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Thursday, September 24th, 2020  

Album Reviews

Host

Cults
Host

Sep 24, 2020 Web Exclusive

I always cringe when a band of my liking announces that their new album is a radical re-imagining of their sound and it’s dynamic. So when I read the press release about Cults’ fourth full-length LP Host, I cringed.    

Sundry Rock Song Stock

Yves Jarvis
Sundry Rock Song Stock

Sep 24, 2020 Web Exclusive

Yves Jarvis mixes disparate influences into a hypnotic quilt of sound on his third album, Sundry Rock Song Stock. The telling chimes of The Brothers Johnson’s “Strawberry Letter 23,” the pastoral side of Animal Collective, and the exotic call of the azan mix and mingle on a gentle glide path. 

To Myself (Deluxe)

Baby Rose
To Myself (Deluxe)

Sep 23, 2020 Web Exclusive

On her debut album, To Myself, 26-year-old songstress Baby Rose uses her powerhouse vocals to convey emotion in a chilling but captivating way. From beginning to end, the project is saturated in soulful rhythms and mind-blowing melodic hooks. 

Classic Interviews

Superchunk: In the Studio

Superchunk: In the Studio
Mac McCaughan Discusses Superchunk's First Album in Nine Years

Mar 29, 2010 Web Exclusive

The Most Anticipated Albums of 2010 section in Under the Radar's Winter 2010 Issue includes a short article on Superchunk's new album. Here is the full Q&A of that interview with Mac McCaughan. North Carolina's Superchunk, an indie rock trailblazer throughout the 1990s, hasn't released an album since 2001's Here's to Shutting Up, but with the recording of the Leaves in the Gutter EP in the spring of 2009, the seeds were planted for the band's ninth album, which frontman Mac McCaughan expects to be released in 2010.

Comic Book Reviews

Bad Gateway
Fantagraphics

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. 

Interviews

Colin Quinn on His New Book “Overstated”

Colin Quinn on His New Book “Overstated”

Sep 24, 2020 Web Exclusive

Colin Quinn has written a truly funny and enlightening new book called, Overstated, which was released this week. In it, the Brooklyn-accented, longtime comedian shares his thoughts, revelations, and realizations as they pertain to the history of the United States. 

My Favorite Album: Little Scream on Mary Margaret O’Hara’s “Miss America”

My Favorite Album: Little Scream on Mary Margaret O’Hara’s “Miss America”

Sep 22, 2020 Issue #66 - My Favorite Album - Angel Olsen and Sleater-Kinney

When I was 13 my dad started dating a harp player who had recently traded in her pink mohawk for a smart, long auburn bob to get a job in the symphony orchestra. I was a socially awkward Star Trek loving book nerd with large glasses and hair that always looked like I had just stepped out of a rainstorm. 

Pleased to meet you

Skullcrusher On Her Self-Titled Debut EP

Sep 23, 2020

Helen Ballentine, performing as Skullcrusher, came seemingly out of nowhere. Releasing her self-titled first EP on Secretly Canadian in the midst of a global pandemic, her softly sung vocals and folky underpinnings are custom made for days spent alone.

Lists

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.

(www.filmlinc.org/nyff2020)

Blog

The Trump Depression: Viral Politics in the Age of Fuckery Part II

The Trump Depression: Viral Politics in the Age of Fuckery Part II

Sep 18, 2020 By Steve King

Where to begin...? Well, hey! We’ve got toilet paper back! It’ll come in handy while we’re all shitting ourselves to death with existential dread. Whether it’s the virus, the president’s failed attempts to start a race war, the coming election*,Trump’s secret police, or an increasingly lopsided economy, there’s plenty out there to send you running to the bathroom. 




Television Reviews

We Are Who We Are
HBO, Mondays at 10 p.m.

Sep 15, 2020 Web Exclusive

We Are Who We Are is the TV series debut of Call Me By Your Name director Luca Guadagnino. It strikes similar artistic tones to the famed Italian auteur’s previous work, while finding its own voice.