Album Reviews

First Aid Kit
Ruins

Jan 19, 2018 Web Exclusive

"I want to give so much so freely/Not have to take it back," sing Stockholm sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg on "Rebel Heart." The first track of their fourth album sways with a knowing nostalgia, steady in its melody. 

Shopping
The Official Body

Jan 18, 2018 Web Exclusive

With their near-trademark sparse rhythmic urgency, Shopping are the beating heart of London's DIY scene in more ways than one. 

Laraaji
Vision Songs Vol. 1

Jan 17, 2018 Web Exclusive

Since the late 1970's, Laraaji has developed a small but devoted peaceful global following while exploring creative cosmic expressions through ambient musical tones using open-tuned electric zither/harp. Most notably through his collaborations with ambient pioneer/innovator Brian Eno.

Classic Interviews

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
The Business of Show

Dec 19, 2012 Web Exclusive

Regardless of where musical trends sway, as long as The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion is in the studio or onstage, there will always be a group of guys intent on breaking a sweat. Their latest album, Meat and Bone, finds guitarist Judah Bauer, drummer Russell Simins, and Spencer as tightly wound as ever and delivering with revival-meeting fervor.

Comic Book Reviews

Batman: The Dark Prince Charming Book One
DC

Nov 22, 2017 Web Exclusive

Part one of acclaimed European writer-artist Enrico Marini's American debut is an instant Batman classic.

Interviews

Bucket List: First Aid Kit

Jan 19, 2018 Web Exclusive

Bucket List is our recurring feature where an artist provides a list of what they want to accomplish before they die. For this installment Swedish sister alt-country/folk duo First Aid Kit (Johanna and Klara Söderberg) submit their lists.

2017 Artist Survey: Marika Hackman

Jan 19, 2018 Web Exclusive

For Under the Radar's 15th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to the last year. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2017 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions.

Pleased to meet you

Alex Lahey

Dec 14, 2017 Issue #62 - Julien Baker

Alex Lahey is honest on her debut album I Love You Like a Brother. "I've gained weight and I drink too much, maybe that's why you don't love me as much," she speculates on "I Haven't Been Taking Care of Myself." "Am I scared of losing you or am I scared to be alone?" she asks on the biting "Lotto in Reverse." 

Lists

Under the Radar’s Top 25 Comic Books and Graphic Novels of 2017

Jan 11, 2018

It was another grand year for comic book fans. Whether your preference is superheroes, character studies, sci-fi adventures, or memoirs, 2017 offered a plethora of amazing books and series to choose from. Jeff Lemire again proved himself one of the top talents in the field with the ongoing crime fighter series Black Hammer, while young, relative newcomers like Tillie Walden (Spinning) and Chris Gooch (Bottled) defined themselves as talents to follow faithfully.

Of course, no matter how much reading one does, there are always more (and more and more) books left atop the reading pile, and we recognize it's inevitable there are stellar titles we didn't get to (yet). So with that, below is the Under the Radar staff's picks for the Top 25 Comic Books and Graphic Novels of 2017. Enjoy, and please let us know what other titles you think belong on the list by shouting out your favorites in the comments section. By Zach Hollwedel

Live reviews

Lydia Loveless at Underground Arts, Philadelphia, PA, November 4, 2017

Nov 10, 2017 By Frank Valish

Lydia Loveless presents a new and improved self to Philadelphia on a beautiful Saturday night.

Blog

Soundtracking the Resistance - An Interview with Mimicking Birds

Jan 19, 2018 By Stephen Mayne

This week we're joined by Nate Lacy from Mimicking Birds who talks the wonders and dangers of nature, plus we have medicals, shutdowns, presidential racism, and a sad loss. 






Cinema Reviews

Phantom Thread

Dec 29, 2017 Web Exclusive

When a film pirouettes from the screen to kiss your cheek, you almost don’t notice until you’ve already surrendered to its persuasions.

DVD Reviews

The Breakfast Club
Studio: Criterion

Jan 19, 2018 Web Exclusive

With good reason, the 50-odd minutes of never-before-seen outtakes and extended scenes included here will be this Blu-ray edition’s star attraction.

Television Reviews

Will & Grace
NBC, Thursdays 9/8 Central

Sep 28, 2017 Web Exclusive

The revival of Will & Grace or Season 9, depending on how you want to look at it, feels like it picks up right where the show left off, 11 years laterwhich is also the title of the first episodeand that is not a disappointment.