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Album Reviews

Devendra Banhart
Ma

Sep 18, 2019 Web Exclusive

Mother Earth, mother land, and our maternal relationships—freak folkster Devendra Banhart returns with Ma deftly weaving through these various matrilineal permutations to reflect on current ills, with songs so effortless and pretty, they sooth and comfort.

Chelsea Wolfe
Birth of Violence

Sep 17, 2019 Web Exclusive

Birth of Violence is the second collection of acoustic songs for Chelsea Wolfe, who is carrying a decade of successful evolution.

Chastity Belt
Chastity Belt

Sep 16, 2019 Web Exclusive

Co-produced by Jay Som (Melina Duterte), Chastity Belt is album four for this group of close friends-Julia Shapiro, Lydia Lund, Gretchen Grimm, and Annie Truscott-who have been supporting each other for at least 10 years.

Classic Interviews

2010 Artist Survey Bonus Answers: Cassie Ramone of Vivian Girls

2010 Artist Survey Bonus Answers: Cassie Ramone of Vivian Girls

Jan 18, 2011 Web Exclusive

 

For Under the Radar’s 8th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2010. However our printed pages weren’t enough to hold all the great responses we got. Pick up a copy of Under the Radar’s Year End issue for interviews with: The Antlers, Bon Iver, Caribou, Club 8, Delphic, Rose Elinor Dougall, Gayngs, Hot Chip, Lost in the Trees, Love is All, The Love Language, Mogwai, of Montreal, Okkervil River,Yoko Ono, Owen Pallett, Plants and Animals, Mark Ronson, Superchunk, Tame Impala, Vampire Weekend, Sharon Van Etten, and Vivian Girls.  Then check here for bonus responses not found in the magazine. Here are additional answers from Cassie Ramone of Vivian Girls.


 

Comic Book Reviews

The Weatherman Vol. 1
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Apr 05, 2019 Issue #65 - Mitski and boygenius

Collecting the first six issues of the series by writer Jody LeHeup, artist Nathan Fox, and colorist Dave Stewart, The Weatherman scratched our sci-fi/action/adventure itch better than anything has since Schwarzenegger's big-screen heyday. 

Interviews

Gomez on the 20th Anniversary of “Liquid Skin”

Sep 13, 2019 Web Exclusive

"It's just joy, revisiting that joy and what we can do as a band. It's a really great feeling," says Gomez's vocalist/guitarist Ben Ottewell.

Keeping Score – Emile Mosseri on His Score for “The Last Black Man in San Francisco”

Aug 16, 2019 Web Exclusive

Honestly, you can’t imagine any other music in The Last Black Man in San Francisco.

Pleased to meet you

Squid Share New Song “Match Bet”

Aug 29, 2019

Promising new Brighton, England-formed five-piece Squid are releasing a new EP, Town Centre, digitally on September 6 via producer Dan Carey's Speedy Wunderground, with a physical release on November 15. Now they have shared another song from it, "Match Bet."

Lists

25 of the Best Elton John Songs You’ve (Probably) Never Heard

Jun 10, 2019

Rocketman is here. And it's spectacular. As such, I've got Elton on the mind.

I didn't go to the church of Jesus Christ when I was a kid. I went to the church of Elton John. Still do. We had portraits of Elton and his lyricist Bernie Taupin framed, matted, and hanging in the hallway as if they were fuckin' family members. LOL. Mom took me to my first concert in 1994. I was 11. It was Elton and Ray Cooper at the Greek Theater in LA. In 7th grade, I had a picture of Elton on the front of my school folder and one of Taupin on the back. Caught a lot of shit for it too. It was middle school, it was the mid-'90s, I was a weirdo.

So I'm a mega-fan for sure.

When people ask me where to start with Elton's catalog, here's what I tell 'em: All the studio albums from the 1970 self-titled Elton John through 1976's Blue Moves are essential. That's 10 albums people. 10 ALBUMS IN 6 YEARS. All of them essential. And no, we're not gonna get into anything after Blue Moves. Don't have time. Too controversial. But do check out 1981's The Fox and 1983's Too Low for Zero if you have the appetite.

Those 10 studio albums aren't just essential because of their brain-scramblingly good singles, but also because the non-single album tracks are Just. Un. Real. To celebrate all that incredible music and the release of Rocketman, I've compiled 25 of the very best Elton John songs I reckon you've never heard.

What'd we miss? BRING IT.

 By Kenny S McGuane

Live reviews

FME 2019 in Rouyn-Noranda, Canada

Sep 17, 2019 By Dom Gourlay

"We like to create souvenirs." These are not my words but those of Jenny Thibault, one of the founders and festival directors of FME, Quebec's largest musical showcase event.

Blog

Hard Rock Corner: Ecstatic Vision

Sep 18, 2019 By Frank Valish

Philadelphia psych-rock fourpiece Ecstatic Vision premiere their new album, For the Masses, in full. 

 

 






Cinema Reviews

Liam Gallagher: As It Was

Sep 13, 2019 Web Exclusive

By turns meandering, charming, pointless, and disarming, the film, As It Was, documents the last ten years in the life of Liam Gallagher.

DVD Reviews

Klute
Studio: The Criterion Collection

Sep 11, 2019 Web Exclusive

Klute is a character study — two character studies, really — and the nuances of Klute and Daniels' complex relationship are the true meat of the film.

Television Reviews

BH90210
FOX, Wednesdays at 9/8 Central

Aug 07, 2019 Web Exclusive

The true genius of Beverly Hills, 90210 is not appreciated until you look back at it through an almost three-decade lens. The breakout show, which made a destination out of a zip code and instant superstars out of its eye candy cast, was gagging for a reboot.