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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Pixels’ Is A Disaster In Every Way

Film: Pixels
Starring: Adam Sandler, Kevin James
Directed by: Chris Columbus

Adam Sandler has official hit rock bottom, and he’s dragging your childhood heroes, as well as the great Peter Dinklage, down with him.

Pixels is exactly what we fear seeing when we pay to go to the movies. From beginning to end the film, which plays like an extended version of the spoiler heavy trailer with needless exposition added to extend its running time, is a complete waste of everything needed to make movies. The cast—while talented—folds completely under the pressure to make something memorable out of what I can only imagine was a paper thin script, and the plot has so many holes you are forced to question whether or not anyone read the screenplay before stepping foot on set. It’s a complete and utter disaster, which I pray none of you ever choose to experience…especially if you have to pay for admission. Read more »

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Unexpected’ Is A Wonderfully Simple Indie Gem

Film: Unexpected
Starring: Cobie Smulders, Gail Bean
Directed by: Kris Swanberg

Unless you’re planning for it, the news that you’re about to have a baby can be both an exciting and terrifying experience in someone’s life. For Samantha Abbott (Cobie Smulders), there was probably no good time for the news that she would soon give birth to her first child to arrive. It’s not that she never wanted children, but she always planned to have them at some unknown point in the future when her life was a bit more settled. Unfortunately for Samantha, life rarely cares about the plans we make. Read more »

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Ant-Man’ Is One Of Marvel’s Best

Film: Ant-Man
Starring: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly
Directed by: Peyton Reed

Fear not, everyone. The reign of Marvel as the leader in modern summer entertainment is far from over.

Everyone knew from the very beginning that the third phase of Marvel’s beloved cinematic universe would need to undergo a serious evolution in order to keep moviegoers engaged, and in response to that demand the studio has pulled off something just short of magical with Ant-Man. Not quite as serious as the Avengers films, but also not so light-hearted that it overlooks the key emotional beats needed to make superhero films work, the Paul Rudd-led feature is the first of its kind for Marvel. Unlike Iron Man or Captain America, the studio has taken on the challenge of making people cheer for a hero most have never seen, and they somehow managed to pull it off with brilliant execution. Read more »

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UTG INTERVIEW: Matthew Morgan Talks ‘Empathy For Inanimate Objects’

“Honestly, I don’t ever remember a time that I didn’t feel like I was a musician and I’ve never imagined a different focus for my life.”

Matthew Morgan has been making music for many years, but his newest effort, an EP titled Empathy For Inanimate Objects, is arguably his best work yet. Layered with varied instrumentation, beautiful vocal harmonies and Morgan’s lyrical storytelling, Empathy is folky Americana done right and serves as one of this year’s strongest undiscovered releases.

We recently had the chance to chat with Matthew to discuss his musical upbringing and how it led to where he’s at now with his current project. He also touches on the themes of the record and what he’s been working on since its release. Follow through below to read our full conversation and to stream Empathy For Inanimate Objects in full. Read more »

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Stream We Came As Romans’ New, Self-Titled Album

Detroit’s We Came As Romans have begun streaming their new self-titled effort ahead of its July 24 release through Equal Vision Records. Give it a listen below.

“We wound up self-titling it for a reason,” vocalist Dave Stephens told Huffington Post earlier this week. “The six of us really came together creatively on it. It was the first time we just wrote really honestly. We wrote straight from the heart. We didn’t try to censor anything or hold back at all. Same thing musically, we wrote exactly what we wanted to hear, what we wanted to play. We weren’t worried about what the critics thought of it. We were just writing for us.”

If you like what you hear, there’s still time to pre-order the record before it hits shelves this Friday. Read more »

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Chvrches Announce Fall Tour

To coincide with the release of their forthcoming LP, Every Open Eye, Chvrches have announced a sizable fall tour that will stretch across the United States, Canada, and Europe. Follow the jump to view a full itinerary.

The Scottish group’s highly anticipated sophomore album, a follow-up to 2013′s The Bones Of What You Believe, is set to arrive on September 25. The record’s cover art and toe-tapping lead single, “Leave A Trace,” can additionally be found below. Read more »

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PVRIS Release New Music Video For “Fire”

PVRIS have unveiled a new music video for their track, “Fire,” taken from their outstanding debut album, White Noise. Check it out after the break, and let us know if you’re a fan in the comments.

The Massachusetts-based trio will be spending the remainder of the summer on the Vans Warped Tour, after which they will join Circa Survive for a four-show outing Down Under. To see if they’ll be in your area, head here.

Whether throwing down a killer cover or dominating the stage, PVRIS continue to remind us that their meteoric rise to fame was no accident. Stay in touch on Twitter, and keep your fingers crossed for new tunes before the year is out. Read more »

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Gangrene, Action Bronson Drive Recklessly In “Driving Gloves” Music Video

Little known fact: when he’s not getting torn apart on the internet by Ghostface Killah, Action Bronson loves to destroy cars. At least, that’s what his new Gangrene video would make you believe.

The music video for “Driving Gloves” features Bronson, The Alchemist and Oh No renting, breaking and vandalizing a car into nothing, and because Action Bronson is present, it’s hysterical. Take a look below.

The track comes from Gangrene’s new album You Disgust Me, which drops August 7. Read more »

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Counterparts Stream ‘Tragedy Will Find Us’ In Full

Canadian melodic hardcore band Counterparts are streaming their Pure Noise Records debut Tragedy Will Find Us in full, ahead of its July 24 release date. Listen to the record below via Noisey.

Tragedy Will Find Us doubles down on the band’s technical hardcore elements found on previous full-lengths, The Current Will Carry Us and The Difference Between Hell And Home, while picking up the pace with more aggressive vocals, faster tempos from the first track, and occasional spoken word elements. Tragedy Will Find Us shows Counterparts shedding any excess and dovetailing perfectly into their niche sound with their most focused release yet.

Listen to the new record and get your last-minute pre-order in right now.

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PUP Release Wonderful Animated Music Video For “Dark Days”

Toronto’s PUP are still somehow one of punk rock’s best kept secrets. Despite near universal critical acclaim for last year’s self-titled record released via SideOneDummy, the band have yet to achieve the lavish rock and roll lifestyle they undoubtedly deserve. Some of their less-than-glamorous experiences as a band touring from city to city in a van have been immortalized in their new animated music video for “Dark Days.”

Playing shows to three excited kids in an otherwise empty room, puking in the bathroom of the venue, and rolling joints on a copy of Batman Forever are just some of the touring experiences PUP has illustrated in the music video. Hopefully the band continues to grow, and maybe by this time next year, they’ll be able to afford rolling joints on a copy of Batman Begins.

Take a look at “Dark Days” below. PUP is currently playing on this year’s Warped Tour.

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Lana Del Rey Releases Title Track From ‘Honeymoon’

One of the indie music landscape’s most divisive acts, Lana Del Rey, has released her latest single. The new track is called “Honeymoon,” and comes from the album of the same name. You can watch the official lyric video embedded below.

As far as Lana Del Rey songs go, “Honeymoon” is pretty standard fare. A slow, stretched out instrumental, Lana’s delicate voice crooning on top, romanticized lyricism – you get the picture. If you’ve liked her previous material, you’ll probably enjoy this song. Otherwise, it probably won’t change your mind. Give the song a listen below.

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Run The Jewels Miss Obvious “Purrly” Pun, Release “Meowrly” From ‘Meow The Jewels’

If you’ve been following Run The Jewels in any capacity since last year’s Run The Jewels 2, you’re probably aware of Meow The Jewels, the project in which El-P recreates the duo’s entire sophomore record using nothing but cat noises. We’ve heard a few sneak peeks of the project via Instagram videos, but RTJ has finally released a full track via Soundcloud. Check out the awkwardly titled “Meowrly” below.

According to tweets from El-P, this track was produced by BOOTS. Surprisingly, the awkward mish-mash of purrs and meows sounds decent with Killer Mike rapping the now-familiar “Early” on top. Take a listen to the track below, and let us know what you would have titled the song at our Twitter. Read more »