Album Reviews

Be the Cowboy

Aug 14, 2018 Web Exclusive

Mitski Miyawaki has a hard task: She has to somehow produce a follow up to her 2016 album Puberty 2, a master-class of indie-rock with punk and balladeer edges that touched on identity, love, and rage. Mitski's new album, Be the Cowboy, doesn't quite reach those but it almost feels unfairif this wasn't following up such a monumental album, it would a great achievement.  

Still Corners
Slow Air

Aug 13, 2018 Web Exclusive

Still Corners, the duo of Greg Hughes and vocalist Tessa Murray, have been honing their craft since they dropped their debut album Creatures of An Hour in 2011. Three albums later this sound has evolved into a marvelous mix of sublime dreaminess and smart atmospheric pop-rock.


Aug 10, 2018 Web Exclusive

Although Tirzah might seem to be a newcomer, she's actually been at this for quite some time. Between 2013 and 2015, she released one EP per year, and her songs occasionally managed to get the attention of certain big-name blogs thanks to her strange, thumping fusion of house staples with pop structures and her leisurely, raspy voice.

Classic Interviews

2014 Artist Survey: Dutch Uncles

2014 Artist Survey: Dutch Uncles
Duncan Wallis on Robin Williams, Cell Phone Addicts, His First Celebrity Crush, Fan Interactions, and Dutch Uncles Cereal

Jan 15, 2015 Web Exclusive

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

Drawn & Quarterly

May 17, 2018 Web Exclusive

Drnaso beautifully weaves an intricate story-simultaneously a riveting character study and a parable about the dangerous spread of misinformation and doubt-that blooms wider with every subsequent panel.


My Firsts: Tomberlin

Aug 10, 2018 Web Exclusive

My Firsts is our email interview series where we ask musicians to tell us about their first life experiences, be it early childhood ones (first word, first concert, etc.) or their first tastes of being a musician (first band, first tour, etc.). For this My Firsts we talk to Tomberlin (aka Sarah Beth Tomberlin).

Anna Meredith

Aug 03, 2018 Web Exclusive

Writer/director Bo Burnham wanted his film, Eighth Grade, not to feel cute but visceral, and he achieved that thanks in large part to British composer Anna Meredith's pulsating, kaleidoscopic score.

Pleased to meet you

Soccer Mommy on “Clean”

Jun 26, 2018 Issue #63 - Courtney Barnett

On the final track of Clean, the debut full-length album from Nashville's Soccer Mommy (aka Sophie Allison), the ground opens up. Under the weight of the uncertainty and pain that Allison describes on the proceeding tracks, she imagines the ground buckling: "I dreamt the sidewalk broke in two. 


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

The National at the Metro Chicago Lollapalooza Aftershow

Aug 03, 2018 By Joshua Mellin

Over the last decade, Chicago’s Lollapalooza has morphed from what was originally a touring festival, into the sprawling four-day destination in Grant Park. As its borders extend to include editions around the world, such as Germany, Chile, and Paris, one stage has drawn the most sought after artists, even though it holds just over 1,000 people: Metro Chicago. 


PLAYlist 30: Citrus

Aug 09, 2018 By Austin Trunick

You and your opponents will be stepping into the shoes of Spanish citrus moguls as you try to cultivate and harvest the biggest and the best hauls of oranges, lemons, limes, and more.

Cinema Reviews


Aug 10, 2018 Web Exclusive

BlacKkKlansman is Lee’s vehicle to examine the evolution of racism in America.

DVD Reviews

Lady Street Fighter
Studio: AGFA

Aug 13, 2018 Web Exclusive

Every now and then, a film will be unearthed with the capability to blow the mind of the most hardened, seen-it-all genre movie fan.

Television Reviews

Sharp Objects
HBO, Sundays at 9:00 p.m. (Premiering July 8)

Jul 06, 2018 Web Exclusive

The announcement hit all the right notes. Amy Adams and Patricia Clarkson starring in a miniseries based on a Gillian Flynn's novel for HBO sounds like an automatic hit. While Sharp Objects, the miniseries, is indeed everything Flynn's fans could have hoped for, the end result will likely leave some viewers vexed.