Album Reviews

Lia Ices
Ices

Sep 15, 2014 Web Exclusive

For her third LP, Lia Ices has traded the delicate folk of her first two records for a more adventurous, percussive sonic palette.

Syd Arthur
Sound Mirror

Sep 15, 2014 Web Exclusive

On first glance, Syd Arthur is a band aware of its own potential. Sound Mirror harkens back to '70s progressive rock as much as it glances toward modern folk revivalism.

Marketa Irglova
Muna

Sep 15, 2014 Web Exclusive

Marketa Irglova, the female half of The Swell Season of Once fame, wrote her new album Muna with God in mind.

Classic Interviews

Headlights

Headlights

Jan 01, 2006 Web Exclusive

Comprised of former Absinthe Blind and Maserati members, Champagne-Urbana, Illinois’ Headlights play dreamy, orchestral comfort music. They can also rock, in a beautiful guitar-effects way, and the gorgeous male/female harmonies lend the four tracks on their Enemies EP depth and warmth.

Comic Book Reviews

The X-Files: Year Zero #1
IDW

Aug 26, 2014 Web Exclusive

In this latest depiction of Chris Carter's hugely popular '90s television series, Mulder and Scully revisit the origins of The X-Files to compare notes to a current case. While tracking down a large cat, the duo hear about a mysterious man named "Mr. Zero," who Mulder recognizes from the very first X-File.

Interviews

Rose Leslie Discusses Her First Lead Film Role in ‘Honeymoon’

Sep 12, 2014 Web Exclusive

Leigh Janiak’s utterly creepy Honeymoon, Rose Leslie plays a young newlywed who is (quite literally) losing her mind. Portraying a character undergoing such a dramatic transformation would be a challenge for any actor, let alone one taking on a lead role for the first time. But Rose Leslie is up to the task, and Honeymoon should rightfully be her breakout role. She’s best known to this point for her television roles as a housemaid on Downton Abbey and the wildling warrior Ygritte on Game of Thrones.

Leigh Janiak, Director of ‘Honeymoon’

Sep 12, 2014 Web Exclusive

Newlyweds Paul and Bea head into the Canadian wilderness to spend their honeymoon at a family cottage. It’s early in the season and aside from a few locals, the two have the picturesque lake community to themselves. But strange things start to happen; one night, Bea wanders into the woods. Her behavior shifts. Quickly, their honeymoon becomes a nightmare. That’s all we can tell you up front about Leigh Janiak’s incredibly creepy first feature, Honeymoon

Pleased to meet you

Scotland Week: Pleased to Meet You Spotlight: The Amazing Snakeheads

Sep 07, 2014 Web Exclusive

We have had a special theme on Under the Radar's website over the last week which we're simply calling Scotland Week. All throughout the week we have been posting interviews, reviews, lists, and blog posts relating to Scotland and in particular Scottish music. For this Pleased to Meet You Spotlight we focus on new Glasgow-based band The Amazing Snakeheads. 

Lists

Scotland Week: Top 9 Essential Cocteau Twins Songs

Sep 08, 2014

We have had a special theme on Under the Radar's website over the last week which we're simply calling Scotland Week. All throughout the week we have been posting interviews, reviews, lists, and blog posts relating to Scotland and in particular Scottish music. Here's a list of the Top 9 essential Cocteau Twins songs. The legendary dream pop band was founded in Grangemouth, Scotland in 1979 by Robin Guthrie, Elizabeth Fraser, and Will Heggie (who left in 1983 and was replaced by Simon Raymonde). Read our recent interview with Guthrie and Raymonde on the creation of their album Blue Bell Knoll. And read on as Mack Hayden breaks down his favorite Cocteau Twins songs.

I've always thought it was kind of fitting I first really got into Cocteau Twins after finishing David Lynch and Mark Frost's Twin Peaks. Perhaps it's because the tone of their music so closely matches the tone of that series. It's alternately dark and heavenly, making beauty out of the purgatory we most often call the planet earth.

Like Twin Peaks, Cocteau Twins always feels too off-kilter to be familiar and too comforting to be foreboding. Cocteau Twins never so much mapped out a new sound as they did use a sonic palate that was limitless and infinite. They paint with the kind of colors that fall outside the spectrum we're used to and make us feel like we're reaching beyond ourselves into some transcendent mystery. At the center of their music is Robin Guthrie's eternal and effects-laden guitar work and Elizabeth Fraser's angelic, delicate and difficult-to-understand vocal style. Together, they created music as vast and awesome as a stormy ocean and as bizarrely meaningful as the night sky's constellations. There are songs on the first couple records which sound so foreboding that they could've been played with the tentacles of Cthulhu but by the time you get to albums such as Treasure or Heaven or Las Vegas, they're coming up with tracks which would inspire Kevin Shields, Robert Smith, and God himself alike.

If you haven't dove into their work yet, here's nine songs (one from each of their records, in chronological order) that will get you standing on the shoulders of these dream pop giants. By Mack Hayden

Live reviews

FYF Fest 2014 Day 2 at LA Sports Arena and Exposition Park, Los Angeles, CA

Aug 26, 2014 By Stephen Humphries

Kudos to the FYF organizers for mobilizing like a Rapid Response Unit. In response to the problems of Day One, they've instituted changes overnight. The entrance lines are shorter and attendees were reportedly given free water by way of apology for the long wait on Saturday. The price of water has been cut from $3 to $2. And the balconies inside the Los Angeles Sports Arena have been opened up to accommodate those unable to access the indoor shows for lack of room.

Blog

Doctor Who - “Listen” (Season 8, Episode 4) Recap/Analysis

Sep 15, 2014 By Cody Ray Shafer

After the last couple of earnest but ultimately mediocre episodes, Doctor Who returned this week with one of its most compelling stories in recent memory. "Listen" was again written by Stephen Moffat, and carries his signature throughout, but it also takes major steps in establishing the new rules for this Doctor, something we've been looking for since the premiere a few weeks back.






Cinema Reviews

Art and Craft

Sep 15, 2014 Issue #51 - September/October 2014 - alt-J

To be completely reductive, Art and Craft, a documentary about art forger Mark Landis, is like Crumb meets F for Fake meets Zodiac.

Television Reviews

Doctor Who - “Listen” (Season 8, Episode 4) Recap/Analysis
BBC America, Saturdays 9/8 Central

Sep 15, 2014 Web Exclusive

After the last couple of earnest but ultimately mediocre episodes, Doctor Who returned this week with one of its most compelling stories in recent memory. "Listen" was again written by Stephen Moffat, and carries his signature throughout, but it also takes major steps in establishing the new rules for this Doctor, something we've been looking for since the premiere a few weeks back.