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REVIEW: Real Friends – ‘Maybe This Place Is The Same And We’re Just Changing’

Artist: Real Friends
Album: Maybe This Place Is The Same And We’re Just Changing
Genre: Pop-Punk
Label: Fearless Records

“Easy on the eyes, heavy on the heart.”

Real Friends‘ lead singer, Dan Lambton, perfectly describes their new record with their own lyrics. Maybe This Place Is The Same And We’re Just Changing channels so much of their previous material, so much so that I wouldn’t have been surprised if they threw in a line or two about sleepy eyes and boney knees. This did not happen, thankfully, although I must admit it almost felt fragmentary.

Going into this record …

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LIVE REVIEW: The Early November @ The Studio At Webster Hall (7/16/14)

There’s a certain sense of pride that comes with singing along to every single song at a show. Coming out of The Early November‘s set last Wednesday night made me wish I were a bigger fan who vicariously sang along to every word like everyone else in the room did. The good vibes were irrevocable, and the sense of familiarity was uncanny.

The show started with openers, The Color and Sound. This five-piece indie/folk-punk band blew me away with their undeniable charm. Myself being the biggest sucker for pretty harmonies, I enjoyed their entire set and was won …

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UTG INTERVIEW: Glass Animals Discuss ‘Zaba’ and Touring the US

Who says that nice guys finish last? This year has been incredible for Glass Animals. With the release of their first full-length, Zaba, and their first tour of the U.S. (which sold out multiple dates all over), humility and kindness has reaped its benefits for this English outfit. And they couldn’t be more grateful.

When you see this band live, that’s exactly what you get. Between the multiple thank yous that the band gives, to the interaction and fun nature they deliver to the crowd, and the final goodbye; nothing but pure, humble attitudes. Not only that, but …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘And So It Goes’

Film: And So It Goes
Starring: Michael Douglas, Diane Keaton
Directed by: Rob Reiner

Rob Reiner has made an art out of telling simple stories with relatable characters. In a time where every film tries to be bigger and more extravagant than the one that came before, Reiner’s work exists to remind cinemagoers that the only thing a movie needs to be a hit is a good story with a few solid laughs. Big name stars help, too, of course, but they’re not a prerequisite for success.

And So It Goes is the latest work from Reiner, and like many …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Purge: Anarchy’

Film: The Purge: Anarchy
Starring: Frank Grillo
Directed by: James DeMonaco

A year after The Purge proved audiences were still interested in home invasion horror, The Purge: Anarchy has arrived with a mishandled attempt at franchise expansion that will likely be forgotten before the end of the year.

I was incredibly excited for The Purge: Anarchy after the initial trailer debuted online at the end of 2013 because it looked like the film I had hoped the original Purge would be. It always seemed strange to me that a film with a premise about all crime being legal for twenty-four …

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VINYL REVIEW: The Story So Far – ‘Songs Of’

Artist: The Story So Far
Album: Songs Of
Release Date: June 17, 2014
Label: Pure Noise Records

After much delay, the 10-inch vinyl release of The Story So Far’s five-track acoustic EP, Songs Of, has finally arrived.

Following the success of the band’s lovely “Clairvoyant,” an acoustic cut that was released on an excellent 7″ split with Stick To Your Guns, the California-based pop-punk front runners decided to release an all-acoustic EP featuring new, stripped down versions of tracks from their highly popular 2013 release What You Don’t See, along with a new song and a …

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UTG INTERVIEW: Zach Braff Talks ‘Wish I Was Here’

A little over a year ago, Scrubs star Zach Braff made international headlines when he turned to the world of Kickstarter to fund his latest film. Fans of Braff and his previous cinematic creation (Garden State) funded the project in less than 48 hours, which brought delight to some and rage to others. Some were excited to know other people believed in Braff as much as they did, while others thought the alleged millionaire was abusing a platform meant to help struggling artists get projects they cannot afford to create themselves off the ground. I did not fund …

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THE HUDSON PROJECT: Holy Ghost! Reflect On Their “Talking Heads Moment” On Letterman

Holy Ghost! are a brand of their own. Their unique blend of indie, funk, and electronic vibes combine for a sound that makes you want to dance and relax at the same time. You may be unsure of what you’re exactly listening to, but you’re a-okay with that. If you’ve listened to their 2013 release Dynamics, you understand what we’re talking about.

It’s that level of individuality that makes Holy Ghost! stand out amongst the tidal wave of cookie cutter nonsensical babblers that is oozing out of Williamsburg’s seams like a childhood Play-Doh toy.

Fortunately for UTG TV, …

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UTG Premiere: Amative – “Selfish Desires” (Official Music Video)

We have been focusing a lot of our efforts in July on exposing readers to new music, and today may be my favorite of all ‘discovery’ posts to debut so far on the site. Amative are a crushingly heavy outfit from Ohio who are not afraid to wear their hearts on their sleeves. Their debut EP, Flatlined, debuted in April. We missed it, and the more we listen to it now the more we want to kick ourselves for not being familiar with their work in time to help with the initial album promotion. Hopefully this post makes up …

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UTG INTERVIEW: 21 Questions With Dikembe

Immediately upon its announcement back in May, Dikembe‘s upcoming album, Mediumship, jumped to the top of many of our most anticipated albums lists for 2014. As we’ve had the opportunity to listen to it in its entirety several times over the past couple of weeks, we can assure you that the anticipation was worth it and warranted.

As we await the album’s official release next month (and for our vinyl to come in), we decided to have a little fun and pick guitarist Ryan Willems’ brain about a lot of silly subjects and a little about the new …

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UTG INTERVIEW: MAIDS @ 80/35

A MAIDS live show isn’t something that’s going to punch you in the gut. It’s not aggressive or overbearing. A MAIDS live show is like an addictive trance. The band sends participants into a transfusive and seductive melting pot of pop hooks and an authentic mixture of electronic and experimental instrumentation. It’s the type of live show that gets even the most awkward dude dancin’. The band is catchy and people gravitate toward that notion, but it’s the interaction from duo Mickey Davis and Danny Heggen that keeps the people fixated at the stage.

This is the energy MAIDS brought …

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UTG Premiere: Avalanche – “Two Years”

It’s hump day, and like many of you we have spent the majority of the work day wondering why it takes so damn long for the weekend to arrive. We cannot give you the tools to build a time machine, nor can we provide you with the financial support needed to quit your dead end job, but we do have a new song from Singapore based metalcore outfit Avalanche that I believe will give you the strength needed to kick this week’s ass.

You may or may not have heard of Avalanche before this moment, but trust me when I …