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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. 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. 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 »

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UTG INTERVIEW: The Great Game Discuss Their Huge Lineup and Newest Album

The Great Game is spread across Europe–primarily from Spain to Scotland–but that doesn’t stop its several members, both permanent and the occasional contributor, from creating some of the most unique music you’ve heard, from any genre, in some time.

We had the chance to have a lengthy conversation with composer and guitarist Mounzer Sarraf, and we discussed the band’s large cast of players, how they all came together, and their newest album they created–a lengthy, 13-track effort that melds far too many styles and genres to list here. Read more »

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UTG INTERVIEW: CalatrilloZ Talk Concepts and ‘Psalms Of Zahyin’

Last week, London-based operatic metal band CalatrilloZ released their newest effort, Psalms Of Zahyin — a 6-track blast of shredding guitar riffs, pummeling drum work, orchestral string arrangements and classical vocals led by Zahyin himself, the creative ringleader.

We had the chance to speak with Zahyin about all things CalatrilloZ, from the band’s beginnings to their newest album and everything they have lined up for the future, so read through to find our full conversation and the band’s newest video for “Z The Psychopath.” Read more »

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Big Game’ Is The Original Action Film Summer 2015 Needs

Film: Big Game
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Onni Tommila
Directed By: Jalmari Helander

In a summer overrun with sequels and visually impressive, yet predictable action epics, Finnish director Jalmari Helander has found a way to make adventure films feel new once again.

There is a long-running tradition amongst the people in Finland where, upon reaching a certain age, boys are tasked with proving their manhood by hunting alone in the woods. Oskari (Onni Tommila), a young man with dreams of being as great a hunter as his father, is about to embark on that very same mission when Big Game begins. He’s smaller than the average boy, and truth be told he’s not exactly as strong as you might expect, but he’s determined to prove himself to be just as much a man as his father. Read more »

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iLoveMakonnen Is Planning To Steal Your Girl With His New Track

If French Montana is known for repetitively saying “Hanh!,” then iLoveMakonnen may soon be known for his use of “Huuuuuuughhhhhh!” on his latest track.

Kicking off the weekend with a party track sure to have clubs and frats going crazy, iLoveMakonnen dropped “Where Your Girl At” seemingly out of the blue. The song finds the rapper asking for your girl because, if you can’t figure out the most obvious of plots, he’s trying to steal her for the night. He’s not looking for a wife however, so he’s completely willing to let you have her back later. Being the good guy he is, it just makes sense to let you know before he tries to swoop in an steal your girl. You can stream the song below.

The heat from “Tuesday” is finally starting to die down, so all eyes are on iLoveMakonnen to prove himself to be something more than a one hit wonder. I think he possesses the talent needed to pull that off, but I question whether or not he’s got the patience to put in the work needed to create another monster single. “Where Your Girl At” is fine for the internet and people who consume based on the opinions of Twitter, but it’s not the kind of song that guarantees another six to twelve months in the spotlight. Comment below and let us know if you agree. Read more »

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UTG INTERVIEW: Patrick Brice Discusses His New Film, ‘The Overnight’

It’s hard to throw a stone in the world of modern indie movies without hitting some up and coming filmmaker who one or more publications has dubbed the latest ‘visionary’ storyteller. Everyone has someone they’re rooting for in the race to see who graduates from one-time genius to career-long writer/director who influences countless future storytellers, and for me there is no one with more promise or talent working right now than Patrick Brice. He’s delivered two incredibly different and immensely entertaining films over the last year, each pushing genre boundaries in ways rarely, if ever seen before. Like Mark Duplass and Kevin Smith in years prior, Brice could easily become the next indie film everyman, and earlier this month he chose to speak with us about The Overnight, as well as his plans for the future.

At the time of this post we have yet to run our review of The Overnight, but suffice to say it’s destined to be the most talked about sex comedy of 2015. The film follows a couple new to Los Angeles who, following a chance encounter with new neighbors at a local park, embark on a seemingly innocent get-together only to later realize they’ve stumbled upon the strangest and wildest night of their lives. You can view the trailer below, followed by our conversation with Brice. The Overnight is in theaters now. Read more »

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Creep’ Is Incredibly Unsettling

Film: Creep
Starring: Patrick Brice, Mark Duplass
Directed By: Patrick Brice

I have never seen a found footage film quite like Creep, but I always wanted to. It’s a combination of horror, drama, and comedy that is so tightly wound that you never know what to expect from one moment to the next. Credit for this is owed as much to the script as it is to the cast, which consists of just two people, and even though I know it’s still a bit early in 2015 to say such things, I must admit I walked away from Patrick Brice’s first foray into horror knowing without a doubt in my mind it’s the most unsettling film to be released this year.

The idea is simple: Responding to a Craigslist ad that sought a videographer for a one-day job, an unassuming man named Aaron (Patrick Brice) drives to rural California to film a dying man’s final video message to his wife and as-of-yet unborn child. At least, that is why he believes he is taking the job. Read more »

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Ted 2′ Is The First Major Misfire Of Summer 2015

Film: Ted 2
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Seth MacFarlane
Directed By: Seth MacFarlane

Having established a new hero in the world of profane comedy with his initial outing, Seth MacFarlane has proven with Ted 2 what A Million Ways To Die In The West alluded to over a year ago: America’s turn of the millennium funnyman has lost his charm. To make matters worse, he’s pulling Mark Wahlberg, Amanda Seyfried, John Slattery, and Morgan Freeman down with him.

Taking place one year, one marriage, and one divorce after we last said goodbye, Ted 2 reintroduces the characters you loved from the first film, sans Mila Kunis. It seems Mark Wahlberg’s character realized they were simply not meant to be, and that is all the explanation a movie like this needs to introduce a new love interest (Amanda Seyfried) somewhere near the end of the first act. Read more »

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Game & Drake Swap Bars About The Realities Of Fame On “100″

The Game and Drake just delivered a new single that is destined to take hip-hop by storm in no time at all.

Remember when Drake was spotted dropping a few unreleased bars to a sold out Detroit crowd late last month? That so-called freestyle was actually an unannounced preview for the Toronto native’s latest collaboration with California heavyweight The Game. “100″ finds the two top shelf emcees swapping bars that address the snakes in the grass who think they slink by unseen, as well as the reality of pursuing your dreams in a time where most feel unable to even believe in themselves. It’s the kind of quasi-inspiration material Drizzy has been dropping since day one, but it’s actually The Game who shines brightest on the track. You can stream the song, in full, at the end of this post.

Both Game and Drake are set to release new albums later this year, so it kind of makes sense that the two would pair for this summertime single while they individually grind away at their solo projects. Comment below and let us know your thoughts on “100.” Read more »