Album Reviews

Marika Hackman
I’m Not Your Man

May 29, 2017 Issue #60 - Father John Misty

What is the range of difference between one artist with an appealing, clever voice and a fluent guitar with attitude and another? Well, taking in Marika Hackman's sophomore album, I'm Not Your Man, gives some idea. 

The Charlatans
Different Days

May 26, 2017 Web Exclusive

North American audiences—if they're old enough—might respond hesitantly with "The Only One I Know" if the U.K.'s The Charlatans are brought up. That song from 1990 is arguably the group's high point on these shores. But on their native soil, The Charlatans are not only current and relevant but held in the highest esteem.

Land of Talk
Life After Youth

May 25, 2017 Web Exclusive

Land of Talk, the brainchild of Quebecois Elizabeth Powell, digs fresh and deep on the band's first album since 2010's Cloak and Cipher. We forgot how much Powell could rock in the minor key.

Classic Interviews

2014 Artist Survey: The Darcys

2014 Artist Survey: The Darcys
Wes Marskell on U2's Free Album, the Ice Bucket Challenge, the Ferguson Shooting, and the Music Teacher Who Once Failed Him

Jan 08, 2015 Web Exclusive

For Under the Radar's 12th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2014. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2014 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions.

Comic Book Reviews

All-Star Batman Vol. 1: My Own Worst Enemy
DC

May 23, 2017 Issue #60 - Father John Misty

Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's long, wonderful run on the main Batman title came to an end last year, but fans of the Dark Knight were thrilled when Snyder announced he'd be moving on to write a new, in-continuity title, All-Star Batman

Interviews

Priests - Katie Alice Greer on “Nothing Feels Natural,” Obama and Trump, and the DC Music Scene

May 26, 2017 Issue #60 - Father John Misty

Washington, D.C.'s Priests (vocalist Katie Alice Greer, guitarist Taylor Mulitz, bassist G.L. Jaguar, and drummer Daniele Daniele) formed in late 2011 and have already released two cassette tapes in 2012 and 2013 (fittingly titled Tape One and Tape Two), 2012's Radiation/Personal Planes 7-inch EP, and 2014's Bodies and Control and Money 12-inch EP. 2017 has finally seen the release of their first full-length LP, Nothing Feels Natural

The Afghan Whigs - Greg Dulli on the “Spookiness” of new album “In Spades”

May 25, 2017 Web Exclusive

"Sometimes you can make a decision in a moment that will serve you for a long time, affecting your life and the lives of people around you," Greg Dulli tells me as we sit in the back room of The Short Stop, the bar The Afghan Whigs frontman co-owns in the Echo Park area of Los Angeles. 

Pleased to meet you

Nick Hakim

May 18, 2017 Issue #60 - Father John Misty

After speaking with Nick Hakim about the background of his debut album, Green Twins, you come away with the impression that he'd just as soon let the music do the talking. Hakim also doesn't put too much thought into being labeled a neo soul artist, or for that matter, any specific classification of his sound.

Lists

Tribeca Film Festival 2017: Our Best of the Fest

May 01, 2017

Words by Austin Trunick. 

The 2017 Tribeca Film Festival is now in the books, and this year’s fest was a true blast. Always a showcase for new and rising film talents, this year’s festival also provided attendees a chance to sneak peeks at new TV shows, interact with virtual reality shorts and installations on an entire floor dedicated to immersive entertainment, listen to respected video game makers dish on their design secrets, and hear some old filmmaking heavyweights discuss their classic movies. (I was lucky enough to be in the audience at this year’s Reservoir Dogs 25 Anniversary reunion, where Quentin Tarantino and his old castmates – Buscemi, Keitel Madsen, and Roth – looked back at the film, and even detailed Tom Waits’ failed audition for the movie.) When you’ve seen dozens of movies in such a short period of time, it can be tough to pick favorites, but we’re going ahead and trying. Here are our five top films of this year’s Tribeca festival, plus a few more noteworthy mentions. 

Blog

Soundtracking the Resistance - Trump Goes Abroad

May 26, 2017 By Stephen Mayne

This politics column thing has been rolling along for a few weeks now and it's time to move to the next level. Here, and from now on, you'll find different sections bringing a main story, a brief news round-up, words direct from musicians themselves, and the song of the week.






Cinema Reviews

Bad Rap

May 23, 2017 Web Exclusive

Salima Koroma's documentary illuminates the placement and displacement in Hip Hop culture of four Asian American MC’s of varying descent.

Television Reviews

The Wizard of Lies
HBO, Saturday, May 20 at 8 PM

May 19, 2017 Web Exclusive

The Wizard of Lies opens with a disarmingly candid, calm Bernard Madoff, as he informs his wife and two adult sons that their whole wealth enterprise is a sham.