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Thursday, January 23rd, 2020  

Album Reviews

Khushi  Strange Seasons

Khushi Strange Seasons

Jan 23, 2020 Web Exclusive

The debut effort from London-born singer-songwriter Kalim Patel under the pseudonym Khushi is a real slow burner. Perfect for January bluesmuch like last year's offering from his mentor and album producer James BlakeStrange Seasons offers a strong running list of compositions that rumble, like sounds echoing around the forest of a dense Nordic winter. 

Watch This Liquid Pour Itself

Okay Kaya
Watch This Liquid Pour Itself

Jan 22, 2020 Web Exclusive

There's a blindsiding brute force to much of Watch This Liquid Pour Itself, Kaya Wilkins' second record under the Okay Kaya moniker, and her first released on Jagjaguwar.

The Comforts of Madness: 30th Anniversary Remaster

Pale Saints
The Comforts of Madness: 30th Anniversary Remaster

Jan 21, 2020 Web Exclusive

Forget the naysayers who'll tell you it was too polished and kitsch, the 1980s spawned some of the most innovative sounds in the history of music. 

Classic Interviews

Ludivine Sagnier

Ludivine Sagnier
Interview with the star of Love Crime

Sep 02, 2011 Web Exclusive

U.S. audiences might know French actress Ludivine Sagnier best from her work with director François Ozon. Their three-film collaboration began with Water Drops on Burning Rocks, released in 2000, and culminated in 2003 with Swimming Pool, the half-English, half-French-language thriller that featured a bikini-clad Sagnier front and center on its advertising art. In a climate that's been increasingly difficult for foreign-language films to find distribution in the States, Sagnier, one of France's most well-known and respected actresses, has been a fixture in U.S. art houses over the last decade. Yet, she has resisted the lure of Hollywood; her occasional forays into English-language films have been for international directors. Sagnier's dynamic, multilayered performance in Alain Corneau's psychological thriller, Love Crime, will only amplify the overtures of American filmmakers.

Comic Book Reviews

Bad Gateway

Jan 17, 2020 Web Exclusive

The latest in the rather depressing misadventures of Megg and Mogg, who at least outwardly present as a witch and cat, respectively, sees the protagonists' lives continue to flush down the toilet. 


Jimmi Simpson on “Perpetual Grace, LTD,” “Westworld,” Morrissey, and Bill Callahan

Jimmi Simpson on “Perpetual Grace, LTD,” “Westworld,” Morrissey, and Bill Callahan

Jan 23, 2020 Issue #66 - My Favorite Album - Angel Olsen and Sleater-Kinney

As a self-described gothy teen longing for angst soothing anthems, future Emmy nominee Jimmi Simpson was enamored with The Smiths from the first time his skateboarder buddy gave him a copy of the iconic Brit rockers' album The Queen is Dead in the late 1980s. 

My Favorite Album: Jimmi Simpson on The Smiths’ “The Queen Is Dead”

My Favorite Album: Jimmi Simpson on The Smiths’ “The Queen Is Dead”

Jan 22, 2020 Issue #66 - My Favorite Album - Angel Olsen and Sleater-Kinney

For an actor who relies on music as much as Jimmi Simpsonhe carefully crafts playlists while prepping characters for Westworld (for which he was nominated for an Emmy)House of CardsBlack Mirror, the recent critical darling Perpetual Grace, LTD, and morepicking a favorite album can be a very tricky proposition.

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. 


Under the Radar’s Top 50 Films of the Decade

Jan 01, 2020

It’s been a decade of high highs and low lows, but one thing that the 2010s did deliver us consistently was great movies – it’s arguable that years in cinema even got better as the decade went on.

Yes, some of the best cinematic works have come from familiar auteurs – you’ll find names like the Coen Brothers, Richard Linklater, Jim Jarmusch, Todd Haynes, Paul Thomas Anderson, and Wes Anderson – but it’s also a decade that’s introduced us to exciting new filmmakers such as Sean Baker, Barry Jenkins, Greta Gerwig, Jordan Peele, the Safdie Brothers, Damien Chazelle, and David Lowery. It’s been a decade of surprises, too, especially for genre fans. Back in 2009, if we were told we’d not only have new Mad Max and Blade Runner sequels, but five more Star Wars movies, we’d have thought you were crazy.

Below you’ll find Under the Radar’s Top 50 films of the decade, as voted on by our film critics and the most dedicated cineastes amongst the larger staff. What were your favorite movies of the decade? Judging by the number of movies we loved that just missed the cut, there are far more than fifty movies that deserve Best of Decade consideration, so please let us know in the comments which ones you think we shouldn't have left out. 

Live reviews

Rockaway Beach 2020, Bognor Regis, UK, 10-13 January

Rockaway Beach 2020, Bognor Regis, UK, 10-13 January

Jan 19, 2020 By Jimi Arundell

When picturing your perfect location for a festival, Bognor Regis Butlins on a cold, wet and windy weekend in January might not be your first choice. But somehow the odd mix of family friendly holiday chalets and truly alternative music makes for an incredible weekend, recapturing the magic of the fabled All Tomorrow's Parties to become the essential way to start the year. 


PLAYlist 50: Mini Rails

PLAYlist 50: Mini Rails

Jan 21, 2020 By Austin Trunick

Our fiftieth board games column looks at Mini Rails, from Tasty Minstrel Games, and pairs it with an hour's worth of Johnny Cash train tracks. 

Cinema Reviews

Color Out of Space

Jan 23, 2020 Web Exclusive

Adapted from an H.P. Lovecraft short story, Color Out of Space is a cosmic home invasion movie that winds up Nic Cage and watches him go.

DVD Reviews

Kill Them All and Come Back Alone
Studio: Kino Lorber Studio Classics

Jan 22, 2020 Web Exclusive

A movie that’s light on words but heavy on action: from the opening scene, it’s rare that more than a couple minutes go by without fists and bullets flying.