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Album Reviews

Mac DeMarco
Salad Days

Apr 24, 2014 Web Exclusive

If past releases from Canada's indie rock class clown Mac DeMarco proved anything, it's that he's not shy about playing the fool or writing songsand even entire EPsabout nothing much in particular. 

The Mary Onettes
Portico:

Apr 23, 2014 Web Exclusive

It has been only a year since The Mary Onettes released its last album, Hit the Waves, and the Swedish four-piece is back with the brand new mini-album, Portico:.

Jimi Goodwin
Odludek

Apr 22, 2014 Web Exclusive

Maybe Jimi Goodwin got bored. Best known as frontman of post-Britpop outfit Doves, the Manchester veteran spent much of his career producing expansive guitar sounds that rarely deviated from type.

Classic Interviews

Steve McQueen

Steve McQueen
Q&A with the director of Hunger

Mar 27, 2009 Web Exclusive

When a director has shot a 17-minute debate between a prisoner and a Catholic priest in an epic single take, as English artist Steve McQueen did for the centerpiece of his feature-length debut Hunger, it’s only fitting that he would want to challenge you during a conversation.

Book Reviews

Bruce Pavitt
Experiencing Nirvana: Grunge in Europe, 1989

Feb 11, 2014 Web Exclusive

In Experiencing Nirvana, SubPop Records co-founder Bruce Pavitt documents the 1989 Mudhoney and Tad/Nirvana tours through Europe in 1989. 

Interviews

Tom Hardy and Filmmaker Steven Knight On “Locke”

Apr 24, 2014 Web Exclusive

The night before the biggest challenge of his career, Ivan Locke receives an unexpected phone call that forever changes the course of his life. As he speeds down the highway toLondon, he makes a series of calls that torpedo his career, tear apart his family, and sacrifice everything he’s loved and worked for in his life up until that moment. The question of just why this man would do such a thing is central to filmmaker Steven Knight’s riveting new film, Locke

St. Vincent

Apr 22, 2014 Issue #49 - February/March 2014 - Portlandia

Over the course of three albumseach arguably better than the lastAnnie Clark has established herself as one of indie rock's most reliably innovative acts. But as her strengths (dazzlingly ornate arrangements, intricately designed wordplay) have generally trended toward the cerebral, the literate, and the sophisticated, her music has never felt particularly dangerous.

Pleased to meet you

Casual Sex

Mar 12, 2014 Web Exclusive

Scottish post-punk quartet Casual Sex will play the first of Under the Radar's three SXSW 2014 parties today (Wednesday, March 12th) at 3:15 PM. Guitarist and lead vocalist Sam Smith took some time to answer a few questions for us ahead of the event.

Lists

Ranked: 2014 Oscar Nominated Live Action Short Films

Feb 28, 2014

The 86th Annual Academy Awards ceremony will happen this Sunday, March 2nd. This week we've taken a look at this year's short film competitions. The Academy defines a short film as an original motion picture running 40 minutes or less, and excludes all advertisments, unaired or unsold television episodes, or credit sequences from feature-length films. Our critic, Shawn Hazelett, watched and ranked all of this year's Oscar-nominated shorts. In this final installment, he'll look at this year's live action category. 

Live reviews

Future Islands at The Southern Café and Music Hall, Charlottesville, VA, March 23, 2014

Mar 25, 2014 By Cody Ray Shafer

It's been a pretty great month for Future Islands. It started with a now-viral performance on Letterman, followed by a buzz-worthy string of shows at SXSW (including our own showcase), and now they're kicking off their cross-country tour to support their latest album, Singles, which dropped this week.

Blog

Game of Thrones: “Breaker of Chains” (Season 4: Episode 3) Recap/Analysis

Apr 22, 2014 By Cody Ray Shafer

[Spoiler Alert: If you haven't seen the latest episode of Game of Thrones, "Breaker of Chains," then read no further.] Last week's episode ended on such a high point—Joffrey's lifeless, poisoned face—it was a pretty clever move opening this week on the exact same shot.





Cinema Reviews

Locke

Apr 24, 2014 Web Exclusive

For a movie set entirely inside a car, Locke is an impressive and engaging feat.

DVD Reviews

The Wolf of Wall Street Blu-ray/DVD
Studio: Paramount

Mar 31, 2014 Web Exclusive

The Wolf Of Wall Street plays like the hyper-tweaked third act of Goodfellas, and while Henry's final day turned off certain audiences in 1990, extended to 3 hours in Wall St., it's almost like an endurance test to excess. To some, that may sound like hell. To this reviewer, it's the best film of the year, and possibly the movie of the decade.

Television Reviews

Game of Thrones: “Breaker of Chains” (Season 4: Episode 3) Recap/Analysis
HBO, Sundays 9 p.m.

Apr 22, 2014

[Spoiler Alert: If you haven't seen the latest episode of Game of Thrones, "Breaker of Chains," then read no further.] Last week's episode ended on such a high point—Joffrey's lifeless, poisoned face—it was a pretty clever move opening this week on the exact same shot.