Under the Gun Review http://www.underthegunreview.net Entertainment news for today's generation Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:26:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9 Death From Above 1979 Stream Upcoming Album ‘The Physical World’ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/02/death-from-above-1979-stream-upcoming-album-the-physical-world/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/02/death-from-above-1979-stream-upcoming-album-the-physical-world/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:26:46 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1128742 The uniquely-awesome Toronto duo, Death From Above 1979, are back in action with the follow-up to their 2004 record You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine. The record, called The Physical World, is due for release on September 9 via Last Gang Records.

The band has previously released singles “Trainwreck 1979” and “Government Trash” from The Physical World, but as of this morning, the guys are streaming the entire album on iTunes.

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The uniquely-awesome Toronto duo, Death From Above 1979, are back in action with the follow-up to their 2004 record You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine. The record, called The Physical World, is due for release on September 9 via Last Gang Records.

The band has previously released singles “Trainwreck 1979” and “Government Trash” from The Physical World, but as of this morning, the guys are streaming the entire album on iTunes.

The album is exactly what you’d expect from Death From Above 1979, picking up exactly where they left off with pulsing drums behind thick and fuzzy bass riffs. Make sure you check out the iTunes stream right away, where you can pre-order the album before its official release next week.

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Ten Years Later, We Still Give A Fuck: A Decade of Lamb of God’s ‘Ashes of the Wake’ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/02/ten-years-later-we-still-give-a-fuck-a-decade-of-lamb-of-gods-ashes-of-the-wake/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/02/ten-years-later-we-still-give-a-fuck-a-decade-of-lamb-of-gods-ashes-of-the-wake/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 15:30:05 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1128677 In the early 2000s, the heavy metal community was in shambles. Pantera had imploded, and we’d later tragically lose Dimebag Darrell all together. Slayer was on cruise control. Metallica released St. Anger, and Machine Head’s Robb Flynn put on a shiny track suit and tried to rap. Our world needed a hero — and sorry, Dave Mustaine, but Megadeth had already taken one too many Risks to earn back our collective trust.

There’s a good chance this isn’t the only Ashes of the Wake retrospective you’ll read this week, but there’s an even better chance this is the …

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In the early 2000s, the heavy metal community was in shambles. Pantera had imploded, and we’d later tragically lose Dimebag Darrell all together. Slayer was on cruise control. Metallica released St. Anger, and Machine Head’s Robb Flynn put on a shiny track suit and tried to rap. Our world needed a hero — and sorry, Dave Mustaine, but Megadeth had already taken one too many Risks to earn back our collective trust.

There’s a good chance this isn’t the only Ashes of the Wake retrospective you’ll read this week, but there’s an even better chance this is the only one to feature two cheesy Megadeth album title references in the same sentence. You’re welcome.

But alas, hope would soon arrive in the form of Lamb of God, a groove metal band from Richmond, Virginia whose previous releases for independent heavy metal label Prosthetic Records — New American Gospel and As The Palaces Burn — cemented their status as an underground sensation. But word was spreading and a move to Epic Records would bring Lamb of God’s brand of “Pure American Metal” to audiences larger than they had ever imagined.

The lead-up to Ashes‘ release saw the band performing on the second stage at Ozzfest 2004, which was one of the last few years of the annual traveling festival’s glory days — before Sharon’s infamous egging of Iron Maiden, System of a Down’s salary, and the launch of the rival Mayhem Fest sank what had been a holiday every metalhead circled on their calendar at the beginning of summer vacation. It was on this tour that the band debuted a new song called “Laid to Rest,” an instantly classic metal anthem for a new generation of fans that somehow survived the rap-metal years and came out craving something honest and authentic.

“Laid to Rest” would become the closest thing to a “hit” such an uncompromising metal band can hope for, earning radio play on only the bravest of mainstream rock stations and becoming a favorite on those insanely popular Guitar Hero games that everyone enjoyed playing in college while pre-gaming with a case of cheap beer. “Laid to Rest” had it all: A catchy shredder of a lead guitar riff, a pulsating drum pattern that showcased what made Chris Adler one of the finest in the genre, a mid-tempo groove impossible not to bang your head along with and a massive breakdown chant that gave angry youths an opportunity to scream the f-word at the top of their lungs.

“Destroy yourself. See who gives a fuck.”

In no way am I saying Lamb of God is merely a stupid heavy metal band that makes stupid heavy metal songs for angry meatheads. They wouldn’t have lasted as long as they have if that were the case. It’s really quite the opposite. Throughout high school and college, I used to skim through vocalist Randy Blythe’s lyrics whenever tasked with introducing a new vocabulary word to my English class, continually stumping all those lame kids who were never exposed to metal.

More than any other metal band at the time, Lamb of God was in touch with the post-9/11 political climate, tapping into the anger and frustration so much of our generation felt surrounding the Iraq War.

“Your trust has been misplaced, believed the lies told to your face. Become another casualty and now it’s too late.”

Lamb of God’s concerts became the ultimate outlet for catharsis. And if you were a high-profile metal tour in the years spanning 2004-2006, you had to have Lamb of God on the bill. You almost didn’t have a choice. The band’s audience was growing. And the genre’s biggest bands were taking notice.

Following Ozzfest, Lamb of God extensively toured North America as direct support on Slipknot’s ‘Subliminal Verses Tour.’ Slipknot was probably the genre’s biggest band at the time, but there was also a ton of buzz surrounding this whole “New Wave of American Heavy Metal” movement, and you have to credit Slipknot for acknowledging it, as opposed to trotting out the same tired openers grasping at the final strands of whatever was left of nu metal. Ten years later, it’s a shame this is no longer the case.

Slayer would later jump on the bandwagon, giving Lamb of God a similar role on their ‘Unholy Alliance’ run in 2006, which is still one of the better major metal tours in recent memory, with Children of Bodom and a young, hungry pre-Blood Mountain Mastodon rounding out the bill. But something was happening. Somehow, Lamb of God was receiving louder, more enthusiastic responses than Slayer. Yes, Slayer. FUCKING SLAYER.

When I saw that tour at Milwaukee’s Eagles Ballroom, Lamb of God’s vicious circle pit wrapped around the venue’s massive 3,500-capacity dance floor. A single lap seemed like a half-mile sprint, and I’d never before felt legitimate concern for my personal safety at a concert. “Angel of Death,” by comparison, inspired two or three smaller mosh pits that sort of petered out after a minute or so.

So many people were still unfamiliar with Lamb of God in 2004 that they felt like a brand new band, but in reality they’d already been around for a decade. The band had been fine-tuning their sound for years, and were already a well-oiled live band by the time they were given an opportunity to impress audiences on these larger stages. The jump to a major label didn’t soften their assault one bit, merely offering the budget to give justice to the massive sound they were able to produce in a live setting. Ashes of the Wake made the sort of impact on the genre that you’d expect out of a debut album, but Lamb of God had the advantage of already knowing exactly what Lamb of God is supposed to sound like.

In front of this machine was a frontman with a voice from hell and an endless supply of energy. We were pretty sure Randy Blythe was insane, but he also felt like one of us. Blythe was already into his 30s, but the kids latched onto his youthful enthusiasm, the conviction of his vocals and the fact that you just knew his entire life had been a struggle.

Given what has transpired with the band over the past few years, we know Blythe’s life hasn’t gotten much easier. Perhaps that’s why their crowds are just as large and enthusiastic in 2014 as they were in 2004. It also speaks to the timeless nature of their sound. Ten years later, Ashes of the Wake still sounds like an album that could have come out yesterday, but it’s better that it didn’t. Because instead, it came out at a time when we really needed it.

Editorial written by Kevin Blumeyer (follow him on Twitter)
‘Ashes of the Wake’ turned 10 on Sunday, August 31.

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REVIEW: Ryan Adams – ‘Ryan Adams’ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/02/review-ryan-adams-ryan-adams/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/02/review-ryan-adams-ryan-adams/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:30:20 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1128690 Artist: Ryan Adams
Title: Ryan Adams
Label: PaxAmericana
Genre: Country Rock

Fourteen records, a successful recording studio, four (as far as we know) bands, and countless co-productions later, Ryan Adams finally found a relatively small place in my heart. I’ve always loved his type of music. Like a lot of people, I still find myself listening to “New York, New York” on a regular basis. I like Tom Petty. I like Eric Church. I like Keith Urban. I like Dan+Shay. Although Adams would admittedly hate to be put in this pool of country-ish artists (as he claims to hate country …

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Artist: Ryan Adams
Title: Ryan Adams
Label: PaxAmericana
Genre: Country Rock

Fourteen records, a successful recording studio, four (as far as we know) bands, and countless co-productions later, Ryan Adams finally found a relatively small place in my heart. I’ve always loved his type of music. Like a lot of people, I still find myself listening to “New York, New York” on a regular basis. I like Tom Petty. I like Eric Church. I like Keith Urban. I like Dan+Shay. Although Adams would admittedly hate to be put in this pool of country-ish artists (as he claims to hate country music), I honestly don’t know how else to categorize it.

For some odd reason, though, Adams, like artists such as Bruce Springsteen, to me was always just that one guy who wrote that one song about my city. It didn’t help that he’s been spiraling down alleys of musical experimentation (The Finger, Pornography) that you’d only expect of a twenty-something year old one hit wonder, either. I can go on about why I never was an avid Adams or Springsteen fan, but that’s not as relevant. What’s relevant is the fact that Adams channels so much of Springsteen in this new, self-titled record — in a way that actually made me question why I’ve avoided Springsteen’s music for so long despite his apparent and timeless admiration from the general public.

A minute and a half into this new record and I was not digging it. Opening track, “Give Me Something Good,” felt really dry and exhausted. I didn’t lose hope, though. I wanted to see what all the (older) hype was about. I had hopes for this new record. I had hopes to change how I listened to his music.

A track entitled “Kim” came next and I was glad I didn’t stop listening. This track redeemed the intro enough to make me listen to the rest of the record. The next couple of tracks proved to be solid, but they most definitely weren’t stellar. “Am I Safe” had its highs and lows, like the rest of the remaining tracks.

The very light instrumentation on “My Wrecking Ball” directed all the attention to Adams’ vocals, something that is obviously as good raw and untouched as it is when it is being mastered and layered onto. “Feels Like Fire” was a definite standout track as well. The somewhat upbeat tempo picks up after what felt like hours of the same rhythm. The steady snare drumbeat and the bare accompaniment complemented the lovey dovey lyrics very well.

The most Springsteen-esque track yet, “I Just Might,” captivates listeners with the palm-muted electric guitars and slow build-up to a strong, Born to Run-like ending. “Tired Of Giving Up” brings the record to a full circle and prepares you for the final track, “Let Go,” both melodically and by means of the song titles. This last song, which immediately took the cake for my favorite, assured me that I wouldn’t be dismissive of Adams’ music ever again. The ironically chipper aura that this track exuded was contagious and made the record finish on a very positive note.

Ryan Adams, mostly because of its rigorous cohesiveness, contained very little outstanding moments; but with the stronger aspects of this record such as the lyricism, the timeless quality of his voice, and taking into account everything that’s been going on in his personal life at the moment, he gave us something (kind of) good, all right.

SCORE: 7/10
Review written by Dana Reandelar

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Maroon 5 Announce 2015 World Tour with MAGIC! As Support http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/02/maroon-5-announce-2015-world-tour-with-magic-as-support/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/02/maroon-5-announce-2015-world-tour-with-magic-as-support/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:13:48 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1128731 It’s new album release day for Maroon 5, and to ensure maximum press coverage the one band who have consistently dominated top 40 radio for the past decade have revealed plans for a massive world tour in 2015.

Kicking off stateside with direct support from the “Rude” boys in MAGIC!, Maroon 5′s next world tour will put the band on the road February through June of next year. Along the way, the band will stop in well over a dozen US cities, as well as UK, Germany, Italy, Spain and Portugal. Rozzi Crane will open the tour …

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It’s new album release day for Maroon 5, and to ensure maximum press coverage the one band who have consistently dominated top 40 radio for the past decade have revealed plans for a massive world tour in 2015.

Kicking off stateside with direct support from the “Rude” boys in MAGIC!, Maroon 5′s next world tour will put the band on the road February through June of next year. Along the way, the band will stop in well over a dozen US cities, as well as UK, Germany, Italy, Spain and Portugal. Rozzi Crane will open the tour in the US while Nick Gardner will serve as the opener in Europe. You can view the full list of dates below:

Feb 16 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
Feb 17 Houston, TX Toyota Center
Feb 19 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
Feb 24 Sunrise, FL BB&T Center
Feb 25 Tampa, FL Tampa Bay Times Forum
Feb 27 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
Feb 28 Indianapolis, IN Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Mar 2 Washington DC Verizon Center
Mar 3 Boston, MA TD Garden
Mar 5 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
Mar 8 East Rutherford, NJ IZOD Center
Mar 9 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
Mar 11 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena
Mar 13 Pittsburgh, PA CONSOL Energy Center
Mar 14 Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center
Mar 16 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
Mar 18 Auburn Hills, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills
Mar 19 Chicago, IL United Center
Mar 21 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
Mar 23 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
Mar 25 Saskatoon, SK Credit Union Centre
Mar 26 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place
Mar 28 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
Mar 29 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
Mar 31 San Jose, CA SAP Center
Apr 1 San Diego, CA Viejas Arena
Apr 3 Inglewood, CA The Forum
May 26 London, UK Wembley Arena
May 31 Birmingham, UK LG Arena
June 1 Manchester, UK Manchester Arena
June 3 Amsterdam, NTH Ziggo Dome
June 9 Oberhausen, GR Koenig-Pilsener Arena
June 10 Munich, GR Olympiahalle
June 12 Milan, Italy Mediolanum Forum
June 14 Barcelona, Spain Palau Sant Jordi
June 15 Madrid, Spain Palacio Deportes
June 17 Lisbon, Portugal Meo Arena

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Trinidad Jame$ Raps About The Problems With Police On “Mr. Officer” http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/02/trinidad-jame-raps-about-the-problems-with-police-on-mr-officer/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/02/trinidad-jame-raps-about-the-problems-with-police-on-mr-officer/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:57:26 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1128727 Trinidad Jame$ has released a new single every week since the news broke that he was no longer a part of the Def Jam family, and this week has proven no different.

Rapping about the recent events in Ferguson, as well as his own experiences, Jame$ uses “Mr. Officer” to talk about the interactions people have with members of law enforcement across the country. That may lead you to believe this is a song fueled by rage, but in truth it’s the furthest thing from a hard-hitting rant against police. The track is honestly pretty laid back, with a chorus …

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Trinidad Jame$ has released a new single every week since the news broke that he was no longer a part of the Def Jam family, and this week has proven no different.

Rapping about the recent events in Ferguson, as well as his own experiences, Jame$ uses “Mr. Officer” to talk about the interactions people have with members of law enforcement across the country. That may lead you to believe this is a song fueled by rage, but in truth it’s the furthest thing from a hard-hitting rant against police. The track is honestly pretty laid back, with a chorus of children helping guide the chorus, but every time the verses kick in there is Jame$’ signature brand of real talk. You can stream the song, in full, below:

At the very end of the track, Trinidad challenges listeners to better themselves by learning to care more about others:

I feel like we are all fighting to stay alive. Not just from the Police but just from each other. In my opinion kids see more of US killing US than the police killing US. So I CHALLENGE YOU AMERICA! EVEN THE WORLD! to value each other…..US.

Trinidad Jame$ will release his new album, 5PC Mild, for free later this month. Follow UTG on Twitter for updates.

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Rest In Peace: Jimi Jamison (Former Lead Singer of Survivor) http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/02/rest-in-peace-jimi-jamison-former-lead-singer-of-survivor/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/02/rest-in-peace-jimi-jamison-former-lead-singer-of-survivor/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:47:42 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1128722 The world of rock and roll has lost one of its most iconic voices.

TMZ broke the news last night that Survivor frontman and longtime rock legend Jimi Jamison has passed away. He was 63.

Jamison’s booking agent, Sally Irwin, told the gossip that Jamison died of a heart attack at his home in Memphis. No information on funeral services or memorials is available at this time.

Age had not slowed Jamison’s passion for music in the slightest. He had just performed with the band Saturday night, August 30, in Northern California. You can view a video of Jamison and …

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The world of rock and roll has lost one of its most iconic voices.

TMZ broke the news last night that Survivor frontman and longtime rock legend Jimi Jamison has passed away. He was 63.

Jamison’s booking agent, Sally Irwin, told the gossip that Jamison died of a heart attack at his home in Memphis. No information on funeral services or memorials is available at this time.

Age had not slowed Jamison’s passion for music in the slightest. He had just performed with the band Saturday night, August 30, in Northern California. You can view a video of Jamison and performing the classic track “Eye Of The Tiger” in early August 2014 at the end of this post.

Jimi Jamison joined Survivor shortly after the group’s original frontman, David Bickler, was forced to leave the band due to polyps on his vocal chords. This also happened to be right after Bickler laid down vocals for “Eye Of The Tiger,” which went on to be the band’s biggest hit, and as such Jamison almost immediately found himself fronting one of the biggest bands in rock. He recorded three albums with the group before the band disbanded in 1989, proving the vocals for the band’s hits like “The Moment of Truth” from The Karate Kid, “Is This Love,” and “Burning Heart” from Rocky IV, then toured without his former bandmates while still using the Survivor moniker throughout much of the 1990s. The two sides rejoined forces in the early 2000s for a six year run, before Jamison again returned to touring solo.

Rest in peace, Jimi. You are already missed.

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AFROPUNK 2014: Cipher Reunite To Honor Life Of Danny Bobis http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/02/afropunk-2014-cipher-reunite-to-honor-life-of-danny-bobis/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/02/afropunk-2014-cipher-reunite-to-honor-life-of-danny-bobis/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:30:37 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1128601 “I know Danny was feeling every single moment of it. I know Danny was rocking with us,” says Cipher vocalist Maurice “Moe” Mitchell.

Three years ago, the New York hardcore community lost one of our brothers, Daniel Bobis, in a tragic accident. He was a man who was able to foster various types of relationships with people of all different shapes, sizes, and backgrounds. To some he was a friend, a husband, a band-mate, a teacher, a surfer, or just an all around good guy. For myself personally, he was above the rest, a role model.

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“I know Danny was feeling every single moment of it. I know Danny was rocking with us,” says Cipher vocalist Maurice “Moe” Mitchell.

Three years ago, the New York hardcore community lost one of our brothers, Daniel Bobis, in a tragic accident. He was a man who was able to foster various types of relationships with people of all different shapes, sizes, and backgrounds. To some he was a friend, a husband, a band-mate, a teacher, a surfer, or just an all around good guy. For myself personally, he was above the rest, a role model.

It took many days for the wounds to begin to heal for the members of Cipher, the hardcore band that Bobis played in for many years. They decided that last weekend would be a good time to reunite and pay homage to Danny at the 2014 Afropunk Festival in the Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn. The lineup was diverse and stacked, featuring bands such as Bad Brains, Body Count, Trash Talk, and many more.

In my eyes, the most important part of the day was to sit down with the members of Cipher and reflect in positivity on our friend’s life and to discuss what the day meant to them. A band that was always largely into social activism, vocalist Mitchell took the opportunity on stage to not only dedicate their time to their fallen brother, but also to discuss the injustice happening in Ferguson, MO, urging the members of the crowd to join them in a symbol of solidarity.

Check below for the most personal and emotional interview I’ve ever conducted for Under The Gun Review.

Bobis

From left to right:
Vinnie Caruana (I Am The Avalanche), Derek Scancarelli (Under The Gun Review), Danny Bobis (Cipher), Maurice “Moe” Mitchell (Cipher), Ryan Hunter (NK, Envy On The Coast) at a benefit show.

Produced by: Derek Scancarelli
Check out D. SKANK PHOTOGRAPHY.

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Marilyn Manson’s New Album Is “Prepared For Landing” http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/02/marilyn-mansons-new-album-is-prepared-for-landing/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/02/marilyn-mansons-new-album-is-prepared-for-landing/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:27:12 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1128718 Marilyn Manson has revealed that he has a new studio album ready for release, or as he puts it, “Prepared for landing.”

Two years have passed since Marilyn Manson shared his last LP, Born Villain, with the world. In that time the man who once gave the nation the Heebie-Jeebies has focused on other areas of art, including acting and writing, but late Monday night he informed his dedicated followers that new music is indeed on the way. No title, release date, or track information has been announced, but Manson appeared to have confirmed a new LP’s completion with …

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Marilyn Manson has revealed that he has a new studio album ready for release, or as he puts it, “Prepared for landing.”

Two years have passed since Marilyn Manson shared his last LP, Born Villain, with the world. In that time the man who once gave the nation the Heebie-Jeebies has focused on other areas of art, including acting and writing, but late Monday night he informed his dedicated followers that new music is indeed on the way. No title, release date, or track information has been announced, but Manson appeared to have confirmed a new LP’s completion with a recent tweet. The message posted reads, “Making more mayhem on SOA. And…the new album is prepared for landing. Fasten your seat belts.”

The SOA bit Manson refers to is his recently announced role on the final season of the FX series Sons Of Anarchy. His character’s name and history has not been revealed, but FX did release a still of Manson from one of the upcoming seasons’ early episodes:

SONS-OF-ANARCHY

A little older, bigger, and more John Waters-like, am I right?

We’ll keep our eyes peeled for updates on new Music and let you know as soon as more information becomes available. For now, revisit Born Villain with the video for the album’s title track:

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Death Grips Music Used In New Adidas Commercial, Band Still Broken Up http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/02/death-grips-music-used-in-new-adidas-commercial-band-still-broken-up/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/02/death-grips-music-used-in-new-adidas-commercial-band-still-broken-up/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:14:14 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1128715 Death Grips were/are one of the most anti-establishment bands to come along in a number of years. The group broke up earlier this year shortly after the release of their album Niggas On The Moon, but this morning their art was given new life in an incredibly corporate way when a snippet from a Government Plates track found its way into a shoe commercial. This is not a joke.

Adidas’ new ‘Predator’ ad was uploaded to YouTube this morning. In it, viewers can hear a clip of the song “You Might Think He Loves You For You Money But …

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Death Grips were/are one of the most anti-establishment bands to come along in a number of years. The group broke up earlier this year shortly after the release of their album Niggas On The Moon, but this morning their art was given new life in an incredibly corporate way when a snippet from a Government Plates track found its way into a shoe commercial. This is not a joke.

Adidas’ new ‘Predator’ ad was uploaded to YouTube this morning. In it, viewers can hear a clip of the song “You Might Think He Loves You For You Money But I Know What He Really Loves You For And It’s Your Brand New Leopard Skin Pillbox Hat” playing in the background. It doesn’t fit what’s happening on screen, nor does the use of the track make any sense at all when considering the band’s stance on giant corporations, but it happens nonetheless. You can view the commercial below:

When they announced their break up, Death Grips told fans, “We are now at our best and so Death Grips is over. we have officially stopped.”

Niggas On The Moon was the first half of a two-part project called The Powers That B. The second half, which has yet to be given a title, is expected to be released before the end of 2014. Stay tuned.

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WFFW Member Keano Spitta Releases “Like Me” Video http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/02/wffw-member-keano-spitta-releases-like-me-video/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/02/wffw-member-keano-spitta-releases-like-me-video/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 12:58:07 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1128712 It’s been a minute since we heard from the WFFW crew, but yesterday afternoon member Keano Spitta delivered a new track and visual that is sure to ease the pain of the work week’s return.

Featuring hypnotic production that’s not too distant from the sounds found on fellow WFFW member Marco‘s recent singles, “Like Me” offers Keano Spitta one of the best opportunities to showcase his skills. It’s not that the beat makes him sound better, but rather the fact it’s entertaining without taking the focus away from Keano’s wordplay.

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It’s been a minute since we heard from the WFFW crew, but yesterday afternoon member Keano Spitta delivered a new track and visual that is sure to ease the pain of the work week’s return.

Featuring hypnotic production that’s not too distant from the sounds found on fellow WFFW member Marco‘s recent singles, “Like Me” offers Keano Spitta one of the best opportunities to showcase his skills. It’s not that the beat makes him sound better, but rather the fact it’s entertaining without taking the focus away from Keano’s wordplay.

The video for “Like Me” finds Keano and a few other WFFW members enjoying the heat of a summer night. They’re seen cruising through their city under street lights, performing in various locations, and generally showcasing the place that made Keano and the entire crew the creative goons they are today. You can view the clip below:

Want a free download of “Like Me”? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered:

Keano and the rest of WFFW have a slew of new tracks prepped for release in the months ahead. We’ve heard a good number of rough cuts, and it seems as if this is only the beginning of what will likely become a long reign in the world of hip-hop for WFFW. Follow UTG on Twitter for updates.

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The Getaway Plan Announce ‘Dark Horses,’ Launch PledgeMusic Campaign http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/02/the-getaway-plan-announce-dark-horses-launch-pledgemusic-campaign/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/02/the-getaway-plan-announce-dark-horses-launch-pledgemusic-campaign/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 04:35:22 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1128685 Over the course of the last decade, Australia’s The Getaway Plan have evolved from teenage post-hardcore wunderkinds into one of the nation’s most successful and critically acclaimed rock bands. It has been a journey marked by incredible highs (such as their debut Other Voices, Other Rooms debuting at #14 on the Australian charts) crushing lows (the band went on an unplanned hiatus from 2009-2010, during which a former tour manager and close friend of the band was convicted with several sexual offences for which he was jailed for 16 years, providing an unwelcome run on front pages of the national …

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Over the course of the last decade, Australia’s The Getaway Plan have evolved from teenage post-hardcore wunderkinds into one of the nation’s most successful and critically acclaimed rock bands. It has been a journey marked by incredible highs (such as their debut Other Voices, Other Rooms debuting at #14 on the Australian charts) crushing lows (the band went on an unplanned hiatus from 2009-2010, during which a former tour manager and close friend of the band was convicted with several sexual offences for which he was jailed for 16 years, providing an unwelcome run on front pages of the national press for the band) and of truly remarkable personal and musical growth.

Having reclaimed their place in the Australian music landscape by virtue of the critically acclaimed and musically ambitious album Requiem in 2011, the band furthered their evolution with 2013’s independently released double A-side Lovesick/Mirrors and the occasional live show, while working tirelessly in the background on crafting the next chapter of their musical story. Today, fans and industry folk alike were granted an insight into what that chapter may contain, as the band announced that they will be funding their forthcoming record, Dark Horses, via crowd funding site PledgeMusic. The band made the announcement via a heartfelt video to their fans in which principal songwriters Matthew Wright and Clint Splattering state their hopes, aspirations and intentions for the album and the role they hope it will play in the progression of their band moving forward.

Excitingly for fans, all pledgers will receive an instant download of an exclusive 4-track acoustic EP titled Journaux, which will feature re-imaginings of three favourites, alongside one previously unreleased B-side, Untitled,” as well as a 12-month ‘AccessPass’ which will provide exclusive access to a steady stream of content covering all aspects of the recording process.

The video announcement and the rest of the information relating to the campaign can be found here

*feature photo courtesy of Tim O’keefe

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Emarosa Stream ‘Versus’ In Full http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/01/emarosa-stream-versus-in-full/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/01/emarosa-stream-versus-in-full/#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 20:03:12 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1128673 Fans have been waiting for what seems like forever to finally hear Emarosa‘s new album, and at long last the wait is over. Versus is currently available to stream in its entirety through Rise Records’ YouTube channel. You can also check it out below the break.

If you haven’t pre-ordered the album yet, be sure to grab yourself a copy while you still can! Bundles can be purchased on MerchNow or digital copies are available through iTunes.

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Fans have been waiting for what seems like forever to finally hear Emarosa‘s new album, and at long last the wait is over. Versus is currently available to stream in its entirety through Rise Records’ YouTube channel. You can also check it out below the break.

If you haven’t pre-ordered the album yet, be sure to grab yourself a copy while you still can! Bundles can be purchased on MerchNow or digital copies are available through iTunes.

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LISTEN: New Foo Fighters Audio Clip from ‘Sonic Highways’ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/01/listen-new-foo-fighters-audio-clip-from-sonic-highways/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/01/listen-new-foo-fighters-audio-clip-from-sonic-highways/#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 19:28:50 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1128652 As we here at UTG have talked about in the past, HBO’s new eight-part documentary series featuring David Grohl (as the director) and the other members of Foo Fighters, entitled Sonic Highways, is scheduled to hit the airwaves on October 17 this year.

The documentary’s trailer showcases bits of the band’s new music off of their upcoming record. This new record, which is due out a month after the series premiere, is also entitled Sonic Highways and is proving to be quite the exciting new discography addition.

Below you can find a vine clip from Bob Moczydlowsky, Twitter’s …

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As we here at UTG have talked about in the past, HBO’s new eight-part documentary series featuring David Grohl (as the director) and the other members of Foo Fighters, entitled Sonic Highways, is scheduled to hit the airwaves on October 17 this year.

The documentary’s trailer showcases bits of the band’s new music off of their upcoming record. This new record, which is due out a month after the series premiere, is also entitled Sonic Highways and is proving to be quite the exciting new discography addition.

Below you can find a vine clip from Bob Moczydlowsky, Twitter’s new Head of Music presenting a little bit of guitars from the band’s new record. Even at the measly six-second clip, it already does sound like the music takes its influences from all over the country. Appropriately, Grohl talks about this in the trailer and says, “I really believe the environment in which you write or record an album influences the musical result.”

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Finch Release New Song “Anywhere But Here” http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/01/finch-release-new-song-anywhere-but-here/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/01/finch-release-new-song-anywhere-but-here/#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 19:22:38 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1128651 Finch are gearing up to release their latest record Back To Oblivion, which comes out September 30 via Razor & Tie Records. Today, the band has released the next song off the record entitled “Anywhere But Here,” which premiered over at Bullett today.

The song at first starts subtly with the intro and verse before the chorus kicks in with singer Nate Barcalow’s signature vocal delivery brightening the song. The bridge has the best parts of the track with both guitars feeding off each other with effects before Barcalow lets out a blatant scream before the final chorus. Check …

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Finch are gearing up to release their latest record Back To Oblivion, which comes out September 30 via Razor & Tie Records. Today, the band has released the next song off the record entitled “Anywhere But Here,” which premiered over at Bullett today.

The song at first starts subtly with the intro and verse before the chorus kicks in with singer Nate Barcalow’s signature vocal delivery brightening the song. The bridge has the best parts of the track with both guitars feeding off each other with effects before Barcalow lets out a blatant scream before the final chorus. Check out the stream of the song below after the jump.

If you haven’t yet, check out the last track that was released from the record, titled “Two Guns To The Temple”. Also, below are the dates of the band’s headlining fall tour they will be going on with Maps & Atlases and Weatherbox.

Finch dates w/ Maps & Atlases and Weatherbox:
Sep 30 – San Diego, CA – Casbah
Oct 04 – Santa Ana, CA – Observatory
Oct 08 – Las Vegas, NV – Hard Rock
Oct 10 – Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue
Oct 11 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
Oct 13 – Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights
Oct 14 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
Oct 15 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrews
Oct 17 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls
Oct 18 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theater
Oct 19 – Philadelphia, PA – EFC
Oct 20 – Boston, MA – Paradise
Oct 22 – Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
Oct 23 – Raleigh, MC – Lincoln Theater
Oct 24 – Jacksonville, FL – Freebird
Oct 25 – Orlando, FL – The Beacham
Oct 26 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
Oct 28 – Houston, TX – Warehouse
Oct 29 – San Antonio, TX – Backstage Live
Oct 30 – Austin, TX – Red 7
Nov 01 – Tucson, AZ – TBD
Nov 02 – Phoenix, AZ – Joes Grotto
Nov 05 – San Francisco, CA – Slims
Nov 06 – Sacramento, CA – Slims
Nov 07 – Los Angeles, CA – Roxy
Nov 08 – Ventura, CA – Ventura Theatre

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Ryan Adams Streams Upcoming Self-Titled Album http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/01/ryan-adams-streams-upcoming-self-titled-album/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/01/ryan-adams-streams-upcoming-self-titled-album/#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:28:43 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1128636 September 1 marks the time of the year where social media fills up with Green Day puns about waking up, and a time of the year where a sudden influx of Countdown to Christmas memes surface. This year’s September 1, however, is also filled with the excitement over the fact that Ryan Adams, through NPR, has shared a stream of his highly-anticipated self-titled album, which happens to be his fourteenth (incredible) record to date.

After his 2011 release of Ashes & Fire, fans of the former Whiskeytown and The Cardinals front man were reasonably unsure of whether or not …

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September 1 marks the time of the year where social media fills up with Green Day puns about waking up, and a time of the year where a sudden influx of Countdown to Christmas memes surface. This year’s September 1, however, is also filled with the excitement over the fact that Ryan Adams, through NPR, has shared a stream of his highly-anticipated self-titled album, which happens to be his fourteenth (incredible) record to date.

After his 2011 release of Ashes & Fire, fans of the former Whiskeytown and The Cardinals front man were reasonably unsure of whether or not they would be hearing new music from Adams any time soon. Several issues arose with regards to the supposed plans of producing of a new record with Glyn Johns in 2012, which Adams and his team eventually called off. Having put out EPs with other bands he has formed, and having helped produce several heavier sounding records (with PAX AM) within the last four years after that 2011 release, fans were ready for some new alt-country material.

Due out on September 9 via PAX AM, Ryan Adams is very resonant of older Whiskeytown and Bruce Springsteen hits, which are guaranteed to appeal greatly to his listeners.

You can stream Ryan Adams (via NPR) here.

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Rae Sremmurd Streams “No Flex Zone” Remix Featuring Pusha T and Nicki Minaj http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/01/rae-sremmurd-streams-no-flex-zone-remix-featuring-pusha-t-and-nicki-minaj/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/01/rae-sremmurd-streams-no-flex-zone-remix-featuring-pusha-t-and-nicki-minaj/#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:15:01 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1128642 We could argue about who dominated the pop charts all summer long, but when it comes to hip-hop there is no question over who has been in control of the radio game during 2014′s hottest months.

Rae Sremmurd have risen from obscurity to international fame in about four months, and it’s thanks to the Mike Will Made It produced hit, “No Flex Zone.” The song first hit the net in May, and in the weeks following release it gained momentum in the media thanks to remixes by Busta Rhymes, Lil Kim, Juicy J, and more. If you …

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We could argue about who dominated the pop charts all summer long, but when it comes to hip-hop there is no question over who has been in control of the radio game during 2014′s hottest months.

Rae Sremmurd have risen from obscurity to international fame in about four months, and it’s thanks to the Mike Will Made It produced hit, “No Flex Zone.” The song first hit the net in May, and in the weeks following release it gained momentum in the media thanks to remixes by Busta Rhymes, Lil Kim, Juicy J, and more. If you somehow slept on the original, check out the song’s official video at the end of this post.

This weekend, the duo known as Rae Sremmurd surprised fans by releasing the long-awaited remix to “No Flex Zone.” The updated track features a new verse from the group, as well as previously released remix verses from Nicki Minaj and Pusha T. You can stream the song below:

I assume Rae Sremmurd will have another single out by the end of the year, but for now it seems the duo is perfectly fine riding the wave of fame that “No Flex Zone” has brought their way. We’ll update you when more information on their plans become available.

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UTG EXCLUSIVE: John Nolan Talks ‘Bridge And Tunnel,’ TBS, And Straylight Run http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/01/utg-exclusive-john-nolan-talks-bridge-and-tunnel-tbs-and-straylight-run/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/01/utg-exclusive-john-nolan-talks-bridge-and-tunnel-tbs-and-straylight-run/#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:00:32 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1128614 If you may have noticed, we here at Under The Gun Review are big supporters of the independent film Bridge and Tunnel, which features an overwhelming amount of talent from cast, to crew, to composers. A few months ago, we ran an interview with Ryan Hunter (NK, Envy On The Coast) where he discussed creating an original score for the film.

We are now proud to bring you an exclusive one-on-one sit-down with John Nolan, the renowned guitarist and vocalist of Taking Back Sunday. We spoke to Nolan on set of a video shoot for his track “Here …

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If you may have noticed, we here at Under The Gun Review are big supporters of the independent film Bridge and Tunnel, which features an overwhelming amount of talent from cast, to crew, to composers. A few months ago, we ran an interview with Ryan Hunter (NK, Envy On The Coast) where he discussed creating an original score for the film.

We are now proud to bring you an exclusive one-on-one sit-down with John Nolan, the renowned guitarist and vocalist of Taking Back Sunday. We spoke to Nolan on set of a video shoot for his track “Here Comes The Wolf,” an original he’d written just for Bridge and Tunnel. The video, which is yet to be released, displays a unique side of John Nolan I can assure you you’ve never seen before. The track itself is amazing and introspective, as always, and even won an award at the Long Island International Film Expo.

Check below to watch our interview where we discuss Nolan’s involvement in Bridge and Tunnel, his extensive touring with Taking Back Sunday and the likelihood of Straylight Run reforming for a 10-year anniversary of their self-titled EP.

Nolan and Brescia

Produced by: Derek Scancarelli
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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Bridge and Tunnel’ Gets Long Island Right http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/01/movie-review-bridge-and-tunnel-gets-long-island-right/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2014/09/01/movie-review-bridge-and-tunnel-gets-long-island-right/#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 14:00:58 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1128587 Film: Bridge and Tunnel
Starring: Ryan Metcalf, Arjun Gupta, Mary Kate Wiles
Directed by: Jason Michael Brescia

Simply speaking, Bridge and Tunnel is the film I didn’t know I was waiting for. Director Jason Michael Brescia follows up his 2012 release The Newest Pledge in a complete directional change. This story fuses elements of humor, realism, tragedy, and camaraderie in a tale that isn’t flashy or forced. But to be honest, I think I enjoyed this movie because I am living this movie.

The plot takes place in current day Long Island, NY, where 20-somethings struggle to pave their lives’ …

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Film: Bridge and Tunnel
Starring: Ryan Metcalf, Arjun Gupta, Mary Kate Wiles
Directed by: Jason Michael Brescia

Simply speaking, Bridge and Tunnel is the film I didn’t know I was waiting for. Director Jason Michael Brescia follows up his 2012 release The Newest Pledge in a complete directional change. This story fuses elements of humor, realism, tragedy, and camaraderie in a tale that isn’t flashy or forced. But to be honest, I think I enjoyed this movie because I am living this movie.

The plot takes place in current day Long Island, NY, where 20-somethings struggle to pave their lives’ paths in a post-educational world. In a community that has been stricken with economic collapse and a natural disaster as destructive as Hurricane Sandy, the stresses of facing adulthood make the future seem meek, underwhelming and likely just as unfulfilling. But that grim attitude can’t always reign supreme for the New York natives, as the promise of lifelong friendship will always be the driving force keeping their ship afloat.

I may not be quite at the point in my life where I’m looking to get married or have kids, but I’m sure that juncture isn’t too far off. I was born and raised in Long Island and will wholly embrace the regional quirks portrayed by the likes of Joe Murphy (Nate), Ryan Metcalf (Sal), Arjun Gupta (Terry) and the rest of the cast. Whether you’re from Queens or San Diego, every area has their own habits and go-to references. This film manages to represent the area in which it takes place, with only one or two shoehorned bagel or pizza references. It also doesn’t hurt that the male leads are perfectly complimented by some of the most talented and beautiful actresses that Brescia could’ve gotten hold of. Mary Kate Wiles (The Lizzie Bennet Diaries), Natalie Knepp (Orange Is The New Black, Think Tank) and Annet Mahendru (The Americans, The Blacklist) hold their own in charm, quirk, and purveyance.

The nuance of Bridge and Tunnel was set by a score created by Ryan Hunter (NK, Envy On The Coast) and a handful of original tracks recorded just for the soundtrack. The Long Island roots are strong with John Nolan’s (Taking Back Sunday) track “Here Come’s The Wolf” and Vinnie Caruana’s (The Movielife, I Am The Avalanche) “It’s Been Way Too Long.” If you listen close to one of the bar scenes, you’ll be sure to notice the boys in Bayside playing in the background. Rightfully so, because beer tastes better when Bayside is riffing.

Character development is key in Bridge and Tunnel. When I first finished watching the initial cut of the film, I almost felt like I was waiting for my screen to offer me episode two. That wasn’t for a lack of closure or a concise ending, but because the individual characters truly had an identity that was independent of the surrounding cast. Of course, there’s the college-educated funny guy bartender, the romantic and gullible indebted lawyer, the beautiful independent small business owner, and the devout Giants fan who thinks it’s funny to joke in his DUI counseling sessions. But even the knuckleheads in this flick show genuine depth; you can relate to them and you understand them, probably because you grew up around someone just like them.

For a feature that manages to include dramatics as upsetting as arrest, violence, drug abuse and even death, you aren’t in gut-wrenching pain by the end. I’m not sure if the filmmakers had a direct intention on how you should feel at the end, but I’d like to think it’s different for everyone that watches it. The use of killer cameos helped to counter-balance the heavier moments. I’d say the regular appearances by Mike Jones, who you may remember as the WWF wrestler “Virgil,” or stand-up comedian Kurt Metzger being arrested in an alcoholic’s counseling session add to the lighthearted positive energy. Oh, and Wass Stevens makes every scene he’s in that much better.

For those who aren’t experiencing some of the issues that the characters in the film are dealing with, it would be easy to shrug them off as “First World Problems.” But I have a bone to pick with those dismissive people. The characters of this film have always had a place to live, a car to drive, and food to eat. So have I. But that doesn’t negate the fact that having $100,000 in student debt is an enormous and depressing undertaking. It doesn’t change that those around us who may appear to be happy could be abusing prescription medication or that understanding what love is will never be an easy thing to do.

For a truly localized and independent film, Bridge and Tunnel hits the nail on the head. The acting, the original score and soundtrack and the locations are authentic and well thought out. It doesn’t hurt that it all comes together on the Long Island Rail Road; a lot of us locals know how that goes.

GRADE: A-

Review written by Derek Scancarelli

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