Album Reviews

Alexis Taylor
Beautiful Thing

Apr 20, 2018 Issue #63 - Courtney Barnett

Some artists use solo albums to experiment outside the day job while others cut the background noise. The latter is the case for Hot Chip founders Alexis Taylor and Joe Goddard, who, separated from each other, double down on what they each individually bring to the band.

Juliana Hatfield
Sings Olivia Newton-John

Apr 20, 2018 Web Exclusive

Nope, it's not a gag or a belated April Fool's prank, this is a real thing. Juliana Hatfield's last album, the innocently named Pussycat was an album-long, bile filled attack on Donnie Trump. Now she's vented, it seems she's feeling a little mellow and ready to kick back with an album of covers celebrating the unlikely figure of Australian country/pop/disco diva, Olivia Newton-John. Really.  

The Cars
Heartbeat City: Expanded Edition

Apr 19, 2018 Web Exclusive

The Cars would have opted for someone slightly more laid back than Robert John "Mutt" Lange to produce their fifth album, 1984's Heartbeat City. Lange was on a rollForeigner 4, Back In Black, and a couple of multi-platinum albums by Def Leppard were already under his belt in the early part of the '80s, before he agreed to work with Boston's finest. 

Comic Book Reviews


Mar 20, 2018 Web Exclusive

Clue, indeed based on the classic board game, fleshes out the enduring murder mystery from that game with more modern sensibilities. And, gosh, there's a lot to like about Clue—the design is wonderful, the art (Nelson Daniel) equally so.

Book Reviews

John Andrew Fredrick
Fucking Innocent: The Early Films Of Wes Anderson

Apr 10, 2018 Web Exclusive

Full of erudition and insight, John Andrew Fredrick's book on the early films of Wes Anderson also has a great feel for the auteur's characters, and for Anderson himself.


Son Lux on “Brighter Wounds”

Apr 20, 2018 Web Exclusive

The ethos of Son Lux has always been of allowance-absorption. Anything discovered or stumbled upon that perks the ear can be engaged if it enriches the dynamism of the work. Accordingly, flourishes of the myriad genre have flowed in and out of Ryan Lott's compositions since he began officially making music as Son Lux in 2008. 

Gwenno on “Le Kov,” Language, Capitalism, and a Basic Income

Apr 18, 2018

Near the end of our conversation, Gwenno Saunders (who releases music simply under her first name) asks me what channels of media exist in the U.S. for other languages beyond English. Raised on the neglected tongues of Welsh and Cornish, the polyglot singer/songwriter has grown into a fervent crusader for representation.

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Flasher Announce Debut Album, Share Video for New Song “Pressure”

Apr 19, 2018

Washington, DC trio Flasher have announced their debut album, Constant Image, and shared a video for a new song "Pressure." Constant Image is due out June 8 via Domino. Watch the "Pressure" video below, followed by the album's tracklist and cover art, as well as the band's upcoming tour dates. 


Tribeca Film Festival 2018: Twenty Films We Can’t Wait to See

Mar 28, 2018

The annual Tribeca Film Festival is, hands-down, the greatest two weeks of movie-going that the Big Apple has to offer. Just as the festival has grown beyond the Tribeca area it’s named for and spills over into adjoining neighborhoods, the downtown festival celebrates more than just film, now encompassing TV, immersive works of art, and even video games. In addition to the 100+ feature-length and short films being screened there are more panels, talks, and special events than even the most dedicated cineaste could painlessly wrap their brain around. It’s impossible to take all of it in, but trust us: you’re going to want to try.

This year’s once-in-a-lifetime screenings include special reunion screenings of Schindler’s List (with Steven Spielberg, Liam Neeson, and Ben Kingsley in attendance), Scarface (with Brian De Palma, Al Pacino, and Michelle Pfeiffer), and In the Soup (with director Alexandre Rockwell, Steve Buscemi, and Jennifer Beals.) Highlights from the TV portion of the festival include Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story, produced by Jay-Z, the red carpet premiere of HBO’s Westworld, season two, and a documentary about the cult TV series Freaks and Geeks. Tribeca 2018’s gaming programming includes sneak peeks at the latest God of War and Tomb Raider games.

We’ll be covering the festival from its start on April 18th, so stay tuned for our reviews and interview coverage out of Tribeca.

If you’re heading to Tribeca but have limited time and/or budget, we’re going to attempt to help you out. Below are 20 of the movies we’re most looking forward to seeing this year, as chosen by UTR Cinema Editor Austin Trunick.

Live reviews

Lydia Loveless at Underground Arts, Philadelphia, PA, November 4, 2017

Nov 10, 2017 By Frank Valish

Lydia Loveless presents a new and improved self to Philadelphia on a beautiful Saturday night.


Badlands - The Increasing Inaccessibility of the Arts

Apr 19, 2018 By Zach Hollwedel

It has been just over three weeks since I had the horrible misfortune of letting two tickets to Bruce Springsteen on Broadway slip through my fingers. Two 75-dollar tickets, to be specific. I am still coming to terms with the trauma of that day.

Cinema Reviews

Mercury 13

Apr 19, 2018 Web Exclusive

Chronicling the story of the thirteen women who were a part of the “Mercury 13,” Sington and Walsh paint a picture of the Space Race you won’t see in most history books.

Television Reviews

National Treasure: Kiri

Apr 02, 2018 Web Exclusive

The abduction of a young black girl twists into an amalgamation of accusations, schemes and guilt between her white foster family, her biological family, and her social worker in Jack Thorne's (National Treasure) latest miniseries, Kiri.