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Four Year Strong Release Lyric Video For “I’m A Big, Bright, Shining Star”

In a day that just keeps delivering good news, Four Year Strong have released a lyric video for their new track “I’m A Big, Bright, Shining Star,” off of their upcoming LP, Four Year Strong due June, 2, out via Pure Noise Records.

With the music released thus far considered a return to form for the band, “I’m A Big, Bright, Shining Star” continues with the high-octane punk covered in pop the band is known for.

The song title comes from the one and only Boogie Nights, the 1997 film directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, and starring Mark Wahlberg.

Be sure to pre-order Four Year Strong here, and follow us after the jump to check out “I’m A Big, Bright, Shining Star” for yourself. Read more »

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ALL HOPE IS LOST: ‘Unfriended’ Is Getting A Sequel

Don’t say we never tried to warn you.

According to our pals at Bloody-Disgusting, Universal Pictures has already begun work on a sequel to the recently-released horror film Unfriended. In fact, the site claims that the as-of-yet untitled sequel is already being scripted by Nelson Greaves, who wrote the first film that was produced by Timur Bekmambetov. No release date has been set, but I don’t think a summer or fall 2016 release is out of the question.

Unfriended opened in the middle of April and has since accumulated $25 million at the US box office. That may be a small amount for some films, but when you consider that this feature was allegedly made for under one-million dollars then you can begin to understand why Universal would want more to be made as soon as possible. Films like this don’t have to be good, they just have to earn more than they cost to make, and in this case that feat was an incredibly easy one to accomplish.

You can view the trailer for Unfriended below. Click here to read our review. Read more »

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Independent Film Festival Boston 2015 – Day 5: ‘In Transit’ And ‘The Primary Instinct’

Day five at the 13th Annual Independent Film Festival Boston was filled with storytelling, in the classical sense. Albert Maysles’ final directorial effort (he passed away last month), In Transit, and David Chen’s The Primary Instinct went on to further the fest’s overlying theme of “Gather ‘Round,” with both films telling important stories to a community of film fans perked up and attentive.

We were sad to have missed Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Look of Silence and Daniel Barber’s The Keeping Room (one of our most anticipated at the fest) but Drafthouse Films is attached to release both in the coming months. Read more »

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From First To Last Stream ‘Dead Trees’ In Its Entirety

It has been over five years since From First To Last released their last album. At that time, Matt Good was responsible for the lead vocals. Half a decade later, Spencer Sotelo is taking the lead on vocals, and FFTL seem like an entirely new band. With singles like “I Solemnly Swear That I Am Up To No Good” and “Black And White” they have proven that they are capable of writing songs that are nostalgic for fans, but still original enough to bring in new listeners.

The album officially hit stores tomorrow, so Sumerian Records is treating fans with an early stream of Dead Trees. You can give it a listen below. In case you haven’t picked up a pre-order bundle yet, they are available for purchase via Killer Merch. Read more »

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The Tallest Man On Earth Streams ‘Dark Bird Is Home’

The Tallest Man On Earth’s upcoming LP Dark Bird Is Home is set to release May 12, via Dead Oceans, but NPR is streaming the album in full, two weeks before the release.

The artist’s fourth album overall, Dark Bird Is Home marks the first time the Swedish musician has paired with others to illuminate the songs he has written.

Dark Bird Is Home features many moody tracks that are certainly new avenues for Matsson, but the album still retains the essence of the songwriter’s sound in previous releases.

The album is currently available for pre-order here.

On top of the stream, The Tallest Man On Earth will be heading out for a lengthy touring schedule. Be sure to follow us after the jump to see if it’s coming near you, and be sure to stream Dark Bird Is Home here. Read more »

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Citizen Announce New Album, ‘Everybody Is Going To Heaven’

The alt-rock trendsetters of Citizen have unveiled plans to release a new album, titled Everybody is Going to Heaven, on June 23 through Run For Cover Records. Head over to the band’s official website to hear a brief teaser of what’s to come, and check out the record’s cover art below.

The outfit’s latest undertaking, which was recorded with acclaimed producer Will Yip, will act as a follow-up to 2013’s Youth.

“We’re doing whatever we feel like and we’re not too worried about people missing a certain old sound or anything like that,” said guitarist Nick Hamm. “The stuff we have prepared for the record is twice as big as Youth. It’s Citizen, but it’s turned up to 11.”

If you’re excited for some new Citizen jams, sound off in the replies. Read more »

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mewithoutYou Release “Red Cow” From Upcoming LP

It feels like it’s been forever since mewithoutYou announced their new LP, Pale Horses, due out this June via Run For Cover, but it is only now that we are getting a new song from the album. The band has released the energetic “Red Cow,” the fifth track from their upcoming release.

“Red Cow” is a blast of distortion that reminds me of the band’s harder sound found on [A→B] Life and Catch For Us The Foxes. The track features the band’s signature sound of combining beauty with chaotic emotion, though “Red Cow” surely features a revitalized sense of energy for the band.

Pre-orders for Pale Horses will go live May 4, so stay tuned to UTG for more information on that. In the meantime, follow us after the jump and get lost in “Red Cow.” Read more »

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New Medicine Announce Immediate Break Up, Cancel Remaining Shows

After six years and two successful studio albums, New Medicine have announced plans to disband, effective immediately. All upcoming shows have been cancelled and, from what we can tell, there seems to be almost no chance they will ever be rescheduled.

If you’re reading this now and feeling a little confused, we can’t blame you. New Medicine has been relatively quiet on the public front for a bit, but we had no idea the band would call it quits in such an immediate manner. The news was shared with fans earlier today, April 27, via a message posted to the group’s official Facebook. It reads:

Hey everybody,

Some of you have been asking about the band lately as there has been little news. It’s hard to have to say this but, unfortunately we are not going to be able to play the remaining shows this spring/summer at Rock on the Range and Rock Fest in Cadott WI. Read more »

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UTG INTERVIEW: Nick Kroll Talks ‘Adult Beginners’

In a time when it seems everyone is looking to the next mega-budget Hollywood blockbuster for their entertainment it can be easy to forget that there are countless indie efforts hitting theaters as well that offer equal, if not greater quality entertainment without resorting to the use of CGI and latex. One such film in theaters right now is Adult Beginners, which stars comedian Nick Kroll as a man who is forced to move in with his pregnant sister and her husband after losing everything in a tech startup. It’s the kind of funny, yet emotionally driven story that speaks to the person in all of us who only wants to make our family and friends proud, and I honestly cannot recommend it enough.

Recently, Nick Kroll stopped in Boston to promote Adult Beginners and UTG was asked to participate in a press round table. We had just over twenty minutes with Nick, and in that time we managed to discuss a number of topics, including the inspiration for the film, casting, and where Kroll sees himself headed now that he’s led a feature film. You can find highlights from the interview below. Read more »

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The Story So Far Stream “Heavy Gloom”

The pop-punk world is set to explode on May 18 when The Story So Far release their new self-titled record. We’ve already heard a few cuts from the record, and the band has started off Monday morning by releasing another single titled “Heavy Gloom.”

Track two on the new record, “Heavy Gloom” plays closely to the formula we’ve come to expect from the Walnut Creek band. As usual, Parker Cannon’s powerful voice takes center stage over a grooving, distorted pop-punk instrumental. I’m a fan of the prominent bass tones on this song, but all in all, this sounds a lot like your standard The Story So Far song. If you’re a fan of the band, you’ll like this. If not, you probably won’t.

Stream “Heavy Gloom” below, and pre-order The Story So Far here. Read more »

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Nate Ruess Streams New Single, “AhHa”

Now that Jack Antonoff has established Bleachers as a dominant force in the world of indie-tinged pop rock it’s time for fun. vocalist Nate Ruess to show fans what he can do when left to his own devices.

Early this morning, Nate Ruess shared a stream for a new single titled “AhHa” with fans online. The track is the second to surface off Ruess’ upcoming solo debut, Grand Romantic, following the release of “Nothing Without Love” back in September. This song is the far more rock-driven of the two tracks made available, and if I had to guess it’s this single which will fair far better at radio (should the label use it for a proper promotional push). You can stream the song at the end of this post.

Grand Romantic is set to drop in June, which means Ruess and his team have less than eight weeks to make this record one of the most anticipated releases of the summer. Read more »

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The Receiving End Of Sirens Tease ‘The Lost Tape’

With everyone currently celebrating the ten-year anniversary of Between The Heart and The Synapse, The Receiving End Of Sirens have begun teasing something new that already has fans feeling excited.

Yesterday, April 26, the YouTube account for Triple Crown Records uploaded a teaser trailer for something from The Receiving End Of Sirens called The Lost Tape. The video features a compilation of old live footage that flickers while atmospheric music, also from TREOS, serves as the soundtrack. It’s unclear exactly what the clip is intended to promote, but it certainly goes a long way toward securing our interest in learning more. You can view the video below.

Some of our friends at Absolutepunk were quick to point out that the Lost Tape may be referring to the long-promised TREOS live DVD that never found its way to the public. Whether or not that turns out to be true remains to be seen, but it would be awesome if that were the case. Read more »