William Beckett Premieres “Lock In” For New John Scalzi Novel

Having been signed to Equal Vision Records and having released his last record, Genuine And Counterfeit, well over a year ago now, former The Academy Is… frontman William Beckett has just released a new song, which is reportedly the theme song to John Scalzi’s new NY Times Best-Selling novel, entitled Lock In. The new song, which shares the novel’s title, can be purchased now on EVR’s Bandcamp and will be available on iTunes and Amazon on October 27.

Beckett shares about being approached by Scalzi for the book’s theme song and why he was immediately on board: “After reading the novel I was completely taken by the story and I KNEW that I had to be a part of it. The song reflects the dark mystery that surrounds Scalzi’s world of Lock In, while painting a broader stroke on the overall universal themes of isolation, fear and response in the face of catastrophe – both on an individual level and on society itself. A world where the need to “belong” and feel “normal” feed the unending hunger for power and control. Sound familiar?”

You can take a listen to “Lock In” below. Read more »

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Cruel Hand Stream New Full-Length, ‘The Negatives’

Hopeless Records signed a bunch of solid bands this year; one of them being Portland, Maine hardcore outfit, Cruel Hand. As they have mentioned in the past, the band will be making their Hopeless debut, entitled The Negatives, early next week.

In addition to this, Cruel Hand released a new music video last month for a song off of this upcoming album. This track is titled “Unhinged – Unraveled” and you can check it out here.

The band is also scheduled to support label-mates Neck Deep on tour along with Real Friends beginning on September 26.

Fans can now stream The Negatives in its entirety until it officially drops on September 23. Read more »

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Brent Walsh (I The Mighty) Announces Solo Record, ’7′

At long last, vocalist Brent Walsh of I The Mighty has finally made an official announcement regarding his upcoming solo record. In a short informational teaser that was published to the singer-songwriter’s Facebook page, Walsh explains how the upcoming record will be a collection of extremely diverse tracks that were recorded in pieces over the course of 7 years of writing and working with I The Mighty.

For those who don’t know, I The Mighty originally started as an acoustic duo comprised of Walsh and current guitarist, Ian Pedigo, several years before their Equal Vision Debut, 2012′s Karma Never Sleeps. Fans of the modern I The Mighty sound shouldn’t worry, however, since the band has indicated that they are writing a follow-up to Satori.

Simply titled 7, Walsh’s debut as a solo artist will arrive via Equal Vision Records on November 10. Check below to see the short teaser video, narrated by Walsh, about 7 and stay tuned for pre-order announcements. Read more »

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Snarl (Parker Cannon of The Story So Far) Stream Debut Demo

A few days back, The Story So Far’s Parker Cannon took to social media to announce the existence of Snarl, a hardcore side project that he planned to soon make a reality. We were as eager as anyone to hear what this new undertaking had to offer, and I’m pleased to report that after only two days, we have our answer. You can stream Snarl’s debut demo, via Bandcamp, after the break.

Featuring Cannon on guitar, bass, and vocals, and Cam Mcbain on drums, this gritty four-song attempt is a mere 5 minutes in length, and a far cry from the frontman’s regular body of work. Laden with chunky punk riffs and more beefy breakdowns than you can shake a mic at, this hard-hitting introduction is furious, fast, and a perfect way to welcome in the weekend. If you agree, let us know in the replies.

At this time, it is unclear just how much time Cannon is planning to dedicate to Snarl, but going off this initial offering, we hope it’s a lot. Follow UTG on Twitter to stay in the loop. Read more »

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Stream Julian Casablancas’ Sophomore Release ‘Tyranny’

Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas has returned to his solo career to release his second album, titled Tyranny. This time around, Casablancas has enlisted the help of a band called The Voidz to provide backup for the upcoming release, which hits shelves September 23. So far we’ve seen 2 singles from the album, “Human Sadness” and “Where No Eagles Fly.”

Pre-orders for Tyranny are available on the website for Casablancas’ label, Cult Records, as well as Amazon. Cult Records was also the home to the first solo release from Casablancas, 2009′s Phrazes for the Young.

Check out a full stream of Tyranny below, via Rolling Stone Read more »


‘V/H/S Viral’ Red-Band Trailer: Third Time May Be The Bloody Charm

Following suit from its predecessors, V/H/S Viral compiles short horror films from a myriad of up and coming directors. Tied together loosely by a main story about teenagers stumbling upon some horrific videotapes, the third entry in the V/H/S series seems to amp up the insanity, gore, violence, and body horror. Releasing on October 23 via VOD and with a limited theatrical run on November 21, this venture into the horror compilation includes entries from directors such as Justin Benson (Resolution), Gregg Bishop (Dance of the Dead), Todd Lincoln (The Apparition), Aaron Moorhead (Resolution‘s co-director), Marcel Sarmiento (Deadgirl), and Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes).

Everything from hobo skull monsters to violent woman succubi (it gets a tad graphic, beware) shows up to scare the living bejeezus out of you this time around. The new red-band trailer debuted over at IGN and we have it down below for your viewing pleasure.

Sound back in the comments and let us know what you think! Read more »

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Get Lost In Tycho’s Video For “See (Official Performance Cut)”

San Francisco producer Tycho has released a wonderful new video for the track “See (Official Performance Cut).”

Featuring the band members as living and moving constellations, the video was assembled using kinetic technology. Watch as the beautiful sounds of the track weave in and out of the cosmos, instilling images of geometrical bliss coupled with the music transpiring in front of you. Trust me, this video is an experience.

As well as releasing the video, a long string of tour dates have been announced, ranging from September all the way to the end of the year.

Follow us after the jump to experience what is now one of my favorite videos of 2014, and be sure to see if Tycho is coming near you. Read more »

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Little May Are Sure To Make Pet Lovers Cry With Their Video For “Dust”

We haven’t featured Little May in quite some time; since their gorgeous video for “Hide” hit last year, to be exact. That’s entirely on us, but the Sydney-based trio have a brand new video out now for another beautiful track, entitled “Dust,” which will be featured on their forthcoming self-titled EP, due out October 14 through Capitol Records.

The video, which premiered over at The Fader, is a tearjerker — primarily for pet/animal lovers, but really for anyone that has a heart. The loss of a pet is never easy, and that’s something that’s beautifully portrayed in a sad, but uplifting visual accompaniment from Little May. The band told The Fader, “We were intrigued by the concept of how we, as viewers, are often more affected by the loss of an animal than of a human on screen. We wanted to explore the power in this.”

You can view the video below, and be sure to keep Little May on your radar. You can pre-order what’s certain to be one of the best EPs of the year through iTunes. Read more »

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New Queen Anthology To Feature Unreleased Freddie Mercury And Michael Jackson Duet

The announcement of Queen‘s latest anthology release, titled Queen Forever, comes with the intriguing surprise of new, previously unreleased music from the band featuring original frontman Freddie Mercury.

Amongst these new tracks is a song featuring Michael Jackson — yes, Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson performing a duet on a Queen track. The collaboration is titled “There Must Be More to Life Than This.” The anthology, which is set to be released November 11, also features other unheard Queen numbers, including “Let Me in Your Heart Again,” an unfinished track featuring Mercury from the band’s sessions for 1984′s The Works.

According to Consequence of Sound, the release will come in two formats: a 20-track single-CD set or a 36-track, double-disk set. Follow the jump to see the full track listing as well as a press statement regarding the Mercury-Jackson track. Read more »


UTG PREMIERE: Nemes – “Black Streak”

With a little more than a month to go before their long awaited full-length debut arrives in stores, New England folk rock outfit Nemes have joined forces with UTG to share a brand new song.

It’s hard to know the right way to describe the sound of Nemes to someone who has never encountered their unique take on music. The best explanation I have been able to put together is asking people to imagine what would happen if My Morning Jacket had a baby with Mumford And Sons while listening to acoustic-driven emo music from the early millennium. I know that is kind of a mouthful, but after experiencing “Black Streak” I think you will understand why Nemes’ sound leaves me at a loss. You can enjoy the track below: Read more »

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WATCH: New JLo Video For “Booty” Proves She Is Still A Goddess

According to Wikipedia, Jennifer Lopez is 45 years old. But that can’t be right — she hasn’t aged a day. JLo’s new video for the single “Booty,” is as sexual and sensational as the JLo we fell in love with decades ago. It’s apparent, by the 2.3 million views in less than 24 hours, that this pop Goddess has found the elixir of life and she just hasn’t told us yet.

All jokes of how amazing JLo looks aside, the duet single with Iggy Azalea is infectious as pop music can be. The hook of “big, big booty…butchu got a big booty” will undoubtedly be stuck in your head for the rest of the day.

Click the “Read More” link and watch for yourself. Be prepared to feel bad about all those calories you’ve been eating or drinking, because it’s obvious JLo hasn’t eaten an ounce of fat in 20 years. Read more »


MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Tusk’ Will Stay With You Long After The Credits Roll

Film: Tusk
Starring: Justin Long, Michael Parks
Directed by: Kevin Smith

Kevin Smith has gone full walrus with his latest feature, and the world of horror may never be the same.

Wallace (Justin Long) is a grown man-child who makes his living hosting a podcast with his best friend called the ‘Not-See Party.’ Their show’s premise is never explained, but suffice to say they spend a lot of time watching and commenting on ridiculous videos they find online. One clip, which features a young man accidentally harming himself in an incredibly embarrassing way, inspires Wallace to travel from his home in Los Angeles to rural Canada in order to interview the boy who inspired 30 million YouTube views. Things don’t go as planned, and Wallace soon finds himself with nothing to do and several days to kill in a place with nothing interesting to offer. That is, except for a mysterious message posted to a classified board offering stories from a world traveler in exchange for chores. It’s something too perfect for Wallace to pass up, but it also happens to be the ad that will lead him to a place that might as well be hell on Earth. Read more »