Album Reviews

James Yorkston
Cellardyke Recording and Wassailing Society

Sep 02, 2014 Web Exclusive

James Yorkston appears to be growing old gracefully. While many a middle-aged man spends his days desperately clinging to an ever-evaporating youth, the unassuming Scottish songwriter is moving through the decades with dignity.

The Bug
Angels & Devils

Sep 01, 2014 Web Exclusive

Kevin Martin finally follows up 2008's apocalyptic London Zoo with more thumping end-times fare.

Fink
Hard Believer

Sep 01, 2014 Web Exclusive

For Hard Believer, Fink's sixth album proper, he turns to live + electronics expert producer Billy Bush (Garbage, Beck, Foster the People) to bring dimension to his minimalist, sometimes predictable sound.

Classic Interviews

Mew’s Jonas Bjerre

Mew’s Jonas Bjerre
Standing on Skyscrapers

Sep 01, 2011 Web Exclusive

Most fans know Jonas Bjerre as the dewy-voiced frontman of Mew. Since their inception in 1994, Bjerre’s show stopping falsetto has become a band trademark, soaring above the trio’s often-complex prog arrangements. Currently between albums (Mew released their ambitiously titled third album, No more stories/Are told today/I'm sorry/They washed away/No more stories/The world is grey/I'm tired/Let's wash away in 2009Bjerre stepped away to compose the delicate soundtrack for the Danish coming-of-age comedy, Skyskraber.

Comic Book Reviews

The X-Files: Year Zero #1
IDW

Aug 26, 2014 Web Exclusive

In this latest depiction of Chris Carter's hugely popular '90s television series, Mulder and Scully revisit the origins of The X-Files to compare notes to a current case. While tracking down a large cat, the duo hear about a mysterious man named "Mr. Zero," who Mulder recognizes from the very first X-File.

Interviews

Scotland Week: James McAvoy on the Irvine Welsh Adaptation “Filth”

Sep 01, 2014 Issue #50 - June/July 2014 - Future Islands

James McAvoy may be best recognized in the U.S. for his dramatic turns in acclaimed period films such as Atonement and The Last King of Scotlandand for playing the heroic Professor Charles Xavier in the two most recent X-Men films. The character he plays in Jon Baird's wildly stylized Filth lies on the opposite end of the spectrum.

Throwback Thursday: Interpol Interview from 2002

Aug 28, 2014 Fall 2002 - The Flaming Lips

For this Throwback Thursday we revisit our 2002 article on Interpol, our first interview with the band. It was in honor of their debut album, Turn On the Bright Lights. The article appeared in our third issue next to interviews with other hot New York City bands also releasing their debuts at the time, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Liars. Under the Radar Co-Publisher Wendy Lynch Redfern did a photo-shoot with the band at the Troubadour in Los Angeles during their sound-check. Two years later Interpol appeared on our cover for 2004's sophomore album, Antics, and they graced the cover again for 2010's self-titled fourth album. On September 9 the band releases their fifth album, El Pintor, their first to be recorded without founding member Carlos Dengler. Read on as guitarist Daniel Kessler explains why he's filling in for Paul Banks, a recent band theft, the band's beginnings, their songwriting process, and why there are 75 bands he likes better than Joy Division.

Pleased to meet you

My Favorite New Band: Sondre Lerche on Verdensrommet

Aug 29, 2014 Web Exclusive

Who better to give us all tips on new music than accomplished musicians themselves. For this new series we have asked more established artists one simple request: tell us who your new favorite band is. For this My Favorite New Band Norwegian singer/songwriter Sondre Lerche tells us about a new band from his home country.

Lists

15 Characters Marvel Needs to Get on Screen

Aug 01, 2014

Somewhere in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there's room for these 15 characters.

With Comic-Con in our rearview mirror and Guardians of the Galaxy due out this week, comic book movies and TV series have once again taken over pop culture. Once again, Marvel basically took Twitter out of commission for a few hours during its panel at Comic-Con where they showed footage of their sure-fire hits and teased a few tidbits about future projects.

But this year, there was something missing from Marvel's big presentation. While in the past we've gotten announcements/hints about Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, and other Marvel properties, this year all we got was a Guardians of the Galaxy 2 release date-there weren't any new film or TV announcements. So to help Marvel along, we put this list together of 15 Marvel Comics characters/teams who should get their own movie or TV show. They're loosely ranked in order from "Admittedly, this is a longshot" to "How has this not been announced yet?!" A quick caveat: This is the part where we remind you Marvel only owns the rights to certain characters-so the list doesn't include anyone who primarily exists in the worlds of X-Men, Fantastic Four (film rights both owned by Fox) or Spider-Man (film rights owned by Sony). In any case, hopefully plenty of these will soon make their way to a theater near you.

By Ryan E.C. Hamm

Live reviews

FYF Fest 2014 Day 2 at LA Sports Arena and Exposition Park, Los Angeles, CA

Aug 26, 2014 By Stephen Humphries

Kudos to the FYF organizers for mobilizing like a Rapid Response Unit. In response to the problems of Day One, they've instituted changes overnight. The entrance lines are shorter and attendees were reportedly given free water by way of apology for the long wait on Saturday. The price of water has been cut from $3 to $2. And the balconies inside the Los Angeles Sports Arena have been opened up to accommodate those unable to access the indoor shows for lack of room.

Blog

Guest Listed: Cold Specks

Aug 29, 2014 By A1 Spx

Guest Listed is our recurring series where an artist puts together a list of their choosing. This guest list was put together by Cold Specks (aka Canadian singer Al Spx). Neuroplasticity, the follow-up to 2012's acclaimed I Predict a Graceful Expulsion, was released this week by Mute.






Cinema Reviews

Last Weekend

Aug 29, 2014 Web Exclusive

Last Weekend follows very closely in the footsteps of other family dramedies, in which various family members who are not compatible with one another are squeezed together in literal and metaphorical claustrophobia.

DVD Reviews

Under the Skin Blu-ray/DVD
Studio: A24/Lionsgate

Aug 27, 2014 Web Exclusive

Over the course of Under the Skin's 108 minute runtime, the film is alternately a Tarkovskian sci-fi meditation, a digital video art installation, and an extended candid camera punking riff.