Album Reviews

Caroline Rose
LONER

Feb 23, 2018 Web Exclusive

What do you do when you realize you've been stuck in a charade? When Caroline Rose felt the squeeze from her dusty rockabilly outfit, she ditched the lacey poetry and embraced her Cadillac red swagger.

Calexico
The Thread That Keeps Us

Feb 23, 2018 Web Exclusive

Overconsumption of information has lead to infinite narratives that will never be tied together. A belief in obscurity eliminates anxiety, for relevance is no longer a priority. Calexicolurches toward this new definition of freedom in nothingness on their nineth studio album The Thread That Keeps Us

Everything Is Recorded
Everything Is Recorded By Richard Russell

Feb 23, 2018 Web Exclusive

It's fair to say that Richard Russell has paid his dues. By this point, the record producer and co-founder of XL Recordings, has spent 20 years out of the studio whilst his label landed some of the biggest starts in musicincluding Adele, Radiohead, and The White Stripes.

Classic Interviews

The Anchoress

The Anchoress
More Than Just Staying Afloat

Jan 22, 2016 Web Exclusive

"There are some stories that aren't mine to tell." Given that The Anchoress—the nom de plume of Wales' Catherine Anne Davies—has chosen to call her debut album Confessions of a Romance Novelist, this might feel a bit of a cop-out. At least until you find out that the intense story behind the three-year making of the album begins with her career on the brink of being killed off and the death of a loved one, before spiralling into further trauma.

Comic Book Reviews

Compulsive Comics
Fantagraphics

Feb 20, 2018 Web Exclusive

Compulsive Comics, a collection comprising reprinted stories by Eric Haven, is a wonderful bit of weird. His draftsmanship evokes some sort of sweet spot between '70s underground comix, '90s alt-comics, and classic serialized strips featuring strange creatures and square-jawed, Flash Gordon types.

Interviews

Cheerio Chaps: Wild Beasts Look Back on Each of Their Five Albums

Feb 23, 2018 Web Exclusive

When I speak to Hayden Thorpe, co-frontman of Wild Beasts, he sounds exhausted. He has every right to be. We're speaking just after rehearsals for the first of three shows that will almost definitely be the band's last; they've promised that this is not an indefinite hiatus and they won't be reuniting. But he also sounds exhausted in a deeper way.

2017 Artist Survey: Audrey Ann of She-Devils

Feb 16, 2018 Web Exclusive

For Under the Radar's 15th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to the last year. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2017 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions.

Pleased to meet you

Superorganism Share Video for New Song “Reflections on the Screen”

Feb 19, 2018

Superorganism are a promising new multi-national band based in London. They feature members from Japan, New Zealand, Australia, and the U.K. and their self-titled debut album is due out March 2 via Domino. Now they have shared another song from the album, "Reflections on the Screen," via its video. 

Lists

Under the Radar’s Top 25 Comic Books and Graphic Novels of 2017

Jan 11, 2018

It was another grand year for comic book fans. Whether your preference is superheroes, character studies, sci-fi adventures, or memoirs, 2017 offered a plethora of amazing books and series to choose from. Jeff Lemire again proved himself one of the top talents in the field with the ongoing crime fighter series Black Hammer, while young, relative newcomers like Tillie Walden (Spinning) and Chris Gooch (Bottled) defined themselves as talents to follow faithfully.

Of course, no matter how much reading one does, there are always more (and more and more) books left atop the reading pile, and we recognize it's inevitable there are stellar titles we didn't get to (yet). So with that, below is the Under the Radar staff's picks for the Top 25 Comic Books and Graphic Novels of 2017. Enjoy, and please let us know what other titles you think belong on the list by shouting out your favorites in the comments section. By Zach Hollwedel

Live reviews

Lydia Loveless at Underground Arts, Philadelphia, PA, November 4, 2017

Nov 10, 2017 By Frank Valish

Lydia Loveless presents a new and improved self to Philadelphia on a beautiful Saturday night.

Blog

Soundtracking the Resistance - Trump Comes in Last in New Ranking of Presidents

Feb 23, 2018 By Stephen Mayne

This week the dear beloved leader fails to score well in a presidential poll, America continues to deal with atrocity in Florida, the Russia investigation refuses to stop, and Wye Oak sing.






Cinema Reviews

The Young Karl Marx

Feb 23, 2018 Web Exclusive

Raoul Peck (I Am Not Your Negro) takes us back to the humble and complicated beginnings of Marx as a brash, young revolutionary.

DVD Reviews

The Pink Panther Cartoon Collection: Volume 1 1964-1966
Studio: Kino Lorber Studio Classics

Feb 23, 2018 Web Exclusive

This sleek and effortlessly suave Pink Panther would get his own cartoon series running off and on for decades. Collected here are the first 20 episodes released between 1964-66.

Television Reviews

McMafia
AMC, Mondays 10/9 Central

Feb 23, 2018 Web Exclusive

Despite the name, McMafia comes with a distinct shortage of Scottish mobsters, and no interest in the competitive world of McDonalds franchising. Hossein Amini and James Watkins' glossy crime thriller is all about location, location, location, and nice suits.