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Monday, November 23rd, 2020  

Album Reviews

The Final Note

Allman Brothers Band
The Final Note

Nov 23, 2020 Web Exclusive

On October 29, 1971, after visiting the Allman Brothers Band “Big House” homebase where he wished bassist Berry Oakley’s wife a happy birthday, founding member and guitarist virtuoso Duane Allman was fatally injured after his motorcycle swerved to miss an oncoming truck, flipped, and skidded 50 feet, causing massive internal injuries. Allman was just 24 years old.

Kathleen II

Kathleen II

Nov 23, 2020 Web Exclusive

Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Kathleen has released the second of her two self-titled EPs this year. Where her debut EP established her as a creative new voice in the singer/songwriter world, her second expands her horizons even further. 


Marika Hackman

Nov 20, 2020 Web Exclusive

It’s a tale as old as (current) time: a quarantine induced fervor that spawns an incessant need to create. But with seemingly endless time comes a burden of sorts. If you give a girl a keyboard, she’s going to be met with an interminable amount of possibilities. I would wager this is not an unfamiliar feeling, even to those who don’t possess the creative forte that singer/songwriter Marika Hackman does.

Classic Interviews

Rolling Blackout Coastal Fever on “Hope Downs”

Rolling Blackout Coastal Fever on “Hope Downs”
Clean Jeans and Shifting Sands

Nov 14, 2018 Issue #64 -  Kamasi Washington

Fran Keaney, Joe White, and Tom Russo, the songwriting, singing, and guitaring part of Melbourne five-piece Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, are late. Not for rock and roll reasons though. They've been at the dry cleaners because, according to their tour manager, they don't have any good jeans left for the show in Boston later that evening.

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. 


Roman Mars on His New “99 Percent Invisible” Book and Running Radiotopia Like a Record Label

Roman Mars on His New “99 Percent Invisible” Book and Running Radiotopia Like a Record Label

Nov 23, 2020 Web Exclusive

Music has always been essential to 99 Percent Invisible says Roman Mars, the host and creator of the wildly popular podcast—that recently marked 10 years with a design book, titled The 99 Percent Invisible City: A Field Guide to the Hidden World of Everyday Design. Tackling often dry and mundane subjects such as manholes, markers, and municipal flags, Mars understood early on that he had to seduce listeners, and music is used effectively to that end.

The Cranberries on Dolores O’Riordan and “No Need to Argue”

The Cranberries on Dolores O’Riordan and “No Need to Argue”

Nov 13, 2020 Web Exclusive

If you’re of the right age, chances are you have a favorite song from the ’90s Irish rock ‘n’ roll band The Cranberries. For many, it’s “Zombie,” the aggressive, buzzy track that talks about bombs, guns, and war inside your head. For others, it’s the jangly “Dreams” or sticky “Linger” that have become personal favorites.

Pleased to meet you

Lael Neale Shares Video for New Song “For No One For Now”

Nov 19, 2020

Up-and-coming artist Lael Neale, who has just signed with Sub Pop last month, has shared a video for her new single “For No One For Now.” The impressionistic self-directed video was filmed back in Neale’s family farm in Virginia on her old Sony Handycam she had from high school.


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

Ólafur Arnalds, Iceland Airwave Stream

Ólafur Arnalds, Iceland Airwave Stream

Nov 13, 2020 By Laura Studarus

Like many festivals who canceled live shows name of not killing people with a deadly virus, Iceland Airwaves went digital this year for a special two-night event, featuring sets from Reykjavík artists, including Vök, Mammút, and Hatari. On Friday night, Ólafur Arnalds delivered a haunting thirty-minute set, once again proving why he’s one of the most exciting modern composers.


Verses From the Abstract: Horrorcore, Trauma, and Falling Up

Verses From the Abstract: Horrorcore, Trauma, and Falling Up

Nov 13, 2020 By Mark Redfern

On October 8, some joker on Twitter (I won’t embarrass them by naming names/handles) posed the question—“who you think will have the better October album?”—with pictures of the covers of Clipping’s Visions of Bodies Being Burned and Open Mike Eagle’s Anime, Trauma, and Divorce underneath.

Cinema Reviews


Nov 16, 2020 Web Exclusive

The latest animation from Ireland’s Cartoon Saloon is an astonishing and beautiful work, a magical, reimagined Irish folk tale set during Cromwell’s oppressive rule in the 1600’s.

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.