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Album Reviews

Hard Times

Whyte Horses
Hard Times

Jan 17, 2020 Web Exclusive

Imagine creating a mixtape whereby it wasn't a case of simply selecting tracks, and deciding on the running order, but you actually began recording and producing a selection of much-loved songs enlisting the services of some of your favorite artists. 

Countless Branches

Bill Fay
Countless Branches

Jan 16, 2020 Web Exclusive

It is an unmistakable fact that Bill Fay's rise to prominence in recent times is one of the greatest stories of contemporary music. 

The Deadbeat Bang of Heartbreak City

Beach Slang
The Deadbeat Bang of Heartbreak City

Jan 15, 2020 Web Exclusive

James Alex' ongoing, fireworks-beautiful, heartfelt and heart-worn tribute to Rock 'n' Roll & The Spirit of The Replacements (TM) reaches its potential peak here on his fourth full length (taking into account 2018's sometimes transcendent Quiet Slang record). 

Classic Interviews


Ever Evolving

Jun 28, 2017 Issue #60 - Father John Misty

On "Certainty," the euphorically yearning opening track of Temples' sophomore album,Volcano, lead vocalist and guitarist James Bagshaw's voice reaches heavenly notes.

Comic Book Reviews

Bad Gateway

Jan 17, 2020 Web Exclusive

The latest in the rather depressing misadventures of Megg and Mogg, who at least outwardly present as a witch and cat, respectively, sees the protagonists' lives continue to flush down the toilet. 


The Hold Steady - Craig Finn and Franz Nicolay on “Thrashing Thru the Passion”

The Hold Steady - Craig Finn and Franz Nicolay on “Thrashing Thru the Passion”

Jan 10, 2020 Web Exclusive

Aside from being a return to form for The Hold Steady after a couple of lackluster LPs, 2019's Thrashing Thru the Passion also marked the return on wax of keyboardist Franz Nicolay. 

The Orielles on “Disco Volador”

The Orielles on “Disco Volador”

Jan 09, 2020 Web Exclusive

The Orielles are one of the most innovative bands on the UK music scene right now. Under the Radar caught up with the band recently and found carefully planned, rather than difficult, second albums are the way forward. 

Pleased to meet you

Dry Cleaning on “Sweet Princess” and “Boundary Road Snacks and Drinks”

Nov 26, 2019

As South London continues to pump out angular post-punk bands with all the regularity of a vending machine, such a well-populated landscape doesn't afford much room for differentiation. It's telling then that Dry Cleaning stand out effortlessly. 


Under the Radar’s Top 50 Films of the Decade

Jan 01, 2020

It’s been a decade of high highs and low lows, but one thing that the 2010s did deliver us consistently was great movies – it’s arguable that years in cinema even got better as the decade went on.

Yes, some of the best cinematic works have come from familiar auteurs – you’ll find names like the Coen Brothers, Richard Linklater, Jim Jarmusch, Todd Haynes, Paul Thomas Anderson, and Wes Anderson – but it’s also a decade that’s introduced us to exciting new filmmakers such as Sean Baker, Barry Jenkins, Greta Gerwig, Jordan Peele, the Safdie Brothers, Damien Chazelle, and David Lowery. It’s been a decade of surprises, too, especially for genre fans. Back in 2009, if we were told we’d not only have new Mad Max and Blade Runner sequels, but five more Star Wars movies, we’d have thought you were crazy.

Below you’ll find Under the Radar’s Top 50 films of the decade, as voted on by our film critics and the most dedicated cineastes amongst the larger staff. What were your favorite movies of the decade? Judging by the number of movies we loved that just missed the cut, there are far more than fifty movies that deserve Best of Decade consideration, so please let us know in the comments which ones you think we shouldn't have left out. 

Live reviews

Sons of the Silent Age with Michael Shannon at Chicago’s Metro

Sons of the Silent Age with Michael Shannon at Chicago’s Metro

Jan 13, 2020 By Laura Studarus

On Saturday, Jan 11 Sons of the Silent Age performed at Chicago’s Metro as part of the annual benefit for NorthShore University Health System Kellogg Cancer Center patients. 


Marianne Williamson, 2020, and the Death of Razzle Dazzle

Marianne Williamson, 2020, and the Death of Razzle Dazzle

Jan 14, 2020 By Steve King

It's been a weird couple years. We all know that... Injustice has been raw-doggin' reality so hard, no one could blame you for thinking we've all accidentally stepped onto another plane of existence. That's why we need to have a quick chat about Marianne Williamson and her failed presidential campaign.

Cinema Reviews

Les Misérables

Jan 07, 2020 Web Exclusive

Tensions rise between the police and civilians of Paris as director Ladj Ly tries to grapple with the underlying problems facing a divided city.

DVD Reviews

Studio: Kino Lorber Studio Classics

Jan 17, 2020 Web Exclusive

Released in 1961 by the ever-reliable b-movie factory AIP, Konga is your fairly standard, low budget creature feature, but there’s plenty here to keep cheesy cinema fans entertained.