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Wednesday, August 10th, 2022  

Album Reviews

SZNZ: Summer

Weezer
SZNZ: Summer

Aug 09, 2022 Web Exclusive

Oh, the plight of the long-suffering Weezer fan.

Cheat Codes

Danger Mouse & Black Thought
Cheat Codes

Aug 08, 2022 Web Exclusive

Brian Joseph Burton, also known as Danger Mouse, has been a prominent producer for the past two decades.

World Wide Pop

Superorganism
World Wide Pop

Aug 05, 2022 Web Exclusive

When Superorganism first started making noise on the indie scene back in 2017 and 2018 they were imagined as “the Internet’s band,” a group whose cut-and-paste indie pop, hyper-online references, and patchwork songwriting approach captured the era’s manic online culture.

Classic Interviews

Parental Guidance: Downtown Boys’ Victoria Ruiz is Interviewed by Her Mother

Parental Guidance: Downtown Boys’ Victoria Ruiz is Interviewed by Her Mother
Changing, But Still the Same

Sep 14, 2017 Web Exclusive

In this new series, Parental Guidance, Under the Radar listens in as a musician’s parent interviews them. For the inaugural edition, Lupe Aguinaga interviews her daughter, Downtown Boys’ vocalist Victoria Ruiz, along with the band’s guitarist, Joey La Neve DeFrancesco, about how the life of a band changes as they reach bigger stages, and how they would change the music business, if they could.

Comic Book Reviews

Keeping Two

Keeping Two
Fantagraphics

May 26, 2022 Web Exclusive

All the best things in life take time, and yet it’s natural to fear that same passing. In Keeping Two, the latest graphic novel from acclaimed cartoonist Jordan Crane, and an endeavour which has appropriately been in the offing for 20 years, time is less a linear pathway than a kaleidoscope of interconnected anxieties, hopes, and dreams.

Book Reviews

Wicked Game: The True Story of Guitarist James Calvin Wilsey

Michael Goldberg
Wicked Game: The True Story of Guitarist James Calvin Wilsey

Aug 01, 2022

You may never have heard of James Calvin Wilsey, but you most definitely have heard his guitar, most memorably the haunting line on Chris Isaak’s breakthrough single, “Wicked Game.”

Interviews

Dehd on “Blue Skies”

Dehd on “Blue Skies”

Aug 09, 2022 Web Exclusive

You can easily apply the popular Homelander-meme to Chicago jangle pop trio Dehd: every setback has somehow catapulted them further towards ballooning notoriety.

Danny Elfman on “Bigger. Messier.”

Danny Elfman on “Bigger. Messier.”

Aug 08, 2022 Web Exclusive

The oldest recollection I have of Danny Elfman’s music revolves around one scene from 1985’s Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, when Pee-wee hitches a nighttime ride with a trucker named Large Marge.

Lists

Star Trek TV Series Ranked from Best to Worst

Aug 07, 2022

A definitive ranking of every Star Trek series is an impossible task. Some segments of the fandom will always disagree with the ranking. To be clear, this is mySteve King’s definitive ranking. I’ve watched every episode of Star Trek more times than I can count. I’ve written one or two things about it, and although sci-fi fantasy fans are a persnickety bunch, I tend to take the Bradley Nowell (of Sublime) approach: “I feel like I’m stoned. I feel like watching Star Trek and eating Chinese food or something.” In other words, lighten up, nerds.

This list will fluctuate as new shows debut and others falter. But this is still Star Trek we’re talking about. It’s all excellent. It just varies in degrees. Future seasons may render some of these rankings irrelevant. But for now, it’s the way I see things and I’m kind of an expert on the subject. Prepare to be enraged or to agree with a very stable genius.

Live reviews

Check Out Photos of Fleet Foxes at The Salt Shed, Chicago, IL, August 3, 2022

Check Out Photos of Fleet Foxes at The Salt Shed, Chicago, IL, August 3, 2022

Aug 05, 2022 By Joshua Mellin

Fleet Foxes helped inaugurate the opening weekend of Chicago’s newest riverfront venue, The Salt Shed, located at the city’s former Morton Salt Factory.

Blog

My Chemical Romance – Reflecting on the 20th Anniversary of “I Brought You My Bullets…”

My Chemical Romance – Reflecting on the 20th Anniversary of “I Brought You My Bullets…”

Jul 22, 2022 By Austin Saalman

Among third wave emo’s most commercially successful groups, My Chemical Romance emerged with a fury from New Jersey, the state itself being fertile ground for the post-hardcore and emo scenes, having birthed such major genre acts as Midtown, Thursday, and Senses Fail, as well as the lesser known but equally deserving Armor for Sleep and Hidden in Plain View.