Album Reviews

Willis Earl Beal
Willis Earl Beal: Experiments In Time

Aug 28, 2014 Web Exclusive

The whole premise of Willis Earl Beal's Experiments In Time is that recorded albums are time capsules. Listening to a record is reliving a past moment. Beal takes this concept and explores it in a richly introspective work that is both challenging and thoroughly satisfying.

Diplo
Random White Dude Be Everywhere

Aug 28, 2014 Web Exclusive

Listening to Diplo's Random White Dude Be Everywhere "greatest hits" compilation feels like being in a ginormous cement rave hall with the only light show being green lasersbasic but visceral. 

Merchandise
After the End

Aug 27, 2014 Web Exclusive

Since their inception in 2008 we've watched as Tampa five-piece Merchandise have morphed from DIY hardcore punks into reverb-drenched indie merchants on their excellent 2013 mini-LP Totale Night. 

Classic Interviews

Plants and Animals: In the Studio

Plants and Animals: In the Studio
Matthew Woodley discusses upcoming third album

Oct 30, 2009 Web Exclusive

Montréal trio Plants and Animals have spent the majority of the past year in a van, touring in support of their 2008 breakthrough album, Parc Avenue. Yet amidst bringing their particular brand of folk-rock to the masses, singer/guitarist Warren Spicer, guitarist/bassist Nicolas Basque, and drummer Matthew Woodley (aka, the Woodman, or Woody) have also devoted their attention to writing and recording what will be their third album. The album, title TBA, is due for an early 2010 release. As the band inches closer to the album's completion, Woodley took some time to speak with Under the Radar, filling us in on the details.

Comic Book Reviews

The X-Files: Year Zero #1
IDW

Aug 26, 2014 Web Exclusive

In this latest depiction of Chris Carter's hugely popular '90s television series, Mulder and Scully revisit the origins of The X-Files to compare notes to a current case. While tracking down a large cat, the duo hear about a mysterious man named "Mr. Zero," who Mulder recognizes from the very first X-File.

Interviews

James Franco and Christina Voros on BDSM documentary ‘kink’

Aug 27, 2014 Web Exclusive

While filming 2012’s About Cherry, actor James Franco had the opportunity to explore the former San Francisco Armory. The massive, castle-like building now serves as headquarters for Peter Acworth’s Kink.com, the Internet’s largest producer of BDSM pornography. The facility is operated not unlike an old Hollywood studio lot, with multiple productions occurring simultaneously across the building’s many sets and soundstages, generating a steady stream of content for Kink.com’s various websites.

South by Southwest’s First-Timers – Members of 2014’s Rookie Class Talk About Their First SXSW

Aug 26, 2014 Issue #50 - June/July 2014 - Future Islands

Arthur Beatrice, Casual Sex, Connan Mockasin, Future Islands, Glass Animals, Saintseneca, San Fermin, Vaadat Charigim, Woman's Hour, and Yamantaka // Sonic Titan all discuss playing SXSW for the first ever time this year.

Lists

15 Characters Marvel Needs to Get on Screen

Aug 01, 2014

Somewhere in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there's room for these 15 characters.

With Comic-Con in our rearview mirror and Guardians of the Galaxy due out this week, comic book movies and TV series have once again taken over pop culture. Once again, Marvel basically took Twitter out of commission for a few hours during its panel at Comic-Con where they showed footage of their sure-fire hits and teased a few tidbits about future projects.

But this year, there was something missing from Marvel's big presentation. While in the past we've gotten announcements/hints about Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, and other Marvel properties, this year all we got was a Guardians of the Galaxy 2 release date-there weren't any new film or TV announcements. So to help Marvel along, we put this list together of 15 Marvel Comics characters/teams who should get their own movie or TV show. They're loosely ranked in order from "Admittedly, this is a longshot" to "How has this not been announced yet?!" A quick caveat: This is the part where we remind you Marvel only owns the rights to certain characters-so the list doesn't include anyone who primarily exists in the worlds of X-Men, Fantastic Four (film rights both owned by Fox) or Spider-Man (film rights owned by Sony). In any case, hopefully plenty of these will soon make their way to a theater near you.

By Ryan E.C. Hamm

Live reviews

FYF Fest 2014 Day 2 at LA Sports Arena and Exposition Park, Los Angeles, CA

Aug 26, 2014 By Stephen Humphries

Kudos to the FYF organizers for mobilizing like a Rapid Response Unit. In response to the problems of Day One, they've instituted changes overnight. The entrance lines are shorter and attendees were reportedly given free water by way of apology for the long wait on Saturday. The price of water has been cut from $3 to $2. And the balconies inside the Los Angeles Sports Arena have been opened up to accommodate those unable to access the indoor shows for lack of room.






Cinema Reviews

Life Of Crime

Aug 28, 2014 Web Exclusive

Life Of Crime is a pleasant enough movie—but “pleasant” probably isn’t the primary adjective you should want to describe an Elmore Leonard adaptation.

DVD Reviews

Under the Skin Blu-ray/DVD
Studio: A24/Lionsgate

Aug 27, 2014 Web Exclusive

Over the course of Under the Skin's 108 minute runtime, the film is alternately a Tarkovskian sci-fi meditation, a digital video art installation, and an extended candid camera punking riff.