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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Everly’ Will Kick Your Ass

Film: Everly
Starring: Selma Hayek
Directed by: Joe Lynch

With bullets and creative flare to spare, Everly ushers in a new age of cool for its lead, as well as its director.

Joe Lynch hasn’t made a feature-length film that made it to audiences with his vision in tact since Wrong Turn 2. In the time between, Joe has contributed to various film projects (Chillerama, for example), starred in a sitcom (Holliston), and even made a movie that was taken from him and cut to shreds by a third party who then completely mishandled the flick’s release (Knights Of Badassdom). All of that has been interesting enough, but I don’t think anything in Lynch’s history could properly prepare viewers for the violent, yet heartfelt adventure that is Everly. Read more »

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UTG INTERVIEW: The Great Escape Discuss Influences, California and Their Debut LP

California’s The Great Escape is sure to be on the rise in 2015. With a strong debut under their belts, only beginning to make the rounds, the three-piece are poised to take the jam-rock world by storm, with the powerful vocal presence of Amie Miriello leading the charge. With Malte Hagemeister on guitar and Kristian Nord on drums, collectively laying the foundation, the band draws influences from Woodstock-era luminaries like Hendrix, Joplin, and Cream and fuses them with a modern twist that would appeal to fans of The Black Keys and The Dead Weather as well.

With their Ram Jam-ish single “All I Think About” just recently receiving an accompanying music video, The Great Escape are showing no signs of slowing down in the promotion of this album, with plenty of plans to continue on in 2015. We had the chance to talk to them all about it as Hagemeister and Nord provided insight into their musical roots and plenty more. Read through below and get the scoop from two thirds of The Great Escape, then check out their brand new video for “All I Think About.” Read more »

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UTG INTERVIEW: Manilow, Festering Away On The Underground

“More honest and ragged” than aiming for a certain sound, London’s Manilow (nothing to do with Barry), offer up a blend of nearly every nook and cranny of rock; punk, lo-fi, power pop and more all make an appearance on their newest EP, Cease And Desist.

We recently had the chance to chat with the band and discuss their method of operation, the current state of punk, and where they see that newly released effort getting the most attention – so read through the jump to get familiar with this English trio and be sure to stream Cease And Desist after you’ve finished our conversation. Read more »

Rush

Rush Announce Massive North American ‘R40 Live’ Tour

The Holy Trinity, Rush, have been gracing the world with their unique talent as a power trio for an impressive 40 years. After releasing twenty studio albums and renowned singles like “Tom Sawyer,” “The Spirit Of Radio” and “Limelight,” the band has proven to be not only one of the best rock acts of all time but also one of the most hardworking ones.

To commemorate their 40th anniversary as a band, the three-piece — consisting of bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson and drummer Neil Peart — will be embarking on a 34-date trek throughout North America starting on May 8 in Tulsa, OK and ending on August 1 in Los Angeles, CA. These concerts will showcase music throughout the band’s career and will supposedly be their last massive tour they go on that will last this long.

Check out the dates below, and if I were you, I would not miss this concert because it may the best one you ever go to. Read more »

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Periphery Stream ‘Juggernaut: Omega’ In Its Entirety

Prog-metal giants Periphery are on their way to releasing their highly anticipated dual-disc album Juggernaut, with Juggernaut: Alpha already up for streaming as of earlier this week.

The band linked up with Metal Hammer to stream the other portion, Juggernaut: Omega, in full before next week’s release. The double album is slated for release on January 27 via Sumerian Records and will be the followup to 2012′s Periphery II: This Time It’s Personal.

Pre-orders are still available through MerchNow with a plethora of bundles to choose from. Stream Juggernaut: Omega below and enjoy the riffing that is about to ensue. Read more »

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Paramore Announce Full U.S. Tour Alongside Copeland

It has been one hell of a ride for Paramore‘s self-titled record. The reception for this most recent effort has been magnanimous and has changed the game for both the band and its fans. As the pop-rock frontrunners approach the end of this cycle, they are very excited to announce that they will be heading out on tour in support of Paramore one last time.

Joining them will be their longtime pals and fellow frontrunners, Copeland, whose most recent record, Ixora, has also received an immense amount of praise this past year. This will definitely be one for the books as it will be Copeland’s first full U.S. tour in five years. Tickets will be available to the general public on January 30 at 10AM EST, while paramore.net subcribers will be able to purchase tickets on January 26 at 9AM EST. All will be available via LiveNation.

You can check out a gratitude-filled statement from the band below. More details regarding this tour are also available after the jump. Read more »

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Avi Buffalo Share “Think It’s Gonna Happen Again” Music Video

After dropping their long-awaited At Best Cuckold in 2014, California’s Avi Buffalo continues this promotion with an impressive music video to pair with the track “Think It’s Gonna Happen Again.”

The indie-pop melodies of this dreamy song tie the cool, romantic, and grungy scenes of the video together beautifully. Endless nighttime car rides, party aftermath, and steamy romance fill any spaces in the vivid song, leaving a lasting impression on its importance.

The video is quite an adventure for Avi Buffalo throughout the song’s duration. Check it out for yourself below. Read more »

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La Dispute To Play A Few Intimate Shows This Spring

La Dispute announced earlier in December that they will be embarking on a short co-headlining U.S. tour with Title Fight this spring, with the support of The Hotelier. During this brief run, the band will also be playing a few seated, intimate shows in four cities, starting on March 28 in Philadelphia.

These smaller shows will involve playing songs that the band has never played live, readings of excerpts from the members’ favorite books and poems, and a Q&A session with the audience. Tickets for these dates, which are sold separately from the co-headliner with Title Fight, will go on sale on Friday, January 23, at 10AM EST here.

You can check out all of the dates below. Read more »

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Enter Shikari Cover ‘Game Of Thrones’ Theme

The best covers are always born during the BBC Radio 1 Studio Sessions it would seem. Enter Shikari are the latest to stop in the studio, due to the release of their newest album, The Mindsweep, on Tuesday.

As the band promoted this new record in the studio, they also surprised listeners with an intense and thrilling cover of the popular HBO series Game Of Thrones‘ theme song.

The uniqueness of Enter Shikari’s sound goes incredibly well with daunting style of the score, giving fans of the band and the TV show an exciting twist to their music selection.

Give the cover a listen for yourself and let us know what you think. Read more »

Bjork

Björk’s New Album Hits iTunes A Month Earlier Than Planned

Talk about damage control. Upon the unexpected circulation of Björk‘s new album, Vulnicura, this past weekend, the Icelandic singer/songwriter has taken it upon herself to shift the release date a month earlier than expected. The highly anticipated nine-track offering was supposedly scheduled in conjunction with a feature exhibition of her career at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC this coming March, but was made available worldwide on January 20.

“Overall, the advice was to do a pre-sale on iTunes with the instant gratification of two or three tracks,” Birkett, the founder of One Little Indian Record, tells Billboard. “Bjork ideally wanted to get the whole record out, and to cut a very long story short, she made a mostly artistic decision that she wanted to get it all out. She felt very passionately about it.”

Vulnicura is now available for purchase on iTunes, while physical copies of the record will still be rolling out in March.

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Death Cab For Cutie Debut Three New Songs From ‘Kintsugi’

Since the departure of longtime guitarist/producer Chris Walla, Death Cab For Cutie have been keeping preoccupied in terms of continuing what they had all started almost two decades ago. The band has recently announced the release of their newest record, Kintsugi, which will be serving as the start of a new DCFC era. Slated for a March 31 release date via Atlantic, the upcoming record will be the direct followup to Codes And Keys from 2011.

Below you will find three new tracks entitled “Black Sun,” “The Ghost Of Beverly Drive,” and “No Room In Frame,” which the band recently performed at an intimate show in Seattle, WA. Fans of four-piece Death Cab will not be disappointed as three-piece Death Cab does continue to grow on the same soil and roots; after all, frontman Ben Gibbard has previously shared that Walla will always be an active presence in their lives as a musical influence.

You can check out all three new tracks after the jump. Let us know what you think. Read more »

Asking Alexandria

Danny Worsnop Leaves Asking Alexandria

Lead singer of metalcore heavyweights Asking Alexandria, Danny Worsnop, has just announced via his Twitter account that he is departing from the band.

From what it seems, Worsnop has moved on from his eight years in Asking Alexandria and plans to focus on his new project, We Are Harlot.

You can read his full statement below.

“To all of my friends and fans: I would like to let you know that Asking Alexandria and I are moving forward in separate ways. Over the last eight years together we’ve done some amazing things and created something truly special. I now, same as then, want what’s best for the band and at this point in time, that isn’t me. Asking Alexandria will continue to tour throughout the year and will be working on a new album. I will always support and love Asking Alexandria and cannot wait to see what the future holds for them. I am excited for the next chapter of my life with We Are Harlot and will see you all on the road!”