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Independent Film Festival Boston 2015 – Day 4: ‘Welcome To Leith’ and ‘Slow West’

Just like day three at the 13th Annual Independent Film Festival Boston, day four was filled with hard-hitting cinema.

Even though UTG missed City of Gold, The Year We Thought About Love, and Call Me Lucky (look for our review later this week), we were fortunate enough to see the terrifying doc, Welcome to Leith, and the hilariously subversive western, Slow West.

If anything, we at UTG are mad about missing Deathgasm. Seriously, why wouldn’t you want to see a film titled Deathgasm? The Jason Schwartzman-led Seven Chinese Brothers also played but by then we were a little jaded by what we saw. Read more »

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New Trailer For ‘The Visit’ May Make You Rethink Staying With Your Grandparents

Given some missteps within his directing mystique (looking at you, The Happening), M. Night Shyamalan has thrown his hat into the found footage ring with The Visit. The story revolves around a young brother and sister sent to stay with their grandparents at their Pennsylvania farm, only for sinister things to start occurring. Something is not quite right with grandma and grandpa, especially noted with the Hansel and Gretel-esque nod at the end of the trailer.

The Visit opens in theaters in September. Time will tell if Shyamalan can get back to the fresh stories of The Sixth Sense and Signs. Being a big horror fan, the new trailer is enough to pique my interest, especially if it strays from the tried and true formula of the found footage flops of recent years. Read more »

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Independent Film Festival Boston 2015 – Day 3: ‘The Overnight’ And ‘The Tribe’

Things took a turn for the disturbing and uncomfortably hilarious last night at the 13th Annual Independent Film Festival Boston.

UTG got to check out Patrick Brice’s sex comedy, The Overnight, and Miroslav Slaboshpitsky’s Ukranian experimental film, The Tribe. Although we are sad that we had to miss the Elliot Smith doc, Heaven Adores You, the benefit of this fest is that missing films doesn’t matter with such a wide variety of great genre cinema to choose from. Audience reaction seemed to be the theme of last night; The Overnight with laughs, The Tribe with gasps and muffled instances of “oh my god.”

What provoked those reactions? Let’s talk about last night’s viewings. Read more »

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PVRIS Perform Live Session For BBC Radio 1

PVRIS has garnered a significant amount of hype since the release of 2014′s White Noise, and it’s always exciting to see a band has the talent to back up their hype. The band recently stopped by BBC Radio 1 for exclusive performances of their songs “St. Patrick,” “My House,” “Mirrors,” and “Smoke.”

With the band hitting Warped Tour this year and continuing to garner acclaim for White Noise, it’s likely that PVRIS will have an extremely successful 2015. The band recently wrapped up an enormous tour with Pierce the Veil and Sleeping With Sirens – if they can grab a slot on a tour even half that big in the next twelve months, they should be in great shape.

Watch the full session below. Read more »

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Counterparts Sign With Pure Noise Records

Canadian hardcore band and Victory Records alumni Counterparts have signed with Pure Noise Records / New Damage Records for the release of their upcoming fourth full-length record this Summer.

This is extremely exciting news for Counterparts. The band received near universal acclaim for 2013′s The Difference Between Hell and Home, but the lack of promotion that accompanies being signed to Victory Records in the 2010s held the band back from their full potential. Seeing the band move to a more appropriate label, particularly one as great as Pure Noise, is promising. I predict that Counterparts will be one of the most hyped bands in the genre by the end of the year with the proper backing.

Most anticipated hardcore record of the year? I’d say so.

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Charli XCX And Bleachers Announce Co-Headlining Summer Tour

In one of the better pop tours in recent memory, Bleachers and Charli XCX will be heading out on a co-headlining run this Summer with direct support from BØRNS.

Dubbed the ‘Charli And Jack Do America’ tour, the pop icon duo will be playing a relatively short run of large venue shows in North America this July and August. The tour wraps up each artist’s current touring plans and brings them into the Fall, where I believe we might see Jack Antonoff hit the studio to prepare writing for a new Bleachers record.

Click through for a poster and tour dates. Read more »

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Mac DeMarco Announces Mini-Album ‘Another One,’ New Tour Dates

Mac DeMarco (known in some circles as professional backer Dave Fuck) has announced a new mini record and a slew of new tour dates.

The most mysterious man in indie rock will release the eight-track record, Another One, on August 7 via Captured Tracks. The songs were recorded by DeMarco himself in his Queens home last month. After releasing his best album last year in Salad Days, DeMarco is sure to deliver another collection of jams with Another One, hopefully moving more into experimental directions.

DeMarco has also announced a new wave of tour dates, which you can check out below, along with a teaser for Another One. Stay tuned to UTG for more info on Another One as it surfaces. Read more »

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Raekwon Releases “I Got Money” Featuring A$AP Rocky

Raekwon has released another new track from his upcoming solo record, Fly International Luxurious Art. “I Got Money,” which features A$AP Rocky, is streaming below.

Fly International Luxurious Art is the first new Raekwon solo record since 2011′s Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang. If “I Got Money” serves as an indication of the direction the record is heading in, color me excited. This beat is classic Wu-Tang, and Rocky’s short but smooth verse is perfect accompaniment. This should be a great Summer jam record.

Fly International Luxurious Art is out this Tuesday, April 28. Read more »

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Listen To Kurt Cobain Cover The Beatles’ “And I Love Her”

In anticipation of the upcoming Kurt Cobain documentary Montage of Heck (which editor James Shotwell loved), director Brett Morgen has shown off a recently unearthed recording of Kurt Cobain covering The Beatles‘ timeless ballad, “And I Love Her.”

The recording has a considerable amount of tape hiss and sounds like it was recorded for personal use rather than to ever get a formal release. In a recording like this, it’s easy to see that under all of the fuzz and angst of the Nirvana era, Cobain was an extremely talented man with an unbelievable ability to emote.

Stream Cobain’s cover of “And I Love Her” below. Read more »

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Fucked Up Release New Song “California Cold,” Announce ‘Zodiac Tour’

Fucked Up might be the last incredibly innovative band making hardcore punk music. The band has released a new, eight-minute track called “California Cold,” which serves as the B-side to the upcoming Year Of The Hare 12″ single.

The first three minutes or so of “California Cold” sound like Fucked Up’s best attempt at making a song in the vein of Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead Or Alive,” and it actually works pretty well. Flutes appear around the four-minute mark, and it slowly descends into chaos from there. Considering this is just a B-side, I’m excited to see what kind of elements the band has in store for the newest installment of their long-running Zodiac series.

The band has also announced a tour to coincide with the release of Year of The Hare, which will be heavy on material from the Zodiac series. Aptly titled ‘Zodiac Tour,’ the band’s summer run will extend from early May to late July. Dates are available below.

You can stream “California Cold” after the jump. Year of the Hare drops June 16 via Deathwish. Read more »

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Run The Jewels’ New Track “Bust No Moves” Surfaces Online

Traditionally, Record Store Day is full of cranky record shopping, long lines, and disappointment. This year, we got all of that and a new Run The Jewels track.

The critically acclaimed hip-hop duo of Killer Mike and El-P dropped an EP of rare tracks for RSD last weekend, including the never before heard “Bust No Moves,” which features Arkansas’s SL Jones. This track is standard RTJ fare and sounds like it was recorded along with last year’s Run The Jewels 2, neither of which are complaints. It’s always great to hear Killer Mike on a track you don’t already know the words to.

Stream “Bust No Moves” below. Read more »

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Tom DeLonge Releases Disappointing Collection Of Demos, Surprises No One

A few months after teasing a collection of demos that were meant to be future blink-182 songs, Tom DeLonge has released an official stream of To The Stars… Demos, Odds, And Ends.

I’ve listened to the release a few times now, and I think I’m ready to say that I’m glad Tom is no longer a part of blink-182 if this is what he was bringing to the table. While the release isn’t entirely awful, it’s not something that I’d ever give a second listen to. Songs range from frustratingly mediocre (“New World,” “Suburban Kings”) to downright embarrassing (“Golden Showers in the Golden State” is without question the worst thing we’ve seen from the Angels & Airwaves frontman), and the short run-time leads me to think that this release was thrown together in an attempt to save any goodwill from his blink-centered fanbase.

You can stream To The Stars… below, but you don’t have to, and honestly, you’re probably better off not doing so. Read more »