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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Contracted: Phase II’ Is Another Bad Horror Sequel

Film: Contracted: Phase II
Starring: Matt Mercer
Directed by: Josh Forbes

Two years after Eric England’s Contracted took the world of body horror by storm, IFC Midnight has released a clunky sequel with no input from England that struggles to find a single original beat.

Opening with the same sequence that ended the first film, Contracted: Phase II bills itself as a continuation of Eric England’s original idea. The story follows Riley (Matt Mercer), who viewers will remember as the guy who pined for and ultimately slept with Samantha (Najarra Townsend) before her death, as he realizes he too has …

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Back For Another Year: A Decade Of ‘Everything In Transit’

Fun fact about me: I’ve never left the eastern seaboard. I’ve traveled all the way up to Maine and down to Florida, but I always find myself glued to the longitudinal area upon which I entered this world. When I was looking at colleges in high school and so many of my friends were ready to travel hours away to far away places, I had trouble leaving my quaint little town near the beach where I grew up and forged an identity.

I’ve yet to find an album that so accurately conveys the feeling of identity and home like Jack’s

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UTG PREMIERE: Northernmost – “Cloudy”

Few states are as synonymous with forward-thinking alternative music as Massachusetts, and today we have a premiere from one of the Bay State’s finest young acts.

Northernmost is a five-piece rock band with just enough indie edge to help them stand out amidst the incredibly crowded alternative rock landscape. The group is set to release their latest EP, titled Pinedale, on September 18, 2015. You may or may not have heard of the group before today, but before you rest your head on your pillow tonight I must insist you give them a few minutes of your time.

Today, …

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UTG PREMIERE: Controller – “Midnight Man”

For some, music is a very personal, very cathartic way of dealing with life’s daily stresses, but for many more, it’s a reason to let loose, unwind, and have a good time. If the latter is your aim, then you’ll likely feel right at home with Controller; the NYC quartet are undeniably upbeat and infectious, making them an essential addition to your regular rotation.

Today, we have the esteemed pleasure of premiering the outfit’s brand new single, “Midnight Man,” a synth-driven dance party that comes fully-equipped with a rug-cutting refrain and a sick sax solo. Listen in below, and …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Addicted To Fresno’ Is One Of 2015’s Best Comedies

Film: Addicted To Fresno
Starring: Judy Greer, Natasha Lyonne
Directed by: Jamie Babbit

Addicted To Fresno is the bold and unflinchingly hilarious comedy you never knew you needed to see. It’s the perfect response to anyone who claims women can’t be funny, as well as anyone who believes every movie needs romance or a male lead.

Shannon and Martha are two sisters who share an unshakeable bond. The eldest, Shannon, was recently released from sex rehab after landing herself on the national sex offender registry. The baby of the family, Martha, was able to secure her big sister a position …

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REVIEW: Carly Rae Jepsen – ‘E•MO•TION’

Artist: Carly Rae Jepsen
Album: E•MO•TION
Genre: Pop

We live in a very saturated world. One filled with the over-commercialization of art, trends, clothing, technology, everything. When something takes off, it soars to a point far beyond want, desire, or demand, but, within this generalization of “needing” too much, there is a romanticism buried beneath the “stuff” imposed on us, living within simplistic, exaggerated, fun.

I speak of this with direct correlation to Carly Rae Jepsen‘s third album, and total banger, E•MO•TION. Pop usually isn’t my cup of tea, and I am surely put off by the half-assed, …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Mistress America’ Is Not To Be Missed

Film: Mistress America
Starring: Greta Gerwig, Lola Kirke
Directed By: Noah Baumbach

Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig have outdone themselves yet again.

Mistress America is the pinnacle of Baumbach’s career up to this point, and it’s only suiting that time come in a work created with, not to mention starring, his equally talented spouse. It’s funny and heartfelt, with just enough dramatic weight to keep things grounded while the level of absurdity rises to heights the still young-filmmaker has never before explored, and it all relies on a career-best performance from the ever-infallible Gerwig.

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UTG @ MIXTAPE FEST: Microwave Discuss Writing Process Behind ‘Stovall,’ Hint At New Material

Alternative rock outfit Microwave recently wrapped up a quick run with You Blew It! and Sorority Noise. The band played three consecutive shows in New York, one of which was a stop at Long Island’s Mixtape Festival, where they played alongside bands like Incendiary, Crime In Stereo, The Movielife, and more.

Under The Gun had the pleasure of catching up with the Georgia, Atlanta four-piece after they played a killer set during Mixtape Fest. The band discussed the recording process behind their well-recieved debut full-length album, Stovall. They also talked about their recent signing to …

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UTG PHOTOS: Pop Evil CD Release Show in Grand Rapids, MI (8/21/15)

­­On August 21, in one of the wildest release shows in Grand Rapids history, superstars Pop Evil returned to The Intersection with an entourage of media coverage to support the release of their new album Up, available now through eOne Music.

Mayor George Hartwell declared it ‘Pop Evil Day’ for the city and a handful of lucky WGRD winners were selected for a secret acoustic set and autograph session at The Stache prior to the live performance.

There’s always a tangible energy in the air when a band like Pop Evil returns to Michigan, but there was …

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UTG @ MIXTAPE FEST: Giants At Large Discuss Musical Influences, ‘The American Dream Is Dead’

One of the most charismatic bands out there today goes by the name of Giants At Large. The Long Island pop-punk four-piece radiates a lot of young passion, both on stage and off.

The band recently played the first day of Today’s Mixtape Festival in Patchogue, NY alongisde bands like Iron Chic, Kill Your Idols, The Movielife, and many more. Under the Gun had the pleasure of speaking with them about their new record, their plans for the rest of the year, Criss Angel, and several other hot topics. Check it out below.

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REVIEW: Eden The Cat – Live In A Basement Apartment

Artist: Eden The Cat
Album: Live In A Basement Apartment
Genre: Folk, Acoustic

The best music hits you like a drug. It rolls over your body with a sensation that can only be compared to the first drag on a much needed cigarette or the first sip of that whiskey you’ve been thinking about since lunch. You get high off great music. A high, I might add, that no amount of liquor, weed, smoke, or pills is ever going to replace. Great music puts you in a state of intoxication so entirely satisfying you don’t need anything else to be …

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UTG PREMIERE: Raggy Monster – “Crying Shame” (Music Video)

Another day, another killer exclusive from a promising, up-and-coming artist.

Raggy Monster may not be a band on your radar just yet, but they should be. Hailing from West Palm Beach, FL, this five-piece have been making a name for themselves since 2011 with an irresistible take on modern indie rock that you won’t soon forget. We believe the band is destined for great things, and today we have the honor of sharing their latest music video with the world at large.

“Crying Shame” is a single that has a special meaning to the members of Raggy Monster. The track …

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