Aug 20, 2014 Web Exclusive

In 2011 the loss of LCD Soundsystem created a polished, ludicrously-danceable pop power vacuum, one which many bands have tried to step into, but none so successfully as Boxed In. The work of London based producer Oli Bayston, Boxed In captures the euphoria and bitterness of James Murphy's creation whilst bringing something very distinctively "Boxed In" to the fore. More

Aug 19, 2014 Issue #50 - June/July 2014 - Future Islands

Tracking down tUnE-yArDs' Merrill Garbus for an interview is difficult, not because she doesn't like to talk about her music or thinks she shouldn't have to bother chatting with journalists. No, Garbus is hard to get on the phone simply because she treats her music like any other job, working standard 9-to-5 days to rehearse and make music, and there just isn't much time left over. More

Aug 18, 2014 Issue #50 - June/July 2014 - Future Islands

"I tried to tell him all the reasons I had to never sing again/and he replied, 'You better find a new way.'" That line, taken from the first song on tUnE-yArDs' third full-length release, Nikki Nack, isn't just a playfully visual way of opening an albumit's a statement of intent. More

Aug 15, 2014 Web Exclusive

Molly Shannon has become a familiar face to comedy fans over the past two decades, making appearances on dozens of television shows and playing unusual characters in movies such as Year of the Dog, Wet Hot American Summer, and Talladega Nights. She’s probably best known, however, for her seven seasons on Saturday Night Live (from 1995-2001) where she was responsible for characters like Mary Katherine Gallagher, Sally O’Malley (“I’m 50 years old, and I like to kick!”), Circe Nightshade of Goth Talk, and joyologist Helen Madden (“I love it, I love it, I love it!”).

Molly Shannon’s latest feature is Life After Beth. In it she plays Geenie Slocum, a grieving mother whose daughter, Beth (Aubrey Plaza) passed away after being bitten by a poisonous snake. Grief turns to surprise and confusion when Beth shows up on their doorstep days after her funeral. She and her husband (John C. Reilly) do their best to hide their daughter from the outside world, but that task becomes much more difficult when Beth’s boyfriend (Dane DeHaan) finds out she’s returned from the dead. More

Aug 15, 2014 Web Exclusive

A romantic comedy set against a zombie apocalypse may seem quite fashionable right now, but when filmmaker Jeff Baena wrote the screenplay over a decade ago—before The Walking Dead, before Zombieland, and, yes, even before Shaun of the Dead—it was ahead of its time. An attempt to make the film in 2003—at the time starring Joseph Gordon Levitt—fell through, and the script wound up collecting dust in a drawer for the next ten years.

The script would finally return from the dead as a vehicle for actress Aubrey Plaza. The actress plays Beth, a girl who dies during a hiking trip only to return to her grief-stricken boyfriend (Dane DeHaan) and parents (John C. Reilly & Molly Shannon) just days after her funeral. Her loved ones are so happy to have her back that they don’t question her rotting skin, cravings for human flesh, or sudden love of smooth jazz. More

Aug 14, 2014 Winter 2002 - The Divine Comedy

For this Throwback Thursday we revisit our 2002 article on Death Cab For Cutie. It was our first interview with the band and appeared all the way back in issue #2 of the magazine. We are posting it in honor of yesterday's announcement that guitarist Chris Walla is leaving the band. Death Cab For Cutie were one of the bands we knew we had to interview when we started Under the Radar. The interview was conducted in honor of the band's third full-length album, 2001'sThe Photo Album, and 2002's The Stability EP. The lineup at the time was Walla, singer Benjamin Gibbard, bassist Nick Harmer, and drummer Michael Schorr (current drummer Jason McGerr took over in 2003 in time for their next album,Transatlanticism). Under the Radar's co-publisher and co-founder Wendy Lynch Redfern did a photo shoot with the band at the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles around the time of their soundcheck. Walla was happy enough with the article that he wrote us a letter to thank us, which we ran in the following issue. Later Walla would write a regular column for us for many years titled "Chris Walla Explains It All." Read on as Benjamin Gibbard and Chris Walla discusses never taking a sick day, avoiding day jobs, the emo tag, their early recordings, and hints of The Postal Service.  More

Aug 13, 2014 Web Exclusive

After nearly two decades of development, the big screen adaptation of The Giver opens in theaters this week. At the film’s New York City press conference, actor Jeff Bridges explained what led him to picking up the film option for Lois Lowry’s beloved, award-winning children’s book about a boy growing up in an egalitarian dystopia. More

Aug 13, 2014 Web Exclusive

Molly Rankin and Kerri MacLellan were childhood friends before they were bandmates, growing up together and both playing the fiddle. More

Aug 12, 2014 Issue #50 - June/July 2014 - Future Islands

While Slowdive's early singles rode in on waves of distortion that saw the band lumped in with the rest of the shoegaze pack, by the time they released their 1991 debut album, Just For A Day, they had delved into a more ambient territory that set them apart from their peers. We asked founding members Neil Halstead and Rachel Goswellwho share guitar and vocal duties in the recently reformed bandto tell us about the artists and albums that helped shape Slowdive's sound. While they acknowledged the influence that classic rock groups such as The Velvet Underground, Pink Floyd, and The Byrds had on their music, the bands that most heavily informed their sound were practically their contemporaries. More