Album Reviews

Yamantaka // Sonic Titan

Mar 23, 2018 Web Exclusive

Canada's premiere Noh-Wave prog act has never been accused of making simplistic music. Their latest record was conceived as the "soundtrack for an unreleased [Iroquois] and Buddhist themed Anime produced in 1987," and to fully appreciate the album you must be of the right mind to accept that. 

Jack White
Boarding House Reach

Mar 22, 2018 Web Exclusive

Jack White was once the antithesis to rock 'n' roll excess. With The White Stripes, he produced sharp, minimalist rock songs that laughed in the face of the genre's extravagances. Even on his more lavish solo albums, White's writing was still taut and efficient. Which makes this new album an extraordinary departure, as it is a record that seems to ignore traditional songcraft completely.

Cavern of Anti-Matter
Hormone Lemonade

Mar 21, 2018 Web Exclusive

Stereolab pushed the envelope of electro-pop niceties, and, years later, Cavern of Anti-Matter is pushing it further. With co-singer/songwriters Tim Gane and Lætitia Sadier at the helm, Stereolab released a handful of seminal albums in the 1990s and early 2000sattracting such big names in music as Damon Albarn from Blur and the band Tortoise. 

Classic Interviews

Tara McPherson

Tara McPherson
The Art of Science

Apr 22, 2009 Web Exclusive

There seems to be an alien chirruping from deep inside Tara McPherson's phone as she fields questions about her latest book from Dark Horse Comics. The large coffee table volume aggregates her various paintings, sculptures, art prints and rock posters. "Yeah, I need to get a new phone," she titters. The incessant E.T. could possibly be one of the strangely beautiful characters that populate Lost Constellations: The Art of Tara McPherson Volume II, or any of the various iterations she's created for clients as far-ranging as DC Comics and Spin Magazine to the Knitting Factory and Nike. After receiving a BFA from Art Center in Pasadena, CA, McPherson started her career in rock poster art for musicians such as Beck, Modest Mouse, The Decemberists and Melvins, but she has slowly introduced her animated personality into the stifling world of fine art. 

Comic Book Reviews


Mar 20, 2018 Web Exclusive

Clue, indeed based on the classic board game, fleshes out the enduring murder mystery from that game with more modern sensibilities. And, gosh, there's a lot to like about Clue—the design is wonderful, the art (Nelson Daniel) equally so.


August Greene - Karriem Riggins on His New Collaborative Album with Robert Glasper and Common

Mar 16, 2018 Web Exclusive

At this stage, Karriem Riggins can work with anyone. He already has. If you're not already a fan of one of the most dynamic and creative drummers in the business, then you've undoubtedly heard his craft on albums by artists as diverse as Kanye West and Paul McCartney, Diana Krall and J Dilla.

2017 Artist Survey: Living Hour

Mar 14, 2018 Web Exclusive

For Under the Radar's 15th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to the last year. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2017 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions.


Under the Radar’s Top 25 Comic Books and Graphic Novels of 2017

Jan 11, 2018

It was another grand year for comic book fans. Whether your preference is superheroes, character studies, sci-fi adventures, or memoirs, 2017 offered a plethora of amazing books and series to choose from. Jeff Lemire again proved himself one of the top talents in the field with the ongoing crime fighter series Black Hammer, while young, relative newcomers like Tillie Walden (Spinning) and Chris Gooch (Bottled) defined themselves as talents to follow faithfully.

Of course, no matter how much reading one does, there are always more (and more and more) books left atop the reading pile, and we recognize it's inevitable there are stellar titles we didn't get to (yet). So with that, below is the Under the Radar staff's picks for the Top 25 Comic Books and Graphic Novels of 2017. Enjoy, and please let us know what other titles you think belong on the list by shouting out your favorites in the comments section. By Zach Hollwedel

Live reviews

Lydia Loveless at Underground Arts, Philadelphia, PA, November 4, 2017

Nov 10, 2017 By Frank Valish

Lydia Loveless presents a new and improved self to Philadelphia on a beautiful Saturday night.

Cinema Reviews

Isle of Dogs

Mar 21, 2018 Web Exclusive

Our review of Isle of Dogs, the star-studded second animated feature from Wes Anderson.

Television Reviews

FX, Sundays at 10 p.m.

Mar 23, 2018 Web Exclusive

Trust is the latest marquee show from FX, the home to many of the best marquee shows. Executive produced by Danny Boyle (TrainspottingSlumdog Millionaire), the show tells the saga of the extremely rich and extremely odd Getty family.