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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘I Origins’

Film: I Origins
Directed by: Mike Cahill
Starring: Michael Pitt, Steven Yeun, Brit Marling

What if you experienced something in your life that would result in shattering your preconceptions about it? That’s what Mike Cahill, director of 2011’s mystifying Another Earth, is asking with his new film I Origins. Luckily, that overlying theme is just a backdrop to an intimate story about obsession as a scientist is challenged to believe that there might be a higher power than scientific logic. I Origins paints an achingly beautiful portrait about love, loss, redemption, and the struggle to believe in the …

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UTG INTERVIEW: Michael Pitt And Mike Cahill Talk ‘I Origins’ and Sci-Fi

Mike Cahill, the director of Another Earth, has returned with another high-concept story in I Origins. His new film, on the surface, is about the blurring lines between faith and science, but deep down, it’s a film about obsession.

Check out the synopsis (per FOX Searchlight) here: I Origins, the second feature film from writer and director Mike Cahill, tells the story of Dr. Ian Gray (Boardwalk Empire’s Michael Pitt), a molecular biologist studying the evolution of the eye. He finds his work permeating his life after a brief encounter with an exotic young woman (Astrid Bergès-Frisbey) …

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UTG TV: Warped 2014 With Nick Santino

Earlier this year, UTG TV was able to sit down with Nick Santino and This Century on a frigid New York night. Fortunately, we were able to catch up and reconnect with Santino at Warped Tour in Wantagh, NY. Thankfully, this time it was a beautiful sunny day by the beach.

Back in May, Nick Santino released his first full-length solo record entitled Big Skies through 8123 Recordings, which was a nice change of pace from having to deal with major label executives. This summer, you can catch him every day on Warped at the Acoustic Basement tent, where he …

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UTG TV: ETID Meets CYE At Warped 2014

We here at Under The Gun Review like to consider ourselves family. For us, it’s important to keep in mind that the music community is in fact a community. At events like Warped Tour, you get to meet a lot of new people. UTG TV was able to bring together Close Your Eyes and Every Time I Die for the first time.

I’m sure you remember UTG TV’s segment entitled ‘Boozin’ With Buckley‘ we ran with Keith from Every Time I Die not too long ago. Well, unfortunately we couldn’t have a second installment of the boozing (considering …

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UTG TV: Warped 2014 With Yellowcard

“I hope that somewhere, whoever is sitting in an office, looking at the internet and counting his money, that he decides that this is a good year for a new Yellowcard record.”

It’s hard to believe that Yellowcard released their classic record Ocean Avenue a decade ago. I’ll spare you the redundant “list-blog” type of writing that is meant to make you feel old or explain to you what you already know. Yes, we were introduced to the violin-wielding pop-rockers quite some time ago.

When the Vans Warped Tour hit Jones Beach in Wantagh, NY, we sat down with that …

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REVIEW: The Otter Years – ‘Singles Collection’

Artist: The Otter Years
Album: Singles Collection
Genre: IDM
Label: Little League Records

When listening to The Otter Years‘ work for the first time, one would not be foolish to suspect the musician behind it has focused their career efforts on experimenting with all facets of electronic music. Alas, they would be wrong, as The Otter Years is none other than the brainchild of TTNG’s percussionist Chris Collis, a man known for existing as the backbone of mind-bending math rock rather than utterly relaxing dance music. Allowing listeners to fully wrap their mind around the concept of Collis’ 180 …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Sex Tape’

Film: Sex Tape
Starring: Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel
Directed by: Jake Kasdan

From beginning to end, Sex Tape feels like a film that arrived in theaters a decade too late. There is not a single frame that is in any way sexy or sensual, and very few offer any substantial laughs. There is a sex scene or two, sure, but they’re handled so poorly (like much of the film) that all humor and romance is completely sucked out of the scene, leaving a slew of well known Hollywood talent looking like people who foolishly signed on to create an absolute …

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REVIEW: RX Bandits – ‘Gemini, Her Majesty’

Artist: RX Bandits
Album: Gemini, Her Majesty
Genre: Progressive Rock
Label: Mash Down Babylon Records

When it comes to bands similar to (and comprised of members from) The Sound Of Animals Fighting, I find myself amidst the conclusion that progressive-sounding genres are either automatically bewildering or strangely fascinating. The latter can fortunately be said about Gemini, Her Majesty, RX Bandits‘ eighth full-length album, out now via the band’s own MDB Records. Five long years after the release of their last record, Mandala, these California natives are finally back with new material that they’re currently supporting on tour …

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UTG INTERVIEW: Rob Reiner Talks ‘And So It Goes,’ Aging In Hollywood, And More

Rob Reiner is one of those rare living legends that almost everyone you meet loves in one way or another. You may hate some of his work, sure, but that is bound to happen when you have had a career in entertainment that spans several decades. The important thing is that you remain as consistent as possible, and for the better part of the last thirty years Rob Reiner has continually raised the bar for simple, romantic storytelling. He can take any two characters, regardless of age or personality, and make audiences not only connect with them, but relate to …

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THE HUDSON PROJECT: Bro Safari On Growing Up Punk And Performing Drunk

“Growing up, personally I was a full on punk kid; the leather jacket, the boots, bracelets and everything. The first band I ever listened to, period, was the Dead Kennedys.”

If you’re a fan of trappy, bass-driven hip-hop and electronic music, chances are good that you’ve heard of Bro Safari. If you’re fortunate, you’ve been able to witness him perform live. Also known as one third of the drum ‘n’ bass group Evol Intent, Nick Weiller has taken stage all around the world.

At Day 1 of the inaugural Hudson Project in Saugerties, NY, we sat down with …

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UTG Premiere: Kyle Cox – “Never Looking Back”

We have spent a good portion of July introducing you to a new generation of talent that we feel will soon be dominating headlines worldwide. We’ve featured hard rock, pop, and rap before today, and can now add rising singer-songwriters to the list as well.

Kyle Cox may not be a household name just yet, but I have all the confidence in the world that he will win his way into your heart before the day is out. His new album, The Plan, The Mess, offers listeners a collection of soulful, heartfelt songs that touch on everything from life …

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UTG PREMIERE: The Most Dangerous Animal – “Snack”

Earlier this year — in May, to be specific — we had the chance to premiere a live music video for The Most Dangerous Animal, a promising punk outfit hailing from Flint, Michigan. A few months later with the band still going strong on our radar, we’re excited to bring the Save Your Generations Records outfit to your attention once more in the form a brand new track.

Entitled “Snack,” the cut is yet another shining example of the group’s ability to make one powerful piece of music as all the raw energy one could ask for courses through …