Album Reviews

Death
N.E.W.

Apr 28, 2015 Issue #53 - April/May 2015 - Tame Impala

N.E.W. offers long-awaited new material by Detroit legends Death, a band whose faith in their vision doomed them to near-obscurity for decades.

Squarepusher
Damogen Furies

Apr 27, 2015 Issue #53 - April/May 2015 - Tame Impala

At once thrilling, confounding, manic, and deeply conservative, Damogen Furies is, at long last, essential Squarepusher.

BRAIDS
Deep In the Iris

Apr 24, 2015 Issue #53 - April/May 2015 - Tame Impala

BRAIDS have always felt like the right band at the wrong time. Their first two recordsFlourish // Perish and Native Speaker—are remarkable melanges of twitching experimental pop led by Raphaelle Standell-Preston's spell-casting intonations.

Classic Interviews

My Morning Jacket

My Morning Jacket
New Weird Soul

Jun 01, 2008 Summer 2008 - The Protest Issue

Like similarly inartful musical identifiers “pop” and “rock,”  “soul” is a term that elicits an intuitive response but that, in reality, has been denuded of any real meaning for modern listeners. Was it really created by Ray Charles in the early 1950s when he translated the energy of gospel music into a secular context? If James Brown is the “Godfather of Soul,” are his songs the template? What about Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin, possibly the two most definitive artists in the genre? Do they belong categorized beside Jamie Lidell and Amy Winehouse? What is the essence of soul music? My Morning Jacket asks some of these questions on their fifth studio album, Evil Urges.

Comic Book Reviews

The Fade Out, Act One
Image

Apr 17, 2015

Long-time and frequent collaborators, writer Ed Brubaker and artist Sean Phillips, team up again, this time to transport readers back to the golden age of Hollywood in The Fade Out.

Interviews

The End: Hamilton Leithauser on Endings and Death

Apr 24, 2015 Issue #50 - June/July 2014 - Future Islands

To end out the week, we ask Hamilton Leithauser some questions about endings and death.

Track-by-Track: Built to Spill on “Untethered Moon”

Apr 22, 2015 Issue #53 - April/May 2015 - Tame Impala

If you hadn't heard anything new from Built to Spill in the last 20 years and then picked up their eighth LP Untethered Moonyou wouldn't be blamed for thinking they have not aged a day. Untethered Moon is full of the same charming guitar—heavy '90s rock that flooded their early alt—rock staples like Perfect From Now On and Keep It Like a Secret.

Pleased to meet you

Pleased to Meet You Spotlight: Jacco Gardner

Mar 18, 2015 Web Exclusive

Psychedelic wunderkind Jacco Gardner is playing Under the Radar's SXSW day party at Flamingo Cantina this Thursday, March 19 at 2:25 PM. Get to know the Dutch singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.

Lists

Ranked: Björk (Her Albums From Most to Least Accessible)

Apr 20, 2015

An Introductory Guide To Björk's Strange and Beautiful Career

Björk is Iceland's most celebrated musical export. She's been singing since childhood, and gained prominence in the '80s as frontwoman for The Sugarcubes. She left that band in the early '90s to pursue a solo career, driven mostly by her unparalleled creative output. Björk is known for pushing boundaries both sonically and visually, leaving a trail of strange and beautiful works throughout her long and impressive career.

 

Her latest album, Vulnicura, is but another milestone for Björk. As with anyone who's been around so long and made such an impact, diving headfirst into her back-catalog is a little daunting. Björk's work is ethereal, modern, abstract, and whimsical. In another word, intimidating.

 

Björk's work isn't all oblique and avant garde. At the very core of her discography is an inventive pop performer, and her music is always centered on the sheer power and versatility of her voice. It is impossible to rank her albums on quality alone, since they rarely deviate from a standard her fans expect. Instead, this list will serve as more of a guide for those who know they need to listen to Björk, but have put it off too long and don't know where to begin. I will attempt to set out a path that will ease the listener into Björk's world, starting with her most accessible record, leading into her more challenging work. I stuck to her adult studio albums (so no self-titled 1977 album recorded when she was 11) and didn't include her two soundtracks (2000's Selmasongs and 2005's Drawing Restraint 9). Here we go. By Cody Ray Shafer

Blog

Genealogy: John Convertino of Calexico on His Immigrant Grandparents and His Musical Upbringing

Apr 24, 2015 By John Convertino

Genealogy is our series where an artist writes about what they know about their parents, grandparents, ancestors, and where they come from. In this edition, John Convertino of Calexico writes about his immigrant grandparents coming through Ellis Island, his parents, and his musical upbringing. Calexico's new album, Edge of the Sun, was released last week on ANTI-.






Cinema Reviews

Soul Boys of the Western World

Apr 28, 2015 Web Exclusive

Soul Boys of the Western World tracks Spandau Ballet's story from childhood through superstardom, to their messy breakup and beyond.

DVD Reviews

The Friends of Eddie Coyle
Studio: Criterion

Apr 28, 2015 Web Exclusive

Small-bit gun runner Eddie Coyle (Robert Mitchum) is looking at five years’ hard time after being nicked for transporting a truckload of stolen booze.

Television Reviews

Marvel’s Daredevil
Netflix

Apr 08, 2015 Web Exclusive

Daredevil, the first of four Marvel series and a miniseries to be shown on Netflix, is a glimpse of the darker, grimier underbelly of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.