Posts Tagged ‘critique’

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Ray J Has No Shame; Hires Kim Kardashian Lookalike For “I Hit It First” Video

Ray J has been receiving a wealth of publicity over the release and subsequent promotion of his new single, “I Hit It First.” The song features lyrics that most critics claim make direct references to the rapper’s relationship with sex tape star Kim Kardashian, including the line “I had her head going north and her ass going south / But now baby chose to go West,” but Ray J initially denied such claims. In fact, he went so far to fight those accusations up front that he tried telling people the lyrics were simply a story made up …

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SINGLE REVIEW: Jack White – Machine Gun Silhouette

Artist: Jack White
Song: Machine Gun Silhouette
Album: Blunderbuss
Label: Third Man Records

Yesterday, former White Stripes frontman Jack White released the second song to be heard off his forthcoming solo debut, Blunderbuss. We apologize for not bringing you a stream then, but you can now stream “Machine Gun Silhouette” by clicking below:…

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Theater Bizarre

Film: The Theater Bizarre
Starring: Udo Kier, Virginia Newcomb, Amanda Marquardt
Directed by: Various

The last year has seen a rise in the number of horror anthologies being release and the latest, Image Entertainment’s Theater Bizarre, keeps things nice and weird.

At the risk of setting hopes too high, it is clear from early on that Theater Bizarre has a timeless element to its design, as if it already knows it is destined for midnight screenings for decades to come. As the stories begin to unfold, this becomes clearer as things quickly move from strange, to creepy, to downright …

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MOVIE REVIEW: Coriolanus

Film: Coriolanus
Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Gerard Butler
Directed by: Ralph Fiennes

A challenging, hardened film, Coriolanus marks the directorial debut of actor Ralph Fiennes. It is an adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s lesser-known plays about a Roman general forced from power who swears vengeance on those who cast him out of his home state. It’s updated to the present day but retains the original dialogue, making for an intriguing if demanding film.…

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REVIEW: Anthony Green – Beautiful Things

Artist: Anthony Green
Album: Beautiful Things
Genre: Indie/Folk
Label: Photo Finish

In need of a creative outlet outside of his band Circa Survive Anthony Green recorded Avalon. The album was a warm, inviting record with a focus on a more acoustic, folk sound rather than Circa Survive’s bombastic indie rock sound. A little over four years and another Circa Survive album later Green has released his next solo album, Beautiful Things.

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REVIEW: The Saddest Landscape – After The Lights

Artist: The Saddest Landscape
Album: After The Lights
Genre: Hardcore/Screamo
Label: Top Shelf

On first listen it’s clear why Boston’s The Saddest Landscape are part of the Topshelf Records roster, they have an abrasive post-hardcore sound that doesn’t hold back. It’s also no surprise that their past releases include split EP’s with Pianos Become The Teeth and We Were Skeletons, which should give you a general idea of what to expect with The Saddest Landscape.…

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REVIEW: I Became The Hero – Long Forgotten

Artist: I Became The Hero
Album: Long Forgotten
Genre: Metalcore
Label: unsigned

I’m not a big fan of the cold, which of course begs the question, why did I think living in Boston was a good idea? Regardless, my time in the frigid north taught me that the best way to deal with the cold is to find something to help pass the time, a hobby, an obsession if necessary, preferably something that can be done from the comfort of my house, something to keep my mind off how horrible it is outside. This winter, that endeavor happens to be …

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STAND-UP TUESDAYS: Will Noonan

Stand-Up Tuesdays is a weekly comedy spotlight written by the wonderfully talented Angie Frissore. Covering both known and unknown comics, Stand-up Tuesdays is your new source for all things funny.

This week, Angie puts a spotlight on Will Noonan and his latest release, ¡Surpriso! If you or your comedy troupe would like to be featured on Stand-Up Tuesdays, please email utgjames@gmail.com.

There’s no doubt that with all of the year-end ‘best of’ lists coming out you’ve got a backlog of great comedy CDs to take in – but set that task aside for a moment and instead …

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MOVIE REVIEW: Some Guy Who Kills People

Film: Some Guy Who Kills People
Starring: Kevin Corrigan
Directed by: Jack Perez

The double-edged sword of movie award season is and has always been the fact it shines a light on some, but not all of independent cinema’s brightest moments. Over the years, Hollywood has become better at recognizing and highlighting the efforts of dreamers, more in recent years than ever before in fact, but there are still dozens of titles every year that pass too under that radar for the powers that be to notice. Some Guy Who Kills People, which has spent the past year on …

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REVIEW: Young Empires – Wake All My Youth EP

Artist: Young Empires
Album: Wake All My Youth EP
Genre: ‘World Beat/Haute Rock’
Label: Pirates Blend Records/World Hoye Records

Young Empires are extremely fond of their hipster triangles. Dare I say, it even makes their Facebook page look horribly unprofessional. However, we can overlook all that nonsense cos their music is genuinely gorgeous. Wake All My Youth is a chilling, emotive, beautifully executed EP filled with lush and evocative songs. The band have combined elements of disco, ambient pop, and indie rock for a veritable mixed barrel of tracks that play out flawlessly.…

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REVIEW: Dia Frampton – Red

Artist: Dia Frampton
Album: Red
Genre: Indie
Label: Universal Republic

I hadn’t heard the name Dia Frampton before this review, but I certainly won’t be forgetting it now. Red is a gorgeous collection of songs, quirky and fine with a very strong sense of self. Frampton’s pristine vocals steer an understated but faithful line of instruments that add depth and purpose to her works, creating a relatively short but memorable album that’s equal parts folk, pop, and indie and almost entirely flawless.…

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MOVIE REVIEW: Shame

Film: Shame
Starring: Michael Fassbender
Director: Steve McQueen

One of the year’s most discussed titles, thanks partially to being branded with a NC-17 rating, Shame is a film unlike any other released in 2011. Directed by Steve McQueen and lead by the undeniably talented Michael Fassbender, the film offers audiences a candid look at the world of sex addiction and self-destruction. Unflinching, unyielding, and unsettling, this one may take a more than a few cold showers to shake.…