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Album Reviews

The Who By Numbers (Half-Speed Remastered)

The Who
The Who By Numbers (Half-Speed Remastered)

Feb 20, 2024 Web Exclusive

This half-speed mastered reissue is the best way to revisit this Who classic.

Some Kinda Love: Performing The Music of The Velvet Underground

The Feelies
Some Kinda Love: Performing The Music of The Velvet Underground

Feb 19, 2024 Web Exclusive

From the time The Feelies released their now classic debut album Crazy Rhythms in 1980 and especially since 1986’s The Good Earth, they have received countless comparisons to The Velvet Underground.

TANGK

IDLES
TANGK

Feb 16, 2024 Web Exclusive

Over the years IDLES have proven to be a surprisingly divisive band. Derided by some for their earnest lyrics, sloganeering, and self-flagellating portrayal of male angst, they’re celebrated by as many for precisely the same.

Classic Interviews

Self-Portrait: Ellen Kempner of Palehound

Self-Portrait: Ellen Kempner of Palehound
The Cook, the Painter, the Basketball Player

Jun 18, 2019 Web Exclusive

For our recurring Self-Portrait feature we ask a musician to take a self-portrait photo (or paint/draw a self-portrait) and write a list of personal things about themselves, things that their fans might not already know about them. This Self-Portrait is by Ellen Kempner of Palehound and she painted her own self-portrait.

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

Adventures in Modern Recording: From ABC to ZTT

Trevor Horn
Adventures in Modern Recording: From ABC to ZTT

Feb 19, 2024

In Adventures in Modern Recording, Trevor Horn chronicles his rise and time on top as one of the most in demand producers of the 1980s and beyond.

Interviews

Slowdive on “everything is alive,” Critical Reappraisal, and Finding a New Younger Fan Base

Slowdive on “everything is alive,” Critical Reappraisal, and Finding a New Younger Fan Base

Feb 09, 2024 Web Exclusive

Since reforming in 2013, Slowdive has now been around longer than their initial run in the early ’90s. The music industry they now inhabit has morphed into something that would have been completely unrecognizable to their younger selves. But Slowdive’s guitarist, singer (alongside Rachel Goswell), and primary lyricist, Neil Halstead, has never been the type of musician to dwell on the past.

The Allman Brothers Band’s Chuck Leavell Talks “Jessica” 50 Years Later

The Allman Brothers Band’s Chuck Leavell Talks “Jessica” 50 Years Later

Jan 30, 2024

Few songs are such masterpieces of mood as “Jessica,” a seven-minute plus instrumental by The Allman Brothers Band, off their 1973 album Brothers and Sisters. A pure sonic sunrise, raw dopamine molded into black vinyl, the track is classic rock’s answer to the “Ode to Joy”; it dares you to not smile, and wordlessly insists that life is good—even if only because of music like this.

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

Virta, Elia Lombardini @ Tavastia, Helsinki, Finland, February 15, 2023

Virta, Elia Lombardini @ Tavastia, Helsinki, Finland, February 15, 2023

Feb 19, 2024 By Irina Shtreis

Helsinki based trio Virta played a breathtaking show in their home city over the weekend, with support from Elia Lombardini.

Blog

Our Music Critic and Pleased to Meet You UK Editor Andy Von Pip on His Favorite Songs of 2023

Our Music Critic and Pleased to Meet You UK Editor Andy Von Pip on His Favorite Songs of 2023

Jan 31, 2024 By Andy Von Pip

So, this is my personal list of the Top 30 songs of 2023 based on Under the Radar’s Songs of the Week. Strangely, my overall favorite song, “Achtung” by Modern Woman, is a song I haven’t actually written about anywhere, but I love it.