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Better Off Release “I Was Better 10 Years Ago” From ‘Meth Head’

Better Off recently announced their signing to Equal Vision Records and confirmed the release of a seven-inch entitled Meth Head. We heard the title track a while back, and you can now stream the b-side, “I Was Better 10 Years Ago,” at AltPress.

This band is something special, and the new track solidifies that. I think I prefer this song to “Meth Head,” although I’m not sure how I feel about them in comparison to last year’s full-length, (I Think) I’m Leaving. The new seven-inch is a bit of a different direction. Good, but different.

Stream “I Was Better 10 Years Ago” below or over at AltPress. Read more »

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Vacationer Release Music Video For “Go Anywhere”

As fall weather starts to take over, you might have forgotten that Vacationer put out a pretty great album earlier this year. Revisit the summer vibes of Relief with the new music video for “Go Anywhere.”

I don’t think Kenny Vasoli could look more mellowed out than he does here. If you’re having a stressful day, this might be just what you need to regroup and wind down. Take a break, make yourself a piña colada, and enjoy “Go Anywhere.”

You can watch the video below. Read more »

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘John Wick’ Delivers Thrilling Action And Little Else

Film: John Wick
Starring: Keanu Reeves
Directed by: David Leitch, Chad Stahelski

Hell may have no fury like a woman scorned, but neither can hold a candle to the rage that fuels John Wick after losing everything he loves.

The world is a very cold and cruel place when we first meet John Wick, and rarely in the 96 minutes that follow do things ever look up. Hidden away from society after years spent in a life of crime, Wick is a strong and quiet man who is trying his best to mourn the untimely loss of his wife. Her death, brought on by medical issues, has left him searching for purpose in a world he only cared about when she was in it. Read more »

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UTG’s 31 Days Of Halloween: ‘Lake Placid’

Of all the holidays celebrated worldwide, no single day is more loved by the UTG staff than Halloween. With the arrival of the year’s best month, the time has finally come to begin rolling out a plethora of features and special announcements we have prepared in celebration of our favorite day, including the one you’re about to read.

Now in its third year, 31 Days Of Halloween is a recurring feature that will run throughout the month of October. The hope and goal of this column is to supply every UTG reader with a daily horror (or Halloween-themed) movie recommendation that is guaranteed to amplify your All Hallows’ Eve festivities. We’ll be watching every film the day it’s featured, and we hope you’ll follow along at home.

[Warning: the material within is likely NSFW]

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Day 24: Lake Placid (1999)

For as long as there have been horror movies, there have been monsters to fill them. This particular sub-genre has outlasted all others, and despite its habit of recycling old material, still manages to draw in viewers by the boatload. Perhaps it is mankind’s inherent fear of the unknown that fuels the need for inhuman antagonists, but whatever the reason, there is something timeless about a grotesque figure lurking in the foreground, snatching up victims without warning or mercy. Read more »

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UTG PREMIERE: Act As If – “Easier”

The weekend is almost here, so in our minds it is as good a time as any to forget about work and focus on what really matters: Discovering great new music.

Today, we have the great honor of partnering with fast-rising pop rock outfit Act As If to premiere the closing track from their highly anticipated new album. The song, titled “Easier,” knocked us off our collective feet when it first blared throughout our offices, and in the days that followed it could be heard booming from various individual work spaces. To say we’ve fallen head over heels would probably be an understatement, so drop whatever you’re doing and take a few moments to fall in love with Act As If: Read more »

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Whiplash’ Is Likely The Best Film Of 2014

Film: Whiplash
Starring: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons
Directed by: Damien Chazelle

Featuring two unforgettable performances and a script that is as close to perfection as you can find in cinema today, Whiplash is a surefire contender for best film of 2014.

There have been many films about music and various fictional individuals’ attempts at greatness, but never have the heartbreaking sacrifices and unnervingly tense moments that come with truly achieving something special been captured the way they are in Whiplash. Written and directed by Damien Chazelle, the film is as much an exercise in focused effort as the story it has to share, stripping away every moment of needless exposition and unnecessary side-stories in order to deliver a driving and relentlessly thrilling journey to heights of human ability. Read more »

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REVIEW: Arms And Sleepers – ‘Swim Team’

Artist: Arms And Sleepers
Album: Swim Team
Genre: Chillwave, Trip-Hop

Adding to a hefty catalog of LPs, EPs, and split releases riddled with lush tones, intricate instrumentals, ethereal auras, smooth beats and soothing vocal samples, Boston’s Arms and Sleepers are back, post-hiatus, with Swim Team, their fifth full-length studio effort since forming in 2006.

Opening with a slow-builder in “Unbound,” Swim Team immediately compels you to nod your head to one of its many ’90s-inspired beats as you float along with A&S’ evolved sound before meeting a very new one in the title track, which brings to mind the playful and summery childlike exuberance of acts such as Neon Indian, Discovery, and Cults. Read more »

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Foo Fighters Stream “The Feast And The Famine”

Just a week after fans devoured “Something From Nothing,” Foo Fighters have shared another song off their highly anticipated new album.

“The Feast And The Famine” arrived online early this morning. The track is the second to surface off Foo Fighters’ Sonic Highways album, which found the band recording eight songs across eight US cities, and it is the result of the band’s time in Washington D.C. You can stream the song, in full, below: Read more »

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Our Speakers Were Blowing Up All Night Because Killer Mike & El-P Leaked ‘RTJ2′

Killer Mike and El-P don’t typically play by the rules. The dynamic tag-team are on another level within the rap game and we’ve simply given up trying to understand how they consistently raise the bar for their peers in the genre.

The duo’s followup to last year’s unreal debut was set to release via Mass Appeal in just four days’ time on October 28, but late last night, they decided “Aw, fuck it. We can’t wait any longer.” Thus, we’ve been graced with the ability to download the epicness that is RTJ2, for free. Featuring guest spots from Rage Against The Machine’s Zack de la Rocha, blink-182′s Travis Barker, BOOTS, actor Michael Winslow and more, RTJ2 was a contender for album of the year before it even dropped in full. Now, it’s officially in the ranks.

Don’t be a fool; download RTJ2 right here and be prepared to yell “Run The Jewels!” If you’re really a fan, you’ll throw some money their way for some merch to help them create even more perfection. That of course includes the forthcoming, feline-friendly Meow The Jewels. Read more »

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REVIEW: Vision The Kid & Tru – ‘Somewhere In A Dark City’

Artist: Vision The Kid & Tru
Album: Somewhere In A Dark City
Genre: Hip-Hop

Minneapolis tag-team, rapper Vision The Kid and producer Tru, joined forces roughly two years ago to combine their talents and create the best material that their capabilities would allow. The result is this year’s Somewhere In A Dark City, a 14-track hip-hop album that swings for the seats with impressive form — (excuse the baseball metaphor; I’ve been enveloped in the postseason/Fall Classic). Akin to the works of Macklemore and the lesser known and under-appreciated Common Market, Vision The Kid uses Tru’s excellent production as a foundation in which to layer his ostensibly veteran flows. Bar after bar, Vision delivers, but his writing and Tru’s music shine in unison throughout the effort, with both stealing the show in equal measure. Read more »

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Cosby Release Video For Newest Single, “Heartracer”

This has nothing to do with ridiculous sweaters or Jell-O.

Virginia-based brothers Chris and Chip Cosby only formed their band two years ago, but Cosby have already released a healthy catalogue of music in that short period of time.

Most recently: their newest single, entitled “Heartracer.” A fun, poppy, synth-driven, indie-rock track in the vein of M83 and Phoenix, “Heartracer” is a great place to start with Cosby if you’ve yet to check out their work. The accompanying visuals explore some of the ’80s-esque vibes found in the song, with an arcade, plenty of neon and even a keytar.

You can stream the band’s newest single below, and make sure to follow the band on Facebook and Twitter to keep an eye out for their next EP. Read more »

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Dayseeker To Release Deluxe Reissue Of ‘What It Means To Be Defeated’

Last year the post hardcore outfit Dayseeker released their debut full-length effort, What It Means To Be Defeated. Since then, the band has kept themselves busy with touring. Apparently that’s not all they’ve been up to though, which was made clear by their exciting announcement.

The band confirmed they are releasing a deluxe reissue of What It Means To Be Defeated next month. The reissue will feature four acoustic renditions of their popular songs. The original tracks have also been remixed and remastered. You can pre-order the album through InVogue Records’ MerchNow page.

In addition to the announcement, the band revealed a music video for their single “Sleep In The Sea.” The video is available to watch below. Read more »