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REVIEW: The Cinema – ‘Talking In Your Sleep’

Artist: The Cinema
Title: Talking In Your Sleep
Label: 8123 Records
Genre: Indie Pop

In 2011, a new musical force was brought upon the music world when Lydia’s frontman Leighton Antelman and producer Matt Malpass created The Cinema. This resulted in their debut album My Blood Is Full Of Airplanes the same year, which was met with critical acclaim and showed a new direction in Antelman’s musical endeavors. Fast forward three years and the collaboration brings us Talking In Your Sleep, which takes My Blood Is Full Of Airplanes and sprinkles layers of vocal transformations and epic …

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SINGLE REVIEW: Fall Out Boy – “The Kids Aren’t Alright”

Artist: Fall Out Boy
Song: “The Kids Aren’t Alright”
Album: American Beauty / American Psycho

The rumors of Fall Out Boy’s plans to release a follow-up to Save Rock And Roll in 2015 have recently been proven true, and now we find ourselves in the midst of a promotional campaign that has encountered its fair share of criticism. We have made it a point to review every new song that has surfaced thus far, and today are continuing those efforts by taking a look at “The Kids Aren’t Alright,” which premiered online earlier this week. If you missed the …

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REVIEW: Sullivan – ‘Heavy Is The Head’

Artist: Sullivan
Album: Heavy Is The Head
Genre: Alt. rock
Label: Spartan Records

To the excitement of many fans, including some of us here at UTG, Sullivan announced the end of their hiatus, as well as details for a new full-length album. They were officially on hiatus for seven years, starting in 2007. During that time they did self-release an acoustic EP featuring songs from their previous work, but at the time they did not make public any plans to get back together. Lucky for us though, they did decide to release some brand new music, and I think it’s …

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REVIEW: Nicki Minaj – ‘The Pinkprint’

Artist: Nicki Minaj
Album: The Pinkprint
Genre: Hip-Hop
Label: Young Money

Whenever new material from Nicki Minaj arrives online people are quick to ask whether the pop star’s delivery falls under the category of ‘radio’ or ‘mixtape’ Minaj. The former is typically viewed a hook-heavy club offering, while the latter tends to refer to tracks where Minaj drops all pop sensibility in preference of her hip-hop roots. The Pinkprint is a perfect combination of both, though I would argue that it offers the least radio ready collection of tracks Nicki has shared with fans to date. That’s not a complaint, …

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REVIEW: Wild Imaginaries – ‘Shades’ EP

Artist: Wild Imaginaries
Album: Shades EP
Genre: Pop, Piano Rock
Label: Unsigned

From the ashes of San Francisco band Via Coma comes the next project from the Bay Area trio who are now known as Wild Imaginaries. The group’s first installment comes in the form of a five-song, piano pop EP, titled Shades.

Shades doesn’t directly pick up where Via Coma left off, but that’s not a bad thing at all. As the two band names suggest, the group has shifted from Via Coma’s often dark and eerie sound into a much brighter and poppier mood in their …

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REVIEW: ANTEMASQUE – ‘ANTEMASQUE’

Artist: ANTEMASQUE
Album: ANTEMASQUE
Genre: Rock, Punk

Despite the dissolution of The Mars Volta, pioneering artists Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez can’t seem to split up. With The Mars Volta’s final album, Noctourniquet, and its supporting tour in the books, the duo reportedly intended to work on separate projects, as they’ve been wont to do. Fortunately for fans, this was not the case, as Bixler-Zavala and Rodriguez-Lopez recruited former Mars Volta touring drummer Dave Elitch to join them in what would become ANTEMASQUE. The band’s self-titled release was later recorded in a studio belonging to Red Hot

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REVIEW: Various Artists – ‘Punk Goes Pop Vol. 6′

Artist: Various
Album: Punk Goes Pop Vol. 6
Genre: Covers/Compilation
Label: Fearless Records

Two years have passed since Fearless Records shared Punk Goes Pop Vol. 5, and in that time the world of top 40 music has undergone quite a transformation. There is less music created by actual instruments at radio today than ever before, replaced at a startling rate by EDM headliners and star-studded collaborative efforts that revolve around mindless hooks backed by thumping bass. Transforming these tracks into well-executed covers performed by artists using guitars is no easy task, but Fearless found thirteen artists up to the …

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REVIEW: Bobby Shmurda – ‘Shmurda She Wrote’ EP

Artist: Bobby Shmurda
Album: Shmurda She Wrote
Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

After a summer that sent him rising from a nobody to one of the most blogged about names in urban music, Bobby Shmurda has all the hype in the world and none of the work to back it up. Though he’s become a household name in many parts of the country, not to mention having been seen rubbing shoulders with the hip-hop elite on the strength of his breakout hit, the young man behind “Hot Nigga” was nowhere to be found on the biggest must watch lists of up-and-coming emcees released …

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REVIEW: Stolas – ‘Allomaternal’

Band: Stolas
Album: Allomaternal
Genre: Progressive, Post-Hardcore
Label: Blue Swan Records

Stolas have returned, with their second album Allomaternal, the followup to their 2011 Blue Swan Records debut, Living Creatures. After an unfortunate delay, Allomaternal has finally arrived, making its way into the hands of eager fans over the past week.

One of the most distinguishing factors about Allomaternal is the improved vocals of frontman Jason Weiche, who contributes much more powerful harshes, and polished cleans that blend well with the supporting vocals of drummer Carlo Marquez. Speaking of whom; we also see a lot more from …

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REVIEW: Such Gold – ‘The New Sidewalk’

Artist: Such Gold
Album: The New Sidewalk
Label: Razor & Tie Records
Genre: Punk, Melodic Hardcore

Whenever a band is releasing a new album, I always observe how their music has evolved in a lot of aspects. This can include the band’s direction in sound, what the members have done to progress in their respective playing abilities, how personal their lyrics are, who is producing the album, etc.

Being an early listener of Rochester, NY’s melodic hardcore band Such Gold, I have seen the overall aroma of the band grow with each release in terms of lyrics, production, and …

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REVIEW: The Jazz June – ‘After The Earthquake’

Artist: The Jazz June
Title: After The Earthquake
Label: Topshelf Records
Genre: Emo, Rock

It gets difficult to string together thoughts on a band’s work when you aren’t as familiar with their back story. The Jazz June is different, though. Their music is sort of like the older brother you have who went away to college when you were seven and came back home so you could meet his wife and his kids.

TJJ crash course (for those who need it): The band came to life in 1996 in Pennsylvania. Their most acclaimed record thus far is entitled The Medicine.

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REVIEW: Brent Walsh – ’7′

Artist: Brent Walsh
Album: 7
Genre: Indie, Pop, Experimental
Label: Equal Vision Records

Over the past few years, I The Mighty’s lead vocalist and guitarist, Brent Walsh, has spent considerable time hashing out some tracks that just didn’t seem to fit into what is now I The Mighty.

Since their signing to Equal Vision Records in 2011, we’ve seen a considerable shift in I The Mighty’s sound, especially considering the band was originally operating as an acoustic duo comprised of Walsh and current guitarist Ian Pedigo. Even with the introduction of bassist Chris Hinkley and drummer Blake Dahlinger, …