Album Reviews

Kelly Moran

Dec 18, 2018 Web Exclusive

New York-based experimental composer and pianist Kelly Moran stated that she wanted to move experimental music away from the academic underpinnings of the genre and towards a more romantic ideal of free expression.

The 1975
A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships

Dec 17, 2018 Web Exclusive

Chuck D once said, "Don't believe the hype" and if it wasn't for the fact he made the statement back in 1988, the Public Enemy frontman could well have been talking about The 1975's A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships

The 1975
A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships

Dec 17, 2018 Web Exclusive

For anyone watching from outside the UK, the rise of The 1975 must be somewhat confusing. How did this band, with their penchant for grand ludicrous statements and stylistic excursions, make the jump from punchline to indie-rock royalty?

Classic Interviews

Mark Ruffalo, Keira Knightley, and John Carney on their new film, “Begin Again”

Mark Ruffalo, Keira Knightley, and John Carney on their new film, “Begin Again”
Plus: Mark Ruffalo on basing his performance on The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne

Jul 02, 2014 Web Exclusive

After his 2006 film Once turned into an international sensation, Irish filmmaker John Carney avoided musicials or the next eight years, afraid of being pigeonholded as "that music guy." Here Carney and actors Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley discuss Begin Again, which is about a stage-shy songwriter who strikes out on a solo career with the help of a down-on-his-luck label executive and Ruffalo discusses how Wayne Coyne inspired his character.


The End: Graham Wright of Tokyo Police Club

Dec 14, 2018 Web Exclusive

To end out the week, we ask Graham Wright of Tokyo Police Club some questions about endings and death. Wright talks about how he'd like to die, what song he'd like performed at his funeral, his favorite endings to books and movies, his concepts of heaven and hell, and his unique plan for not dying.

Ethan Hawke vs. Phosphorescent: The Complete Interview

Dec 12, 2018 Issue #64 -  Kamasi Washington

With a career that spans three decades and four Academy Award nominations, Ethan Hawke is among the premiere names in film. First making his mark as a young actor in movies such as Dead Poet's SocietyReality Bites, and Before Sunrise, Hawke has remained one of the most consistent American actors, going on to win further acclaim for his roles in such works as GattacaTraining Day, and Boyhood

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Snail Mail on “Lush”

Nov 29, 2018 Issue #64 -  Kamasi Washington

With her parents at work, Snail Mail's Lindsey Jordan has the house to herself for the next several hours. Though she still lives at home, the 18-year-old's time back in the Baltimore suburb of Ellicott City, Maryland is more or less a stopover between several days of promo in New York City earlier in the week and a flight in a few days' time that will take her across the Atlantic for her first European tour.


Beach House - 10 Best Songs:  Ranking the Best Tracks from Teen Dream to 7

May 23, 2018

With their latest album 7, Beach House has now released eight albums (seven studio albums and one rarities and B-sides release) and 83 songs. Distilling these 83 songs down to a 10 best was a daunting task but one that was met with an enthusiastic glee. Not much is better than revisiting Beach House's entire catalog of their signature dream-pop formula of airy guitars, hushed indie-rock beats, and ethereal vocals. From their self-titled 2006 debut to the recently released 7, their sound shimmers with lush and gossamer melodies, catchy beats and softly soaring guitar riffs. Of course it proved too difficult to pick just 10 tracks, so below is list of the top 14. A 10 best and four honorable mentions.

Of course all of this is subjective, this is simply the opinion of one writer. No doubt you have your own list of favorite Beach House songs. And yes, we are aware there are no songs from the band's first two albums, 2006's Beach House and 2008's Devotion; we feel they truly came into their own with their third album, 2010's Teen DreamBy Matt the Raven

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Live reviews

(Sandy) Alex G and Half Waif at First Unitarian Church, Philadelphia, PA, November 16, 2018

Dec 05, 2018 By Max Freedman

It's hard to say which version of a two-set show is better: one with an unheard-of opener who commands the room and becomes a favorite new discovery, or one with a popular opener who's already as well-regarded as the headliner. 


Under the Radar’s Holiday Gift Guide 2018 Part 7: DVDs and Blu-rays (Part One)

Dec 18, 2018 By Mark Redfern and Austin Trunick

Welcome to part 7 of our Holiday Gift Guide 2018, which centers of DVDs and Blu-rays. We're splitting this section into two parts, as we were sent quite a few releases to include in it. This installment includes family friendly films, as well as TV shows and some movies (including some classics and some more recent films). 

Cinema Reviews

If Beale Street Could Talk

Dec 12, 2018 Web Exclusive

One of the most human and wonderful movies of 2018.