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Album Reviews

A Beautiful Thing: IDLES Live at Le Bataclan

IDLES
A Beautiful Thing: IDLES Live at Le Bataclan

Dec 05, 2019 Web Exclusive

The rise of IDLES over the last 18 months has been heartening to watch. After years of half-focused gestation, the Bristol band had one of the best debut albums of 2017 with Brutalism, but with little U.S. exposure their first North American tour in March of 2018 was a modest four dates at small venues in Brooklyn, Philadelphia, and Toronto.

Tommy 30

The Wedding Present
Tommy 30

Dec 04, 2019 Web Exclusive

This is a seemingly unlikely re-recording of the Wedding Present album that served as a stop-gap compilation of early singles between the releases of their iconic 1987 album George Best and 1989's definitiveSeamonsters. 

If We Ever Live Forever

Longwave
If We Ever Live Forever

Dec 03, 2019 Web Exclusive

Twenty years is a long time in music, especially when half of that time has been spent on hiatus. So when Longwave announced their return last year along with a new bass player (Christian Bongers, formerly of Loudspeaker and Botanica) it was met with gasps of excitement from various corners of the globe, and rightly so.

Classic Interviews

of Montreal’s Kevin Barnes Discusses New Country Music Influenced Album, “Lousy with Sylvianbriar”

of Montreal’s Kevin Barnes Discusses New Country Music Influenced Album, “Lousy with Sylvianbriar”
Twisting Tradition

Oct 03, 2013 Issue #47 - September/October 2013 - MGMT

It has been nearly 10 years since he pulled off one of the most unexpected mid-career reinventions in recent rock history, stripping of Montreal down to its psychedelic twee foundation and rebuilding it as an electronic pop band, but Kevin Barnes has never stopped reimagining his sound.

Comic Book Reviews

The Weatherman Vol. 1
Image

Apr 05, 2019 Issue #65 - Mitski and boygenius

Collecting the first six issues of the series by writer Jody LeHeup, artist Nathan Fox, and colorist Dave Stewart, The Weatherman scratched our sci-fi/action/adventure itch better than anything has since Schwarzenegger's big-screen heyday. 

Interviews

Self-Portrait: Jaakko Eino Kalevi

Self-Portrait: Jaakko Eino Kalevi

Dec 05, 2019 Web Exclusive

For our recurring Self-Portrait feature we ask a musician to take a self-portrait photo (or paint/draw a self-portrait) and write a list of personal things about themselves, things that their fans might not already know about them. This Self-Portrait is by Jaakko Eino Kalevi.

...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead on “X: The Godless Void and Other Stories”

...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead on “X: The Godless Void and Other Stories”

Dec 04, 2019

...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead are back on January 17 with their 10th album, X: The Godless Void and Other Stories, via Dine Alone. Founding members Jason Reece and Conrad Keely tell Under the Radar about the new record and how a complete clearout revitalised the band in their 25th year of existence.

Pleased to meet you

Dry Cleaning on “Sweet Princess” and “Boundary Road Snacks and Drinks”

Nov 26, 2019

As South London continues to pump out angular post-punk bands with all the regularity of a vending machine, such a well-populated landscape doesn't afford much room for differentiation. It's telling then that Dry Cleaning stand out effortlessly. 

Lists

25 of the Best Elton John Songs You’ve (Probably) Never Heard

Jun 10, 2019

Rocketman is here. And it's spectacular. As such, I've got Elton on the mind.

I didn't go to the church of Jesus Christ when I was a kid. I went to the church of Elton John. Still do. We had portraits of Elton and his lyricist Bernie Taupin framed, matted, and hanging in the hallway as if they were fuckin' family members. LOL. Mom took me to my first concert in 1994. I was 11. It was Elton and Ray Cooper at the Greek Theater in LA. In 7th grade, I had a picture of Elton on the front of my school folder and one of Taupin on the back. Caught a lot of shit for it too. It was middle school, it was the mid-'90s, I was a weirdo.

So I'm a mega-fan for sure.

When people ask me where to start with Elton's catalog, here's what I tell 'em: All the studio albums from the 1970 self-titled Elton John through 1976's Blue Moves are essential. That's 10 albums people. 10 ALBUMS IN 6 YEARS. All of them essential. And no, we're not gonna get into anything after Blue Moves. Don't have time. Too controversial. But do check out 1981's The Fox and 1983's Too Low for Zero if you have the appetite.

Those 10 studio albums aren't just essential because of their brain-scramblingly good singles, but also because the non-single album tracks are Just. Un. Real. To celebrate all that incredible music and the release of Rocketman, I've compiled 25 of the very best Elton John songs I reckon you've never heard.

What'd we miss? BRING IT.

 By Kenny S McGuane




Cinema Reviews

When Lambs Become Lions

Dec 04, 2019 Web Exclusive

Kasbe’s style is dizzying, more akin to a descent into madness a la Apocalypse Now than your average Very Important Documentary™.

DVD Reviews

Baby Blood [Special Edition]
Studio: Kino Lorber

Dec 03, 2019 Web Exclusive

While it may not be destined for the body horror hall of fame, Alain Robak's 1990 gorefest Baby Blood at least plays in the same ballpark as Cronenberg.

Television Reviews

Back to Life
(Showtime, Sundays at 10 p.m.)

Nov 08, 2019 Web Exclusive

The residents of the small town of Hythe don't believe in the concept of "paid her debt to society." This is what Miri Matteson (Daisy Haggard), the main protagonist in Back to Life finds out very quickly upon her release from an 18-year sentence in prison.