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Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020  

Album Reviews

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. 

Trouble

Reverend John Wilkins
Trouble

Sep 22, 2020 Web Exclusive

Amongst other nearly forgotten legacies, that of the rural acoustic blues of the ’20s and ’30s is a part of American history that is sadly overlooked. 

Protean Threat

Osees
Protean Threat

Sep 21, 2020 Web Exclusive

Few bands can lay claim to the word prolific like John Dwyer’s Osees (formerly Oh Sees, Thee Oh Sees, OCS, Orange County Sound, etc.). The ever changeable psych-garage wizards have maintained a steady output of releases over the past two decades, with a new record coming out each fall like clockwork.

Classic Interviews

Jess Williamson

Jess Williamson
Decisive Moments

Feb 13, 2014 Web Exclusive

There's a cinematic quality to the music of Austin folk singer/songwriter Jess Williamson that makes the seven tracks on the 26-year-old's debut LP, Native State, feel pivotal, whether she's singing in a gently aching voice over hypnotic instrumentation or howling in a falsetto during dramatic pauses. The ominous guitar notes that open the first track, "Blood Song," bring to mind a widescreen shot of a barren landscape in a western.

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

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. 

Tim Bowness on “Late Night Laments”

Tim Bowness on “Late Night Laments”

Sep 21, 2020

Tim Bowness completed his new album on the day that lockdowns were announced in the UK. The British singer’s sixth solo record, Late Night Laments, feels tailor-made for quarantine life. As its title suggests, it’s ideal listening for isolation. 

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. 




Cinema Reviews

Kajillionaire

Sep 23, 2020 Web Exclusive

Daughter of an oddball family of scammers is curious about her role as the child within the strange trio, becoming increasingly desperate for an elusive normality.

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.