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Album Reviews

Where’s My Utopia?

Yard Act
Where’s My Utopia?

Mar 01, 2024 Web Exclusive

Leeds, England’s poetic post-punkers Yard Act tasted tremendous success and acclaim with their 2022-released debut album, The Overload.

I Got Heaven

Mannequin Pussy
I Got Heaven

Feb 29, 2024 Web Exclusive

Over the course of their career, power and vulnerability are the two poles around which Philly punk outfit Mannequin Pussy has coalesced.

Mountainhead

Everything Everything
Mountainhead

Feb 28, 2024 Web Exclusive

There are many valid metrics by which to judge a concept album. First and foremost, you want an original or novel concept. On the other hand, you don’t want a story that’s so plotted you need to read along to the album.

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

Song Keepers: A Music Maker Foundation Anthology

Georgann Eubanks
Song Keepers: A Music Maker Foundation Anthology

Feb 26, 2024

Song Keepers documents in prose, photography, and song the history of Music Maker Foundation, which supports artists and keeps the spirit of American roots music alive.

Interviews

Slowdive on “everything is alive,” Critical Reappraisal, and Finding a New Younger Fan Base

Slowdive on “everything is alive,” Critical Reappraisal, and Finding a New Younger Fan Base

Feb 09, 2024 Web Exclusive

Since reforming in 2013, Slowdive has now been around longer than their initial run in the early ’90s. The music industry they now inhabit has morphed into something that would have been completely unrecognizable to their younger selves. But Slowdive’s guitarist, singer (alongside Rachel Goswell), and primary lyricist, Neil Halstead, has never been the type of musician to dwell on the past.

The Allman Brothers Band’s Chuck Leavell Talks “Jessica” 50 Years Later

The Allman Brothers Band’s Chuck Leavell Talks “Jessica” 50 Years Later

Jan 30, 2024

Few songs are such masterpieces of mood as “Jessica,” a seven-minute plus instrumental by The Allman Brothers Band, off their 1973 album Brothers and Sisters. A pure sonic sunrise, raw dopamine molded into black vinyl, the track is classic rock’s answer to the “Ode to Joy”; it dares you to not smile, and wordlessly insists that life is good—even if only because of music like this.

Pleased to meet you

Eaves Wilder on a Year of Growth and New Experiences

Feb 01, 2024 Web Exclusive

Emerging UK singer/songwriter Eaves Wilder had a memorable 2023. It was a year in which she grew as an artist and discovered what it takes to become a touring musician. Under the Radar sat down to have a chat with her just before Christmas, and we delved into her early musical influences and how they informed the music she writes today.

Lists

Under the Radar’s Top 40 TV Shows of 2023

Jan 29, 2024

Last year was a challenging one for the entertainment industry with the Writers Guild of America and Screen Actors Guild strikes. While this double blow—albeit for good causes—had detrimental snowball effects on the industry, there was still a solid grip of high quality material that made it to the not-so-small screen airwaves and streamers. Award-winning series like The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and Barry took their last bows, and we’re still waiting for a trifecta from Vince Gilligan to round out Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, but there was plenty to keep viewers glued to the tube. From superheroes to science fiction, political intrigue to teenage hijinks and dramatized jury service to historical dramas, we continue to be spoiled for choice. It was a battle for Under the Radar’s top television shows of 2023, but we’ve managed to narrow it down to 40 solid watches.

Live reviews

Peel Slowly And See 2024: A Preview

Peel Slowly And See 2024: A Preview

Feb 25, 2024 By Dom Gourlay

Next weekend (Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd March), Under the Radar heads to Leiden for the 14th edition of Peel Slowly And See. Here’s our picks of who we’re most looking forward to seeing.

Blog

Bark Psychosis – Reflecting on the 30th Anniversary of “Hex”

Bark Psychosis – Reflecting on the 30th Anniversary of “Hex”

Feb 23, 2024 By Mark Lager

Released on Valentine’s Day in 1994, Bark Psychosis’ Hex is an aptly named album as it casts a spellbinding hypnosis on the listener. Hex could be considered ahead of its time but more accurately it still sounds lost out of time.