Album Reviews

Childhood
Universal High

Jul 20, 2017 Issue #61 - Grizzly Bear

London's Childhood, with one strong contender of an album under their belts (2014's debut, Lacuna), left Brixton in their rearview mirrors and headed west to mine inspiration from the rich vein of funk-pop in the United States. 

Cornelius
Waves

Jul 20, 2017 Issue #60 - Father John Misty

The master of headphone symphonies returns with his best album since 1997's Fantasma. Keigo Oyamada's Cornelius continues the Shibuya-Kei ethos of pastiche mundi on Waves

Ratboys
GN

Jul 19, 2017 Web Exclusive

The ironic universality of American teenage fiction is admirable. Characters cry "nobody gets me," as we sit at home, headphones on, nodding in agreement; blind to the irony.

Classic Interviews

Chelsea Wolfe on “Pain is Beauty,” Werner Herzog, Natural Disasters, and the Desire to Be Invisible

Chelsea Wolfe on “Pain is Beauty,” Werner Herzog, Natural Disasters, and the Desire to Be Invisible
Nature of the Beast

Nov 13, 2013 Issue #47 - September/October 2013 - MGMT

Chelsea Wolfe is trying to remember the name of the Werner Herzog film she loves so much, that one about Antarctica. Arctic Circle? Journey to the End of the Earth? She ruminates for a second. "Encounters at the End of the World, that's it!"

Comic Book Reviews

He-Man/ThunderCats
DC

Jul 10, 2017 Web Exclusive

While certainly targeting anyone nostalgic for 1980s toys and cartoons, does this crossover between the worlds of Eternia, home to He-Man, and Third Earth, home to the ThunderCats, succeed as a book for true fans? And does it succeed as a story irrespective of its IP mashup?

Interviews

Self-Portrait: Little Dragon

Jul 19, 2017 Issue #60 - Father John Misty

We asked Little Dragon vocalist Yukimi Nagano to take a self-portrait. We also asked her to write a list of personal thingsinteresting facts that fans may perhaps not know about her.

Mount Eerie

Jul 18, 2017 Issue #60 - Father John Misty

Phil Elverum opens A Crow Looked at Me with a clarification. The death of his wife, visual artist and musician Geneviève Castrée, should not be reduced to the inspiration for a set of songs. Nor is it a learning experience, a clarifying opportunity to understand what's really important in life. 

Pleased to meet you

Little Cub

Jul 13, 2017 Issue #60 - Father John Misty

While Little Cub's moniker might seem like an odd fit for a project focused on dancefloor-ready club singles, there's a bit of an intention behind it. "When we started the project, we were talking about what kind of statement we wanted to make and we realized how asinine and meaningless a band name is-I noticed how many band names are an adjective and a noun," explains the band's Duncan Tootill. 

Lists

Under the Radar’s Top 50 Albums of 2017 So Far

Jul 13, 2017

In the past we've avoided posting midyear best albums lists. It seemed somehow impatient and premature to evaluate the year's albums halfway through. And how do you decide which period the list covers, which arbitrary release date do you work out is the cut off point, as every midyear list seems to cover a different period? But 2017 is a year that demands a partial evaluation. The first half of the year has already produced enough strong albums to easily fill a Top 50, but also the second half of 2017 is stacked with so many high profile releases that threaten to overshadow some of the gems released so far. For example, we've already heard some August and September releases that we're certain will make the upper echelons of our final best albums of 2017 list come December.

To make this list an album had to be released for the first time (no reissues) somewhere between January 1, 2017 and last Friday, July 7. That means there are some good albums out tomorrow (such as Waxahatchee, Japanese Breakfast, and The Dears) that may made this list had we extended the period that far. Fourteen of our writers and editors (including myself and my co-publisher/wife Wendy Redfern) each submitted a list of their 20 favorite albums released this year thus far. Their number one album was worth 20 points, their number two worth 19 points, and so on until their number 20 album and any honorable mentions were worth one point each. All of that was calculated into the final list. By the way, this year we've interviewed 38 of the artists in the Top 50 and reviewed almost all these albums, so continue reading Under the Radar, both in print and online, for further proof that in-depth music journalism is far from dead. By Mark Redfern

Live reviews

Bob Dylan at Montreal Jazz Festival

Jul 02, 2017 By Laura Studarus

My only real argument with my mother happened when I was sixteen. It was over Bob Dylan—specifically the fact I wanted to go see his show at the fairgrounds and she wasn’t keen on the idea of her teenage daughter hanging out with NPR hippies. Her response upon finding out I’d see him perform at Montreal Jazz Festival?

Blog

The PLAYlist 09: Honshu

Jul 20, 2017 By Austin Trunick

We review a new, tiny map-building game from Renegade Games Studios, and explore Japan's all-time best-selling pop singles by Western artists. 






Cinema Reviews

In This Corner of the World

Jul 20, 2017 Issue #61 - Grizzly Bear

In This Corner of the World centers on Suzu, a young woman who grew up farming seaweed with her family in Hiroshima City.

DVD Reviews

Pulse (Kairo)
Studio: Arrow Video

Jul 19, 2017 Web Exclusive

Little makes much sense in the superbly creepy Pulse, but its imagery is some of the most haunting to have graced a horror film in the last two decades.

Television Reviews

The Mist
Spike, Thursdays, June 22 at 10/9 Central

Jun 22, 2017 Web Exclusive

Stephen King fans might be wondering how The Mist went from a novella with a single location to a serialized drama/thriller.