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Stray From The Path Announce October Headlining Tour

This coming October, Stray from the Path will be taking their politically charged show on the road in the form of an 18-date headlining tour. Counterparts, Expire, and My Ticket Home will be offering their support throughout the duration of the run, which is presently set to begin on the 8th in Harrisburg, PA. If you want to get in on the action, a full itinerary can be found just below the jump.

The Sumerian four-piece has yet to reveal ticket information, but you can bet we’ll keep you in the loop as we hear more. In the meantime, follow UTG on Twitter for more music and film news. Read more »

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Yellowcard Tease New Album Slated For Fall Release

It’s been a rollercoaster of a year for Yellowcard. Back in March, the group parted ways with their longtime drummer Longineu Parsons III, and shortly thereafter called upon Nate Young of Anberlin to fill in. Not deterred, the Jacksonville five-piece has since signed to Razor & Tie Records, with hopes of releasing their eleventh studio album this coming fall.

From all indications, everything seems to be going according to plan, as earlier today, the outfit posted a brief teaser video confirming that their newest effort would indeed be making landfall in the months ahead. Check it out by clicking through the jump below, and let us know if you’re excited in the replies.

Last week, we caught up with group’s violinist, Sean Mackin, to discuss the band’s triumphant return to the limelight. To find out what he had to say, head here. Read more »

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Slipknot Unleash “The Negative One”

Today’s news has been a long time coming for Slipknot fans as they’ve sat back and waited to hear something from Corey Taylor and company since the release of All Hope Is Gone over five years ago. With the release of multiple teasers hinting towards new music over the past few weeks, the nu-metal outfit have finally debuted a brand new track. Entitled “The Negative One,” the band’s first output without deceased bass guitarist Paul Gray and recently ousted drummer Joey Jordison is streaming exclusively on their official website.

Click here to give “The Negative One” a listen and be sure to stay tuned for our staff’s opinions on the track in the near future.

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Like Statues Launch “Day One” Music Video

After recently inking a deal with music management and booking company called The Sights Set North Agency, Michigan hardcore band, Like Statues, have launched a brand new music video today for their track titled “Day One.” The video features footage of the band performing in a garage-like setting, giving the visuals a gritty, DIY-like feel. From moshing and hardcore dancing to the heavy breakdowns in the track, Like Statues reveal what they are all about.

You can view the “Day One” music video right after the jump. Read more »

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REVIEW: 5 Seconds Of Summer – ’5 Seconds Of Summer’

Artist: 5 Seconds of Summer
Album: 5 Seconds Of Summer
Genre: Pop rock

Every few years a band comes along with a sound that caters to both the mainstream and alternative underground, but due to how they choose to market themselves certain ‘scene gatekeepers’ refuse to acknowledge the group’s work as anything other than radio fluff. In 2014, that band is known as 5 Seconds Of Summer, but try as some might to claim otherwise I am convinced there is no stopping their eventual rise to the top of the pop rock hierarchy.

Hailing from Australia with a sound inspired by your favorite non-hardcore/metal Warped Tour artists, 5 Seconds Of Summer have risen from relative obscurity to full-blown international sensations in just over a year’s time. Their debut album arrived at our offices last week, and to be honest I was a little more than hesitant to put it on. The first single, “She Looks So Perfect” did very little to amuse me, but something told me that giving the full record a chance would be a good decision. I trusted my gut, which was correct, and am now able to tell you without a sliver of doubt that I believe in the infectious pop rock power 5 Seconds Of Summer possess. Read more »

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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 »