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REVIEW: Cursive – ‘The Ugly Organ’ Reissue

Artist: Cursive
Album: The Ugly Organ Reissue
Genre: Post-Hardcore, Indie
Label: Saddle Creek

Cursive recently reissued their monumental album, The Ugly Organ. Featuring the original work remastered, and eight bonus tracks, The Ugly Organ revisited is a wonderfully eccentric trip down memory lane.

Featuring a fuller, more prominent production, every percussion hit, guitar resonance, and vocal outburst feels all the more weighted. For those who–and there are many of you–adored the psychedelic rock experience that was The Ugly Organ back in 2003, there is no reason for you to not once again be gawking over its glory these eleven …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Penguins Of Madagascar’ Offers Fun & Adventure For Everyone

Film: Penguins Of Madagascar
Starring: Tom McGrath, Chris Miller
Directed by: Eric Darnell, Simon J. Smith

Several years after first appearing as lovable side characters in Madagascar, the flightless birds better known as the Penguins Of Madagascar have finally been given a hilarious film all their own.

Spinoffs are tricky. On the one hand, these features exist to allow beloved characters from popular films a chance to shine away from the large shadow of the original work’s leads. On the other hand, these features also help build cinematic universes, which in 2014 is something every major studio wants to …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Foxcatcher’ Is Unsettling, Bleak, And Powerful

Film: Foxcatcher
Starring: Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo
Directed By: Bennett Miller

Foxcatcher is a film about dynasties; the kind that people build through money or sports accomplishments. The people that lead them are put on or put themselves upon pedestals, furthering themselves away from society and becoming disconnected. John du Pont (Steve Carell) is one of those people. Besides having serious mommy issues, John is looking for the next way to expand his influence. Olympic wrestler and simpleton, Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum), is the perfect vessel for John’s views about how to achieve success and the American dream. …

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UTG VIDEO PREMIERE: The Classic Crime – “We All Look Elsewhere (Revisited)”

After reaching the milestone of existing an entire decade as a band, The Classic Crime looked to celebrate with the assistance of their fans. Creating a Kickstarter project that received over triple its original goal, the Seattle outfit were thus able to recently release What Was Done, Vol. 1: A Decade Revisited — a phenomenal compilation of re-recorded fan favorites that guitarist/vocalist Matt MacDonald explains in further detail:

“I think a lot of folks were expecting an acoustic record, or very live sounding, stripped-down versions of our songs. To be honest, that’s what we were planning to do, until we …

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REVIEW: Circa Survive – ‘Descensus’

Artist: Circa Survive
Album: Descensus
Genre: Progressive Rock, Experimental
Label: Sumerian Records

On their fifth full-length, Descensus, Circa Survive have reinvented themselves with staggering efficiency, resulting in their most abrasive, well-rounded attempt to date. A stark divergence from 2012’s Violent Waves, the ten-track effort is laden with the same soaring intricacies that fans have grown to love, only this time around, they are implemented with a unified sense of purpose. Introspective and upfront, it is a perfect blend of all the band’s past embodiments, littered with enough nuance to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Their …

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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 …