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Album Reviews


The Death of Pop

Jun 16, 2021 Web Exclusive

Ambient synthpop duo The Death of Pop release much vaunted second long player, Seconds.

The Soft Bulletin Companion

The Flaming Lips
The Soft Bulletin Companion

Jun 15, 2021 Web Exclusive

Initially compiled as an intended promo-only CD to complement The Flaming Lips’ breakthrough ninth album, The Soft Bulletin Companion has persevered across the span of two decades while remaining of interest to fans of the band, finally earning itself a limited double vinyl release for Record Store Day.

Holy Fool

Holy Fool

Jun 15, 2021 Web Exclusive

Priding themselves on authenticity, global awareness, and insightful lyricism, Ukraine’s Vinok blends indie art-pop structures and gritty grunge instrumentation.

Comic Book Reviews

Friend of the Devil: A Reckless Book

May 26, 2021 Web Exclusive

Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips continue to do everything right with the second installment in their hardcover series for Image. This time around it’s 1985 and freelance badass Ethan Reckless must go up against skinheads and Satanists to solve the mystery of a missing starlet.

Book Reviews

Clint Brownlee

May 23, 2021

The 154th installment of Bloomsbury’s 33 1/3 paperback series takes on Pearl Jam’s sophomore album, Vs.


Midnight Sister on “Painting the Roses”

Midnight Sister on “Painting the Roses”

Jun 16, 2021 Web Exclusive

Midnight Sister’s Juliana Giraffe and Ari Balouzian met while making a low budget film called El Camino Real, a surrealistic tale of starry-eyed Hollywood dreams that inevitably ends in some kind of nightmare scenario. Its shoestring budget suggests it could have been made somewhere during cinema’s silver age, if not for the mischievously hammy performance of Giraffe. Peculiarly enough, El Camino Real also borrows elements of Terry Gilliam’s dystopian masterpiece Brazil, another film in which the protagonist escapes into an unattainable fantasy.

Austin Winsberg on “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist”

Austin Winsberg on “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist”

Jun 15, 2021 Web Exclusive

The core of a great song—a truly great composition that reaches beyond typical marketplace constraints—is all about connection. Somehow in the span of a few minutes, the listener is given language and imagery for their own emotions and experiences. It’s company for the journey, so to speak, and it’s the substance that makes a track memorable even in a digital era.This same connection is at the heart of NBC’s musical dramedy Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist. Not only does the show itself use many songs that would fit the aforementioned description, but show creator Austin Winsberg aspires for the Emmy-winning show to provide the same connection for viewers.

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Wet Leg Share Video for New Song “Chaise Longue”

Jun 15, 2021

New British duo Wet Leg have shared a new song, “Chaise Longue,” via a self-directed video for it. The band have also announced that they have signed to Domino and the song is being described as their debut single.


Tribeca 2021: 10 Films We Are Most Excited To See

Jun 08, 2021

This year’s Tribeca Film Festival is one of the first American film festivals to return to a somewhat normal structure. Tribeca has a lot on offer across its in-person, distanced outdoor screenings around New York City and virtual screenings. The festival’s broad lineup includes everything from big name premieres, such as the opening night film, In The Heights, and Steven Soderbergh’s highly anticipated No Sudden Move, to a variety of much smaller films. Plus, with the 129 films of the “2020 Official Selection’’ section of the festival, the Tribeca Film Festival will be making up for both last year’s cancelled festival, and a tough year for movies in general.

Here are just 10 of the many films we can’t wait to see from the festival’s gigantic lineup, as selected by Under the Radar film critic, Kaveh Jalinous, who will be covering the fest.


Cinema Reviews

Dating & New York [Tribeca 2021]

Jun 16, 2021 Web Exclusive

Jonah Feingold’s Dating & New York is a well-intentioned but uninteresting romantic comedy that attempts to mix traditional genre norms with millennial humor.

Television Reviews

Starz, Sundays at 9 p.m.

Jun 11, 2021 Web Exclusive

Blindspotting, based off of the critically acclaimed 2018 film of the same name, is an entertaining and thought-provoking character study that feels light and deep at the same time.