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Album Reviews

Love Is the King

Jeff Tweedy
Love Is the King

Oct 23, 2020 Web Exclusive

Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy is effervescing before our eyes. Approaching his mid-50s, the man has given more of himself in the past two years than some artists do in a career. 

This Place Sucks Ass

PUP
This Place Sucks Ass

Oct 23, 2020 Web Exclusive

Toronto pop punk powerhouse PUP went into 2020 touring behind its most successful album yet, 2019’s Morbid Stuff. The record’s combination of catchy shout-along anthems and explosive, self-loathing ragers made it among the best punk records of that year, earning widespread critical and fan praise. 

Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Rendition Was In)

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Rendition Was In)

Oct 22, 2020 Web Exclusive

Undoubtedly 2020 has taken a painful toll, but a few years back Daptone Records lost their flagship artist, Sharon Jones, and soul screamer Charles Bradley inside of a year. Both to cancer. 

Classic Interviews

Elbow - Guy Garvey on Spirituality, Avoiding Fist Fights, and the Band Moments He’s Most Proud Of

Elbow - Guy Garvey on Spirituality, Avoiding Fist Fights, and the Band Moments He’s Most Proud Of
Taking Stock of Things

May 09, 2018 Web Exclusive

Nearly 20 years after the release of their independent debut EP, Elbow's frontman Guy Garvey still talks about music like a child on holiday. The very act of creation has retained its magic over the course of the band's seven studio albums, and even with multiple plates spinning in the present, Garvey is still enamored by the songwriting process.

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

Tim Burgess on “I Love the Sky”

Tim Burgess on “I Love the Sky”

Oct 23, 2020 Issue #67 - Phoebe Bridgers and Moses Sumney

Despite 30 years in the game with The Charlatans and as a solo artist, Tim Burgess’ sense of wonder and enthusiasm for making and discovering new music remains undiminished. 

Peter Frampton on His New Memoir “Do You Feel Like I Do?”

Peter Frampton on His New Memoir “Do You Feel Like I Do?”

Oct 21, 2020 Web Exclusive

Peter Frampton, who is recognized as one of the world’s greatest guitar players, has traveled the globe, earned a #1 record (Frampton Comes Alive), and was friends with David Bowie as a schoolboy. Indeed, in many ways, Frampton has lived a charmed life. 

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. 

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)

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!

Blog

In Rememberance of Eddie Van Halen

In Rememberance of Eddie Van Halen

Oct 09, 2020 By Matthew Berlyant

There are many rock and roll guitarists and then there is Eddie Van Halen. What is well-known is his speedy finger-tapping, mind-blowing soloing, and flashy technique, all incredibly influential on many ’80s hard rock and heavy metal players as well as seemingly everyone who’s ever wandered into a Guitar Center. 




Cinema Reviews

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Oct 21, 2020 Web Exclusive

Sacha Baron Cohen brings out his most beloved character out of the gulag for some more American baiting fun.

DVD Reviews

The Elephant Man
Studio: The Criterion Collection

Oct 22, 2020 Web Exclusive

David Lynch’s The Elephant Man plays it fast and loose with the biographical details of John Merrick’s life, but does so for poetic impact.

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.