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UTG PHOTOS: Lollapalooza 2014 in Chicago, IL

Under The Gun’s Head of Photography, Corbin Alvae, attended Lollapalooza at Grant Park in Chicago, IL.

I went out to Chicago to attend the infamous 3-day music festival known as Lollapalooza, which takes place at Grant Park in the downtown area. The whole weekend was packed with artists of various genres; everything from electronic, to indie rock, to hip-hop. Chicago is one of my favorite cities to go and photograph in, all because the area is just simply beauty and definitely a place everyone needs to visit.

Kicking off my weekend starting on Friday, I began by getting the feel of how Lollapalooza was since this was my very first year attending and photographing this festival. Friday was greeted with a little heavy rain storm, but thankfully that only lasted for a few minutes. The first day, overall, was a blast with artists such as Iggy Azalea, AFI, The Glitch Mob, and Eminem tearing up all the stages. Read more »

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‘Outcast’ Trailer: Nicolas Cage Saves Children With A Sword In Ancient China

Nicolas Cage has spent the last several years trying to repay debt owed to the federal government from years of unpaid taxes. As a result, he has also spent the past several years taking on a number of questionable roles in movies that have production value akin to a college thesis project. Some films have turned out great, but most have been bad. Outcast, sadly, looks to be the latter.

It’s the age of the crusades in ancient China, and Nicolas Cage is a long-haired warrior taking a stand against the evil in the world. When a new threat challenges the rightful heir to the Chinese throne, Cage must join forces with another rebel (played by Hayden Christensen). Battles and bloodshed ensure, as well as a handful of over-the-top moments from Cage. The trailer offers a taste of everything, including an immensely entertaining sequence where Cage cackles before shouting “I AM THE WHITE GHOST!” Check it out, below: Read more »

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Gucci Mane Sentenced To 39 Months In Jail On Gun Charges

A federal judge has sentenced the rapper known as Gucci Mane to 39 months in prison after serving a sentence on the firearms charge for which he was indicted late last year. The judge, who told the rapper that his grandchildren consider him to be “quite cool,” also informed the 34 year old performer that he might have to limit his time on the road following release.

This is the latest chapter in a story that has plagued Gucci Mane for the better part of two years. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Mane has served 11 months of the sentence already. If he chose to go to trial, rather than reach the plea agreement, he faced up to 10 years in prison.

In addition to his stint in jail, Mane has also been told he must report to a drug rehabilitation center and stay on the west coast, far from his associates in the city of Atlanta. “He understands he has some work ahead of him and his goal is to bring resolution to this case and get back to performing,” Mane’s lawyer, Drew Findling, said. “He doesn’t want anything to distract him. He wants to do anything to get back to the work place and the work place is the stage.” Read more »

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UTG INTERVIEW: Suicide Silence’s Eddie Hermida Talks ‘You Can’t Stop Me’ And Continuing The Legacy Of The Band

“I feel like in this world you’ve gotta leave some kind of mark and impact. Most people have kids, I have music.”

Due to a parking mishap at the Scranton date of the 2014 Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival, I missed the interview time we had scheduled to speak with Suicide Silence vocalist Eddie Hermida. By the time we arrived at the press area, the band had left to prepare for their set. However, we were able to track the band down after their killer performance and three-hour meet-and-greet session, in which the band personally met every single person who was there to see them.

The band was exhausted when the session was over, and I was shocked when Hermida was still enthusiastic to speak with us for a few minutes about his role in the band. Eddie is the most professional artist I’ve worked with, and I can confirm that he is just as excited about the band off-stage as he is when he’s on stage, tearing it up. Read more »

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‘Miss Meadows’ Trailer: Katie Holmes Has A Gun And She Is Not Afraid To Use It

One of the magical things about elementary teachers is that they seem to know just what to say and do in order to make their students feel safe, even as their understanding of the world grows by the day. It’s a rare feat that not everyone is capable of achieving, but those who do have the ability to shape the future of our planet. It’s a high risk situation, but the rewards are priceless.

What if you learned that same teacher that made you feel safe was also a crime fighting vigilante who was not afraid to use a gun? Enter Miss Meadows, a new film that explores that very idea with the ever-so-innocent Katie Holmes playing the lead role. She kicks ass, a lot of it, but also makes time to prepare a lesson plan for her students. The first trailer is a little quirky and just a bit heavy handed with dramatics, but it definitely held our attention. Check it out: Read more »

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The Front Bottoms Release Music Video For “12 Feet Deep”

Back in June UTG’s favorite indie rock outfit The Front Bottoms dropped their Rose EP. The group teamed up with Rock Sound to reveal a music video for one of the singles off the EP, titled “12 Feet Deep.” It’s also available to watch beneath the break.

The video contains a mix of live performance shots and some behind the scenes video of the band goofing around. It’s clear that they are genuinely having fun the whole time, and it’s great to see a bit of the musicians’ personality shining through. Read more »

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Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett Release New Jazz Single

Lady Gaga‘s Little Monsters defend her fiercely, but I have never been able to get behind Gaga’s whole thing. I never liked her songs and felt that she was sacrificing the full use of her vocal talent for gimmicks. (Are those torches and pitchforks outside my window? Do people do that anymore?) In her upcoming jazz release with Tony Bennett, she is finally showing off her chops. And you know what? The girl has pipes.

The pair announced the release of their collaboration on The Today Show earlier this month and the most recent single from Cheek To Cheek is “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love,” oft-covered jazz standard that dates back to 1928. Their version prominently features an old-timey organ (think “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”) and Gaga sounding remarkably like Christina Aguilera. Her voice really blossoms; it’s a great fit for her and one’s she’s clearly happy about.

You can listen to the new track and check out a recent tweet from Mother Monster below. Read more »

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Counting Crows Release Lyric Video for “Earthquake Driver”

I’m not sure what an earthquake driver is. A quick Google search for enlightenment gave me nothing, aside from some tips on safe driving during an earthquake. (Thank you, Progressive).

Whatever it is, the Counting Crows have released a new lyric video for the single, “Earthquake Driver” off their upcoming release. The video is artfully put together and keeps in line with the fantastic artwork the band has been releasing simultaneously with its singles. The song is really upbeat — its a real car tune — but maybe don’t listen too closely to the lyrics if you don’t want to feel bummed out.

But seriously, from what the Counting Crows have released so far, Somewhere Under Wonderland is going to be a fantastic album. Earlier singles “Palisades Park,” “Scarecrow,” and “God of Ocean Tides” are all lyrically moving and just plain enjoyable to listen to. “Earthquake Driver” continues the pattern. Check out the video below. Somewhere Under Wonderland will be released on September 2. Read more »

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Bring Me The Horizon Announce Southeast Asia Tour

If you are in Taiwan or Hong Kong there is now an opportunity for you to see Bring Me The Horizon live this November. The band announced earlier today that they will be heading out on a short stint for two stops in Taiwan and one stop in Hong Kong, China. They have not indicated that there will be any additional stops, but there’s always the possibility for more dates to be added in the upcoming months. In the meantime though, you can check out a tour poster by checking below.

The band has plenty of other tour dates lined up for the next couple of months. A full list of dates can be found on their official website. Read more »

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MOVIE TRAILER: ‘Bridge And Tunnel’

Back in June our very own Derek Scancarelli interviewed composer Ryan Hunter at the premiere of an indie film titled Bridge And Tunnel. The movie has received tons of positive reviews, and is making its way across the country, one film festival at a time.

If you haven’t heard of Bridge And Tunnel before, now is a great time to see what it’s all about. The official theatrical trailer was just released earlier this week, and you can watch it below the jump.

The movie follows a group of millennials who have just graduated college, and are learning how to cope in the real world. They deal with heartache, student debt and even a natural disaster. Be sure to keep an eye on their Facebook page to see if they will have a premiere in your city soon. Read more »

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Watch The Trailer For BTBAM’s Upcoming DVD, ‘Future Sequence: Live At The Fidelitorium’

Between The Buried And Me have toured relentlessly since the release of their stellar album, The Parallax: Future Sequence. The progressive metal outfit have proven their ability to put on a good show, but in case you are unfortunate enough to have never seen them live (like myself) then you are in luck. The band will be releasing a DVD with a live performance of their latest album in its entirety at Fidelitorium Recordings. You can watch the trailer for it below.

The DVD will include some behind the scenes footage as well as some interviews of the members in the band. This is a must-buy for any diehard fans of the band, and pre-orders can be purchased right here.

Future Sequence: Live at the Fidelitorium will hit stores September 30. Read more »

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MUSIC VIDEO: Upon This Dawning – “Embrace The Evil”

Earlier this year, with the help of their new label Artery Recordings, Upon This Dawning unleashed their killer sophomore studio album, We Are All Sinners. With a new frontman leading the way, the band proved that they were fully capable of dramatically improving their sound in a short period of time. A prime example of that change is their single “Embrace The Evil,” so it’s only fitting that they dropped a music video for it yesterday. The video features the band performing in an empty warehouse, and includes a handful of actresses to round out the cast. You can watch it for yourself right below the jump.

The band is currently on tour in the US and will be wrapping things up at the end of this month. If you’d like to see if they will be hitting your city soon be sure to take a look at their Facebook page. Read more »