Album Reviews

Unknown Mortal Orchestra

May 22, 2015 Issue #53 - April/May 2015 - Tame Impala

Ruben Nielson returns with another anachronistic beauty, this one hitting the eardrums like a dusty Numero Group find from a home studio in the '70s U.S. Rust Belt, fashioned meticulously, mad-scientist style, with an army of synthesizers patched together and deployed deep in the off-hours. 

Joanna Warren

May 21, 2015 Issue #53 - April/May 2015 - Tame Impala

Johanna Warren's nūmūn is an occasionally non-simpatico mix of timeless pastoral psych à la legends Linda Perhacs and Vashti Bunyan, and '90s Lilith stalwarts such as Natalie Merchant.

Vaadat Charigim
Sinking As a Stone

May 20, 2015 Issue #53 - April/May 2015 - Tame Impala

This Israeli three-piece impressed psych fans at last year's SXSW, conjuring humongous, swirling clouds of melodic noise which seemed much too large to have come from such a compact lineup. 

Classic Interviews

2013 Artist Survey: Pelican

2013 Artist Survey: Pelican
Trevor de Brauw on Baby Steps, Cursing Like a Sailor, His Most Overrated Band, and How a Cartoon Character Broke His Heart

Feb 05, 2014 Web Exclusive

For Under the Radar's 11th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to the important issues of the last year, as well as some quirkier subjects. Check out our next print issue and digital issue for surveys from My Morning Jacket, Foals, Amanda Palmer, Local Natives, Wild Nothing, These New Puritans, Lanterns on the Lake, Xiu Xiu, and Summer Camp.

Comic Book Reviews

The Fade Out, Act One

Apr 17, 2015

Long-time and frequent collaborators, writer Ed Brubaker and artist Sean Phillips, team up again, this time to transport readers back to the golden age of Hollywood in The Fade Out.


Surfer Blood: My Firsts

May 20, 2015 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.).

Geoff Johns and Gary Frank on “Batman: Earth One Volume Two”

May 18, 2015 Web Exclusive

Nearly three years ago, prolific writer and DC Comics Chief Creative Officer, Geoff Johns, and his frequent collaborator, artist Gary Frank, made a splash with their fantastic reimagining of Batman, Batman: Earth One. The first volume of the on-going graphic novel series witnessed a young, relatively inexperienced Batman whose driving mission was to find—and punish—his parents' killers. 

Pleased to meet you

Petite Noir

May 21, 2015 Issue #53 - April/May 2015 - Tame Impala

Yannick Ilunga is many things. A traveler who splits his time between London, England, and his home in Cape Town. A musician who crafts muted pop full of hypnotic chants, and sinuous, R&B inspired vocals under the name Petite Noir


Ranked: Björk (Her Albums From Most to Least Accessible)

Apr 20, 2015

An Introductory Guide To Björk's Strange and Beautiful Career

Björk is Iceland's most celebrated musical export. She's been singing since childhood, and gained prominence in the '80s as frontwoman for The Sugarcubes. She left that band in the early '90s to pursue a solo career, driven mostly by her unparalleled creative output. Björk is known for pushing boundaries both sonically and visually, leaving a trail of strange and beautiful works throughout her long and impressive career.


Her latest album, Vulnicura, is but another milestone for Björk. As with anyone who's been around so long and made such an impact, diving headfirst into her back-catalog is a little daunting. Björk's work is ethereal, modern, abstract, and whimsical. In another word, intimidating.


Björk's work isn't all oblique and avant garde. At the very core of her discography is an inventive pop performer, and her music is always centered on the sheer power and versatility of her voice. It is impossible to rank her albums on quality alone, since they rarely deviate from a standard her fans expect. Instead, this list will serve as more of a guide for those who know they need to listen to Björk, but have put it off too long and don't know where to begin. I will attempt to set out a path that will ease the listener into Björk's world, starting with her most accessible record, leading into her more challenging work. I stuck to her adult studio albums (so no self-titled 1977 album recorded when she was 11) and didn't include her two soundtracks (2000's Selmasongs and 2005's Drawing Restraint 9). Here we go. By Cody Ray Shafer

Live reviews

Tame Impala at Riviera Theatre, Chicago, IL, May 15, 2015

May 18, 2015 By Michael Wojtas

Touring poses something of a dilemma for all introverted studio wizards. How exactly does one translate intensely personal visions to stage when capturing them on record is already difficult enough? Over the years, plenty of inward-looking legends have chosen to avoid the potential pitfalls associated with live music by simply opting out of performing altogether.


Why David Letterman Matters

May 21, 2015 By Matt Fink

Although I've never met him, I've spent more time with David Letterman than any man other than my father. For the last 25 years, five nights a week, he has entered my living room for an hour. Knowing that he will never visit again has left me with an almost embarrassing sense of a loss.

Cinema Reviews

When Marnie Was There

May 21, 2015 Web Exclusive

This tender ghost tale from director Hiromasa Yonebayashi is potentially Studio Ghibli's final film.

DVD Reviews

Studio: Criterion

May 20, 2015 Web Exclusive

At first glance, Limelight—written, directed, starring, produced and scored by Charlie Chaplin—looks like a deeply introspective undertaking from the Little Tramp.

Television Reviews

Wayward Pines
Fox, Thursdays, 9/8 Central

May 13, 2015 Issue #53 - April/May 2015 - Tame Impala

For all the inevitable Twin Peaks comparisons, it is a strange choice that Wayward Pines opens with a nearly identical series of shots to Lost. Perhaps the creators (including executive producer M. Night Shyamalan) are signaling that the television legacy Pines will follow is more akin to the ABC's island-fantasy than David Lynch's seminal small-town mystery.