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REVIEW: Speak Low If You Speak Love – ‘Everything But What You Need’

Artist: Speak Low If You Speak Love
Album: Everything But What You Need
Genre: Acoustic indie rock
Label: Pure Noise Records

In the punk world, acoustic side projects often carry an unjustified stigma. While many of the records in the “sensitive pop-punk dude with acoustic guitar” genre tend to fall flat due to uninspired songwriting and lackluster production value, Speak Low If You Speak Love stands out brightly. The brainchild and passion project of State Champs guitarist Ryan Scott Graham, Speak Low self-released a record called Everything But What You Need in December of 2013. We loved it here at UTG, but it flew under the radar in the mainstream. The record has now been re-released by Speak Low’s new home, Pure Noise Records, and it still holds up as one of the better acoustic side projects of the past few years. Read more »

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UTG @ Melbourne International Comedy Festival: Mark Watson – ‘Flaws’

Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Comic: Mark Watson
Show: Flaws
Venue: ACMI Beyond

Mark Watson is a hardworking man of very many talents. With a decade of seasons at the Edinburgh Fringe, multiple 24-hour comedy marathons, TV appearances and a library of novels up his sleeve – as well as a family waiting for him at home – you’d expect that he’d be a confident chap quite chuffed with his lot in life, but he’s not. Or at least he wasn’t, for a while there anyway.

His new show Flaws is an hour of musings upon the nature of what he perceived to be his failings as a human being, and the physical and psychological impact his attempts to combat and/or quell these perceptions had on his life. It might not sound all that funny, but in the hands of Mark Watson, it proved to be absolutely hilarious. Read more »

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Celebrating 20 Years of Silverchair’s ‘Frogstomp’

In the last week of March in 1995, a band of three long-haired, fifteen-year-old grunge disciples from working class Newcastle in northern New South Wales shot to worldwide prominence courtesy of their enthusiastically received debut album Frogstomp. That band was known as Silverchair and for a nine-year-old Australian kid, raised on the likes of Nirvana, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, The Offspring and Alice in Chains, they may as well have been God, and Frogstomp The Bible.

I was one such nine-year-old and for me Frogstomp marked the first moment where I felt like I had discovered a band on my own, before or at least at the same time as the rest of the world, and more importantly without the guidance of my older siblings. Of course in hindsight you could argue that I’d really just been susceptible to my first major label marketing campaign, but at the time it felt incredibly empowering. Read more »

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The New ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Trailer Offers A Glimpse Of The Plot

Mad Max: Fury Road is one of this year’s most highly anticipated films. From what we have seen so far, it’s going to be an action-packed ride through an apocalyptic world. Earlier today the third official trailer was let loose, and it looks pretty promising. It offers a clearer view of what the plot actually is, since it wasn’t as obvious in the previous trailers. You can check it out below.

The movie is set to hit theaters everywhere May 15. Read more »

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Preview Two New Tracks off David Duchovny’s Debut Album

Last July, the always awesome David Duchovny announced that he would be releasing his debut album sometime in 2015. Never one to disappoint, the 54-year-old actor has since shared the details for his first full-length record, which is set to arrive on May 12 through Thinksay Records.

Titled Hell or Highwater, Duchovny’s freshman outing will be comprised of 12 original tracks, two of which can be previewed below. If you’re a fan, you can pre-order the album here.

“Making this record is a dream come true, but I never had this dream–it’s still a shock when I think about how all this music happened,” Duchovny said. “What I do know is that I feel these songs represent the truest expression that I’ve ever been able to achieve and I look forward to sharing it with everyone.”

Comment below and let us know if you’ll be picking up a copy of Hell or Highwater. Read more »

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Run The Jewels Share Striking Music Video For “Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck)”

Killer Mike and El-P’s Run The Jewels project finds lyrical focus in racial politics regularly. Under the helm of director A.G. Rojas, the duo have shared a music video for “Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck),” featuring former Rage Against the Machine member Zack de la Rocha, that revisits subjects commonly found discussed in their verses.

The video shows a white police officer (Boardwalk Empire‘s Shea Whigham) constantly fighting with a black man (Short Term 12‘s Keith Stanfield). Shot in black and white, the video highlights the ongoing racial tensions of our time. Rojas said of the video:

We had to exploit the lyrics and aggression and emotion of the track, and translate that into a film that would ignite a valuable and productive conversation about racially motivated violence in this country. It’s provocative, and we all knew this, so we were tasked with making something that expressed the intensity of senseless violence without eclipsing our humanity. For me, it was important to write a story that didn’t paint a simplistic portrait of the characters of the Cop and Kid. They’re not stereotypes. They’re people — complex, real people and, as such, the power had to shift between them at certain points throughout the story. The film begins and it feels like they have been fighting for days, they’re exhausted, not a single punch is thrown, their violence is communicated through clumsy, raw emotion. They’ve already fought their way past their judgments and learned hatred toward one another. Our goal was to highlight the futility of the violence, not celebrate it.

Check out the video below. Read more »

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Listen To Jon Bellion’s Latest Single, “Woodstock (Psychedelic Fiction)”

Jon Bellion recently promised fans that he would be releasing a brand new single today, and he’s delivered on that promise. Earlier this afternoon he dropped a catchy new track titled “Woodstock (Psychedelic Fiction).” You can give the song a listen below.

“Woodstock (Psychedelic Fiction)” is a bit more laid back than some of the other singles we have heard from him in the past, but it’s as lyrically pleasing as we’ve come to expect from the New York artist. Bellion’s vocal execution is on point as he carefully navigates each verse of the song.

It doesn’t appear as though the single is available for purchase yet, but here’s to hoping that will change soon! In the meantime, you can always add it to your Spotify playlist. Read more »

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Say Anything Announce Summer Headlining Tour

Having successfully finished up celebrating the tenth anniversary of Say Anything‘s …Is A Real Boy through tours and various vinyl represses, the band is back on the road and will be touring this summer in support of their 2014 studio album, Hebrews.

Unlike Hebrews, which was a successful no-guitars experimental endeavor, the band will be accompanied by both a string quartet and guitars. The band will be playing medium-sized venues and will be joined by Modern Baseball, Cymbals Eat Guitars, and Hard Girls through all five weeks.

Pre-sale tickets for Say Anything’s headlining tour are now available for purchase here. Public on-sale will go live on April 3 at 12pm local time.

You can check out a complete list of dates below. Read more »

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Migos Announce ‘Yung Rich Nation’ Tour

Riding high on the success of their recent trip to SXSW, Migos have unveiled plans to tour the United States with label mate OG Maco just in time for the release of their debut album.

Dubbed the Young Rich Nation Tour, the latest stateside run of shows from Migos will find the group criss-crossing the country over the course of four weeks. Along the way, the group will touch down in more than two dozen cities, including Boston, New York, Dallas, Los Angeles, New Orleans, and San Francisco. You can view the full routing, as well as the venues where Migos will perform, at the end of this post.

Migos recently released the video for “One Time,” which can also be found below. Read more »

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REVIEW: Death Cab For Cutie – ‘Kintsugi’

Artist: Death Cab For Cutie
Title: Kintsugi
Label: Atlantic Records
Genre: Indie

Since forming in 1997, Death Cab For Cutie had never named a record until after it was finished, at which point they would all pitch ideas to one another and decide on a title together. This was the norm for over 15 years and 7 albums, until last summer, when bassist Nick Harmer ran across a tag so painstakingly applicable that it immediately stuck.

“The album’s called Kintsugi,” Harmer revealed to Rolling Stone this past January. “It’s a Japanese style of art where they take fractured, broken ceramics and put them back together with very obvious, real gold. It’s making the repair of an object a visual part of its history. Read more »

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Superfast!’ Is The Worst Film Of 2015

Film: Superfast!
Starring: Alex Ashbaugh, Dale Pavinski
Directed by: Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer

In a not-so-shocking turn of events, the team behind Meet The Spartans and Vampires Suck have delivered yet another box office bomb with their latest work, Superfast!.

Billed as a parody of the Fast And Furious franchise, Superfast! stars a cast of unknown actors and actresses who sometimes look like people you might remember from the Fast And Furious movies, only this crew is far less toned. They have little to no acting ability, nor does the script give them anything to do other than phone in the same lame slapstick gags that stopped working sometime around Police Academy 6. There is also a dance sequence, rampant racism, and so many non sequiturs that you sometimes wonder if there is even a plot at all. Read more »

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Dej Loaf Drops “On My Own” Video

The hype surrounding Detroit native Dej Loaf has been building since the 2014 release of her Sell Sole mixtape. After making her debut appearance at SXSW earlier this month, Dej is now saying farewell to March with the release of her official video for “On My Own.” If you want to hear the future of hip-hop, please continue reading.

Like most of the material found on Sell Sole, “On My Own” finds Dej Loaf talking about her city, her struggle, and the hard work she had to put in before making it to the national spotlight. Her smooth voice makes even the deadliest lines go down easy, and the all black and white video makes Detroit look downright gorgeous. You can view the visuals below.

We tried to speak with Dej Loaf while at SXSW, but we were unable to make our schedules align. Our hope is to one day right that wrong, and until we do we will make sure to not allow another Dej Loaf headline to pass us by. If you have yet to hear Sell Sole in full, click here to discover your next obsession. Read more »