Album Reviews

Soft Friday

Sep 02, 2014 Web Exclusive

Coves are the U.K.-based project of singer/songwriter Beck Wood and producer John Ridgard. They recorded their debut album Soft Friday in a basement studio called Castle Grayskull, and the kitschy nostalgia must have been oozing off the walls.

James Yorkston
Cellardyke Recording and Wassailing Society

Sep 02, 2014 Web Exclusive

James Yorkston appears to be growing old gracefully. While many a middle-aged man spends his days desperately clinging to an ever-evaporating youth, the unassuming Scottish songwriter is moving through the decades with dignity.

Weird Little Birthday

Sep 02, 2014 Web Exclusive

For a band hailing from South London, Happyness' debut Weird Little Birthday is the sort of music perfect for hazy, morning-after walks down sun-drenched American streets.

Classic Interviews

Smith Westerns

Smith Westerns
Growing Up and Branching Out

Aug 01, 2013 Issue #46 - June/July 2013 - Charli XCX

"We don't want to be a party band," Smith Westerns guitarist and co-songwriter Max Kakacek says from his cell phone while visiting friends in Austin, Texas, just a few days after the Chicago-based wunderkinds' performance at Coachella.

Comic Book Reviews

The X-Files: Year Zero #1

Aug 26, 2014 Web Exclusive

In this latest depiction of Chris Carter's hugely popular '90s television series, Mulder and Scully revisit the origins of The X-Files to compare notes to a current case. While tracking down a large cat, the duo hear about a mysterious man named "Mr. Zero," who Mulder recognizes from the very first X-File.


Scotland Week: God Help the Girl’s Olly Alexander

Sep 02, 2014 Web Exclusive

Olly Alexander was the first actor Stuart Murdoch cast in his directorial debut, God Help the Girl. While the actor had appeared in several films before that point, including Enter the Void and Gulliver’s Travels, it was his unique audition video—in which Alexander performed a song he’d written on his little Casio keyboard—which caught Murdoch’s attention.

Scotland Week: Frightened Rabbit’s Scott Hutchison (aka Owl John)

Sep 02, 2014 Web Exclusive

We have a special theme on Under the Radar's website this week which we're simply calling Scotland Week. All throughout the week we will be posting interviews, reviews, lists, and blog posts relating to Scotland and in particular Scottish music. For some of the Scotland Week Q&As we emailed out the same set of Scottish related questions to various different musicians from the country.

Pleased to meet you

Wilco Announces Rarities Box Set, Best Of Comp, Fall Tour

Sep 02, 2014

In honor of their 20th year as a band, Wilco will be hitting the road this fall for a quick string of U.S. shows. The milestone will also be celebrated via a best of compilation and rarities box set, the details of which are forthcoming.


15 Characters Marvel Needs to Get on Screen

Aug 01, 2014

Somewhere in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there's room for these 15 characters.

With Comic-Con in our rearview mirror and Guardians of the Galaxy due out this week, comic book movies and TV series have once again taken over pop culture. Once again, Marvel basically took Twitter out of commission for a few hours during its panel at Comic-Con where they showed footage of their sure-fire hits and teased a few tidbits about future projects.

But this year, there was something missing from Marvel's big presentation. While in the past we've gotten announcements/hints about Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, and other Marvel properties, this year all we got was a Guardians of the Galaxy 2 release date-there weren't any new film or TV announcements. So to help Marvel along, we put this list together of 15 Marvel Comics characters/teams who should get their own movie or TV show. They're loosely ranked in order from "Admittedly, this is a longshot" to "How has this not been announced yet?!" A quick caveat: This is the part where we remind you Marvel only owns the rights to certain characters-so the list doesn't include anyone who primarily exists in the worlds of X-Men, Fantastic Four (film rights both owned by Fox) or Spider-Man (film rights owned by Sony). In any case, hopefully plenty of these will soon make their way to a theater near you.

By Ryan E.C. Hamm

Live reviews

FYF Fest 2014 Day 2 at LA Sports Arena and Exposition Park, Los Angeles, CA

Aug 26, 2014 By Stephen Humphries

Kudos to the FYF organizers for mobilizing like a Rapid Response Unit. In response to the problems of Day One, they've instituted changes overnight. The entrance lines are shorter and attendees were reportedly given free water by way of apology for the long wait on Saturday. The price of water has been cut from $3 to $2. And the balconies inside the Los Angeles Sports Arena have been opened up to accommodate those unable to access the indoor shows for lack of room.


Scotland Week: The Vaselines’ Eugene Kelly on “Under the Skin”

Sep 02, 2014 By Eugene Kelly

In this guest blog post for Scotland Week Eugene Kelly of the iconic Glasgow-based band The Vaselines writes about Under the Skin. The Jonathan Glazer-directed film, which was released earlier this year and is now on DVD, takes place in Scotland and features Scarlett Johansson as an alien who preys on men. In this guest blog post for Scotland Week Eugene Kelly of the iconic Glasgow-based band The Vaselines writes about Under the Skin. The Jonathan Glazer-directed film, which was released earlier this year and is now on DVD, takes place in Scotland and features Scarlett Johansson as an alien who preys on men.  

Cinema Reviews

Patema Inverted

Sep 02, 2014 Web Exclusive

The two civilizations in Patema Inverted are connected top-to-bottom, operating on polar opposite gravities. Neither world is aware of one another, until Patema, the young princess of the underground city, accidentally “falls” into the opposing world.

DVD Reviews

Under the Skin Blu-ray/DVD
Studio: A24/Lionsgate

Aug 27, 2014 Web Exclusive

Over the course of Under the Skin's 108 minute runtime, the film is alternately a Tarkovskian sci-fi meditation, a digital video art installation, and an extended candid camera punking riff.