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Second ‘Black Mass’ Trailer Shows The Dark Side Of Whitey Bulger

The teaser trailer for Black Mass we all saw back in April was a good way to introduce Johnny Depp’s take on notorious crime boss James ‘Whitey’ Bulger without giving away an ounce of plot. The second trailer, released this weekend, shows just a bit more without giving away the whole shebang.

I never really thought of Rick Ross when reading about the dark and depraved crimes carried out by Whitey Bulger as he held the city of Boston in the palm of his hand, but the latest trailer for Black Mass may have me seeing things differently. Backed by the Jay Z-assisted track “The Devil Is A Lie,” our second look at Depp’s turn as Bulger is filled with violent imagery, smart-ass one-liners, and a general sense of ‘this is going to be make being a vicious gangster look cool.’ You can view the footage below.

Black Mass won’t be out until the end of summer, but it would be nice to see a bit more of the plot before that time comes. There are several frames in this trailer that seem to depict infamous crimes carried out by Whitey, but without any real sense of time it’s hard to know just what we’re seeing at any given time. That said, Depp looks to be giving his all to the role, and that alone gives me a good reason to see the film when it arrives in theaters September 18. Read more »

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Lana Del Rey Says New Album ‘Honeymoon’ Arrives In September

Rejoice, Lana Del Rey fans. The queen has spoken, and we have good news to report that will bring great joy to everyone who hears it.

Last night, Lana Del Rey took her summer 2015 tour to Washington State where she performed before a crowd of thousands. Though no video of this moment has surfaced, several fan reports from the event claim Lana told fans that her long-teased new album, Honeymoon, will hit stores in September. That’s just four short months away!

It’s a little hard to tell whether or not anyone is controlling Lana Del Rey’s rollout for Honeymoon up to this point. No single has been released, but the vocalist is currently selling lyric books featuring the title track on her current tour. She’s also reportedly shot a video for the album, not to mention randomly announcing major tidbits, like the release date, while performing in a city other than Los Angeles, Chicago, or New York City. Read more »

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A$AP Rocky Shares “Electric Body” Featuring Schoolboy Q

The hits just keep coming…

Just a few days after surprising everyone with the rock-driven vibes of “LSD,” A$AP Rocky has shared another exciting track off his upcoming sophomore release.

“Electric Body” is the kind of song that reminds you why you first fell in love with A$AP Rocky. Backed by unique production that toes the line between trap sensibilities and something a bit more futuristic, Rocky and longtime collaborator Schoolboy Q go in bar after bar with their signature tongue-tying flows. With the holiday weekend upon us, this is definitely the type of song you will want to blast with the windows down while cruising to the beach or a late night rendezvous with friends. You can stream the track below.

At.Long.Last.A$AP hits stores June 2. Read more »

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘When Marnie Was There’ Is Another Beautiful Gem From Studio Ghibli

Film: When Marnie Was There
Starring: Sara Takatsuki, Kasumi Arimura
Directed By: Hiromasa Yonebayashi

Based on Joan G. Robinson’s 1981 novel of the same name, When Marnie Was There is a beautifully affecting – and at times tragically depressive – animated feature from director Hiromasa Yonebayashi (The Secret World of Arrietty) and the iconic studio behind the works of legendary animator/director Hayao Miyazaki (My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away) and other beloved features such as Grave Of The Fireflies, Only Yesterday and most recently, The Tale Of Princess Kaguya.

At an hour and forty minutes, Yonebayashi manages to elicit emotional response from the viewer with ease as we witness our lead, Anna, a seemingly stressed introvert, cope with not just asthma – ostensibly the ailment that sets the plot in motion – but relatable issues for nearly any teen/pre-teen; Read more »

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Mixtapes Release Gigantic Compilation Of Rarities, B-Sides, Non-Album Tracks

Mixtapes has always been a favorite around here at UTG, so it broke our hearts last year when the band announced that they’d be calling it quits. Today, the band has released These Are Us, an enormous collection of twenty-three songs from splits, b-sides, rarities, and non-album tracks that almost fill the Mixtapes-sized hole in our hearts.

There are quite a few songs here that don’t surpass the sixty-second mark and were clearly recorded as jokes – look no further than “Chicka Chicka Chicka Chicka Chicka” which features a pitch-corrected Ryan Rockwell singing about a dance, seemingly off the top of his head. Elsewhere, you’ll find some classic Mixtapes songs like the elusive Even On The Worst Nights b-side, “Coffee Party,” and Ryan’s despised “Hey Baby,” which is near impossible to get through without laughing. Even as a big Mixtapes fan, there are a few great songs here that I’ve never heard, like “I Was A Teenage Poltergeist” and a cover of The Hold Steady’s “Your Little Hoodrat Friend.” The compilation ends with an utterly ridiculous, fifteen-minute freestyle.

You can download These Are Us here via Paper and Plastick.

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The Ongoing Concept May Be The Most Interesting Band Of 2015

Have you heard about The Ongoing Concept? Formed in 2010, this four-piece rock band have been garnering a lot of attention for Handmade, their upcoming album release on Solid State Records. Part of the reason for that attention is the band’s unique approach to creating their album, which found them building every instrument used from scratch, and part of it has to do with the fact there are very few bands playing the kind of hard-hitting and emotionally-driven music the band delivers.

Today, May 22, The Ongoing Concept took their DIY approach one step further by releasing their video for “Unwanted,” which marks the first time most people will have heard anything off the band’s upcoming album. It’s a crazy infectious track, which swings from hard rock juggernaut to hook-heavy Warped Tour fodder and back again with seamless transitions, and the video is equally compelling. Using only their own camera skills, as well as a room full of mirrors, the band set to create the visuals for “Unwanted” entirely by themselves. The results are eye-popping to say the least, with quick cuts and sizzling performance footage leading the way, all while each member takes a turn holding the camera. You can view the video below. Read more »

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New Music: Drake & Beyonce – “Can I”

Earlier this year, music writer Ernest Baker had the opportunity to shadow Drake while working on a feature for the popular site FourPins. In the resulting article, Baker wrote that the Toronto native only had two songs completed for the long-awaited album Views From The Six, including one track that featured Beyonce and had been recorded some time prior to 2015. No one thought we would hear that song any time soon, but late last night a collaborative effort between Drake and Bey titled “Can I” found its way online.

Rolling Stone brought to our attention this morning, May 22, that Drake and Beyonce’s first collaboration since “Mine” was available for the world to enjoy. Though the source of the leak has yet to be identified, the quality of the track is on par with something you would hear on an album. It’s not a collaboration in the classic sense, with each pop star having their individual time to shine, but instead Beyonce’s presence works as more of an accompaniment to the minimalist production. Queen B doesn’t have a verse at all, just repeated samples of the lines “Can I” and “Baby” mixed in amongst romance-tinged verses from Drake. You can stream the track, in full, below. Read more »

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Poltergeist’ Is A Reboot Nightmare

Film: Poltergeist
Starring: Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt
Directed by: Gil Kenan

Thirty-three years after Tobe Hooper sent chills down the spines of audience members everywhere with his unique and thrilling Poltergeist film, a modern reboot has appeared with absolutely nothing new to share.

Directed by Gil Kenan, the 2015 version of Poltergeist borrows its core story from the original title, then attempts to twist the frame just enough with socioeconomic commentary to make things feel a bit more timely. A father, played admirably by Sam Rockwell, moves his disgruntled family into a foreclosure-hit neighbourhood after being laid off from his job with John Deere. The new home is located underneath power lines at the back of a cookie-cutter subdivision in the middle of America, and it doesn’t take long for the family’s three children to find a number of reasons they hate the new location. It’s the only place the family can afford, however, so they decide to try and make the best of it. Read more »

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Tomorrowland’ Lacks Wonder And Coherence

Film: Tomorrowland
Starring: Britt Robertson, George Clooney
Directed By: Brad Bird

As the first shot rolls on Tomorrowland, we see Clooney’s Frank Walker talking to the camera about his pessimistic predilections towards the future. Once he is done telling his story, the camera pans over Britt Robertson’s Casey Newton, someone self-dubbed as an optimist as she smiles into the camera while Frank grunts.

It would be fair to say that watching these two ideological agendas play out amongst a swath of beautiful CGI would be fun, to say the least. Unfortunately, that’s not the case here. Brad Bird’s newest has so many worldviews and agendas battling each other in the narrative — some half-baked and some well fleshed out — that the intriguing inspiration behind the concept of Tomorrowland gets sunk under instances of preachy blathering. This is weird since Bird made a joke about the same overly verbose speeches used by villains in The Incredibles. Read more »

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Migos Release “Origin” Music Video

Offset may still be behind bars, but that is not stopping the men of Migos from building hype for their upcoming debut album.

Today, less than a week after releasing their Still On Lock mixtape, Migos partnered with WorldStarHipHop to share their video for “Origin.” The song appears to be taken from Migos’ debut album, YRN, which is slated for release on June 16. Like “One Time,” the track is one of the more structured efforts in the group’s catalog, with each emcee taking a verse and making it their own. The hook talks about the origin of the group’s flow, but whether or not they actually reveal its source is something you will only learn by listening to the song. You can view the video at the end of this post.

Migos have remained confident in their ability to meet YRN‘s June release, but the continued incarceration of member Offset has led critics and fans alike to wonder if a delay could be on the horizon. We certainly hope that isn’t the case, but at the same time we couldn’t blame the trio for wanting to be whole again before dropping what is without a doubt the biggest release of their career. Read more »

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REVIEW: Four Year Strong – ‘Four Year Strong’

Artist: Four Year Strong
Album: Four Year Strong
Label: Pure Noise Records
Genre: Easycore, baby

Before we take the next 1,100 words or so to discuss the new Four Year Strong record, let’s talk about presentation.

Four Year Strong is a band that has always cared about presentation. Ridiculous promo pictures featuring the band’s enormous men in FYS-branded varsity jackets, the famous beards, song titles riddled with highly-quotable movie lines, and cartoon album artwork with robot sharks, wizards, and centaurs are all essential parts of the brand that Four Year Strong spent so much time building in the late 2000s. The 2010 incarnation of the band was the best possible visual representation of their signature sound – giant dudes with incredible facial hair just look right as they’re tearing through songs titled “Beatdown in the Key of Happy” and “It Must Really Suck To Be Four Year Strong Right Now” that feature equal parts breakdowns, synths, and pinch harmonics. Read more »

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Prawn Release New Music Video For “Settled”

New Jersey indie rock outfit Prawn just put out a new music video for their song “Settled.” The trumpet-imbued mercurial b-side track to the band’s last full-length record, Kingfisher, is brought to life in an unfinished house amidst the snowy woods in New Hampshire. This is also the title track to the band’s most recent 7-inch, which you can grab here.

The band shares: “It’s one of our favorite songs we’ve written collectively and it always seemed like it would pair well with a video,” and adds that filming it was “was one of the more fun weekends we’ve had as a band.”

You can check out the new music video for “Settled” below. Additionally, the band is currently gearing up to head out on a three-week-long UK/European tour set to kick off at the end of June. Details for that can also be found below. Read more »