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Album Reviews



Jul 28, 2021 Web Exclusive

On a scale from one to extra lumpy, Laura Marling and Mike Lindsay’s latest collaboration as LUMP pushes the outer boundaries. In fact, looking back on their 2018 self-titled debut, the earlier album feels only to be testing the waters of where they could go.

Add It Up (1981-1993)

Violent Femmes
Add It Up (1981-1993)

Jul 28, 2021 Web Exclusive

Aside from their classic 1982 debut album, this best of could arguably be called the definitive Violent Femmes collection. Originally appearing in 1993 on CD and cassette and only available on vinyl in Greece, 2021 sees the first ever vinyl reissue, on black and several colored variants.

Welcome Interstate Managers

Fountains of Wayne
Welcome Interstate Managers

Jul 27, 2021 Web Exclusive

When the third album by Fountains of Wayne, Welcome Interstate Managers, originally came out in 2003, vinyl (at least in the mainstream) was considered dead, so it was only issued on CD (the primary format of the day) and cassette (albeit only in Japan as a promo).

Comic Book Reviews

Poison Ivy: Thorns

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.


Tunng on “DEAD CLUB”

Tunng on “DEAD CLUB”

Jul 27, 2021 Issue #68 - Japanese Breakfast and HAIM (The Protest Issue)

Who knew mortality could be such a lively muse? British folktronica band Tunng was not merely compelled enough by death to dedicate a concept album to it. As if that wasn’t daunting enough—because those who make concept albums are often compared to the few all-time greats that can pull such intricate projects off, like Pink Floyd and The Who—Tunng also recorded an eight-part companion podcast about shuffling off this mortal coil.

My Firsts: Anika

My Firsts: Anika

Jul 26, 2021 Web Exclusive

My Firsts is our email interview series where we ask musicians to tell us about their first life experiences, be it early childhood ones (first word, first concert, etc.) or their first tastes of being a musician (first band, first tour, etc.). For this My Firsts we talk to Anika.

Pleased to meet you

Marinero on “Hella Love” and His Musical Journey

Jul 02, 2021 Web Exclusive

In spite of his recent signing to Sub Pop imprint Hardly Art and relocation to Los Angeles, it’s hard to view Jess Sylvester as a newcomer in any sense of the word. Sylvester records music under the Marinero (Spanish for “sailor”) moniker as a tribute to his father and his own Marin County upbringing.


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.



Radiohead – Looking Back on “Amnesiac” 20 Years Later

Radiohead – Looking Back on “Amnesiac” 20 Years Later

Jun 25, 2021 By Austin Saalman

After setting the standard for millennial music in October 2000 with the release of their seminal fourth album Kid A, critical and commercial expectations for Radiohead were high.

Cinema Reviews

Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

Jul 02, 2021 Web Exclusive

The year is 1969. It’s summer in New York. A multiple-day music festival is happening featuring some of the most iconic artists of all time. There are hundreds of thousands of people in attendance. That sounds like Woodstock. Those same characteristics could be used to describe the Harlem Culture Festival, which is the focus of the documentary Summer of Soul.

DVD Reviews

Working Girls
Studio: The Criterion Collection

Jul 28, 2021 Web Exclusive

The third in an informal feminist trilogy that also includes the documentary Regrouping and the punk/socialist sci-fi Born in Flames, Working Girls takes place in an upper middle class Manhattan brothel nominally operated by status-seeking madam Lucy.

Television Reviews

Ted Lasso (Season Two)
Apple TV+, July 23, 2021

Jul 22, 2021 Web Exclusive

Twenty Emmy nominations—the most ever for the first season of a comedy—either puts a lot of pressure on Season Two of the multiple award-winning Ted Lasso, or sets the series up to carry on its razor-sharp comedy and inherent pathos.