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Monsters-Dark-Continent-Review

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Monsters: Dark Continent’ Has Little To Do With Monsters

Film: Monsters: Dark Continent
Starring: Johnny Harris, Sam Keeley
Directed by: Tom Green

Taking place ten years after the events in Gareth Edwards’ Monsters and featuring an entirely different cast of characters in a completely different environment, Monsters: Dark Continent showcases another, far less thrilling side of cinematic universe expansion.…

Insurgent-Review

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Insurgent’ Is A Complete Disaster

Film: Insurgent
Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James
Directed by: Robert Schwentke

Coming off a film that seemed to exist solely for the purpose of setting up its sequel(s), Insurgent offers more of the same mediocrity the Divergent series has become synonymous with over the last year. It’s neither better nor worse than its predecessor. It simply is, and that is far from enough to hold viewer’s interest.…

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Sounds Of The (Down) Underground: Ecca Vandal

Artist: Ecca Vandal
Genre: Ecca Vandal
Latest release: “White Flag” / “Battle Royal”
For fans of: Genre-hopping, futuristic jams with a punk rock spirit.

It has been said that music is the last true voice of the human spirit, a transcendent communication tool that can go beyond divisions of race, gender, socioeconomic status or religious belief, straight to the core of the human experience. Wielded correctly it has the power to manipulate emotions, cause involuntary dance movements and inspire widespread social change. The music of Melbourne’s Ecca Vandal has the power to do all of this at once.…

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UTG PHOTOS: Musink Festival (Day Three, 3/22/15)

Under The Gun sent photographer Erica Lauren to the Orange County Fair & Exposition Center on March 22, 2015 for The MUSINK Tattoo Convention and Music Festival.

Musink 2015 took over Costa Mesa, California this past weekend for their 8th year. Music and tattoo enthusiasts showed up in huge numbers for a weekend of body artwork and live music. The festival entertained fans with tattoo contests, classic cars, and talented artists available to work. With all of the non-musical activities aside, the lineup for Musink held its own for a great weekend of memorable performances.

Sunday’s portion of Musink …

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REVIEW: Runaway Brother – ‘Mother’

Artist: Runaway Brother
Album: Mother
Label: Tiny Engines
Genre: Emo, Pop-Punk, Indie Rock

Runaway Brother’s Mother hits hearts the right way at the right moment.

You are initially given an illusion of elegance upon the entry of “Harvest.” Mother isn’t elegant, though. Mother is actually quite abrasive and digs deep into your skin, finding your most vulnerable spots and making mansions out of them. In this record lie messages you’ve failed to deliver at the most pivotal moments of your life. Here’s to poking at those cigarette burns.

“Peel back the skin. Lose yourself in bliss.”…

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REVIEW: Head North – ‘Bloodlines’

Artist: Head North
Album: Bloodlines
Label: Bad Timing Records
Genre: Pop-Punk, Indie Rock

I can clearly remember the first time I heard the mastered version of Head North’s first EP, Scrapbook Minds, in early February of 2014. I lazily flipped through the tracks in my iTunes library in no particular order until “Jake’s Apartment” came through my laptop speakers. I listened to the song on repeat about five or six times; I loved that track for its great hook and sense of tension and buildup in the verse, but I was frustrated that the rest of …

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REVIEW: A Will Away – ‘Bliss’

Artist: A Will Away
Album: Bliss
Label: Quiet Fire Media
Genre: Emo, Indie Rock, Pop-Punk

There’s a distinct difference between happiness and bliss. Happiness is the consequence of a positive situation or outcome; it describes the joy that accompanies a successful plan or an unexpected, pleasant turn of events. Bliss is different. Bliss describes the feeling of letting go, floating freely in a world of joy, unbound from the constraints of embarrassment or expectation – bliss accompanies the feeling of true contentedness with one’s sense of identity. In this regard, Bliss is a perfect title for the new EP from …

Welcome-To-Leith-Review

SXSW MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Welcome To Leith’ Finds White Supremacy In North Dakota

Film: Welcome To Leith
Directed by: Michael Beach Nichols, Christopher K. Walker

Craig Cobb is part of a dying breed. In 2012 he made headlines after moving to a town with a population of 24 (including children) in rural North Dakota for the sole purpose of building a community of people sharing his white nationalist ideology and gaining the electoral majority. He bought twelve plots of land, all in various states of decay, and soon ignited a media frenzy that brought the community of Leith into the national spotlight.

Welcome To Leith tells of Craig Cobb’s arrival in Leith, the …

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SXSW MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Hangman’ Is An Effectively Creepy Twist On Found Footage

Film: Hangman
Starring: Jeremy Sisto, Kate Ashfield
Directed by: Adam Mason

Following a family vacation to parts unknown, The Miller family returns home to find someone has burglarized their house. Nothing seems to be missing, but even after they clean up the family cannot help feeling like something is not quite right.

What audiences know that The Millers do not is that the person who invaded their home is still living within its walls. He’s also set up hidden cameras in essentially every room so he can spy on the family while they’re home and take advantage of their amenities …

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SXSW MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Corpse Of Anna Fritz’ Is A New Cult Classic

Film: The Corpse Of Anna Fritz
Starring: Albert Carbó, Alba Ribas
Director: Hèctor Hernández Vicens

Anna Fritz is dead. A tabloid favorite, the young film icon who has worked with seemingly everyone in Hollywood has passed away from causes not yet known and her remains are currently being kept in a discreet location. One hospital worker cannot help snapping a quick photo of the deceased star for his two closest friends, and soon those same friends show up at his work. They both want to see Anna in person. One even wants to touch her. She’s dead after all, so …

Montage-Of-Heck-Review

SXSW MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Montage Of Heck’ Is One Of The Best Music Documentaries Ever Made

Film: Montage Of Heck
Starring: Courtney Love, Krist Novoselic
Directed by: Brett Morgen

Built atop a wealth of never-before-seen video, recently unearthed audio, and journal entries stretching the entirety of Kurt Cobain’s life, Montage Of Heck is the quintessential documentary about Nirvana’s often misunderstood frontman.

We begin with Kurt’s childhood, which is expressed through home video footage and stories from people who watched the young icon develop. We learn of Kurt’s happy early years, which often never get mentioned, and we even see a toddler version of Cobain enjoying numerous birthdays surrounded by his closest family members. His parents, now …

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SXSW MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Turbo Kid’ Offers Silly, Gore-Filled Goodness

Film: Turbo Kid
Starring: Munro Chambers
Directed by: François Simard, Anouk Whissell, Yoann-Karl Whissell

Combining elements of Mad Max, direct-to-VHS science fiction sequels, and enough tongue-in-cheek humor to keep everyone snickering throughout, Turbo Kid is an original adventure you won’t soon forget.

The year is 1997, and as you undoubtedly remember the world has been destroyed from years of war and pollution. Those who remain are scattered across what is now known as the wasteland, and they largely depend on bicycles for transportation. Resources are scarce, as are friendly faces, and everyone seems to be looking out solely for …