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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Gallows’ Might Be The Worst Film Of Summer 2015

Film: The Gallows
Starring: Reese Mishler, Pfeifer Brown
Directed by: Travis Cluff, Chris Lofing

2015 may be the year I finally stop defending found footage/POV storytelling in cinema. It’s been a good run, more or less, but after witnessing the hundredth-plus remix of the same twelve ideas presented with little to no original twist whatsoever in The Gallows I’m starting to believe my faith in shaky-cam storytelling has officially been depleted.

The year is 1993, and through the lens of a shoulder-mounted home video camera perched between two parents who don’t know when to shut up, we bare witness to …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Minions’ Is Cute, But Empty

Film: Minions
Starring: Pierre Coffin, Sandra Bullock
Directed by: Pierre Coffin, Kyle Balda

Two years after Despicable Me 2 became one of the biggest animated films ever, Universal is trying to maximize franchise revenue with the funny, yet emotionally empty prequel, Minions.

Yes, the tiny yellow creatures that won over the hearts of children everywhere while simultaneously annoying parents with their unique, Sims-like language have been given their own adventure, and it takes place several years before the events of the first Despicable Me film. In fact, the story actually begins at the dawn of time, when …

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UTG PREVIEW: Everything To Catch At This Year’s 80/35

With festival season in full swing across North America and beyond, all eyes are set on the beautiful city of Des Moines, Iowa this weekend for the all-too-stacked two-day lineup at 80/35.

More than just a slew of amazing artists playing across three stages this July 10-11, 80/35 is an entire experience—from the food to the beer to the after parties. It’s one of those SXSW-esque “up at 10 a.m. and doing things until 3 a.m.” festivals. And there’s no better way to do a festival. So, what’s the scoop? Where should you hang out? What should you see? …

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UTG PREMIERE: The Casual – “Egg Nog”

Don’t worry, this post has nothing to do with Christmas.

You may or may not have heard of The Casual before now, but if our intuition is correct it won’t be too long before they are considered household names for anyone interested in alternative music. The band, who hail from Pennsylvania, have partnered with UTG to share a song titled “Egg Nog” off their forthcoming debut EP, Lust (due out August 8). You can stream the track below.

When asked about the story behind the track, member Zach Anderson commented:

“One day I was kind of just sick of keeping

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UTG TV: The Cadillac Three Chat About Writing For Keith Urban, Eric Church & Rascal Flatts

Under The Gun Review headed to Nashville, Tennessee for country music’s biggest week in the south, CMA Fest. We had the chance to dig deep into the musical backgrounds of Nashville natives The Cadillac Three. We bet you didn’t know that they’re the reason behind some of your favorite songs falling into the hands of Rascal Flatts, Eric Church, Keith Urban and Tim Mcgraw.

The Cadillac Three is one band that will knock your boots out from under you with their dedication to bringing rock back into country music. The band just released a video on Vevo for their …

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UTG TV: Jessie James Decker Knows How To Handle A Busy Schedule

Jessie James Decker might be married to every female’s Man Crush Monday, but she’s not letting that stop her from making a name for herself. She makes being pregnant and balancing a career look like a walk in the park and absolutely deserves the coveted hashtag #MomGoals.

You might remember Jessie from her pop days, with her catchy single “Wanted,” but she’s all country. Her EP is due out shortly, but you can get a taste of her new music endeavors on Billy Currington’s new single, “Good Night.” Decker describes her new EP as fun, loving, …

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UTG INTERVIEW: Kingmaker’s Alex Gaspar Discusses the Creation of ‘The Cradle’

Kingmaker have always been a group that thrives on progression. Since bursting onto the scene in the summer of 2009, the Lake County quartet has undergone a number of style and lineup changes, all leading to the release of their latest full-length effort, The Cradle–a bold blend of abrasive riffs, ear-shattering percussion, and poignant lyricism.

We recently spoke with guitarist Alex Gaspar, who not only gave us all the details on the band’s latest album, but also elaborated on what they have in the works for the rest of 2015. Read our conversation below, and keep in touch with …

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UTG TV: Parmalee At CMA Music Festival 2015

We caught up with Parmalee right after they took the stage at CMA Fest in Nashville, Tennessee last month. These guys have been around each other for some time now and know how to have a good time, even with their busy lives. The band had just come back from a performance the night before and spent some time in the airport catching up on sleeping. This of course led to photos being posted of each member caught snoozing. How flattering!

This will be Parmalee’s fourth year at the major music festival that has helped launch major acts in the …

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UTG PHOTOS: Imagine Dragons In Cleveland, OH (6/22/15)

Under The Gun Review sent photographer Kellie Gannon to Quicken Loans Area in Cleveland, OH to shoot Imagine Dragons on June 22.

Recently, Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland saw a whole lot of action, or lack thereof if we’re considering the Cavs during NBA Finals (just like every other year, next year is our year… seriously… maybe… COME ON, LEBRON!) Anyway, on a humid, rainy night less than a week after that final fateful basketball game, The Q was thankfully rocking to a much different, upbeat tune.

Hailing from Vegas and putting on a Sin City-worthy show, Imagine Dragons have …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Terminator Genisys’ Is More Than A Bit Rusty

Film: Terminator Genisys
Starring: Jai Courtney, Emilia Clarke, Arnold Schwarzenegger
Directed By: Alan Taylor

“Old, but not obsolete.” This line reverberates throughout the narrative of the new reboot/sequel/studio machination, Terminator Genisys. As the camera lingers on Schwarzenegger’s automated façade, we see that the lines on his face are more noticeable than ever. A sign of passing times, one would say. Time has most certainly passed since director James Cameron built the foundation for the franchise on top of schlocky B-movie tropes like relentless violence, threadbare sci-fi concepts and seemingly invincible villains. But this is 2015, folks – the time …

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UTG PREMIERE: Mirror Eyes Debut Their New EP, ‘Reality’

Coming together from the Northeast, the Midwest, and the South, melodic hardcore five-piece Mirror Eyes are here to impress and offer diverse musical stylings to a vast majority of music lovers. Today the band is thrilled to premiere their debut EP, entitled Reality.

Undeniably an homage to those that have brought melodic hardcore to the forefront, Reality changes in shape and color after every track. Similarly, the band also brings to the table nuances that recreate some of our most beloved acts’ sound today.

The collection initially calls to mind a more aggressive PVRIS or early-era New Years Day

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REVIEW: Sorority Noise – ‘Joy, Departed’

Artist: Sorority Noise
Album: Joy, Departed
Genre: Emo, Garage Rock
Label: Topshelf Records

Joy, Departed doesn’t sound like a Sorority Noise record, and that’s a good thing. The band’s debut record–the aptly titled Forgettable–is a fun listen with little substance beyond a few catchy choruses and well-written one-liner lyrics. Where Forgettable serves as the polar opposite to vocalist Cam Boucher’s dark and moody other band, Old Gray, Joy, Departed falls somewhere between the two, with a darker lyric focus, but remaining traces of the cynical sense of humor found on the band’s debut. The result is a fantastic, yet …