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Sep 08, 2010 By Blaine Harrison of Mystery Jets

Nostalgia is both a perilous and a wonderful thing. The past is a bottomless closet which we fill with things we miss and things we wish to bury forever. Its contents define who we are and why we are. Some things we romanticize over to the point of delusion. More

Sep 03, 2010 By Josephine Olausson Web Exclusive

I have a feeling that as I child I was much more into the idea and aesthetic of something than the actual thing itself. I played football (or soccer, as you might know it) just to be able to wear knee-high socks and shin-guards. I think my favorite thing about horseback riding might have been wearing that rounded soft helmet and those impossible to get off boots. More

Aug 30, 2010 By Johan Angergård Web Exclusive

The Jesus and Mary Chain's Psychocandy was the very first indie-pop album I bought. This was probably in 1987. We had a music room at school where you could bring your favorite cassettes and play them for everyone to hear. I loved bringing in Psychocandy, turning the volume up, and seeing people's surprised faces. More

Aug 17, 2010 By Hutch Harris Web Exclusive

One of my first indulgences/addictions as a child was collecting, trading, and racing wax pack trading cards, the kind made by Topps or Fleer. I started out on Pac-Man cards.  These were amazing-each card was a game of Pac-Man you played by scratching off a silver film with a coin. It was basically like a lottery ticket, except you never won shit. More

Aug 12, 2010 By Kathryn Calder Web Exclusive

When I was around five or six years old, my family and I would go up to my maternal grandparents' house on the weekends to visit. It was in the country and so we really had to entertain ourselves. My brother and I would hang around and play this game we called Knight Rider, which was (very) loosely based on the TV show of the same name starring Michael Knight (David Hasselhoff) and his rad, black, talking car named KITT. More

Aug 09, 2010 By Michael Benjamin Lerner Web Exclusive

The Sandlot was my favorite movie as a youngster, and continues to be my favorite movie to this day. I guess I was watching it at a time in my life when I was playing baseball myself, and having lots of sleepovers in the backyards of friends' houses in the summer, and just feeling so carefree and happy. More

Jun 04, 2010 By Laura Studarus Web Exclusive

By now, you’ve had plenty of time to delve into the void and unearth your fair share of alternate universe band names. Did you guess all ours? To refresh your memory, Under the Radar staffers fearlessly entered a parallel universe (and dusted off our reference books) to retrieve our favorite bands' alternate names. Check out the original post here. Check out the answers and winners to our contest. More

May 13, 2010 By Laura Studarus Web Exclusive

Under the Radar staffers fearlessly entered a parallel universe and (and dusted off our reference books) to retrieve our favorite bands' alternate names. Can you guess who these groups really are? We've come up with a thesaurus-aided list of alternate universe names for some of the bands. Guess the real names and suggest your own alternate names for your chance to win a two-year subscription and an Under the Radar messenger bag from JanSport. More

Mar 21, 2010 By Mike Hilleary Web Exclusive

Because sleep is a terrible thing to waste and early morning flight departures have no remorse, the last notes on this year’s SXSW will try to be as brief as possible, opting for a more straight forward focus: the bands and artists that should be on your must listen list if they aren’t already. More