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SINGLE REVIEW: One Direction – “Drag Me Down”

Artist: One Direction
Track: “Drag Me Down”
Album: TBA

A year after “Steal My Girl” ushered in an era where the members of One Direction were focused on songs built for stadiums, “Drag Me Down” has arrived to flip the script once more.

It’s all about the energy. From the moment “Drag Me Down” kicks in there is a thick bass line guiding the entire voyage that demands your legs prepare to dance. It’s a ticking time bomb of pop sensibilities that quickly builds from the infectious first verse to a pre-chorus that pulls you in to the …

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UTG PREMIERE: Thundercloud Kid – “Bad News for Blue Eyes”

It’s never too late in the day for a great music premiere, right?

We have been outspoken about our love for the upstate New York music scene for as long as I can remember at this point. It seems like every band that comes out of Buffalo or the surrounding area not only has something to say, but a unique way to say it as well, and that is again the case with newcomers Thundercloud Kid. Their sound is one part pop punk, two parts indie, and just a bit old school rock and roll. Sound good? Just wait …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’ Has Thrills, Laughs, Cruise

Film: Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
Starring: Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner
Directed by: Christopher McQuarrie

As you may have seen in the trailers, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation sports the most dangerous stunt yet: Tom Cruise hanging from the side of a cargo plane as it takes off. No matter how silly that sounds, the new entry into the espionage franchise steeps these death-defying acts in an admirable amount of reality. Rogue Nation is the thrilling cross-section between screwball comedy and cloak-and-dagger noir; all adding up to the most fun you will have this summer in a theater. …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Vacation’ Isn’t Worth The Trip Down Holiday Road

Film: Vacation
Starring: Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Chris Hemsworth
Directed by: Jonathan M. Goldstein, John Francis Daley

Vacation–the successor to the last entry in the National Lampoon comedy series–opens on a series of pictures depicting seemingly idyllic families enjoying their vacations. In ye olde National Lampoon fashion, there are also a few visual gags centered on puking and erections (luckily, not in the same frame). From the get-go, this spiritual sequel (reboot? who cares?) is already trying to bring back the kind of humor that made the original quadrilogy so famous. Instead of relying on sight gags and absurdist …

I Am Chris Farley

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘I Am Chris Farley’ Adds Nothing New, Still Manages To Be Funny

Film: I Am Chris Farley
Directed by: Brent Hodge, Derik Murray

Chris Farley, that bubbly, rambunctious, endearing, laugh-a-minute inducing lovable Saturday Night Live comedian, is the subject of the new talking heads doc, I Am Chris Farley. Despite sporting a title that could be misread for Farley talking directly to the viewer, directors Brent Hodge (A Brony Tale) and Derik Murray (I Am Bruce Lee) make the 92-minute running time feel swift with archival footage from Farley’s best skits and first-hand accounts of his comedic prowess. The main narrative of the film may be scattershot, …

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REVIEW: Foreign Tongues – ‘Fragile, As Said Before’

Artist: Foreign Tongues
Album: Fragile, As Said Before
Label: No Sleep
Genre: Indie, Sadness

A catalyst for somber emotive imagery and tenderness felt, the best way to experience Foreign Tongues‘ debut record is by imagining a simple, empty white room, being sure to give this space enough room to bloom. A room to be filled with vast amounts of sound, pain, beauty, demure and efflorescence, as the band masterfully performs to you an album of heartfelt honesty, pain and sensation. “Fill me up, oh you fill me up.”

Fragile, As Said Before may be one of the strongest debuts …

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UTG PREMIERE: Stream Zach Zeller & The Crooked Timbers’ Self-Titled Debut

Three long years ago, we featured California’s Zach Zeller & The Crooked Timbers with some early tracks from the still-budding band. We later premiered the debut self-titled album from frontman Zach Zeller’s other band, Belda Beast. Now, we’re thrilled to have the exclusive first stream of Zeller’s solo project turned full band’s self-titled debut as well. Zach Zeller & The Crooked Timbers will be officially released on August 1 through Around Town Collective.

In regards to the album, Zeller tells us, “We recorded the album at Origami Recording Lounge in Chico, CA (owned and operated by our keys …

pixels-review

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Pixels’ Is A Disaster In Every Way

Film: Pixels
Starring: Adam Sandler, Kevin James
Directed by: Chris Columbus

Adam Sandler has official hit rock bottom, and he’s dragging your childhood heroes, as well as the great Peter Dinklage, down with him.

Pixels is exactly what we fear seeing when we pay to go to the movies. From beginning to end the film, which plays like an extended version of the spoiler heavy trailer with needless exposition added to extend its running time, is a complete waste of everything needed to make movies. The cast—while talented—folds completely under the pressure to make something memorable out of what I …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Unexpected’ Is A Wonderfully Simple Indie Gem

Film: Unexpected
Starring: Cobie Smulders, Gail Bean
Directed by: Kris Swanberg

Unless you’re planning for it, the news that you’re about to have a baby can be both an exciting and terrifying experience in someone’s life. For Samantha Abbott (Cobie Smulders), there was probably no good time for the news that she would soon give birth to her first child to arrive. It’s not that she never wanted children, but she always planned to have them at some unknown point in the future when her life was a bit more settled. Unfortunately for Samantha, life rarely cares about the plans …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Ant-Man’ Is One Of Marvel’s Best

Film: Ant-Man
Starring: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly
Directed by: Peyton Reed

Fear not, everyone. The reign of Marvel as the leader in modern summer entertainment is far from over.

Everyone knew from the very beginning that the third phase of Marvel’s beloved cinematic universe would need to undergo a serious evolution in order to keep moviegoers engaged, and in response to that demand the studio has pulled off something just short of magical with Ant-Man. Not quite as serious as the Avengers films, but also not so light-hearted that it overlooks the key emotional beats needed to make superhero …

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UTG PREMIERE: Post Modern – “July”

Today, we’re excited to bring you a new song from the Columbus, Ohio ambient rock band, Post Modern. You can listen to “July” off the band’s upcoming EP, The Current, below.

After listening to “July,” you’ll likely understand why it’s difficult to pin this band down genre-wise. The atmospheric guitar tones and spacey vocal effects are reminiscent of PVRIS or The 1975′s early EP work, while the driving rhythm section calls to mind some of Circa Survive’s slower tracks. The song is wrapped up nicely with a catchy vocal melody that adds the perfect dash of pop sensibility …

Trainwreck-Review

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Trainwreck’ Cruises With Help From Amy Schumer

Film: Trainwreck
Directed by: Judd Apatow
Starring: Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson, Lebron James

Judd Apatow’s directorial features have been losing their comedic luster as of late, trading in laughs for more commonplace and conventional themes of parenthood and mid-life crises with This is 40 and Funny People. With Trainwreck, it’s like his spitfire hangout kind of humor has been revived by way of his new muse, comedienne Amy Schumer. Ripping from events in her own life, the film properly emulates the societal pressures put upon women in regards to staying monogamous while splicing through the kind …