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Album Reviews

Get on Board the Soul Train: The Sound of Philadelphia International Records Volume 1

Various Artists
Get on Board the Soul Train: The Sound of Philadelphia International Records Volume 1

Aug 05, 2021 Web Exclusive

With soul classics such as The O’Jays’ “Back Stabbers” and Billy Paul’s “Me and Mrs. Jones” having been staples of oldies radio for decades, the box set Get on Board the Soul Train: The Sound of Philadelphia International Records Volume 1 provides a public service in bringing together on CD the first eight albums issued by the Philadelphia International Records label.

Start Again

Start Again

Aug 04, 2021 Web Exclusive

Despite their Watford, England roots, Matt Shaw’s Lakes sounds like they could’ve emerged from a math-rock-rich suburban American neighbourhood, with glockenspiels and tappy guitar licks aplenty on nearly every arrangement.

Place Is

Place Is

Aug 03, 2021 Web Exclusive

The overdot above the ‘z’ in Kristina Moore’s chosen alter-ego, koleżanka, is certainly a nod to her Polish heritage. But it may as well represent the “you are here” blue dot of a Google Maps adventure gone haywire on a search for the F Train.

Classic Interviews

Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner on “AM,” Working with Josh Homme, and Adapting John Cooper Clarke

Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner on “AM,” Working with Josh Homme, and Adapting John Cooper Clarke
Both Sides of the Pond

Nov 08, 2013 Issue #47 - September/October 2013 - MGMT

The Kinks, The Smiths, Pulpall quintessentially English bands that have, for whatever reason, found far more success in the United Kingdom than in the United States. Add to that list Arctic Monkeys, the million-selling, critically lauded quartet that, despite having made some inroads in recent years, largely remains a curiosity in the United Statestoo mainstream to be widely celebrated by the American indie press yet too identifiably British to really fit on the American Top 40 pop charts.

Comic Book Reviews

Poison Ivy: Thorns

Jul 12, 2021 Web Exclusive

Poison Ivy: Thorns, the new graphic novel dedicated to the familiar DC Comics villain, Poison Ivy, is as much traditional origin story as it is potential for a new Netflix miniseries in the vein of The Queen’s Gambit. The book portrays both the buzzy contemporary superhero intrigue as it does the de-evolution of a compelling, beautiful, modern, and free thinking character—and one, in particular, many will likely wish they had for reference as younger people.


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Aug 05, 2021

Deep Sea Diver on “Impossible Weight”

Deep Sea Diver on “Impossible Weight”

Aug 04, 2021 Issue #68 - Japanese Breakfast and HAIM (The Protest Issue)

Jessica Dobson began learning piano at six years old but her real light bulb moment came when she discovered a different instrument. “When I got the guitar it was like everything else in the world fell away, it was just me and that instrument.

Pleased to meet you

Marinero on “Hella Love” and His Musical Journey

Jul 02, 2021 Web Exclusive

In spite of his recent signing to Sub Pop imprint Hardly Art and relocation to Los Angeles, it’s hard to view Jess Sylvester as a newcomer in any sense of the word. Sylvester records music under the Marinero (Spanish for “sailor”) moniker as a tribute to his father and his own Marin County upbringing.


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.



The Strokes – Reflecting on the 20th Anniversary of “Is This It”

The Strokes – Reflecting on the 20th Anniversary of “Is This It”

Jul 30, 2021 By Austin Saalman

Once in a blue moon, there arrives a debut album so charismatic, so controversial, so funny, and so alarmingly human that its harbingers are immediately set apart from their peers, ascending to a higher echelon reserved only for those few who manage to knock the ball straight out of the park on their first swing.

Cinema Reviews


Jul 30, 2021 Web Exclusive

Tom McCarthy, the director of the 2016 Academy Award winner for Best Picture, Spotlight, returns with Stillwater, a sometimes juicy, but mostly overcooked crime thriller.

Television Reviews

Watch the Sound with Mark Ronson
Apple TV+, July 30, 2021

Aug 03, 2021 Web Exclusive

“That’s a scream from 1619,” is how Living Color guitarist Vernon Reid describes Jimi Hendrix’s iconic 1969 rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner” played on his electric Stratocaster, pummeling with distortion but not void of gentler, melismatic flourish. The scene is featured on a particularly poignant moment of Watch the Sound with Mark Ronson, latest docu-series from Apple TV+. The six-part series traces the untold stories behind music creation and the happy accidents in new sounds brought forth by the birth of new technology.