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The 6 Must See Films Of IFF Boston 2014

It’s that time of year again!

Today marks the beginning of the 2014 Independent Film Festival Boston, and per usual UTG is on the scene with two writers who will be bringing you reviews and insight into this year’s screenings. There are over 100 films playing this year, but you and I both know there is no way in hell anyone has the time or physical ability to see them all. So, in an attempt to lessen the frustration caused by pouring over schedules and choosing between conflicting features, we have compiled a list of six films you absolutely must …

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UTG EXPERIENCE: RiFF RaFF’s ‘Neon Icon’ Tour (4/21/14)

It’s almost midnight and RiFF RaFF just exited the stage at Irving Plaza. Blunt smoke is filling the green room as he finishes taking photos with VIP meet and greet winners. Just when he thought it was over, he’s approached by a group of people who didn’t exactly fit the expected demographic for one of his concerts.

“Ya’ll came in here looking like Duck Dynasty,” RiFF RaFF blurts out to the guests. One of them is wearing a NASCAR t-shirt.

What happened next was undeniably the most interesting thing I’ve seen in a while. Last weekend, I watched Chuck Ragan …

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UTG TV: The White Buffalo On Patriotism, Religion, And His Concept Album

Last Friday, Chuck Ragan and the Camaraderie, The White Buffalo, and Jonny Two Bags performed in New York City’s Irving Plaza. Unsurprisingly, all of the performancse were heartfelt and electric. Chuck Ragan only rolls with the best. We’ll be posting photos from the show in the coming days.

Fortunately, UTG TV was able to sit down with an artist we’ve been keeping our eye on, The White Buffalo. An incredible singer/songwriter from the West Coast, Jake Smith pours every ounce of emotion into his writing. His newest album Shadows, Greys, and Evil Ways takes you on a ride …

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Jonny, Kurt, and Tilian – Three New Songs from Three DGD Vocalists

There’s a certain esteem held towards those who’ve helmed Dance Gavin Dance – it’s a coveted slot that’s rotated between a trio of powerful vocalists who demand your attention. Jonny Craig, Kurt Travis, and Tilian Pearson all offered unique perspective to the tenured and troubled post-hardcore act, differentiating themselves further with their individual pursuits.

It’s only appropriate that the three singers extend their connected timelines by simultaneously releasing solo material on April 22, offering their latest to the world in one batch.…

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UTG PREMIERE: Tilian – “Future Friends”

You might associate Tilian Pearson with any number of bands from the last few years, but the singer’s solo project may have the most potential. With 2013′s Material Me, the vocalist leapt headfirst into electronic-infused pop, exploring all sorts of soundscapes far outside his previous material but immediately natural to his range.

While Dance Gavin Dance is busy headlining their ‘Acceptance Speech Tour,’ we’re pleased as punch to premiere a new happy tune from Tilian’s solo library. Enjoy “Future Friends” below, grab it on iTunes, catch Tilian on tour with DGD, and get excited for Pearson’s future solo …

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UTG INTERVIEW: SiriusXM’s Dennis Falcone Discusses The Radio Industry

Dennis Falcone has been working in radio for over 30 years. Today, you can hear him sporadically on SiriusXM‘s decade channels or as a frequent guest on The Opie and Anthony Show. Aside from being on-air talent, much of Mr. Falcone’s work has been done behind the scenes by facilitating the day-to-day operations of radio stations all over New York.

In a climate where Terrestrial Radio is on the downswing and the prevalence of online networks and podcasting is at an all time high, we wanted to get a glance into the classic world of radio and hear …

AP FILM REVIEW FADING GIGOLO A ENT

Movie Review: Fading Gigolo

Film: Fading Gigolo
Directed by: John Turturro
Starring: John Turturro, Woody Allen

Two cash-strapped friends toeing the line with their golden years find new income thanks to the world’s oldest profession in John Turturro’s Fading Gigolo.

It all sounds so simple at first. Murray, the aging owner of a bookstore that is currently going out of business, is asked by a female friend whether or not he knew any men she could hire to fulfill a sexual fantasy. Without a second thought, Murray recommends his close acquaintance Fioravante, and a few short conversations later the pair are preparing for …

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UTG Album Premiere: Astro Safari USA – ‘Trapman’

It’s hard to summarize Astro Safari USA in a single descriptive phrase, let alone figure out which genre their sound falls under, but if you like pizza, cats, rap, and everything else the internet thrives on for positivity you probably owe it to yourself to give the following album a few minutes of your time.

Hailing from California by way of New York, Astro Safari USA is the result of JP Clark (Young and Divine) combining his musical talents with those of former Secret Secret Dino Club mastermind Jayce Kalinkewicz. Their sophomore album, Trapman, hits stores tomorrow (4/20), but …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Den’

Film: The Den
Directed by: Zachary Donohue
Starring: Melanie Papalia

A horror film that puts a weird twist on the found footage genre by using webcams? Ok, I feel a little wary here. Base the film on Elizabeth Benton (Melanie Paplia) who is studying human nature (with a murderous twist) through this webcam service called The Den? Okay, you have me interested. Start killing people off in the first 20 minutes and exhaust every horror cliché in the book by the end of the film? Damn, I had SOME faith.

The Den is unfortunately another missed opportunity amongst the …

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UTG PHOTOS: Flume & The Chainsmokers (4/14/14)

Under The Gun sent photographer, Kellie Gannon, to Highline Ballroom in New York City to photograph MTV Presents: Artists to Watch featuring The Chainsmokers and Flume on April 14, 2014.

If by now the phrase “LET ME TAKE A SELFIE!” isn’t stuck in your brain on repeat for no apparent reason, let me accidentally-on-purpose ingrain it in there just one more time. On a beautiful Monday spring evening in the city, Flume graced the stage at Highline Ballroom, with support from our friends in The Chainsmokers.

This show was part of the MTV Presents: Artists to Watch Live

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UTG INTERVIEW: Jay Mohr On Stand-Up, George Carlin, And His “Hotel California”

“If anyone thinks my show was ‘pretty good,’ then I’ve completely failed.”

It’s hard to edit down an interview when the person you’re talking to is an incredible interviewer himself. Not only did Jay Mohr devote time to our conversation, but he often turned the table, asking me my opinion on various issues.

Furthermore, it is impossible to define Mohr in a succinct way, given that he’s done so many different things so well. You may recognize him as a stand-up comedian or an actor. You may have seen him on Saturday Night Live or listen to his podcast Mohr

The Final Member

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Final Member’

Film: The Final Member
Directors: Jonah Bekhor, Zach Math

“More and more penises kept coming into the house,” Sigurour “Siggy” Hjartarson’s wife said of her husband’s growing habit. “Then it just got out of control.”

No, Siggy wasn’t turning his home into a brothel — he was merely gathering specimens for what would eventually become known as the Icelandic Phallological Museum. The Final Member is a documentary that focuses on Siggy, his museum, and his search for the one penis that has eluded him for nearly 40 years — that of a human being.…