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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Den’

Film: The Den
Directed by: Zachary Donohue
Starring: Melanie Papalia

A horror film that puts a weird twist on the found footage genre by using webcams? Ok, I feel a little wary here. Base the film on Elizabeth Benton (Melanie Paplia) who is studying human nature (with a murderous twist) through this webcam service called The Den? Okay, you have me interested. Start killing people off in the first 20 minutes and exhaust every horror cliché in the book by the end of the film? Damn, I had SOME faith.

The Den is unfortunately another missed opportunity amongst the …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Final Member’

Film: The Final Member
Directors: Jonah Bekhor, Zach Math

“More and more penises kept coming into the house,” Sigurour “Siggy” Hjartarson’s wife said of her husband’s growing habit. “Then it just got out of control.”

No, Siggy wasn’t turning his home into a brothel — he was merely gathering specimens for what would eventually become known as the Icelandic Phallological Museum. The Final Member is a documentary that focuses on Siggy, his museum, and his search for the one penis that has eluded him for nearly 40 years — that of a human being.…

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Movie Review: ‘Wolf Creek 2′

Film: Wolf Creek 2
Directed by: Greg McLean
Starring: John Jarratt

There was a not a lot left at the end of Wolf Creek to warrant the creation of a sequel, but filmmaker Greg McLean has pulled off something akin to a flawed miracle with Wolf Creek 2. It’s bigger, slicker, and far bloodier than the original, but it also expands the universe found in the first film in ways that are wacky and – for the most part – genuinely entertaining.…

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Authors Anonymous’

Film: Authors Anonymous
Directed by: Ellie Kanner
Starring: Kaley Cuoco, Chris Klein, Dennis Farina

Good or bad, Authors Anonymous would still be worth watching if for no other reason than it represents the final performance of Dennis Farina. The criminally underrated actor passed away in July, left behind more than 30 years of memorable film and television performances, and I still haven’t gotten over his egregious omission from the “In Memoriam” tribute at this year’s Academy Awards.

As much as I love complaining about the Oscars, I’m sure there will be another time for that. This is a film review, …

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SINGLE REVIEW: Benny Benassi & John Dahlback – “Blink Again”

In 2014, John Dahlback and Benny Benassi have little left to prove. While Dahlback has been a staple within the electro house music scene for years through his productions and record label, Benassi has reigned as an international superstar whose popularity has transcended electronic music and bled over into the mainstream. Thus, both artists could easily throw in the production towel and perform at clubs across the globe for the rest of their days, but it appears their intentions lie elsewhere on their Ultra Records backed single, “Blink Again.”…

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LIVE REVIEW: Taking Back Sunday – Acoustic At Revolution (4/14/14)

On Monday, April 14, Taking Back Sunday performed an exclusive performance at Revolution in Amityville, NY. To gain entrance to the event, fans pre-ordered the limited vinyl pressing of their brand new album Happiness Is. The event was limited to 500 die-hard fans who were able to meet their hometown favorites and hear the special acoustic set.

Looney Tunes CDs, the same Long Island record store to bring in other UTG favorites Bayside and I Am The Avalanche graciously orchestrated and hosted the event alongside Club Loaded.

Check below the jump for some photos from the show, …

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REVIEW: Jamie’s Elsewhere – ‘Rebel/Revive’

Artist: Jamie’s Elsewhere
Album: Rebel/Revive
Genre: Post-hardcore
Label: Unsigned

​Jamie’s Elsewhere have had some dramatic changes in their sound over the years. ​They’ve yet to release two full-length studio albums in a row with the same frontman so it’s been an interesting ride for fans who’ve been there since the beginning. After they left Victory Records their future seemed uncertain, but after some silence they recruited a new vocalist and promised more music. It didn’t take long for them to start teasing new music, and what was released seemed promising.

Considering the group has had different frontmen for their albums, …

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REVIEW: Particle Wave – ‘Grand Unifier’

Artist: Particle Wave
Album: Grand Unifier
Genre: Rock

Los Angeles-based garage rock quartet Particle Wave recently released Grand Unifier, their third album since forming in 2006. Melding prominent elements of modern garage and psych rock with the best influences from earlier eras of rock and roll, the band’s newest release can appeal to many generations as you could surmise that their sound is something that originated in the ’60s and snowballed along to the present, assimilating the various bits of each decade’s contributions to the rock genre and adapted as it grew.…

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REVIEW: Consider Me Dead – ‘Young At Heart’

Artist: Consider Me Dead
Album: Young At Heart
Genre: Electronic
Label: Standby Records

I’m not sure where I first heard of Consider Me Dead, but after listening to a few of their singles I became a fan of their music. They tied together post hardcore elements with electronic and pop beats, which was fun to listen to. They announced their debut album, Young At Heart, and fans were excited to see what they had in store for them.

Young At Heart opens with a short electronic intro, then quickly transitions to “The Eulogy Ballroom.” There is something clear about …

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Movie Review: ‘The Raid 2′

Film: The Raid 2
Directed by: Gareth Evans
Starring: Iko Uwais

Bigger is not always better, but The Raid 2 is an exception. It’s two-and-a-half hours of gangs, deception, and over-the-top violence that pushes the limits of visceral filmmaking to the breaking point (then snaps it in two). 

Picking up hours after the events of The Raid, the latest film from Gareth Evans wastes no time diving headfirst back into the bloody and often bleak underbelly of his cinematic universe. Rama, having just finished battling his way through more than a dozen floors of bad guys, finds himself sitting …

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REVIEW: Banner Pilot – ‘Souvenir’

Artist: Banner Pilot
Album: Souvenir
Genre: Punk
Label: Fat Wreck Chords

Once bands have three albums under their belts, they tend to be well-oiled machines. They know what works and what doesn’t, and they should have no problem cranking out songs that will appeal to their core audience and new fans alike. That’s not to say they can phone in record number four – listeners will always see right through a lack of passion – but there is a certain level of comfort that comes with that stage in a band’s career. Banner Pilot have reached that stage, and signs …

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UTG @ Melbourne International Comedy Festival: Doc Brown – ‘Of Mic And Men’

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