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UTG TV: Rockstar Mayhem Fest 2014 With Islander

Serving as one of the truly up-and-coming acts on the Rockstar Mayhem Festival 2014, Islander seemingly had a lot to prove. That didn’t manage to have an effect on the guys keeping it cool, though. Believe it or not, by the time UTG TV spoke to them in Scranton, they’d already become friends with the guys in Korn and had Suicide Silence watching their set from backstage.

During our interview, we felt the need to state the obvious and address how different Islander seemed from the rest of the lineup. The guys chuckled at the notion, agreeing but not being …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Life After Beth’ Replaces Brains With Mediocrity

Film: Life After Beth
Starring: Dane DeHaan, Aubrey Plaza
Directed by: Jeff Baena

Mixing genres can be a tumultuous task in film making today. In Life After Beth, writer/director Jeff Baena tries to raise the romantic drama genre from the grave whilst spinning a hilarious tale about zombie love. Unfortunately, all the film compiles into is an amalgam of wasted comedic talent that can’t seem to unearth the most worthwhile qualities from separate genres. Not to mention that this little zombie apocalypse setting that Baena produces is minimalistic and leaves a lot up to interpretation.…

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UTG TV: Idlehands Talk New Singles, Upcoming Full-Length

UTG TV sat down with Idlehands for a quick interview before their show at the DNA Lounge in San Francisco on August 7. The guys talked about their latest music video for the song “Mellow Christ,” featuring Justin Bonifacio of Ghost Parade, as well as their recent acquisition by Headphone Music, a division of Equal Vision Records. During our interview, Idlehands also spent some time discussing their upcoming full-length album, Dena Mora, which was recorded with legendary producer, Kris Crummett.

Idlehands have recently wrapped up some West Coast tour dates with Icarus The Owl, The Body …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Giver’ Offers Nothing Of Value

Film: The Giver
Stars: Brenton Thwaites, Jeff Bridges
Genre: Drama/Sci-Fi

Working off a screenplay written by Michael Mitnick and Robert B. Weide, director Phillip Noyce has delivered a frustrating and, at times, downright awful adaptation of Lois Lowry’s most beloved young adult novel.

The Giver offers a vision of the future that feels a bit like a watered-down 1984. Following the downfall of life as we know, mankind manages to rebuild society in such a way that all individuality has ceased to exist, including all color. In its place, an idea called ‘sameness’ has been put into action with …

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UTG Interview: ‘The Giver’ Author Lois Lowry and Film Stars Brenton Thwaites, Odeya Rush

Earlier this month I had an opportunity unlike any other up to that point in my writing career. For nearly thirty minutes I was able to sit next to author Lois Lowry and discuss her classic novel, The Giver, as well as the recent film adaptation. I also spoke with the film’s stars, Brenton Thwaites and Odeya Rush. It was the kind of meeting that seemed to pass lightning fast, but I was able to gain a lot of great insight to the film’s creation and all the hard work that goes into adapting a novel recognized around the …

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REVIEW: Wiz Khalifa – ‘Blacc Hollywood’

Artist: Wiz Khalifa
Album: Blacc Hollywood
Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

On his third studio album, Wiz Khalifa has recorded a collection of potential radio singles that offer little cohesion, but plenty of reasons to have a good time.

Wiz Khalifa is to music what Doug Benson is to comedy; and by that I mean they’re both a variation of Cheech and Chong for a new generation. They’ve all managed to make careers out of embracing their love of marijuana. As long as they continue to carry the torch of weed, and all the things it can do to improve life for those …

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UTG INTERVIEW: Foxing Discuss ‘The Albatross,’ the Science in ‘Lucy’ and Their Audiotree Session

On a warm evening in Cambridge, MA, at the venue known as The Middle East, I stood and watched as Foxing came alive on a small stage to a sold out crowd.

I witnessed the band pour everything they had into the notes and sounds reverberating from their instruments, bleeding over the crowd, seemingly ill-prepared for what the band was able to emanate. It was an incredibly moving moment, and I was more than pleased to speak with bassist Josh, drummer Jon, and guitarist Eric after their set. We spoke on their recently re-mastered debut album The Albatross, their …

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UTG TV: Rockstar Mayhem Fest 2014 With Ill Niño

“All metal bands, whether you’re in your 20s, whether you’re 18…30…40…you obviously want to turn the youth of America into a metalhead.”

Fourteen years ago Cristian Machado stepped up from bass to lead vocals for the NJ based Latin Metal rockers Ill Niño. On July 22 of this year the band dropped their seventh studio album, Till Death, La Familia, via Victory Records. The timing was perfect to coincide with their run on the Rockstar Mayhem Fest 2014 alongside Korn, Avenged Sevenfold, Trivium, and many more.

UTG’s John Bazley spoke with Cristian about his time spent on the …

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UTG PHOTOS & REVIEW: Outside Lands 2014, Day One (8/8/14)

Under The Gun Review co-owner and editor, Brian Lion, attended the Outside Lands Music & Arts festival in San Francisco, CA from August 8-10.

The 7th annual Outside Lands Music & Arts festival took place this past weekend in the historic Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, CA. Hosting upwards of 180k attendees, Outside Lands provided music and art lovers with a wide array of the world’s largest bands, as well as ridiculously delicious foods, beers, wines and art displays from local and national artists, all in an eco-friendly atmosphere. To fully delve into everything I experienced throughout the 3-day …

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UTG PHOTOS: From Indian Lakes and The Dear Hunter (8/8/14)

Under The Gun sent photographer Erica Lauren to The Fonda Theatre on August 8, 2014.

From Indian Lakes‘ live performance will leave goosebumps on anyone with a pulse. They put so much heart into their music, and being able to experience that live is a breath of fresh air. They are set to release a brand new album this fall, titled Absent Sounds, and we here at UTG are anxiously awaiting its arrival.

The Dear Hunter‘s set was greeted with a visibly enthusiastic sea of fans, as per usual. Between Casey Crescenzo’s beloved vocals and the …

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What You Didn’t Know: LUMBERJVCK

Starting this month, staff writer Michael Giegerich will begin bringing readers a brand new feature to feast on. Focusing on lesser known aspects of artists, What You Didn’t Know looks to help people gain a better understanding of their favorite musicians from all levels of the music scene.

Today’s inaugural edition of the column features LUMBERJVCK, a genre-smashing producer hailing from Los Angeles, California. With plans to release the Jvckwood EP on August 25 via Rottun Records, he took some time away from crafting monster tunes and spinning on the decks to tell us five facts his average fan …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Let’s Be Cops’ Should Turn Itself In

Film: Let’s Be Cops
Starring: Jake Johnson, Damon Wayans Jr.
Directed by: Luke Greenfield

There is little more than meets the eye when it comes to Let’s Be Cops. Written and directed by Luke Greenfield, this half-assed attempt at grown-up make believe loses steam long before it reaches its final destination.

Ryan and Justin are two men who are afraid of embracing adulthood. Though their motivations for doing so slightly differ, each has made it to what appears to be nearly 30 without having to make a single major commitment or decision in their entire lives. Neither is very …