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Monday, November 23rd, 2020  

Album Reviews

The Final Note

Allman Brothers Band
The Final Note

Nov 23, 2020 Web Exclusive

On October 29, 1971, after visiting the Allman Brothers Band “Big House” homebase where he wished bassist Berry Oakley’s wife a happy birthday, founding member and guitarist virtuoso Duane Allman was fatally injured after his motorcycle swerved to miss an oncoming truck, flipped, and skidded 50 feet, causing massive internal injuries. Allman was just 24 years old.

Kathleen II

Kathleen II

Nov 23, 2020 Web Exclusive

Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Kathleen has released the second of her two self-titled EPs this year. Where her debut EP established her as a creative new voice in the singer/songwriter world, her second expands her horizons even further. 


Marika Hackman

Nov 20, 2020 Web Exclusive

It’s a tale as old as (current) time: a quarantine induced fervor that spawns an incessant need to create. But with seemingly endless time comes a burden of sorts. If you give a girl a keyboard, she’s going to be met with an interminable amount of possibilities. I would wager this is not an unfamiliar feeling, even to those who don’t possess the creative forte that singer/songwriter Marika Hackman does.

Classic Interviews

Hooray For Earth

Hooray For Earth
Isolation Rituals

Jan 31, 2012 Issue #39 - Best of 2011

While Hooray for Earth’s superb debut LP True Loves has frequently been hailed as the synth-pop record MGMT’s oft-maligned sophomore effort Congratulations should have been, Hooray for Earth’s Brooklyn-via-Boston frontman, Noel Heroux, is befuddled by the connection.

Comic Book Reviews

Bad Gateway

Jan 17, 2020 Web Exclusive

The latest in the rather depressing misadventures of Megg and Mogg, who at least outwardly present as a witch and cat, respectively, sees the protagonists' lives continue to flush down the toilet. 


Roman Mars on His New “99 Percent Invisible” Book and Running Radiotopia Like a Record Label

Roman Mars on His New “99 Percent Invisible” Book and Running Radiotopia Like a Record Label

Nov 23, 2020 Web Exclusive

Music has always been essential to 99 Percent Invisible says Roman Mars, the host and creator of the wildly popular podcast—that recently marked 10 years with a design book, titled The 99 Percent Invisible City: A Field Guide to the Hidden World of Everyday Design. Tackling often dry and mundane subjects such as manholes, markers, and municipal flags, Mars understood early on that he had to seduce listeners, and music is used effectively to that end.

The Cranberries on Dolores O’Riordan and “No Need to Argue”

The Cranberries on Dolores O’Riordan and “No Need to Argue”

Nov 13, 2020 Web Exclusive

If you’re of the right age, chances are you have a favorite song from the ’90s Irish rock ‘n’ roll band The Cranberries. For many, it’s “Zombie,” the aggressive, buzzy track that talks about bombs, guns, and war inside your head. For others, it’s the jangly “Dreams” or sticky “Linger” that have become personal favorites.

Pleased to meet you

Arlo Parks Shares Lyric Video for New Song “Caroline”

Nov 23, 2020

Rising British musician Arlo Parks is releasing her debut album, Collapsed In Sunbeams, on January 29, 2021 via Transgressive. Now she has shared another song from it, the soulful “Caroline.” It was shared via a lyric video. 


New York Film Festival 2020: 10 Films We Are Most Excited to See

Sep 14, 2020

If this were non-pandemic times, the film community would be abuzz with new anecdotes and reviews trickling in from the first fall film festivals: Venice, Telluride, and Toronto. Two out of three of those are happening within social distancing parameters (Telluride chose to cancel this year’s festival outright). But the spirit of a film festival is hard to recreate without a sense of community. This can feel isolating at times, but film festivals have worked hard to adapt by presenting movies in a variety of different forms, such as socially distanced in-person, drive-ins and digital screenings. This year, Film at Lincoln Center’s 58th New York Film Festival is no exception to these changes.

With a lineup of similar size to last year’s event, NYFF is utilizing drive-in theaters in the city’s boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens and a digital platform hosted by Shift72. Regardless of viewing options, this year’s film selections are nothing less than extraordinary. Whether you’re looking for a world premiere, a low-key flick, or a restoration of a classic, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

With so many new and hyped films, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by such an extensive lineup. Below are the 10 films we are most excited to see as chosen by one of UTR’s film critics, Kaveh Jalinous.


Live reviews

Ólafur Arnalds, Iceland Airwave Stream

Ólafur Arnalds, Iceland Airwave Stream

Nov 13, 2020 By Laura Studarus

Like many festivals who canceled live shows name of not killing people with a deadly virus, Iceland Airwaves went digital this year for a special two-night event, featuring sets from Reykjavík artists, including Vök, Mammút, and Hatari. On Friday night, Ólafur Arnalds delivered a haunting thirty-minute set, once again proving why he’s one of the most exciting modern composers.


Verses From the Abstract: Horrorcore, Trauma, and Falling Up

Verses From the Abstract: Horrorcore, Trauma, and Falling Up

Nov 13, 2020 By Mark Redfern

On October 8, some joker on Twitter (I won’t embarrass them by naming names/handles) posed the question—“who you think will have the better October album?”—with pictures of the covers of Clipping’s Visions of Bodies Being Burned and Open Mike Eagle’s Anime, Trauma, and Divorce underneath.

Cinema Reviews

Hillbilly Elegy

Nov 23, 2020 Web Exclusive

Adapted from J.D. Vance’s hit memoir of the same name, Ron Howard’s Hillbilly Elegy is a coming-of-age story, hoping to capture the essence of growing up white and poor and with limited options in a small town in the outskirts of Appalachia.

Television Reviews

Fargo (Season 4)
FX, Sundays 9 p.m.

Sep 27, 2020 Web Exclusive

Fargo fans should rest easy. Yes, Chris Rock has big (snow?) shoes to fill in season four of the wintery, bloody, folksy Midwestern crime series spun off from the Coen brothers’ landmark film.