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Album Reviews

Archive Material

Silverbacks
Archive Material

Jan 26, 2022 Issue #69 - 20th Anniversary Issue

Released a year and a half after the Irish five-piece art rockers’ debut Fad, Archive Material sees Silverbacks continuing their effort to defy categorization by creating sonic pastiches from fragments of widely varying genres into a jovial racket with wild shifts in dynamics and tempo.

Fragments

Bonobo
Fragments

Jan 25, 2022 Web Exclusive

There is a tangible sense of relaxation on Bonobo’s seventh album, Fragments.

Bear’s Sonic Journals: Johnny Cash, at the Carousel Ballroom April 24, 1968

Johnny Cash
Bear’s Sonic Journals: Johnny Cash, at the Carousel Ballroom April 24, 1968

Jan 24, 2022 Web Exclusive

On April 24, 1968, Johnny Cash took a smaller version of his touring group into San Francisco’s Carousel Ballroom, where only about a third of the 3000-capacity venue was filled. As this recording shows, though, Cash made it as special to this audience as he would have for a larger hall, and those gathered, as they shouted out requests, loved him for it.

Classic Interviews

Ramona Falls Best of the Decade Artist Survey

Ramona Falls Best of the Decade Artist Survey
Paul Alcott

Dec 20, 2009 Best of the Decade

Under the Radar‘s Best of the Decade/Year-End Issue features our Best of the Decade Artist Survey. For Under the Radar’s 7th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to the last decade and asked them for a list of their best albums of the decade. Some of the surveys didn’t make it in the issue and some answers from surveys that did make it in the issue had to be trimmed for space. Those surveys and answers are posted on our website. Here is a web-exclusive survey from Paul Alcott of Ramona Falls.

Comic Book Reviews

Whistle: A New Gotham City Hero

Whistle: A New Gotham City Hero
DC

Dec 24, 2021 Web Exclusive

Growing up in a rundown urban area of Gotham City, teenager Willow is faced by many a challenge: her unemployed, Jewish, single-parent mother is suffering from cancer, there is little money to support them, and Willow is particularly concerned about not only the plight of a stray dog she names Lebowitz but also about her deprived school and community which she stages protests to improve.

Book Reviews

The Listening Party


The Listening Party

Dec 24, 2021 Web Exclusive

Tim’s Twitter Listening Party was one of the few bright parts of the COVID-19 pandemic, especially when the world was in full lockdown in early to mid 2020. Tim Burgess, frontman for the Madchester/Britpop band The Charlatans, came up with the simple idea—having musicians live tweet while fans collectively all listen to one of their albums at a preset time—after seeing actor Riz Ahmed spontaneously tweet along in 2011 to his film Four Lions.

Interviews

Tim Roth & Iazua Larios on ‘Sundown”

Tim Roth & Iazua Larios on ‘Sundown”

Jan 24, 2022 Web Exclusive

Leading actors Tim Roth and Iazua Larios discuss the themes of their latest film ‘Sundown”

Elizaveta on the 10th Anniversary of Her Overlooked Pop Masterpiece “Beatrix Runs”

Elizaveta on the 10th Anniversary of Her Overlooked Pop Masterpiece “Beatrix Runs”

Jan 24, 2022

“On one hand, I’m a bit of a contradiction—in me reside basically two, three, or four different artists,” Russian-American pianist/singer/songwriter Elizaveta Khripounova explains. “I think that maybe what makes me a bit of a weird artist also is that at heart and in essence, I was always a composer, rather than a performer. So, for me, it was always about writing songs.”

Pleased to meet you

Yard Act on Their Debut Album “The Overload”

Jan 21, 2022 Issue #69 - 20th Anniversary Issue

Amusing characters populate some of the songs of Leeds, England post-punk four-piece Yard Act, including those on their debut album, The Overload. Midway through the album’s title track, frontman and wordsmith James Smith sings from the perspective of Graham, who dispenses unwelcome advice about how they’d be “better off kicking that dickhead singer you’ve got in out the band” and should stick to covers and avoid political lyrics, especially if they want to perform at a pub called The Grand run by a landlord named Fat Andy.

Lists

Under the Radar’s Top 130 Songs of 2021 Part 1

Jan 25, 2022

It is confounding that so many outlets insist on posting best songs of the year lists in early December (in 2021, December 6 seemed to be a popular date to post such lists, including ones by Pitchfork, Paste, and Rolling Stone, with NME’s list dropping the next day). Not only are there several more weeks left in the year, in which a number of potential great songs could be released, it also takes time to digest all the tracks released in November and earlier in the fall. We’ve obviously taken too much time.

As with our Top 100 Albums of 2021 list, we had other pressing priorities in the fall of 2021 (our 20th Anniversary Issue and Covers of Covers album) that delayed deciding on our favorite songs of 2021. As a base we started a nomination process with all of the songs that landed in the main rankings (usually a Top 10) of our Songs of the Week lists in 2021. We then asked our writers for additional nomination suggestions (they had to be original songs first released in 2021, no covers). Once we had the final nomination list, our writers voted. When everything was calculated it added up to 130 songs we particularly liked. While many of the songs are taken from records that landed on our Top 100 Albums of 2021 list, there are also some standalone singles, songs from 2021 full-lengths that didn’t make the albums list, and advance singles from some anticipated 2022 albums. We limited it to no more than three songs per artist, otherwise half of each album from Japanese Breakfast and Wolf Alice (our #1 and #2 albums of the year) would’ve shown up on this list. By Mark Redfern

Blog

Sundance 2022: Ten Films We Can’t Wait To See

Sundance 2022: Ten Films We Can’t Wait To See

Jan 23, 2022 By Kaveh Jalinous

Picking just ten films was an extraordinarily difficult task, but here are the films that we are most excited to see at this year’s Sundance.