplaining

Sep 22, 2017 By Stephen Mayne

The backgrounds that form the soaring orchestral pop echoing out on Gracie Coates and Rachel Ruggles' self-titled debut as Gracie and Rachel can be reduced to a west coast/east coast duality. Hailing from California, and now based in New York, there's the majestic lightness of the golden state, and the urban isolation of NYC.

Cinema Reviews

Goon: Last of the Enforcers

Sep 18, 2017 Web Exclusive

Goon: Last of the Enforcers attempts to recapture the magic, trying to show more is more, and less is more, while proving neither is more in this instance.

Television Reviews

The Mist
Spike, Thursdays, June 22 at 10/9 Central

Jun 22, 2017 Web Exclusive

Stephen King fans might be wondering how The Mist went from a novella with a single location to a serialized drama/thriller.