Album Reviews

Okkervil River
In the Rainbow Rain

Apr 26, 2018 Web Exclusive

Okkervil River vocalist Will Sheffmuch like The National's Matt Berningerhas the kind of voice that, regardless of lyrics, conveys an inherent and infinite melancholy. 

Derek Smalls
Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing)

Apr 25, 2018 Web Exclusive

If you were expecting Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing), by Spinal Tap's bassist Derek Smalls (aka comedian Harry Shearer), to be variations on the band's "Jazz Odyssey," then you'll be sadly mistaken.

Speedy Ortiz
Twerp Verse

Apr 24, 2018 Issue #63 - Courtney Barnett

With the success of their previous album Foil Deer, Speedy Ortiz seemed to conclusively cross over from having been a band beloved by a discerning but rabid relatively few into being a big deal

Classic Interviews

Clare and the Reasons

Clare and the Reasons
Playing With Time

Jan 22, 2010 Web Exclusive

"We're a bunch of idiots! We definitely mix that into what we do because that's who we are," confesses Clare and the Reasons' frontwoman Clare Muldaur. "We take the music we do very very, very seriously, but we don't take ourselves that seriously."

Comic Book Reviews

Bug!: The Adventures of Forager
DC/Young Animal

Apr 26, 2018 Issue #63 - Courtney Barnett

I can always use a giant helping of Mike Allred's whimsical, poppy art, and this collectionwith writing help from brother Lee and coloring help from wife Laurais no exception. 

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.


Charlotte Gainsbourg on “Rest”

Apr 26, 2018 Issue #63 - Courtney Barnett

"I'm not naive: I knew what I had done," says Charlotte Gainsbourg of Rest, her fifth album, her first in six years, and first as a lyricist. Rest is an album fuelled by grief even in its most beautiful moments, something Gainsbourg has had to repeatedly explain. 

Actor Clancy Brown on the Heist Comedy “Supercon”

Apr 25, 2018 Web Exclusive

There can be only one Clancy Brown. Across his more than 250 film and TV credits, the hard-working actor has played highly memorable villains in such classics (cult or otherwise) as The Shawshank RedemptionHighlander, and the HBO series Carnivale.

Pleased to meet you

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

Steve and Lilly Winwood, Sands Event Center, Bethlehem, PA, March 15, 2018

Apr 24, 2018 By Frank Valish

It was all in the family for the Winwoods on the last night of Steve Winwood's Greatest Hits Tour in Bethlehem, PA.


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

The House of Tomorrow

Apr 24, 2018 Web Exclusive

The House of Tomorrow doesn't get bogged down in genre trappings but uses them to create something sweet and enjoyable.

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.