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Man Overboard Stream ‘Passing Ends’ EP

We’ve already had the chance to listen to “Stood Up” and “For Vince,” but thanks to Billboard, we can now listen to Man Overboard‘s Passing Ends EP in full.

It may have only been about a year and a half since the NJ group released their Heart Attack LP, but the maturity displayed on this new EP makes it seem like decades. With a production team of vocalist/bass player Nik Bruzzese on production duties and Will Yip behind the mixing, this EP is sure to whet the appetites of fans before the Man O releases their fourth studio album in 2015 through Rise Records.

Passing Ends can still be pre-ordered through Lost Tape Collective prior to its release this upcoming Tuesday (10/28). Read more »

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One Direction Recruit Danny Devito For “Steal My Girl” Video

One Direction may seem like any other boy band that has ever existed to those who do not invest much time in such things, but truth be told they are actually quite unique. For starters, they don’t dance in unison. They also don’t take themselves all that serious, which is proven once and for all in their new video for “Steal My Girl.”

Set in a desert far from any major city, the official video for “Steal My Girl” opens with the members of One Direction asking one another where their director has gone. Moments later, the man in question arrives (Danny Devito), and he proceeds to tell the group that their new clip will showcase “a higher form of expression.” This includes, but is not limited to, sumo wrestlers, monkeys, and ribbon dancers. You can view the video below: Read more »

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Brent Walsh (I The Mighty) Streams “Default World”

Guitarist and vocalist Brent Walsh of I The Mighty will be releasing his solo debut through Equal Vision Records on November 10. The eclectic mix of tracks that make up the album, 7, are reflective of different points in Walsh’s life over the past 7 years working with I The Mighty.

Today, Walsh released the second song from 7, a folk-acoustic jam called “Default World.” If you’re familiar with Walsh’s acoustic tracks with I The Mighty you’ll be right at home with this new cut.

You can stream “Default World” below via AltPress. Read more »

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…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead Release Music Video For “The Ghost Within”

…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead have released a new video for their track “The Ghost Within” over at The Line Of Best Fit. The song comes from their most recent album, IX.

This is one of the softer …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead songs that I’ve heard. The feature-style video is a perfect companion piece, as expected from a band that’s been known for their public perception as much as their music.

Watch “The Ghost Within” below and let us know what you think. Read more »

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The Decemberists Announce New Album

The Decemberists have announced that their new album will be titled What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World.

The band announced the album by unveiling a large mural in Brooklyn featuring the album artwork. Frontman Colin Meloy was at the affair, and performed a brand new song called “Make You Better” for everyone in attendance. Check out some YouTube footage of the new song, as well as the album artwork below.

What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World does not yet have a release date, but that information is likely coming soon. We’ll keep you posted as soon as we find out. Read more »

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Better Off Release “I Was Better 10 Years Ago” From ‘Meth Head’

Better Off recently announced their signing to Equal Vision Records and confirmed the release of a seven-inch entitled Meth Head. We heard the title track a while back, and you can now stream the b-side, “I Was Better 10 Years Ago,” at AltPress.

This band is something special, and the new track solidifies that. I think I prefer this song to “Meth Head,” although I’m not sure how I feel about them in comparison to last year’s full-length, (I Think) I’m Leaving. The new seven-inch is a bit of a different direction. Good, but different.

Stream “I Was Better 10 Years Ago” below or over at AltPress. Read more »

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Vacationer Release Music Video For “Go Anywhere”

As fall weather starts to take over, you might have forgotten that Vacationer put out a pretty great album earlier this year. Revisit the summer vibes of Relief with the new music video for “Go Anywhere.”

I don’t think Kenny Vasoli could look more mellowed out than he does here. If you’re having a stressful day, this might be just what you need to regroup and wind down. Take a break, make yourself a piña colada, and enjoy “Go Anywhere.”

You can watch the video below. Read more »

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘John Wick’ Delivers Thrilling Action And Little Else

Film: John Wick
Starring: Keanu Reeves
Directed by: David Leitch, Chad Stahelski

Hell may have no fury like a woman scorned, but neither can hold a candle to the rage that fuels John Wick after losing everything he loves.

The world is a very cold and cruel place when we first meet John Wick, and rarely in the 96 minutes that follow do things ever look up. Hidden away from society after years spent in a life of crime, Wick is a strong and quiet man who is trying his best to mourn the untimely loss of his wife. Her death, brought on by medical issues, has left him searching for purpose in a world he only cared about when she was in it. Read more »

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UTG’s 31 Days Of Halloween: ‘Lake Placid’

Of all the holidays celebrated worldwide, no single day is more loved by the UTG staff than Halloween. With the arrival of the year’s best month, the time has finally come to begin rolling out a plethora of features and special announcements we have prepared in celebration of our favorite day, including the one you’re about to read.

Now in its third year, 31 Days Of Halloween is a recurring feature that will run throughout the month of October. The hope and goal of this column is to supply every UTG reader with a daily horror (or Halloween-themed) movie recommendation that is guaranteed to amplify your All Hallows’ Eve festivities. We’ll be watching every film the day it’s featured, and we hope you’ll follow along at home.

[Warning: the material within is likely NSFW]

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Day 24: Lake Placid (1999)

For as long as there have been horror movies, there have been monsters to fill them. This particular sub-genre has outlasted all others, and despite its habit of recycling old material, still manages to draw in viewers by the boatload. Perhaps it is mankind’s inherent fear of the unknown that fuels the need for inhuman antagonists, but whatever the reason, there is something timeless about a grotesque figure lurking in the foreground, snatching up victims without warning or mercy. Read more »

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UTG PREMIERE: Act As If – “Easier”

The weekend is almost here, so in our minds it is as good a time as any to forget about work and focus on what really matters: Discovering great new music.

Today, we have the great honor of partnering with fast-rising pop rock outfit Act As If to premiere the closing track from their highly anticipated new album. The song, titled “Easier,” knocked us off our collective feet when it first blared throughout our offices, and in the days that followed it could be heard booming from various individual work spaces. To say we’ve fallen head over heels would probably be an understatement, so drop whatever you’re doing and take a few moments to fall in love with Act As If: Read more »

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Whiplash’ Is Likely The Best Film Of 2014

Film: Whiplash
Starring: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons
Directed by: Damien Chazelle

Featuring two unforgettable performances and a script that is as close to perfection as you can find in cinema today, Whiplash is a surefire contender for best film of 2014.

There have been many films about music and various fictional individuals’ attempts at greatness, but never have the heartbreaking sacrifices and unnervingly tense moments that come with truly achieving something special been captured the way they are in Whiplash. Written and directed by Damien Chazelle, the film is as much an exercise in focused effort as the story it has to share, stripping away every moment of needless exposition and unnecessary side-stories in order to deliver a driving and relentlessly thrilling journey to heights of human ability. Read more »

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REVIEW: Arms And Sleepers – ‘Swim Team’

Artist: Arms And Sleepers
Album: Swim Team
Genre: Chillwave, Trip-Hop

Adding to a hefty catalog of LPs, EPs, and split releases riddled with lush tones, intricate instrumentals, ethereal auras, smooth beats and soothing vocal samples, Boston’s Arms and Sleepers are back, post-hiatus, with Swim Team, their fifth full-length studio effort since forming in 2006.

Opening with a slow-builder in “Unbound,” Swim Team immediately compels you to nod your head to one of its many ’90s-inspired beats as you float along with A&S’ evolved sound before meeting a very new one in the title track, which brings to mind the playful and summery childlike exuberance of acts such as Neon Indian, Discovery, and Cults. Read more »