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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Terminator Genisys’ Is More Than A Bit Rusty

Film: Terminator Genisys
Starring: Jai Courtney, Emilia Clarke, Arnold Schwarzenegger
Directed By: Alan Taylor

“Old, but not obsolete.” This line reverberates throughout the narrative of the new reboot/sequel/studio machination, Terminator Genisys. As the camera lingers on Schwarzenegger’s automated façade, we see that the lines on his face are more noticeable than ever. A sign of passing times, one would say. Time has most certainly passed since director James Cameron built the foundation for the franchise on top of schlocky B-movie tropes like relentless violence, threadbare sci-fi concepts and seemingly invincible villains. But this is 2015, folks – the time when that kind of nutty sci-fi must be over-explained until convolution is achieved. Some things are better left unsaid and under-exploited; however, that isn’t Terminator Genisys’ bag. It’s much more interested in cheaply calling back to its predecessors, sporting a framework indicative of the superhero genre’s increasingly huge influence on blockbusters, and setting the stage for installments to come. This one is programmed to dull. Read more »

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UTG PREMIERE: Mirror Eyes Debut Their New EP, ‘Reality’

Coming together from the Northeast, the Midwest, and the South, melodic hardcore five-piece Mirror Eyes are here to impress and offer diverse musical stylings to a vast majority of music lovers. Today the band is thrilled to premiere their debut EP, entitled Reality.

Undeniably an homage to those that have brought melodic hardcore to the forefront, Reality changes in shape and color after every track. Similarly, the band also brings to the table nuances that recreate some of our most beloved acts’ sound today.

The collection initially calls to mind a more aggressive PVRIS or early-era New Years Day. It then transforms to a fusion of Circa Survive and Pierce the Veil, and closes off the ride with an elaborate synthesis of all four. Read more »

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Knuckle Puck Share “True Contrite” Off ‘Copacetic’

Knuckle Puck have joined forces with SPIN to begin streaming a new track titled “True Contrite.” Give it a listen by following the jump below.

The group’s latest single is taken from their impending debut album, Copacetic, which is set to arrive on July 31 via Rise Records. It is preceded by the equally infectious “Disdain,” which hit the web about a week back. If you dig one or both tracks, you can snag a pre-order here.

Share your thoughts with us in the comments, and follow UTG on Twitter for more updates on all your favorite artists. Read more »

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Caspian Announce New Album, ‘Dust & Disquiet’

Caspian will release their fourth studio album, Dust & Disquiet, on September 25 via Triple Crown Records. It follows 2013’s Hymn For The Greatest Generation, and will act as the group’s first full-length effort since the unexpected passing of bassist Chris Friedrich.

To celebrate said announcement, the band has also shared the record’s moving lead single, “Sad Heart Of Mine.” Give it a listen after the break (via Noisey), and let us know what you think in the replies.

The Massachusetts post-rockers will spend a majority of September and October on the road, occasionally sharing the stage with Circle Takes The Square. If you’d like to get in on the action, a full list of upcoming tour dates can additionally be found below. Read more »

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The Black Dahlia Murder Unveil First ‘Abysmal’ Single

In anticipation of their seventh full-length album, Abysmal, The Black Dahlia Murder have graced fans with a brand new ripper titled “Vlad, Son Of The Dragon.” Stream it below, and if you’re a fan, pick up a pre-order here.

While I’ve always been somewhat indifferent to the Michigan outfit’s thrashy brand of death metal, I firmly believe that their latest single is a huge step in the right direction. There’s a lot more at work here than strung-together riffs, and after jamming this track a few times, I’ll definitely be making time for Abysmal when it drops on September 18. If you will too, let us know in the comments section. Read more »

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UTG PREMIERE: Sleeping Patterns – ‘Prejudice’

The new, six-song release from Worcester County-based emo band Sleeping Patterns is simply prolific. Titled Prejudice, there are parts on the record that speak softly to the soul, there are parts on the record that make you want to shout at the top of your lungs. It speaks to both the quiet and loud parts of human emotion.

Due out tomorrow, Under The Gun Review is exclusively streaming the release below. Guitarist Zach Boudrot said the record tackles the intricacies of everyday life.

“Lyrically and musically the songs show diversity and visit topics ranging from the contemplation of existence to casting judgement and sharing preconceived notions,” he said. “It’s been almost two years since we have released any new music. These songs are the culmination of all of our hard work and epitomize every ounce of our creativity. We can only hope that it receives an unbiased listen.” Read more »

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REVIEW: Sorority Noise – ‘Joy, Departed’

Artist: Sorority Noise
Album: Joy, Departed
Genre: Emo, Garage Rock
Label: Topshelf Records

Joy, Departed doesn’t sound like a Sorority Noise record, and that’s a good thing. The band’s debut record–the aptly titled Forgettable–is a fun listen with little substance beyond a few catchy choruses and well-written one-liner lyrics. Where Forgettable serves as the polar opposite to vocalist Cam Boucher’s dark and moody other band, Old Gray, Joy, Departed falls somewhere between the two, with a darker lyric focus, but remaining traces of the cynical sense of humor found on the band’s debut. The result is a fantastic, yet slightly unpolished emo release that dynamically blends all ends of the genre’s wide spectrum of sounds and some of the genre’s most impressive lyrics. Read more »

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REVIEW: Miguel – ‘Wildheart’

Artist: Miguel
Album: Wildheart
Label: RCA
Genre: R&B, Soul

Kaleidoscope Dream from 2012 set the bar very, very high for Wildheart. Grammy-award winner Miguel was on the verge of continuing to champion for the R&B/neo soul sub-industry alongside the likes of D’Angelo and Erykah Badu. In this new record, Los Angeles was his chosen cynosure and commercial-sounding R&B was not an endgame. He divulges his inner eccentric–more so here than in All I Want Is You from 2010–and steers clear of the generic. For those acclimated to the complex retro workings of the late ‘70s and ‘80s, Wildheart may come close to precious metal. For others who may find it difficult to unwrap the intricate workings of Miguel’s imagination, it might just be a little too much to swallow. Read more »

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Four Year Strong Announce Massive US Fall Tour

Four Year Strong are scheduled to hit the road once again this Fall for a huge US outing in support of their brand new self-titled record, which was released earlier this month via Pure Noise.

The Worcester, MA easycore four-piece will be taking a bunch of great bands on the road with them, including Defeater, Expire, Speak Low If You Speak Love, Superheaven, and Elder Brother.

You can head below for the full list of dates and their corresponding supporting acts. Tickets will go on sale this Wednesday at 12PM local. Read more »

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The Wonder Years Announce New Album, ‘No Closer to Heaven’

Earlier this year, pop-punk frontrunners The Wonder Years celebrated their tenth anniversary as a band with three discography shows in their hometown of Philadelphia. It now seems as though there are more big things in store for them in 2015.

This morning, the band has announced that they will be putting out a brand new album, entitled No Closer to Heaven – their fourth full-length record and second Hopeless Records effort – on September 4. It has been a little over two years since the band put out their Billboard-charting The Greatest Generation; the last and most commercially well-recieved installment to their musical “trilogy.”

You can check out No Closer to Heaven‘s album artwork and track list below. Stay tuned for a brand new song and pre-order information at midnight EST.

UPDATE: The band has just put out the new record’s lead single, entitled “Cardinals.” You can check out the heartstring-tugging music video for it below. Read more »

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BOSTON: Here’s Your Chance To See The New Film ‘Amy’ For Free!

If you’re a regular reader of UTG then you no doubt know the only thing we love as much as music is movies, especially documentaries and indie films. There is something about the power of visual storytelling we cannot get enough of, and today we’re thrilled to offer you, our dear readers, a chance to see one of our favorite 2015 docs, for free, in advance of its US release.

Amy is a new documentary exploring the life and tragic death of powerhouse vocalist Amy Winehouse. The film has already won over festival audiences and film critics worldwide, but it won’t be reaching mainstream crowds until its national release on July 10. We have partnered with the people behind the film to present a one-of-a-kind advance screening of the film in Boston on Tuesday, July 7, and we want YOU to be the first ones in the door.

The screening will take place at 7PM on July 7 inside Kendall Square Cinema in Cambridge, MA. We have 50 tickets available to give away online, and they can be claimed by following this link. Read more »

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UTG PHOTOS & REVIEW: Tove Lo At The Music Hall Of Williamsburg in New York, NY (06/16/15)

Chances are, you have heard the song “Talking Body” either on the radio or while canoodling with your lover. Fun fact: Tove Lo‘s album, Queen Of The Clouds, came out in September 2014, but it seems like it’s peaking at the right time for your summer outings.

I had previously seen the Swedish pop star the week before at Free Press Summer Festival in Houston. Tove Lo has been on a lot of festival rosters – you have to respect her grind. It was about twenty degrees hotter and outdoors, but the singer had one of the biggest crowds throughout the whole weekend, so I knew fans were receptive to it. Read more »