Album Reviews

Car Seat Headrest
Twin Fantasy

Feb 20, 2018 Web Exclusive

The solo project of songwriter and musician Will Toledo, better known as Car Seat Headrest, garnered attention with his two previous releases Teens of Style (2015) and Teens of Denial (2016) for good reason. They're loaded with energetic fuzz-rock that's gritty, sassy and honest, and occasionally very catchy.

Anna Burch
Quit the Curse

Feb 20, 2018 Web Exclusive

Anna Burch's debut album for Polyvinyl, Quit the Curse, is heavily reminiscent of '90s singer-songwriter Liz Phair, both honest and confessional. The Detroit-based folkie is no stranger to the Detroit music scene, having released albums both independently and alongside Detroit bands Frontier Ruckus and Failed Flowers since 2010.

The Shins
The Worm’s Heart

Feb 20, 2018 Web Exclusive

It's not a new idea to "revisit" old materialeveryone from Cheap Trick to Joni Mitchell have had a go, but normally, artists will leave a respectful distance between the new version and the old one. In the case of The Shins' reworking of Heartworms, they've only given it a little less than a year.

Classic Interviews

Gulp

Gulp
Gulp: Summer Trip

Jul 16, 2014 Issue #50 - June/July 2014 - Future Islands

The world, and especially the music industry, has changed a lot since Guto Pryce was a founding member of Super Furry Animals in the mid-'90s. Back in those days, people actually bought records, labels gave advances to help bands get tour vans, and the economics of balancing books wasn't emphasized quite so severely.

Comic Book Reviews

Compulsive Comics
Fantagraphics

Feb 20, 2018 Web Exclusive

Compulsive Comics, a collection comprising reprinted stories by Eric Haven, is a wonderful bit of weird. His draftsmanship evokes some sort of sweet spot between '70s underground comix, '90s alt-comics, and classic serialized strips featuring strange creatures and square-jawed, Flash Gordon types.

Interviews

2017 Artist Survey: Audrey Ann of She-Devils

Feb 16, 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.

2017 Artist Survey: Julien Baker

Feb 09, 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.

Pleased to meet you

Alex Lahey

Dec 14, 2017 Issue #62 - Julien Baker

Alex Lahey is honest on her debut album I Love You Like a Brother. "I've gained weight and I drink too much, maybe that's why you don't love me as much," she speculates on "I Haven't Been Taking Care of Myself." "Am I scared of losing you or am I scared to be alone?" she asks on the biting "Lotto in Reverse." 

Lists

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.

Blog

PLAYlist 20: A Game of Thrones Catan: Brotherhood of the Watch

Feb 14, 2018 By Austin Trunick

I’m going to venture a guess that there are two groups of people reading this particular column. The first is thinking, “Oh, Catan, okay. What makes this version so Game of Thrones-y?” The other group thinks, “Sweet! Game of Thrones. Now what the hell is Catan?”






Cinema Reviews

Golden Exits

Feb 14, 2018 Web Exclusive

Golden Exits is a film about boring, contemplative, duplicitous people who are miserable with their lots in life.

Television Reviews

Will & Grace
NBC, Thursdays 9/8 Central

Sep 28, 2017 Web Exclusive

The revival of Will & Grace or Season 9, depending on how you want to look at it, feels like it picks up right where the show left off, 11 years laterwhich is also the title of the first episodeand that is not a disappointment.