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UTG INTERVIEW: The Maine Discuss ‘American Candy,’ Recording In Joshua Tree

Arizona alt-rock five-piece The Maine recently wrapped up the US leg of their ‘American Candy’ tour with Real Friends, Knuckle Puck, and The Technicolors.

Under The Gun had the pleasure of sitting down with lead singer, John O’Callaghan, and lead guitarist, Jared Monaco, in New York City before their show. Here they discuss the reception of their new record, American Candy, a month after its release, closing up Forever Halloween‘s cycle, the fans’ reaction to the mixed tour lineup, and a lot more. Follow us below to check out our very enjoyable conversation.…

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Iverson’ Falls Short Of Glory

Film: Iverson
Directed by: Zatella Beatty
Genre: Documentary

Showtime’s new documentary from first-time filmmaker Zatella Beatty, Iverson, which premiered Saturday night, seems more like a documentary that Allen Iverson wanted for himself than one that we wanted for Iverson; it’s a side of whipped mashed potatoes to the complexity of Randy Moss’ meaty story told in ESPN’s Rand University – yet another storytelling of a professional athlete misunderstood by the eyes of the media.…

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UTG INTERVIEW: Old Again Discuss Their Debut LP and Relationship With Fronz

Just like every band to come before them and every band after, Orlando, FL’s Old Again have come from the humblest of beginnings in house shows and small-cap venues. But there have been three huge things that have helped separate them from the rest: Their ambitious twist on modern pop-punk, their opportunistic mentality, and last but not least, their constant drive to tour as much as possible.

Most likely, you first heard of the group this past December when they were announced as the first signing to Stay Sick Records, an imprint launched by the controversial (but perhaps not all …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Area 51′ Should Remain Off Limits

Film: Area 51
Starring: Ben Rovner, Jelena Nik
Directed by: Oren Peli

The premise is good enough: Following a strange encounter after a night of drinking with his two best friends, a young man convinces the same friends to join him on a quest to see what secrets lie on the base of the ever-mysterious Area 51. With the creator of Paranormal Activity at the helm one might expect an evolutionary piece of found footage horror that could possibly push the well-tread sub-genre into new territory, but unfortunately that is not the case. In fact, it’s quite the opposite.

For …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Pitch Perfect 2′ Is Proof That Sequels Don’t Have To Suck

Film: Pitch Perfect 2
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson
Directed by: Elizabeth Banks

After three years and several national titles, The Barden Bellas have embarked on their biggest adventure yet with Pitch Perfect 2.

There is a tried and true recipe to creating a great sequel that involves mixing just the right amount of familiar components with a hearty dose of fresh ideas to create, but for whatever reason most sequels fail to blend those ingredients in a way that creates a product superior to what came before. Pitch Perfect 2 is the exception, as it offers just the …

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UTG PHOTOS: The Used, Every Time I Die & Marmozets In Cleveland, OH (5/2/15)

Under The Gun sent photographer Kellie Gannon to photograph The Used at House of Blues in Cleveland on May 2.

The Used is not the kind of band whose show you can attend without getting some sort of accidental bruise, mosh pit elbow in the eye, or crowd surfers’ foot in the head. It’s worth every minute and every potential battle wound. The Used has been a band since 2001, but my first opportunity to experience them live wasn’t until Vans Warped Tour 2012 in Cleveland. Highlights from that set included Bert spitting into the crowd, throwing a lit cigarette …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ Demolishes Expectations, Elicits Yelps Of Joy

Film: Mad Max: Fury Road
Starring: Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult
Directed By: George Miller

Every once in a blue moon a summer blockbuster comes and demolishes everything that lay in its path. Mad Max: Fury Road is the film that eviscerates the history of large-scale action films. It throws the gauntlet down at the feet of filmmakers trying to break the studio mold in the past ten years. It’s a film that’s so intricately detailed and visually assaulting that you’d think the powers that be just turned a blind eye in favor of letting director George Miller (…

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FEATURE: Stop Making Excuses & Start Listening To Oh Honey

This probably won’t be that hard for you to believe, but despite the fact I more or less make a living talking about music there are still great new bands that I don’t discover until well after they have made a splash on the national stage. I like to think I do a fairly good job of keeping up with everything people tell me is worth hearing, and I also make time every week to seek out new bands I haven’t heard before (Bandcamp makes this incredibly easy). Still, no matter how many artists I listen to, great talent …

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REVIEW: Twenty One Pilots – ‘Blurryface’

Artist: Twenty One Pilots
Album: Blurryface
Genre: Pop, Rock

When Twenty One Pilots burst onto the national stage in 2013 with their major label debut, I’m not sure anyone knew quite what to think of the Midwest duo who have since become akin to alternative music royalty. Though the album was far from perfect, there were more than a handful of anthemic singles that helped propel the group into the underground pop stratosphere. Venues were packed, digital downloads were sold, and for a while everyone thought that a potentially game-changing new voice had emerged.…

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REVIEW: The Story So Far – ‘The Story So Far’

Artist: The Story So Far
Title: The Story So Far
Label: Pure Noise
Genre: Pop-Punk

There seems to be a divide among those within The Story So Far’s reach. You were either very heavily into From Under Soil And Dirt or heavily into What You Don’t See. These two are equally excellent records that possess profound differences. I personally fall in the first cluster. I’m a sucker for melody and contour. Throw in some aggressive gang vocals and deep-cut one-liners and you can take me home. This is what many had hoped would come of their new self-titled …

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Ikey Reigns Supreme; All Hail King Jaffe, Hip-Hop’s New Highness

Apart from maybe Run The Jewels, the most exciting thing about hip-hop for me last year was Ikey. He only released a single track–a debut of sorts–but it was a perfectly chosen debut to serve as the gloves he came out swinging with. Initially elusive as all get out, the now-DC-based, mostly Nigerian-raised emcee seemingly had next to no online presence. As far as I can tell, he still doesn’t have a Facebook page, but that undoubtedly contributed to what made he and the ferociously calculated “Timbuktu” so damn enthralling. I listened to that track over …

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REVIEW: Silverstein – ‘I Am Alive In Everything I Touch’

Artist: Silverstein
Album: I Am Alive In Everything I Touch
Genre: Rock

If any of us outlast Silverstein in the music business then there truly is no God and we are all doomed.

Having survived over a decade in the scene, not to mention the coming and going of numerous musical trends, Silverstein have once again reaffirmed their place atop the hard rock hierarchy with I Am Alive In Everything I Touch. Both heavy and soft, the album offers a diverse showcase of the seasoned band’s proven chops, as well as a smattering of new ideas to keep things …