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Album Reviews

Pressure Machine

The Killers
Pressure Machine

Aug 25, 2021 Web Exclusive

In the spirit of every great band who made it to the top and managed to remain within that vicinity, The Killers have retained their glitz and bombast for 17 years, while leaving their creative evolutionary process on proud display for all to see. Kirtan Turiya Sings

Alice Coltrane
Kirtan Turiya Sings

Aug 24, 2021 Web Exclusive

Originally self-released through Alice Coltrane’s publishing company The Avatar Institute in 1982 on cassette only and then only unofficially reissued in Germany during the last 10 years, this is the first official reissue of this beautiful and unique album.Slight Return

Canandaigua
Slight Return

Aug 23, 2021 Web Exclusive

Canandaigua is the one-man project of Washington D.C.’s Raul Zahir De Leon. He’s a veteran of the tightly knit D.C. music scene, but Slight Return nonetheless feels every bit the discovery of a new voice. 

Classic Interviews

Cymbals Eat Guitars Best of the Decade Artist Survey

Cymbals Eat Guitars Best of the Decade Artist Survey
Joseph D’Agostino

Dec 11, 2009 Web Exclusive

Under the Radar’s Best of the Decade/Year-End Issue features our Best of the Decade Artist Survey. For Under the Radar’s 7th annual Artist Survey we emailed some of our favorite artists a few questions relating to the last decade and asked them for a list of their best albums of the decade. Some of the surveys didn’t make it in the issue and some answers from surveys that did make it in the issue had to be trimmed for space. Here's a Top 10 Best of the Decade list from Joseph D'Agostino of Cymbals Eat Guitars.

Comic Book Reviews

Poison Ivy: Thorns
DC

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.

Interviews

The Joy Formidable on Their New Album “Into the Blue” and Riding out the Pandemic

The Joy Formidable on Their New Album “Into the Blue” and Riding out the Pandemic

Aug 20, 2021 Web Exclusive

Welsh trio The Joy Formidable return today with their fifth studio album, Into the Blue, which was recorded during the global pandemic restrictions. Frontwoman and guitarist Ritzy Bryan and bassist Rhydian Dafydd spent the lockdown at Bryan’s home in Utah, whilst drummer Matt Thomas remained in the UK.
My Firsts: Ora the Molecule

My Firsts: Ora the Molecule

Aug 18, 2021 Web Exclusive

My Firsts is our email interview series where we ask musicians to tell us about their first life experiences, be it early childhood ones (first word, first concert, etc.) or their first tastes of being a musician (first band, first tour, etc.). For this My Firsts we talk to Ora the Molecule.

Pleased to meet you

Geese Announce Debut Album, Share Video for New Song “Low Era”

Aug 24, 2021

Brand new Brooklyn post-punk five-piece Geese have announced their debut album, Projector, and shared a new song from it, “Low Era,” via a video for the single.

Lists

Ranked: The 10 Best Courtney Barnett Songs to Date

Aug 12, 2021

Courtney Barnett, the songstress from down under, has graced us with four studio albums, an EP and several singles since 2012, and her latest ones, “Rae Street” and “Before You Gotta Go,” both precede her upcoming LP Things Take Time, Take Time (which is due out November 12 via Mom + Pop Music/Marathon Artists). The 33-year-old singer/songwriter/guitarist from Melbourne, Australia, is less about dividing her discography into songs you do and don’t like, and more about grouping them into the ones you love and the other ones you really really love. Indie folk, garage rock, stoner soul, she does it all, and these 10 picks are only a taste to get you hooked on the rest and tide you over until the new album comes out. Speaking of, we’ll start with “Rae Street,” which is not officially on this list but gives you an idea of where Barnett is at now (and was #1 on our Songs of the Week list), as well as “Before You Gotta Go,” which just came out this week. Then there’ll be an honorable mention and the full Top 10. By Lily Guthrie.

Blog

A Few of Our Favorite Newport Folk Festival Moments

A Few of Our Favorite Newport Folk Festival Moments

Aug 06, 2021 By Laura Studarus

Newport Folk Festival isn’t just a music festival—back after last year’s non-edition (cheekily titled “Folk Off”) it was more akin to a much-needed return to summer camp. Artists joined like-minded musicians and pals on stage, nearly every act dropped a notable cover, and with only two stages (including one near the water where boats would regularly dock to enjoy the festivities), there was plenty of opportunity to catch almost every act, and still have time to grab a lobster roll. Given the unique opportunity for memorable moments, here’s a few of our favorites.



Cinema Reviews

Annette

Aug 17, 2021 Web Exclusive

Annette often feels like less of a film and more of a wavelength. You either have to get on board and buy into what's happening or just turn it off before the story unfolds in even more unexpected ways.

Television Reviews

The Other Two (Season Two)
HBO Max, August 26, 2021

Aug 24, 2021 Web Exclusive

The elevator pitch for The Other Two doesn’t sound like anything you would want to press play on. Two millennials siblings with flailing careers as an out-of-work actor and a stationary dancer navigate the overnight success of their YouTube sensation 13-year-old brother while their irrepressibly peppy mom helicopters over the three of them.