Reviews | Under the Radar - Music Magazine

May 27, 2011 Live

Born of an extended stay in Hawaii, and nurtured by Lefse Records, Houses (aka boyfriend/girlfriend Dexter Tortoriello and Megan Messina) recently hit the road on their maiden voyage.  More

Mountains

Air Museum

Thrill Jockey

May 27, 2011 Music Web Exclusive

Had Phil Spector produced electronic music rather than pop singles he would have struggled to top the densely layered constructions wrought by the Brooklyn duo Mountains. More

May 26, 2011 Music #36 - Music vs. Comedy

After being nominated for a Mercury Prize, why not give your fans more of what they want? At least that seems to be Friendly Fires' theory. For their sophomore outing the band raised their glow sticks toward the heavens and continued on, crafting the same rave pop that made their self-titled debut such a buzzy pleasure. More

Hobo with a Shotgun

Studio: Magnet Releasing
Jason Eisener

May 25, 2011 Cinema Web Exclusive

If there is a most entertaining part of Hobo with a Shotgun, it undoubtedly lies within the cache of its backstory. Originally a fake teaser before it was a feature film, the abbreviated Hobo was entered into (and won) a 2007 contest to promote Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez's Grindhouse collaboration. More

May 25, 2011 Music Web Exclusive

Following up their excellent 2009 debut In the Court of the Wrestling Let's, Let's Wrestle have certainly aligned themselves with a kindred spirit in engineer Steve Albini for their sophomore LP Nursing Home. More

Yeah!

Fantagraphics

Written by Peter Bagge, Art by Gilbert Hernandez

May 24, 2011 Comic Books Web Exclusive

Fantagraphics smartly has repackaged and republished the entire nine-issue series Yeah! in a black & white trade paperback. It's a smart-looking book, and the choice to go color-free really allows Gilbert Hernandez's cartooning to shine. But make no mistake: this is vintage Bagge. More

White Material

Studio: Criterion

May 24, 2011 DVDs Web Exclusive

Near the beginning of French auteur Claire Denis' latest feature film, White Material, a man from the French army shouts down from a helicopter circling over a barren African road, urging Frenchwoman Maria Vial (Isabelle Huppert) to vacate the area for her own safety. As the copter's rotor blows dust in Maria's face, she gestures an "up yours" skyward, in defiance of the men trying to help her. More

The Wombats

This Modern Glitch

Bright Antenna/ILG

May 24, 2011 Music Web Exclusive

"Please allow me to be your anti-depressant/I too am prescribed as freely as any decongestant," Wombats lead singer Matthew Murphy pleads unironically on "Anti-D," one of the tracks from This Modern Glitch. More

Secret Six: The Reptile Brain

DC Comics

Written by Gail Simon & Paul Cornell; Art by J. Calafiore & Pete Woods; Cover by Daniel Luvisi

May 23, 2011 Comic Books Web Exclusive

Secret SixThe Reptile Brain, the latest Secret Six collection, doesn't particularly stand out amongst the previous Secret Six books, but with good action, breezy plot, and great characterization, the book is a fine example of consistent, quality DC Comics. More