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Album Reviews

Tender

Ryan James Brewer
Tender

Sep 23, 2021 Web Exclusive

The dramatically transitional nature of this newborn decade, coupled with that of the reality that numerous genres and subgenres of popular music have inevitably, and quite literally, exhausted themselves over the past decade or so has left some listeners wondering exactly what may lie ahead in terms of a “post-pandemic” sound.

No Taste

Bad Waitress
No Taste

Sep 22, 2021 Web Exclusive

Visceral, unapologetic, raw, powerful, and right in your face. That’s perhaps a somewhat simplistic overview of the oeuvre of Toronto-based four-piece Bad Waitress.

The Yearbook

Baby Queen
The Yearbook

Sep 21, 2021 Web Exclusive

Baby Queen is the pop alter ego of 23-year-old London-based musician Arabella (Bella) Latham. Aged just 18 she moved to London from her native South Africa to pursue music determined to make her mark. However adopting to a different pace of life in a big city wasn’t quite as straightforward as she’d hoped and after being sidetracked by the London party scene she refocused and Baby Queen was born.

Classic Interviews

Self-Portrait: Lotti Benardout of HÆLOS

Self-Portrait: Lotti Benardout of HÆLOS
Lost in London

May 30, 2019 HÆLOS

For our recurring Self-Portrait feature we ask a musician to take a self-portrait photo (or paint/draw a self-portrait) and write a list of personal things about themselves, things that their fans might not already know about them. This Self-Portrait is by Lotti Benardout of HÆLOS.

Comic Book Reviews

Poison Ivy: Thorns
DC

Jul 12, 2021 Web Exclusive

Poison Ivy: Thorns, the new graphic novel dedicated to the familiar DC Comics villain, Poison Ivy, is as much traditional origin story as it is potential for a new Netflix miniseries in the vein of The Queen’s Gambit. The book portrays both the buzzy contemporary superhero intrigue as it does the de-evolution of a compelling, beautiful, modern, and free thinking character—and one, in particular, many will likely wish they had for reference as younger people.

Interviews

Lost Girls – Jenny Hval and Håvard Volden on “Menneskekollektivet” (The Extended Article)

Lost Girls – Jenny Hval and Håvard Volden on “Menneskekollektivet” (The Extended Article)

Sep 20, 2021 Web Exclusive

There is a moment during Under the Radar’s Zoom conversation with Jenny Hval and Håvard Volden where the couple (who were in the same room together) unknowingly inhabit the exact same pose together on screen: rolling deep reflecting eyes with the left hand resting on the cheek.

José González on His Upbringing and His New Album “Local Valley”

José González on His Upbringing and His New Album “Local Valley”

Sep 16, 2021 Web Exclusive

Internationally known musician, José González, is one of those artists who exhibits such an intricate, discrete touch with his work that it becomes an obsession for his listeners.

Pleased to meet you

Indigo De Souza on “Any Shape You Take”

Sep 10, 2021 Web Exclusive

“It’s been crazy,” laughs North Carolina singer/songwriter Indigo De Souza, regarding the critical acclaim for her second album Any Shape You Take. “It’s also the busiest I’ve ever been in my life.”

Lists

Ranked: The 10 Best Courtney Barnett Songs to Date

Aug 12, 2021

Courtney Barnett, the songstress from down under, has graced us with four studio albums, an EP and several singles since 2012, and her latest ones, “Rae Street” and “Before You Gotta Go,” both precede her upcoming LP Things Take Time, Take Time (which is due out November 12 via Mom + Pop Music/Marathon Artists). The 33-year-old singer/songwriter/guitarist from Melbourne, Australia, is less about dividing her discography into songs you do and don’t like, and more about grouping them into the ones you love and the other ones you really really love. Indie folk, garage rock, stoner soul, she does it all, and these 10 picks are only a taste to get you hooked on the rest and tide you over until the new album comes out. Speaking of, we’ll start with “Rae Street,” which is not officially on this list but gives you an idea of where Barnett is at now (and was #1 on our Songs of the Week list), as well as “Before You Gotta Go,” which just came out this week. Then there’ll be an honorable mention and the full Top 10. By Lily Guthrie.

Blog

Billy Joel – Reflecting on the 40th Anniversary of “Songs in the Attic”

Billy Joel – Reflecting on the 40th Anniversary of “Songs in the Attic”

Sep 14, 2021 By Austin Saalman

Coming off of the mainstream success of 1977’s The Stranger, which earned Billy Joel a spot at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart, as well as two Grammy Awards, the formerly struggling Long Island piano man was still hungry, but no longer starving.