Album Reviews

Ghostpoet
Dark Days + Canapés (Play It Again Sam)

Aug 23, 2017 Web Exclusive

The fourth album from Ghostpoet isn't an easy listen. Obaro Ejimiwe's voice is most often a growl, lingering over his sparse rock beats and guitar-driven melodies with a subtle audacity.

The War on Drugs
A Deeper Understanding

Aug 22, 2017 Issue #61 - Grizzly Bear

In 2014, indie rock's resident crank Mark Kozelek caused a minor blog uproar over his out-of-nowhere feud with Philadelphia rock band The War on Drugs. Apparently upset The War on Drugs' set had sound bleed with his set at a festival, Kozelek lashed out, referring to War on Drugs as "beer-commercial lead guitar shit" before finally recording a song called "War on Drugs: Suck My Cock."

Liars
TCFC

Aug 21, 2017 Issue #61 - Grizzly Bear

Liars make pitch-black art-rock that morphs and shifts from album to album, but always retains a core of bitter, urgent darkness. Even 2007's somewhat conventional indie-rock self-titled album and 2012's pretty, Kid A-biting WIXIW feel like examinations of the grimy corners of the soul. 

Classic Interviews

Undercover: Nightlands

Undercover: Nightlands
David Hartley on the cover of Oak Island

Jun 07, 2013 Web Exclusive

Undercover is our new recurring series where we talk to bands about the genesis of one of their album covers. Here we talk to Nightlands' David Hartley about the cover of Oak Island, as well as to Catharine Maloney, who photographed the cover.

Interviews

The War on Drugs on “A Deeper Understanding”

Aug 23, 2017 Issue #61 - Grizzly Bear

It's a story that has now become inseparable from the music: The War on DrugsLost in the Dream was the account of Adam Granduciel sinking into depression and despair, struggling with the realization that the high of playing music every night with his friends had faded into the loneliness of everyday life. 

UNKLE on “The Road: Part 1”

Aug 18, 2017 Web Exclusive

Some 25 years ago, James Lavelle, then 18 years old, was running around London, earnest and passionate, his already magnified eyes covered by horn-rimmed glasses seeming like they would pop right out of his head. That head, filled with so many original ideas, including his visionary musical venture, UNKLE released on his legendary independent label, Mo' Wax.

Pleased to meet you

Watch Girl Ray Parody Early 2000s R&B Videos in the “Don’t Go Back at Ten” Video

Aug 22, 2017

Girl Ray are a promising new British trio. Poppy Hankin (guitar/vocals), Iris McConnell (drums), and Sophie Moss (bass) are all 19 years old and from North London. Now they have shared a video for "Don't Go Back at Ten." In it they parody R&B videos from the early 2000s, with the band and friends clowning around in front of a green screen in hoodies and cowgirl outfits.

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

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.

Blog

The PLAYlist 10: Twilight Struggle

Aug 21, 2017 By Austin Trunick

Who’s up for a harrowingly intense, three-hour-plus Cold War simulation? In this volume of The PLAYlist we’ll be looking at GMT Games’ classic head-to-head wargame Twilight Struggle, which is the most fun you’ll ever have staring down the threat of utter and absolute nuclear obliteration.






Cinema Reviews

England Is Mine

Aug 23, 2017 Web Exclusive

A young Steven Morrissey sullenly shuffles through young adulthood in this biopic about the future alt-rock king.

DVD Reviews

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (50th Anniversary Edition)
Studio: Kino Lorber Studio Classics

Aug 18, 2017 Web Exclusive

Released fifty years ago, no one expected Sergio Leone’s The Good, The Bad and The Ugly to become one of the defining films of the so-called “Spaghetti Western” genre.

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.