Under the Gun Review http://www.underthegunreview.net Entertainment news for today's generation Wed, 22 Oct 2014 06:04:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9 The American Scene Announce Short December Tour http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/10/22/the-american-scene-announce-short-december-tour/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/10/22/the-american-scene-announce-short-december-tour/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 06:04:52 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1135080 The American Scene have announced a short tour this December in the western part of the US. The group will take along with them Elder Brother and Souvenirs. You can find the list of stops by taking a look below the break.

If you are interested in seeing these guys live, tickets are already on sale. You can pick up a ticket through your local vendor, or links can be found through the band’s Facebook page.

12/05 Vera Project Seattle WA
12/07 The Colony Sacramento CA
12/10 Eagle Aerie Hall Las Vegas NV
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The American Scene have announced a short tour this December in the western part of the US. The group will take along with them Elder Brother and Souvenirs. You can find the list of stops by taking a look below the break.

If you are interested in seeing these guys live, tickets are already on sale. You can pick up a ticket through your local vendor, or links can be found through the band’s Facebook page.

12/05 Vera Project Seattle WA
12/07 The Colony Sacramento CA
12/10 Eagle Aerie Hall Las Vegas NV
12/11 Fifty One West Mesa AZ
12/12 Chain Reaction Anaheim CA
12/13 The Red House Walnut Creek CA

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STREAM: Air Dubai – “Love In Retrograde Pt. II” http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/10/22/stream-air-dubai-love-in-retrograde-pt-ii/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/10/22/stream-air-dubai-love-in-retrograde-pt-ii/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 05:08:00 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1135063 Earlier this year Air Dubai signed to Hopeless Records and released a new album titled Be Calm. Only a few months have passed since the album dropped, but the band already has some new music ready for fans. They recently dropped a song titled “Love In Retrograde Pt. II,” and you can stream it beneath the break.

The group haven’t announced any plans for a new album or additional singles, but we can certainly hope for some more in the near future. “Love In Retrograde Pt. II” is an unexpected and pleasant surprise. If you like what you hear, …

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Earlier this year Air Dubai signed to Hopeless Records and released a new album titled Be Calm. Only a few months have passed since the album dropped, but the band already has some new music ready for fans. They recently dropped a song titled “Love In Retrograde Pt. II,” and you can stream it beneath the break.

The group haven’t announced any plans for a new album or additional singles, but we can certainly hope for some more in the near future. “Love In Retrograde Pt. II” is an unexpected and pleasant surprise. If you like what you hear, you can download it for free through the Soundcloud player.

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Stream Sullivan’s New Single, “What’s Good For The King” http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/10/22/stream-sullivans-new-single-whats-good-for-the-king/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/10/22/stream-sullivans-new-single-whats-good-for-the-king/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 04:12:31 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1135059 Now that a couple of months have passed since Sullivan announced their reunion and new album they are ready to share their first comeback single. The group teamed up with Alternative Press to premiere “What’s Good For The King,” which is taken from their upcoming album Heavy Is The Head. You can also give it a listen below the jump.

Yesterday the band launched LP pre-orders. There are five variations that are available, but they are limited in supply. Be sure to order yourself a copy while you still can!

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Now that a couple of months have passed since Sullivan announced their reunion and new album they are ready to share their first comeback single. The group teamed up with Alternative Press to premiere “What’s Good For The King,” which is taken from their upcoming album Heavy Is The Head. You can also give it a listen below the jump.

Yesterday the band launched LP pre-orders. There are five variations that are available, but they are limited in supply. Be sure to order yourself a copy while you still can!

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Chance The Rapper Reveals Free Album For Year’s End http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/10/21/chance-the-rapper-reveals-free-album-for-years-end/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/10/21/chance-the-rapper-reveals-free-album-for-years-end/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:57:44 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1135048 Chicago’s genre-bending rap artist, Chance The Rapper, recently revealed some information regarding his next project, and the details are pretty interesting.

Anyone who’s been following Chance closely knows he’s been performing with a band called The Social Experiment, a group of musicians with whom Chance will be sharing the spotlight in his next release according to a recent interview with Billboard.

In the interview, Chance states that the new album, called Surf, should be available for free download by the end of the year.

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Chicago’s genre-bending rap artist, Chance The Rapper, recently revealed some information regarding his next project, and the details are pretty interesting.

Anyone who’s been following Chance closely knows he’s been performing with a band called The Social Experiment, a group of musicians with whom Chance will be sharing the spotlight in his next release according to a recent interview with Billboard.

In the interview, Chance states that the new album, called Surf, should be available for free download by the end of the year.

You can check out the full interview here.

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Tyson Stevens, Frontman of Scary Kids Scaring Kids, Reportedly Passes Away http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/10/21/tyson-stevens-frontman-of-scary-kids-scaring-kids-reportedly-passes-away/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/10/21/tyson-stevens-frontman-of-scary-kids-scaring-kids-reportedly-passes-away/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:42:39 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1135047 It is with a heavy heart and great sadness to report that Tyson Stevens, singer of the now-inactive Scary Kids Scaring Kids, has passed away in his home. Social media has been blowing up over the past half hour, with tons of friends and family showing their sadness and condolences for the now deceased Stevens. Our friends at AltPress report that a source close to the family confirmed that Stevens was found dead this morning by his girlfriend.

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It is with a heavy heart and great sadness to report that Tyson Stevens, singer of the now-inactive Scary Kids Scaring Kids, has passed away in his home. Social media has been blowing up over the past half hour, with tons of friends and family showing their sadness and condolences for the now deceased Stevens. Our friends at AltPress report that a source close to the family confirmed that Stevens was found dead this morning by his girlfriend.

While there isn’t an official confirmation or statement, it appears the overwhelming majority of his friends and family share the same sentiment. The story is still developing, so as more information trickles in, we’ll be sure to keep you updated.

Scary Kids Scaring Kids was such an important band for many of us at Under the Gun Review, and our hearts go out to Stevens’ family and personal friends. Click through the break to listen to SKSK’s debut full-length, The City Sleeps in Flames.

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Zella Day Releases Debut EP With “Hypnotic” Single http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/10/21/zella-day-releases-debut-ep-with-hypnotic-single/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/10/21/zella-day-releases-debut-ep-with-hypnotic-single/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:02:41 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1135044 Zella Day‘s self-titled debut EP was released today via B3SCI Records, and as three of its four tracks have been readily available online for some time now, the final to be released, titled “Hypnotic,” is now streaming as a single and it’s already gaining traction with ease.

Out of the four excellent tracks on the EP, this is the one I think would most likely break through to top 40 first. It’s easily accessible for fans of pop music, with Day’s beautifully inviting vocals hovering above the caliber of most popular radio jams currently in rotation. We’ve been saying …

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Zella Day‘s self-titled debut EP was released today via B3SCI Records, and as three of its four tracks have been readily available online for some time now, the final to be released, titled “Hypnotic,” is now streaming as a single and it’s already gaining traction with ease.

Out of the four excellent tracks on the EP, this is the one I think would most likely break through to top 40 first. It’s easily accessible for fans of pop music, with Day’s beautifully inviting vocals hovering above the caliber of most popular radio jams currently in rotation. We’ve been saying it for many months: Zella Day is the next big thing. This EP only further proves it.

You can stream the new single below and pick up a copy of the Zella Day EP via Bandcamp.

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CityCop Stream New Song, “Glass Bones” http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/10/21/citycop-streams-new-song-glass-bones/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/10/21/citycop-streams-new-song-glass-bones/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:52:07 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1135039 Loner, the new album from Ashtabula, Ohio’s CityCop that was announced back in March, has been issued a release date of November 25 via Flannel Gurl Records.

Today, a new track titled “Glass Bones” premiered on New Noise Magazine. Eddie Gancos, CityCop’s vocalist, had this to say about the track:

The song is about my family and trying to hide emotions. There’s a line, “a shadow that’s always watching me grow, countless times that I’ve been wishing, but I’ve never seen you shed a tear.” That kind of sums up the mood of the song pretty well.

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Loner, the new album from Ashtabula, Ohio’s CityCop that was announced back in March, has been issued a release date of November 25 via Flannel Gurl Records.

Today, a new track titled “Glass Bones” premiered on New Noise Magazine. Eddie Gancos, CityCop’s vocalist, had this to say about the track:

The song is about my family and trying to hide emotions. There’s a line, “a shadow that’s always watching me grow, countless times that I’ve been wishing, but I’ve never seen you shed a tear.” That kind of sums up the mood of the song pretty well.

You can pre-order Loner here and listen to the new track below via New Noise.

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Rise Against Debut Lyric Video For “Tragedy + Time” http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/10/21/rise-against-debut-lyric-video-for-tragedy-time/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/10/21/rise-against-debut-lyric-video-for-tragedy-time/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:00:49 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1135032 Rise Against are always on the move in terms of their songwriting and how they explore different genres and tones and incorporate them into their everlasting punk sound. This songwriting process was showcased quite delicately in their latest record, The Black Market, which was released back in July.

Today, the band released a new lyric video for the poppy-sided track “Tragedy + Time” which definitely shows the band’s maturity in both their music and lyrics. Right now, the world is in a time of tragedy and Rise Against likes to stand up against this and show the way out.…

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Rise Against are always on the move in terms of their songwriting and how they explore different genres and tones and incorporate them into their everlasting punk sound. This songwriting process was showcased quite delicately in their latest record, The Black Market, which was released back in July.

Today, the band released a new lyric video for the poppy-sided track “Tragedy + Time” which definitely shows the band’s maturity in both their music and lyrics. Right now, the world is in a time of tragedy and Rise Against likes to stand up against this and show the way out.

Check out the stream of “Tragedy + Time” below, after the jump.

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Rancid Stream New Album ‘Honor Is All We Know’ In Full http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/10/21/rancid-stream-new-album-honor-is-all-we-know-in-full/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/10/21/rancid-stream-new-album-honor-is-all-we-know-in-full/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:46:16 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1135030 After releasing a trio of songs followed by the ska-influenced “Face Up” and raw punk tune “Already Dead,” ska punk legends Rancid have made their entire new record, Honor Is All We Know, available for streaming.

This comes one week before the slated release date for the new album which will be released on October 27 via Epitaph Records/Hellcat Records. This is the latest release from the band since 2009′s Let The Dominoes Fall and features Brett Gurewitz (Bad Religion) on production duties, the same position he has held with the band throughout their tenure.…

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After releasing a trio of songs followed by the ska-influenced “Face Up” and raw punk tune “Already Dead,” ska punk legends Rancid have made their entire new record, Honor Is All We Know, available for streaming.

This comes one week before the slated release date for the new album which will be released on October 27 via Epitaph Records/Hellcat Records. This is the latest release from the band since 2009′s Let The Dominoes Fall and features Brett Gurewitz (Bad Religion) on production duties, the same position he has held with the band throughout their tenure.

Check out the stream on iTunes and be sure to pick the record up on release day.

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Have Mercy Unveil New Song, “Lean” http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/10/21/have-mercy-unveil-new-song-lean/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/10/21/have-mercy-unveil-new-song-lean/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:02:03 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1135022 Baltimore’s Have Mercy have teamed up with Alternative Press to premiere yet another new single from their forthcoming album, A Place Of Our Own. Titled “Lean,” give it a listen by following the jump below.

A follow-up to “Two Years,” which premiered yesterday via MTV, “Lean” is a reflective track that finds frontman Brian Swindle pleading desperately with some unknown acquaintance. If you’re a fan, let us know in the replies.

Later this week, Have Mercy will kick-off a month-long run alongside Real Friends, Neck Deep, and Cruel Hand. For more details, head here.…

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Baltimore’s Have Mercy have teamed up with Alternative Press to premiere yet another new single from their forthcoming album, A Place Of Our Own. Titled “Lean,” give it a listen by following the jump below.

A follow-up to “Two Years,” which premiered yesterday via MTV, “Lean” is a reflective track that finds frontman Brian Swindle pleading desperately with some unknown acquaintance. If you’re a fan, let us know in the replies.

Later this week, Have Mercy will kick-off a month-long run alongside Real Friends, Neck Deep, and Cruel Hand. For more details, head here.

If you dig “Lean,” there’s still time to pre-order A Place Of Our Own before it hits shelves on October 27 via Hopeless Records.

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Gwen Stefani Returns With “Baby Don’t Lie” Music Video http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/10/21/gwen-stefani-returns-with-baby-dont-lie-music-video/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/10/21/gwen-stefani-returns-with-baby-dont-lie-music-video/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:59:31 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1135021 A few years ago, people were starting to wonder where Gwen Stefani went, but lately it seems the singer is determined to keep a full plate. Having recently had her second child, and reunited with her band No Doubt, Stefani is also now a judge on NBC’s hit reality series, The Voice. But that’s not all; Stefani has indicated that not only will No Doubt be putting out a new album, but that she herself would be working on a new solo album with the help of The Voice co-host Pharrell Williams.

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A few years ago, people were starting to wonder where Gwen Stefani went, but lately it seems the singer is determined to keep a full plate. Having recently had her second child, and reunited with her band No Doubt, Stefani is also now a judge on NBC’s hit reality series, The Voice. But that’s not all; Stefani has indicated that not only will No Doubt be putting out a new album, but that she herself would be working on a new solo album with the help of The Voice co-host Pharrell Williams.

Well, here we are, looking down the barrel of Gwen Stefani’s third studio album as she releases a music video for her brand new tune “Baby Don’t Lie.” The video itself is a bright collage of colors and patterns that is as shocking in appearance as Stefani herself, who looks pretty darn good for 45.

We’ll have to wait for details on Stefani’s upcoming album, but you can stream the official video for “Baby Don’t Lie” below the jump.

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Hail The Sun Are Taking Your Questions on Reddit http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/10/21/hail-the-sun-are-taking-your-questions-on-reddit/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/10/21/hail-the-sun-are-taking-your-questions-on-reddit/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:50:30 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1135000 This afternoon, growing post-hardcore band, Hail The Sun, will be stopping in on Reddit to field all your burning questions about the band, their upcoming activities, and their recent album, Wake. Whether you’re a frequent Redditor or you’ve remained unphased by the enormous web community, you are likely familiar with the AMA, or “Ask Me Anything,” forum posts that have welcomed A-list celebrities and even President Barack Obama to Reddit for a short Q&A session.

The AMA will take place on /r/PostHardcore, a great little sub-community within Reddit for fans of bands like Circa Survive, Dance Gavin …

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This afternoon, growing post-hardcore band, Hail The Sun, will be stopping in on Reddit to field all your burning questions about the band, their upcoming activities, and their recent album, Wake. Whether you’re a frequent Redditor or you’ve remained unphased by the enormous web community, you are likely familiar with the AMA, or “Ask Me Anything,” forum posts that have welcomed A-list celebrities and even President Barack Obama to Reddit for a short Q&A session.

The AMA will take place on /r/PostHardcore, a great little sub-community within Reddit for fans of bands like Circa Survive, Dance Gavin Dance, Emarosa, and more. Fans are already populating the message boards with their questions in anticipation for the guys of Hail The Sun to step in an answer. The AMA, which officially begins at 2pm PST, can be found right here.

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STAND-UP TUESDAYS: Richard Jeni http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/10/21/stand-up-tuesdays-richard-jeni/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/10/21/stand-up-tuesdays-richard-jeni/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:43:32 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1135008 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 Jerrod Carmichael’s comedy career. If you or your comedy troupe would like to be featured on Stand-Up Tuesdays, please email utgjames@gmail.com.

Late last month, Comedy Dynamics released Richard Jeni’s final televised special, A Big Steaming Pile of Me, marking the first time that all six of the late comedian’s records have been made available for purchase. In a career tragically cut …

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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 Jerrod Carmichael’s comedy career. If you or your comedy troupe would like to be featured on Stand-Up Tuesdays, please email utgjames@gmail.com.

Late last month, Comedy Dynamics released Richard Jeni’s final televised special, A Big Steaming Pile of Me, marking the first time that all six of the late comedian’s records have been made available for purchase. In a career tragically cut short in March of 2007, when Jeni committed suicide, A Big Steaming Pile of Me reminds fans of just how good the comedian was at his trade.

Made available for purchase via Comedy Dynamics are:

The Beach Crowd, which is a collection of unreleased performances from 2002 and 2006 from Jeni’s personal collection. Recorded at the Comedy & Magic Club, it’s got Richard’s trademark quick-change personas, bits on whales, women, pot, and a whirlwind of imaginative improvs and hilarious audience interactions.

Richard Jeni’s Greatest Bits (1997) says it in the name, it’s the compilation of his best material, to the love and appreciation of his fans.

Platypus Man (1992), the hilarious HBO special about the mating habits of the platypus, and of man, was the inspiration for his sitcom of the same name.

A Good Catholic Boy (1997) this highly rated and critically acclaimed HBO special brings the audience to their feet with great riffs on late night infomercials, dating rituals, and more.

It’s hard to write this so-called ‘review’, on a personal level. Having grown up deeply immersed in stand-up comedy thanks to older brothers, Richard Jeni was by far one of the first comedians I had declared to be my favorite. Too young to pick up on all of the snarkiness Jeni had to offer, it was a bittersweet stroll down memory lane taking in the ultra-fast paced and scathing performance. Jeni suffered from clinical depression and had a history of schizophrenia, ultimately leading him to his fateful decision on that quiet March morning. A sufferer of clinical depression myself, I’m always torn between sadness and comfort when I think of Richard Jeni: sadness, obviously, that Jeni’s career successes could not outweigh his personal struggle; comfort in the shared experience of depression.

A Big Steaming Pile of Me is how I will prefer to remember Jeni: a charismatic, sharp-tongued pessimist who could point out subtle absurdities like no one’s business. Known as the “comedian’s comedian,” Jeni’s 25-year career encompassed thousands of live shows, five award-winning comedy specials for HBO and Showtime, a Command Performance at the White House, and semi-regular appearances on The Tonight Show during both Carson’s and Leno’s tenure. He’s been named one of the “100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time” by Comedy Central, and won the popular vote for Best Male Stand-up at the American Comedy Awards.

What’s interesting to me about A Big Steaming Pile of Me is that, although Jeni is riffing on some topics relevant to the early 2000’s, it doesn’t come off as tired or outdated: Republicans still share the same over-arching and hypocritical ideals, and Michael Jackson will always be the one safe topic to joke about. Some things just never change.

If you’re unfamiliar with the great Richard Jeni’s work, do yourself a favor as a comedy fan and pick up his entire catalogue today. Jeni was one of the brightest comedians of his generation (and mine), a star whose light burned out far too soon. For those of you who admire Jeni’s work as much as I do, you finally have the opportunity to complete your library. Revisit the comedic mastermind that was Richard Jeni today!

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Restorations Stream LP3 http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/10/21/restorations-stream-lp3/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/10/21/restorations-stream-lp3/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:37:21 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1134990 The word of mouth backing RestorationsLP3 has spread like wildfire, and thanks to a recent album stream provided by NPR, you can finally hear what the hype is all about.

We think it was a great decision for the band to use “Tiny Prayers” and “Separate Songs” as promotional singles for this new record. The tracks sure did open up a new sound for the five piece that’s fully fleshed out on LP3. There’s still plenty of time left to pre-order the album through SideOneDummy before its 10/28 release date, so get to clicking!

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The word of mouth backing RestorationsLP3 has spread like wildfire, and thanks to a recent album stream provided by NPR, you can finally hear what the hype is all about.

We think it was a great decision for the band to use “Tiny Prayers” and “Separate Songs” as promotional singles for this new record. The tracks sure did open up a new sound for the five piece that’s fully fleshed out on LP3. There’s still plenty of time left to pre-order the album through SideOneDummy before its 10/28 release date, so get to clicking!

In three days, the band will be leaving for a short tour with Self Defense Family and The Smith Street Band. Follow the jump for a listing of dates.

Fri Oct 24 – Asbury Park, NJ – Asbury Lanes *
Sat Oct 25 – Washington, D.C. – DC9 *
Sun Oct 26 – Charlotte, NC – Casbah *
Mon Oct 27 – Columbia, SC – Foxfield Bar *
Tues Oct 28 – Atlanta, GA – Under The Couch *
Weds Oct 29 – Tampa, FL – Pre-Fest
Sun Nov 2 – Gainesville, FL – The Fest
Tues Nov 4 – Nashville, TN – The High Watt ^
Weds Nov 5 – Chicago, IL – Township ^
Thurs Nov 6 – Newport, KY – Southgate House ^
Fri Nov 7 – Pittsburgh, PA – The Smiling Moose ^
Sat Nov 8 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge ^
Sun Nov 9 – Allston, MA – Great Scott ^

* = Self Defense Family
^ = The Smith Street Band

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REVIEW: PVRIS – ‘White Noise’ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/10/21/review-pvris-white-noise/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/10/21/review-pvris-white-noise/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:51:05 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1133209 Artist: PVRIS
Album: White Noise
Genre: Alternative
Label: Rise Records

Fleeting: that moment when a new artist steals your heart. You’re not asked nicely if you want your emotions thrown into a record and tossed around like a load of laundry; you’re not given a ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ when your spirit is lifted from the ground and sent into a world you previously didn’t know — induced by a series of songs so powerful that it can give you the shakes or shivers…it can send tears down your cheeks. It doesn’t ask for an invitation. No, when a life-changing …

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Artist: PVRIS
Album: White Noise
Genre: Alternative
Label: Rise Records

Fleeting: that moment when a new artist steals your heart. You’re not asked nicely if you want your emotions thrown into a record and tossed around like a load of laundry; you’re not given a ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ when your spirit is lifted from the ground and sent into a world you previously didn’t know — induced by a series of songs so powerful that it can give you the shakes or shivers…it can send tears down your cheeks. It doesn’t ask for an invitation. No, when a life-changing record enters your life, it’s by storm. It’s by charge and force and it brings change, positive change. It brings the kind of change you need in your life. It uplifts, moves, and molds you. It becomes part of you.

White Noise, the new LP from Boston alternative indie rock band PVRIS, is that type of record. It contains moments so aurally powerful and melodically chilling that you’re overwhelmed with a wave of thought and meaning. You and the record become one and the same. It’s a power no other art could begin to accomplish. It’s a power unlike any other.

As one can imagine from the above evidence, White Noise isn’t the stereotypical collection of indie pop songs. There’s a diversity, both vocally and lyrically, to the record that is unique and selfless. Songs like the record opener “Smoke,” and mid-album ballad “Eyelids” are soft and sweeping — with an element of unspoken softness that is swaying from beginning to finish. There are subtle explosions on these tracks — musically and aesthetically organic in how it infests your ears and settles in your mind.

That’s not to say there aren’t moments on the record that don’t contain abrasive explosions. The back-to-back singles, “St. Patrick” and “My House,” are arguably the most infectious, catchy and undeniably abrasive pop songs released this year. Both songs contain choruses with a growling underbelly of passion delivered by frontwoman Lynn Gunn. It’s heavy and dark in an addicting way — a way that makes you want to come back for more. Her delivery says, “Come here and listen. Love these songs. I dare you.” Challenge accepted. The hooks are the best of the year on these numbers and leave a lasting impression unlike any other Rise Records release this year.

The record puts off a sonic euphoria — a balance of guitar-driven versus and synth-layered choruses. Like every respectable record, there are ups and downs. The record’s most notable song containing this balance is the transparent “Holy.” The song, containing a vocal questioning of one’s religion, is arguably the most downright honest number on the record. The bombastic chorus makes the hair on your neck stand straight and the versus have you hitting repeat — dissecting the story Gunn is revealing through melody. “Ghost” shows a different energy from the band. It’s a song that breaks away from key-driven formula and displays the band in a more stripped-down manner. On a record full of standout tracks, it proves there are many dimensions to PVRIS.

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.

SCORE: 10/10
Review written by Matthew Leimkuehler (@callinghomematt)

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UTG’s 31 Days of Halloween: ‘Wrong Turn’ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/10/21/utgs-31-days-of-halloween-wrong-turn/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/10/21/utgs-31-days-of-halloween-wrong-turn/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:44:38 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1134683 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 likely NSFW]

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Day 21: Wrong Turn (2003)

Just like cross-country roadtrips, the summer slasher is a timeless cornerstone of American culture, and that’s what makes Wrong Turn so great. While this isn’t the first horror film revolving around backwoods killers preying on lost and misled out-of-towners, it is definitely one of the most memorable among the bunch. The five sequels that have spawned from this 2003 production only prove that a roadtrip gone wrong remains to be one of our biggest fears.

The film starts off with a medical student named Chris making his way through the Virginia state highways en route to Raleigh, North Carolina when he decides to save time by taking a dirt path. Thanks to one of the many traps that had scattered the road, he almost immediately loses control of his car and crashes straight into an SUV, driven by a group of college kids who are on a hiking trip – because what other plot-point would logically fit into this plot in such a convenient way? Things escalate once they check out a nearby cabin in search of a phone to use, but are shortly discovered by some gruesome-looking cannibals. Considering the fact that the film has an 87-minute runtime, it’s crazy to think about how far things run from then and on.

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For those who have become a little weary of slashers throughout the years, the cliches loaded throughout the movie should be enough entertainment in and of itself. You better believe the group splits up, you better believe a kill comes directly after a couple gets it on, and yes, you most definitely better believe there’s a surprise ending following the credits that alludes to an even bigger story. But that’s what makes Wrong Turn such a great pick; there’s something for everyone. Sure the genuine terror and gore-levels aren’t as heavy as some of the bigger franchises in the genre, but that’s what makes this all the more accessible for queasier crowds during any get-togethers.

Editorial written by: Adrian Garza
Last year’s Day 21 film: The Fly

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ILoveMakonnen & Drake Go Up On A “Tuesday” In New Music Video http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/10/21/ilovemakonnen-drake-go-up-on-a-tuesday-in-new-music-video/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/10/21/ilovemakonnen-drake-go-up-on-a-tuesday-in-new-music-video/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:31:00 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1134978 ILoveMakonnen and Drake created one of the most off-kilter bangers of the year with “Tuesday,” so it’s only fitting the track would be graced with a music video to match. Featuring scenes of random individuals’ everyday lives intertwined with the duo spitting their lines in the club surrounded by their squad and plenty of beautiful women, the visuals give a glimpse of just how different a Tuesday night is for Drake and his label’s rising star compared to the rest of the world’s population.

Follow the jump to check out “Tuesday” and be sure to let us know your thoughts …

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ILoveMakonnen and Drake created one of the most off-kilter bangers of the year with “Tuesday,” so it’s only fitting the track would be graced with a music video to match. Featuring scenes of random individuals’ everyday lives intertwined with the duo spitting their lines in the club surrounded by their squad and plenty of beautiful women, the visuals give a glimpse of just how different a Tuesday night is for Drake and his label’s rising star compared to the rest of the world’s population.

Follow the jump to check out “Tuesday” and be sure to let us know your thoughts on the music video in the comments section below.

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Totally Slow And Black Market Stream Split http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/10/21/totally-slow-and-black-market-stream-split/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/10/21/totally-slow-and-black-market-stream-split/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:03:55 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1134971 We had the pleasure of premiering a single from Totally Slow and Black Market’s forthcoming 7″ split late last month, a release we’ve patiently waited for since its announcement. Luckily for our ears along with yours, the bands have teamed up with The Runout to finally premiere a stream of the split in its entirety, so click here to give it a well deserved listen.

The split officially drops November 4 via Self Aware Records, but pre-orders are available on the label’s official e-store.

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We had the pleasure of premiering a single from Totally Slow and Black Market’s forthcoming 7″ split late last month, a release we’ve patiently waited for since its announcement. Luckily for our ears along with yours, the bands have teamed up with The Runout to finally premiere a stream of the split in its entirety, so click here to give it a well deserved listen.

The split officially drops November 4 via Self Aware Records, but pre-orders are available on the label’s official e-store.

 

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