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LIVE REVIEW: Riot Fest Denver (Day 1)

I missed Riot Fest 2013, and to be honest I spent the first six months after it took place kicking myself for having not attended. When the 2014 installment was unveiled, I knew this would be the year I finally made the trek. Chicago was my first choice, but due to some family related issues that came up in August I ultimately settled on booking a flight, hotel, and car for one in order to enjoy Riot Fest from the parking lot of Mile High Stadium in Denver, CO.

My journey began as great adventures do, with a far too …

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Kind Of Like A Body Bag: 10 Years Of Underminded’s ‘Hail Unamerican’

After twenty-seven years on this planet I am convinced of two things being true without exception: Popcorn is always best when it’s freshly popped and every single person will stumble across a collection of albums in their life that change the way they view the world around them. This editorial is about the latter.

In the fall of 2008 I was attending college at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan. My days were mostly made of class, naps, and countless hours spent updating my music blog. I thought I had heard every great record the alternative/Warped Tour scene had …

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Henry Rollins Writes Editorial Against Suicide, References Robin Williams’ Death

Henry Rollins sure knows how to stir up some controversy, doesn’t he?

Rollins has been around for quite some time. He also happens to be a very opinionated individual. While fans usually find themselves agreeing with him on most issues, it seems that his recent editorial with LA Weekly may turn some people off. He wrote a rather lengthy opinion piece about suicide, and he pulls no punches. Referring to Robin Williams’ untimely passing, as well as some people he knew personally, he states that he can’t understand why someone who has kids to think of would choose to end …

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‘Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle’ 10 Years Later: Still High After All This Time

In the summer of 2004 I was seventeen and living a life that could best be described as straight edge. It’s not that I lived in a world thriving with drugs and alcohol that I fought daily to avoid. On the contrary, I came up in a modest, middle class household in a tiny rural town with a population well below 5,000 people. I didn’t do drugs, but I also had no idea where to find them if I had any desire to try them in the first place. Everything I knew about weed and the effects it had on …

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10 Questions We Have About ‘Apes 3′ After Watching ‘Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes’

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes just wrapped its first weekend of release here in the United States, and based on its $73 million dollar haul at the box office I think it’s safe to say a third film in the modern Apes franchise is not far from being a reality. It has long been rumored that a trilogy was the plan from day one, but as Hollywood has suffered a few misfire franchise launches in recent years (Mortal Instruments, Beautiful Creatures) executives have become a bit more hesitant to guarantee anything until they see a return …

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Will Mark Ruffalo And Marvel Take Us To ‘Planet Hulk’?

Mark Ruffalo has been doing a ton of interviews to promote his role in the new film Begin Again. Press are typically asked to only talk about the project being promoted, but as Ruffalo is part of one of the biggest franchises in cinema history (Marvel’s cinematic universe) nearly every conversation has found at least a small amount of time to ask about the thing that has been on the minds of comic movie fans since The Avengers: When will The Hulk return, and will there be another stand-alone Hulk film?

Warning: Some small comic-based spoilers will follow

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A Decade of Questions: 10 Years of Midtown’s ‘Forget What You Know’

You can look at anniversaries for albums in two different ways: 1) to remember the feels and take in the nostalgia that it brings, or 2) to view how the band has progressed since. Obviously, with Midtown all but defunct (due to a few recent reunion shows this year), you can’t really do the latter with this anniversary of Forget What You Know, unfortunately.

I remember the first few times I spun this record. The reality of a major label presence was obvious, but not in your face, so it was still the band that captured my ears with …

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10 Years Later: Alexisonfire’s ‘Watch Out!’

Alexisonfire seemed to not so much break up as drift apart. Dallas Green’s City and Colour was catching on with listeners. Wade MacNeil was chosen to replace Frank Carter in Gallows. With two of the band’s key members going or gone, George Pettit posted a statement — which wasn’t the most amicable-sounding — announcing the end of AOF. There was a tour, an expensive box set, a new band for Pettit, and now, nothing but the memories.

Looking back, Watch Out! wasn’t the band’s most successful commercial album – Crisis and Old Crows/Young Cardinals both have more impressive numbers. Watch

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10 Years Later: From First To Last’s ‘Dear Diary, My Teen Angst Has A Body Count’

On June 29, 2004, it was summer vacation for me. In just a couple of months my friends and I would be moving on to be sophomores in high school. At the time screamo/emo was growing into “mainstream” popularity. At the time I was into metal and punk. That did not last too long and I eventually found myself listening to screamo. The bands in this scene that released albums over the next few years laid the groundwork for similar artists to rise and become popular in the genres that we see today.

I don’t remember how I first learned …

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EDITORIAL: 10 Years of Underoath’s ‘They’re Only Chasing Safety’

“Believe me, man! If you’re into any of that ‘screamo’ stuff, you’ll love this record! Just give it a shot and let me know what you think”!

I can still remember those exact words spoken to me as my friend returned my iPod Nano after a day of uploading it with the contents of his digital library in the fall of 2006. I was scanning through new additions and came across a really intriguing album cover to an album called They’re Only Chasing Safety by Underoath, and I just had to ask about it.

By that afternoon, I found …

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‘Mean Girls’ Turns 10: A Decade Later, We Still Feel Personally Victimized by Regina George

There’s rarely been a week that’s gone by in the past decade where I haven’t managed to quote Mean Girls or reference the film in some form. Whether it be via .gif in a forum in lieu of a response that would have paled in comparison, or a Facebook status nearly every October 3, the probability of me utilizing Mean Girls as a random content generator is fairly high. I’m not obsessed by any means but this 2004 hit has always resonated with me. It’s one of those rare gems that doesn’t depreciate; you can pop it in at any …

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The 6 Must See Films Of IFF Boston 2014

It’s that time of year again!

Today marks the beginning of the 2014 Independent Film Festival Boston, and per usual UTG is on the scene with two writers who will be bringing you reviews and insight into this year’s screenings. There are over 100 films playing this year, but you and I both know there is no way in hell anyone has the time or physical ability to see them all. So, in an attempt to lessen the frustration caused by pouring over schedules and choosing between conflicting features, we have compiled a list of six films you absolutely must …