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Album Reviews

Vertigo

Wand
Vertigo

Jul 25, 2024 Web Exclusive

It’s been five years since Laughing Matter, a record that charted Wand’s steady evolution from high voltage garage psych warriors to purveyors of sophisticated, atmospheric art rock.

Carrier Pigeon

Odie Leigh
Carrier Pigeon

Jul 24, 2024 Web Exclusive

Odie Leigh’s debut fully presents her potential in a set of 10 tunes that veer from her previous acoustic guitar-centric work and showcase an expanded musical vision.

20th Century Lindsey

Lindsey Buckingham
20th Century Lindsey

Jul 24, 2024 Web Exclusive

20th Century Lindsey is the perfect piece for the collector, providing a comprehensive summation of Lindsey Buckingham’s ’80s and ’90s solo work.

Classic Interviews

My Firsts: Tim DeLaughter of The Polyphonic Spree

My Firsts: Tim DeLaughter of The Polyphonic Spree
Behind the Big Wheel

Nov 17, 2023 Web Exclusive

My Firsts is our email interview series where we ask musicians to tell us about their first life experiences, be it early childhood ones (first word, first concert, etc.) or their first tastes of being a musician (first band, first tour, etc.). For this My Firsts we talk to Tim DeLaughter of The Polyphonic Spree. He also threw in some answers to questions from our The End interview series on endings and death.

Comic Book Reviews

Mark Twain’s War Prayer

Mark Twain’s War Prayer
Fantagraphics

Jun 27, 2024 Web Exclusive

Legendary 92-year-old graphic and font designer Seymour Chwast takes a dazzling, multidisciplinary approach to Mark Twain’s 104-year-old prose poem in this slim but radical new book. Through drawing, pastel painting, type design, and computer color, Chwast breathes life into Twain’s savage rebuke of religion’s role in jingoism and violent patriotism.

Book Reviews

The Editor: How Publishing Legend Judith Jones Shaped Culture in America

Sara B. Franklin
The Editor: How Publishing Legend Judith Jones Shaped Culture in America

Jul 24, 2024

To properly honor the legacy of Judith Jones, one of the most prominent women in American publishing history, nothing less than a deft, richly-detailed biography would do.

Interviews

Songs of Protest, Resistance and Reaction by Acid Klaus.

Songs of Protest, Resistance and Reaction by Acid Klaus.

Jul 22, 2024 Web Exclusive

Acid Klaus released his new EP “P.T.S.D. By Proxy” last week. Here, he chooses his 10 favourite protest songs for Under the Radar.

“Weird Al” Yankovic on His New Single “Polkamania!”

“Weird Al” Yankovic on His New Single “Polkamania!”

Jul 19, 2024

For the past 40-plus years, the Downey, California-born “Weird Al” Yankovic has been bringing laughter to music listeners through his signature parody songs and polka medleys. From Michael Jackson riffs like “Eat It” and “Fat” to Madonna parodies such as “Like a Surgeon,” and the famous Coolio parody, “Amish Paradise,” “Weird Al” knows how to strike a nerve and perk an ear. In so doing, he’s earned a handful of Grammy Awards and sold more than 12 million albums.

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.—By Lily Moayeri

Live reviews

Penelope Isles @ The Green Door Store, Brighton, UK, July 18, 2024

Penelope Isles @ The Green Door Store, Brighton, UK, July 18, 2024

Jul 25, 2024 By Nick Roseblade

Penelope Isles got the original line-up back together last week to play seminal debut “Until The Tide Creeps In” in their hometown of Brighton

Blog

Neil Young - Reflecting on the 50th Anniversary of “On the Beach”

Neil Young - Reflecting on the 50th Anniversary of “On the Beach”

Jul 19, 2024 By Mark Lager

Friday, July 19, 1974, during the dog days of summer, Reprise released Neil Young’s On the Beach. On the album cover (photographed by Bob Seidemann), Young is turned away from the listener, looking out towards the ocean, a Cadillac buried in the sand and a newspaper announcing calls for Richard Nixon to resign.