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FILM REVIEW: ‘Unfinished Business’ Is An Unfunny Slog

Film: Unfinished Business
Directed by: Ken Scott
Starring: Vince Vaughn, Tom Wilkinson, Dave Franco

Vince Vaughn has been on a comedic decline as of late. The Watch, The Internship, and Delivery Man all opened to lukewarm or negative response. Unfinished Business is another attempt by Vaughn to revitalized career and return to the R-rated jocular roots. Instead of trying to shock and mine laughs from the audience through raunch, director Ken Scott’s newest is so bored in trying to tell a story that it lulls you to sleep. Even with the help from Tom Wilkinson (Batman Begins

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Trust Me, “Cha Cha” From D.R.A.M. Is Your New Favorite Song

Every once in a while a song comes along that truly sounds like nothing else on the market. It’s a rare moment of discovery that is becoming increasingly hard to stumble upon in the digital age, but for those willing to sift through the seemingly endless number of artists hoping to be heard, there is gold to be found.

I’m not the first to hop on this hype train, but the last several weeks the only artist I have discovered who seems to have found their own lane in music is Virginia native D.R.A.M. His infectious, genre-bending single “Cha …

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UTG PHOTOS: Doomtree at the Highline Ballroom in NYC (2/17/15)

Under The Gun Review sent photographer, Kellie Gannon, to The Highline Ballroom in New York City to photograph Doomtree on February 17, 2015.

Fans of the Minneapolis-based hip-hop collective Doomtree went absolutely ape-shit back in December upon the announcement that Doomtree would be returning to the stage in early 2015 with new music. Along with this announcement came the release of a new single titled “Gray Duck” which was actually the second single put out from the album. Back in the summer, “.38 Airweight” premiered but it wasn’t until December that the track list, album name, …

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UTG PREMIERE: Boy On Guitar – “Your Place”

While the disbanding of California outfit Of Us Giants in 2014 was indeed an unfortunate event, Genesis and Jonathan Jennings have continued to create music under the moniker of Boy On Guitar alongside Sean Duncan. Transitioning from Of Us Giant’s indie rock sentiments to a more light-hearted indie pop style, the atmosphere of their music is naturally uplifting.

Thus, we are excited to premiere the trio’s debut single, entitled “Your Place.” Hailing from Boy On Guitar’s forthcoming EP, We Wait, the track evolves from mellow contemplation atop gleaming guitar-work into an expansive, group-fueled chorus as it comes to a …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Focus’ Swindles And Fizzles

Film: Focus
Directed by: John Requa & Glenn Ficarra
Starring: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Adrian Martinez

Will Smith has gone on record to discredit his last big gig, After Earth, as a failure that broke his heart. That heartbreak may be due to the fact that Smith’s charming, fast-talking brand of comedy wasn’t able to reign free in Shyamalan’s bleak and dour landscape. With Focus, Smith seems to haven’t skipped a beat as the entertaining performer we all remember him for being. Immediately at an advantage with the accompaniment of Margot Robbie as the main love interest, Focus

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Hunting Ground’ Offers A Haunting Look At Campus Rape

Film: The Hunting Ground
Directed by: Kirby Dick
Genre: Documentary

Though some may argue otherwise, I think it’s safe to say that most would agree all cases of alleged sexual assault should be investigated thoroughly. Living, as we all do, in the 21st century, we have learned that is rarely the case. From the military to the world of higher education, there are hundreds or even thousands of alleged incidents of sexual assault every year that are never investigated. Of those that do catch the attention of authority figures, very few result in any kind of arrest or punishment being …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Digging Up The Marrow’ Strikes Horror Gold

Film: Digging Up The Marrow
Starring: Adam Green, Ray Wise
Directed by: Adam Green

In a world where horror movie remakes, sequels, and flat-out ripoffs are going into production every single day it can be hard to believe there are any real monsters left to be discovered. It has been a decade since the universe gave us Victor Crowley, and far longer since an original monster has captivated audiences on a truly massive scale, but there is at least one man on this planet who believes there are many monsters we have yet to see. In fact, he’s seen them, …

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REVIEW: Big Sean – ‘Dark Sky Paradise’

Artist: Big Sean
Album: Dark Sky Paradise
Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Dark Sky Paradise is not one step closer to the record fans have been waiting for Big Sean to create, but five. Coming off the largely forgettable Hall Of Fame, the Detroit native spent the majority of 2014 crafting his most honest, ambitious, and creative record to date. It’s not perfect, but then again neither is he.

Opening with “Dark Sky (Skyscrapers),” Sean reintroduces himself while touching on topics like wealth, success, and the patience you need in order to attain either. His flow flip-flops from slow to fast and …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Hot Tub Time Machine 2′ Retreads And Drowns

Film: Hot Tub Time Machine 2
Directed by: Steve Pink
Starring: Rob Corddry, Clark Duke, Craig Robinson

Despite the slapdash and lackadaisical aura that 2010′s Hot Tub Time Machine set off, a large amount of enjoyment was found in watching four talented comedic actors stumble over some ’80s shtick. In the sequel, the same brand of frat-boyish humor is employed in a futuristic setting without a hint of charm and one less cast member. The jokes are rapid and raunchy, the rants border on nonsensical, the dashes of drama are toiling, and the sci-fi references are as thin as the …

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UTG PHOTOS: ‘The Juggernaut Tour’ With Periphery, Nothing More & Wovenwar (2/4/15)

Under The Gun’s Head of Photography, Corbin Alvae, stopped at Saint Andrews Hall in Detroit to catch ‘The Juggernaut Tour.’

First show of the year and it feels great to be back! Did some great things throughout January that I was pretty proud of, so I’m glad to get back into the live photo grind again. As many of you may know, if you have read any of my past reviews, I have a tendency to have to deal with the shitty, cold weather before I go shoot an event in my home state of Michigan. First off, I got …

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UTG PREMIERE: Casual – “Mana Burn”

It is always exciting to see artists utilize their talents to bring attention to a just cause, whether it be through funds or the content of their music itself. In the case of the New Jersey outfit, Casual, they have contributed a fresh track to To Show That You’re Still Here: A Benefit Compilation for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

The album, featuring artists ranging from By Surprise to The Hotelier, will become available for a minimum $5 donation via Bandcamp on February 24.

For the time being, though, we’re excited to premiere “Mana Burn,” the brand …

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REVIEW: S. Carey – ‘Supermoon’

Artist: S. Carey
Album: Supermoon
Genre: Indie

S. Carey‘s sophomore LP Range Of Light was a dense album, and I mean that in the best way possible. Some of the album’s best moments come from finding new layers or textures months after the initial listen. It was a sonic narrative that was meant to encompass of all Sean Carey’s appreciation and love of nature with music.

While the journey provided on Range Of Light was exactly what it meant to be in my mind, the beauty of S. Carey as a musician is his versatility. With that comes Supermoon