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Alvvays Take To The Sea In “Archie, Marry Me” Video

As evinced by James Rettig over on Stereogum, there’s a lot of steering into the skid with Alvvays and the video for “Archie, Marry Me.” Their new self-titled album, out on Polyvinyl, is all about the consistent, omnipresent aesthetic and buying into its earnest execution.

It works quite well on that album, and it works even better here. Alvvays single is paired with grainy footage of a bright day on the sailboat, and the pairing is almost too snug. It seems pointless to even use the phrases “blissed out pop” or “west coast beach pop,” and probably unfair to utter “Best Coast, eh?” It’s all just right there, and it’s quite fine.

Oh, and the sign language is spelling “the hand.” Enjoy the video, directed by Gavin Keen and Allison Johnston, below.  Read more »

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Limp Bizkit Have Released What May Very Well Be The Worst Rock Song of 2014

Listen, internet. There is a part of me that will forever love Limp Bizkit, and try as some might there is nothing you or anyone else can do to change that fact. That said, the group that gave us “Nookie” and “Break Stuff” are testing the faith of their supporters today with the release of a new and horrible song titled “Endless Slaughter.”

Opening with what sounds like beasts roaring in the distance, “Endless Slaughter” takes about fifteen seconds to completely disappoint any longtime fan of Fred Durst and Limp Bizkit. The verses play like elongated riff sessions, with Durst wailing lyrics about life, feeling not good enough, and some other topics that I cannot make out through all the whine-like screaming pouring through the mic. As the song hits its halfway point, everything changes and a more late 90s influenced alternative rock effort begins to play. It’s just as bad as the first half, only this time you can understand what is being said. You can stream the song, in full, below: Read more »

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’

Film: Guardians Of The Galaxy
Directed by: James Gunn
Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana,

We need to get some things out of the way before we start this review. The current cinema is completely oversaturated with superhero/comic book films. Most of them are the same; every hero is getting their own movie, all of which have relatively the same aesthetics. The worst part about this is, Marvel shows no sign of stopping, with even just recently announcing they have films planned through 2019, which is nothing short of ridiculous. These superhero and comic book adaptations have become so prevalent in pop culture that they’re even starting to take more space in the television circuit (this Fall you will have a new season of Marvel’s Agent’s of S.H.I.E.L.D, Gotham, The Flash, Arrow, and probably others I’m forgetting). I personally think this saturation is keeping the public from watching other really great creative cinema, but that’s a conversation for another time.

In short, I’ve become bored of comic book movies. They don’t do that much for me anymore. However, this past week, I had the pleasure of attending an advanced screening of Guardians of the Galaxy, and I’m happy to report that the film, while it sticks to some comic book film conventions, is both fresh and wildly entertaining. Read more »

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Get On Up’

Film: Get On Up
Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Nelsan Ellis, Dan Aykroyd
Directed by: Tate Taylor

Chadwick Boseman, who previously played Jackie Robinson in 2013’s 42, nails down James Brown’s eccentric presence in an otherwise generic biopic that loses its groove while jumping between big moments in the legendary musician’s life. Get On Up plays like a track list of Brown’s greatest hits performed by a mediocre cover band that can’t quite capture the energy that the original artist exudes. Held up by solid performances from True Blood’s Nelsan Ellis and the always welcome Dan Aykroyd, Get On Up only briefly rises to the occasion to provide an objective view of Brown’s life off-stage. Read more »

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‘Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle’ 10 Years Later: Still High After All This Time

In the summer of 2004 I was seventeen and living a life that could best be described as straight edge. It’s not that I lived in a world thriving with drugs and alcohol that I fought daily to avoid. On the contrary, I came up in a modest, middle class household in a tiny rural town with a population well below 5,000 people. I didn’t do drugs, but I also had no idea where to find them if I had any desire to try them in the first place. Everything I knew about weed and the effects it had on the human body were taught to me by MTV and whatever films I had watched up to that point. I knew so-called ‘stoner films’ were often funny, but I never thought they were anything more than a series of stupid jokes tied together by the fact the main characters liked to get high. That summer, however, everything changed when a little film by the name of Harold And Kumar Go To White Castle arrived in theaters nationwide. Read more »

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Speedy Ortiz Unveil Video For “American Horror,” Extend Tour

Speedy Ortiz has kept busy since the internet at large took notice of them. Since the break of Major Arcana, the band has followed with the Real Hair EP earlier this year and the Adult Swim Singles Series submission “Bigger Party.”

The band has released a Peter Binswager-directed, Pitchfork-premiered video steeped with animation in the imagination. We’re taken on deep dives into the inner workings of band members’ brains, and things get weird pretty quickly.

This release was also accompanied by news of the band’s current tour being extended, with dates with Ex Hex Now stretching from October into November. Check it all out below. Read more »

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Meshuggah + ‘Space Jam’ Soundtrack = The Mashup You Never Knew You Needed

I don’t spend nearly as much time on Reddit as I would like to, but whenever I do have time to peruse its seemingly endless collection of photos, gifs, and information I almost always stumble across something that blows my mind. 9 times out of 10 I never even knew that thing existed before Reddit shared it with me, which is exactly what happened when I discovered the mashup you’re about to hear early this morning.

If there are two things every twenty-something with a love for metal can appreciate, it’s Meshuggah and the soundtrack to the hit film Space Jam. Okay, maybe that second one is a bit of toss-up, but I don’t think I could be friends with someone who doesn’t appreciate that record. It’s almost perfect. In fact, the only thing that could possibly make it better is the addition of Meshuggah, which someone on Reddit made a reality earlier this week. “Bleed Jam,” which was born on a subreddit dedicated to mashups, combines the theme from Space Jam with Meshuggah’s “Bleed” and the results are top shelf. You can stream the track below: Read more »

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UTG TV: Warped 2014 With Neck Deep

Neck Deep is one of the fastest growing pop-punk bands we’ve seen in a while. Want evidence of that? In our interview with the band, Ben and Fil told us how they’d be super starstruck by one man and one man only: Mark Hoppus of blink-182. Four days later, they announced that they’d be opening for the band at London’s Brixton Academy next month. If you go on the band members’ social networks, you can see a photo of them hanging with Hoppus himself.

This has been a busy year for Neck Deep. The band released their first full-length through Hopeless Records, entitled Wishful Thinking, and they even won the trophy for “Best British Newcomer” at the 2014 Kerrang! Awards. The band also spent some of its summer on the Vans Warped Tour, a goal that many bands work years towards attaining.

Additionally, according to the band’s Facebook page, they will be announcing a North American tour on August 4 and a UK tour on August 20. Both are touted to have “sick lineups.” Read more »

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Jon Bellion Streams “Munny Right”

Jon Bellion has released a brand new single for fans to enjoy. Even though he dropped a full-length album at the end of last year, he’s wasting no time getting more music out there. His new song is titled “Munny Right,” and you can stream it below the break.

“Munny Right” easily competes with the other songs he’s released to date. He fuses a bit of soul and hip hop together to make a style that really complements his vocal abilities.

If you would like to see him live, you’re in luck! He just announced ‘The Beautiful Mind Tour,’ which will take place starting this October. You can find the full list of dates on his Facebook page. Read more »

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STREAM: No Bragging Rights – “Outdated”

The Concrete Flower will be No Bragging Rights‘ fifth full-length album once it hits store this September. They announced the album not too long ago, but now they have finally dropped a new single. The song is titled “Outdated,” and the lyric video for it can be streamed below the break.

There are now pre-order options available for purchase. You can grab one of a number of physical bundles here, or secure yourself a digital copy on iTunes. Read more »

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Deafheaven Debuted New Song “From The Kettle Unto The Coil” At Pitchfork

Pitchfork Music Festival seems like ancient news by now, having taken place July 18-20, but we’re just now getting some video from it. These things take time to edit. One clip is of a new Deafheaven song, which has been making the rounds. The new song is also accompanied by video of “Dream House” and “Sunbather” in the initial post.

The new song has all the things that got all the metal and non-metal folks alike into the band in the first place, like post-rock instrumental atmospherics and unintelligible lyrics. The crowd isn’t exactly going wild – the intensity on stage easily tops anything we see off – but there’s some enthusiastic head-banging. As noted by Pitchfork, “From the Kettle Unto the Coil” will be the band’s single for the Adult Swim Single Series; Deafheaven’s date is August 25, nestled in between Captain Murphy and RP Boo.  Read more »

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Turnover Release New Song, Announce Headlining Tour Dates

After announcing that they would be releasing a new 7″ titled Blue Dream, Virginia Beach’s Turnover have debuted the first track off the effort, entitled “Disintegration,” which will drop August 26 via Broken Rim Records in the US as well as Dogs Knights Productions in the UK. This release comes after their debut full-length, Magnolia, last year.

The song starts off with a slow, dreamy main riff throughout the first verse and chorus until singer Austin Getz belts out “You wake up / You’re nothing / You’re tired / You’re struggling,” while the rest of the band explodes into a climatic overdrive to help feed the lyrics from the middle towards the end. You can listen to the song over at BrooklynVegan.

In addition to the song’s debut, the band also announced a tour that will go through most of September into the beginning of October with Light Years and Malfunction in supporting roles. The tour poster and list dates are below so be sure to catch a show when they come to your town. Read more »