Album Reviews

Björk
Utopia

Nov 22, 2017 Web Exclusive

Björk is Björk is Björk: that is to say, even as far back as her salad days fronting avant-punk aliens KUKL, there's been no mistaking her for anybody else, and no possible way of burying her magnetism and charisma in the mix. 

Suzanne Ciani
Help, Help, The Globolinks!

Nov 21, 2017 Web Exclusive

The recent resurgence of interest in the work of electronic music pioneer Suzanne Ciani is nothing but a good thing, and the Finders Keepers label has played no small role in getting that work back into circulation.

U-Men
U-Men

Nov 20, 2017 Web Exclusive

A few years before some provincial Pacific Northwest punks decided that Aerosmith rocked and ruled roughly as much as Black Flag, deigned to commit the scurrilous act of combining those two inputs, and eventually went on to worldwide stardom for said efforts, Seattle had U-Men

Classic Interviews

Undercover: Nightlands

Undercover: Nightlands
David Hartley on the cover of Oak Island

Jun 07, 2013 Web Exclusive

Undercover is our new recurring series where we talk to bands about the genesis of one of their album covers. Here we talk to Nightlands' David Hartley about the cover of Oak Island, as well as to Catharine Maloney, who photographed the cover.

Comic Book Reviews

Batman: The Dark Prince Charming Book One
DC

Nov 22, 2017 Web Exclusive

Part one of acclaimed European writer-artist Enrico Marini's American debut is an instant Batman classic.

Book Reviews

Dianne Lake and Deborah Herman
Member of the Family

Nov 22, 2017 Web Exclusive

From the ages of 14 to 16, Dianne Lake was a member of Charles Manson's cult. With Member of the Family, she tells her incredibly personal story from out of place child to teenager enrapt with this twisted "guru," including with it all of the horrors that would inevitably follow.

Interviews

Steve Lightfoot, Showrunner on the Netflix Series “Marvel’s Punisher”

Nov 22, 2017 Web Exclusive

Grim. Gruesome. Unrelenting. Those intense adjectives and more would be apt describing The Punisherthe latest Marvel Universe series streaming on Netflix.

“The Archies” - Alex Segura and Joe Eisma on the New Comic Book Series

Nov 22, 2017 Issue #62 - Julien Baker

Comics' perennial teenage band, The Archies, are back for new musical adventures. The new comic book series of the same name, written by Alex Segura and Matt Rosenberg, with art by Joe Eisma, sees the fictional band interact with illustrated versions of real life musicians, while, as ever, The Archies fret, bicker, and try to remember that, despite the many difficulties, being in a band is about the fun of it all.

Pleased to meet you

Madeline Kenney

Nov 15, 2017 Issue #62 - Julien Baker

"We're all just an amalgamation of salt ions and that's pretty cool," Madeline Kenney says over the phone from her Oakland, California home. It's not a line you'd necessarily expect to hear from a musician, but Kenney is hardly your average singer/songwriter.

Lists

Under the Radar’s Top 50 Albums of 2017 So Far

Jul 13, 2017

In the past we've avoided posting midyear best albums lists. It seemed somehow impatient and premature to evaluate the year's albums halfway through. And how do you decide which period the list covers, which arbitrary release date do you work out is the cut off point, as every midyear list seems to cover a different period? But 2017 is a year that demands a partial evaluation. The first half of the year has already produced enough strong albums to easily fill a Top 50, but also the second half of 2017 is stacked with so many high profile releases that threaten to overshadow some of the gems released so far. For example, we've already heard some August and September releases that we're certain will make the upper echelons of our final best albums of 2017 list come December.

To make this list an album had to be released for the first time (no reissues) somewhere between January 1, 2017 and last Friday, July 7. That means there are some good albums out tomorrow (such as Waxahatchee, Japanese Breakfast, and The Dears) that may made this list had we extended the period that far. Fourteen of our writers and editors (including myself and my co-publisher/wife Wendy Redfern) each submitted a list of their 20 favorite albums released this year thus far. Their number one album was worth 20 points, their number two worth 19 points, and so on until their number 20 album and any honorable mentions were worth one point each. All of that was calculated into the final list. By the way, this year we've interviewed 38 of the artists in the Top 50 and reviewed almost all these albums, so continue reading Under the Radar, both in print and online, for further proof that in-depth music journalism is far from dead. By Mark Redfern

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

Under the Radar’s Holiday Gift Guide 2017 Part 1: Music Box Sets, Reissues, and Vinyl

Nov 20, 2017 By Mark Redfern

Welcome to Under the Radar's Holiday Gift Guide 2017. As in previous years, the guide will be split into various parts. This first part tackles music box sets and reissues, both on vinyl and CD. You would think that labels would have run out of old albums from the 20th century to reissue, but there appear to always be extra outtakes and previously unreleased tracks sitting in a vault somewhere, a mono mix not previously available on CD, or an album that hasn't been on vinyl for decades.






Cinema Reviews

The Man Who Invented Christmas

Nov 21, 2017 Web Exclusive

The Man Who Invented Christmas is a hokey-yet-charming, family-friendly holiday film, telling the (mostly) true story behind one of the best-known and frequently-adapted literary works of all time.

DVD Reviews

The Mercenary
Studio: Kino Lorber Studio Classics

Nov 22, 2017 Web Exclusive

Released in 1968, The Mercenary reunited director Sergio Corbucci with Franco Nero, the star of his cult classic Spaghetti Western Django.

Television Reviews

Will & Grace
NBC, Thursdays 9/8 Central

Sep 28, 2017 Web Exclusive

The revival of Will & Grace or Season 9, depending on how you want to look at it, feels like it picks up right where the show left off, 11 years laterwhich is also the title of the first episodeand that is not a disappointment.