May 01, 2015 Web Exclusive

In Welcome to Me, Kristen Wiig stars as Alice Klieg, a woman with Borderline Personality Disorder who hasn’t turned off her television set in over a decade. Save for her longstanding friendship with childhood bestie, Gina (Linda Cardellini), and regular sessions with her psychiatrist (Tim Robbins), Alice lives like a shut-in, choosing to stay home and re-watch taped episodes of Oprah until she’s memorized them word-for-word. When she wins an $86 million dollar lottery, she uses that windfall to finance her own cable show named “Welcome to Me,” where she broadcasts her personal hang-ups and childhood traumas to an increasingly-engaged audience. Welcome to Me is director Shira Piven’s second feature. The filmmaker sat down to talk with us about the movie’s development, balancing comedy with drama, and her own creative upbringing. More

Apr 29, 2015 Web Exclusive

Lush never really fit in. Formed in London in 1988, the band—guitarists/vocalists Miki Berenyi and Emma Anderson, bassist Philip King, and drummer Chris Acland—went on to release three proper full-length albums. More

Apr 28, 2015 Issue #51 - September/October 2014 - alt-J

The year was 1996. Lush had released its third full-length album, Lovelife. Although their shoegaze-crossed-with-pop songwriting never truly fit into Britain's chart-centric musical atmosphere, the band was finally getting its due, with Lovelife cracking the Top 10 on Britain's album charts and spawning three charting singles, "Single Girl," "Ladykiller," and "500 (Shake Baby Shake)." More

Apr 22, 2015 Issue #53 - April/May 2015 - Tame Impala

If you hadn't heard anything new from Built to Spill in the last 20 years and then picked up their eighth LP Untethered Moonyou wouldn't be blamed for thinking they have not aged a day. Untethered Moon is full of the same charming guitar—heavy '90s rock that flooded their early alt—rock staples like Perfect From Now On and Keep It Like a Secret. More

Apr 20, 2015 Issue #52 - January/February 2015 - St. Vincent

On October 30, 2010—the day before AMC aired the first episode of The Walking DeadRobert Kirkman had no idea what to expect. He knew he had a strong storythe success of his Walking Dead comic book series had proven thatand he knew there was nothing remotely like that story on TV. More

Apr 17, 2015 Web Exclusive

When we interviewed East India Youth (aka London-based electronic musician William Doyle) last fall for our Best of 2014 issue it was in celebration of his 2014-released debut album, Total Strife Forever, being one of Under the Radar's favorite albums of the year. More

Apr 15, 2015 Web Exclusive

Throughout writer/director Alex Garland's sci-fi thriller, Ex Machina, tension gradually mounts between the contrasting realms of nature and technology, where Swedish actress Alicia Vikander found reference points for envisioning Ava, the alluring robot she plays in the film. "I always saw her as something very pure, almost doe-like," Vikander says, adding, "Like Apple products sometimes, it's something very simple and pure and clean." More

Apr 14, 2015 Web Exclusive

As Britpop was taking off in 1994, the Welsh quartet Manic Street Preachers entered the marketplace with an acclaimed, dark classic of an album that exposed the raw nerves of the human experience. In this new interview bassist Nicky Wire discusses the band's iconic 1994 album, The Holy Bible, as well as last year's acclaimed album, Futurology. More