Secret Band

Surprise! Secret Band Just Released A Full-Length Album

First, we get a new Emarosa song, now we get a full Secret Band album? Today is turning out great so far!

Over the last few weeks Secret Band have revealed a couple of singles. Fans knew they were working on an album but there wasn’t an indication it was ready to be released any time soon. Alas, they are of surprises and have now dropped the self-titled full-length on Bandcamp and iTunes. If you want to grab yourself a CD those are available for purchase through their Bandcamp page at this time.

If you would like to give it a listen before buying, you can check it out below the break. Read more »

Katy Perry

MUSIC VIDEO: Katy Perry – “This Is How We Do”

Katy Perry‘s new music video for “This Is How We Do” is…colorful. The video is a mix of animation and live action imagery. The actors are mostly dressed in ’50s style clothing, and a lot of the props are inspired by that era as well. There is quite a bit going on, and you can see it for yourself by taking a look below the break.

If that is not enough Perry for you, then you’re in luck! She is on tour almost nonstop (except for January) from now until near the end of March. A full list of dates and venues can be found on her Facebook page. Read more »

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DROP EVERYTHING: Listen To Emarosa’s New Song “American Déjà Vu”

Emarosa released the lead single off their forthcoming album, Versus, back in April. Since then, fans have been anxiously awaiting for new music and pre-order details. Well, that day has finally come and now we have the full album details as well as a new song on our hands.

Versus will be released September 9 via Rise Records. The album can now be pre-ordered through iTunes and MerchNow. You can check out the full tracklist by checking below the break. In addition to the pre-order launch, the band premiered the second single, titled “American Déjà Vu.” The song is available below as well.

What are your thoughts on the new song? I personally can’t wait to hear more of what they have to offer! Read more »

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Magic In The Moonlight’

Film: Magic In The Moonlight
Starring: Colin Firth, Emma Stone
Directed by: Woody Allen

A year after delivering the award-winning Blue Jasmine, Woody Allen is back with a far simpler tale of life, love, and the funny things people will do for money.

Magic In The Moonlight stars Colin Firth as Stanley, an aging magician whose seemingly lost his ability feel even the slightest bit of whimsy toward life. His career has plateau’d, much like his marriage, and try as he might he cannot help feeling overly pessimistic about everything around him. In short, he’s your typical Woody Allen stand-in. Read more »

Chance & Arthur

Get Nostalgic With Chance The Rapper’s Cover Of The ‘Arthur’ Theme Song

Later this week, Chance the Rapper will be returning to his hometown of Chicago to perform a headlining set at Lollapalooza, and as a warm-up, has unveiled a new tune via the festival’s official website.

What is it you ask? A radio-ready autumn anthem? A blistering diss track? A mindbending remix?

Not even close. Earlier this morning, the 21-year-old wordsmith made public his love for throwback PBS programming by debuting his take on the Arthur theme song. Yes, Arthur—the anthropomorphic a-a-r-d-vark who has been teaching kids right from wrong for nearly two decades.

I know many of you are probably shaking your heads right now, but I promise, this is one book (er, song?) that you don’t want to judge by its cover. With the help of Wyclef Jean, Jesse Ware, and many more, Chance has transformed this beloved children’s theme into an upbeat bash laden with rolling percussion and cascading vocal lines. Give it a spin after the break, and if you’re a fan, let us know in the replies. Read more »

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Gerard Way Reveals Details About His Solo Album, ‘Hesitant Alien’

Well over a year after the breakup of My Chemical Romance, former lead singer Gerard Way announced his upcoming solo record entitled, Hesitant Animal. Set to be released on September 30, Way has been giving fans hints about this upcoming project throughout the summer. In anticipation, pre-orders will be available on August 19. Way will also be releasing a music video for one of his new songs, entitled “No Show,” during the same day.

In a statement he released through his website recently, Way is quoted: “I want the record to sonically galvanize people.” This prompted much anticipation as MCR fans all over the world continue to hope that despite the fire being put out, the candle spark remains. According to his website, fans will be able to listen to some songs off Hesitant Alien live for the first time when Way plays the Reading & Leeds festivals in late August.

You can check out a teaser video as well as Hesitant Alien’s track list in its entirety below: Read more »

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Listen to Wand’s New Single “Broken Candle”

Psych rock band Wand caught our attention and warranted a “Required Listening” label after dropping “Flying Golem” last month. Now the Los Angeles four-piece are back with a new track that’s keeping our brain in the exact type of acid-washed cabin we want to get cozy inside of.

“Broken Candle” sees Wand toying with tempo. With the same type of reverb and electronic tunnels as Tame Impala, it’s easy to feel like you’re traveling back to some of psychedelics best times in the mid-60s, but they keep things fresh with the sweetness of this year. Stream the song after the jump.

Their debut album, Ganglion Reef, drops August 26 on Drag City imprint GOD?. Pre-orders can be made here. Read more »

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2D Turns 3D In First Trailer For ‘The Spongebob Squarepants Movie: Sponge Of Out Water’

The last several weeks have been filled with peculiar (and sometimes terrifying) imagery promoting the upcoming return of Spongebob Squarepants to theaters nationwide. We’ve known for months the film would feature the beloved cartoon characters interacting with the world beyond the ocean floor, but it wasn’t until this morning that audiences got their first real look at what 2015 has in store.

The Captain people originally believed to be hosting the Spongebob Squarepants show is actually a far more evil character than the public has ever known, at least it seems that way in the first trailer for The Spongebob Squarepants Movie: Sponge Of Out Water. Antonio Banderas steps into the role this time around, and in the opening moments of the latest preview audiences see the Captain crafting a plan to destroy Bikini Bottom in search of a mysterious page that has gone missing from an even more mysterious book. The underwater city is destroyed not long after, and shortly following a few jokes about chaos, Spongebob sets out to find the missing page. In order to do this, however, he has to leave the ocean floor and journey into the world you and I inhabit everyday. You can view the trailer below: Read more »

Missy

Get Your Freak On; New Missy Elliott Record In The Works

Way before teenage girls with Instagram would twerk it, Missy ‘MISDEMEANOR’ Elliott taught our youth how to work it. And before Timbaland was recognized for working with artists such as Justin Timberlake, he was notoriously known for shooting rappers like Elliott into the next realm of hip-hop super stardom.

“It’s coming,” producer Timbaland told Rolling Stone. “It’s on her. She got the first single, it’s just a matter of when she wants to do it. We got the hollow-tip bullet in the gun. We have the game-changer right there.”

For Missy, it’s been a quiet few years; and by years I mean almost a decade. In 2005, she released her last record The Cookbook. For younger generations, those who were introduced to female rapping by the likes of Nicki Minaj rather than Foxy Brown, Lil Kim, or Missy Elliott, hopefully this new record will show them that the old school will reign supreme. Read more »

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UTG TV: Warped 2014 With Crown The Empire

The monster that is Crown The Empire has evolved enormously since the last time the band played Warped Tour. The theatrical rockers’ new record The Resistance: Rise Of The Runaways is available now and has been met with much praise. The band makes for a truly unique member of the Rise Records roster, which they feel really helps set themselves apart in the music scene as a whole.

At the Vans Warped Tour stop in Wantagh, NY, UTG TV was able to catch up with Benn and Brent from CTE to discuss the newest record, the theatrical element in their music, some stories from the road, and who their closest pals are on Warped Tour.

Check below the jump to see the UTG exclusive interview with Dallas, TX’s Crown The Empire. Read more »

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UTG INTERVIEW: The Hydrothermal Vents

To my knowledge, The Hydrothermal Vents are the one and only band I’ve encountered that are inspired by the works of David Attenborough, and as a huge fan of Planet Earth and The Blue Planet, this little factoid thrills me to no end. THV are all over the place genre-wise but the ocean themes run deep on their newest release. Secrets Of The Deep! is comprised of 9 tracks traversing the realms of classic pop, post-punk, indie rock, dance-y dream rock, new wave and beyond.

We had the chance to speak with the Montreal duo of John Tielli and Tessa Kautzman about Secrets, their various inspirations, and their touring plans for the remainder of the year. Follow us through the jump to get the scoop from The Hydrothermal Vents, then check out their video for “Neptune’s Grave” immediately afterwards. Read more »

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UTG INTERVIEW: Heylel Discuss ‘Nebulae’

Just last month, Portugal-based four-piece Heylel released their newest full-length effort in Nebulae, an 11-track LP that takes on a life of its own in a very specific and intentional structure.

We’ll have a review of the album in soon, but in the meantime you can read our interview with the band below where we discuss all things Nebulae, from the inspirations that aided in its creation to the art that graces its cover. You can also learn what their band name means and the ideas that went into their video for “The Prophet” which you can view after the discussion. Read more »