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ALBUM STREAM: Frameworks – ‘Loom’

“Genre-bending” is a term that I don’t throw around often, especially when talking hardcore, but in the case of Gainesville, Florida’s Frameworks, few other descriptions do them justice. Over the past few months the group has been able to showcase their unique sound by previewing several stellar tracks off their debut full-length, Loom, but as of today, fans can finally enjoy the release in its entirety. Give it a spin by heading over to Stereogum.

The band will be touring in support of the release throughout the end of May; a full list of dates can be found below the jump.

If Loom tickles your fancy, you can pre-order a copy of the album here, before it drops next Tuesday (April 29) via Topshelf Records. Read more »

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Coldplay Debut New Track, “Ocean”

Coldplay’s sixth full-length album, Ghost Stories, is set to hit stores nationwide on May 19. In anticipation of the release, which will act as a follow-up to 2011’s Mylo Xyloto, the group recently debuted a brand new song while recording an in-studio session for BBC Radio 1. Titled “Ocean,” you can check out the ebbing acoustic ballad by following the jump below.

This newest offering is more straightforward than the previously released  “Magic” and “Midnight,” both of which were noticeable departures from the outfit’s earlier efforts. Comment below and let us know what you think.

If you’re a fan, there’s still time for you to snag a pre-order of Ghost Stories here. Read more »

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LIVE MUSIC VIDEO: Between The Buried And Me – “Lay Your Ghosts To Rest”

Between The Buried And Me released their epic 72 minute long sixth studio album back in October of 2012. Since its release the band has toured relentlessly all over the world. With all that time on the road, it’s a great opportunity to get plenty of live footage to put together a music video. That’s exactly what the band has done for their song “Lay Your Ghosts To Rest.” A majority of the video is of the band performing the song in various venues, but there are also some parts included that are digitalized stars and planets. You can watch the entire ten minute video by checking below the jump.

If you are interested in seeing the band live any time soon, you may be in luck. They are heading out on tour staring May 29, and will be on the road until the last week of June. Most of those dates will be in the US, but they have a couple of stops in Canada as well. You can view the full list of dates on their Facebook page. Read more »

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Tiny Moving Parts Announce Split With Old Gray, Stream New Song

Tiny Moving Parts burst onto the scene last year with an excellent debut full-length, This Couch Is Long and Full of Friendship, and they’re wasting no time following it up. The recent Triple Crown Records signees will release a split with New Hampshire’s Old Gray on May 20, and you can stream a new song from the effort over at Brooklyn Vegan.

“Fair Trade” features more the band’s fusion of technical, angular playing, passionate vocals, and lyrics that you will immediately want to yell at the top of your lungs. The split is up for pre-order now at two US labels, Kind of Like Records and Broken World Media, and there is a UK pressing available at Dog Knights Productions.

Tiny Moving Parts have a slew of tour dates planned for the next few months. You can find them all listed below, but take special note of their summer tour with Modern Baseball, The Hotelier, and Sorority Noise. That’s a lineup you don’t want to miss. Read more »

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This Is Not A Joke: A ‘Peeps’ Movie Is In Development

Easter may have come and went, but the marshmallow treat most commonly associated with the bunny side of the holiday has one more surprise of its sleeve.

News broke this morning that development is underway for a film based on the confectionary treats known as Peeps. Yes, Peeps. The sugar-coated, animal-shaped delights that fill easter baskets, inspire vodka flavors, sit atop donuts, and in recent years even attempted crossing over into other holidays are headed for the big screen in the years to come. God, if you’re out there, now is the time when we need you most.

The one upside to this crazy story is that the man behind the rights option is none other than filmmaker Adam Rifkin (Detroit Rock City). He and his partners Brent Tinter and Brian E. Rochlin acquired the rights from Peeps manufacturer Just Born after the company heard their pitch for a full-length animated feature. The film is being described, perhaps somewhat predictably, as an “Lego Movie-esque family epic.” Read more »

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‘Delivery’ Trailer: Guess Who’s Having Satan’s Baby?

The film industry is a crazy place where the first person to develop an idea is not always the first person to share that idea with mainstream America. Just because your film was in production first does not guarantee it will see release first. At least, not in a way that will matter once a studio or similarly large competitor rolls out their big(ger) budget version on 3000 screens with a multi-million dollar marketing campaign.

Delivery is a found footage film about a young couple learning their unborn baby is possessed by a malovent spirit. It’s a setup incredibly similar to that of The Devil’s Due, which hit theaters in January, but Delivery has production headlines dating back to 2011 (long before Devil’s Due was announced). Read more »

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Is Mineral Up To Something?

This is the news post I’ve wanted to write more than anything else this year. If a new website and social media accounts are to be believed, it looks like things are happening with long-defunct emo act Mineral.

The Twitter and Facebook pages have yet to be updated, but the Instagram page features a few shots of instruments and amps that might look familiar to anyone who has spent a lazy afternoon watching Mineral sets on Youtube. While it’s no confirmation, we can only hope that this means a reunion in the works. It would certainly be the perfect time, since this week has already seen the announcement of two American Football reunion shows and the first new Sunny Day Real Estate song in over a decade.

In their all-too-short initial run, Mineral released two albums, The Power of Failing and EndSerenading, both of which are emo classics and essential listening for all fans of the genre. Give those a spin today, and stay tuned for more Mineral news as it surfaces.

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Lou Ferrigno Will Voice The Hulk In ‘The Avengers: Age Of Ultron’

Lou Ferrigno, legendary actor and original star of The Hulk television series, has confirmed in a new interview that he will be voicing the greener side of Bruce Banner in Marvel’s upcoming film The Avengers: Age Of Ultron.

According to Nuke The Fridge, Ferrigno confirmed his plans to voice The Hulk in the upcoming Avengers sequel while making an appearance at WonderCon in California this past weekend. Ferrigno originally provided grunts and screams for The Avengers, but actor Mark Ruffalo – who plays the part of Bruce Banner – provided the voice for Hulk’s one line of dialogue (“Puny God”).

It’s very cool of Marvel to allow Ferrigno to still be involved with the character he helped bring into the hearts and imaginations of comic fans everywhere, but I am going to guess the amount of dialogue he actually has will remain relatively small. We do not know the entirety of Hulk’s role in the new film, but early concept art revealed him fighting with Black Widow and Tony Stark’s Hulkbuster armor. You can view the images below.

The Avengers: Age Of Ultron will hit theaters in summer 2015. Read more »

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UTG EXPERIENCE: RiFF RaFF’s ‘Neon Icon’ Tour (4/21/14)

It’s almost midnight and RiFF RaFF just exited the stage at Irving Plaza. Blunt smoke is filling the green room as he finishes taking photos with VIP meet and greet winners. Just when he thought it was over, he’s approached by a group of people who didn’t exactly fit the expected demographic for one of his concerts.

“Ya’ll came in here looking like Duck Dynasty,” RiFF RaFF blurts out to the guests. One of them is wearing a NASCAR t-shirt.

What happened next was undeniably the most interesting thing I’ve seen in a while. Last weekend, I watched Chuck Ragan give the boots off his feet to an editor from Noisey in the very same room. This trumped that moment.

Check out below for a review of the show, performance shots, and some photos from backstage. Read more »

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UTG TV: The White Buffalo On Patriotism, Religion, And His Concept Album

Last Friday, Chuck Ragan and the Camaraderie, The White Buffalo, and Jonny Two Bags performed in New York City’s Irving Plaza. Unsurprisingly, all of the performancse were heartfelt and electric. Chuck Ragan only rolls with the best. We’ll be posting photos from the show in the coming days.

Fortunately, UTG TV was able to sit down with an artist we’ve been keeping our eye on, The White Buffalo. An incredible singer/songwriter from the West Coast, Jake Smith pours every ounce of emotion into his writing. His newest album Shadows, Greys, and Evil Ways takes you on a ride spanning the realms of love and war.

In this exclusive interview, Smith postulates the development of his concept album. We consider the extent of which nationalism, the foundation of family, and speculation of a higher power contributed to his writing process.

Check out below the jump to experience the stern yet gently spoken man known as The White Buffalo. Read more »

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In Hearts Wake Launch Online Game To Reveal New Single

Bands and record labels come up with all kinds of crazy/ingenious ways to promote upcoming music or albums. A lot of them will generally require fan involvement, which can include but is not limited to: contests, puzzles, games, riddles and more. In Hearts Wake and their label, UNFD, have decided to take that path to reveal the third single from their upcoming album Earthwalker. What do fans have to do? Play a game! Sounds easy enough, right?

Earth Invader is set up similarly to Galaga, and pits the player, who is a squirrel, against “Tony Abbott’s bulldozers” in an effort to save the trees. Once you hit 80,000 points the new song will start to play. To incentivize fans even more, the person with the highest score by May 23 will have an opportunity to win a test pressing of the band’s album.

You can play the game, and read more details on the contest by heading right here. I’ve played the game a few times already and I can tell you it is definitely not very easy.

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Stream The Remix Of Bad Suns’ “Salt”

Bad Suns seem to have come out of nowhere and taken the music scene by storm. Their catchy pop songs have clearly been a hit for fans, and their single “Cardiac Arrest” got them picked up by Vagrant Records. This is a label that is also home to artists like City And Colour and Band Of Skulls.

Their Transpose EP came out a few months ago, and one of the first singles we wrote about from it was “Salt.” Though the song didn’t catch people’s attention quite like “Cardiac Arrest,” it’s still a great jam that’s easily comparable to the sound that’s coming from artists like The 1975. The band has teamed up with Peter Thomas to give the song new life courtesy of a remix. You can stream that remix by taking a look below the jump. Read more »