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Album Reviews



Jun 18, 2021 Web Exclusive

Considering the fractious circumstances surrounding the breakup of The Unicorns—the project which made way for the formation of Islands in 2005—you could hardly have blamed Nick Thorburn for quietly putting his main musical focus out to pasture. That’s exactly what happened once the Montréal band released a pair of polar opposite records in 2016.

Dreamers Are Waiting

Crowded House
Dreamers Are Waiting

Jun 18, 2021 Web Exclusive

Dreamers Are Waiting, the first album from Crowded House since 2010’s Intriguer, finds the band freshly crowded with a new lineup and a batch of songs that reflect the band’s maturity, both lyrically and musically.

Reason to Live

Lou Barlow
Reason to Live

Jun 17, 2021 Web Exclusive

To listen to Reason to Live—the latest album by indie rock legend Lou Barlow—is to listen to a recalibration.

Classic Interviews

16th Annual Artist Survey: Erika Spring of Au Revoir Simone

16th Annual Artist Survey: Erika Spring of Au Revoir Simone
Spring on 2018's Best Albums, #MeToo, The Muppets, Social Media, and Swimming in Selena Gomez's Pool

Feb 04, 2019 Erika Spring

For Under the Radar‘s 16th Annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to the last year, plus some fun personal questions. We asked them about their favorite albums of the year and their thoughts on various notable 2018 news stories involving either the music industry or world events, as well as some quirkier personal questions.

Comic Book Reviews

Friend of the Devil: A Reckless Book

May 26, 2021 Web Exclusive

Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips continue to do everything right with the second installment in their hardcover series for Image. This time around it’s 1985 and freelance badass Ethan Reckless must go up against skinheads and Satanists to solve the mystery of a missing starlet.

Book Reviews

Mercy Fontenot with Lyndsey Parker
Permanent Damage: Memoirs of an Outrageous Girl

Jun 17, 2021

Mercy Fontenot, a member of the notorious GTO’s, details her outrageous story in this fast-paced, drug-fueled memoir.


Sparks and Edgar Wright Dissect “The Sparks Brothers”

Sparks and Edgar Wright Dissect “The Sparks Brothers”

Jun 18, 2021 Web Exclusive

Ahead of The Sparks Brothers’ debut on June 18, Edgar Wright’s upcoming horror film Last Night in Soho, and Sparks’ own film, Annette, we spoke to the director and the band about the kind of documentary they wanted to make, the fun they had interviewing so many people, and how you sustain a career over five decades without drama.

Jessie Ware on “What’s Your Pleasure?”

Jessie Ware on “What’s Your Pleasure?”

Jun 17, 2021 Issue #68 - Japanese Breakfast and HAIM (The Protest Issue)

In an age of social distancing, Jessie Ware’s fourth album, What’s Your Pleasure?, is an epidemiologist’s nightmare; an ecstatic celebration of packed sweaty dancefloors, passionate kisses, and insatiable longing.

Pleased to meet you

Wet Leg Share Video for New Song “Chaise Longue”

Jun 15, 2021

New British duo Wet Leg have shared a new song, “Chaise Longue,” via a self-directed video for it. The band have also announced that they have signed to Domino and the song is being described as their debut single.


Tribeca 2021: 10 Films We Are Most Excited To See

Jun 08, 2021

This year’s Tribeca Film Festival is one of the first American film festivals to return to a somewhat normal structure. Tribeca has a lot on offer across its in-person, distanced outdoor screenings around New York City and virtual screenings. The festival’s broad lineup includes everything from big name premieres, such as the opening night film, In The Heights, and Steven Soderbergh’s highly anticipated No Sudden Move, to a variety of much smaller films. Plus, with the 129 films of the “2020 Official Selection’’ section of the festival, the Tribeca Film Festival will be making up for both last year’s cancelled festival, and a tough year for movies in general.

Here are just 10 of the many films we can’t wait to see from the festival’s gigantic lineup, as selected by Under the Radar film critic, Kaveh Jalinous, who will be covering the fest.


Cinema Reviews

Werewolves Within [Tribeca 2021]

Jun 17, 2021 Web Exclusive

Based on Ubisoft’s virtual reality video game of the same name, Werewolves Within is a horror-comedy exploring the dark sides of ego and identity.

Television Reviews

Starz, Sundays at 9 p.m.

Jun 11, 2021 Web Exclusive

Blindspotting, based off of the critically acclaimed 2018 film of the same name, is an entertaining and thought-provoking character study that feels light and deep at the same time.