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Inside The Rock Hall: A Live Blog From The 2015 Induction Ceremony

Taking place in Cleveland, Ohio this evening is the highly anticipated 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

Slated to be inducted in rock’s highest honor this year are fan favorite and legendary acts the likes of Green Day, Ringo Starr, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Lou Reed, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Bill Withers, and The Paul Butterfield Blues Band.

There will be special guest and complimentary appearances from scene favorites Fall Out Boy, Miley Cyrus, John Legend, Paul McCartney, John Mayer, plus many, many others.

Want an inside scoop on the this year’s ceremony before it airs on HBO May 30? Follow Under The Gun Review right here as we live blog from the press room — with quotes from inductees, photos from the ceremony and updates on what is going on inside the show. First up at 7 p.m. EST is Ringo Starr taking the press stage. Follow @UTGreview, @callinghomematt, and @KMGphotographie for instant updates. Read more »

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Green Day To Make “Special Announcement” At Tonight’s Rock Hall Ceremony

According to Cleveland.com, Green Day are set to make a special announcement at this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, where they are to appear tonight.

The article states that anything from retirement to a new record announcement could come from the band this evening — let’s hope for the latter. And a tour. The band just finished a killer set at the House of Blues in Cleveland on Thursday — which featured tracks from Sweet Children, the predecessor band to Green Day.

Under The Gun will be covering this year’s Rock Hall ceremony live from Cleveland — follow @UTGReview, @callinghomematt, and @KMGPhotographie to keep up to date on Green Day’s announcement.

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Daisyhead Debut “The Smallest Light” Music Video

Nashville, Tennessee’s Daisyhead have joined forces with AP to premiere a new music video for the title track off their debut full-length, The Smallest Light. Get in on the action after the jump, and let us know what you think in the comments section below.

“We did this video with a young company called A Studio 518, who reside here in Nashville,” said vocalist/guitarist Michael Roe. “When I saw the music video they did for Nest, I got so sucked into it. I wanted to have a music video that made other people feel that way, so I’m stoked we were able to get together with them.”

The Smallest Light is out now via No Sleep Records. Read more »

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New ‘Star Wars’ Trailer Teases New Foes and Old Allies

After what feels like forever, we have finally been given our second look at Star Wars: The Force Awakens in the form of a new two-minute teaser.

If ever you had doubts as to JJ Abrams’ ability to helm one of the most beloved franchises in cinema history, I assure you that such reservations will be cast aside within the opening seconds of Lucasfilm’s latest offering.

It is apparent that the 48-year-old filmmaker has gone to great lengths to keep the feel of the original films intact, and the results speak for themselves. There are X-Wings, there are lightsabers, and it is glorious. Check it out: Read more »

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Ex Machina’ Is More Than Just Skin Deep

Film: Ex Machina
Starring: Domnhall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Alicia Vikander
Directed by: Alex Garland

In the massive sci-fi canon that viewers have been subjected to today, you start seeing more similarities than differences and feel that not enough thought is being poured into a concept. Alex Garland, the man behind Dredd and Sunshine, uses that canon as a launchpad to apply familiar sci-fi concepts to burning philosophical questions. His directorial debut film, Ex Machina, plays like a Petri dish of fantastic ideas. Some come off perfectly fleshed out while others seem half-baked. As a film that utilizes misdirection and provokes users to seek through layers of subtext, Ex Machina proves to be intellectually appealing without materializing into a thesis on one’s own ideas. Read more »

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UTG ALBUM PREMIERE: Goodbye Tiger – ‘The Pixelated Soul’

When four personalities cross paths and take a major leap in stepping away from the usual routine of building a musical style from the ground up, something truly magical can be born. This can be the case for New Jersey’s up-and-coming experimental outfit Goodbye Tiger.

After releasing their debut EP, Who Do You Call Home?, back in 2013, the band was put into the Asbury Park spotlight, showing poise in every show and leaving every ounce of blood, sweat, and tears on stage. Two years later, the band is set to release their debut full-length album, The Pixelated Soul, which we are proud to premiere today on UTG. Filled with pedal-induced effects, striking percussion fills, and both subtle and intense vocals, this release is that major leap Goodbye Tiger has taken. There is no turning back now.

We caught up with the band to talk about the transition from the EP to the album, the actual writing of The Pixelated Soul, and what it’s like to play in a town where famous music stars like “The Boss” got their start. Read more »

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Unfriended’ Is Not Worth The Price Of Admission

Film: Unfriended
Starring: Heather Sossaman, Matthew Bohrer
Directed by: Levan Gabriadze

Serving as the first ‘all on-screen’ horror film to open in thousands of theaters nationwide, Unfriended boasts a relatively fresh gimmick and almost nothing else.

Remember that long period of silence at the beginning of Wall-E? Replace the colorful animation, comedy, and adorable robots with the computer screen of a high school-aged girl named Blaire who likes to watch videos online without making them full screen and you pretty much have the opening fifteen minutes of Unfriended. Read more »

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UTG INTERVIEW: Screenwriter David Larson Discusses Being Accepted Into Tribeca Film Festival With ‘Big Boy’

This year’s Tribeca Film Festival is taking place April 15-26 in New York City, NY. Each year the festival showcases hundreds of features by film crews across the globe. Not every feature that’s submitted to the festival gets accepted, which makes it a huge honor for those who make it. Most features that win in their category are eligible to be nominated for an Academy Award for the current season. Last year’s winner in the Best Narrative Short category, The Phone Call, subsequently won an Oscar this past February.

We had the opportunity to sit down with the screenwriter of the comedy short Big Boy. The short was accepted into Tribeca’s Short Narrative category, and is making its world debut at the festival this Saturday, April 18. David Larson is a local writer who teamed up with director Bryan Campbell and producer Mike Astle to make the short. He discusses being accepted into the festival and future plans for Big Boy. You can read our full conversation below. Read more »

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UTG @ MICF: Paul Foot, Neil Hamburger & Sara Pascoe

Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Comic: Paul Foot
Show: Hovercraft Symphony in Gammon #Major
Venue: The HiFi Bar, Melbourne

Over the course of his storied career, UK jester Paul Foot has developed a reputation as one of the most excitable and unpredictable comics the world has to offer. His new show Hovercraft Symphony in Gammon #Major sees his trademark manic energy, over the top delivery and love of the absurd turned to eleven to uproarious effect. Foot has the audience in stitches early on, courtesy of some esteemed crowd work that resulted in him performing his official introduction while literally mounted on an audience member, before taking us all on a frantic ride through the confines of his rather vivid imagination.

In a room the size of the HiFi, Foot’s penchant for the nonsensical could run the risk of falling flat, but this audience ate it up as Foot moved effortlessly between rambling tales (such as a long-winded but chortle-filled tale about a sesame seed and tiger prawn ravioli in a toilet cistern and its detrimental impact on relationship dynamics, pointed socio-political humour and clever one-liners as he commits all of himself to his performance. Read more »

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Everything You Need To Know About The 2015 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Inductions

Editor’s Note: Under The Gun Review will be at the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction ceremony. This is the third in a series of preview pieces set to highlight this year’s event. Read the first and second in the series.

It’s that time of year again – Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductions! It is Cleveland’s year to host the star-studded ceremony and I am very happy I will be joined by the likes of fellow UTG writer, Matthew Leimkuehler, to cover the inductions this year. I had the pleasure of covering the 2012 inductions as a CBS Radio intern (photo below) and had a blast. 2012 Inductions saw a multitude of talented performers, attendees, and inductees including Alice Cooper, George Clinton, Kid Cudi, David Arquette, The Beastie Boys, Chuck D, ZZ Top, Sara Bareilles, Guns ‘N Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and more that descended on Cleveland. What craziness will this year bring? So, so much more. Read more »

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Drake Shares “My Side,” A Leftover From ‘If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late’

Drake will release a collector’s physical edition of the February mixtape If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late on April 21 featuring an extended track list. It will include “How Bout Now,” which he shared last October, and a new track he shared this week, titled “My Side,” a leftover from the original If You’re Reading This, It’s Too Late recording sessions that features Lil Wayne.

With Lil Wayne and Drake cutting the song into two halves, both rappers do what they do best. For Lil Wayne, it’s rapping about cunnilingus and having sex with girls. For Drake, that’s rapping about feelings, being rich and going to the club. Overall, it makes sense that this track was left off If You’re Reading This; I can’t imagine a fitting spot for this track in particular.

Check out the leftover below. Read more »

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Deftones, Incubus Announce Co-Headlining Tour

Start breaking open those piggy banks, folks, because the must-see tour of the summer has just been announced.

This July, Deftones and Incubus will be hitting the road for a sizable U.S. outing that will visit 18 prominent venues across the country. Death From Above 1979 and The Bots will offer their support for the duration of said run, which is set to begin on July 22 in Clarkson, Michigan.

Follow the jump below to view full list of dates, and let us know if you plan on attending in the replies. Tickets go on sale next Friday, April 24, unless otherwise specified. Read more »