Album Reviews

Weezer
Everything Will Be Alright in the End

Oct 22, 2014 Web Exclusive

You're reading a Weezer review. Ergo, you're a geek, you spend time on the Internet, and you know what a troll is. Well, Rivers Cuomo has stopped trolling his fans: this is a return to "serious" (or as close to it as he ever got) songwriting from Weezer. Gone are the gimmicks, the novelty songs, and the bizarre collaborations.

Scott Walker + Sunn O)))
Soused

Oct 21, 2014 Issue #51 - September/October 2014 - alt-J

Scott Walker began to spread his eclectic compositional wings by poaching the studio orchestra hired for the "square" recordings of his day gig in The Walker Brothers. In his biographical documentary 30 Century Man, one of his arrangers demonstrates an abstract chord Walker presented to the orchestra, a complex dissonance one note shy of terror and one note in excess of tranquility.

Pharmakon
Bestial Burden

Oct 20, 2014 Web Exclusive

On the eve of her first European tour, Margaret "Pharmakon" Chardiet was admitted to hospital where she had a cyst removed that had collapsed one of her organs. This harrowing experience formed the mind-versus-body concept of her new record Bestial Burden.

Comic Book Reviews

The Flash Vol. 4: Reverse
DC

Oct 21, 2014 Issue #51 - September/October 2014 - alt-J

Since relaunching its entire superhero line a few years ago, DC Comics has had mixed results in trying to walk that line between serving up nostalgic goodness and reinventing its worlds to re-engage former readers and attract new audiences. 

Book Reviews

John Darnielle
Wolf in White Van

Oct 08, 2014 Issue #51 - September/October 2014 - alt-J

John Darnielle is the songwriter/guitarist/vocalist for the band The Mountain Goats. Wolf in White Van is his first novel. The book traces protagonist Sean as he copes with life after a self-inflicted "accident" has rendered him with a deformed face. 

Interviews

Track-by-Track: EMA on “The Future’s Void”

Oct 20, 2014 Web Exclusive

When I first talked to Erika M. Anderson (aka EMA) in the summer of 2012, she had just started the process of sketching out The Future's Void, the follow-up to her 2011 breakthrough Past Life Martyred Saints.

William H. Macy on directing for the first time and the power of music

Oct 17, 2014 Web Exclusive

William H. Macy is best know for his on-screen work in films such as Fargo (for which he received a Best Actor in a Supporting Role nomination), The Cooler, and—on the small screen—Shameless. His new film, Rudderless, opens this week, but it’s not Macy’s supporting performance that makes it noteworthy: Rudderless is the actor’s first time sitting in the director’s chair on a feature film. He also contributed to the script.

Pleased to meet you

My Favorite New Band: Generationals on Springtime Carnivore

Oct 03, 2014 Web Exclusive

Who better to give us all tips on new music than accomplished musicians themselves. For this series we have asked more established artists one simple request: tell us who your new favorite band is. For this My Favorite New Band Grant Widmer of the duo Generationals tells us about their tour mate/opening act, Springtime Carnivore (aka Greta Morgan).

Lists

Walking Dead Week: The Walking Dead’s 10 Most Shocking Moments

Oct 10, 2014

This week is Walking Dead Week on Under the Radar's website. Season five of the wildly popular and critically acclaimed post-apocalyptic zombie drama starts this Sunday, October 12, at 9 p.m. (8 p.m. Central) on AMC. In anticipation of the show's return, for this special theme week of coverage we have interviewed around 10 members of the show's current cast and will be posting one to two Walking Dead interviews every day this week. Also, here's a Walking Dead list.

As The Walking Dead's success is at least partly built upon its ability to provide a constant supply of shocking moments, narrowing down a list to only 10 entries is no simple task. You find yourself leaving off scenes such as The Governor biting off Merle Dixon's fingers or Michonne digging out The Governor's eye because they aren't quite shocking enough. That said, a truly shocking moment isn't just a scene that caused you a moment of temporary discomfort and repulsion but one that remained memorable because it represented an unexpected shift in the storyline, one that changed the trajectory of the show. Here are the 10 moments that remain burned into the memories of Walking Dead fans. By Matt Fink

Live reviews

Jackson Browne at the Beacon Theater, New York, NY

Oct 08, 2014 By Robert Altman

Some people age well—“successful agers” as they say. After 66 years and over 18 million albums sold, a bit of wear and tear is to be expected. And a “bit” is all that Jackson Browne shows. 

Blog

Doctor Who - “Flatline” (Season 8, Episode 9) Recap/Analysis

Oct 22, 2014 By Cody Ray Shafer

This season has been so surprisingly good so far, and honestly "Flatline" didn't exactly disappoint, but I don't think it will be a standout episode either. Which is unfortunate, because the elements that make up the episode are equal parts novel and surreal, even for Doctor Whobut the end result was just a little flat. No pun intended.






Cinema Reviews

Stonehearst Asylum

Oct 22, 2014 Web Exclusive

Stonehearst Asylum is an effective period thriller, more than worthy of your next seasonal horror marathon.