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Album Reviews

Bursting Out (The Inflated Edition)

Jethro Tull
Bursting Out (The Inflated Edition)

Jul 18, 2024 Web Exclusive

Recorded in Germany and Switzerland during their tour for 1978’s Heavy Horses, Bursting Out showcases Jethro Tull’s fascinating interplay while touching on most of the band’s releases up to that point.

Still Waters Run Deep

Four Tops
Still Waters Run Deep

Jul 17, 2024 Web Exclusive

In some of the most exciting reissue news in recent memory, Elemental Music has begun its multi-title campaign to repress both classic and deep cut Motown albums. As part of its June set of reissues, Elemental tackles Four Tops’ 1970 album, Still Waters Run Deep.

Lady on the Cusp

of Montreal
Lady on the Cusp

Jul 16, 2024 Web Exclusive

It’s the end of an era, and Kevin Barnes (he/she/they) seems to be feeling reflective.

Classic Interviews

Belle and Sebastian

Belle and Sebastian
Frozen in the Moment

Nov 11, 2013 Issue #47 - September/October 2013 - MGMT

As a trainspotter who can wax rhapsodic over obscure B-sides from The Smiths and extol the virtues of Felt’s Goldmine Trash, Belle and Sebastian‘s Stuart Murdoch is something of an aficionado of compilation albums. In 2005 his band released Push Barman to Open Old Wounds, a compilation of their early singles and EPs from their time with Jeepster Records.

Comic Book Reviews

Mark Twain’s War Prayer

Mark Twain’s War Prayer
Fantagraphics

Jun 27, 2024 Web Exclusive

Legendary 92-year-old graphic and font designer Seymour Chwast takes a dazzling, multidisciplinary approach to Mark Twain’s 104-year-old prose poem in this slim but radical new book. Through drawing, pastel painting, type design, and computer color, Chwast breathes life into Twain’s savage rebuke of religion’s role in jingoism and violent patriotism.

Book Reviews

Desolation

Mark Morton
Desolation

Jul 01, 2024

Mark Morton is the guitarist/lyricist for metal pioneers Lamb of God, and Desolation is his story. In some ways, Morton’s tale is similar to many, but there are a few characteristics that set Desolation apart.

Interviews

What Happened at “The Bear” Season Three Press Conference

What Happened at “The Bear” Season Three Press Conference

Jul 08, 2024 Web Exclusive

​At a recent press conference for The Bear, executive producer and real-life chef Matty Matheson took center stage while the popular series’ cast proved they are just as in sync off camera as they are on camera.

Tomer Capone on Playing Frenchie in “The Boys”

Tomer Capone on Playing Frenchie in “The Boys”

Jun 13, 2024 Web Exclusive

We sat down with Tomer Capone to hear more about his creative background, the trust he feels playing Frenchie, and how The Boys is a “jackpot” for an actor.

Pleased to meet you

Sunday (1994) on Love, Dark Humor, and Leaps of Faith

Apr 30, 2024 Web Exclusive

Sunday (1994) recently made waves with their stunning debut single, “Tired Boy.” Not only does the single resonate like a lost classic, but the band also arrived with a fully formed visual aesthetic.

Lists

Seven Music Documentary Films and Series From 2024 to Watch (and Three to Skip)

Jun 16, 2024

Music documentaries and series are a sure thing, or so it seems. 2024 has seen quite a few of them hit theatres and even more turn up on streamers. Among these are the high-profile ones such as the newly restored 1970 film, The Beatles: Let it Be and Frank Marshall’s The Beach Boys, not to mention Taylor Swift|The Eras Tour (Taylor’s Version), all on Disney+. Lil Nas X released his interpretation of Madonna’s Truth or Dare with his behind-the-scenes tour film, Long Live Montero (HBO). There is also Eno, the groundbreaking generative documentary feature on Brian Eno. Just as fascinating as the biographical docs are topical ones such as the recently released How Music Got Free (Paramount+).

Coming soon is Stevie Van Zandt: Disciple (HBO), which shines a much deserved spotlight on the multi-hyphenate talent, and I Am: Celine Dion (Prime Movies), which shares the singer’s challenges with Moersch-Woltman Syndrome.

Whether or not you’re into the artists, subjects, or the music, there is a voyeuristic and vicarious thrill in watching musicians, both in their professional setting and personal lives. Music documentary films and series are often worth the time—except when they’re not. Here are seven must-watch music docs and series released in 2024, and three from this year that you can skip.—By Lily Moayeri

Live reviews

Garbage @ The Halls, Wolverhampton, UK, July 17, 2024

Garbage @ The Halls, Wolverhampton, UK, July 17, 2024

Jul 18, 2024 By Geoff Shaw

Garbage played a blistering career spanning set at The Halls in Wolverhampton last night, with support from Lucia & The Best Boys. Under the Radar photographer Geoff Shaw was on hand to capture the highlights.

Blog

Human Sacrifice and the 2024 Election: Viral Politics in the Age of Fuckery Part IV

Human Sacrifice and the 2024 Election: Viral Politics in the Age of Fuckery Part IV

Jul 15, 2024 By Steve King

So… 2024 started with mad earthquakes, the cicadas are coming back… oh, and Western Democracy might be about to tip over! Hello, Malaise, my old friend… Let’s just jump right in.




Cinema Reviews

The Convert

The Convert

Jul 18, 2024 Web Exclusive

A considerate exploration of early New Zealand colonialism blossoms in its endeavor for an accurate portrayal of the Maori people.

Television Reviews

Lady in the Lake

Lady in the Lake
Apple TV+, July 19, 2024

Jul 18, 2024 Web Exclusive

Academy Award winner Natalie Portman is narcissistic Jewish housewife-turned-amateur investigative reporter Maddie Schwartz and Emmy-nominated Moses Ingram (The Queen’s Gambit, Obi-Wan Kenobi) is Cleo Johnson, self-sacrificing mother of two who is doing what she needs to “step up” as a Black woman in 1960s Baltimore in this gripping noir thriller based on Laura Lippman’s bestselling 2019 novel of the same name.