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Album Reviews

The Asylum Albums (1976-1980)

Joni Mitchell
The Asylum Albums (1976-1980)

Jul 22, 2024 Web Exclusive

Joni Mitchell fearlessly evolved her songwriting and performance throughout the period represented by the recordings of The Asylum Albums (1976-1980).

Words and Music

Margo Guryan
Words and Music

Jul 19, 2024 Web Exclusive

Margo Guryan is a cult hero for sure. Now Numero Group has reissued all of Guryan’s work in one set, Words and Music, which comprises three LPs and a healthy liner note book with a complete Guryan history.

Bursting Out (The Inflated Edition)

Jethro Tull
Bursting Out (The Inflated Edition)

Jul 18, 2024 Web Exclusive

Recorded in Germany and Switzerland during their tour for 1978’s Heavy Horses, Bursting Out showcases Jethro Tull’s fascinating interplay while touching on most of the band’s releases up to that point.

Classic Interviews

2014 Artist Survey: Generationals

2014 Artist Survey: Generationals
Ted Joyner on Princess Leia, His First Concert, Bad Haircuts, and Which Golden Girls Character He's Most Like

Jan 23, 2015 Generationals

For Under the Radar’s 12th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2014. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2014 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions.

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

Desolation

Mark Morton
Desolation

Jul 01, 2024

Mark Morton is the guitarist/lyricist for metal pioneers Lamb of God, and Desolation is his story. In some ways, Morton’s tale is similar to many, but there are a few characteristics that set Desolation apart.

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

Festival Preview: Deer Shed 2024

Festival Preview: Deer Shed 2024

Jul 22, 2024 By Dom Gourlay

Under the Radar heads to Baldersby Park this coming weekend (26-29 July) for the 2024 edition of Deer Shed Festival. Here’s 10 acts we’re most excited about seeing

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.