New York alternative punk trio EndAnd have crafted an entertaining listening experience in their first official LP, Mechanics & Energetics of Stilt-Running. Just barely breaking 21 minutes in length between its 11 tracks and with styles ranging from fast, angry punk to catchy melodic rock, Mechanics makes for a blur of a journey through a variety of styles that EndAnd is completely in control of.…
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Under The Gun’s photographer, Tori Thomas attended the Twenty One Pilots show featuring New Politics and Five Knives at the LC Pavilion in Columbus, OH on April 26, 2013.
I arrived to this show expecting nothing but surprises, especially with this being a hometown show for Twenty One Pilots. First in the lineup was Five Knives, however I was unable to make it in time to see their set. Judging from a previous show I saw them at opening for TOP, I’m sure they set the mood for the evening with a flawless performance.
Next up was New Politics…
Starring: Eli Roth, Ariel Levy
Directed By: Nicolás López
Disaster movies are one of the trickier subgenres of the horror/thriller realm. On the one hand, audiences go to these films for the experience of world-ending terror (by monsters or mother nature), but at the same time they expect a certain level of relatable storytelling that often lies beyond the reach of the micro-budget filmmakers who churn out these works like clockwork for SyFy originals and the tiny segment of the direct-to-dvd/VOD audience that is always hungry for horror content. Aftershock starts off with all intentions of rising above …
For The Love Of Film is a weekly column from film nerd and lover of all movies Justin Proper. Sometimes you need some help to figure out how to enjoy movies, and we are here to help! No longer will you need to fear movie night because your friends have no taste in film. With this column you will be able to love even the worst gems to ever grace the silver screen.
It is no secret that Vin Diesel is a badass. As soon as you see him show up in a movie you know shit is about …
Film: Star Trek Into Darkness
Starring: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto
Directed by: JJ Abrams
When JJ Abrams first unveiled his vision of Star Trek in 2009, fans and outsiders around the world were taken by surprise. A franchise most assumed had played out its finest years was suddenly new again, and even more importantly (from a business standpoint), people wanted to see more. The end of the film didn’t necessarily warrant the need to continue the story, but one would have to be a fool to think studios don’t leap at cash grab opportunities when they see it. Four years …
Artist Escape The Fate
Label: Eleven Seven Records
I’ve been listening to Escape The Fate for quite some time, even before Craig Mabbitt joined the group. Their first release with him, This War Is Ours, was their first step in a new direction towards a more mainstream, radio-ready rock sound. A couple years later, they released their self titled full length that again showed the group headed toward a sound with more mass appeal. While the album did receive good reviews and was their “best selling album to date,” I really disliked it. I was …
Artist: The Black Clouds
Album: Better Days
Genre: Grunge, Rock
For fans of: Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Nirvana
Many people like to damn specific genres of music, claiming that they’re dead. Not even hanging on – just plain dead. Disco, punk, grunge, and even dubstep has been said to have been short lived (thanks to the trap takeover). While some of these may be true, there are usually at least a handful of bands that stay faithful to their inceptive roots. As for grunge, some of the staples of the popular 80s/90s rock sub-genre have held on and continue to create …
Film: No One Lives
Starring: Luke Evans
Directed by: Ryûhei Kitamura
It is no well kept secret that horror has long been a viable cash cow for studios hoping to make a quick buck. People love scary movies for reasons that allude many, and as long as the ad campaign is slick and the production cost low enough you can almost guarantee some level of return on your investment. Unfortunately, the knowledge of this information has resulted in many people attempting to cash in without having any real passion for the genre. The results of those efforts, while sometimes admirable …
Artist: She & Him
Album: Volume 3
Genre: Alternative, Indie Pop
Label: Merge Records
She & Him belong in the 1960s. They formed as a combination of the new, 2010s indie rock scene and the 1960s music; their songs were meant for nostalgia. That’s their whole deal. This whole deal creates a problem for reviews and opinions, though: how can a band making formulaic tunes based on fifty years ago make constant progress? What IS progress for that?
I don’t know the answer to that, and it’s lead me to mixed feelings on Volume 3. On one hand, virtually …
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 David Huntsberger’s comedy career. If you or your comedy troupe would like to be featured on Stand-Up Tuesdays, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
David Huntsberger‘s Explosion Land is the third release from the comedian and Professor Blastoff co-host and is certainly not for those looking for dick and fart jokes. Discussing topics such as science, evolution and aliens, Huntsberger presents a creatively …
Artist: Design The Skyline
Design The Skyline arrived on Victory Records already being considered a joke by many in the heavy music community. At the time, the band used the current fads of the scene as crutches on which to hoist their generic-yet-intense brand of metalcore. Genre fans cried foul, as did label fans, and by the time their debut arrived a wide selection of press had already stopped covering the group’s activities. Victory has never been one to admit that it has made a mistake, however, and this morning the lead single off …