I am almost certain there has not been a single day in the last few years of this website where we have not discussed at least one artist who has producer Joey Sturgis to thank (at least in part) for their success. His work on The Devil Wears Prada’s first releases ushered in a new era for hard rock production, and to this day he continues to push the limits of music production whenever possible. He’s also expanded his horizons, including the launch of a plugin series based on his own work, but at the end of the day it …
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Elder Brother is the indie rock side-project of Kevin Geyer (The Story So Far) and Dan Rose (Daybreaker) with in-studio assistance from Matthew and Charles Vincent (The American Scene). Drifting far from the aggressive and simple pop-punk that The Story So Far has come to perfect, the duo’s debut LP Heavy Head showcases the songwriting prowess of Geyer and Rose in a more relaxed environment. The record is unexpected and mostly brilliant, with a few standout tracks that almost instantly require repeat plays.…
For a long time, I didn’t understand the hype that surrounded the Brighton-based metalcore act, Architects. I was first introduced to the group back in high school, and though I didn’t hate the music they were producing at the time, it did little for me in comparison to more established bands battling for the same niche. There were some cool breakdowns here and there, and the occasional helping of well-placed melody, but otherwise, in my opinion, the outfit seemed incapable of rising above genre stereotypes.
Over the …
Artist: La Dispute
Album: Rooms Of The House
Label: Better Living
You never know what to expect from Grand Rapids, Michigan quintet La Dispute. Over the course of two full-lengths and several EPs the band no one has ever been able to categorize into a single genre have built a career by doing exactly what they want. Their desire to create great, lasting art is superior to many of their peers, and it’s because of their tiring pursuit of that great work that we have been blessed with so many engaging listening experiences to date.…
Album: Guilty of Everything
Label: Relapse Records
Release date: March 4, 2014
Last week I had the pleasure of reviewing Nothing’s stellar debut LP, Guilty of Everything. With the record earning a 9.5, I was more than excited to get my hands on the deluxe vinyl. Truly the only way the album should be listened, the vinyl experience only heightens Nothing’s keen ear for melody, melancholy, and everything miserable.
Filling the dark corners of my basement, the room which held first loves, first heartbreaks, and the slow realization of how incredibly disappointing the world above could be, …
Film: 300: Rise Of An Empire
Starring: Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green
Directed by: Noam Murro
When 300 marched into theaters back in 2006 it ushered in a new era in action filmmaking that would be quickly be plagued by shoddy knockoffs. At this point it’s hard to remember exactly how many films have used the ‘slow things down right when the best moment of action occurs’ trick, but we all have Zack Snyder, Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender, and 298 other soldiers to thank for that. Now, six years later, two of those three have moved on to bigger things and …
Film: The Bag Man
Directed by: David Grovic
Starring: John Cusack, Robert De Niro, Rebecca Da Costa
There was a point in John Cusack’s career where it was pretty clear what he was doing: cashing in his checks from starring in massive blockbusters (Con Air, America’s Sweethearts, 2012) so he could fund his passion projects (Grosse Pointe Blank, High Fidelity, War, Inc.). It seemed like a winning strategy, and I wish I knew what went wrong over the past few years as I no longer have any idea what in the hell he’s doing.
The Bag …
Genre: Pop Punk
A couple summers ago, I started a pop punk band. We spent three painfully hot months practicing in a house with walls covered in New Found Glory flags and gig posters, writing generic songs that probably ripped off The Wonder Years even more than we realized at the time. After about six shows, we faded out and went on to other endeavors, but that band and that time will always hold a special place in my heart. I bring this up because every time I spin Cycles, the latest EP by Westfield, …
Closing out our 2014 preview series for SXSW is the UTG annual survival guide. This year, instead of our staff members rambling for 1,000 or more words on why it’s important to check out bands you’ve never heard of, why you should go easy on the booze until after sunset, or what to do when you go broke half-way through the week, we decided it was better you hear it from your favorite artists…because all of those things don’t just happen to fans.
Musicians spanning all genres and scenes, including Murder By Death, The Venetia Fair, Alesana, The Architects, Davey …