Album Reviews

of Montreal
Aureate Gloom

Feb 27, 2015 Web Exclusive

Of Montreal doesn't give a shit about first impressions. Each album (out of a pretty dense discography, no less) is not only impossible to nail down and succinctly summarize, but also completely different in focus and sound than its predecessor.

Mark Ronson
Uptown Special

Feb 26, 2015 Web Exclusive

"Uptown Funk," the first single off of Mark Ronson's new album Uptown Special, is a funk and Motown track, slickly bedazzled with the coolness of Bruno Mars's attitude and style, and though the album as a whole doesn't totally resemble that track inasmuch as a surface approach, it does seem to be indicative of this sonic painting of a particular time and landscape.

Gang of Four
What Happens Next

Feb 25, 2015 Web Exclusive

Gang of Four returned to relevance in 2010 with Content, and now they've followed it up with What Happens Next, an album that sets out to answer its own titular question.

Classic Interviews

2011 Artist Survey: Gardens & Villa

2011 Artist Survey: Gardens & Villa

Jan 11, 2012

For Under the Radar’s 9th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to 2011. Here’s a survey from Gardens & Villa.

Comic Book Reviews

Plunder #1
Archaia

Feb 25, 2015 Web Exclusive

Writer Swifty Lang has a unique knack for splicing current global issues with classic horror fare. In Plunder, Lang revisits his specialty, this time melding Somali pirates with aliens on the high seas.

Interviews

Jenny Lewis

Feb 25, 2015 Issue #52 - January/February 2015 - St. Vincent

Enjoying a brief respite before embarking for the Austin City Limits Music Festival, Jenny Lewis is sitting in what she calls the "clubhouse," a second bedroom in the hillside home in L.A. she shares with her longtime boyfriend and frequent musical collaborator Johnathan Rice. She's more or less taken over the room with various personal items, among them pieces of recording equipment, thrift store purchases, and lots of clothes.

Christian Serratos of The Walking Dead

Feb 20, 2015 Web Exclusive

When The Walking Dead began holding auditions for the role of Rosita Espinosa in July of 2013, it's unlikely that hardcore fans of the comic would have placed Christian Serratos on the shortlist of candidates.

Pleased to meet you

Pleased to Meet You Spotlight: Natalie Prass

Feb 26, 2015 Web Exclusive

Natalie Prass was born in Cleveland and, after a short time in Los Angeles, her family moved to Virginia Beach when she was three or four years old. After stints in Boston and Nashville, Prass recently moved to Richmond, VA, where her label, Spacebomb Records, is based.

Lists

Ranked: 2015 Oscar Nominated Documentary Short Films

Feb 21, 2015

The 87th Annual Academy Awards ceremony will happen on Sunday, February 22nd. This week 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. In this final installment, he'll look at this year's documentary category. 

Live reviews

Catfish and the Bottlemen at The Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA

Feb 24, 2015 By Lily Moayeri

Rock 'n' roll never changes. There will always be four super skinny guys who favor form fitting black clothes, who have cool haircuts, and who look like they were born to thrash guitars about on stage. And The Troubadour, one of the most iconic rock venues on the planet, has hosted them all.






Cinema Reviews

My Life Directed By Nicolas Winding Refn

Feb 27, 2015 Web Exclusive

There’s something very plainly interesting about watching how Refn deals with various issues, from the pressures of following up Drive to the realization that Only God Forgives isn’t what he had hoped.

Television Reviews

The Last Man on Earth
FOX, Sundays 9/8 Central

Feb 28, 2015 Summer 2001 - Grandaddy

Will Forte is living out a loner fantasy on FOX's brilliant new sitcom, The Last Man on Earth. Forte is one of the most uniquely gifted comic actors to come out of Saturday Night Live in the last decade, so it is no surprise that his first lead role in a sitcom is also a wonderfully executed and original idea.