Album Reviews

Yo La Tengo
There’s a Riot Going On

Mar 16, 2018 Web Exclusive

Much like when Sly & The Family Stone first proclaimed the same message, There's a Riot Goin' On, in 1971 in response to Marvin Gaye, Yo La Tengo find themselves relaying the same message 47 years plus later. 

Mount Eerie
Now Only

Mar 15, 2018 Web Exclusive

Under his Mount Eerie guise, Phil Elverum released one of the most powerful albums of recent times, A Crow Looked at Me, laying bare unmanageable grief following the loss of his wife Geneviève to cancer.

The Decemberists
I’ll Be Your Girl

Mar 14, 2018 Web Exclusive

The Decemberists' allure has always been their ability to sweep the listener away from the doldrums of everyday life into an enchanting universe where old-world characters merged with new-world musical motifs. 

Comic Book Reviews

Red Winter
Drawn and Quarterly

Feb 26, 2018 Web Exclusive

Red Winter is a surprising bit of warmth on a cold night, a touching tale and one of the most compelling books of the year so far.


August Greene - Karriem Riggins on His New Collaborative Album with Robert Glasper and Common

Mar 16, 2018 Web Exclusive

At this stage, Karriem Riggins can work with anyone. He already has. If you're not already a fan of one of the most dynamic and creative drummers in the business, then you've undoubtedly heard his craft on albums by artists as diverse as Kanye West and Paul McCartney, Diana Krall and J Dilla.

2017 Artist Survey: Living Hour

Mar 14, 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.


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.


Soundtracking the Resistance – Causing Chaos in Iraq

Mar 17, 2018 By Stephen Mayne

This week we look back on foreign invasions of years gone by, plus Trump turmoil, Russian spies, Neil Young laughing at the NRA, and Conor Oberst in his President Bush bashing days.

Cinema Reviews


Mar 16, 2018 Web Exclusive

This simple murder cover-up story is filled with surprising twists and turns.

Television Reviews

NBC, Tuesdays 10/9 Central

Mar 13, 2018 Web Exclusive

If Rise feels like Friday Night Lights meets Glee, that is because it has the former's executive producer Jason Katims and Hamilton's producer Jeffrey Seller as its pedigree. Rise shares part of its premise with Friday Night Lights in that it takes place in a small town where high school football rules supreme.