Under the Gun Review http://www.underthegunreview.net Entertainment news for today's generation Fri, 31 Jul 2015 20:04:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.3 The Front Bottoms Announce ‘Back On Top’ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2015/07/31/the-front-bottoms-announce-back-on-top/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2015/07/31/the-front-bottoms-announce-back-on-top/#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2015 16:01:59 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1153914 Following the release of a two surprise singles earlier this summer, The Front Bottoms have announced that their Fueled By Ramen debut, Back On Top, will arrive on September 18. Pre-order the record here, and let us know if you’re excited in the replies.

In addition, the New Jersey foursome have also unveiled the album’s lead single, “Help,” along with an accompanying music video. Check it out below.

The band will be spending pretty much the rest of the year on the road, sharing the stage with The Smith Street Band, Elvis Depressedly, and Kevin Devine. For more …

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Following the release of a two surprise singles earlier this summer, The Front Bottoms have announced that their Fueled By Ramen debut, Back On Top, will arrive on September 18. Pre-order the record here, and let us know if you’re excited in the replies.

In addition, the New Jersey foursome have also unveiled the album’s lead single, “Help,” along with an accompanying music video. Check it out below.

The band will be spending pretty much the rest of the year on the road, sharing the stage with The Smith Street Band, Elvis Depressedly, and Kevin Devine. For more details, head here.

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SINGLE REVIEW: One Direction – “Drag Me Down” http://www.underthegunreview.net/2015/07/31/single-review-one-direction-drag-me-down/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2015/07/31/single-review-one-direction-drag-me-down/#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2015 15:40:00 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1153911 Artist: One Direction
Track: “Drag Me Down”
Album: TBA

A year after “Steal My Girl” ushered in an era where the members of One Direction were focused on songs built for stadiums, “Drag Me Down” has arrived to flip the script once more.

It’s all about the energy. From the moment “Drag Me Down” kicks in there is a thick bass line guiding the entire voyage that demands your legs prepare to dance. It’s a ticking time bomb of pop sensibilities that quickly builds from the infectious first verse to a pre-chorus that pulls you in to the …

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Artist: One Direction
Track: “Drag Me Down”
Album: TBA

A year after “Steal My Girl” ushered in an era where the members of One Direction were focused on songs built for stadiums, “Drag Me Down” has arrived to flip the script once more.

It’s all about the energy. From the moment “Drag Me Down” kicks in there is a thick bass line guiding the entire voyage that demands your legs prepare to dance. It’s a ticking time bomb of pop sensibilities that quickly builds from the infectious first verse to a pre-chorus that pulls you in to the point where resistance is absolutely futile. When the chorus finally arrives, you’re in too deep to do anything except bob your head and tap your toes. The song hasn’t fully exposed itself yet, but the rising energy is palpable. You know something big is coming, but you don’t know just how it will show itself.

One Direction have never been the masters of surprise in pop music. Their albums play like rollercoasters of sugar-coated emotions. They’re fun and just diverse enough to keep you on your toes, but you know there is nothing that will come out of left field and take you by surprise. That isn’t what One Direction fans want, after all. They want these boys turned men to be the crooning heartthrobs they’ve always been, and to an extent they are, but “Drag Me Down” is proof there is so much more to their abilities as a group that we have yet to see put on display.

Really, “Drag Me Down” is exactly what One Direction need to release at this point in their career. Rumors of break-ups have been circling since the departure of Zayn Malik earlier in the year, and they’ve only grown stronger since news broke that Louis Tomlinson will soon be a father. The group is at a crossroads where they can either fall back on the incredibly simple, yet undeniable catchy sound that made them international sensations, or they can try and find something new to explore. “Drag Me Down,” while quite infectious, is that something new the group needs. It’s musically complex, with easy to learn lyrics and a hook that just won’t quit without being anything like the material found on the group’s previous albums. It’s new, and in the ever-disposable world of pop music new is everything.

It’s probably too early to make any assumptions about what other new ideas One Direction will have to share on their upcoming album, but “Drag Me Down” is proof this so-called boy band still have a lot of gas in their tank. While previous generations of pop groups have fallen off after one, two, or even three strong albums, One Direction seem determined to become a group that delivers strong, inexplicably fun releases for as long as there are people who want to see them perform. Even if they do decide to one day hang it up, I imagine a future where the members return to the stage like New Kids On The Block have in recent years is not entirely outside the realm of possibility. If that is indeed the case, you can bet your ass I’ll be there singing along with every single song.

Written by: James Shotwell

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The Wonder Years Stream New Single, “Cigarettes & Saints” http://www.underthegunreview.net/2015/07/31/the-wonder-years-stream-new-single-cigarettes-saints/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2015/07/31/the-wonder-years-stream-new-single-cigarettes-saints/#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2015 15:20:54 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1153890 The Wonder Years have given us a second taste of their forthcoming album, No Closer To Heaven, in the form of a brand new single titled “Cigarettes & Saints.”

The Pennsylvania outfit’s latest offering finds Dan Campbell and company pushing their craft to wondrous new heights, both lyrically and instrumentally. While TWY have always stood head and shoulders above their peers thanks to their airtight composition, the band’s newest track is without a doubt some of their most concrete work to date, which is pretty wild considering their near-flawless back catalogue. Listen in below, and let us know what …

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The Wonder Years have given us a second taste of their forthcoming album, No Closer To Heaven, in the form of a brand new single titled “Cigarettes & Saints.”

The Pennsylvania outfit’s latest offering finds Dan Campbell and company pushing their craft to wondrous new heights, both lyrically and instrumentally. While TWY have always stood head and shoulders above their peers thanks to their airtight composition, the band’s newest track is without a doubt some of their most concrete work to date, which is pretty wild considering their near-flawless back catalogue. Listen in below, and let us know what you think in the comments.

No Closer To Heaven hits shelves on September 4 through Hopeless Records. Pre-orders are ongoing.

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Matthew Morgan Shares Live Video For New Song, “All Those Tears” http://www.underthegunreview.net/2015/07/31/matthew-morgan-shares-live-video-for-new-song-all-those-tears/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2015/07/31/matthew-morgan-shares-live-video-for-new-song-all-those-tears/#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2015 12:50:41 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1153895 We recently had the chance to speak with singer-songwriter Matthew Morgan about everything from his newest EP, Empathy For Inanimate Objects, to the personal and relatable nature of his delivery. “I think it’s a culmination of years of living, successes and failures; over time your exterior ego gets broken down and it becomes more important to just be true to yourself,” Morgan explained.

One of his newest tracks, which he’s been playing live, titled “All Those Tears,” very much continues that trend. Morgan recently shared a live video from Raw Foot Productions for the song that he and his …

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We recently had the chance to speak with singer-songwriter Matthew Morgan about everything from his newest EP, Empathy For Inanimate Objects, to the personal and relatable nature of his delivery. “I think it’s a culmination of years of living, successes and failures; over time your exterior ego gets broken down and it becomes more important to just be true to yourself,” Morgan explained.

One of his newest tracks, which he’s been playing live, titled “All Those Tears,” very much continues that trend. Morgan recently shared a live video from Raw Foot Productions for the song that he and his band members performed at The Store in Chicago, Illinois recently. You can watch the beautiful performance below and check out more of Matthew Morgan’s music on his Bandcamp page.

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UTG PREMIERE: Thundercloud Kid – “Bad News for Blue Eyes” http://www.underthegunreview.net/2015/07/30/utg-premiere-thundercloud-kid-bad-news-for-blue-eyes/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2015/07/30/utg-premiere-thundercloud-kid-bad-news-for-blue-eyes/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 22:58:22 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1153885 It’s never too late in the day for a great music premiere, right?

We have been outspoken about our love for the upstate New York music scene for as long as I can remember at this point. It seems like every band that comes out of Buffalo or the surrounding area not only has something to say, but a unique way to say it as well, and that is again the case with newcomers Thundercloud Kid. Their sound is one part pop punk, two parts indie, and just a bit old school rock and roll. Sound good? Just wait …

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It’s never too late in the day for a great music premiere, right?

We have been outspoken about our love for the upstate New York music scene for as long as I can remember at this point. It seems like every band that comes out of Buffalo or the surrounding area not only has something to say, but a unique way to say it as well, and that is again the case with newcomers Thundercloud Kid. Their sound is one part pop punk, two parts indie, and just a bit old school rock and roll. Sound good? Just wait till you hear it.

Today, we have the absolute honor of premiering Thundercloud Kid’s “Bad News For Blue Eyes” music video. The track is taken from the group’s new EP, Songs About the Hopeless and Mourning, which arrives in stores on August 28. You can view the video below.

We don’t know a lot about what Thundercloud Kid have planned for the future, but we know we cannot wait for Songs About the Hopeless and Mourning to hit our inbox. If you feel the same, comment below and make yourself known!

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UTG PREMIERE: The Hollywood Kills – “Señorita” http://www.underthegunreview.net/2015/07/30/utg-premiere-the-hollywood-kills-senorita/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2015/07/30/utg-premiere-the-hollywood-kills-senorita/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 17:15:13 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1153878 Coming straight off the band’s newest EP, Episode IV, is The Hollywood Kills‘ latest single, “Señorita.” The track is a clever and fun number—capturing a burlesque-infused sounbd of swing rock ‘n’ roll not unlike that heard in the early numbers of The Dear Hunter’s Act II.

It’s a totally sassy song, the chorus is vibrant and the entire track will make you want to swing your hips. If good bourbon had a soundtrack, this song would be one of the premier numbers.

The band had this to say about the new track:

“This song is an ode

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Coming straight off the band’s newest EP, Episode IV, is The Hollywood Kills‘ latest single, “Señorita.” The track is a clever and fun number—capturing a burlesque-infused sounbd of swing rock ‘n’ roll not unlike that heard in the early numbers of The Dear Hunter’s Act II.

It’s a totally sassy song, the chorus is vibrant and the entire track will make you want to swing your hips. If good bourbon had a soundtrack, this song would be one of the premier numbers.

The band had this to say about the new track:

“This song is an ode to all the crazy women we’ve met and loved while being young musicians, and in many ways an ode to how crazy we’ve been during those times as well.”

Listen to “Señorita” in full below and leave your thoughts in the comments. Episode IV—the band’s (you guessed it) fourth release—is due out later this year.

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’ Has Thrills, Laughs, Cruise http://www.underthegunreview.net/2015/07/29/movie-review-mission-impossible-rogue-nation-has-thrills-laughs-cruise/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2015/07/29/movie-review-mission-impossible-rogue-nation-has-thrills-laughs-cruise/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 17:53:00 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1153867 Film: Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
Starring: Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner
Directed by: Christopher McQuarrie

As you may have seen in the trailers, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation sports the most dangerous stunt yet: Tom Cruise hanging from the side of a cargo plane as it takes off. No matter how silly that sounds, the new entry into the espionage franchise steeps these death-defying acts in an admirable amount of reality. Rogue Nation is the thrilling cross-section between screwball comedy and cloak-and-dagger noir; all adding up to the most fun you will have this summer in a theater. …

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Film: Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
Starring: Tom Cruise, Rebecca Ferguson, Jeremy Renner
Directed by: Christopher McQuarrie

As you may have seen in the trailers, Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation sports the most dangerous stunt yet: Tom Cruise hanging from the side of a cargo plane as it takes off. No matter how silly that sounds, the new entry into the espionage franchise steeps these death-defying acts in an admirable amount of reality. Rogue Nation is the thrilling cross-section between screwball comedy and cloak-and-dagger noir; all adding up to the most fun you will have this summer in a theater. You know, behind Mad Max: Fury Road, of course.

Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise), seeming a tad aged and more fragile, is on the run after the new director of the CIA, Hunley (Alec Baldwin), shuts down the IMF (Impossible Mission Force) and deems Hunt a rogue agent. Hunt will stop at nothing to dismantle an incognito crime force filled with ex-spies, dubbed “The Syndicate.” Although Hunley is chasing him down, Hunt drags in his old pals Benji (Simon Pegg), Luther (Ving Rhames) and Brandt (Jeremy Renner) for some much-needed assistance. There’s also Ilsa (Rebecca Ferguson), the flirtatious British spy who can maybe be trusted? Or not? You’ll see.

Tom Cruise is one of the last actual movie stars alive. The kind that lifts even the worst movies to watchable levels because of his/her commitment to livening up the material. Rogue Nation makes a statement about his age and legend status early on in the movie. A secretary meant to give Hunt a recording from IMF headquarters utters “are the legends true about you?” Cruise only beams that million-dollar smile. Baldwin’s Hunley even warns the Prime Minister of Britain that Hunt is the “living manifestation of destiny.” Sure, these lines mine for laughs but there’s a deeper truth here that director/writer Chris McQuarrie is building upon: Cruise, despite his age, defies the lofty praise that most people give him. He is that legend.

McQuarrie, whose unfairly maligned neo-noir Jack Reacher deserved much more praise than it got, is clearly having fun directing the material. When Cruise’s Hunt isn’t risking himself to grab physical MacGuffins to further the plot, McQuarrie is showing off his noir fetishism. That means canted angles, villains in trench coats and characters’ respective profiles drenched in shadows. When the plot is at its most convoluted, he swiftly moves into another action set piece to keep the thrills at breakneck speed. There’s a certain scene at an opera house in the film that may become the most memorable of the franchise, fantastically building up tension and then pulling out the rug when you’re brain can’t handle any more waiting. Even in a car chase, McQuarrie keeps inserting awe-striking moments to deter from the norm. The Mission: Impossible franchise is auteur-driven and Rogue Nation may be the slickest one of them all.

This is where I gush over Rogue Nation’s noir and old-timey musical sensibilities. To correctly describe the sexual tension between Cruise and Ferguson, one will need to look back at Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. The way Cruise and Ferguson dispatch baddies clearly stronger than them is balletic, shooting people the way Astaire and Rogers danced: cheek-to-cheek. The big baddie played by Sean Harris is almost like Peter Lorre without the bulging eyes but still with the stoically crazed stare and gravely voice. When Hunt is bleeding out and Harris’ baddie is slowly walking towards him, the canted angles arrive and the callbacks to Hitchcock and Carol Reed come to complete fruition.

That isn’t to say that things are always that foreboding and bathed in dark colors, Rogue Nation undercuts whatever references listed above with screwball humor. Jokes are made about Hunt’s height and physical prowess, people randomly fall down and the whole team acts utterly astonished at Ilsa’s fighting abilities. There’s even one long running gag that centers on chipping away at Alec Baldwin’s real-life immense vanity; his smoldering pursed-lips façade crumbling at the foot of Hunt stumbling into success to prove him wrong. Pegg, the comedic centerpiece since Mission: Impossible 3 comes back to crack jokes at Hunt almost dying too many times and to yell loudly when things are at their most ridiculous.

So there it is, Rogue Nation is a petri dish of blockbuster action strengthened by McQuarrie’s physically comedic and noir sensibilities. This coming Friday, go see it on the biggest screen possible. Also, Rebecca Ferguson is about to become a household name. Wait and see.

GRADE: A-

Review written by: Sam Cohen (Follow him on Twitter!)

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The Wonder Years Announce Record Store Acoustic Shows http://www.underthegunreview.net/2015/07/29/the-wonder-years-announce-record-store-acoustic-shows/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2015/07/29/the-wonder-years-announce-record-store-acoustic-shows/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 14:00:30 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1153854 After having released the new music video for their upcoming album’s lead single last month, Philadelphia’s finest, The Wonder Years, have just announced a series of in-store acoustic shows and singings for late August/early September.

The band will be playing a number of intimate shows in different record stores across the East and West coasts in support of the aforementioned upcoming fifth studio album, entitled No Closer To Heaven, which is due out on September 4 via Hopeless Records.

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After having released the new music video for their upcoming album’s lead single last month, Philadelphia’s finest, The Wonder Years, have just announced a series of in-store acoustic shows and singings for late August/early September.

The band will be playing a number of intimate shows in different record stores across the East and West coasts in support of the aforementioned upcoming fifth studio album, entitled No Closer To Heaven, which is due out on September 4 via Hopeless Records.

Pre-orders for the album can be purchased here. You can check out a full list of tour dates below. In the meantime, you can catch the full band on the remaining dates of the Vans Warped Tour this summer.

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August 29 – Fingerprints – Long Beach, CA @ 2:30PM
August 29 – Rhino Records – Claremont, CA @ 7:30PM
August 30 – Zia Records – Las Vegas, NV @ 6:00PM
August 31 – Shuga Records – Chicago, IL @ 7:00PM
September 1 – Dearborn Music – Dearborn, MI @ 6:00PM
September 2 – Magnolia Thunderpussy – Columbus, OH @ 6:00PM
September 3 – Gallery of Sound – Wilkes-Barre, PA @ 6:00PM
September 4 – Siren Records – Doylestown, PA @ 7:00PM
September 5 – FYE – Philadelphia, PA @ 1:00PM
September 5 – Sound Garden – Baltimore, MD @ 7:00PM
September 6 – Vintage Vinyl – Fords, NJ @ 6:00PM
September 7 – Looney Tunes – West Babylon, NY @ 6:00PM
September 9 – Rough Trade Records – Brooklyn, NY @ 6:00PM
September 10 – Newbury Comics – Boston, MA @ 6:00PM

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The Weeknd Releases Music Video For “Can’t Feel My Face” http://www.underthegunreview.net/2015/07/29/the-weeknd-releases-music-video-for-cant-feel-my-face/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2015/07/29/the-weeknd-releases-music-video-for-cant-feel-my-face/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 13:50:59 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1153851 Abel Tesfaye, more famously known as The Weeknd, has had a huge year thus far.

With three radio hits sitting nicely on top of the charts and a sophomore album on the way this summer, the Canadian R&B recording artist has come a long way ever since he opened up for Justin Timberlake‘s The 20/20 Experience tour in 2013, and especially since his first widely available mixtape in 2011.

Today he has released an AppleMusic exclusive video for his newest hit, “Can’t Feel My Face.” The video features Tesfaye literally unable to feel his face shortly after catching …

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Abel Tesfaye, more famously known as The Weeknd, has had a huge year thus far.

With three radio hits sitting nicely on top of the charts and a sophomore album on the way this summer, the Canadian R&B recording artist has come a long way ever since he opened up for Justin Timberlake‘s The 20/20 Experience tour in 2013, and especially since his first widely available mixtape in 2011.

Today he has released an AppleMusic exclusive video for his newest hit, “Can’t Feel My Face.” The video features Tesfaye literally unable to feel his face shortly after catching on fire while performing on stage at a bar. To the crowd’s entertainment, he continues to sing and dance. You can check out the new music video below.

The radio single is taken from Beauty And The Madness, which is due out on August 28.

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Drake Buries Meek Mill With “Back To Back” Freestyle http://www.underthegunreview.net/2015/07/29/drake-back-to-back-mp3/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2015/07/29/drake-back-to-back-mp3/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 13:36:31 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1153864 Several days have passed since Drake responded to Meek Mill‘s claims of hiring ghostwriters with his chill, yet vicious “Charged Up” freestyle. You may have thought Meek would have responded by now, and if that’s the case you are not alone. Everyone was expecting the Maybach Music Group member to retaliate to Drake’s line, which he himself called “Baby lotion soft” over Twitter, but here we are at 9:30 AM on Wednesday and Meek remains silent.

Drake, on the other hand, has something more to say.

Raising the bar to a height I’m not sure Meek Mill has ever …

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Several days have passed since Drake responded to Meek Mill‘s claims of hiring ghostwriters with his chill, yet vicious “Charged Up” freestyle. You may have thought Meek would have responded by now, and if that’s the case you are not alone. Everyone was expecting the Maybach Music Group member to retaliate to Drake’s line, which he himself called “Baby lotion soft” over Twitter, but here we are at 9:30 AM on Wednesday and Meek remains silent.

Drake, on the other hand, has something more to say.

Raising the bar to a height I’m not sure Meek Mill has ever reached in his entire career, Drake just delivered a knockout blow to the Dreams Worth More Than Money creator with a new freestyle titled “Back To Back.” If “Charged Up” left you feeling like Drake was still holding back, this is the track that will reassure you the “6 God” is as wise and skilled as ever. You can stream the track below.

The smartest move Drake has made in this short-lived beef with Meek Mill is referencing the things people say about him in his own raps. Just like Eminem’s character in 8 Mile, Drake’s decision to refer to himself as a “singing n***a” basically does away with Meek’s ability to call him soft or ‘not from the streets.’ Drake isn’t claiming to be anything except himself, and he knows when it comes to that Meek Mill is going to find it hard to locate a flaw.

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Deafheaven Announce New Album, ‘New Bermuda’ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2015/07/29/deafheaven-announce-new-album-new-bermuda/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2015/07/29/deafheaven-announce-new-album-new-bermuda/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 13:30:07 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1153848 Pacing themselves nicely after the release of their sophomore album Sunbather in 2013, San Francisco metal five-piece Deafheaven have announced that they will be releasing new music this fall.

Entitled New Bermuda, the five-track LP will be released through ANTI-, an Epitaph Records sister label, on October 2. The band reports that the album was recorded in April with producer Jack Shirley. You can check out a short teaser here.

Pre-orders are now available here. You can check out the new album’s cover art and track listing below.

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Track list:
01 Brought to the Water
02 Luna…

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Pacing themselves nicely after the release of their sophomore album Sunbather in 2013, San Francisco metal five-piece Deafheaven have announced that they will be releasing new music this fall.

Entitled New Bermuda, the five-track LP will be released through ANTI-, an Epitaph Records sister label, on October 2. The band reports that the album was recorded in April with producer Jack Shirley. You can check out a short teaser here.

Pre-orders are now available here. You can check out the new album’s cover art and track listing below.

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Track list:
01 Brought to the Water
02 Luna
03 Baby Blue
04 Come Back
05 Gifts for the Earth

*feature photo courtesy of Kristen Coffer

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Vacation’ Isn’t Worth The Trip Down Holiday Road http://www.underthegunreview.net/2015/07/28/movie-review-vacation-isnt-worth-the-trip-down-holiday-road/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2015/07/28/movie-review-vacation-isnt-worth-the-trip-down-holiday-road/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 18:30:47 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1153815 Film: Vacation
Starring: Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Chris Hemsworth
Directed by: Jonathan M. Goldstein, John Francis Daley

Vacation–the successor to the last entry in the National Lampoon comedy series–opens on a series of pictures depicting seemingly idyllic families enjoying their vacations. In ye olde National Lampoon fashion, there are also a few visual gags centered on puking and erections (luckily, not in the same frame). From the get-go, this spiritual sequel (reboot? who cares?) is already trying to bring back the kind of humor that made the original quadrilogy so famous. Instead of relying on sight gags and absurdist …

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Film: Vacation
Starring: Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Chris Hemsworth
Directed by: Jonathan M. Goldstein, John Francis Daley

Vacation–the successor to the last entry in the National Lampoon comedy series–opens on a series of pictures depicting seemingly idyllic families enjoying their vacations. In ye olde National Lampoon fashion, there are also a few visual gags centered on puking and erections (luckily, not in the same frame). From the get-go, this spiritual sequel (reboot? who cares?) is already trying to bring back the kind of humor that made the original quadrilogy so famous. Instead of relying on sight gags and absurdist humor (there’s an incest gag in the original film, people), Vacation follows a new family versed in more smarm than charm.

Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms) finds that his wife, Debbie (Christina Applegate), and two sons, James (Skyler Gisondo) and Kevin (Steele Stebbins) are stuck in neutral in every day life. Upon the eve of their yearly miserable vacation to a cabin in Michigan, Rusty comes up with an idea that will bring his family back together: take them to Walley World like Rusty’s father, Clark (Chevy Chase), did when he was a kid. Hijinks then ensue on the long road from Chicago to San Francisco when Rusty’s good but oblivious nature drive the family into seemingly comedic but uncomfortable situations.

Vacation is designed to be a laugh-a-minute comedy, raising the bar on jokes in quick succession so that the viewer won’t know what hit them when things come to a lull. The problem here is that the laughs are too few and bar between as droning lulls take over the 100-minute runtime. The film takes a meta route in the beginning, blatantly addressing that the film is indeed a sequel of some sorts and that it will stand on its own despite being tied to predecessors. Sure, this worked for 21 and 22 Jump Street. The problem here is that although the film desires to veer off course, it’s not the right one to be taken. It’s much more interested in doling out mean-spirited jokes revolving around things like Debbie’s sexually explorative past and James’ awkward inability to understand anything about puberty and growing up. The gags thrown around demean the characters instead of functioning as some quirky or offbeat quality, making the moments of emotional conflict fall flat.

Where the original family functioned as an understanding caricature of the normal picturesque family with issues, this one relies on gross-out gags to keep the wheels rolling. Luckily, there’s a steady stream of cameos to deter your attention from whatever dumb thing the Griswold family takes part in next. The saving grace of the film comes in the form of Leslie Mann and Chris Hemsworth, who play Rusty’s sister and her husband. Mann and Hemsworth seem attuned to the shoddy material, heightening themselves to the lofty caricatures that the material calls for, milking every worthy morsel out of their presence. Plus, as you may well know, Leslie Mann is so flawlessly great at bringing humanism to the most crazed of situations. Also, Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo (the original Griswold patriarch and matriarch) show up for a quick cameo to restore faith in Rusty that he’s a good father doing the right thing. Must have been a nice paycheck. When you wait until this releases on Blu-ray and DVD, because you should, fast-forward to the end to watch a really funny fist-fight between the Griswolds and another family to the tune of Sleigh Bells’ “Crown on the Ground.”

Vacation isn’t the worst thing to happen to comedy recently. Seriously, I hope not to see hot-takes on the film decrying “it ruined my childhood!” this weekend. After all, this one is written and directed by the same guys behind Horrible Bosses 2. So it could definitely be worse.

GRADE: D+

Review written by: Sam Cohen (Follow him on Twitter!)

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Circa Survive Announce 10-Year Anniversary Tour, Deluxe Vinyl Reissues For ‘Juturna’ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2015/07/28/circa-survive-announce-10-year-anniversary-tour-deluxe-vinyl-reissues-for-juturna/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2015/07/28/circa-survive-announce-10-year-anniversary-tour-deluxe-vinyl-reissues-for-juturna/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 16:49:56 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1153833 As suspected, due to their semi-cryptic teases online last week, Circa Survive have announced the long-awaited ten-year anniversary tour for their fan-favorite debut LP, Juturna. Throughout October and November, the band will share the stage with RX Bandits and at least one TBA band for several shows around the US and Canada. Those dates can seen below.

Furthermore, the band has released pre-orders for a 3xLP deluxe vinyl reissue of Juturna with a ton of bonus tracks and extended artwork. The set is limited to 2,500 copies so get your orders in ASAP. VIP tickets for the tour, which …

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As suspected, due to their semi-cryptic teases online last week, Circa Survive have announced the long-awaited ten-year anniversary tour for their fan-favorite debut LP, Juturna. Throughout October and November, the band will share the stage with RX Bandits and at least one TBA band for several shows around the US and Canada. Those dates can seen below.

Furthermore, the band has released pre-orders for a 3xLP deluxe vinyl reissue of Juturna with a ton of bonus tracks and extended artwork. The set is limited to 2,500 copies so get your orders in ASAP. VIP tickets for the tour, which include a bunch of goodies and an exclusive acoustic performance are on sale now. General admission tickets will go on sale this Friday, July 31 at 10am local time.

Taking to Facebook today, frontman Anthony Green shares:

“This fall we’ll be touring North America celebrating the 10 year anniversary of ‘Juturna’ by performing the record in its entirety. It’s hard to believe this album is ten years old because it still means so much to me. It’s the first chapter in the story of Circa Survive and I owe so much to it. Playing these songs is like reading a message I wrote to myself from the past and I can’t wait celebrate them with new and old fans. – Anthony”

Circa tour

Circa Survive w/RX Bandits and TBA
Oct 23 New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater
Oct 24 Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live!
Oct 25 Boston, MA @ House of Blues
Oct 27 Montreal, QC @ Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre
Oct 28 Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall
Oct 30 Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s
Oct 31 Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
Nov 01 Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
Nov 02 Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights
Nov 04 Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
Nov 05 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
Nov 07 Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
Nov 08 Seattle, WA @ Showbox At The Market
Nov 10 San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom
Nov 13 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
Nov 14 Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Expo Hall
Nov 15 Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee
Nov 17 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
Nov 18 San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
Nov 19 Houston, TX @ House of Blues
Nov 21 Tampa, FL @ The Ritz Ybor
Nov 22 Orlando, FL @ House of Blues
Nov 23 Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
Nov 25 Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
Nov 27 Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
Nov 28 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom

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Day Wave Premieres New Video For “Drag” http://www.underthegunreview.net/2015/07/28/day-wave-premieres-new-video-for-drag/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2015/07/28/day-wave-premieres-new-video-for-drag/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 16:11:15 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1153828 Day Wave has shared a new music video for his track “Drag,” a particularly contagious cut off his excellent debut EP, Headcase.

The camcorder-shot clip follows one-man-band Jackson Phillips as he wanders around the Bay Area, traversing mountainsides and tiptoeing down train tracks. Check it out after the break, and let us know if you’re a fan in the comments section.

Phillips will spend the latter half of September on the road, tearing up the West Coast alongside Blonde Redhead. A full itinerary can additionally be found below.

Day Wave Tour Dates:

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Day Wave has shared a new music video for his track “Drag,” a particularly contagious cut off his excellent debut EP, Headcase.

The camcorder-shot clip follows one-man-band Jackson Phillips as he wanders around the Bay Area, traversing mountainsides and tiptoeing down train tracks. Check it out after the break, and let us know if you’re a fan in the comments section.

Phillips will spend the latter half of September on the road, tearing up the West Coast alongside Blonde Redhead. A full itinerary can additionally be found below.

Day Wave Tour Dates:

8/4/15 San Francisco, CA @ Phoenix Hotel
8/8/15 San Francisco, CA @ Brick & Mortar – Outside Lands Aftershow
8/19/15 New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
9/15/15 Seattle, WA @ Neptune *
9/17/15 Vancouver, Canada @ Imperial *
9/19/15 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom *
9/21/15 San Francisco, CA @ The Independent *
9/23/15 Los Angeles, CA @ Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock *
9/24/15 Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Bar *
9/26/15 San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
* supporting Blonde Redhead

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UTG PREMIERE: Look Out Love – “Never Know” http://www.underthegunreview.net/2015/07/28/utg-premiere-look-out-love-never-know/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2015/07/28/utg-premiere-look-out-love-never-know/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 14:40:46 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1153816 Pop rock’s never sounded so luscious.

That’s the first thing that comes to mind when hearing Look Out Love’s new single, “Never Know.” The song swings and grooves and contains one of the most passionately unique vocal deliveries for a pop rock song released in recent memory. It mixes elements of an indie rock nature while still staying true to a pop rock backbone — the best of both avenues.

The song comes off of Look Out Love’s new EP, Oh Boy, which is due out Sept. 1. Look Out Love mastermind Jordan Benker had this to say …

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Pop rock’s never sounded so luscious.

That’s the first thing that comes to mind when hearing Look Out Love’s new single, “Never Know.” The song swings and grooves and contains one of the most passionately unique vocal deliveries for a pop rock song released in recent memory. It mixes elements of an indie rock nature while still staying true to a pop rock backbone — the best of both avenues.

The song comes off of Look Out Love’s new EP, Oh Boy, which is due out Sept. 1. Look Out Love mastermind Jordan Benker had this to say about the new release:

“If there was a way to sum up what the future of Look Out Love holds, it would be the Oh Boy EP. These 4 songs all have a certain raw and real persona, and each track stands out with their own unique Look Out Love quirks. The range of emotions felt on the record spans a pretty large scale, and it’s only a plus that each song will make you want to dance.”

Listen to “Never Know” now and leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Watch Leon Bridges Perform “Coming Home” Acoustic http://www.underthegunreview.net/2015/07/28/watch-leon-bridges-perform-coming-home-acoustic/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2015/07/28/watch-leon-bridges-perform-coming-home-acoustic/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 13:47:55 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1153813 2015 is the year of Leon Bridges. In a time where everyone is fighting over social media about whether or not they get the opportunities or co-signs they deserve, Bridges is focused solely on resurrecting a long lost sound that is desperately needed in today’s music climate. We have been following his rise since the fall of 2014, and with the release of Coming Home in June he took yet another step towards being the international sensation we know he will eventually become.

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2015 is the year of Leon Bridges. In a time where everyone is fighting over social media about whether or not they get the opportunities or co-signs they deserve, Bridges is focused solely on resurrecting a long lost sound that is desperately needed in today’s music climate. We have been following his rise since the fall of 2014, and with the release of Coming Home in June he took yet another step towards being the international sensation we know he will eventually become.

Recently, Bridges made a trip to New York to create a unique acoustic visual for his debut album’s title track. The final product is a essentially a five-minute story capturing the feelings behind the song, as well as a breathtaking performance set in the partially-restored Old Bronx Borough Courthouse. You can view the clip below.

Having literally written over five-thousand words about Bridges and his impending superstardom I am at a loss for what more needs to be said to sell you on his talents. This video more than speaks for itself, as does the majority of his catalog. If you aren’t on the Leon Bridges bandwagon then you’re late to the party. Get your dancing shoes on and catch up with the rest of us.

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Rustie’s Remix Of Ginuwine’s “Pony” Might Change Your Life http://www.underthegunreview.net/2015/07/28/ginuwine-pony-remix-rustie/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2015/07/28/ginuwine-pony-remix-rustie/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 13:25:41 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1153809 Magic Mike XXL was everything fans of the series could have hope it would be, but yesterday we discovered one unused song from the film that might have made things even better.

EDM favorite Rustie revealed to the world Monday afternoon that he had created a remix of Ginuwine’s classic track “Pony” for the Channing Tatum-led sequel, but the song was ultimately cut from the film ahead of its official release. Rustie didn’t know what to do with the song otherwise, so he decided to throw it up online for fans to enjoy. You can stream the track below.

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Magic Mike XXL was everything fans of the series could have hope it would be, but yesterday we discovered one unused song from the film that might have made things even better.

EDM favorite Rustie revealed to the world Monday afternoon that he had created a remix of Ginuwine’s classic track “Pony” for the Channing Tatum-led sequel, but the song was ultimately cut from the film ahead of its official release. Rustie didn’t know what to do with the song otherwise, so he decided to throw it up online for fans to enjoy. You can stream the track below.

I’m never the first person to lose their mind over a remix, but Rustie has done something special with “Pony” that I cannot properly describe. The song is as infectious as ever, but there are several new tracks in the mix that make the entire affair feel downright futuristic. Hopefully a download becomes available soon.

You can probably still catch Magic Mike XXL in theaters, and if that’s the case we highly suggest you do before it leaves the big screen forever. It’s a silly movie, but it’s also a whole lot of fun.

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘I Am Chris Farley’ Adds Nothing New, Still Manages To Be Funny http://www.underthegunreview.net/2015/07/27/movie-review-i-am-chris-farley-adds-nothing-new-still-manages-to-be-funny/ http://www.underthegunreview.net/2015/07/27/movie-review-i-am-chris-farley-adds-nothing-new-still-manages-to-be-funny/#comments Mon, 27 Jul 2015 20:17:52 +0000 http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1153795 Film: I Am Chris Farley
Directed by: Brent Hodge, Derik Murray

Chris Farley, that bubbly, rambunctious, endearing, laugh-a-minute inducing lovable Saturday Night Live comedian, is the subject of the new talking heads doc, I Am Chris Farley. Despite sporting a title that could be misread for Farley talking directly to the viewer, directors Brent Hodge (A Brony Tale) and Derik Murray (I Am Bruce Lee) make the 92-minute running time feel swift with archival footage from Farley’s best skits and first-hand accounts of his comedic prowess. The main narrative of the film may be scattershot, …

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Film: I Am Chris Farley
Directed by: Brent Hodge, Derik Murray

Chris Farley, that bubbly, rambunctious, endearing, laugh-a-minute inducing lovable Saturday Night Live comedian, is the subject of the new talking heads doc, I Am Chris Farley. Despite sporting a title that could be misread for Farley talking directly to the viewer, directors Brent Hodge (A Brony Tale) and Derik Murray (I Am Bruce Lee) make the 92-minute running time feel swift with archival footage from Farley’s best skits and first-hand accounts of his comedic prowess. The main narrative of the film may be scattershot, the ruminations on drug abuse may be surface-level and the testimonials may be repetitive, but Farley’s effervescent spirit leaks through every minute of the film.

Farley passed away in December of 1997 from an accidental drug overdose, sending a shockwave through the comedy community that he was a member of. We might know him as the loser-turned-hero in Tommy Boy or the angry bus driver in Billy Madison, but those close to him knew him as one of the most kind-hearted and gentle men to grace the earth. I Am Chris Farley is the attempt to humanize a man that has already been humanized.

Christina Applegate, Tom Arnold, Bo Derek, Jon Lovitz, Bob Saget, Will Sasso, Molly Shannon, David Spade and Mike Myers. These are only a few of the comedians and comediennes who lend their personal accounts of Farley to the film. Stories include behind-the-scenes looks into the Chippendales skit on SNL with Patrick Swayze to the development of Matt Foley, the motivational speaker made famous for screaming “when you live in a van down by the river!” These stories function as loose vignettes, all serving all but one ordinary purpose: to humanize the subject at the center of the film.

Humanization isn’t something the subject needs, though. For those who grew up watching Farley’s talents, it was incredibly easy to see the man’s eagerness to please. He had a way about him that would fill a room with cheer and joy, even if he were being seen through a television screen. Drug abuse and the parasitic qualities of stardom resembled the side of his life that the general public was kept from seeing. To an extent, that’s a good thing. When we delve too much into other people’s affairs—people we have little personal knowledge of—things become borderline voyeuristic and we start becoming the people who drive people like Farley into isolation. On the other hand, curiosity kills the cat. People want to know about the events that conspired around his death and how he got there. That’s human nature, and for the most part, people want a deeper understanding because they have an admiration or love for people like Farley.

Alas, though, this isn’t that type of movie. If you’re looking for some emotionally hard-hitting record that paints a rounded portrait of Farley, warts and all, then you’ll have to look elsewhere. If you want to bide your time with hearing famous comedians pontificate about the man they knew and loved—most of the time to a very funny degree—then I Am Chris Farley is for you.

GRADE: B-

I Am Chris Farley opens this Friday in major markets before heading to VOD on August 11. For more information, head on over to the website: http://www.iamchrisfarley.com/

Review written by: Sam Cohen (Follow him on Twitter!)

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