Album Reviews

School of Seven Bells
SVIIB

Feb 12, 2016 Issue # 56 - Best of 2015 - Father John Misty and Wolf Alice

This is a very good pop record. Opening track "Ablaze" sets the tone with euphoric synths and 'ah's, getting you moving right from the start. Nitpicking, but this extended intro (the vocals don't come in until 0:51) leaves one hoping for a single edit that will get us to the dreamy sway of the verse that much quicker. 

Mavis Staples
Livin’ on a High Note

Feb 11, 2016 Issue # 56 - Best of 2015 - Father John Misty and Wolf Alice

"I've got friends and I've got family/I got help from all the people who love me."

Laser
Night Driver

Feb 10, 2016 Issue # 56 - Best of 2015 - Father John Misty and Wolf Alice

The latest branch at least somewhat rooted in the Broken Social Scene tree comes via vocalist Lisa Lobsinger's new project, Laser. The trio, which also features Paul Pfisterer and Martin Davis Kinack, surrounds Lobsinger's exquisite vocal with instrumentation both synthetic and real. 

Classic Interviews

2014 Artist Survey: Chromeo

2014 Artist Survey: Chromeo
David Macklovitch on the Question He's Tired of Answering, Racism in America, Uplifting Fan Interactions, and the One Who Got Away

Feb 09, 2015 Issue #52 - January/February 2015 - St. Vincent

For Under the Radar's 12th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2014. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2014 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions.

Comic Book Reviews

The Complete Wimmen’s Comix
Fantagraphics

Feb 12, 2016 Issue # 56 - Best of 2015 - Father John Misty and Wolf Alice

The Wimmen's Comix Collective came together in the early 1970s when the best-known underground comics were by male artists. Initially called It Ain't Me Babe ComixWimmen's Comix was one of the first produced by all females, and Complete gives a clear view of their sense of creative freedom.

Interviews

2015 Artist Survey: Everything Everything

Feb 12, 2016 Issue # 56 - Best of 2015 - Father John Misty and Wolf Alice

For Under the Radar's 13th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2015. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2015 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions. Here are some answers from Jonathan Higgs of British four-piece Everything Everything. The band's third album, Get to Heaven, was released last year in the U.K. and is finally getting a proper U.S. release on February 26 via Big Picnic/RED.

Standoff’s Thomas Jane

Feb 12, 2016 Web Exclusive

Thomas Jane tells us about feeling like a humble musician on the set of Standoffin between dodging bullets and engaging in heated dialogue with Laurence Fishburne.

Pleased to meet you

Car Seat Headrest

Feb 12, 2016 Issue #55 - November/December 2015 - EL VY

Speaking to Will Toledo, the 23-year-old mastermind of Car Seat Headrest, as he's preparing to release his Matador debut Teens of Style, culled from his 11 Bandcamp releases over the course of five years, feels a bit awkward. 

Lists

Under the Radar’s Top 75 TV Shows of 2015

Jan 29, 2016

Okay, we know we're late on this one. It's the end of January 2016 and we're only now just posting our best TV shows of 2015 list. But in our defense, there is a lot of TV to get through these days, on a lot of different platforms. The golden age of TV just keeps glowing and growing. Every week it seems as though there's another new show we're supposed to check out or another 13 episodes we're suddenly expected to binge watch on Netflix. So it took us awhile to work our way through 2015's best shows and compile this list and there were so many good shows we settled on a Top 75.

These days, any snobby faux intellectual that tells you at a party, "I don't watch TV, I read books," doesn't know what they're talking about (although reading books is good too). 2015 saw the continued dominance of streaming services (especially Netflix) and cable TV, although there's room on our list for network TV shows too, but only one network show made our Top 10 (FOX's The Last Man on Earth). This year there were two radically different new female superhero shows, the more traditional but still fun Supergirl and the much darker but still fun Jessica Jones. Fargo's second season gamely traveled back to the '70s. The dead still walked in Alexandria (while another zombie solved crimes in Seattle). A comedy tackled depression in a very real way. And it turns out we lost World War II. Meanwhile Mr. Robot blew our mind with all its twists and turns. But it was a new show from a standup comic and former network sitcom supporting player that took our top spot. Aziz Ansari boldly stepped out on his own to create, write, and star in Master of None, a new Netflix comedy that expertly and hilariously tackles the ins and outs of modern life from the perspective of a struggling Indian American actor fighting against racial stereotypes.

Without further ado, finally here's our best TV shows of 2015 list to help you plan your next binge watching marathon. Happy viewing! By Mark Redfern

Blog

The X-Files: “Home Again” Recap and Analysis

Feb 09, 2016 By Cody Ray Shafer

Last week's episode of The X-Files certainly set the high bar for this series. It was fun, weird, and told us an awful lot about where these characters are twenty-plus years into their evolution. I don't think anyone was expecting this week's episode to top "Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster," so it is understandable that "Home Again" is a bit uneven at times.






Cinema Reviews

Zoolander 2

Feb 12, 2016 Web Exclusive

Credit is due to Ben Stiller for not letting 15 years of cult audience growth convince him to take his (arguably) most popular comic creation too seriously.

DVD Reviews

Highway to Hell
Studio: Kino Lorber Studio Classics

Feb 03, 2016 Web Exclusive

Highway to Hell's vision of the underworld is wildly imaginative—and exceptionally realized by its effects team.

Television Reviews

Vinyl
HBO, Sundays at 9 PM

Feb 12, 2016 Web Exclusive

Vinyl drops us into the pre-Internet music business of 1973, a period where a hundred-dollar handshake might open doors to airplay, well before anything as civilized as market research was considered.