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The 6 Must-See Films Of IFF Boston 2015

Another week of important cinema is nigh!

Wednesday, April 22 marks the beginning of Independent Film Festival Boston‘s 2015 fest.

Per usual with UTG, we wanted to let our readers know what films we are most excited for in the upcoming fest. Just under 100 films are playing between April 22 and 29. Unfortunately, we cannot attend all of them. You know, unless you have a magical time machine we can borrow from you.

Anyway, might as well get into the thick of it while I have your attention, right?…

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30 Essential Songs For The 30th Rock Hall Induction Ceremony

Editor’s Note: Under The Gun Review will be at the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. This is the second in a series of preview pieces set to highlight this year’s event. Read the first here.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is set to host its 30th annual induction party this Saturday. Bands like Green Day, Joan Jett and the Heartbreakers, and The Paul Butterfield Blues Band will be honored alongside Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bill Withers, Ringo Starr, and Lou Reed as they all enter the hall together this year. There is a …

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UTG INTERVIEW: Writer/Director Alex Garland Talks ‘Ex Machina’ And The Auteur Theory

The Beach, 28 Days Later, Never Let Me Go, Dredd, Sunshine. These may all be sci-fi titles that you have seen or heard of in the past ten years. Alex Garland is the man who helped shepherd them to completion. Not only is he the writer on all of those aforementioned products, he is also a consultant on how those films ended up looking.

Starting out as a cartoonist, Garland turned his eye toward writing. When his book, The Beach, got optioned, Garland’s gaze turned towards filmmaking. Since The Beach, Garland has succeeded …

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Five Must-See Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Performances From The Last Five Years

Editor’s Note: Under The Gun Review will be at the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. This is the first in a series of preview pieces set to highlight this year’s ceremony.

The 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, set to take place this Saturday in Cleveland, will undoubtedly play host to some of the most star-studded jams in rock and roll music. Rumors are flying around of collaborations from John Mayer and Gary Clarke Jr., Beck and Karen O, Paul and Ringo, Joe Walsh and Dave Grohl, plus many, many more. I’m …

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LIVE REVIEW: Yellowcard, Finch & One OK Rock At Wooly’s in Des Moines, Iowa (4/10/15)

The roughly 700-person capacity Wooly’s music venue in Des Moines’ historic East Village was on fire last Friday for the high-energy triple-punch show of Yellowcard, Finch, and One OK Rock.

One OK Rock sufficed in warming the crowd up with their set of aggressive rock songs. The crowd seemed receptive and impressed with the band’s performance, despite many still flooding in as their set wrapped and Finch began to take the stage. The crowd, mostly mid-20-somethings looking to hold on to a bit of nostalgic pop-punk lore, were fun during this set. Not too over the top …

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UTG PHOTOS: The Movielife Return To San Francisco (4/2/15)

Under The Gun sent photographer Derek Scancarelli to Slim’s in San Francisco to photograph The Movielife on April 2, 2015.

The Long Island natives in The Movielife recently reunited and returned to perform in California for the first time in 12 years.

Vocalist Vinnie Caruana, who romanticizes San Francisco in both his conversation and music, was ecstatic to be back on the West Coast.

“My soul feels amazing here,” Caruana said, before reminiscing on the days the band had graced the same stage at Slim’s over a decade prior with Face To Face.

A lot has changed since the band …

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REVIEW: The Damnwells – ‘The Damnwells’

Artist: The Damnwells
Title: The Damnwells
Label: Independent
Genre: Indie Rock

While often quite permeable, our musical palates allow for very little flexibility in terms of what we feel comfortable listening to. Certain people feel for hard-hitting lyrical attributes, some look to instrumentation for inspiration, and others run to records blindly and wait until something feels right. Listening to The Damnwells’ fifth studio album (and their first effort with the band’s original lineup since 2006) is a combination of all three mentioned above.

Comparing this self-titled effort to their older records would not do either justice. The Damnwells is …

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REVIEW: Dance Gavin Dance – ‘Instant Gratification’

Artist: Dance Gavin Dance
Album: Instant Gratification
Genre: Rock, Pop, Experimental

I typically hate reviews and editorials that begin with quotes, but when attempting to begin discussing the latest release from Dance Gavin Dance there was one quote that stuck in my mind like the hook of “Stroke God, Millionaire” will soon stick with all of you: “Art, in itself, is an attempt to bring order out of chaos.”

Stephen Sondheim will probably never be found sitting at the back of your local Dance Gavin Dance concert, but I cannot help thinking the legendary composer and lyricist would, at the …

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UTG INTERVIEW: Great Cynics Discuss ‘I Feel Weird’

Since 2011, Great Cynics have been bringing their own version of folk-punk to the masses. First it started with their home country of England, but now in 2015, they’ve logged thousands of miles thanks to some incredible tours with groups like Joyce Manor and The Smith Street Band.

Their third full-length, I Feel Weird, will be hitting US shelves on April 13 and is sure to spread like wildfire. Don’t believe us? Take a listen to “Lost in You” below.

After giving the record a spin, we knew we absolutely had to have a chat with the band about …

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The Father And The Frontman: Frank Iero Gets Tattooed For His Kids

Under The Gun Review met with Frank Iero at Greenpoint Tattoo Company in Brooklyn to talk about his life’s new chapter and his undying devotion to being a father, all while watching him get inked.

Frank Iero’s confidence is a put-on. I know that because he told me so.

He loves to play as much as he hates to play. The 45 minutes of ecstasy he experiences on stage is the pendulum swing counteracting the 24 hours of pure hell leading up to it.

“I’ll be fucking holding, clenching my stomach, totally fucking hating my life because I have …

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UTG INTERVIEW: The Damnwells Discuss First New Record With Original Lineup Since 2006

For the first time in about eight years, Brooklyn-based indie rock outfit The Damnwells are once again comprised of the original members that it consisted of during its inception in 2001. The four-piece’s brand new self-titled record, which is due out next week, epitomizes the high points of all the efforts poured into this much-anticipated reunion. UTG was fortunate to be able to speak with lead vocalist Alex Dezen about the band, the new record, and his songwriting.

To be able to bring The Damnwells to life this year, the band started a successful and fully funded PledgeMusic campaign to …