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Tuesday, February 25th, 2020  

Album Reviews

Sing in a World That’s Falling Apart

Black Lips
Sing in a World That’s Falling Apart

Feb 25, 2020 Web Exclusive

With Black Lips, the one thing you can be sure of is that things won't stay the same. The band made their name with raucous garage rock and unhinged live shows. In the 2010s they cleaned up their sound with big-name producers such as Mark Ronson and Patrick Carney of The Black Keys.

All or Nothing

Shopping
All or Nothing

Feb 24, 2020 Web Exclusive

Shopping is more than just Rachel Aggs, but it comes as no surprise to find the British post-punk trio's fourth record opening on her distinctive guitar work. She plays with a glorious sharpness, fluidly precise, jarring without turning discordant.

Man Alive!

King Krule
Man Alive!

Feb 21, 2020 Web Exclusive

Three years ago, Archy Marshall (aka King Krule) announced himself as one of this generation's most omnipresent and perceptive songwriters. On 2017's The Ooz, the then-23-year-old offered us a scuzzy, messy, caustic glimpse at his London-centric existence.

Classic Interviews

2013 Artist Survey: Delorean

2013 Artist Survey: Delorean
Ekhi Lopetegi on Bad Reviews, His Favorite Word, Spotify, and the Weirdest Thing He's Eaten

Feb 13, 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

Bad Gateway
Fantagraphics

Jan 17, 2020 Web Exclusive

The latest in the rather depressing misadventures of Megg and Mogg, who at least outwardly present as a witch and cat, respectively, sees the protagonists' lives continue to flush down the toilet. 

Interviews

Greg Dulli on “Random Desire”

Greg Dulli on “Random Desire”

Feb 24, 2020 Web Exclusive

Greg Dulli, frontman for The Afghan Whigs, has just released his first-ever solo record, Random Desire, via Royal Cream/BMG.

The End: Alaina Moore of Tennis

The End: Alaina Moore of Tennis

Feb 21, 2020

To end out the week, we ask Alaina Moore of the Denver indie pop duo Tennis some questions about endings and death.

Pleased to meet you

Dry Cleaning on “Sweet Princess” and “Boundary Road Snacks and Drinks”

Nov 26, 2019

As South London continues to pump out angular post-punk bands with all the regularity of a vending machine, such a well-populated landscape doesn't afford much room for differentiation. It's telling then that Dry Cleaning stand out effortlessly. 

Lists

Ranked: 2020 Oscar Nominated Documentary Short Films

Feb 09, 2020

The 92nd Annual Academy Awards ceremony will happen tonight, February 9th. As in years past, we've taken a look at this year's short film competitions. The Academy defines a short film as an original motion picture running 40 minutes or less, and excludes all advertisments, unaired or unsold television episodes, or credit sequences from feature-length films. Our critic, Shawn Hazelett, watched and ranked all of this year's Oscar-nominated shorts. Here, he looks at this year's documentary category.  

Want to judge for yourself? Click here to find a list of theaters and showtimes for this year's Oscar-nominated shorts.

Blog

Election 2020: The Anarchy Primaries

Election 2020: The Anarchy Primaries

Feb 25, 2020 By Steve King

Liberals worry. They worry about real things. Conservatives worry about fake things. Democrats worry so Republicans don't have to; that's the way things work. At least until recently, the fundamentals of our democratic schism were strong.




Cinema Reviews

The Whistlers

Feb 25, 2020 Web Exclusive

Romanian director Corneliu Porumboiu has created a neat, sexy thriller but its convoluted ideas aren’t as clean as a whistle.

Television Reviews

Better Call Saul Season 5, Episode 1: Magic Man
AMC, Sundays 10/9 Central

Feb 23, 2020 Web Exclusive

He's sporting a suit more garish than those of Jack Nicholson's Joker. He's slinging free burner cellphones, with his law firm on speed dial, to degenerates of all stripes. And he chose a decrepit little tent to house all these wayward doings. Yes, Jimmy McGill couldn't look more in his element.