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REVIEW: Author – ‘Of Brighter Days’

Artist: Author
Album: Of Brighter Days
Genre: Indie, Alternative
Label: Unsigned

Minneapolis’ Author have been riding a wave of praise since the release of their debut EP, People Are Alike All Over, a lush offering that left alternative music fans weak in the knees and hungry for a follow-up. Now, two years later, the four-piece is back with a well-rounded LP that not only meets, but exceeds all expectations.

Carefully crafted from start to finish, Of Brighter Days is a record defined by details. From the glassy opening of “Fiction” to the tender closing of “Find The Words,” every …

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REVIEW: Meghan Trainor – ‘Title’

Artist: Meghan Trainor
Album: Title
Genre: Pop
Label: Epic Records

Meghan Trainor has the poise, swagger and talent to take over the world as we know it. Launching herself into pop stardom with sensational 2014 hit “All About That Bass,” Trainor showed the world, through light-hearted melodies and a positive attitude, that pop music can have a vivacious diva…with a few curves. The song is fun, the song is catchy, the song is downright irresistible. “All About That Bass” took over the Western world.

With that in mind, standards for Trainor’s debut LP, Title, which dropped this week, are …

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The Next Band To Change Your Life: Empty Houses

If you have been following along to the Twitter chatter in the alternative music realm this week you have no doubt seen someone mention Empty Houses, the Detroit-based trio of Ali Shea, Adam Mercer, and Dave Mackinder (Fireworks). January is a busy time so it’s completely understandable if you didn’t have time to commit to the article those tweets hopefully included, or perhaps you did only to find you had no time to commit to the music in store. That’s fine. Social media has become a flood of ICYMI headlines as of late, so you’ll still have plenty of chances …

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Here’s Why It’s Okay To Think That Fall Out Boy Song Isn’t All That Great

This James Shotwell-opposing diss track began as a joke and gradually got a little heated. I was heckling him about his swooning over Fall Out Boy’s newly-released “Fourth Of July.” He gave me the title and suggested I write an anti-piece based on things I said. So here I am, probably more scathing and critical (and nonsensical) than I truly intend to be. Regardless, shots fired.

I’m not opposed to change. At all. In fact, I encourage and often embrace it. For the sake of this article, in terms of music, I’ll throw out recent examples like Pianos Become The …

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Here’s Why Fall Out Boy’s “Fourth Of July” Is The First Great Song Of 2015

We’re essentially halfway into the first month of 2015 at this point, and I think it’s fair to say there have not been many game-changing singles or albums released just yet. Not that we should expect such, of course, but aside from Kanye surprising everyone while they were busy celebrating the new year not a lot of recently released music has been given much hype. Maybe it’s because everyone has been too busy getting back into the flow of work and school to pay much attention to the music being shared, or maybe – just maybe – the world has …

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REVIEW: Panda Bear – ‘Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper’

Artist: Panda Bear
Album: Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper
Label: Domino Records
Genre: Indie, Chillwave

By now, if you’re not into the whole Animal Collective scene, I’m not sure you ever will be, unless you start from the beginning and you work your way to this point, which I totally encourage. The innovation and importance that the four distinct members of this group bring to each effort is outrageous and game-changing in a different way on each album.

Up to this point, Panda Bear‘s releases have strategically (as it would seem) progressed to where he ended up on …

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LIVE REVIEW: The Matches’ ‘E. Von Dahl Killed The Locals’ 10th Anniversary Tour in Adelaide, Australia (1/10/15)

While shamelessly promoting my own band back in the MySpace era of 2004, I was alerted by similar covert activities being undertaken by Epitaph Records to the existence of a quirky pop-punk act from Oakland, California named The Matches.

Immediately capturing my attention with the bratty yet rather witty ode to unrequited love, “Dog-Eared Page,” The Matches presented as something decidedly different to the post-hardcore/screamo sounds that were dominating the scene, so I invested in a copy of the Epitaph re-release of their debut full-length E. Von Dahl Killed the Locals and it quickly became the soundtrack to my final …

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REVIEW: Future Of What – ‘Pro Dreams’

Artist: Future Of What
Album: Pro Dreams
Genre: Indie, Electronic
Label: Feat. Drake Records

On paper I really should have no business with Future Of What‘s debut LP, Pro Dreams, but it’s 2015 and I am trying to delve deeper into the vast world of sonic expression. Finding myself proven for my excursion into the unknown, Pro Dreams is a beautiful record cultivated with care and style.

From the first sounds of “The Rainbowed Air,” I was taken elsewhere. Ethereal sounds lay the clouds that the vocals drag you across. Slow, caring, with a hint of depression, Future …

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UTG INTERVIEW: Head North Discuss New Music, Plans To Dominate 2015

Here at UTG, we believe in Head North. The Buffalo, NY pop-punk quartet wrapped up a year of seemingly soaring under the radar in 2014 with a few huge announcements for 2015, including the news that the band would be signing with Bad Timing Records for the release of a new EP in the spring and supporting the release with a slot on Front Porch Step’s first headlining tour with Have Mercy…although it now seems that Head North will be hitting the road with headliner Have Mercy after both groups decided to drop off the tour following allegations against …

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REVIEW: Palisades – ‘Mind Games’

Artist: Palisades
Album: Mind Games
Label: Rise Records
Genre: Electronic Hardcore

It’s getting pretty hard to define what a genre is in today’s music scene. Lately, hardcore music has been thriving in more of an “electronicore” style, combining the party elements of EDM and the moshing atmosphere of heavy rock and roll, reeling in a more widespread group of listeners. Palisades are a rising group showcasing this unique sound, further proving their strength in this scene with their second full-length album, Mind Games.

Palisades have always been known for their electronic sounds and party tones within their heavy breakdowns, …

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REVIEW: Chains – ‘The Sorrow, The Sadness’ EP

Artist: Chains
Album: The Sorrow, The Sadness EP
Label: Calaveras Records
Genre: Metal, Hardcore

Let’s be honest: you miss Set Your Goals. I miss the band as well, for the sole fact that they are the pop-punk outfit that gave the genre an aggressive edge. This Will Be The Death Of Us is one of my favorite anthem-riddled, pop-punk releases, for it’s the prime example of the passionate personality and delivery inherent to the genre. However, following 2011′s Burning At Both Ends, the band went into a quiet state, seemingly without any intent of letting the music world …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Taken 3′ Is A Complete Waste Of Time

Film: Taken 3
Starring: Liam Neeson
Directed by: Olivier Megaton

Seven years after first saving his daughter from an underground prostitution ring, Bryan Mills is back once more with a story that lacks the heart, grit, and fun that previously set the Taken franchise apart.

The setting is Los Angeles, and for the first time since he and his wife were abducted abroad in Taken 2 Bryan Mills is finally living the life he always wanted. He’s close with his daughter, Kim, and he’s managed to remain close with his ex-wife, Lenore. It’s clear the horrors of previous years no …