Album Reviews

J Mascis
Tied to a Star

Aug 29, 2014 Web Exclusive

Here's J Mascis with another batch of understated and partly unplugged tunes for Sub Pop. Mascis surprised everyone with the intimacy of 2011's Several Shades of Why

The Rentals
Lost in Alphaville

Aug 29, 2014 Web Exclusive

Shockingly, The Rentals' first LP in 15 years may also be their best. Lost in Alphaville finds a happy medium between the heavy fuzz and Moog synths of the group's 1995 debut, Return of The Rentals, and 1999's over-stuffed and too-ambitious left-turnSeven More Minutes.

Grumbling Fur
Preternaturals

Aug 29, 2014 Web Exclusive

When Grumbling Fur released their Furrier debut three years ago there was little indication that they would soon be topping Album of the Year lists (well, one list at least) and collaborating with internationally-beloved musical superstars (well, The Charlatans' Tim Burgess at least). 

Classic Interviews

Antony and the Johnsons

Antony and the Johnsons
Standing in the Light

Feb 01, 2009 Winter 2009 - Anticipated Albums of 2009

With 2005’s I Am a Bird Now, an album that introduced us to a songwriter with an otherworldly vibrato and an ear for songs that ached with an uneasy desire for transformation and transcendence, Antony Hegarty entered his name on the list of artists who will never be mistaken for someone else.

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

Throwback Thursday: Interpol Interview from 2002

Aug 28, 2014 Fall 2002 - The Flaming Lips

For this Throwback Thursday we revisit our 2002 article on Interpol, our first interview with the band. It was in honor of their debut album, Turn On the Bright Lights. The article appeared in our third issue next to interviews with other hot New York City bands also releasing their debuts at the time, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Liars. Under the Radar Co-Publisher Wendy Lynch Redfern did a photo-shoot with the band at the Troubadour in Los Angeles during their sound-check. Two years later Interpol appeared on our cover for 2004's sophomore album, Antics, and they graced the cover again for 2010's self-titled fourth album. On September 9 the band releases their fifth album, El Pintor, their first to be recorded without founding member Carlos Dengler. Read on as guitarist Daniel Kessler explains why he's filling in for Paul Banks, a recent band theft, the band's beginnings, their songwriting process, and why there are 75 bands he likes better than Joy Division.

James Franco and Christina Voros on BDSM documentary ‘kink’

Aug 27, 2014 Web Exclusive

While filming 2012’s About Cherry, actor James Franco had the opportunity to explore the former San Francisco Armory. The massive, castle-like building now serves as headquarters for Peter Acworth’s Kink.com, the Internet’s largest producer of BDSM pornography. The facility is operated not unlike an old Hollywood studio lot, with multiple productions occurring simultaneously across the building’s many sets and soundstages, generating a steady stream of content for Kink.com’s various websites.

Pleased to meet you

My Favorite New Band: Sondre Lerche on Verdensrommet

Aug 29, 2014 Web Exclusive

Who better to give us all tips on new music than accomplished musicians themselves. For this new series we have asked more established artists one simple request: tell us who your new favorite band is. For this My Favorite New Band Norwegian singer/songwriter Sondre Lerche tells us about a new band from his home country.

Lists

15 Characters Marvel Needs to Get on Screen

Aug 01, 2014

Somewhere in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there's room for these 15 characters.

With Comic-Con in our rearview mirror and Guardians of the Galaxy due out this week, comic book movies and TV series have once again taken over pop culture. Once again, Marvel basically took Twitter out of commission for a few hours during its panel at Comic-Con where they showed footage of their sure-fire hits and teased a few tidbits about future projects.

But this year, there was something missing from Marvel's big presentation. While in the past we've gotten announcements/hints about Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, and other Marvel properties, this year all we got was a Guardians of the Galaxy 2 release date-there weren't any new film or TV announcements. So to help Marvel along, we put this list together of 15 Marvel Comics characters/teams who should get their own movie or TV show. They're loosely ranked in order from "Admittedly, this is a longshot" to "How has this not been announced yet?!" A quick caveat: This is the part where we remind you Marvel only owns the rights to certain characters-so the list doesn't include anyone who primarily exists in the worlds of X-Men, Fantastic Four (film rights both owned by Fox) or Spider-Man (film rights owned by Sony). In any case, hopefully plenty of these will soon make their way to a theater near you.

By Ryan E.C. Hamm

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

Guest Listed: Cold Specks

Aug 29, 2014 By A1 Spx

Guest Listed is our recurring series where an artist puts together a list of their choosing. This guest list was put together by Cold Specks (aka Canadian singer Al Spx). Neuroplasticity, the follow-up to 2012's acclaimed I Predict a Graceful Expulsion, was released this week by Mute.






Cinema Reviews

Last Weekend

Aug 29, 2014 Web Exclusive

Last Weekend follows very closely in the footsteps of other family dramedies, in which various family members who are not compatible with one another are squeezed together in literal and metaphorical claustrophobia.

DVD Reviews

Under the Skin Blu-ray/DVD
Studio: A24/Lionsgate

Aug 27, 2014 Web Exclusive

Over the course of Under the Skin's 108 minute runtime, the film is alternately a Tarkovskian sci-fi meditation, a digital video art installation, and an extended candid camera punking riff.