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REVIEW: Finch – ‘Back To Oblivion’

Artist: Finch
Album: Back To Oblivion
Genre: Post-Hardcore
Label: Razor and Tie

To be honest, I am not too acclimated with Finch. Like many rock lovers I enjoy What It Is To Burn and parts from Say Hello To Sunshine, but I never truly gravitated to the band. This mindset made my approach to their comeback album Back To Oblivion all the more interesting.

Upon first listen, it can be immediately felt that the production of Back To Oblivion was dealt with extreme care. Guitars whirl through thundering drums and bass as the vocals soar far above everything …

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REVIEW: Puig Destroyer – ‘Puig Destroyer’

Artist: Puig Destroyer
Album: Puig Destroyer
Genre: Grindcore
Label: No Sleep Records

The 2014 baseball postseason is here! From the reigning champion Boston Red Sox not making it this year to the Kansas City Royals making the playoffs for the first time in 29 years, anything can happen in the game of baseball. That is also the case for the baseball-centric grindcore outfit Puig Destroyer. With a moniker influenced by star outfielder Yasiel Puig of the Los Angeles Dodgers (who was introduced to the band’s music last year at an MLB event) and influential grindcore act Pig Destroyer, the …

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REVIEW: Paul Maged – ‘Diamonds & Demons’

Artist: Paul Maged
Album: Diamonds & Demons
Genre: Rock

With influences ranging from Billy Joel to Green Day, it’d be easy to assume that Paul Maged’s sophomore effort, Diamonds & Demons, would vary wildly in style and sound. And with a whopping 17 tracks, collectively clocking in just shy of a full hour, the album indeed does…mostly. Does a long runtime with a heavy haul of songs that span several areas of rock guarantee an interesting and fulfilling listening experience though? Sometimes, sure. Many times even. This time, however, it might just be too much.

While Diamonds & Demons

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REVIEW: Gerard Way – ‘Hesitant Alien’

Artist: Gerard Way
Album: Hesitant Alien
Genre: Brit-Pop / Shoegaze
Label: Reprise Records

For certain people, there are always going to be artists who they check out no matter what type of project their name is attached to. For myself, Gerard Way is a name that I’m always going to pay attention to, no matter if he’s making music under My Chemical Romance, drawing something for DC Comics, or in this specific review’s case, making a Brit-Pop record. Here’s the thing: I’m not a huge Brit-Pop fan. It’s never been a genre that I’ve ever latched onto for whatever reason, …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Equalizer’ Blends Hammers, Explosions, And A Whole Lot Of Meh

Film: The Equalizer
Starring: Denzel Washington
Directed By: Antonio Fuqua

Denzel Washington is a lot like Liam Neeson these days. Nine times out of ten, if either one appears in a movie it’s likely they will soon begin killing people. Neeson prefers tales of revenge, but Washington tends to lean more towards stories about doing the right thing (even if it means being a very bad soul). The Equalizer continues a trend in the star’s filmography that started with Man On Fire, and it’s as thrilling as anything he’s delivered in recent memory.

Whether or not you remember The

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LIVE REVIEW: Riot Fest Denver (Days 2 & 3)

I was so proud of myself for waking up the morning after my first night at Riot Fest Denver and cranking out my review of ‘Day 1’ that I believed wholeheartedly I would be able to repeat that act the following two days. “I’ll be the first to press ‘post’ out of every journalist there,” I thought. Turns out, I don’t know my body as well as I thought because the rest of my weekend in Denver required far more sleep than expected. For that, I apologize.

Now that the ringing in my ears has subsided and the festival banners …

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10 Years of Blood and Beers: Celebrating a Decade of ‘Shaun Of The Dead’

To this day, I remember exactly where I was the first time I saw Shaun of the Dead in 2004, and why I was watching it. My roommate and I caught a preview for it before another movie we were watching on DVD and immediately ventured over to our local movie place to rent a copy. At the time, I admittedly hadn’t experienced much British humor, or parodies in film, but Shaun of the Dead wasn’t necessarily a parody of the zombie films as the trailer and title had led us to believe. It was in fact “A romantic comedy. …

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SINGLE REVIEW: Kendrick Lamar – “i”

Artist: Kendrick Lamar
Song: “i”
Album: TBA

Nearly two years after the release of his breakout debut album, Kendrick Lamar returned to music headlines this week with the release of a brand new single titled “i.” The Rahki produced track, which also serves as the first song to be released from Kendrick’s upcoming Sophomore effort, samples “That Lady” by The Isley Brothers. We wrote about the song a bit when it debuted, but in case you missed that post you can discover the track below:…

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STAND-UP TUESDAYS: Gallagher

Stand-Up Tuesdays is a weekly comedy spotlight written by the wonderfully talented Angie Frissore. Covering both known and unknown comics, Stand-up Tuesdays is your new source for all things funny.

This week, Angie puts a spotlight on Gallagher’s comedy career. If you or your comedy troupe would like to be featured on Stand-Up Tuesdays, please email utgjames@gmail.com.

As long as I’ve loved comedy (which is just shy of thirty years), I’ve loved Gallagher. Yes, I openly admit that I’ve been a huge fan of the prop comic, having grown up on his comedy and being able to have enjoyed …

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REVIEW: Hail The Sun – ‘Wake’

Artist: Hail The Sun
Album: Wake
Genre: Post-Hardcore / Progressive
Label: Blue Swan Records

Here it is, the widely-anticipated new record from Hail The Sun, the progressive post-hardcore quartet that took the scene by storm with their Elephantitis EP in 2012. Since the release of Elephantitis, the band has been acquired by the up-and-coming label Blue Swan Records, a fitting home for a band that has toured alongside Dance Gavin Dance, Jonny Craig, Kurt Travis, A Lot Like Birds, I The Mighty, and The Speed of Sound in Seawater.

The band is currently out headlining the …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Space Station 76’ Is A Scattershot But Charming Throwback To Retro Sci-Fi

Film: Space Station 76
Starring: Patrick Wilson, Matt Bomer
Directed by: Jack Plotnick

Picture the old episodes of Star Trek where the Starship Enterprise members carried around communicators that looked like flip phones and had bulky flashy lights on them. That kind of fake-ness that made you laugh at how dated future technology looked is the best part about Space Station 76. Jack Plotnick (actor from Quentin Dupieux’s absurdist films Rubber and Wrong) makes his feature directorial debut in a film that is equal parts Boogie Nights and Spaceballs but without the dramatic gravity from the former and …

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REVIEW: Whirr – ‘Sway’

Artist: Whirr
Album: Sway
Genre: Shoegaze
Label: Graveface Records

Whirr is a band that does not give a fuck. Traversing their Facebook page at any given moment is always an interesting endeavor, and exploring their newest album Sway is of the same caliber.

Like their shoegaze brethren Nothing (Whirr singer/guitarist Nick Basset plays bass in Nothing), the band has created a massive punch of sound that crunches immediately with the start of “Press.” Pounding drums, reverberating guitars, and a subsequent wave of distortion, Whirr set the tone with haste.…