Defeater 2015

Defeater Stream Second ‘Abandoned’ Single, “Unanswered”

Defeater have shared yet another new single off their impending LP, Abandoned, which is set to arrive on August 28 through Epitaph Records. Titled “Unanswered,” the Boston outfit’s latest rager follows “Spared In Hell,” which hit the web a few weeks back. If you dig it, you can pre-order the record here.

To celebrate the release of their fourth full-length effort, the group will spend the next few months touring alongside Expire, Speak Low, My Iron Lung, and others. To see if they’ll be in your area, head here.

Listen to “Unanswered” below (via Noisey). Read more »

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Rivers Of Nihil Demonstrate Death Metal Dominance on New Track, “Sand Baptism”

In anticipation of their forthcoming full-length, Monarchy, Rivers of Nihil have teamed with Loudwire to premiere a brand new music video for their bone-crushing single, “Sand Baptism.” Check it out after the jump, and let us know what you think in the comments section below.

“‘Sand Baptism’ is a track where we purposely fused our more traditional death metal sound with the newer elements that we brought to the table on this album,” the group explained. “This track is a well balanced serving of emotion, brutality, technicality, and catchiness. We really wanted to focus on writing SONGS on this record instead of just stringing riffs together.”

The band is being modest, of course–their 2013 debut, The Conscious Seed Of Light, was out of this world in all the right ways, and from all indications, their sophomore record will be even better. Pre-order it here before it hits shelves on August 21 via Metal Blade Records. Read more »

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Chris Cartier’s “Minimum Wage” Is The Best Song Of The Week

If you were to try and understand the state of American economics by listening to Top 40 radio you may walk away feeling like everything is fine for the majority of US citizens. You would be incredibly wrong, but given the constant celebration of excess and lavish lifestyles heard in the music created by the biggest names in entertainment it’s a mistake that is easy to understand.

The truth about life in America today is ugly. Racial tension feels as if it is at an all-time high, as is unemployment, and the quality of our education system has been on a downward spiral for the better part of the last half decade. People are suffering, both in public and in private, but no one in mainstream music seems to give a damn about those in need. If you ask me, it’s time for that to change, and I knoow of one rapper who might just be able to make a real difference if given the chance.

Chris Cartier is a name known best by those who frequent conversations about who the next great hope for rap may be, but he’s quickly becoming known outside of those random corners of the internet thanks to a string of great projects released over the last year. Read more »

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Trophy Lungs Announce ‘Day Jobs,’ Stream Lead Single

Boston’s pop-punk underdogs Trophy Lungs have finally announced plans to release their long-awaited Antique Records debut, Day Jobs. The album, which was announced at the top of 2015, will be available on September 18.

To celebrate the news, Trophy Lungs partnered with the fine folks at Vanyaland to premiere the lead single from the album. You can stream the track, titled “Day Jobs,” at the end of this post.

We have had the great fortune to hear an advance copy of Day Jobs and we believe it’s an album created with adults in mind. Too often pop-punk is written off as something for teens, but Trophy Lungs prove to be a rare exception. With lyrics about the realities of post-college existence conveyed through unflinching honesty and an undeniably infectious sound, it’s easy to imagine this band being everywhere in no time at all. Check out the song below and let us know if you agree.

Pre-orders for Day Jobs are available now through Antique Records. Read more »

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UTG INTERVIEW: Jared Deck Discusses “17 Miles”; The Song & The Distance

“In the end, it’s about facing myself and making the decision to be great at what I do, put my foot to the floor, and drive like hell to my destination.”

Oklahoma’s Jared Deck has been making music in various forms for some time, but as a solo artist, he’s really only just begun. His newest single, “17 Years,” would lead you to think quite the opposite, though, as it offers a confidence and control that only a seasoned veteran would typically have the experience to project. Deck’s own brand of MidAmericana is immediately accessible with a sound that should bring such greats as Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp to mind, or even newer rising stars like Jason Isbell.

We had the chance to speak with Deck about his musical upbringing and how it all led to where he’s at now with his solo work, post-cowpunk bands and the like. Read through our full conversation below. Read more »

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Natalie Imbruglia Covering The Cure Is Heaven On Earth

Remember Natalie Imbruglia? Our friends outside of America have watched the pop songstress lead an incredible and diverse career in the spotlight, but here in The States the singer-songwriter hasn’t had a major hit since “Torn” dominated the charts in 1997. I can’t say whether or not a time will ever come when Imbruglia reaches those heights of celebrity here in the U.S. again, but I can say beyond the shadow of a doubt that Natalie is still churning out tracks that will make you feel all the feels known to man.

Last week, Natalie Imbruglia released an album of cover songs titled Male. The name of the record is owed to the fact Imbruglia chose to reimagine tracks written and originally performed by men, including songs by the likes of Damien Rice and Death Cab For Cutie. We don’t spend a lot of time covering albums filled with cover songs around here, but we would be lying if we said the album hadn’t been on repeat around our offices for the better part of two weeks. We’ve heard literally every song many times before, but somehow Imbruglia has found a way to make each one feel new again. Read more »

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Irrational Man’ Is An Odd Woody Allen Film

Film: Irrational Man
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone
Directed by: Woody Allen

Caught between the woman he should love and the one who will be his ruin, a man finds himself discovering the reason for his existence in Woody Allen’s Irrational Man.

Coming off the lukewarm, albeit whimsically nihilistic Magic In The Moonlight, Woody Allen has delivered the latest in his one-a-year film series. It’s neither the highlight of Woody’s later years, nor the low mark on a storied career that has experienced more peaks and valleys than the great Rocky Mountains. It’s a witty, entirely Woody tale of love and self-loathing that takes unexpected and technically unwarranted turns that save the film from spiraling into yet another romcom about age differences and whether or not they mean anything when love is at play. Read more »

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Foxing are teasing ‘Dealer’ for Fall 2015

Foxing have been in the studio recently preparing their as of yet untitled sophomore LP. Following the much loved The Albatross, fans have been eagerly awaiting anything new from the band.

To excite us even further, the band have posted a video on YouTube simply titled “Dealer,” alluding to the new album’s possible title. The video showcases a release window for fall 2015. The video features sparse and wide sounds that collect in beauty only the band know how to emit. Just getting off of their tour with mewithoutYou, hopefully a full song stream is on our immediate future.

The album will release through Triple Crown Records. Follow us after the jump to check out the teaser. Read more »

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UTG TRACK-BY-TRACK: The Kickdrums – ‘Breathe Again’

Alex Fitts is one busy dude. When he’s not producing tracks for Kid Cudi, 50 Cent, and scores of other notable artists, he’s making music as The Kickdrums, piecing together various genres to create some exceedingly unique jams.

On his latest EP, Breathe Again, the Brooklyn songwriter has crafted six hypnotic singles that blur the lines between indie, electronic, and trap. It’s an eclectic blend that takes some getting used to, but if given the chance, these tracks will stick to the walls of your brain like no other.

UTG recently caught up with Fitts, who was kind enough to grace us with a track-by-track account of how his newest release came into being. Check it out below, and if you’re a fan, pick up your own copy of Breathe Again here. Read more »

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Trailer For ‘Deadpool’ Trailer Is Better Than Most Trailers

That title was a bit of a tongue-twister. Sorry.

The wait is almost over, folks. After bringing down the house during the Hall H debut of footage last month, Deadpool will finally introduce himself to average moviegoers this week as not one, but two trailers for the highly-anticipated comic book film hit the net. The first of the clips, which we’re told is a red band trailer, will premiere on Conan Tuesday night (8/4). A green band—or general audiences trailer—for the film will follow on Friday as part of the previews attached to Fantastic Four.

Today, in anticipation of the trailers being released, a trailer for the trailers was made available. The clip features Wade Wilson introducing himself, his film and when everyone can expect to get a look at the finished product. It’s a short bit of footage, but it’s definitely a must-see for any fan of the comic franchise. You can view the video below.

Deadpool arrives in theaters next February. We’ll post the trailers as soon as they find their way online. Stay tuned. Read more »

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Southpaw’ Can’t Land A Punch

Film: Southpaw
Starring: Jake Gyllenhall
Directed by: Antoine Fuqua

Despite two incredible fights that serve as bookends to the story, Southpaw is a messy boxing film that never quite finds its groove.

There are very few story elements at play in Southpaw that you haven’t seen at least a few times before, typically in other films about boxing. It’s the story of a one-time sports hero, Billy Hope (Jake Gyllenhaal), who loses himself in a world of depression and rage following the loss of his wife (Rachel McAdams) in the film’s first act. As his spiral continues, the lavish lifestyle his career has provided begins to unravel, along with his ability to perform and raise his daughter (Oona Laurence). It’s not until he has hit rock bottom that Billy even realizes the damage done by his inner turmoil, and at that point there is only one way to find his way back to the top. Read more »

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The Front Bottoms Announce ‘Back On Top’

Following the release of a two surprise singles earlier this summer, The Front Bottoms have announced that their Fueled By Ramen debut, Back On Top, will arrive on September 18. Pre-order the record here, and let us know if you’re excited in the replies.

In addition, the New Jersey foursome have also unveiled the album’s lead single, “Help,” along with an accompanying music video. Check it out below.

The band will be spending pretty much the rest of the year on the road, sharing the stage with The Smith Street Band, Elvis Depressedly, and Kevin Devine. For more details, head here. Read more »