Album Reviews

Broken Social Scene
Let’s Try the After Vol. 1

Mar 21, 2019 Web Exclusive

This Canadian indie rock collective needs no introduction as they have been creating a sophisticated and multi-layered indie/art/prog rock hybrid sound that has influenced artists and entertained the masses since 2001's Feel Good Lost.

Sleaford Mods
Eton Alive

Mar 20, 2019 Web Exclusive

Parting ways with Rough Trade following the mild disappointment of their 2017 English Tapas platter, the Nottingham austerity-punk duo Sleaford Mods have, for their fifth album "proper," formed their own imprint and made a new record that is as bleak as it is bold, as funny as it is despairing, and as surprisingly tuneful as it is atonal and hard.

Karen O and Danger Mouse
Lux Prima

Mar 19, 2019 Web Exclusive

Any doubts that one may have about Karen O (enigmatic lead singer of Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and artist/producer Danger Mouse (Gnarls Barkley, Broken Bells, Gorillaz, etc.) making strange bedfellows are quickly dismissed upon hearing the imaginative and gratifying Lux Prima.

Classic Interviews

Pet Shop Boys

Pet Shop Boys
Pop Stars Turned Political Pundits

Jun 03, 2009 Web Exclusive

Listening to any of the endless dance-floor-oriented hits from Pet Shop Boys in their 13-year-long career, you would think the duo of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe have nothing but disco balls on their mind. But the two, who have just released their tenth studio album, Yes, have a lot more running through their brains. Starting their musical career in the mid-'80s, Pet Shop Boys have been through the boom of that decade, through the changeable '90s, and are now closing out the doom-filled '00s with not a lot changing in their songwriting process.

Comic Book Reviews

Top Shelf

Mar 15, 2019 Issue #65 - Mitski and boygenius

Ye, by Guilherme Petreca, is a really gorgeous book; the art is idiosyncraticboth cartoony and lushand lends itself very well to the fable/fairy tale-esque storytelling regarding a mostly mute man who is grappling with the influence of The Colorless Kingwhich is revealed, at least for Ye, to be something close to PTSD.

Book Reviews

Peter Benjaminson
The Story of Motown

Feb 23, 2019 Web Exclusive

Originally released in 1979 and reissued here with a forward by Greil Marcus, The Story of Motown is a riveting introduction to the famous record label.


My Firsts: Louise Wener of Sleeper

Mar 21, 2019 Web Exclusive

My Firsts is our email interview series where we ask musicians to tell us about their first life experiences, be it early childhood ones (first word, first concert, etc.) or their first tastes of being a musician (first band, first tour, etc.). For this My Firsts we talk to Louise Wener of Sleeper. 

16th Annual Artist Survey: Mew

Mar 20, 2019 Issue #65 - Mitski and boygenius

For Under the Radar's 16th Annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to the last year, plus some fun personal questions. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2018 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions. 

Pleased to meet you

Pip Blom Share Video for New Song “Daddy Issues”

Mar 06, 2019

Pip Blom are a four-piece band from Amsterdam, but it's also the name of the band's frontwoman. They are releasing their debut album, Boat, on May 31 via Heavenly/[PIAS]. Now they have shared another song from the album, "Daddy Issues," via a video for the track.


Ranked: 2019 Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts

Feb 24, 2019

Best Documentary Short is routinely one of the strongest categories, perhaps because the natural, open-ended approach to documentary filmmaking sees incredibly ambitious projects peter out. Certainly the reverse happens, as with Hoop Dreams. Unfortunately, this year includes two entries that might technically fall within the parameters of documentary filmmaking, but are too calculated and told from the benefit of hindsight to have the typical effect of nonfiction storytelling. No, not every documentary needs to be vérité, but every documentary should create a sense of the present tense. The two that do not heavily dilute the category.

By Shawn Hazelett

Live reviews

The Art Institute of Chicago, February 15th, February 16th

Mar 20, 2019 By Jordan J. Michael

Outside, Chicago was in the nucleus of another gelid winter. Inside The Art Institute of Chicago for three consecutive nights, the interaction between artists and onlooking attendees was reaching intimate levels.


Hard Rock Corner: Y&T

Mar 20, 2019 By Frank Valish

Hard rockers Y&T showed its diehard fans an epic good time in Sellersville on a cold Wednesday night in March.


Cinema Reviews


Mar 13, 2019 Web Exclusive

Based on Anna Segher’s World War II novel of the same name, much ado has been made over Christian Petzold’s decision to place the story in modern times.

Television Reviews

Leaving Neverland
(HBO, Sunday March 3 and Monday March 4)

Mar 03, 2019 Web Exclusive

Leaving Neverland, a sprawling account of alleged sexual abuse at the hands of Michael Jackson, was set for controversy from the moment it premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival.