Under the Gun Review Entertainment news for today's generation 2014-08-23T01:15:30Z http://www.underthegunreview.net/feed/atom/ WordPress Kriston McConnell http://underthegunreview.net <![CDATA[Guitarist Tim Landers Parts Ways With Transit]]> http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1127743 2014-08-23T01:15:30Z 2014-08-23T00:42:04Z In a series of tweets posted earlier today guitarist Tim Landers announced his departure from Transit. Though he did not go into details as to the reason why he’s leaving, he did indicate he will be pursuing other endeavors.

He also urges fans to continue their support for Transit during the release of their new record and upcoming tours. You can read all of what he had to say by taking a look below the jump.

Transit have yet to make an official statement on Landers’ announcement, but once they do we will be sure to post an update …

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In a series of tweets posted earlier today guitarist Tim Landers announced his departure from Transit. Though he did not go into details as to the reason why he’s leaving, he did indicate he will be pursuing other endeavors.

He also urges fans to continue their support for Transit during the release of their new record and upcoming tours. You can read all of what he had to say by taking a look below the jump.

Transit have yet to make an official statement on Landers’ announcement, but once they do we will be sure to post an update with any relevant information.

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Tyler Hanan http://underthegunreview.net <![CDATA[Shabazz Palaces Reveal Grim, Giant-Populated “#CAKE” Video]]> http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1127736 2014-08-23T00:27:06Z 2014-08-23T00:26:06Z Shabazz Palaces, the Ishmael Butler-helmed avante-hip hop perplexity out of Seattle, released the royal Lese Majesty earlier this year on the suddenly hip hop-forward Sub Pop (see also: clipping.).

The group has followed with a video for the single “#CAKE.” The treatment of the track, which features Catherine Harris-White of frequent co-collaborators and fellow Seattleites THEEsatisfaction, was entrusted to music video veteran Hiro Murai (St. Vincent, Spoon, Childish Gambino, Earl Sweatshirt, and more).

The result is a video fusing rags and riches, in which godlike figures dwell in dark alleys, empty streets, and abandoned warehouses. It’s surreal and alarming, …

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Shabazz Palaces, the Ishmael Butler-helmed avante-hip hop perplexity out of Seattle, released the royal Lese Majesty earlier this year on the suddenly hip hop-forward Sub Pop (see also: clipping.).

The group has followed with a video for the single “#CAKE.” The treatment of the track, which features Catherine Harris-White of frequent co-collaborators and fellow Seattleites THEEsatisfaction, was entrusted to music video veteran Hiro Murai (St. Vincent, Spoon, Childish Gambino, Earl Sweatshirt, and more).

The result is a video fusing rags and riches, in which godlike figures dwell in dark alleys, empty streets, and abandoned warehouses. It’s surreal and alarming, and it echoes the themes of Lese Majesty.

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Scott Murray <![CDATA[From Indian Lakes Premiere Music Video for “Ghost”]]> http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1127719 2014-08-22T23:09:47Z 2014-08-22T23:09:47Z Northern California’s From Indian Lakes have released a music video for a new track off their upcoming record, Absent Sounds. The track, entitled “Ghost,” appears to take place in the band’s hometown near scenic Yosemite National Park.

Set for release on October 7, Absent Sounds represents the band’s debut release for their new label Triple Crown Records. According to the band’s Facebook page, they are preparing to embark on a short string of dates in the central United States beginning September 8 in Colorado Springs. We’ll have to wait to see if the guys have a larger …

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Northern California’s From Indian Lakes have released a music video for a new track off their upcoming record, Absent Sounds. The track, entitled “Ghost,” appears to take place in the band’s hometown near scenic Yosemite National Park.

Set for release on October 7, Absent Sounds represents the band’s debut release for their new label Triple Crown Records. According to the band’s Facebook page, they are preparing to embark on a short string of dates in the central United States beginning September 8 in Colorado Springs. We’ll have to wait to see if the guys have a larger tour lined up to support the new album, but in the meantime you can stream “Ghost” below the jump:

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Dana Reandelar <![CDATA[Coldplay Release Video For “True Love”]]> http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1127720 2014-08-22T23:07:59Z 2014-08-22T23:07:10Z In the essence of the feel-good summer fading into autumn atmosphere, Coldplay have released their most feel-good music video yet for their single “True Love” off of their newest record, Ghost Stories.

This music video, directed by Jonas Akerlund (directed music videos for Beyonce, Rihanna, The Rolling Stones, etc.), stars lead singer Chris Martin himself and Canadian actress, Jessica Luca. The two do a beautiful job playing ballerina hopefuls dressed in massive, inflatable body suits. Truly inspiring, this music video relays a crystal-clear “anything is possible” message.

Check out the video below:

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In the essence of the feel-good summer fading into autumn atmosphere, Coldplay have released their most feel-good music video yet for their single “True Love” off of their newest record, Ghost Stories.

This music video, directed by Jonas Akerlund (directed music videos for Beyonce, Rihanna, The Rolling Stones, etc.), stars lead singer Chris Martin himself and Canadian actress, Jessica Luca. The two do a beautiful job playing ballerina hopefuls dressed in massive, inflatable body suits. Truly inspiring, this music video relays a crystal-clear “anything is possible” message.

Check out the video below:

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Tyler Hanan http://underthegunreview.net <![CDATA[Hear Deafheaven’s Single For Adult Swim, “From The Kettle Onto The Coil”]]> http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1127721 2014-08-22T22:40:58Z 2014-08-22T22:40:58Z As summer comes to a close, so too does this year’s Adult Swim Singles Series. Five singles remain, with the first of those five being Deafheaven‘s “From the Kettle Onto the Coil.”

If the title sounds familiar, that would be because we’ve already heard this single. Deafheaven have been playing it live, including at Pitchfork, where it was recorded quite expertly. This is the studio version of that track in all its shrieking, crystal clear glory. It helps bring out some nuances that could get lost live, especially towards the end of the six and a half-minute …

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As summer comes to a close, so too does this year’s Adult Swim Singles Series. Five singles remain, with the first of those five being Deafheaven‘s “From the Kettle Onto the Coil.”

If the title sounds familiar, that would be because we’ve already heard this single. Deafheaven have been playing it live, including at Pitchfork, where it was recorded quite expertly. This is the studio version of that track in all its shrieking, crystal clear glory. It helps bring out some nuances that could get lost live, especially towards the end of the six and a half-minute track.

“From the Kettle Onto the Coil” will be available for free from Adult Swim on Tuesday. The remaining four singles are from RP Boo, Mastodon (ft. Gibby Hayes), Run The Jewels, and KA.

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Ryan Kappy <![CDATA[Watch PUP Perform “Back Against The Wall” Live For AltarTV]]> http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1127658 2014-08-22T20:14:55Z 2014-08-22T20:14:55Z Canadian punk rockers and one of our favorite bands right now at UTG, PUP have been getting a lot of buzz surrounding their debut self-titled album that was released via SideOneDummy Records.

AltarTV recently caught up with the band at one of their recent shows to record a performance of their song “Back Against The Wall,” which gives a great glimpse of the live show they put on. Check out the video below after the jump.

After watching the video above, you’re probably wondering when the band will be on tour next. You’re in luck as they will be touring …

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Canadian punk rockers and one of our favorite bands right now at UTG, PUP have been getting a lot of buzz surrounding their debut self-titled album that was released via SideOneDummy Records.

AltarTV recently caught up with the band at one of their recent shows to record a performance of their song “Back Against The Wall,” which gives a great glimpse of the live show they put on. Check out the video below after the jump.

After watching the video above, you’re probably wondering when the band will be on tour next. You’re in luck as they will be touring North America in the fall on the ‘Everything Gets Worse’ tour presented by Noisey. You can check out the dates at this location.

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Nina Corcoran <![CDATA[Stream Wand’s Excellent Debut Album ‘Ganglion Reef’]]> http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1127698 2014-08-22T21:21:18Z 2014-08-22T17:07:27Z LA-based four-piece Wand drop their garage rock debut, Ganglion Reef, next week via God? Records. The highly-anticipated release sees Cory Hanson (vocals, guitar, synth), Evan Burrows (drums), Daniel Martens (guitar), and Lee Landey (bass) burning a hole in the sun and letting their trippy pop songs sizzle out due to the heat of a band who’s truly on fire. To tease the release, they’re streaming the album in full over at Hype Machine.

We were caught off guard by their psychedelic lead single “Flying Golem” and again by the slow roll of “Broken Candle.” …

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LA-based four-piece Wand drop their garage rock debut, Ganglion Reef, next week via God? Records. The highly-anticipated release sees Cory Hanson (vocals, guitar, synth), Evan Burrows (drums), Daniel Martens (guitar), and Lee Landey (bass) burning a hole in the sun and letting their trippy pop songs sizzle out due to the heat of a band who’s truly on fire. To tease the release, they’re streaming the album in full over at Hype Machine.

We were caught off guard by their psychedelic lead single “Flying Golem” and again by the slow roll of “Broken Candle.” With the rest of their surreal heavy hits showing their faces via the stream, it’s safe to say Wand are chasing Tame Impala at a pretty solid speed. Give it a listen and see why their psych garage rock is not only worth buying, but catching them on tour in North America when they take off on September 3.

Stream Ganglion Reef here.

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Kriston McConnell http://underthegunreview.net <![CDATA[UTG ALBUM PREMIERE: Caramel Carmela – ‘Till Death Do Us Party’]]> http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1127617 2014-08-22T16:15:28Z 2014-08-22T16:00:30Z Earlier this month we teamed up with Caramel Carmela to premiere one of the singles off their upcoming album, Till Death Do Us Party. The album officially hits stores next Tuesday, August 26, but we’ve partnered up with the band once again to stream it in its entirety a little early. You can give it a listen right below the jump.

If you like what you hear, be sure to pre-order a copy of Till Death Do Us Part on iTunes. The band will be headlining a CD release show tomorrow, August 23 at Denver’s Summit Music Hall. …

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Earlier this month we teamed up with Caramel Carmela to premiere one of the singles off their upcoming album, Till Death Do Us Party. The album officially hits stores next Tuesday, August 26, but we’ve partnered up with the band once again to stream it in its entirety a little early. You can give it a listen right below the jump.

If you like what you hear, be sure to pre-order a copy of Till Death Do Us Part on iTunes. The band will be headlining a CD release show tomorrow, August 23 at Denver’s Summit Music Hall. Tickets can be purchased by heading right here.

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Kyle Florence http://underthegunreview.net <![CDATA[Capsize Announce ‘The Angst In My Veins,’ Debut Lead Single]]> http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1127687 2014-08-22T21:18:43Z 2014-08-22T15:56:50Z San Diego’s Capsize are presently slated to unleash their newest record, The Angst In My Veins, on September 30 via Equal Vision Records. Earlier in the week, Brooklyn Vegan debuted the first single off said release, “This Song Made Me Think Of You,” and apart from having a lot of heart, it’s an absolute must-hear for fans of BAAO, Hundredth, and other like-minded acts. Give it a listen by following the jump below, and if you like what you hear, pre-order the entire album here.

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San Diego’s Capsize are presently slated to unleash their newest record, The Angst In My Veins, on September 30 via Equal Vision Records. Earlier in the week, Brooklyn Vegan debuted the first single off said release, “This Song Made Me Think Of You,” and apart from having a lot of heart, it’s an absolute must-hear for fans of BAAO, Hundredth, and other like-minded acts. Give it a listen by following the jump below, and if you like what you hear, pre-order the entire album here.

“Our last EP really showed the darkest side of our band, which carries into the new album also, but we wanted to give people a taste of the album that is on the opposite side of that, to show how versatile our writing has become,” said vocalist Daniel Wand in reference to the group’s latest effort.

If you’d like to catch Capsize live, the band will be on the road for most of the month of October; a full itinerary can additionally be found below.

Comment below and let UTG know what you think of “This Song Made Me Think Of You,” and follow us on Twitter for more up to the minute music news.

Capsize, 2014 tour dates:

Sep 27 El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
Sep 28 Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
Sep 29 Canoga Park, CA @ Cobalt Cafe
Sep 30 Fresno, CA @ Strummer’s
Oct 01 Sacramento, CA @ Assembly
Oct 02 Sparks, NV @ The Alley
Oct 03 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
Oct 04 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
Oct 05 Spokane, WA @ The Hop
Oct 07 Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
Oct 08 Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory
Oct 09 Memphis, TN @ The Hi-Tone
Oct 10 Nashville, TN @ Rocketown
Oct 11 North Charleston, SC @ The Skatepark of Charleston
Oct 12 Jacksonville, FL @ The Murray Hill Theater
Oct 13 Tallahassee, FL @ Sidebar Theater
Oct 14 Birmingham, AL @ The Forge
Oct 16 Troutville, VA@ Inside-Out
Oct 17 Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
Oct 18 Buffalo, NY @ Waiting Room
Oct 19 Columbus, OH @ Skully’s
Oct 20 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Stache
Oct 21 Detroit, MI @ The Shelter
Oct 22 Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
Oct 23 Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theatre
Oct 24 St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
Oct 25 Shawnee, KS @ Aftershock

*All dates w/ Being As An Ocean, Fit For A King, Gideon, and Wolves At The Gate

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James Shotwell <![CDATA[‘Dead Rising’ Movie Finds A Director]]> http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1127668 2014-08-22T13:35:13Z 2014-08-22T15:54:13Z Capcom has announced plans to adapt the bestselling Dead Rising video game franchise into a major motion picture and earlier this week we learned who would be responsible for bringing the series to life.

Leprechaun: Origins helmer Zach Lipovsky will be directing a Dead Rising movie based on the beloved game franchise. The film is being produced by Legendary Pictures’ new Legendary Digital Media division and Transformers producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura. Mortal Kombat: Legacy producer Tim Carter wrote the script.

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Capcom has announced plans to adapt the bestselling Dead Rising video game franchise into a major motion picture and earlier this week we learned who would be responsible for bringing the series to life.

Leprechaun: Origins helmer Zach Lipovsky will be directing a Dead Rising movie based on the beloved game franchise. The film is being produced by Legendary Pictures’ new Legendary Digital Media division and Transformers producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura. Mortal Kombat: Legacy producer Tim Carter wrote the script.

According to a press release, the 90-minute digital feature film will premiere exclusively on Crackle in the US and will be distributed internationally in both episodic and feature format by Content Media Corp. Dead Rising will also be released on SVOD, DVD, VOD and TV after its run on Crackle. This means no theatrical run and, likely, loads and loads of digital/CGI blood.

No plot synopsis has been released for the film, but we did manage to find this summary on the series from Capcom:

Dead Rising follows the harrowing tale of Frank West, a freelance photojournalist after the scoop of a lifetime. In a small suburban town that’s overrun by zombies, he escapes to the local shopping mall, thinking it will be safe. Now it’s a standoff, with zombies unable to get Frank, but him unable to get out & escape. Fortunately, he’s got an entire mall at his disposal. Utilize everything you can find to fight off the flesh-hungry mob and search for the truth behind the horrendous epidemic.

If I had my way, Dead Rising would follow the plot of the original game and take place entirely inside a shopping mall. I know there would be those who drew comparisons to Dawn Of The Dead, but is that necessarily a bad thing as long as Dead Rising is good as well?

No release date has been set for Dead Rising, but I am sure plenty of casting and production announcements will surface in the weeks ahead. Stay tuned.

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Corey From <![CDATA[G-Unit Want You to Watch When They “Come Up”]]> http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1127680 2014-08-22T21:16:17Z 2014-08-22T15:13:22Z 50 Cent and G-Unit have clearly gone nowhere. The crew have had a good summer, playing OVO Fest, releasing a few tracks here and there, and announcing a new album in November, 2014 is looking like the year for G-Unit.

Well, now they’ve released a video for their new track, “Come Up,” and it’s obvious they’re still living the party lifestyle. The video is packed with booze, babes and cars, and they don’t appear to be slowing down. Check out the video below, and let us know what you think.

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50 Cent and G-Unit have clearly gone nowhere. The crew have had a good summer, playing OVO Fest, releasing a few tracks here and there, and announcing a new album in November, 2014 is looking like the year for G-Unit.

Well, now they’ve released a video for their new track, “Come Up,” and it’s obvious they’re still living the party lifestyle. The video is packed with booze, babes and cars, and they don’t appear to be slowing down. Check out the video below, and let us know what you think.

Stay tuned to UTG for any more news regarding G-Unit and their highly anticipated new album in the coming months.

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James Shotwell <![CDATA[New ‘Nightcrawler’ Trailer: Jake Gyllenhaal Is A Creep With A Camera]]> http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1127661 2014-08-22T23:13:33Z 2014-08-22T15:11:09Z Dan Gilroy picked one hell of a story for his directorial debut, and after two trailers I am convinced Nightcrawler will be one of the most talked about films of the fall.

Yesterday, a second trailer for Gilroy’s upcoming film found its way online. It’s the first preview for the October 31 release that has explored the actual plot of the film, and though it still seems to keep a lot at bay the things we are able to witness are nothing short of unsettling. Gyllenhaal is a man at the end of his rope, and he’s willing to do …

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Dan Gilroy picked one hell of a story for his directorial debut, and after two trailers I am convinced Nightcrawler will be one of the most talked about films of the fall.

Yesterday, a second trailer for Gilroy’s upcoming film found its way online. It’s the first preview for the October 31 release that has explored the actual plot of the film, and though it still seems to keep a lot at bay the things we are able to witness are nothing short of unsettling. Gyllenhaal is a man at the end of his rope, and he’s willing to do whatever it takes to find a way to make it in this crazy, dog eat dog world. Before I tell you the full synopsis, do yourself a favor and watch the following clip without any idea of what to expect:

Pretty messed up, right?

To me, Nightcrawler looks like a mix of Bringing Out The Dead and American Psycho, only with a bigger focus on technology and how it can enable our perversions to flourish. I don’t know if that’s what the final results will produce, but that is definitely the feeling I get from the footage above. The official synopsis reads:

Lou Bloom, an ambitious young man desperate for work, discovers the world of L.A. crime journalism. When Lou learns of a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, Lou muscles his way into the dangerous realm of night crawling, where a police siren wail means a possible windfall, and victims are converted into dollars and cents. Aided by Nina, a local TV news veteran, Lou blurs the line between observer and participant.

Nightcrawler opens on Halloween.

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Corey From <![CDATA[Stream Rustie’s New Album ‘Green Language’]]> http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1127676 2014-08-22T21:00:32Z 2014-08-22T15:04:46Z After hearing a few tracks already from the album, including the crazy-good song “Attak” featuring Danny Brown, Rustie’s new full-length, Green Language, is now available for streaming over on Pandora.

Green Language, the follow-up to the 2011 release of Glass Swords, will be released on Warp Records next week, on August 26.

Head over and take a listen, and let us know what you think below in the comments.

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After hearing a few tracks already from the album, including the crazy-good song “Attak” featuring Danny Brown, Rustie’s new full-length, Green Language, is now available for streaming over on Pandora.

Green Language, the follow-up to the 2011 release of Glass Swords, will be released on Warp Records next week, on August 26.

Head over and take a listen, and let us know what you think below in the comments.

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Corey From <![CDATA[A Great Big Pile of Leaves Share B-Side “Learning Curves”]]> http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1127673 2014-08-22T20:55:30Z 2014-08-22T14:54:04Z The underrated indie rockers in A Great Big Pile of Leaves are about to be headlining a beast of a tour for September. Their label, Topshelf Records, has put the band together with label-mates Field Mouse, Prawn and Diamond Youth; one sick lineup.

Well, yesterday, the label shared a B-side from AGBPOL’s excellent (newest) album, You’re Always On My Mind, called “Learning Curves”. It’s a fun and energetic song that runs just shy of three minutes, containing loud crashes, gorgeous guitar riffs and the expected vocal accompaniment that this band is known for.

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The underrated indie rockers in A Great Big Pile of Leaves are about to be headlining a beast of a tour for September. Their label, Topshelf Records, has put the band together with label-mates Field Mouse, Prawn and Diamond Youth; one sick lineup.

Well, yesterday, the label shared a B-side from AGBPOL’s excellent (newest) album, You’re Always On My Mind, called “Learning Curves”. It’s a fun and energetic song that runs just shy of three minutes, containing loud crashes, gorgeous guitar riffs and the expected vocal accompaniment that this band is known for.

Check the track out below, and if you get a chance, make sure you get to this tour if it comes to your city. See the dates below also.

09.16.2014 The Barbary, Philadelphia, PA
09.17.2014 Metro Gallery, Baltimore, MD
09.19.2014 The Backbooth, Orlando, FL
09.20.2014 Epic Problem, Tampa, FL
09.21.2014 The Masquerade, Atlanta, GA
09.23.2014 The End, Nashville, TN
09.24.2014 The Firebird, St. Louios, MO
09.26.2014 Beat Kitchen, Chicago, IL
09.27.2014 Pike Room, Pontiac, MI
09.28.2014 The Smiling Moose, Pittsburgh, PA
09.30.2014 Great Scott, Allston, MA
10.01.2014 The Met, Pawtucket, RI
10.02.2014 The Studio at Webster Hall, New York, NY
10.03.2014 Asbury Lanes, Asbury Park, NJ

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James Shotwell <![CDATA[Katy Perry Shares “This Is How We Do” Remix Featuring Riff Raff]]> http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1127657 2014-08-22T13:04:45Z 2014-08-22T14:45:41Z The Neon Icon has officially become besties with the girl behind everyone’s Teenage Dream.

Katy Perry is always rumored to be dating someone, regardless of whether or not the press has any proof of the alleged romance. In recent weeks, the person Perry has most often been connected to is Riff Raff, the outrageous rapper who is often known as the most viral man in hip-hop. The pair deny they’re anything more than best friends, but today they took a step towards being more than just friends by collaborating on the official remix of Perry’s infectious “This Is How …

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The Neon Icon has officially become besties with the girl behind everyone’s Teenage Dream.

Katy Perry is always rumored to be dating someone, regardless of whether or not the press has any proof of the alleged romance. In recent weeks, the person Perry has most often been connected to is Riff Raff, the outrageous rapper who is often known as the most viral man in hip-hop. The pair deny they’re anything more than best friends, but today they took a step towards being more than just friends by collaborating on the official remix of Perry’s infectious “This Is How We Do.” You can stream the track, in full, below:

Riff Raff has done a fine job of becoming more internationally known in 2014 on his own, but there is not a doubt in my mind this remix will launch him even further into the public spotlight. You might think he looks ridiculous, and truth be told he would probably agree most days, but he also has a unique sense of wordplay that is unlike anything else in music today. It’s fun and thrilling, but even more important than that it’s entirely his own.

The remix of “This Is How We Do” is available through digital retailers as part of an expanded version of Perry’s most recent album. Click here for more details.

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James Shotwell <![CDATA[Juicy J Releases “Low” Video Featuring Lil Bibby, Young Thug, and Nicki Minaj]]> http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1127655 2014-08-22T20:52:14Z 2014-08-22T14:20:00Z Just a week or two after delivering the official audio, Juicy J has shared the official music video for “Low.”

You may have missed the premiere of “Low” when it ran on UTG, but it won’t be long before the first confirmed single off Juicy J’s next album is impacting radio around the globe. The song packs a killer beat that lends itself to dancing, not to mention remixes (which should begin hitting the net anytime now). The video features fly cars, hot ladies, and shots of Juicy J pimping his way through a parking lot. Nothing too …

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Just a week or two after delivering the official audio, Juicy J has shared the official music video for “Low.”

You may have missed the premiere of “Low” when it ran on UTG, but it won’t be long before the first confirmed single off Juicy J’s next album is impacting radio around the globe. The song packs a killer beat that lends itself to dancing, not to mention remixes (which should begin hitting the net anytime now). The video features fly cars, hot ladies, and shots of Juicy J pimping his way through a parking lot. Nothing too over the top, but it’s entertaining nonetheless. You can view the clip below:

Juicy J has long understood the sound that works best for his style, and “Low” is another example of putting that understanding to good use. This is the kind of song only Juicy J could bring to life, and even though he’s helped by Lil Bibby, Young Thug, and Nicki Minaj along the way, it’s Juicy who remains in the spotlight from beginning to end. Comment below and let us know your thoughts on “Low.”

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James Shotwell <![CDATA[‘Young Ones’ Trailer: Michael Shannon & Elle Fanning Explore Yet Another Dystopian Future]]> http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1127664 2014-08-22T13:25:44Z 2014-08-22T14:16:09Z The future is, by all accounts told on the silver screen, a horrible place to live. There are no jobs, poverty is often rampant, and the idea of society as we know it today has long vanished. For whatever reason, people always believe those who exist in the future are doomed to explore vast wastelands that once supported thriving cities. I’m not against this approach by any means, but it’s certainly not the most original take on what is to come.

Young Ones, the second feature from Jake Paltrow, offers yet another take on a potential dystopian future. Water …

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The future is, by all accounts told on the silver screen, a horrible place to live. There are no jobs, poverty is often rampant, and the idea of society as we know it today has long vanished. For whatever reason, people always believe those who exist in the future are doomed to explore vast wastelands that once supported thriving cities. I’m not against this approach by any means, but it’s certainly not the most original take on what is to come.

Young Ones, the second feature from Jake Paltrow, offers yet another take on a potential dystopian future. Water is more scarce than ever before, and the people left on Earth spend their days in search of the resources needed for life to survive. This leads to wars, high crime, and all sorts of nastiness that average people – like the family at the center of the film – must fight against if they hope to survive. We’ll talk about this idea more in a moment, but let’s take a moment and enjoy the film’s latest trailer:

The official synopsis for Young Ones reads:

YOUNG ONES is set in a near future when water has become the most precious and dwindling resource on the planet, one that dictates everything from the macro of political policy to the detailed micro of interpersonal family and romantic relationships. The land has withered into something wretched. The dust has settled on a lonely, barren planet. The hardened survivors of the loss of Earth’s precious resources scrape and struggle. Ernest Holm (Michael Shannon) lives on this harsh frontier with his children, Jerome (Kodi Smit McPhee)and Mary (Elle Fanning). He defends his farm from bandits, works the supply routes, and hopes to rejuvenate the soil. But Mary’s boyfriend, Flem Lever (Nicholas Hoult), has grander designs. He wants Ernest’s land for himself, and will go to any length to get it. From writer/director Jake Paltrow comes a futuristic western, told in three chapters, which inventively layers Greek tragedy over an ethereal narrative that’s steeped deeply in the values of the American West.

I think the trailer makes it a little more than obvious that Michael Shannon probably doesn’t make it to the film’s third act, but other than that I am completely sold on spending money to see Young Ones on the big screen. Paltrow has taken a familiar blueprint and found a way to make it his own, and as long as the execution is as smart as the plot itself I think he could have a modern sci-fi classic on his hands. Comment below and let us know if you agree.

Young Ones opens nationwide October 17.

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Sam Cohen <![CDATA[MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Sin City: A Dame To Kill For’ Is An Underwhelming Callback To Adolescence]]> http://www.underthegunreview.net/?p=1127630 2014-08-22T20:39:57Z 2014-08-22T14:00:08Z Film: Sin City: A Dame To Kill For
Directed By: Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller
Starring: Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin

After 9 years of waiting for another foray into bloody black and white cinematic madness, the sequel to Sin City has finally arrived. Was it really worth the wait, though? As a pre-teen back in 2005, this was the kind of pulp noir fiction that my puberty-stricken primal instinct fed off of. Now typing before you is a 21-year-old who hasn’t grown any wiser when it comes to violent entertainment like this.  Betwixt the beheadings, limb chopping, and nude …

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Film: Sin City: A Dame To Kill For
Directed By: Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller
Starring: Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin

After 9 years of waiting for another foray into bloody black and white cinematic madness, the sequel to Sin City has finally arrived. Was it really worth the wait, though? As a pre-teen back in 2005, this was the kind of pulp noir fiction that my puberty-stricken primal instinct fed off of. Now typing before you is a 21-year-old who hasn’t grown any wiser when it comes to violent entertainment like this.  Betwixt the beheadings, limb chopping, and nude women is still a person who finds enjoyment in being exposed to the kind of joyful refuse that Hollywood can sometimes churn out. Sin City: A Dame to Kill For may not be as interesting, joyful, and operatic as the original but there’s enough here to call ‘fun.’

This adventure back into Frank Miller’s Ba(Sin) City introduces us to a slew of new and old characters that all suffer from some bloody plight. Marv (Mickey Rourke) can’t seem to satiate his blood thirst nowadays as he recounts another murderous tale in the film’s opening. Nancy (Jessica Alba) is having a hard time coping with John Hartigan’s (Bruce Willis) death and decides to plot revenge against Senator Roark (Powers Boothe). Dwight (previously played by Clive Owen) must deal with Ava Lord (Eva Green), a lover from the past, and gets sucked into a murder plot that threatens his life. By his side remains Gail (Rosario Dawson), as he must kill the bad guys once again. Last but not least, there’s Johnny (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a hotshot gambler who after being beaten for his winnings against Senator Roark, must exact revenge. In pure Sin City style, all of these stories interlace with each other at one point in time.

Unlike the original, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For suffers from the structure of the vignettes employed in this comic book adaptation. The 2005 journey into the heart of noir-ish darkness perfectly splices the stories together while also letting them stand on their own. In this, it seems like the storylines that were made up for the film tried too hard to include the whole gang of characters in every story. The greatest thing about having loosely connected vignettes is that a film can focus on one character at a time, developing them, beating the hell out of them, and then most of the time, killing them off. Marv’s opening monologue feels forced, rushed, and repetitive as he tries to welcome us back to Sin City like he’s the gatekeeper. Jessica Alba’s stripping sequences are amped up to 11 in this as if it seems like Frank Miller & Robert Rodriguez realized they were running short on time and decided to buffer some of those stewing moments with Marv killing people gruesomely and Nancy strutting her stuff all emotional-like.

There is no way to justify the grotesquely stylized violence that occurs in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. It’s just another sign of the times. A pre-teen is willing to throw out any measure of logic when it comes to such a primal experience as the original Sin City. Now as an adult, you get most of the same feelings. Films like this appeal to the intrinsic part of humans where some joy is found in watching a guy/gal go on murdering sprees with the intention of killing bad guys. That’s exactly what Sin City: A Dame to Kill For delivers on even if it isn’t as fluid and fast-paced as the original.

An immensely talented cast bolsters this adventure riffing off of tropes built from 1940s-50s noir films. Josh Brolin plays the role of a violently angry man duped by an ex-lover with ease. His scenes could have easily been ripped from an old Humphrey Bogart film and I mean that in the best way possible. Eva Green, who again has no problem baring all (especially in 300: Rise of an Empire), looks exactly like a femme fatale would look like from something directed by Alfred Hitchcock. She brings her signature ferocity to every part she plays and in a lot of cases, she is the best part. Jessica Alba strips more than emotes in this sequel, as we get minimal to no more insight into the character that added to her star-power back in 2005.

Mickey Rourke is having the most fun with his character as he laughs every time he beats someone half to death. And yes, he even dives through a windshield, disarms the driver, and hops out without a scratch, again. Juno Temple, who played Dottie in the criminally under seen Killer Joe, even shows up for a small part as an escort/con-artist. When the world realizes that this actress belongs in everything, I will be waiting. Joseph Gordon-Levitt also does a good job with the scant material given to him, perfectly playing the wisecracking and cocky gambler. If you don’t see your favorite actor above, it’s because they got minimal to no screen time or simply weren’t memorable.

Plot and story structure nitpicks aside, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For is further proof of the beautiful wonders that can be concocted through digital filmmaking. Everything is just so vivid, realized and vibrant. If Miller and Rodriguez’s goal was to replicate the original series of graphic novels panel by panel, they have succeeded. I rarely see a film that uses every tool possible to construct such a stylized visual world with CGI. There is beauty in black & white and it seems that Rodriguez may be the only one to fully realize that right now.

All in all, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For may be a touch too late for the ones who braved the theaters all the way back in 2005. If you let your guard down though, this will prove to be a more than accessible piece of pulp fiction for a viewer to gasp and sometimes laugh at.

GRADE: C-

Review written by Sam Cohen — ()

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