Under the Radar Magazine Under the Radar | Music Blog for the Indie Music Magazine
Sunday, June 16th, 2024  

Superman & Batman vs. Vampires & Werewolves


Written by Kevin Van Hook, Art by Tom Mandrake

Aug 03, 2009 Comic Books Web Exclusive

Really? It seems impossible that in more than seven decades of fighting crime, Superman and Batman haven’t fought vampires and werewolves. Nobody’s written this story yet? Surely this has already been done by now, right?


Aug 02, 2009 Live Eisner Awards Bones Dollhouse Darwyn Cooke Comic-Con 2009 Comic-Con 2009 - Day Two The Prisoner

A report from day two of Comic-Con 2009, including panels on The Prisoner, Darwyn Cooke, 24, Bones, Buck Rogers 80th Anniversary, Dollhouse, and TV Guide Sci-Fi Hot List (featuring Chuck‘s Zachary Levi, The Big Bang Theory‘s Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons, Flash Forward‘s John Cho, Eastwick‘s Rebecca Romijn, and V‘s Scott Wolf). Plus, we attended the Eisner Awards.



Studio: Focus Features
Directed by Park Chan-wook; Starring: Song Kang-ho, Kim Ok-vin and Shin Ha-kyun

Jul 31, 2009 Cinema Web Exclusive

In the latest opus from South Korea’s Park Chan-wook (Oldboy), you’ll be exposed to copious amounts of blood, forbidden sexual encounters and murderous appetites, but at the heart of Thirst, you’ll find the melodrama of two people caught up in selfless but unfulfilling lives.


Jul 30, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

There’s a natural inclination to hate (500) Days of Summer. It’s aimed so squarely at the indie demographic, even starring the current cross-media Queen of Indie, Zooey Deschanel, and including her work (as half of the grammatically frustrating act She & Him) on the soundtrack. And anything that claims to know us thoroughly risks rejection out of hand: we’re unknowable, man, we’re individuals, you can’t just treat us like a demographic. But, well, of course you can.



Studio: Fox Searchlight
Written and directed by Max Mayer; Starring: Hugh Dancy, Rose Byrne and Peter Gallagher

Jul 30, 2009 Cinema Web Exclusive

Hugh Dancy stars as the title character, a young man hampered socially and career-wise by Asperger’s and the recent death of his father. Enter Rose Byrne as Beth, the beautiful, serious, and sensitive young woman who moves into Adam’s building. He’s obsessed with astronomy, she’s a budding children’s book author (aren’t they all?).


Jul 29, 2009 Live Psych Comic-Con 2009 Burn Notice Comic-Con 2009 - Day One

And so it began. After months of build up the San Diego Comic-Con was finally here. Here’s a rundown of what we saw on day one of Comic-Con: the Entertainment Weekly: Wonder Women: Female Power Icons in Pop Culture panel, panels on the TV shows Burn Notice and Psych, and the world premiere of the Green Lantern: First Flight direct-to-DVD animated movie.


Jul 28, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

After addressing the ‘60s on Under the Covers Vol. 1, Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs direct their musical tribute to the ‘70s on Vol. 2. Like Vol. 1, this album features able renditions of classic tracks from Grateful Dead (“Sugar Magnolia”), John Lennon (“Gimme Some Truth”), Big Star (“Back of a Car”), Rod Stewart (“Maggie May”), Todd Rundgren (“Hello It’s Me” and “Couldn’t I Just Tell You”), and a slew of others.


Jul 28, 2009 Live The Weakerthans

John K. Samson is not a tall man. Of course, I suspect he’d be first one to tell you this. Leadman of The Weakerthans, he’s made a career out of singing songs about social outcasts and the geeks who love them. Embodying a strangely compelling reverse-Napoleon complex, he presents himself as a man completely secure in his…er…shortcomings. Taking The Weakerthans’ particular brand of honey-coated melancholy to the streets, this makes for the sort of show that only the cliché “warm and fuzzy” can properly describe.


Jul 27, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Stop the World begins with a harbinger of the destruction to come: the slow pop and hiss of a turntable. This reminder of vinyl’s fragility quickly erupts into what the London noise rock duo once described to me as “an apocalypse of love harps.”