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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Lucy’

Film: Lucy
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman
Directed by: Luc Besson

Luc Besson has to be messing with us. Either that, or he’s laughing all the way to the bank.

The man behind Léon: The Professional, The Fifth Element and The Transporter series is back in theaters this summer with a new film by the name of Lucy. At first glance, the film offers a slick, thought-provoking look at what might happen if a woman scorned was unable to unlock 100% of her mental capacity. The actual feature, however, offers something far more silly.

Lucy tells the story …

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Hilary Duff Releases “Chasing The Sun” Music Video

A day after her comeback single found its way online, Hilary Duff is back on the front page of UTG with the official video for “Chasing The Sun.”

Summertime is the best and worst time of year for people who spend the majority of their week inhabiting cubicles. The nice weather guarantees the potential for full-on escapes from reality every weekend, but it also means each business day is spent staring longingly through tinted glass at the beautiful world outside. Hilary Duff understands this pain, and the central premise of her latest music video explores the kind of paradise she …

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Hear Sufjan Stevens Cover Arthur Russell’s “A Little Lost”

For years, Red Hot Organization has been putting out incredibly stacked compilations with the proceeds going to AIDS research. Fittingly, their newest record is a tribute to musical mastermind Arthur Russell, who passed away from AIDS in 1992. The tribute compilation, titled Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell, is out October 21 via Yep Roc with covers by Robyn, Hot Chip, Arcade Fire’s Richard Reed Parry, Scissor Sisters, Cults, Blood Orange, Phosphorescent, Jose Gonzalez, and more.

Perhaps the biggest name on the list, Sufjan Stevens, gets to cover perhaps the biggest song on the list, Russell’s 1994 track …

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Sounds of the (Down) Underground: 5 Australian Acts You Should Be Listening To

Australia has a proud history of punching above its weight, musically speaking. This is particularly true when it comes to acts operating in the heavier music spectrum. With the seemingly endless advances in streaming and social media technologies making the ears of the world more accessible than ever, the Australian independent scene is thriving. The result is an influx of bands across a variety of genres making a considerable impact on the music scene globally.

As a UTG contributor and proud Australian who resides deep within the nation’s undisputed punk rock heart of Melbourne, it gives me great pleasure to …

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Fall In Love With Sir Sly’s “You Haunt Me” And Prepare For Their Debut Album Release

Don’t you love when a song comes along out of the blue and fills you with all the good feels anyone could hope to have? It’s a rare treat, especially if your main source of music is terrestrial radio, but every so often lightning strikes and you find yourself with a new addiction.

Ladies and gentlemen, prepare to fall in love with Sir Sly.

Boasting big hooks and groove-laden verses, Sir Sly come barreling out of Los Angeles with a sound best likened to shoegaze indie rock having a love child with the debut record from Foster The People. Their …

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Radical Something Offer A Fresh Take On West Coast Pop Rock With “Cali Get Down”

I hope you’re ready to dance.

Some Tuesdays feel a lot like second Mondays, but thanks to music it’s possible to turn even the most wretched of days around in a matter of minutes. This morning, an up-and-coming band from California had that impact on our offices when they delivered a single titled “Cali Get Down.”

Radical Something are a fittingly named band featuring three guys who do not strike you as the kind of men that would create music that one staffer described as “club punk.” To be fair, another one said “West Coast bro pop rock.” Regardless, their …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Hercules’

Film: Hercules
Starring: Dwayne Johnson
Directed by: Brett Ratner

This is not the myth you remember, but it’s the legend you will love.

If you thought that line was corny, you may not want to purchase a ticket to Brett Ratner’s take on Hercules. It’s a wise-cracking, too cool for its own good type of film that [finally] gives us a good reason to care about so-called ‘sword and sandal’ films again. I went in expecting nothing and walked out with the realization I had just experienced one of the most entertaining 98-minute periods of the last year, if …

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ALBUM STREAM: Twin Peaks – ‘Wild Onion’

Chicago’s youth ain’t got nothin’ on its under-21 fellows Twin Peaks. The four-piece pop rock group will drop their sophomore release, Wild Onion, on August 5, and it’s not just Chicago that’s cheering them on. In anticipation, they’ve put the whole rowdy, riffy, jovial record up for streaming on Pitchfork Advance.

After seeing their set at Pitchfork Music Festival this weekend, there was no denying they know what they’re doing. From tossing a guitar into the crowd first thing in the morning or yelling every lyric in their hometown’s backyard, Twin Peaks were on fire. That’s what …

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REVIEW: Alive In Standby – ‘Never Ending’

Artist: Alive in Standby
Album: Never Ending
Genre: Progressive Pop-Punk

Alive in Standby have long been known for being wise beyond their years, displaying complexity and technicality rarely seen from teenage musicians. In 2011, the group released an impressive EP entitled Dream Status, which captured the attention of listeners around the world and flung the band into a whirlwind of tours and well-deserved exposure. Now, almost three full years later, the band has emerged from their cocoon to present their first full-length, Never Ending.

Unlike their previous release, which consisted of a mix of brutal post-hardcore breakdowns and …

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REVIEW: HELENA – ‘Levity Remixes’ EP (feat. Shawnee Taylor)

Artist: HELENA (feat. Shawnee Taylor)
Album: Levity Remixes EP
Genre: Electro house
Label: Ultra Music

After having the chance to speak with HELENA at the time of the release of her collaboration with vocalist Shawnee Taylor, “Levity,” there was little doubt the Australian electro house producer would make her presence felt throughout the music scene, whether it be through her nonstop international touring or festival-ready anthems. With the release of the Levity Remixes EP, she has taken yet another step in the right direction by teaming up with a collection of fellow rising musicians and allowing them to put their …

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A Great Big Pile Of Leaves Add Dates To Headlining Tour

A Great Big Pile Of Leaves recently announced that they would be headlining an upcoming Topshelf Records tour starting this September. When they made their initial announcement, there were only a handful of dates, but now the band has confirmed even more dates for the tour. You can find the updated tour poster by taking a look below.

They will be on the road with labelmates Field Mouse, Prawn and Diamond Youth. Tickets for all stops are currently available for purchase.…

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Stream The American Scene’s New Single, “4th And Broadway”

As of today, four of the five songs in The American Scene‘s first #hazedrop have been found. The most recent single was found by LA-based photographer Angelica Nicolle. The new song is titled “4th And Broadway,” and you can check it out by heading right here.

With this song now found, there is only one more track that hasn’t been discovered. That particular USB is in Oakland, California. Hopefully the band will release the next series of #hazedrops soon so we can hear some more songs!

Haze will officially hit stores September 9. You can grab either …