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UTG List: 8 Songs We Want The Blood Brothers To Perform At Their FYF Fest Reunion

Today the members of The Blood Brothers made it known that their eight-year hiatus was finally coming to an end with the announcement that the group would be performing at FYF Fest in Los Angeles this August. We had no idea such a reveal was on the way, and when the news finally reached us, all work at UTG HQ came to a halt for at least five minutes. There were cheers, there were quick sing-a-longs to “Love Rhymes…,” and everyone immediately began calculating how much money would be needed to make the trek to California in just three short …

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STAND-UP TUESDAYS: Marc Maron (Interview)

Stand-Up Tuesdays is a weekly comedy spotlight written by the wonderfully talented Angie Frissore. Covering both known and unknown comics, Stand-up Tuesdays is your new source for all things funny.

This week, Angie puts a spotlight on Marc Maron’s comedy career. If you or your comedy troupe would like to be featured on Stand-Up Tuesdays, please email utgjames@gmail.com.

This week in Stand-Up Tuesdays, we celebrate the premiere of the much-awaited second season of IFC’s Maron, which has quickly become one of my favorite shows currently airing. With the release of his second book, Attempting Normal, on paperback …

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UTG LIST: 6 Comedy Albums Everyone Should Own On Vinyl

A lot has been written about the resurgence of vinyl in recent years. It seems everyone from hipsters to parents who actually purchased vinyl non-ironically as children are getting hip to big discs once thought too large to remain relevant. Still, even with all the attention being given to wax in recent months, very few people have talked about the renewed interest in stand-up on vinyl.

People will tell you music sounds best on wax, and I like to think the same goes for stand-up comedy. Live albums in particular, which makes up the vast majority of comedic albums being …

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STAND-UP TUESDAYS: Comedy Underground with Dave Attell

Stand-Up Tuesdays is a weekly comedy spotlight written by the wonderfully talented Angie Frissore. Covering both known and unknown comics, Stand-up Tuesdays is your new source for all things funny.

This week, Angie puts a spotlight on Comedy Central’s Comedy Underground with Dave Attell. If you or your comedy troupe would like to be featured on Stand-Up Tuesdays, please email utgjames@gmail.com.

I’ve decided to change things up a bit this week – rather than focus on a particular comedian for this week’s Stand-Up Tuesdays, I instead would like to enlighten you to a new series on Comedy Central that …

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SCENE & HEARD: ‘Star Wars’

Written by UTG critic Grace DuffyScene & Heard takes a look at the music that makes our favorite films so memorable. Whether it’s the 400-piece orchestra Christopher Nolan used for ‘The Dark Knight,’ or the dozen or so bands that contributed to the soundtrack of ‘Top Gun,’ there is no denying the impact music has on movies and this column hopes to highlight the best of the best.

Earlier this week, the producers of the new Star Wars trilogy finally announced their main cast. After over 18 months of frenzied speculation, this was the first piece of concrete …

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STAND-UP TUESDAYS: Jim Gaffigan

Stand-Up Tuesdays is a weekly comedy spotlight written by the wonderfully talented Angie Frissore. Covering both known and unknown comics, Stand-up Tuesdays is your new source for all things funny.

This week, Angie puts a spotlight on Jim Gaffigan’s comedy career. If you or your comedy troupe would like to be featured on Stand-Up Tuesdays, please email utgjames@gmail.com.

In case you missed it, comedian Jim Gaffigan‘s brand new special, Obsessed, premiered on Comedy Central this past Sunday, proving once again why the comedian is one of stand-up’s most treasured performers. Musing in his usual absurd and goofy …

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Judas Priest Announce New Album, Stream First Single

Earlier today, Judas Priest sent the interwebs into a frenzy when they unexpectedly announced that their next studio album, Redeemer of Souls, will hit shelves across the US on July 15 through Epic Records. Check out the release’s first single by following the jump below.

This will be the outfit’s 17th full-length to date (LOL WUT?!), and their first since the 2008 concept album, Nostradamus, which peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard 200 chart. Additionally, this will also be the band’s first effort to feature guitarist Richie Faulkner, who joined the five-piece back in 2011. According to …

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The 6 Must See Films Of IFF Boston 2014

It’s that time of year again!

Today marks the beginning of the 2014 Independent Film Festival Boston, and per usual UTG is on the scene with two writers who will be bringing you reviews and insight into this year’s screenings. There are over 100 films playing this year, but you and I both know there is no way in hell anyone has the time or physical ability to see them all. So, in an attempt to lessen the frustration caused by pouring over schedules and choosing between conflicting features, we have compiled a list of six films you absolutely must …

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STAND-UP TUESDAYS: Josh Sneed

Stand-Up Tuesdays is a weekly comedy spotlight written by the wonderfully talented Angie Frissore. Covering both known and unknown comics, Stand-up Tuesdays is your new source for all things funny.

This week, Angie puts a spotlight on Josh Sneed’s comedy career. If you or your comedy troupe would like to be featured on Stand-Up Tuesdays, please email utgjames@gmail.com.

This week in Stand-Up Tuesdays, we take a look at comedian Josh Sneed‘s latest album, Unsung Hero, which was recorded at The Funny Bone in Columbus, Ohio. Sneed headlines comedy clubs across the country and finished 2nd out …

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STAND-UP TUESDAYS: In Memoriam

Stand-Up Tuesdays is a weekly comedy spotlight written by the wonderfully talented Angie Frissore. Covering both known and unknown comics, Stand-up Tuesdays is your new source for all things funny.

This week, Angie pauses to remember comedians we have recently lost. If you or your comedy troupe would like to be featured on Stand-Up Tuesdays, please email utgjames@gmail.com.

I’m setting aside my critic hat this week to instead take a moment to remember comedians John Pinette and Otto Petersen, both of whom left us far too soon.…

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Ken Marino Joins The Cast Of The ‘Goosebumps’ Adaptation

It’ll either be the best movie ever or…the best movie ever, but even if Sony’s adaptation of R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps is a flop, ‘90s kids will lie and say it was awesome. So here’s to hoping the latest addition to the cast, Ken Marino, won’t make liars out of a lot of people out there.

The funnyman joins Jack Black and Dylan Minnette, and will play Coach Carr – the coach at Greendale High who has to battle some monsters when they take over the school. Doesn’t this already sound amazing? So far that’s all that’s really known about the …

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STAND-UP TUESDAYS: Dave Attell

Stand-Up Tuesdays is a weekly comedy spotlight written by the wonderfully talented Angie Frissore. Covering both known and unknown comics, Stand-up Tuesdays is your new source for all things funny.

This week, Angie puts a spotlight on Dave Attell’s comedy career. If you or your comedy troupe would like to be featured on Stand-Up Tuesdays, please email utgjames@gmail.com.

Stand-Up Month continues this week in a big way, as this weekend marks the premiere of comedian Dave Attell’s brand new special, Road Work, along with the series premiere of Comedy Underground with Dave Attell on Comedy Central – and …