Under the Gun Review Entertainment news for today's generation 2015-05-22T19:25:16Z http://www.underthegunreview.net/feed/atom/ WordPress John Bazley <![CDATA[Mixtapes Releases Gigantic Compilation Of Rarities, B-Sides, Non-Album Tracks]]> http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1151486 2015-05-22T19:25:16Z 2015-05-22T19:25:16Z Mixtapes has always been a favorite around here at UTG, so it broke our hearts last year when the band announced that they’d be calling it quits. Today, the band has released These Are Us, an enormous collection of twenty-three songs from splits, b-sides, rarities, and non-album tracks that almost fill the Mixtapes-sized hole in our hearts.

There are quite a few songs here that don’t surpass the sixty-second mark and were clearly recorded as jokes – look no further than “Chicka Chicka Chicka Chicka Chicka” which features a pitch-corrected Ryan Rockwell singing about a dance, seemingly off the …

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Mixtapes has always been a favorite around here at UTG, so it broke our hearts last year when the band announced that they’d be calling it quits. Today, the band has released These Are Us, an enormous collection of twenty-three songs from splits, b-sides, rarities, and non-album tracks that almost fill the Mixtapes-sized hole in our hearts.

There are quite a few songs here that don’t surpass the sixty-second mark and were clearly recorded as jokes – look no further than “Chicka Chicka Chicka Chicka Chicka” which features a pitch-corrected Ryan Rockwell singing about a dance, seemingly off the top of his head. Elsewhere, you’ll find some classic Mixtapes songs like the elusive Even On The Worst Nights b-side, “Coffee Party,” and the Ryan’s despised “Hey Baby,” which is near impossible to get through without laughing. Even as a big Mixtapes fan, there are few great songs here that I’ve never heard like “I Was A Teenage Poltergeist” and a cover of The Hold Steady’s “Your Little Hoodrat Friend.” The compilation ends with an utterly ridiculous, fifteen-minute freestyle.

You can download These Are Us here via Paper and Plastick.

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James Shotwell <![CDATA[The Ongoing Concept May Be The Most Interesting Band Of 2015]]> http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1151483 2015-05-22T16:06:17Z 2015-05-22T16:06:17Z Have you heard about The Ongoing Concept? Formed in 2010, this four-piece rock band have been garnering a lot of attention for Handmade, their upcoming album release on Solid State Records. Part of the reason for that attention is the band’s unique approach to creating their album, which found them building every instrument used from scratch, and part of it has to do with the fact there are very few bands playing the kind of hard-hitting and emotionally-driven music the band deliver.

Today, May 22, The Ongoing Concept took their DIY approach one step further by releasing their …

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Have you heard about The Ongoing Concept? Formed in 2010, this four-piece rock band have been garnering a lot of attention for Handmade, their upcoming album release on Solid State Records. Part of the reason for that attention is the band’s unique approach to creating their album, which found them building every instrument used from scratch, and part of it has to do with the fact there are very few bands playing the kind of hard-hitting and emotionally-driven music the band deliver.

Today, May 22, The Ongoing Concept took their DIY approach one step further by releasing their video for “Unwanted,” which marks the first time most people will have heard anything off the band’s upcoming album. It’s a crazy infectious track, which swings from hard rock juggernaut to hook-heavy Warped Tour fodder and back again with seamless transitions, and the video is equally compelling. Using only their own camera skills, as well as a room full of mirrors, the band set to create the visuals for “Unwanted” entirely by themselves. The results are eye-popping to say the least, with quick cuts and sizzling performance footage leading the way, all while each member takes a turn holding the camera. You can view the video below.

Now I’ve heard a good number of unique approaches to albums from bands that have largely flown under the radar, and I’ll be the first to admit that most of those special projects end up have better design or promotion than music. Having already heard The Ongoing Concept’s new record, in full, I can say without a shadow of doubt in my mind that this band is the exception. Somehow, between cutting down trees and learning to edit together video footage, The Ongoing Concept have managed to find new ground in the well-traversed arena of hard rock. There are anthemic jams that feel built for stadiums, as well as tracks with lyrics sure to pierce a hole in even the coldest of hearts. If there was ever a band that could signal a second coming for the popularity of Solid State Records in an age where Underoath is nowhere to be found, The Ongoing Concept are that band. They are the future of alternative rock, and I, for one, welcome their reign with open arms.

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James Shotwell <![CDATA[New Music: Drake & Beyonce – “Can I”]]> http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1151480 2015-05-22T14:41:09Z 2015-05-22T14:41:09Z Earlier this year, music writer Ernest Baker had the opportunity to shadow Drake while working on a feature for the popular site FourPins. In the resulting article, Baker wrote that the Toronto native only had two songs completed for the long-awaited album Views From The Six, including one track that featured Beyonce and had been recorded some time prior to 2015. No one thought we would hear that song anytime soon, but late last night a collaborative effort between Drake and Bey titled “Can I” found its way online.

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Earlier this year, music writer Ernest Baker had the opportunity to shadow Drake while working on a feature for the popular site FourPins. In the resulting article, Baker wrote that the Toronto native only had two songs completed for the long-awaited album Views From The Six, including one track that featured Beyonce and had been recorded some time prior to 2015. No one thought we would hear that song anytime soon, but late last night a collaborative effort between Drake and Bey titled “Can I” found its way online.

RollingStone brought to our attention this morning, May 22, that Drake and Beyonce’s first collaboration since “Mine” was available for the world to enjoy. Though the source of the leak has yet to be identified, the quality of the track is on par with something you would hear on an album. It’s not a collaboration in the classic sense, with each pop star having their individual time to shine, but instead Beyonce’s presence works as more of an accompaniment to the minimalist production. Queen B doesn’t have a verse at all, just repeated samples of the lines “Can I” and “Baby” mixed in amongst romance-tinged verses from Drake. You can stream the track, in full, below.

Drake is supposedly releasing Views From The Six later this year, but at this time no release information has been made available. Follow UTG on Twitter for updates.

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James Shotwell <![CDATA[MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Poltergeist’ Is A Reboot Nightmare]]> http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1151472 2015-05-22T14:12:10Z 2015-05-22T14:12:10Z Film: Poltergeist
Starring: Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt
Directed by: Gil Kenan

Thirty-three years after Tobe Hooper sent chills down the spines of audience members everywhere with his unique and thrilling Poltergeist film, a modern reboot has appeared with absolutely nothing new to share.

Directed by Gil Kenan, the 2015 version of Poltergeist borrows its core story from the original title, then attempts to twist the frame just enough with socioeconomic commentary to make things feel a bit more timely. A father, played admirably by Sam Rockwell, moves his disgruntled family into a foreclosure-hit neighbourhood after being laid off from his …

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Film: Poltergeist
Starring: Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt
Directed by: Gil Kenan

Thirty-three years after Tobe Hooper sent chills down the spines of audience members everywhere with his unique and thrilling Poltergeist film, a modern reboot has appeared with absolutely nothing new to share.

Directed by Gil Kenan, the 2015 version of Poltergeist borrows its core story from the original title, then attempts to twist the frame just enough with socioeconomic commentary to make things feel a bit more timely. A father, played admirably by Sam Rockwell, moves his disgruntled family into a foreclosure-hit neighbourhood after being laid off from his job with John Deere. The new home is located underneath power lines at the back of a cookie-cutter subdivision in the middle of America, and it doesn’t take long for the family’s three children to find a number of reasons they hate the new location. It’s the only place the family can afford; however, so they decide to try and make the best of it.

Before long, it becomes alarmingly clear that the things happening inside this seemingly average home are far from typical. In the original Poltergeist, the entities still living in the home began moving things around in such a way to almost amuse the new residents, but this time around all that fun and wonder has been stripped away and replaced with tired tropes already executed, often with better quality scares, in films like Insidious, The Conjuring, or even Sinister. That may be due to the fact all those films borrowed from the original Poltergeist, which is largely true, but the fact remains their existence causes this unremarkable reboot to feel a bit too familiar before the second act even begins.

The family’s youngest daughter, Madison, is eventually taken from the home by a group of lost souls who need the girl’s innocent soul to guide them from purgatory to the afterlife. The abduction sequence, which is pretty similar to the one in the original film, is the best moment of the entire film. It’s executed in a manner that would make Steven Spielberg happy, with just enough awe-inspiring visuals to make you forget the lackluster sequences that immediately preceded that moment on screen. For a few brief moments, the film hits the kind of creative and visually inspired moments one would hope all reboots aspire to reach, but it’s over almost as fast as it begins, and from then on its a constant stream of tired jump scare tactics that try (and largely fail) to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Blaming the decision to use 3D for the shortcomings found in Poltergeist is not really a far argument to make, as it seems clear the film was converted after production had wrapped. That said, implementing this now far too typical visual trickery usually only results in brief scares or added depth to scenes ripe with exposition. If you fear screwdrivers coming through walls or toy clowns leaping at the screen, both of which happen a grand total of one time each, and you are really easily fooled by 3D conversion, then maybe you will feel this visual approach adds something to the film. Most; however, will not.

Though littered with problems and the overuse of tired tropes, some of which admittedly originated in the 1982 film, Poltergeist does success with its visuals and its cast. 3D use aside, the depiction of purgatory, as well as the gateway to the land of lost souls, offer the kind of eye-popping visuals moviegoers long to see on the big screen. Likewise, everyone on the cast delivers a grounded performance that you actually want to believe. Rockwell is the best at this, of course, as he has more or less become the go-to ‘average guy with sharp wit’ for low budget Hollywood films over the last half decade, but Rosemarie DeWitt’s turn as his wife is just as enjoyable. Jared Harris, though underutilized, also offers a wonderful turn as the ghost-hunting celebrity who arrives to save the day.

When all is said and done it is hard for me to believe anyone will be talking about the reboot of Poltergeist even a year from now, except to list the film amongst the worst remakes of all time. Though visually brilliant and admirably acted, this reimagining of Tobe Hooper’s iconic title lacks the inherent fun that made old school horror such a hit with moviegoers, deciding instead to implement a relentless series of genre tropes that are as dated as the material that inspire the film’s creation. Gil Kenan does his best to make the lackluster material pop, but I don’t know if anyone could have made this feature something you would never want to forget.

Grade: D

Written by: James Shotwell

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Sam Cohen <![CDATA[MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Tomorrowland’ Lacks Wonder And Coherence]]> http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1151438 2015-05-22T08:55:17Z 2015-05-22T14:00:30Z Film: Tomorrowland
Starring: Britt Robertson, George Clooney
Directed By: Brad Bird

As the first shot rolls on Tomorrowland, we see Clooney’s Frank Walker talking to the camera about his pessimistic predilections towards the future. Once he is done telling his story, the camera pans over Britt Robertson’s Casey Newton, someone self-dubbed as an optimist as she smiles into the camera while Frank grunts.

It would be fair to say that watching these two ideological agendas play out amongst a swath of beautiful CGI would be fun, to say the least. Unfortunately, that’s not the case here. Brad Bird’s newest …

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Film: Tomorrowland
Starring: Britt Robertson, George Clooney
Directed By: Brad Bird

As the first shot rolls on Tomorrowland, we see Clooney’s Frank Walker talking to the camera about his pessimistic predilections towards the future. Once he is done telling his story, the camera pans over Britt Robertson’s Casey Newton, someone self-dubbed as an optimist as she smiles into the camera while Frank grunts.

It would be fair to say that watching these two ideological agendas play out amongst a swath of beautiful CGI would be fun, to say the least. Unfortunately, that’s not the case here. Brad Bird’s newest has so many worldviews and agendas battling each other in the narrative — some half-baked and some well fleshed out — that the intriguing inspiration behind the concept of Tomorrowland gets sunk under instances of preachy blathering. This is weird since Bird made a joke about the same overly verbose speeches used by villains in The Incredibles.

Frank Walker once was a bright-eyed and aspiring inventor as a kid. He was invited into the coveted land of inventors, dubbed Tomorrowland. Now, he’s an aging schlub holed up in his house of gadgets. In comes Casey Newton, a girl with a mysterious button that transports her to Tomorrowland when touched. Casey goes to Frank after the button stops working, begging him to bring her to the place that once inspired him. Robots and a megalomaniacal purveyor of Tomorrowland who is hellbent on letting the world be destroyed, of course, chase them.

Back when the first preview for the film came out, the Internet was filled with people befuddled by the concept. Not because they didn’t like it, but because it was still shrouded in so much secrecy per Bird and co-writer Damon Lindelof’s wishes. All we knew was that the film was to be inspired by a failed amusement park that Walt Disney wanted to build. A land that would inspire generations to come with breakthrough technology and attractions. Bird and Lindelof used these scientific aspirations as a launch pad to tell a story about a girl, basically the messiah that will save the world from some pre-conceived destruction brought on by another invention. That’s right, it wasn’t that there were things to shroud in secrecy. It was the simple fact that the movie pigeonholes itself into a world-saving narrative instead of provoking the audience to pick apart every cool invention put in front of them. Disney has inspired generations of audiences with their films. This one just seems like a lazy take on something that could be truly gorgeous and awe-inspiring.

The saving graces here come in the form of the performances. Britt Robertson is great as Casey, the rebel who tinkers and destroys things to save her father’s job at NASA. We are meant to believe that this girl harnesses a scientific mind that can change the world forever, so why do we see her flying a helicopter drone via mobile app to showcase her talents? Lazy. Outside of that, though, her presence makes the film much less of a drag. The same thing goes for Rafey Cassidy as Athena, an inventor-recruiting automaton from Tomorrowland. Her innocence spliced with some solid gags may make you almost wish for the narrative to turn into her story.

Clooney as Frank is the biggest miscalculation, though. In the beginning, we see a character that built a jet pack. We don’t know how he did it, but we know that his Dad was kind of an a-hole. We’re led to believe that Frank is a mind that changed Tomorrowland although we never actually get to see the fruits of his labors. Instead, we get presented with a character full of resent, not someone who doles out scientific jargon and thinks of things on the fly. Lazy. Hugh Laurie isn’t unscathed either as Governor Nix, the person in charge of Tomorrowland. His musings about how humans sicken him because of their savage nature comes off like a diatribe from your drunken uncle who voted for Bush.

If some of the characters involved are worried about the lack of creative minds that inhabit our society, then why do we only get glimpses of them taking pictures on their iPads? Lazy. Tomorrowland stands as the perfect example of putting stock in the wrong things when making a film. Bird continues to be one of the most energetic directors working today, but even his dedication to detail and inspiration through awe can’t enliven his co-writers’ inability to craft something that strays from the norm and keeps straying. All roads lead back to the messiah and savior complex that runs rampant through blockbuster films today.

GRADE: C-


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

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James Shotwell <![CDATA[Migos Release “Origin” Music Video]]> http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1151475 2015-05-22T13:51:59Z 2015-05-22T13:51:59Z Offset may still be behind bars, but that is not stopping the men of Migos from building hype for their upcoming debut album.

Today, less than a week after releasing their Still On Lock mixtape, Migos partnered with WorldStarHipHop to share their video for “Origin.” The song appears to be taken from Migos’ debut album, YRN, which is slated for release on June 16. Like “One Time,” the track is one of the more structured efforts in the group’s catalog, with each emcee taking a verse and making it their own. The hook talks about the origin of …

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Offset may still be behind bars, but that is not stopping the men of Migos from building hype for their upcoming debut album.

Today, less than a week after releasing their Still On Lock mixtape, Migos partnered with WorldStarHipHop to share their video for “Origin.” The song appears to be taken from Migos’ debut album, YRN, which is slated for release on June 16. Like “One Time,” the track is one of the more structured efforts in the group’s catalog, with each emcee taking a verse and making it their own. The hook talks about the origin of the group’s flow, but whether or not they actually reveal its source is something you will only learn by listening to the song. You can view the video at the end of this post.

Migos have remained confident in their ability to meet YRN‘s June release, but the continued incarceration of member Offset has lead critics and fans alike to wonder if a delay could be on the horizon. We certainly hope that isn’t the case, but at the same time we couldn’t blame the trio for wanting to be whole again before dropping what is without a doubt the biggest release of their career. Follow UTG on Twitter for updates.

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John Bazley <![CDATA[REVIEW: Four Year Strong – ‘Four Year Strong’]]> http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1151437 2015-05-22T08:46:02Z 2015-05-22T13:30:29Z Artist: Four Year Strong
Album: Four Year Strong
Label: Pure Noise Records
Genre: Easycore, baby

Before we take the next 1,100 words or so to discuss the new Four Year Strong record, let’s talk about presentation.

Four Year Strong is a band that has always cared about presentation. Ridiculous promo pictures featuring the band’s enormous men in FYS-branded varsity jackets, the famous beards, song titles riddled with highly-quotable movie lines, and cartoon album artwork with robot sharks, wizards, and centaurs are all essential parts of the brand that Four Year Strong spent so much time building in the late 2000s. …

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Artist: Four Year Strong
Album: Four Year Strong
Label: Pure Noise Records
Genre: Easycore, baby

Before we take the next 1,100 words or so to discuss the new Four Year Strong record, let’s talk about presentation.

Four Year Strong is a band that has always cared about presentation. Ridiculous promo pictures featuring the band’s enormous men in FYS-branded varsity jackets, the famous beards, song titles riddled with highly-quotable movie lines, and cartoon album artwork with robot sharks, wizards, and centaurs are all essential parts of the brand that Four Year Strong spent so much time building in the late 2000s. The 2010 incarnation of the band was the best possible visual representation of their signature sound – giant dudes with incredible facial hair just look right as they’re tearing through songs titled “Beatdown in the Key of Happy” and “It Must Really Suck To Be Four Year Strong Right Now” that feature equal parts breakdowns, synths, and pinch harmonics.

After a return to the Vans Warped Tour last Summer and a teaser in the form of the Go Down In History EP, Four Year Strong is back with a self-titled record that features the ridiculous artwork, movie title songs, and sense of fun that became such a well-known part of their brand back in the day. Looking at the album’s packaging alone, you’d be right to be equally excited and scared.

You might be thinking, “But, John, look at that artwork! Look at those track titles! Did they seriously quote Tim Curry in Home Alone 2? That’s hysterically niche!,” and you’d be right. This is a decidedly Four Year Strong move – it’s like catching up with an old friend and picking up on all of their mannerisms you’d forgotten about after such a long time away. However, those robot sharks and Alan’s man boobs don’t come without a context. Four Year Strong decided to try something new when they released the widely disappointing In Some Way, Shape, or Form back in 2011 before disappearing off the face of the earth in the wake of critical and fan disapproval. This was truly a dark era for the easycore movement. You might look at the packaging and say, “John, it’s clear to me that Four Year Strong is a desperate attempt to reclaim the band’s early 2010s fame with a carbon copy of Enemy Of The World. Also, they’re really running dry on movie quotes. Boogie Nights? Really?,” and I think there’s some validity there as well. However, one listen through Four Year Strong and it’s clear that this is far from a cash-in. For better or for worse, this isn’t the same band that held the Easycore Crown (TM) for so long.

Four Year Strong’s last record fell flat not because of an attempt at a synth-free maturation, but because of generally lazy songwriting and a lack of inspiration throughout the track list. The self-titled record has no such problem. Opener “I Hold Myself In Contempt” is a great indication of the direction the band has taken with this record. It’s got a catchy hook, vocalists Dan O’Connor and Alan Day are in top form as they scream their faces off, and the guitar work is the best in the genre, per usual. The quality of songwriting is familiar for Four Year Strong fans, and for the most part, any of the riffs, vocal melodies, or lyrics would fit right in place on one of the band’s older records. However, the skeleton is different. Right where we expect the obligatory mosh call and an enormous breakdown, we get an extended guitar solo, courtesy of O’Connor. It’s a refreshing moment that erases all doubt of the band’s definition of “mature songwriting.” The band clearly now realizes maturity and fun aren’t mutually exclusive, and the pace of the record is immediately set.

Despite the shift away from the utterly ridiculous, things lean a bit more toward the fun side every now and again. With “We All Float Down Here,” “Stolen Credit Card!,” and “Who Cares,” Four Year Strong throw just about all caution to the wind with fast-paced, live crowd-ready songs that are sure to become headlining setlist staples. Alan reaches the glorious tippy-top of his vocal range in the first verse of “We All Float Down Here,” as he belts “Peel your skin back to show what you’re made of / too bad you never did have the guts to know where your heart should go” before the insanely loud guitars begin to chug along with the kick drum. Kurt Ballou’s production shines in this track as well as the breakneck “Stolen Credit Card!,” as his loud, metal-influenced drum work and buzzsaw guitars clash nicely with the catchy hooks. The instrumental of “Stolen Credit Card!” might be the single heaviest moment on Four Year Strong – this could easily be converted into a modern hardcore song with the removal of the clean vocals and way more “bleghs.” The same can be said for “Who Cares,” which sounds like something off Green Day’s Insomniac for the most part and ends before it hits the 2-minute mark.

As great as the bulk of the record is, there are still a few hangups; namely the center section of the record that drags in comparison to the beginning and end. “Gravity” consistently makes me lament the ending of “Stolen Credit Card!” and I can rarely make it through “Here’s to Swimming With Bow-Legged Women,” which sounds a bit too much like “Bada Bing! Wit’ A Pipe!” This might be the highlight of the record for some, but I usually find myself skipping this song in favor of the subsequent “I’m A Big, Bright, Shining Star,” which might be the single catchiest song the band has ever written. “Go Down In History” sounds exactly like the version we got last year on the EP of the same name, and as strong as this song is, it’s a bit anti-climactic as a closer.

Four Year Strong will likely go down in history (heh) as a return to form for the Massachusetts easycore pioneers, and rightfully so. My only stipulation with that statement is the definition of where the band is returning from. This self-titled effort is the band’s first record where the good outweighs the bad since Enemy of The World, but it’s not a return to the goofy, synth-heavy, breakdown machine that Four Year Strong was in 2010. Sure, there are some similarities here – the beards are still in top form, robot sharks are present, and there’s definitely at least one reference to Rush Hour in that tracklist – but for all intents and purposes, this self-titled record is a new era for the band. Rest well, for easycore lives, baby.

SCORE: 8/10
Review written by John Bazley (follow him on Twitter)

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Dana Reandelar http://twitter.com/danarndlr <![CDATA[Prawn Release New Music Video For “Settled”]]> http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1151459 2015-05-21T22:52:21Z 2015-05-21T22:52:21Z New Jersey indie rock outfit Prawn just put out a new music video for their song “Settled.” The trumpet-imbued mercurial b-side track to the band’s last full-length record, Kingfisher, is brought to life in an unfinished house amidst the snowy woods in New Hampshire. This is also the title track to the band’s most recent 7-inch, which you can grab here.

The band shares: “It’s one of our favorite songs we’ve written collectively and it always seemed like it would pair well with a video,” and adds that filming it was “was one of the more fun weekends …

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New Jersey indie rock outfit Prawn just put out a new music video for their song “Settled.” The trumpet-imbued mercurial b-side track to the band’s last full-length record, Kingfisher, is brought to life in an unfinished house amidst the snowy woods in New Hampshire. This is also the title track to the band’s most recent 7-inch, which you can grab here.

The band shares: “It’s one of our favorite songs we’ve written collectively and it always seemed like it would pair well with a video,” and adds that filming it was “was one of the more fun weekends we’ve had as a band.”

You can check out the new music video for “Settled” below. Additionally, the band is currently gearing up to head out on a three-week-long UK/European tour set to kick off at the end of June. Details for that can also be found below.

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Kyle Florence http://underthegunreview.net <![CDATA[The Armed Share Edgy “Polarizer” Video]]> http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1151446 2015-05-21T18:16:43Z 2015-05-21T18:07:25Z In anticipation of their forthcoming album, Untitled, The Armed have graced fans with a searing new single titled “Polarizer.”

Whereas the previously released “Forever Scum” was raw and ruthless, the Detroit quartet’s latest offering is considerably more calculated, built upon blistering drum rolls and disorienting guitar work. Check out the track’s not-so-subtle music video below, and let us know what you think in the comments.

Untitled drops on June 23 via No Rest Until Ruin. Pre-order it here.

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In anticipation of their forthcoming album, Untitled, The Armed have graced fans with a searing new single titled “Polarizer.”

Whereas the previously released “Forever Scum” was raw and ruthless, the Detroit quartet’s latest offering is considerably more calculated, built upon blistering drum rolls and disorienting guitar work. Check out the track’s not-so-subtle music video below, and let us know what you think in the comments.

Untitled drops on June 23 via No Rest Until Ruin. Pre-order it here.

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James Shotwell <![CDATA[New (Old) Music: Kendrick Lamar & Lady Gaga – “PARTYNAUSEOUS”]]> http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1151433 2015-05-21T20:53:33Z 2015-05-21T16:16:34Z In order to appreciate this post you need to first time travel back to 2012, before the vast majority of Americans knew the name Kendrick Lamar. With the release of good kid, mAAd city on the horizon, music writers from every corner of the globe are looking for original headlines about the new king of West Coast music. Fans got in on the action too, filling forums with rumors and gossip about who young Kendrick might collaborate with on his new record. One unlikely choice, Lady Gaga, actually did get recruited for the record, but when the album …

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In order to appreciate this post you need to first time travel back to 2012, before the vast majority of Americans knew the name Kendrick Lamar. With the release of good kid, mAAd city on the horizon, music writers from every corner of the globe are looking for original headlines about the new king of West Coast music. Fans got in on the action too, filling forums with rumors and gossip about who young Kendrick might collaborate with on his new record. One unlikely choice, Lady Gaga, actually did get recruited for the record, but when the album hit stores that October, her contributions were nowhere to be found.

This week, nearly three years after Kendrick’s debut hit stores, Gaga’s long lost collaboration with “King Kunta” found its way online. “PARTYNAUSEOUS” is a laid-back track that is perfectly accented with just the right amount of snare. Gaga’s contribution is minimal, but her presence is felt throughout the unique track. The only reason it was left off Lamar’s record is likely due to the fact it sounds very little like the rest of the album, and for a record like good kid, mAAd city, cohesion is key. You can stream the track below.

Not all fans know this, but Gaga was originally slated to appear on “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe” as well, but for one reason or another she was replaced by vocalist Anna Wise instead. Comment below and let us know if you think “PARTYNAUSEOUS” should have made Kendrick’s debut.

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Matthew Leimkuehler http://underthegunreview.net <![CDATA[UTG PREMIERE: Rocket Ship Resort – “Where We’ll Go”]]> http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1151414 2015-05-21T20:50:20Z 2015-05-21T14:42:31Z Electro-pop act Rocket Ship Resort is gearing up for the release of a brand new record, Megaheart, which includes the infectious pop track “Where We’ll Go,” streaming exclusively below.

The song is a magnetic modern electronic-pop song, mirroring the likes of The Ready Set and Owl City. Be careful — it’s the type of melody that will stick with you throughout the whole day. Rocket Ship Resort mastermind Skye Meredith had this to say about the track:

I wanted to write a song that sounds like driving through beams of sunlight on a crisp Friday in June. Those little

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Electro-pop act Rocket Ship Resort is gearing up for the release of a brand new record, Megaheart, which includes the infectious pop track “Where We’ll Go,” streaming exclusively below.

The song is a magnetic modern electronic-pop song, mirroring the likes of The Ready Set and Owl City. Be careful — it’s the type of melody that will stick with you throughout the whole day. Rocket Ship Resort mastermind Skye Meredith had this to say about the track:

I wanted to write a song that sounds like driving through beams of sunlight on a crisp Friday in June. Those little moments with someone that come one after another out of nowhere, like a climbing daisy-chain of postcards with a killer twinkle. You don’t know where you two will go yet, but every little vacation-esque frame feels like you’re sure getting there. There was this girl I knew who would fish me out of a crappy day at 5 p.m. every evening, and each time we’d go on some new pheromone-laden adventure without a damn plan in our heads. This is about that.

Stream “Where We’ll Go” via SoundCloud and pre-order Megaheart now, due out June 5.

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Kyle Florence http://underthegunreview.net <![CDATA[Brigades Announce Debut LP, Stream Lead Single, “Enemy”]]> http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1151407 2015-05-21T20:51:58Z 2015-05-21T14:29:15Z South Carolina’s Brigades have teamed up with Substream Magazine to premiere the lead single off their debut full-length, Indefinite. Stream “Enemy” after the break, and let us know if you’re a fan in the replies.

“’Enemy’ is a song about my personal thoughts on organized religion and how toxic it can be to everyone on this earth,” vocalist Darren Young told Substream. “It’s a little more political and controversial compared to most of the other songs, but definitely an important one.”

Indefinite will arrive on July 28 via Pure Noise Records, and will act as the outfit’s second release …

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South Carolina’s Brigades have teamed up with Substream Magazine to premiere the lead single off their debut full-length, Indefinite. Stream “Enemy” after the break, and let us know if you’re a fan in the replies.

“’Enemy’ is a song about my personal thoughts on organized religion and how toxic it can be to everyone on this earth,” vocalist Darren Young told Substream. “It’s a little more political and controversial compared to most of the other songs, but definitely an important one.”

Indefinite will arrive on July 28 via Pure Noise Records, and will act as the outfit’s second release of the year behind Our Lives Unfold, a four-track acoustic EP that hit shelves back in March. Pre-order it here through MerchNOW.

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John Bazley <![CDATA[Counterparts Announce New Record ‘Tragedy Will Find Us,’ Release First Single]]> http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1151398 2015-05-21T08:57:56Z 2015-05-21T03:05:02Z Counterparts have proven their worth as the most promising band in melodic metalcore with their fantastic 2013 record, The Difference Between Hell And Home. The Canadian band will follow up that near-perfect record with Tragedy Will Find Us, out August 1 on Pure Noise. You can stream the first single, “Burn,” below.

“Burn” starts off as a standard Counterparts song, with a melodic guitar riff that begins to build up the emotional weight carried by the urgent instrumentals and vocals. Things get weird around the 90-second mark with a tempo change that I love and a spoken word …

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Counterparts have proven their worth as the most promising band in melodic metalcore with their fantastic 2013 record, The Difference Between Hell And Home. The Canadian band will follow up that near-perfect record with Tragedy Will Find Us, out August 1 on Pure Noise. You can stream the first single, “Burn,” below.

“Burn” starts off as a standard Counterparts song, with a melodic guitar riff that begins to build up the emotional weight carried by the urgent instrumentals and vocals. Things get weird around the 90-second mark with a tempo change that I love and a spoken word segment that I’m not entirely sold on. Aside from the spoken word bridge that serves as the final lyrical moment on the song, “Burn” is a great sign of hope for what Tragedy Will Find Us could bring.

Listen to the song below. Like what you hear? Pre-order Tragedy Will Find Us right here.

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John Bazley <![CDATA[Annabel Release Title Track From ‘Having It All’]]> http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1151396 2015-05-21T08:56:18Z 2015-05-21T02:42:23Z Annabel — the latest edition to Tiny Engines’ streak of incredible emo bands that seemingly appear out of nowhere — have released the title track to their upcoming record over at Absolutepunk. You can check it over there, or stream it below via SoundCloud.

The upcoming record was produced by Evan Weiss, which comes as no surprise given the sonic similarity to You Blew It!’s Keep Doing What You’re Doing. There’s an undeniable catchiness in this track, hidden under fuzzy guitars and crashing drum tones. Fans of the aforementioned You Blew It!, Runaway Brother, and Dads will dig …

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Annabel — the latest edition to Tiny Engines’ streak of incredible emo bands that seemingly appear out of nowhere — have released the title track to their upcoming record over at Absolutepunk. You can check it over there, or stream it below via SoundCloud.

The upcoming record was produced by Evan Weiss, which comes as no surprise given the sonic similarity to You Blew It!’s Keep Doing What You’re Doing. There’s an undeniable catchiness in this track, hidden under fuzzy guitars and crashing drum tones. Fans of the aforementioned You Blew It!, Runaway Brother, and Dads will dig this.

Having It All drops June 9 via Tiny Engines. You can pre-order the record here.

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John Bazley <![CDATA[Run The Jewels Post Powerful Video For “Early”]]> http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1151391 2015-05-21T08:54:45Z 2015-05-21T02:29:07Z As 2014 and 2015 have been the biggest years for anti-police brutality protesting in a very long time, El-P and Killer Mike have used their Run The Jewels platform to share their anti-brutality message with the masses. We’ve already seen the extremely emotive video for “Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck),” and the video for “Early” follows suit. This time, the rap duo employs a very cool computer-generated art style to express the song’s narrative.

The video’s art style is reminiscent of Sin City (far more so than that Taylor Swift video everyone is talking about) with …

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As 2014 and 2015 have been the biggest years for anti-police brutality protesting in a very long time, El-P and Killer Mike have used their Run The Jewels platform to share their anti-brutality message with the masses. We’ve already seen the extremely emotive video for “Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck),” and the video for “Early” follows suit. This time, the rap duo employs a very cool computer-generated art style to express the song’s narrative.

The video’s art style is reminiscent of Sin City (far more so than that Taylor Swift video everyone is talking about) with black, white, and red taking over the color palette. Even if the social message is lost on you, the blocky, stylized models of El-P and Killer Mike are pretty enjoyable.

Check out “Early” below.

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John Bazley <![CDATA[Moose Blood Release Video For “Gum”]]> http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1151389 2015-05-21T08:53:07Z 2015-05-21T02:11:34Z 2014 breakout indie punk band Moose Blood have released a music video for “Gum,” which you can watch below.

“Gum” follows the daily adventures of a young man. He rides his bike, eats ramen noodles, smokes cigarettes, and thinks about a pretty girl as he wastes his days away to the blissful soundtrack of Moose Blood. Aesthetically, this video is reminiscent of the music videos that accompany the songs on The 1975′s self-titled record – there’s a certain romanticism in these images that’s hard to nail down.

Watch the video and let us know what you think in the comments …

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2014 breakout indie punk band Moose Blood have released a music video for “Gum,” which you can watch below.

“Gum” follows the daily adventures of a young man. He rides his bike, eats ramen noodles, smokes cigarettes, and thinks about a pretty girl as he wastes his days away to the blissful soundtrack of Moose Blood. Aesthetically, this video is reminiscent of the music videos that accompany the songs on The 1975′s self-titled record – there’s a certain romanticism in these images that’s hard to nail down.

Watch the video and let us know what you think in the comments section below.

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Drew Caruso <![CDATA[Ratboys Stream Debut LP, ‘AOID’]]> http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1151374 2015-05-21T01:35:44Z 2015-05-21T01:14:11Z When Brooklyn Vegan premiered Ratboys‘ single “Tixis,” I was instantly intrigued. Never hearing of the band before, with “Tixis,” and an upcoming release via Topshelf Records, I knew Ratboys would be a band to watch. That upcoming LP, AOID, is now streaming via Culture Collide.

The band creates a wonderful medley of acoustic inspired indie rock layered with fuzz, melodic narrations, and hauntingly catchy melodies. While the band is catchy throughout, it’s moments like midway through “Charlie Bernstein” that truly show the band’s sonic chops. Guiding the listener through the incredibly catchy groove, halfway through the track …

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When Brooklyn Vegan premiered Ratboys‘ single “Tixis,” I was instantly intrigued. Never hearing of the band before, with “Tixis,” and an upcoming release via Topshelf Records, I knew Ratboys would be a band to watch. That upcoming LP, AOID, is now streaming via Culture Collide.

The band creates a wonderful medley of acoustic inspired indie rock layered with fuzz, melodic narrations, and hauntingly catchy melodies. While the band is catchy throughout, it’s moments like midway through “Charlie Bernstein” that truly show the band’s sonic chops. Guiding the listener through the incredibly catchy groove, halfway through the track the band releases an atmosphere like spilled nerves, going off on tangents from the original tightly-woven beginning.

With the warming weather and summer on the horizon, I hope to spin AOID a lot more in the future. Be sure to grab the record here. Follow us after the jump to stream the LP via Culture Collide, and to check out the band’s upcoming tour dates. See you in Boston?

Ratboys 2015 Tour Dates
5/18 – Chicago, IL @ Gypsy House
5/19 – Kalamazoo, MI @ Shakespeare’s
5/20 – Akron, OH @ It’s A Kling Thing!
5/21 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Pallas Theatre
5/22 – Rochester, NY @ Vineyard Community Space
5/23 – Cohoes, NY @ Icehouse
5/24 – Boston, MA – TBA
5/25 – Danbury, CT @ The Heirloom Arts Theater
5/26 – New York City @ Bushwick Public House
5/27 – Philadelphia, PA @ Everbody Hits
5/28 – Baltimore, MD – TBA
5/29 – Blacksburg, VA @ Robin Williams Center for the Arts
5/30 – Greensboro, NC @ Anderson’s House
5/31 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
6/01 – New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
6/02 – Cleveland, MS @ Hey Joe
6/03 – Memphis, TN – House
6/04 – Nashville, TN @ Exponent Manor
6/05 – Lexington, KY – Best Friend Bar
6/06 – Indianapolis, IN @ Grammaw’s House
6/07 – Champaign, IL @ Death Tower
6/08 – Rock Island, IL @ Theo’s Java Club

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James Shotwell <![CDATA[A$AP Rocky Catches Everyone Off Guard With “LSD”]]> http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1151371 2015-05-21T01:33:00Z 2015-05-21T00:19:58Z A$AP Rocky has been dropping hot track after hot track for the past several weeks while promoting his forthcoming sophomore album, and earlier today he premiered what may be the best one yet.

“LSD” is the kind of song that, if you couldn’t already guess, could only come from one or twenty long nights spent under the influence of the world’s most powerful drug. No, I’m not talking about something you take from a shirtless frat guy at a rave, but rather the one drug we all use and abuse on a regular basis: Love. While guitars play, Rocky croons …

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A$AP Rocky has been dropping hot track after hot track for the past several weeks while promoting his forthcoming sophomore album, and earlier today he premiered what may be the best one yet.

“LSD” is the kind of song that, if you couldn’t already guess, could only come from one or twenty long nights spent under the influence of the world’s most powerful drug. No, I’m not talking about something you take from a shirtless frat guy at a rave, but rather the one drug we all use and abuse on a regular basis: Love. While guitars play, Rocky croons about sex, drugs, and romance before switching things up a little over halfway through for a more straightforward hip-hop verse that more than likely left the booth it was recorded in ablaze when first laid to digital tape.

To make matters even better, Rocky dropped “LSD” along with a fittingly trippy video. Viewers watch the A$AP Mob leader get lost overseas, perform raps into a mirror, and follow a gorgeous girl through city streets. You can view the clip below.

At.Long.Last.ASAP. hits stores in early June.

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