Under the Gun Review http://www.underthegunreview.net Entertainment news for today's generation Fri, 31 Oct 2014 05:03:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9 DROP EVERYTHING AND JAM: Foo Fighters Release Third ‘Sonic Highways’ Song http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/10/31/drop-everything-and-jam-foo-fighters-release-third-sonic-highways-song/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/10/31/drop-everything-and-jam-foo-fighters-release-third-sonic-highways-song/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 04:52:01 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1136293 Fall 2014 is shaping up to forever be known as the season of Foo. The all-American rock ‘n’ roll band dropped the third track off of it’s upcoming LP, Sonic Highways, this evening. The track, “Congregation,” is a full on Foo track — containing the gnarly energy and light-hearted melodies that have been stealing our hearts for years on end.

The song drops the evening before the third edition of the band’s HBO Original Series, Sonic Highways. In the show the band travels to different American cities and attempts to capture the musical history and aesthetic of …

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Fall 2014 is shaping up to forever be known as the season of Foo. The all-American rock ‘n’ roll band dropped the third track off of it’s upcoming LP, Sonic Highways, this evening. The track, “Congregation,” is a full on Foo track — containing the gnarly energy and light-hearted melodies that have been stealing our hearts for years on end.

The song drops the evening before the third edition of the band’s HBO Original Series, Sonic Highways. In the show the band travels to different American cities and attempts to capture the musical history and aesthetic of the city through an original song. The band traveled to eight cities for the Sonic Highways record and television show. “Congregation,” a glorified rock number with a bit of a country twang, represents Nashville. The song features Nashville native Zac Brown and was recorded at Nashville’s Southern Ground Studio.

The band previously released “Something From Nothing,” an ode to Chicago, and “The Feast and the Famine,” a gritty number encompassing Washington D.C.

Sonic Highways, the band’s eighth LP, is due out Nov. 10 on Roswell Records. Follow the jump to hear the song and see the full track listing for Sonic Highways.

Sonic Highways Track list:
01. Something From Nothing
02. The Feast and The Famine
03. Congregation
04. What Did I Do?/God As My Witness
05. Outside
06. In The Clear
07. Subterranean
08. I Am A River

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Strawberry Girls Launch IndieGoGo Campaign For Tour Van http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/10/30/strawberry-girls-launch-indiegogo-campaign-for-tour-van/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/10/30/strawberry-girls-launch-indiegogo-campaign-for-tour-van/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 01:36:32 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1136289 Instrumental rock outfit Strawberry Girls have launched an IndieGoGo campaign to raise funds for the purchase of the band’s future van. For those who feel compelled to donate to the band’s cause and help them take their groovy sounds on the road, a slew of price-based awards awaits including everything from exclusive pre-release downloads to having the band throw a private performance in their Carmel, California practice spot.

There’s little doubt our staff would jump at the chance to see Strawberry Girls perform in our various cities, so we highly suggest donating to the IndieGoGo campaign here. For those …

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Instrumental rock outfit Strawberry Girls have launched an IndieGoGo campaign to raise funds for the purchase of the band’s future van. For those who feel compelled to donate to the band’s cause and help them take their groovy sounds on the road, a slew of price-based awards awaits including everything from exclusive pre-release downloads to having the band throw a private performance in their Carmel, California practice spot.

There’s little doubt our staff would jump at the chance to see Strawberry Girls perform in our various cities, so we highly suggest donating to the IndieGoGo campaign here. For those who might need a little convincing before passing on their funds, feel free to check out a message from the band concerning their campaign after the jump.

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Ed Sheeran Makes Surprise Appearance At Sam Smith’s Manchester Show http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/10/30/ed-sheeran-makes-surprise-appearance-at-sam-smiths-manchester-show/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/10/30/ed-sheeran-makes-surprise-appearance-at-sam-smiths-manchester-show/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 00:40:04 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1136274 Earlier last night, pop sensation Sam Smith played the Manchester leg of his U.K. tour at the infamous Albert Hall. To his fans’ delight, Smith brought out a very special guest during his performance of “Stay With Me.”

Smith whips out the one and only Ed Sheeran on stage and the audience, with all the feelings in the world, went absolutely nuts. Footage of the special moment was barely audible due to the amount of screaming that took place. Check out the video below.

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Earlier last night, pop sensation Sam Smith played the Manchester leg of his U.K. tour at the infamous Albert Hall. To his fans’ delight, Smith brought out a very special guest during his performance of “Stay With Me.”

Smith whips out the one and only Ed Sheeran on stage and the audience, with all the feelings in the world, went absolutely nuts. Footage of the special moment was barely audible due to the amount of screaming that took place. Check out the video below.

Later that evening, Sam Smith put up an Instagram photo of their performance with the caption, “So amazing to have this KING @teddysphotos on stage with me tonight. Such a wise and true friend to have. Love ya brother x.”

What a night.

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Happy Body Slow Brain Stream “Residue” From The Film ‘Bridge And Tunnel’ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/10/30/happy-body-slow-brain-stream-residue-from-the-film-bridge-and-tunnel/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/10/30/happy-body-slow-brain-stream-residue-from-the-film-bridge-and-tunnel/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:51:51 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1136261 If you’re like me, you’ve been waiting patiently for Happy Body Slow Brain to release some new music, and finally, here’s something to enjoy for the time being.

Earlier in the year, the guys from Happy Body Slow Brain contributed a song called “Residue” to the official soundtrack of the indie film, Bridge And Tunnel. The soundtrack arrived on October 21, and is available now on iTunes.

Check below the jump to stream “Residue” right now via YouTube.

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If you’re like me, you’ve been waiting patiently for Happy Body Slow Brain to release some new music, and finally, here’s something to enjoy for the time being.

Earlier in the year, the guys from Happy Body Slow Brain contributed a song called “Residue” to the official soundtrack of the indie film, Bridge And Tunnel. The soundtrack arrived on October 21, and is available now on iTunes.

Check below the jump to stream “Residue” right now via YouTube.

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Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) Granted Approval to Host Music Festival Next Summer http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/10/30/justin-vernon-bon-iver-granted-approval-to-host-music-festival-next-summer/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/10/30/justin-vernon-bon-iver-granted-approval-to-host-music-festival-next-summer/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:49:28 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1136258 Justin Vernon, best known for his work in Bon Iver, has apparently been pursuing the idea of hosting a music festival in his hometown of Eau Claire, Wisconsin this upcoming Summer. Recently, news broke that the singer had received permission to use Foster Farm for his two day camp-out, called ‘Eaux Claires Music and Art Festival.’

The festival is said to take place over the weekend of July 17, 2015. The event will reportedly feature two outdoor stages, one tented stage, and an approximate twenty-five thousand visitors on each of its two days. The festival is sure to …

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Justin Vernon, best known for his work in Bon Iver, has apparently been pursuing the idea of hosting a music festival in his hometown of Eau Claire, Wisconsin this upcoming Summer. Recently, news broke that the singer had received permission to use Foster Farm for his two day camp-out, called ‘Eaux Claires Music and Art Festival.’

The festival is said to take place over the weekend of July 17, 2015. The event will reportedly feature two outdoor stages, one tented stage, and an approximate twenty-five thousand visitors on each of its two days. The festival is sure to be an exciting one for fans of Bon Iver, Volcano Choir or any other Vernon-related project, and those looking to enjoy some good music on the outskirts of civilization.

Stay tuned for more news on Vernon’s ‘Eaux Claires Music and Art Festival.’

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STREAM: Fredo Santana – “Riot” Feat. Childish Gambino http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/10/30/stream-fredo-santana-riot-feat-childish-gambino/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/10/30/stream-fredo-santana-riot-feat-childish-gambino/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:44:02 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1136252 Chicago rapper and label-owner, Fredo Santana, known by some as the elder cousin of rapper Chief Keef, has recently released an interesting track featuring Childish Gambino.

Called “Riot,” the song shows Santana’s typical style, plus a heavy contribution by Childish Gambino, who has put acting on the back burner to develop and legitimize his hip-hop image. It’s strange to hear Gambino on trap tracks, but almost fitting after hearing his recent STN MTN mixtape in which he presents himself as an Atlanta rap superstar.

Stream “Riot” below the jump to hear the track for yourself.

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Chicago rapper and label-owner, Fredo Santana, known by some as the elder cousin of rapper Chief Keef, has recently released an interesting track featuring Childish Gambino.

Called “Riot,” the song shows Santana’s typical style, plus a heavy contribution by Childish Gambino, who has put acting on the back burner to develop and legitimize his hip-hop image. It’s strange to hear Gambino on trap tracks, but almost fitting after hearing his recent STN MTN mixtape in which he presents himself as an Atlanta rap superstar.

Stream “Riot” below the jump to hear the track for yourself.

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Stream Chief Keef’s “Paper” Featuring Gucci Mane http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/10/30/stream-chief-keefs-paper-featuring-gucci-mane/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/10/30/stream-chief-keefs-paper-featuring-gucci-mane/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 23:41:59 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1136249 Chicago rapper, Chief Keef, is back at it. This time, he’s collaborating with controversial rapper Gucci Mane to produce a single entitled “Paper.”

The track is said to be included on Chief Keef’s upcoming project Back From The Dead 2, a mixtape which is set for free download in approximately 24 hours.

Back From The Dead 2 can be found on DatPiff tomorrow, which is quite fitting given that it is Halloween. Check below the jump to stream “Paper,” featuring Gucci Mane.

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Chicago rapper, Chief Keef, is back at it. This time, he’s collaborating with controversial rapper Gucci Mane to produce a single entitled “Paper.”

The track is said to be included on Chief Keef’s upcoming project Back From The Dead 2, a mixtape which is set for free download in approximately 24 hours.

Back From The Dead 2 can be found on DatPiff tomorrow, which is quite fitting given that it is Halloween. Check below the jump to stream “Paper,” featuring Gucci Mane.

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Stream Antarctigo Vespucci’s Energetic New EP http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/10/30/stream-antarctigo-vespuccis-energetic-new-ep/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/10/30/stream-antarctigo-vespuccis-energetic-new-ep/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:13:29 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1136242 Cross-country collaborators Chris Farren (Fake Problems) and Jeff Rosenstock (Bomb the Music Industry!) practically broke the internet when they released their EP Soulmate Stuff under the moniker Antarctigo Vespucci earlier this year, and now they’re doing it all over again.

Simply put, I’m So Tethered packs in some of the best aspects that we’ve come to love from the group’s debut release into a three-track EP. To top that off, Rosenstock’s vocal presence comes in much more strongly. This all comes in with great timing, since Antarctigo Vespucci will be leaving for their first ever tour …

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Cross-country collaborators Chris Farren (Fake Problems) and Jeff Rosenstock (Bomb the Music Industry!) practically broke the internet when they released their EP Soulmate Stuff under the moniker Antarctigo Vespucci earlier this year, and now they’re doing it all over again.

Simply put, I’m So Tethered packs in some of the best aspects that we’ve come to love from the group’s debut release into a three-track EP. To top that off, Rosenstock’s vocal presence comes in much more strongly. This all comes in with great timing, since Antarctigo Vespucci will be leaving for their first ever tour that starts off with a November 1 appearance at The Fest in Gainesville, FL.

The duo’s three-track followup has been streaming on AV Club since this morning and can be found following the jump, alongside the dates for their headlining tour. As of now, physical copies of the EP can be pre-ordered through Asian Man Records.

Antarctigo Vespucci tour dates:

Nov. 1–The Fest–Gainesville, Florida
Nov. 3–Backbooth–Orlando, Florida
Nov. 4–Wonder Root–Atlanta, Georgia
Nov. 5–Cafe Coco–Nashville, Tennessee
Nov. 6–Double Happiness–Columbus, Ohio
Nov. 7–Mac’s Bar–Lansing, Michigan
Nov. 8–Beat Kitchen–Chicago, Illinois
Nov. 9–The Grog Shop–Cleveland, Ohio
Nov. 10–Roboto–Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Nov. 11–Strange Matter–Richmond, Virginia
Nov. 12–DC9–Washington D.C.
Nov. 13–Asbury Lanes–Asbury Park, New Jersey
Nov. 14–Golden Tea House–Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Nov. 15–Palisades–New York City, New York
Nov. 16–Middle East Upstairs–Boston, Massachusetts
Nov. 17–The Space–Hamden, Connecticut

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The Madden Brothers Postpone Fall Tour http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/10/30/the-madden-brothers-postpone-fall-tour/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/10/30/the-madden-brothers-postpone-fall-tour/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:33:09 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1136237 The Madden Brothers were set to kick off a nationwide tour later this month in support of their recently released studio album, but according to a new update from the band those plans have since been changed.

Writing to followers across social media on Wednesday, October 29, The Madden Brothers broke the news that all upcoming fall performances have been postponed until 2015. The group wrote, “Due to circumstances beyond our control, we will need to postpone the US Tour dates until 2015. We appreciate all of your support this year and hope to see all of you in …

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The Madden Brothers were set to kick off a nationwide tour later this month in support of their recently released studio album, but according to a new update from the band those plans have since been changed.

Writing to followers across social media on Wednesday, October 29, The Madden Brothers broke the news that all upcoming fall performances have been postponed until 2015. The group wrote, “Due to circumstances beyond our control, we will need to postpone the US Tour dates until 2015. We appreciate all of your support this year and hope to see all of you in the new year! All refunds can be made at the point of purchase. ‪#‎vibes‬”

We were fans of The Madden Brothers’ most recent release, so it’s a pretty big bummer to learn they will not be stopping by our city in just a few short weeks. If you missed our review of Greetings From California, click here to find out what Joel and Benji have been up to in the days since Good Charlotte took a short hiatus.

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Leaked ‘Age Of Ultron’ Clip Teases Tension Between Captain America and Iron Man http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/10/30/leaked-age-of-ultron-clip-teases-tension-between-captain-america-and-iron-man/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/10/30/leaked-age-of-ultron-clip-teases-tension-between-captain-america-and-iron-man/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:24:03 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1136234 Marvel has dominated movie headlines for a solid week at this point. Between the leaked Age Of Ultron trailer, the official trailer release, and Marvel’s epic phase three event, the last several days have been flooded with Marvel news, think pieces, and editorials that all translate to massive potential revenue. Today, nothing new was released, but something most missed earlier this week did find its way online.

Thanks to some anonymous person with a cell phone and a YouTube account, the Age Of Ultron clip shown during Marvel’s phase three event has found its way online. The footage shows …

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Marvel has dominated movie headlines for a solid week at this point. Between the leaked Age Of Ultron trailer, the official trailer release, and Marvel’s epic phase three event, the last several days have been flooded with Marvel news, think pieces, and editorials that all translate to massive potential revenue. Today, nothing new was released, but something most missed earlier this week did find its way online.

Thanks to some anonymous person with a cell phone and a YouTube account, the Age Of Ultron clip shown during Marvel’s phase three event has found its way online. The footage shows Captain America and Iron Man talking about the role of the Avengers in the modern world. At first they seem to be on the same page, but before things end we get a small taste of the tension that will eventually lead to Captain America: Civil War. You can view the footage below:

The Avengers: Age Of Ultron arrives in theaters next May. Here’s that trailer:

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Reggie and the Full Effect Release Monster Video for “37″ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/10/30/reggie-and-the-full-effect-release-monster-video-for-37/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/10/30/reggie-and-the-full-effect-release-monster-video-for-37/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:03:19 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1136225 Just in time for Halloween, James Dewees, the genius behind Reggie and the Full Effect, as well as the keyboardist for The Get Up Kids, has released a timely monster video for the track “37″ off his 2013 effort, No Country For Old Musicians.

The video patterns with the song very well, including hating on Bruno Mars. The monster joins a band and goes on tour, and it’s hilarious, as predicted. Check the video out below and let us know what you think.

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Just in time for Halloween, James Dewees, the genius behind Reggie and the Full Effect, as well as the keyboardist for The Get Up Kids, has released a timely monster video for the track “37″ off his 2013 effort, No Country For Old Musicians.

The video patterns with the song very well, including hating on Bruno Mars. The monster joins a band and goes on tour, and it’s hilarious, as predicted. Check the video out below and let us know what you think.

And don’t forget that Reggie is going to embark on one crazy good tour in the coming weeks, with Saves the Day and Say Anything, who will all play a 2004 album all the way through (Under the Tray, Through Being Cool and …Is a Real Boy, respectively). Some shows have sold out already, so get your tickets before it’s too late.

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Rick Ross Streams “If They Knew” Featuring K Michelle http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/10/30/rick-ross-streams-if-they-knew-featuring-k-michelle/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/10/30/rick-ross-streams-if-they-knew-featuring-k-michelle/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:02:52 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1136230 Keeping himself in the headlines while fans await the release of his new album, Rick Ross has shared yet another Hood Billionaire promotional single.

“If They Knew” is the kind of beat Rick Ross fans wait all year to hear the boss ride. It’s a fun and driving production, with a wonderful blend of instrumentation backing Ross’ gruff vocal delivery. The presence of K Michelle on the hook helps raise the track to a level of infectiousness the radio will embrace, but the verses would be just as strong without her accompaniment. You can stream the track below:

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Keeping himself in the headlines while fans await the release of his new album, Rick Ross has shared yet another Hood Billionaire promotional single.

“If They Knew” is the kind of beat Rick Ross fans wait all year to hear the boss ride. It’s a fun and driving production, with a wonderful blend of instrumentation backing Ross’ gruff vocal delivery. The presence of K Michelle on the hook helps raise the track to a level of infectiousness the radio will embrace, but the verses would be just as strong without her accompaniment. You can stream the track below:

Ross makes a lot of tracks aimed at swooning the ladies, but there is something special about this track that makes it feel unique to me. It may just be the presence of K Michelle, but I think there’s more to it than that. Do you vibe with this track? Comment below and let us know.

Hood Billionaire is scheduled for release during the week of Thanksgiving. Follow UTG on Twitter for updates.

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First Two ‘Ex Machina’ Trailers Will Make Your Jaw Drop http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/10/30/first-two-ex-machina-trailers-will-make-your-jaw-drop/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/10/30/first-two-ex-machina-trailers-will-make-your-jaw-drop/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:52:04 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1136227 Alex Garland won his way into the heart of film fans everywhere with 28 Days Later, and now he’s back with a new futuristic story that is sure to leave you screaming for more.

Ex Machina is a science fiction effort that was picked up for distribution by A24 Films earlier this week. The film stars Oscar Isaac as a scientist working to blur the lines between man and machine. He recruits another man to join him while he tests an experimental new machine, but it soon becomes clear that Isaac’s character is withholding information for the purposes of …

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Alex Garland won his way into the heart of film fans everywhere with 28 Days Later, and now he’s back with a new futuristic story that is sure to leave you screaming for more.

Ex Machina is a science fiction effort that was picked up for distribution by A24 Films earlier this week. The film stars Oscar Isaac as a scientist working to blur the lines between man and machine. He recruits another man to join him while he tests an experimental new machine, but it soon becomes clear that Isaac’s character is withholding information for the purposes of his own nefarious scientific study. What happens next is still up in the air, but the special effects alone make Ex Machina a film worth checking out. You can view the flick’s first domestic and international trailers below:

The official synopsis reads:

Caleb Smith (Gleeson), a programmer at an internet-search giant, wins a competition to spend a week at the private mountain estate of the company’s brilliant and reclusive CEO, Nathan Bateman (Isaac). Upon his arrival, Caleb learns that Nathan has chosen him to be the human component in a Turing Test – charging him with evaluating the capabilities, and ultimately the consciousness, of Nathan’s latest experiment in artificial intelligence. That experiment is Ava (Vikander), a breathtaking A.I. whose emotional intelligence proves more sophisticated–and more deceptive–than the two men could have imagined.

Ex Machina hits theaters in April 2015. Comment below and let us know your thoughts on the trailer.

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Stream The Flawless Debut Album From Pvris http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/10/30/stream-the-flawless-debut-album-from-pvris/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/10/30/stream-the-flawless-debut-album-from-pvris/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:45:41 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1136222 The wait is over, fellow music fans. After a year that found them working their way into the hearts of rock fans around the globe, Pvris have finally shared their debut album with the world.

If you have yet to hop on the Pvris bandwagon, don’t fret. There is still time to become familiar with the band responsible for one of the year’s best records before the album drops on November 4, 2015. Thanks to our friends at TeenVogue, music fans around the globe can enjoy White Noise before it’s available in stores. You can stream the record below:…

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The wait is over, fellow music fans. After a year that found them working their way into the hearts of rock fans around the globe, Pvris have finally shared their debut album with the world.

If you have yet to hop on the Pvris bandwagon, don’t fret. There is still time to become familiar with the band responsible for one of the year’s best records before the album drops on November 4, 2015. Thanks to our friends at TeenVogue, music fans around the globe can enjoy White Noise before it’s available in stores. You can stream the record below:

In his review of White Noise, UTG editor Matthew Leimkuehler wrote:

It doesn’t always happen, but every-so-often a band trudges through the muck of the Warped Tour scene and takes its career to a level most only dream of reaching. PVRIS, behind White Noise, has the opportunity to be the next band to shed its scene roots and infect radio stations worldwide. There’s something special going on with this band — join the party now before everyone else.

White Noise hits stores this coming Tuesday. Comment below and let us know your thoughts on the record.

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The Dead Weather Share New Song “Buzzkill(er)” http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/10/30/the-dead-weather-share-new-song-buzzkiller/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/10/30/the-dead-weather-share-new-song-buzzkiller/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:42:08 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1136221 Last winter we got the pleasure of hearing a few new tunes from The Dead Weather. Both “Rough Detective” and “Open Up (That’s Enough)” proved to be standout tracks from the band, and now with a third this year, entitled “Buzzkill(er),” they continue to pull out surprises.

The track is perfect example of Alison Mosshart’s range in vocals and her ability to make us beg for more with every song. The guitar riffs replicate the motion of a buzz-saw or one that makes two people pull back and forth. It’s a classic tune, so check it out …

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Last winter we got the pleasure of hearing a few new tunes from The Dead Weather. Both “Rough Detective” and “Open Up (That’s Enough)” proved to be standout tracks from the band, and now with a third this year, entitled “Buzzkill(er),” they continue to pull out surprises.

The track is perfect example of Alison Mosshart’s range in vocals and her ability to make us beg for more with every song. The guitar riffs replicate the motion of a buzz-saw or one that makes two people pull back and forth. It’s a classic tune, so check it out below.

“Buzzkill(er),” along with new song “It’s Just Too Bad,” will be released as a digital purchase on November 4.

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Sneeze Announce Fall Tour http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/10/30/sneeze-announce-fall-tour/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/10/30/sneeze-announce-fall-tour/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:29:06 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1136209 Bostonian neo-grunge outfit Sneeze have announced plans to head out on tour this fall. Featuring direct support from Raw Blow, another rising Boston act, the trek will stretch throughout the East Coast and Midwest for the majority of November.

For those who haven’t had the pleasure of listening to Sneeze, their recently released Glory Kid Records full-length, Wilt, can be streamed in its entirety on Bandcamp.
 

 

Tour dates

11/07 – New Haven, CT @ Panty Haus
11/08 – Philadelphia, PA @ Rock Bottom
11/09 – Richmond, VA @ Church of Abraham
11/10 – Asheville, NC @

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Bostonian neo-grunge outfit Sneeze have announced plans to head out on tour this fall. Featuring direct support from Raw Blow, another rising Boston act, the trek will stretch throughout the East Coast and Midwest for the majority of November.

For those who haven’t had the pleasure of listening to Sneeze, their recently released Glory Kid Records full-length, Wilt, can be streamed in its entirety on Bandcamp.
 

 

Tour dates

11/07 – New Haven, CT @ Panty Haus
11/08 – Philadelphia, PA @ Rock Bottom
11/09 – Richmond, VA @ Church of Abraham
11/10 – Asheville, NC @ The Odditorium
11/11 – Atlanta, GA @ Wunderroot
11/12 – Tallahassee, FL @ Pete The Venue
11/13 – New Orleans, LA @ TBA
11/14 – Birmingham, AL @ The Forge
11/15 – Nashville, TN Hymen Haus
11/16 – Murray, KY @ Dale’s Youth Corner 
11/17 – Kansas City, MO @ Art Closet
11/18 – Milwaukee, WI @ Quarters
11/19 – Chicago, IL TBA
11/20 – Bloomington, IN TBA
11/21 – Akron, OH @ Its A Kling Thing
11/22 – Washington DC TBA
11/23 – Brooklyn, NY @ Shea Stadium
11/24 – Cambridge, MA @ Charlie’s Kitchen

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UTG’s 31 Days Of Halloween: ‘Scanners’ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/10/30/utgs-31-days-of-halloween-scanners/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/10/30/utgs-31-days-of-halloween-scanners/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:00:06 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1136159 Of all the holidays celebrated worldwide, no single day is more loved by the UTG staff than Halloween. With the arrival of the year’s best month, the time has finally come to begin rolling out a plethora of features and special announcements we have prepared in celebration of our favorite day, including the one you’re about to read.

Now in its third year, 31 Days Of Halloween is a recurring feature that will run throughout the month of October. The hope and goal of this column is to supply every UTG reader with a daily horror (or Halloween-themed) movie recommendation …

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Of all the holidays celebrated worldwide, no single day is more loved by the UTG staff than Halloween. With the arrival of the year’s best month, the time has finally come to begin rolling out a plethora of features and special announcements we have prepared in celebration of our favorite day, including the one you’re about to read.

Now in its third year, 31 Days Of Halloween is a recurring feature that will run throughout the month of October. The hope and goal of this column is to supply every UTG reader with a daily horror (or Halloween-themed) movie recommendation that is guaranteed to amplify your All Hallows’ Eve festivities. We’ll be watching every film the day it’s featured, and we hope you’ll follow along at home.

[Warning: the material within is positively NSFW]

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Day 30: Scanners (1981)

Scanners, David Cronenberg’s 1981 followup to The Brood, has been heralded as one of the films that defined Cronenberg’s career. Scanners is less a horror movie and more an espionage flick. The two genres work together to bring something that of course, is bloodily macabre, but also something that is thrilling to watch. With makeup effects by Dick Smith–whose other brilliant work can be seen in William Friedkin’s The Exorcist–this little early-80s piece of obscure indie horror is one of the best cult favorites out their today.

Scanners are normal looking people who possess telepathic abilities that can control a person and their body’s functions. Burdened by hearing every person’s thoughts they pass by, scanners are deemed dangerous and are hunted down by ConSec, a weapons and security corporation. In comes Cameron Vale (Patrick Lane), a powerful scanner living as a homeless man. After he causes a woman to have violent convulsions because of the bad things the woman said about him, Cameron gets captured by ConSec. ConSec then uses Cameron as their own personal weapon to hunt down Darryl Revok (Starship Troopers’ Michael Ironside), the leader of an underground scanner group focused on killing whomever gets in their way of domination.

As the opening credits roll, you’re not quite sure what to expect of Scanners. A man gets arrested for causing a woman to seize, a car chase occurs, and a covert game of psychic international surveillance is thrown into motion. Working on a $3.5 million budget in the Canadian film production system, Scanners was put into a precarious position from day one. Cronenberg wrote the shooting script for the film every morning from 4 to 7 a.m. and then moved straight into production. You can see when you watch the film that not a lot of pre-designed sets were used during production. This was also because of limited budget. Cronenberg had to drive around cities in Canada to find places to shoot, on the fly (no pun intended).

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Mind-blowing. As you can see above, a man’s mind is literally being blown in one of the most famous scenes in horror cinematic history. To get that shot done, the special effects crew filled a plaster head with fake blood & guts and fired a shotgun at it from behind. Weirdly enough, this extremely complex and grotesque shot occurs near the beginning of the film. Some may argue that everything goes downhill from that scene, that nothing ends up being as shocking or conversational. Scanners is an odd duck, it lacks the sexual flourishes that are usually so relevant in Cronenberg’s pictures and ends up being his most conventional film, in retrospect. So why is something that is so conventional and predictable held above tons of other entries into classic cinema?

The prospect of what scanners are hide those conventionalities in plain sight. Imagine a world where you don’t quite fit in, where you have a secret that will only make people distance themselves from you. Now add a dash of superpowers and you have a study about the use of ‘free will.’ The ultimate decision between hurting those that don’t understand you and helping them understand, is a basic but relatable concept. People talk all the time about what they would do with whatever Marvel superhero’s superpower they like most. Instead, Scanners brings realistic implications to that lofty and dreamy idea of having immense power. That’s why people still bring up Cronenberg’s work all of the time; the man has a way with any kind of story.

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Ah, the final battle sequence. To me, this 5-minute finale is the pinnacle of why Scanners stands so far out amongst others. Here, we literally have a film where the physical struggle between two people takes place in the mind, body, and soul. The climactic sequence between Darryl Revok and Cameron Vale is made to look like the most grotesque of thinking matches between smart people. And to think the kids on the debate team in high school didn’t have superpowers. Imagine if they were scanners! After the film’s big twist, everything comes to a screeching halt with a cut to credits. The utterance of a few words by the victor makes you wonder if Cronenberg himself takes pleasure in leaving the viewer cold once the credits roll.

This Halloween, horror movies are aplenty. If you want to indulge in Scanners or any Cronenberg film for that matter, you will be reminded of the creative horrors that can be shown on screen. Who knows? Maybe you even find a new favorite that you will keep revisiting for the rest of your life.

Scanners is available on Criterion Blu-ray today, which I recommend to be the most definitive experience for the film. Unless you have a local theater playing it on 35mm, that is.

Editorial written by: Sam Cohen
Last year’s Day 30 film: The Monster Squad

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UTG VIDEO PREMIERE: Kevin William – “Children” http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/10/30/utg-video-premiere-kevin-william-children/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/10/30/utg-video-premiere-kevin-william-children/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:41:02 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1136201 When the chill of fall weather cuts through the air I know it’s time to bury my pop punk mixtapes under a pile of releases more fitting of the changing leaves and dropping temperatures. For me, that music often involves acoustic albums and melodic hardcore, or really anything with deep emotions and complex ideas. It just so happens a young artist promoting one of those sounds came across my desk this week, and it took only a few minutes to know we had to find a way to work together soon.

Kevin William is an up and coming indie musician …

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When the chill of fall weather cuts through the air I know it’s time to bury my pop punk mixtapes under a pile of releases more fitting of the changing leaves and dropping temperatures. For me, that music often involves acoustic albums and melodic hardcore, or really anything with deep emotions and complex ideas. It just so happens a young artist promoting one of those sounds came across my desk this week, and it took only a few minutes to know we had to find a way to work together soon.

Kevin William is an up and coming indie musician from New England with a sound that comes through your speakers like Copeland with a dash of Iron And Wine tossed in for added flavor. His latest single, “Children,” floored me the first time it played, and I jumped at the opportunity to host the track’s video premiere here on UTG. If you’re looking for something to keep you warm this winter, look no further than the clip below:

“Children” is the latest single off Kevin’s album Current Fears, which is available now. Comment below and let us know your thoughts on the video.

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