Album Reviews

Avey Tare
Eucalyptus

Jul 21, 2017 Issue #61 - Grizzly Bear

Avey Tare's music has always grasped with the ideas of space and nature. From his earliest works with Animal Collective to his 2014 LP as Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, David Portner has used nature as his muse to bring to light his writings about love and loss. 

Childhood
Universal High

Jul 20, 2017 Issue #61 - Grizzly Bear

London's Childhood, with one strong contender of an album under their belts (2014's debut, Lacuna), left Brixton in their rearview mirrors and headed west to mine inspiration from the rich vein of funk-pop in the United States. 

Cornelius
Waves

Jul 20, 2017 Issue #60 - Father John Misty

The master of headphone symphonies returns with his best album since 1997's Fantasma. Keigo Oyamada's Cornelius continues the Shibuya-Kei ethos of pastiche mundi on Waves

Classic Interviews

Sarah Gadon, Star of “A Royal Night Out”

Sarah Gadon, Star of “A Royal Night Out”
Playing Princess

Dec 05, 2015 Web Exclusive

Toronto-based actress Sarah Gadon brings both the wide-eyed wonderment of a teenage girl and the regal stateliness of a royal to her performance as a 19-year-old Princess Elizabeth in the romantic comedy A Royal Night Out

Comic Book Reviews

He-Man/ThunderCats
DC

Jul 10, 2017 Web Exclusive

While certainly targeting anyone nostalgic for 1980s toys and cartoons, does this crossover between the worlds of Eternia, home to He-Man, and Third Earth, home to the ThunderCats, succeed as a book for true fans? And does it succeed as a story irrespective of its IP mashup?

Interviews

Filmmaker Barbet Schroeder on “Amnesia”

Jul 21, 2017 Web Exclusive

Barbet Schroeder’s nearly six-decade-long career touches on so many fascinating eras of cinematic history. 

Self-Portrait: Little Dragon

Jul 19, 2017 Issue #60 - Father John Misty

We asked Little Dragon vocalist Yukimi Nagano to take a self-portrait. We also asked her to write a list of personal thingsinteresting facts that fans may perhaps not know about her.

Pleased to meet you

Middle Kids

Jul 21, 2017 Issue #60 - Father John Misty

The band name chosen by Sydney, Australia trio Middle Kids also describes the upbringing of singer Hannah Joy and multi-instrumentalist Tim Fitz. "Tim and I are both middle kids," Joy explains. "I think it's common to find middle kids being a little bit unsure of their place in the family.

Lists

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

Bob Dylan at Montreal Jazz Festival

Jul 02, 2017 By Laura Studarus

My only real argument with my mother happened when I was sixteen. It was over Bob Dylan—specifically the fact I wanted to go see his show at the fairgrounds and she wasn’t keen on the idea of her teenage daughter hanging out with NPR hippies. Her response upon finding out I’d see him perform at Montreal Jazz Festival?

Blog

Soundtracking the Resistance - Six Months Down

Jul 21, 2017 By Stephen Mayne

It's the half-year Trump anniversary so we're leading with that this week. Mix in a little summary of his various misdeeds, and a collection of protest tracks the man has inspired and we've got ourselves a column.






Cinema Reviews

Kuso

Jul 21, 2017 Web Exclusive

I'll start by acknowledging what you've probably already heard: Kuso is gross.

DVD Reviews

Stalker
Studio: Criterion

Jul 21, 2017 Web Exclusive

For years, Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker has seemed like an inevitable addition to the Criterion Collection library.

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.