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Saturday, October 31st, 2020  

Album Reviews

Wildflowers & All the Rest

Tom Petty
Wildflowers & All the Rest

Oct 30, 2020 Web Exclusive

Tom Petty’s 1994 album Wildflowers has been widely hailed as one of his greatest works, a masterpiece within a consistently strong catalog spanning nearly 40 years. 

The Great Dismal

The Great Dismal

Oct 30, 2020 Web Exclusive

Philadelphia’s Nothing are one of these rare species in that their music somehow manages to traverse numerous boundaries and genres without ever fully aligning itself specifically to any particular one.

To Bring You My Love/To Bring You My Love Demos

PJ Harvey
To Bring You My Love/To Bring You My Love Demos

Oct 29, 2020 Web Exclusive

Ever since it came out in the spring of 1995, To Bring You My Love has been a landmark. It is not only arguably the greatest record of PJ Harvey’s now three decade career, but also one of the best records of the ’90s.

Classic Interviews

Anna Meredith

Anna Meredith
The Musical Earthquakes of "Eighth Grade"

Aug 03, 2018 Web Exclusive

Writer/director Bo Burnham wanted his film, Eighth Grade, not to feel cute but visceral, and he achieved that thanks in large part to British composer Anna Meredith's pulsating, kaleidoscopic score.

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. 

Pleased to meet you

The Goa Express

Oct 12, 2020 Web Exclusive

Fresh faced garage punks The Goa Express have been regular features on the UK psych rock circuit for a few years now despite being barely out of their teens. 


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

Working Men’s Club @ The Leadmill, Sheffield, October 15th, 2020

Working Men’s Club @ The Leadmill, Sheffield, October 15th, 2020

Oct 21, 2020 By Dom Gourlay

Under The Radar went to an actual gig last week for the first time in over 6 months. What was it like? Simply spectacular!


Why I’m Voting for Biden: Hamilton Leithauser

Why I’m Voting for Biden: Hamilton Leithauser

Oct 30, 2020 By Hamilton Leithauser

With next Tuesday’s election day looming and millions of Americans already voting early, we put the word out to see if any musicians wanted to write about why they were voting for Former Vice President Joe Biden over President Donald Trump in a series we are simply calling Why I’m Voting for BidenHamilton Leithauser wrote this entry. 

Cinema Reviews


Oct 27, 2020 Web Exclusive

Director Phyllida Lloyd changes tack in this uplifting vignette, which echoes Erin Brockovich onto present day Dublin.

DVD Reviews

Studio: The Criterion Collection

Oct 29, 2020 Web Exclusive

At this point, Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite – mere months after it became the first foreign language film to win Best Picture at the Oscars – is a known quantity in the mainstream.

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.