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REVIEW: Wild Imaginaries – ‘Shades’ EP

Artist: Wild Imaginaries
Album: Shades EP
Genre: Pop, Piano Rock
Label: Unsigned

From the ashes of San Francisco band Via Coma comes the next project from the Bay Area trio who are now known as Wild Imaginaries. The group’s first installment comes in the form of a five-song, piano pop EP, titled Shades.

Shades doesn’t directly pick up where Via Coma left off, but that’s not a bad thing at all. As the two band names suggest, the group has shifted from Via Coma’s often dark and eerie sound into a much brighter and poppier mood in their …

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REVIEW: TV On The Radio – ‘Seeds’

Artist: TV On The Radio
Album: Seeds
Label: Harvest
Genre: Indie, Synthpop

I approached TV On The Radio’s Seeds as a newcomer to the stratosphere of sound the band creates. Being my first proper experience with the band that has been so heavily recommended to me, Seeds was a needed escape.

Seeds is a collection of fun, electronic indie-pop that doesn’t quit from beginning to end. Starting off with the surreal introduction of “Quartz,” TV On The Radio bleed fun through soundwaves emitted by their instruments. The opening of “Careful You” caught me immediately, and remained as one of …

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REVIEW: ANTEMASQUE – ‘ANTEMASQUE’

Artist: ANTEMASQUE
Album: ANTEMASQUE
Genre: Rock, Punk

Despite the dissolution of The Mars Volta, pioneering artists Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez can’t seem to split up. With The Mars Volta’s final album, Noctourniquet, and its supporting tour in the books, the duo reportedly intended to work on separate projects, as they’ve been wont to do. Fortunately for fans, this was not the case, as Bixler-Zavala and Rodriguez-Lopez recruited former Mars Volta touring drummer Dave Elitch to join them in what would become ANTEMASQUE. The band’s self-titled release was later recorded in a studio belonging to Red Hot

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UTG PHOTOS: Yellowcard, Memphis May Fire & Emarosa (11/7/14)

Under The Gun’s Head of Photography, Corbin Alvae, stopped over at The Crofoot in Pontiac, MI to catch Yellowcard and others live.

I’m back at it again with yet another new photo set. I stopped over at one of my favorite home venues last week to catch Yellowcard‘s most recent headlining tour. First off, it’s starting to get to that season of cold here in Michigan. I don’t do well in the cold and it’s one of things I highly dislike once November hits. But this isn’t a weather report, this is about one fantastic line-up that came through …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Sex Ed’ Is The Best Comedy Of The Fall

Film: Sex Ed
Starring: Haley Joel Osment, Laura Harring
Directed by: Isaac Feder

Topping off a year-plus run of great supporting roles in several underrated indie gems, Haley Joel Osment is back in the spotlight with a hilarious new film called Sex Ed.

Hollywood contains a long history of finding humor by showcasing children behaving badly, but rarely has a story riddled with filth been met with the amount of heart found in Isaac Feder’s Sex Ed. Based on a script from Bill Kennedy, the film follows a twenty-something named Eddie — who, following a long bout of …

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REVIEW: One Direction – ‘Four’

Artist: One Direction
Album: Four
Genre: Pop
Label: Columbia/Syco

A year after delivering their hit-filled record Midnight Memories, One Direction have returned with a new album that features a far more mature sound.

It’s hard to understand when the members of One Direction found time to record new material over the last twelve months. Between seemingly endless world tour plans, promotional appearances, charitable efforts, pop-up shops, and everything in between, it’s kind of hard to believe the five-piece boy band have recorded and released an album every year since 2011. Four is by far the most mature record of …

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REVIEW: Various Artists – ‘Punk Goes Pop Vol. 6′

Artist: Various
Album: Punk Goes Pop Vol. 6
Genre: Covers/Compilation
Label: Fearless Records

Two years have passed since Fearless Records shared Punk Goes Pop Vol. 5, and in that time the world of top 40 music has undergone quite a transformation. There is less music created by actual instruments at radio today than ever before, replaced at a startling rate by EDM headliners and star-studded collaborative efforts that revolve around mindless hooks backed by thumping bass. Transforming these tracks into well-executed covers performed by artists using guitars is no easy task, but Fearless found thirteen artists up to the …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Dumb And Dumber To’ Is Worse Than It Looks

Film: Dumb And Dumber To
Starring: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels
Directed by: The Farrelly Brothers
Genre: Comedy

Twenty years have passed since Harry (Jeff Daniels) and Lloyd (Jim Carrey) taught audiences about their lives of idiocy, and in that time almost nothing has changed. That’s both the beauty and problem with their latest adventure, which to put it simply falls far short of everyone’s expectations.…

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Rosewater’ Tells A Harrowing Story Shakily

Film: Rosewater
Starring: Gael García Bernal
Directed By: Jon Stewart

Reporters in volatile countries like Iran spend their days bringing you the most objective form of the news whilst risking the lives of themselves and their families. In Rosewater, Jon Stewart’s writing and directing narrative feature debut, he tries to make that exact case resonate with an audience with varying degrees of success. Splicing actual news footage and archival footage from the riots that broke out in 2009’s Iranian elections, Stewart immerses himself in the culture that he is studying, something that is unbeknownst to plenty of directors today. …

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REVIEW: The Ghost Inside – ‘Dear Youth’

Artist: The Ghost Inside
Album: Dear Youth
Label: Epitaph Records
Genre: Metalcore

Over the course of their steady climb up the ranks of the music scene, The Ghost Inside have developed a dedicated fanbase through the combination of crushing metalcore, memorable choruses, and brutally honest lyricism (e.g. “Engine 45″). Thus, there wasn’t necessarily a pressing obligation for the group to evolve as long as they stuck to their proven formula, but it became clear settling for safety wouldn’t be the case when it was revealed that their newest effort, Dear Youth, would be a loose concept album. As noted …

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REVIEW: Bobby Shmurda – ‘Shmurda She Wrote’ EP

Artist: Bobby Shmurda
Album: Shmurda She Wrote
Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

After a summer that sent him rising from a nobody to one of the most blogged about names in urban music, Bobby Shmurda has all the hype in the world and none of the work to back it up. Though he’s become a household name in many parts of the country, not to mention having been seen rubbing shoulders with the hip-hop elite on the strength of his breakout hit, the young man behind “Hot Nigga” was nowhere to be found on the biggest must watch lists of up-and-coming emcees released …

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REVIEW: Stolas – ‘Allomaternal’

Band: Stolas
Album: Allomaternal
Genre: Progressive, Post-Hardcore
Label: Blue Swan Records

Stolas have returned, with their second album Allomaternal, the followup to their 2011 Blue Swan Records debut, Living Creatures. After an unfortunate delay, Allomaternal has finally arrived, making its way into the hands of eager fans over the past week.

One of the most distinguishing factors about Allomaternal is the improved vocals of frontman Jason Weiche, who contributes much more powerful harshes, and polished cleans that blend well with the supporting vocals of drummer Carlo Marquez. Speaking of whom; we also see a lot more from …