Album Reviews

Bill Ryder-Jones
Yawn

Dec 10, 2018 Web Exclusive

On Bill Ryder-Jones' fifth studio album, the ever morose and contemplative singer/songwriter takes on the daily indignities of living through relationships from behind a screen of doubt and detachment.

Jeff Tweedy
WARM

Dec 07, 2018 Web Exclusive

History is often perceived and represented as past tense. Moments and movements that happened, taught in a way in which we can't change these things, but dissect them, eventually learning how to move forward with what we've extracted from their happenings. 

Neneh Cherry
Broken Politics

Dec 07, 2018 Web Exclusive

Neneh Cherry hasn't really scaled the heights of mainstream chart success since 1988's "Buffalo Stance." The '90s dawned and she side-stepped pop charts: choosing to experiment with jazz and funk on 1992's Homebrew and world music with 1996's Man

Classic Interviews

Natalie Prass

Natalie Prass
From Virginia with Love

Jul 10, 2015 Issue #53 - April/May 2015 - Tame Impala

Natalie Prass has always been fascinated by rock 'n' roll iconography. Given that she grew up the daughter of a Motown enthusiast and amateur singer/songwriter father and the fact that her current debut album invokes Stax soul, Dusty Springfield, and big horn-and-string arranged R&B, it is ironic that Prass' favorite garment is a Kiss T-shirt she says she wears almost every day. 

Interviews

The End: Anatole Serret of Parcels

Dec 07, 2018 Web Exclusive

To end out the week, we ask Anatole "Toto" Serret of Parcels some questions about endings and death.

My Firsts: Dave Tattersall of The Wave Pictures

Dec 06, 2018 Web Exclusive

My Firsts is our email interview series where we ask musicians to tell us about their first life experiences, be it early childhood ones (first word, first concert, etc.) or their first tastes of being a musician (first band, first tour, etc.). For this My Firsts we talk to Dave Tattersall of The Wave Pictures.

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Snail Mail on “Lush”

Nov 29, 2018 Issue #64 -  Kamasi Washington

With her parents at work, Snail Mail's Lindsey Jordan has the house to herself for the next several hours. Though she still lives at home, the 18-year-old's time back in the Baltimore suburb of Ellicott City, Maryland is more or less a stopover between several days of promo in New York City earlier in the week and a flight in a few days' time that will take her across the Atlantic for her first European tour.

Lists

Beach House - 10 Best Songs:  Ranking the Best Tracks from Teen Dream to 7

May 23, 2018

With their latest album 7, Beach House has now released eight albums (seven studio albums and one rarities and B-sides release) and 83 songs. Distilling these 83 songs down to a 10 best was a daunting task but one that was met with an enthusiastic glee. Not much is better than revisiting Beach House's entire catalog of their signature dream-pop formula of airy guitars, hushed indie-rock beats, and ethereal vocals. From their self-titled 2006 debut to the recently released 7, their sound shimmers with lush and gossamer melodies, catchy beats and softly soaring guitar riffs. Of course it proved too difficult to pick just 10 tracks, so below is list of the top 14. A 10 best and four honorable mentions.

Of course all of this is subjective, this is simply the opinion of one writer. No doubt you have your own list of favorite Beach House songs. And yes, we are aware there are no songs from the band's first two albums, 2006's Beach House and 2008's Devotion; we feel they truly came into their own with their third album, 2010's Teen DreamBy Matt the Raven

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Live reviews

(Sandy) Alex G and Half Waif at First Unitarian Church, Philadelphia, PA, November 16, 2018

Dec 05, 2018 By Max Freedman

It's hard to say which version of a two-set show is better: one with an unheard-of opener who commands the room and becomes a favorite new discovery, or one with a popular opener who's already as well-regarded as the headliner. 

Blog

Under the Radar’s Holiday Gift Guide 2018 Part 5: Toys and Other Gifts for Kids (Part 2)

Dec 10, 2018 By Mark Redfern and Austin Trunick

Welcome to part 5 of our Holiday Gift Guide 2018, in which we highlight toys and other gifts for kids and their parents, including books, DVDs, board games, technology, and more. We were sent so many cool things to write about that we had to split the post into two parts, our website couldn't handle one post as long as our Toy Gift Guide. So here's part 2, which features kid-friendly board games and technology.






Cinema Reviews

Vox Lux

Dec 05, 2018 Web Exclusive

A stylistic, ambitious portrait of violence and fame in 21st century America that never manages to get out of its own way.

DVD Reviews

Gosford Park
Studio: Arrow Academy

Dec 10, 2018 Web Exclusive

Gosford Park was director Robert Altman’s stab at the traditional manor house murder mystery as seen in hundreds of Agatha Christie adaptations over the decades.

Television Reviews

The Good Place Season 3, Episode 9 (“Don’t Let the Good Life Pass You By”)
NBC

Nov 15, 2018 Web Exclusive

The Good Place is losing its footing somewhat, but at least it's having fun doing it. In "Don't Let the Good Life Pass You By," Michael and Janet travel to rural Canada to visit the man, the myth, the legend himself: Doug Forcett.