Album Reviews

Sunflower Bean
Human Ceremony

Feb 09, 2016 Issue # 56 - Best of 2015 - Father John Misty and Wolf Alice

Truth be told, it was difficult to care when a prolific SXSW put Sunflower Bean on the tongue of seemingly every critic in existence. If there's an underground music niche that isn't in need of another poster band, it's psychedelic rock. Yet on debut LP, Human Ceremony, the Brooklyn trio wrong-foot any cynics.

Dr. Dog
The Psychedelic Swamp

Feb 08, 2016 Issue # 56 - Best of 2015 - Father John Misty and Wolf Alice

When a band dusts off an unreleased collection of music for a new album, there's often two thoughts that can come to mind. First, there's excitement to hear these long-lost (or hard to find) songs and discover yet another side of the band. The other, however, is skepticism that these songs will sound good or meet the lofty standards the band has achieved with their other albums. 

Mass Gothic
Mass Gothic

Feb 05, 2016 Issue # 56 - Best of 2015 - Father John Misty and Wolf Alice

"So I made a mistake/How many hours can I spend silently in one room?" So begins the debut album by Mass Gothic, a new solo project by former Hooray For Earth frontman Noel Heroux.

Classic Interviews

Rose Elinor Dougall: In the Studio

Rose Elinor Dougall: In the Studio
The former Pipette discusses her upcoming debut solo album Without Why

Mar 22, 2010 Web Exclusive

The Most Anticipated Albums of 2010 section in Under the Radar's Winter 2010 Issue includes a short article on Rose Elinor Dougall's debut album. Here is the full Q&A of that interview. In December of 2008, Rose Elinor Dougall released her first single as a solo artist, "Another Version of Pop Song." The following February, Dougall blogged on her MySpace page that her debut album was nearly finished. But, more than a year later, her album, titled Without Why, has yet to be released. On the morning of the eve of 2010, Dougall was in good spirits as she discussed her impending album and divulged the logical reasons for its extended incubation.

Comic Book Reviews

Sacred Heart
Fantagraphics

Jan 05, 2016 Web Exclusive

There are no adults in Alexandria. In the wake of their mysterious collective departure, Ben Schiller, her sister, best friend, and the rest of the town's high schoolers try to live as normal a life as possible. 

Book Reviews

Edward G. Lengel
First Entrepreneur: How George Washington Built His—and the Nation’s—Prosperity

Feb 08, 2016 Web Exclusive

With First Entrepreneur, historian Edward G. Lengel presents George Washington as an entrepreneur who strategically built both his own personal and familial wealth and the economy of a burgeoning nation.

Interviews

2015 Artist Survey: Small Black

Feb 09, 2016 Issue # 56 - Best of 2015 - Father John Misty and Wolf Alice

For Under the Radar's 13th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2015. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2015 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions. Here are some answers from Josh Kolenik of Small Black. Small Black's latest album, Best Blues, was released last fall by Jagjaguwar. A shorter version of this interview ran in the Best of 2015 print issue, which is still on newsstands now. 

2015 Artist Survey: Highasakite

Feb 09, 2016 Web Exclusive

For Under the Radar's 13th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2015. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2015 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions. Here are some answers from Kristoffer Lo of Highasakite. The Norwegian band's most recent album is 2014's Silent Treatment.

Pleased to meet you

U.S. Girls

Feb 04, 2016 Issue #55 - November/December 2015 - EL VY

Meg Remy doesn't make a habit of taking interviews while bathing, but she insists this instance calls for such quirky multitasking.

Lists

Under the Radar’s Top 75 TV Shows of 2015

Jan 29, 2016

Okay, we know we're late on this one. It's the end of January 2016 and we're only now just posting our best TV shows of 2015 list. But in our defense, there is a lot of TV to get through these days, on a lot of different platforms. The golden age of TV just keeps glowing and growing. Every week it seems as though there's another new show we're supposed to check out or another 13 episodes we're suddenly expected to binge watch on Netflix. So it took us awhile to work our way through 2015's best shows and compile this list and there were so many good shows we settled on a Top 75.

These days, any snobby faux intellectual that tells you at a party, "I don't watch TV, I read books," doesn't know what they're talking about (although reading books is good too). 2015 saw the continued dominance of streaming services (especially Netflix) and cable TV, although there's room on our list for network TV shows too, but only one network show made our Top 10 (FOX's The Last Man on Earth). This year there were two radically different new female superhero shows, the more traditional but still fun Supergirl and the much darker but still fun Jessica Jones. Fargo's second season gamely traveled back to the '70s. The dead still walked in Alexandria (while another zombie solved crimes in Seattle). A comedy tackled depression in a very real way. And it turns out we lost World War II. Meanwhile Mr. Robot blew our mind with all its twists and turns. But it was a new show from a standup comic and former network sitcom supporting player that took our top spot. Aziz Ansari boldly stepped out on his own to create, write, and star in Master of None, a new Netflix comedy that expertly and hilariously tackles the ins and outs of modern life from the perspective of a struggling Indian American actor fighting against racial stereotypes.

Without further ado, finally here's our best TV shows of 2015 list to help you plan your next binge watching marathon. Happy viewing! By Mark Redfern

Live reviews

Arcade Fire Leads a David Bowie Second Line Parade in New Orleans - A Full Report

Jan 17, 2016 By Zach Hollwedel

Not long after news of David Bowie's death shocked the world last week, Arcade Fire and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band announced a second line parade through New Orleans' French Quarter to honor the late musician. (Traditionally, a New Orleans funeral involves two lines-the first, a somber march to the cemetery; the second parade is an animated, musical celebration of the deceased's life.)

Blog

The X-Files: “Home Again” Recap and Analysis

Feb 09, 2016 By Cody Ray Shafer

Last week's episode of The X-Files certainly set the high bar for this series. It was fun, weird, and told us an awful lot about where these characters are twenty-plus years into their evolution. I don't think anyone was expecting this week's episode to top "Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster," so it is understandable that "Home Again" is a bit uneven at times.






Cinema Reviews

Glassland

Feb 09, 2016 Web Exclusive

Gerard Barrett’s Glassland opens in a dingy apartment with a sink full of dishes, and always remains upfront about what a classic example of kitchen-sink drama it is.

DVD Reviews

Highway to Hell
Studio: Kino Lorber Studio Classics

Feb 03, 2016 Web Exclusive

Highway to Hell's vision of the underworld is wildly imaginative—and exceptionally realized by its effects team.

Television Reviews

The X-Files: “Home Again”
FOX, Mondays 8/7 Central

Feb 09, 2016 Web Exclusive

Last week's episode of The X-Files certainly set the high bar for this series. It was fun, weird, and told us an awful lot about where these characters are twenty-plus years into their evolution. I don't think anyone was expecting this week's episode to top "Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster," so it is understandable that "Home Again" is a bit uneven at times.