Album Reviews

Lower Dens
Escape from Evil

Apr 01, 2015 Web Exclusive

On their new album Escape from Evil, it appears as if the Baltimore-based quartet Lower Dens have seen the light at the end of the tunnel. 

Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress

Mar 31, 2015 Web Exclusive

Godspeed You! Black Emperor may be the first instrumental rock band with an almost anthropomorphic career arc.

Death Cab for Cutie
Kintsugi

Mar 30, 2015 Web Exclusive

KintsugiDeath Cab for Cutie's newest album and the follow-up to 2011's Codes and Keys, takes its title from the Japanese art of piecing broken pottery back together; this is especially apt, given recent changes to the group.

Classic Interviews

Yann Tiersen

Yann Tiersen
Moving Forward, With A Vengeance

Apr 14, 2011 Web Exclusive

Yann Tiersen couldn’t be happier with his latest album, Dust Lane. His sixth studio album and first for the Anti- label, the eight tracks offer a full-band sound that’s largely performed by Tiersen, and he provides plenty of room for his themes to evolve. It’s a record of remarkable breadth, at times resembling an upbeat Bad Seeds with cinematic scope or Tindersticks with a brighter pop aesthetic, though ultimately it stands simply as one of the more unique releases of the past twelve months.

Comic Book Reviews

Plunder #1
Archaia

Feb 25, 2015 Web Exclusive

Writer Swifty Lang has a unique knack for splicing current global issues with classic horror fare. In Plunder, Lang revisits his specialty, this time melding Somali pirates with aliens on the high seas.

Book Reviews

Kim Gordon
Girl in a Band

Mar 23, 2015 Web Exclusive

Kim Gordon’s memoir, Girl In A Band, begins with the end of Sonic Youth, and right out of the gate, Gordon is giving fans and readers exactly what they came for.

Interviews

Laura Marling

Mar 25, 2015 Web Exclusive

When Laura Marling lived in L.A., a part of her died. Specifically, her ego. The British songwriter relocated to America soon after completing her fourth album, 2013's  Once I Was an Eagle (which became her third album to be nominated for a Mercury Prize). She moved in search of adventure—and got more than she bargained for. 

Tyler James Williams of “The Walking Dead” on Playing Noah

Mar 20, 2015 Web Exclusive

[Spoiler alert: If you haven't watched last week's episode, "Spend," which aired March 15, then read no further.Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman has said that he works hard to give his characters a suitable end, leaving the most memorable (and most gruesome) deaths for the show's most significant characters.

Pleased to meet you

Pleased to Meet You Spotlight: Jacco Gardner

Mar 18, 2015 Web Exclusive

Psychedelic wunderkind Jacco Gardner is playing Under the Radar's SXSW day party at Flamingo Cantina this Thursday, March 19 at 2:25 PM. Get to know the Dutch singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.

Lists

Ranked: 2015 Oscar Nominated Documentary Short Films

Feb 21, 2015

The 87th Annual Academy Awards ceremony will happen on Sunday, February 22nd. This week we've taken a look at this year's short film competitions. The Academy defines a short film as an original motion picture running 40 minutes or less, and excludes all advertisments, unaired or unsold television episodes, or credit sequences from feature-length films. Our critic, Shawn Hazelett, watched and ranked all of this year's Oscar-nominated shorts. In this final installment, he'll look at this year's documentary category. 

Live reviews

SXSW 2015 Thursday - Under the Radar Party - of Montreal, Mew, East India Youth, SOAK, and More

Mar 30, 2015 By Mark Redfern

"We played a show at 7'oclock this morning, which is entirely too early to be playing a rock 'n' roll concert," said Matthew E. White. The Richmond, VA-based singer/songwriter/guitarist was up on stage at the Flamingo Cantina, for a second-on-the-bill 12:45 PM set at Under the Radar's SXSW day party. 

Blog

SXSW 2015 Diary: Mew

Mar 30, 2015 By Mew

The Danish band Mew kept a diary of their SXSW 2015 experience. Mew is frontman Jonas Bjerre, bassist Johan Wohlert, guitarist Bo Madsen, and drummer Silas Utke Graae Jørgensen. The band's new album, +-, is out April 27 via [PIAS] America.






Cinema Reviews

Last Knights

Apr 01, 2015 Web Exclusive

There’s corruption afoot in Last Knights’ generic medieval setting!

Television Reviews

Bloodline
Netflix

Mar 20, 2015 Web Exclusive

The first season of Netflix's new original series, Bloodline, debuts in full on the streaming giant today, and if the first three episodes are sufficient basis for judgment, then it should be an interesting, mostly successful mix of family and crime drama.