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Album Reviews

Lifeblood (20th Anniversary Edition)

Manic Street Preachers
Lifeblood (20th Anniversary Edition)

Apr 15, 2024 Web Exclusive

Manic Street Preachers have often attempted to distance themselves from their stylized seventh album, Lifeblood. Haunted by a poor reaction from their followers and mainstream audiences, they hoped to seal it away and never speak of it again.

Blu Wav

Grandaddy
Blu Wav

Apr 12, 2024 Web Exclusive

Over the course of 30 plus years and six albums, Grandaddy have at various times taken the form of twisted guitar pop ensemble, searching lo-fi experimentalists, and lounge band from outer space.

Desertshore (2024 Reissue)

Nico
Desertshore (2024 Reissue)

Apr 11, 2024 Web Exclusive

The previous vinyl reissues of Nico’s landmark 1970 album, Desertshore (her third under her own name after a stint in The Velvet Underground that followed her debut single “I’m Not Sayin’”), left something to be desired both sonically and packaging-wise.

Classic Interviews

Sina Grace

Sina Grace
Artist of The Li'l Depressed Boy Talks Comic Book Mix Tape

May 29, 2012 Sina Grace

The Li’l Depressed Boy from Image Comics chronicles the non-adventures of the ragdoll-like “LDB.” The ongoing comic series from Image may be especially appealing to music fans, with numerous guest-stars from the music world gracing the pages, including Childish Gambino. Artist Sina Grace shares all.

Comic Book Reviews

Home to Stay!: The Complete Ray Bradbury EC Stories

Home to Stay!: The Complete Ray Bradbury EC Stories
Fantagraphics

May 02, 2023 Web Exclusive

In 1952 EC publisher Bill Gaines received a hilarious letter from Ray Bradbury gently requesting $50 in payment for the rights to his two stories “The Rocket Man” and “Kaleidoscope.”

Book Reviews

Zip It Up!  The Best of Trouser Press Magazine 1974-1984

Edited and Annotated by Ira A Robbins
Zip It Up!  The Best of Trouser Press Magazine 1974-1984

Apr 15, 2024

Presented as a 440-page, large-format paperback and an ebook, Zip It Up! The Best of Trouser Press Magazine 1974-1984 offers some of the magazine’s best articles, fifty years from its start, as well as a detailed look at how Trouser Press formed and launched.

Interviews

Cheekface on “It’s Sorted” and the State of Our Human Condition

Cheekface on “It’s Sorted” and the State of Our Human Condition

Apr 12, 2024 Web Exclusive

The ubiquitous Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson almost didn’t make the cut for one of the cleverest rhymes on the Los Angeles-based Cheekface’s fourth album, It’s Sorted.

Director Fernando Meirelles on ‘Sugar’

Director Fernando Meirelles on ‘Sugar’

Apr 10, 2024 Web Exclusive

The Brazilian auteur made his name co-directing the crime saga, City of God, with Sugar, now he’s working with some of Hollywood’s biggest names, including fellow Oscar nominee, Colin Farrell.

Pleased to meet you

Eaves Wilder on a Year of Growth and New Experiences

Feb 01, 2024 Web Exclusive

Emerging UK singer/songwriter Eaves Wilder had a memorable 2023. It was a year in which she grew as an artist and discovered what it takes to become a touring musician. Under the Radar sat down to have a chat with her just before Christmas, and we delved into her early musical influences and how they informed the music she writes today.

Lists

Under the Radar’s Top 40 TV Shows of 2023

Jan 29, 2024

Last year was a challenging one for the entertainment industry with the Writers Guild of America and Screen Actors Guild strikes. While this double blow—albeit for good causes—had detrimental snowball effects on the industry, there was still a solid grip of high quality material that made it to the not-so-small screen airwaves and streamers. Award-winning series like The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Barry took their last bows, and we’re still waiting for a trifecta from Vince Gilligan to round out Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, but there was plenty to keep viewers glued to the tube. From superheroes to science fiction, political intrigue to teenage hijinks and dramatized jury service to historical dramas, we continue to be spoiled for choice. It was a battle for Under the Radar’s top television shows of 2023, but we’ve managed to narrow it down to 40 solid watches.

Live reviews

HotWax @ Future Yard, Birkenhead, UK, April 9, 2024

HotWax @ Future Yard, Birkenhead, UK, April 9, 2024

Apr 14, 2024 By Andy Von Pip

Hastings three-piece HotWax are one of the most exciting new bands in the UK right now.

Blog

Subscribe to the Last Great Indie Rock Print Magazine Left with 10% Off

Subscribe to the Last Great Indie Rock Print Magazine Left with 10% Off

Apr 10, 2024 By Mark Redfern

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