Album Reviews

Jessie Ware
Tough Love

Oct 24, 2014 Web Exclusive

On her debut full-length DevotionJessie Ware achieved something many of her contemporaries still crave. The record's sound was unquestionably pop with a hint of soul, yet unlike Adele, its highly polished laments retained an air of credibility with discerning indie listeners.

Wampire
Bazaar

Oct 23, 2014 Web Exclusive

Wampire look and sound like they're parodying something, but they're too damn good not to be taken seriously. They return with their follow up to 2013's Curiosity with another glam-infused record that boasts as many dance jams as hazy trips.

Weezer
Everything Will Be Alright in the End

Oct 22, 2014 Web Exclusive

You're reading a Weezer review. Ergo, you're a geek, you spend time on the Internet, and you know what a troll is. Well, Rivers Cuomo has stopped trolling his fans: this is a return to "serious" (or as close to it as he ever got) songwriting from Weezer. Gone are the gimmicks, the novelty songs, and the bizarre collaborations.

Classic Interviews

Vivian Girls

Vivian Girls
We Don't Need No Education

Sep 01, 2008 Fall 2008 - Jenny Lewis

For Cassie, Katy, and Ali of Brooklyn’s Vivian Girls, being in a band began as a fun extension of a life filled with other pursuits. When the band started in March 2007, Cassie was studying illustration at Pratt Institute, Katy was finishing degrees in physics and education at Rutgers University, and Ali, also at Rutgers, was majoring in German. However, after three 7" singles and a limited-run pressing of the band’s debut album—which sold out within a week of its May release—things have been heating up. In fact, Cassie, Katy, and, Ali—who all prefer to be referred to only by their first names—were lucky to make it out of school at all.

Comic Book Reviews

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Vol. III): Century
Top Shelf

Oct 24, 2014 Issue #51 - September/October 2014 - alt-J

Collecting three volumes that concerned Ms. Murray and Co. (191019692009), Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill demonstrate their mastery of comics storytelling in this sprawling, Easter-egg filled amalgamation of lit and pop culture.

Book Reviews

John Darnielle
Wolf in White Van

Oct 08, 2014 Issue #51 - September/October 2014 - alt-J

John Darnielle is the songwriter/guitarist/vocalist for the band The Mountain Goats. Wolf in White Van is his first novel. The book traces protagonist Sean as he copes with life after a self-inflicted "accident" has rendered him with a deformed face. 

Interviews

Director Tommy Wirkola on Nazi Zombies and ‘Dead Snow 2’

Oct 24, 2014 Web Exclusive

Writer/director Tommy Wirkola enjoys zombie movies, but has held a special affinity for movies that combine horror and gore since he was a child. The result was 2009’s Dead Snow, a horror/comedy film about a group of Norwegian skiers who do the unthinkable: reincarnate a regiment of Nazi zombies. The sequel—Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead—could have strictly been a continuation of a hilarious premise, but Wirkola has more tricks up his sleeve.

Track-by-Track: EMA on “The Future’s Void”

Oct 20, 2014 Web Exclusive

When I first talked to Erika M. Anderson (aka EMA) in the summer of 2012, she had just started the process of sketching out The Future's Void, the follow-up to her 2011 breakthrough Past Life Martyred Saints.

Pleased to meet you

My Favorite New Band: Generationals on Springtime Carnivore

Oct 03, 2014 Web Exclusive

Who better to give us all tips on new music than accomplished musicians themselves. For this series we have asked more established artists one simple request: tell us who your new favorite band is. For this My Favorite New Band Grant Widmer of the duo Generationals tells us about their tour mate/opening act, Springtime Carnivore (aka Greta Morgan).

Lists

Walking Dead Week: The Walking Dead’s 10 Most Shocking Moments

Oct 10, 2014

This week is Walking Dead Week on Under the Radar's website. Season five of the wildly popular and critically acclaimed post-apocalyptic zombie drama starts this Sunday, October 12, at 9 p.m. (8 p.m. Central) on AMC. In anticipation of the show's return, for this special theme week of coverage we have interviewed around 10 members of the show's current cast and will be posting one to two Walking Dead interviews every day this week. Also, here's a Walking Dead list.

As The Walking Dead's success is at least partly built upon its ability to provide a constant supply of shocking moments, narrowing down a list to only 10 entries is no simple task. You find yourself leaving off scenes such as The Governor biting off Merle Dixon's fingers or Michonne digging out The Governor's eye because they aren't quite shocking enough. That said, a truly shocking moment isn't just a scene that caused you a moment of temporary discomfort and repulsion but one that remained memorable because it represented an unexpected shift in the storyline, one that changed the trajectory of the show. Here are the 10 moments that remain burned into the memories of Walking Dead fans. By Matt Fink

Live reviews

Jackson Browne at the Beacon Theater, New York, NY

Oct 08, 2014 By Robert Altman

Some people age well—“successful agers” as they say. After 66 years and over 18 million albums sold, a bit of wear and tear is to be expected. And a “bit” is all that Jackson Browne shows. 






Cinema Reviews

John Wick

Oct 24, 2014 Web Exclusive

If you are an action film fan, you’ll like John Wick.

Television Reviews

Constantine
NBC, Fridays 10/9 Central

Oct 24, 2014 Web Exclusive

Based on the Hellblazer character created by Alan Moore, Steve Bissette, and John Totleben, Constantine is one of the less mainstream heroes in the DC Comics universe.