Album Reviews

Girl Band
Holding Hands with Jamie

Oct 06, 2015 Web Exclusive

Girl Band by name, girl band by nature? Not this one. The Irish quartet are all male purveyors of guttural noise punk whose debut LP Holding Hands With Jamie is as searing as it comes.

Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus and her Dead Petz

Oct 05, 2015 Web Exclusive

There is unlimited supply, on the Internet and in "real life," of opinions about Miley Cyrus, but nobody can deny that she is interesting. The young, innocent girl behind Hannah Montana—a property often synonymous with Disney's clean, family-friendly image—gradually evolves into a typical child-star trainwreck, exploring drugs and sexuality, and then into something else entirely: a relentlessly real, authentic, down-for-anything crazy person.

Lana Del Rey

Oct 02, 2015 Web Exclusive

If "beach goth" is already a musical genre taken by neo-surf rockers, then Lana Del Rey's new album Honeymoon has given birth to "tropical noir;" all the imagery of swaying palm trees and hallucinatory California sunsets with the heightened drama and mystery of an old Hollywood film score.  

Classic Interviews

Jeff Lemire

Jeff Lemire
The Beauty of Collaboration

Jan 20, 2012 Web Exclusive

Two of the surprise hits of DC New 52 initiative were Jeff Lemire's trippy horror series Animal Man and his action-packed Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E. Both made a big splash for the Sweet Tooth scribe. Here we talk for a spell with the inspiring young writer. He dishes back his thoughts on the collaborative environment of DC Comics, reluctant heroes, ceding control to artists, and remaining silent about the Mysterious Red-Hooded Woman. Also, see our discussion with his partner in crime, Scott Snyder (BatmanSwamp Thing).

Comic Book Reviews

Motorcycle Samurai
Top Shelf

Oct 01, 2015 Issue #54 - August/September 2015 - CHVRCHES

Chris Sheridan has built a great post-society world in Motorcycle Samurai, and a quite intriguing title character in White Bolt, the mysterious, cooler-than-a-cucumber woman with the skull painted on her helmet. 

Book Reviews

Compiled and edited by Benedetta LoBalbo
The Musician Says: Quotes, Quips, and Words of Wisdom

Oct 06, 2015 Web Exclusive

The Musician Says is a pocket-sized collection of quotes from a diverse collection of artists, meant to illuminate the musician’s experience.


Django Django

Oct 01, 2015 Issue #53 - April/May 2015 - Tame Impala

It was a dark (and possibly stormy) night. The members of London-based Django Djangodrummer/producer Dave Maclean, singer/guitarist Vinnie Neff, bassist Jim Dixon, and keyboardist   Tommy Gracewere recording at Angelic, an old barn that had been converted into a residential studio. 

Tori Amos on “Little Earthquakes,” “Under the Pink,” and “The Light Princess”

Sep 25, 2015 Web Exclusive

In the Spring, Tori Amos reissued her first two albums, 1992's Little Earthquakes and 1994's Under the Pink.  Groundbreaking works of honesty, emotion, and unbridled passion, the albums were the sound of one woman kicking against convention and showing herself as a songwriter for the ages. 

Pleased to meet you

Pleased to Meet You Spotlight: Briana Marela

Sep 04, 2015 Web Exclusive

The daughter of a Peruvian father and American mother, Marela grew up listening to a mix of traditional folk music. Though she took up the acoustic guitar and began writing her own songs in high school, it wasn't until Marela presented and played a four song EP for a senior project that her classmates even became aware of her extracurricular interest. 


The 16 Best John Hughes Soundtrack Moments

Sep 17, 2015

Let me make something crystal clear before the diehards start in on me: Neither myself nor anyone at Under the Radar is saying that "Don't You (Forget About Me)" is the best Simple Minds song (everyone knows that's "Someone Somewhere In Summertime") or that "If You Leave" is OMD's finest moment. That's not what this little write-up is about (see: title of article). But since we're on the subject, both songs are killer. Yea, yea, yea-we know Simple Minds didn't write their biggest, most popular, and most recognizable single. Not sure why that matters or takes away from its greatness. And as for "If You Leave," OMD are proud of it. Paul Humphreys told me himself when I interviewed him in 2013. SO BACK OFF.

Anyway, I realize that nearly a third of this list is made up of soundtrack moments from Planes, Trains & Automobiles. I'm not saying that's the best John Hughes movie, though I could easily be convinced. Just saying it has some of the best soundtrack moments. That scene near the end when Steve Martin is on the train reflecting on the week he's had with John Candy? And thinking about his wife and kids? And that Dream Academy song is playing? SHEESH. Note: I've included the vocal version of The Dream Academy's "Power to Believe"; the film uses the instrumental version, which until last year had never been officially released.

Also, some of these tracks were in the movies, but never made it to the official soundtracks. Licensing shit I imagine. But that doesn't matter anymore, because the Internet and stuff!

I've done my best to dig up the actual clips on YouTube, though not every clip is available. Per usual, I've also dumped the tunes into a Spotify playlist for ya (except for "Twist & Shout" because there's no love between The Beatles and Spotify), so between the two formats, we've got ya covered.

What are your favorite John Hughes soundtrack moments? We wanna know. Sound off in the comments!

By Kenny S. McGuane


Hard Rock Corner: Myrkur

Sep 11, 2015 By Frank Valish

Last month, Myrkur released its debut full length, entitled simply M, a tour de force mix of second wave Scandinavian black metal, Nordic folk music, and heavenly choirs of voice. 

Cinema Reviews


Oct 02, 2015 Web Exclusive

Vincent Cassel’s primal physicality and threatening charm are front and center in this taut dystopian fable.

DVD Reviews

A Room With A View
Studio: Criterion

Oct 02, 2015 Web Exclusive

Adapted from the E.M. Forster novel of the same title, A Room With A View stars a teenaged Helena Bonham Carter as Lucy Honeychurch, an unconventional girl from a wealthy (and conventional) English family.

Television Reviews

Heroes Reborn
NBC, Thursdays 8/7 Central

Sep 24, 2015 Web Exclusive

In the comics that serve as an inspirational source for NBC's Heroes franchise, rising from the dead, like the proverbial phoenix from the ashes, can be a pivotal, franchise-defining feat. Or killing off a hero and bringing him back can be tried, and the resurrected hero can prove as boring or stagnant as before, rather than refreshed.