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UTG PHOTOS: Inside The Media Room at the 30th Annual Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Inductions

Last night was a monumental night for rock history and Cleveland as the “Home of Rock and Roll” hosted some of rock and roll’s greatest legends and talents for the 30th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductions.

The 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductions ceremony took place at Public Hall in the heart of downtown Cleveland. The party kicked off around 8pm with Joan Jett as the first to be inducted, by her friend Miley Cyrus. The night didn’t end until almost 1am when every presenter and performer took the stage to play and sing a …

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UTG @ MICF: Paul Foot, Neil Hamburger & Sara Pascoe

Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Comic: Paul Foot
Show: Hovercraft Symphony in Gammon #Major
Venue: The HiFi Bar, Melbourne

Over the course of his storied career, UK jester Paul Foot has developed a reputation as one of the most excitable and unpredictable comics the world has to offer. His new show Hovercraft Symphony in Gammon #Major sees his trademark manic energy, over the top delivery and love of the absurd turned to eleven to uproarious effect. Foot has the audience in stitches early on, courtesy of some esteemed crowd work that resulted in him performing his official introduction while literally mounted …

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Everything You Need To Know About The 2015 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Inductions

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

It’s that time of year again – Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductions! It is Cleveland’s year to host the star-studded ceremony and I am very happy I will be joined by the likes of fellow UTG writer, Matthew Leimkuehler, to cover the inductions this year. I had the pleasure of covering the 2012 inductions …

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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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UTG @ MICF: Sarah Kendall, DeAnne Smith, Russell Kane & Jonestown

Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Comic: Sarah Kendall
Show: A Day In October
Venue: Melbourne Town Hall

UK-based, Australian born and raised, Sarah Kendall has a knack for telling stories that inspire you to laugh and cry in equal measure. Kendall displays this skill in all its emotionally manipulative glory in her new show, A Day In October. Much like her previous, critically acclaimed offering, Touchdown, A Day In October draws from Kendall’s experiences of teenhood in Newcastle, New South Wales, delivering a hilarious yet heartbreaking tale of self-realization with a particularly powerful anti-bullying message.…

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UTG PHOTOS: Big Data At The Shelter in Detroit, MI (4/2/15)

Under The Gun’s Head of Photography, Corbin Alvae, stopped over at The Shelter to catch the Gimme Data Tour.

It feels like forever since I did a photo gallery, but I kicked off my Spring season this year by stopping over at one of my hometown venues, called The Shelter, to catch a paranoid electronic pop group called Big Data.

Big Data is comprised of Alan Wilkis and his super talented band performing music that lifts the soul. I showed up to the venue and the downtown area was packed, not realizing that there was another event going on …

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UTG PHOTOS: Enter Shikari’s ‘The Mindsweep Tour’ in NYC (4/3/15)

Under The Gun Review sent new photographer MJ Rawls to the Gramercy Theatre on April 3, 2015 for Enter Shikari’s ‘Mindsweep’ tour.

If you happen to go to an Enter Shikari show, for one, I hope you get a lot of previous cardio in – you already know you’re in for a very chaotic and unforgettable experience. I had previously done photography for the band at the South by So What?! festival in Grand Prairie, Texas and some set highlights included guitarist Liam “Rory” Clewlow playing inside a massive circle pit and vocalist Rou Reynolds literally jumping into the crowd …

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UTG @ Melbourne International Comedy Festival: James Acaster (UK)

Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Comic: James Acaster
Show: James Acaster (UK)
Venue: Melbourne Town Hall (Powder Room)

Brtish stand-up James Acaster is a lot of things. A man, a juror, a gangster, a comedian; thankfully it is the latter of these that he has chosen to make his calling, and tonight it was the Melbourne audience that reaped the rewards. A gifted storyteller with a uniquely off-beat delivery, Acaster hit the ground running, winning over the crowd with some solid crowd work, filled with local references, before settling into an hour of finely crafted stand-up that found its loudest laughs …

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UTG @ Melbourne International Comedy Festival: John Kearns – ‘Shtick’

Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Comic: John Kearns
Show: Shtick
Venue: The Acacia Room at the Victoria Hotel

With unprecedented back-to-back ‘Best Newcomer’ and ‘Best Comedy Show’ awards from Edinburgh, it’s fair to say that UK comic John Kearns comes to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival under the weight of great expectations. Fortunately for Kearns, and the Melbourne crowds, he is more than ready to live up to them.

A supremely gifted comic who thrives in the realms of the absurd, Kearns had the crowd in stitches from the moment he took the stage, holding the room hostage with his idiosyncratic …

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UTG @ Melbourne International Comedy Festival: Mark Watson – ‘Flaws’

Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Comic: Mark Watson
Show: Flaws
Venue: ACMI Beyond

Mark Watson is a hardworking man of very many talents. With a decade of seasons at the Edinburgh Fringe, multiple 24-hour comedy marathons, TV appearances and a library of novels up his sleeve – as well as a family waiting for him at home – you’d expect that he’d be a confident chap quite chuffed with his lot in life, but he’s not. Or at least he wasn’t, for a while there anyway.

His new show Flaws is an hour of musings upon the nature of what he …

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UTG @ Melbourne International Comedy Festival: David Quirk – ‘Thrasher’

Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Comic: David Quirk
Show: Thrasher
Venue: Fast Times – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

David Quirk is a skateboarding lifer who works in a skate shop. He also happens to be a comedian.

So when it came time to find a place to host a comedy show about his life’s work in skateboarding retail, he could think of no other appropriate place than in the shop itself. So that’s where I found myself Monday night, watching one of Australia’s most original comedians, performing his new show, Thrasher, in front of a wall of skate decks and a …