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Album Reviews

Big Swimmer

King Hannah
Big Swimmer

Jun 19, 2024 Web Exclusive

King Hannah hail from Liverpool. They, however, have more in common with American alt-folk and ’90s grunge rock than their myopic local music scene.

Miracle Focus

Strand of Oaks
Miracle Focus

Jun 18, 2024 Web Exclusive

Tim Showalter is on a hot streak. The man behind Strand of Oaks has broadened his creative output significantly over the last few years, diving deep into his love of painting and making his professional acting debut in the biker drama Mayans M.C.

Eight Pointed Star

Marina Allen
Eight Pointed Star

Jun 17, 2024 Web Exclusive

Like a true poet, Marina Allen conjures strange realities, places that exist somewhere between her imagination and the tangible world.

Classic Interviews

PUP on “THE UNRAVELING OF PUPTHEBAND”

PUP on “THE UNRAVELING OF PUPTHEBAND”
Down The Rabbit Hole: PUPTHEBAND Inc.’s Path to Corporate Dominance

Mar 30, 2022 Web Exclusive

PUP are ready to sell out. Or, perhaps more accurately, they’re acutely aware that they’ve already sold out and are making no secret of it. While the idea of making money off of your music is not as controversial in DIY scenes as it was in the ’90s, for many bands there still is a cultivated distance between the band’s music and the band as a business. After all, nobody wants to think of their art as a product.

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

An Ideal for Living: A Celebration of the EP (Extended Play)

Corey duBrowa & Friends
An Ideal for Living: A Celebration of the EP (Extended Play)

Jun 19, 2024

In An Ideal for Living: A Celebration of the EP, esteemed journalist Corey duBrowa and his friends joyously romp their way through the oft overlooked musical format in examination of the best 200 EPs of all time.

Interviews

Tomer Capone on Playing Frenchie in “The Boys”

Tomer Capone on Playing Frenchie in “The Boys”

Jun 13, 2024 Web Exclusive

We sat down with Tomer Capone to hear more about his creative background, the trust he feels playing Frenchie, and how The Boys is a “jackpot” for an actor.

Sitting Down With The Cast Of “The Feeling That the Time for Doing Something Has Passed”

Sitting Down With The Cast Of “The Feeling That the Time for Doing Something Has Passed”

May 12, 2024 Web Exclusive

The cast of The Feeling That the Time for Doing Something Has Passed sits down for a discussion about the indie comedy’s commitment to authenticity.

Pleased to meet you

Sunday (1994) on Love, Dark Humor, and Leaps of Faith

Apr 30, 2024 Web Exclusive

Sunday (1994) recently made waves with their stunning debut single, “Tired Boy.” Not only does the single resonate like a lost classic, but the band also arrived with a fully formed visual aesthetic.

Lists

Seven Music Documentary Films and Series From 2024 to Watch (and Three to Skip)

Jun 16, 2024

Music documentaries and series are a sure thing, or so it seems. 2024 has seen quite a few of them hit theatres and even more turn up on streamers. Among these are the high-profile ones such as the newly restored 1970 film, The Beatles: Let it Be and Frank Marshall’s The Beach Boys, not to mention Taylor Swift|The Eras Tour (Taylor’s Version), all on Disney+. Lil Nas X released his interpretation of Madonna’s Truth or Dare with his behind-the-scenes tour film, Long Live Montero (HBO). There is also Eno, the groundbreaking generative documentary feature on Brian Eno. Just as fascinating as the biographical docs are topical ones such as the recently released How Music Got Free (Paramount+).

Coming soon is Stevie Van Zandt: Disciple (HBO), which shines a much deserved spotlight on the multi-hyphenate talent, and I Am: Celine Dion (Prime Movies), which shares the singer’s challenges with Moersch-Woltman Syndrome.

Whether or not you’re into the artists, subjects, or the music, there is a voyeuristic and vicarious thrill in watching musicians, both in their professional setting and personal lives. Music documentary films and series are often worth the time—except when they’re not. Here are seven must-watch music docs and series released in 2024, and three from this year that you can skip.

Live reviews

Taylor Swift: Eras Tour @ Anfield, Liverpool, UK, June 15, 2024

Taylor Swift: Eras Tour @ Anfield, Liverpool, UK, June 15, 2024

Jun 17, 2024 By Andy Von Pip

Taylor Swift is currently in the middle of her universally acclaimed Eras tour, and Under the Radar’s Andy Von Pip saw her play one of the most astonishing events Liverpool’s Anfield Stadium has ever witnessed.

Blog

Gene Clark – Reflecting on the 50th Anniversary of 1974’s “No Other”

Gene Clark – Reflecting on the 50th Anniversary of 1974’s “No Other”

May 24, 2024 By Mark Lager

Gene Clark was born (and is buried) in Tipton, Missouri and like the land in the center of the country he was deeply conflicted so he left home behind, moving to L.A. so he could become a singer/songwriter.