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MUSIC VIDEO: Mallory Knox – “Hello”

Rising UK rock outfit Mallory Knox released the new music video for their fifth single “Hello,” which was directed by Daniel Broadley.

This song is off of the group’s debut album, Signals, that dropped in January via A Wolf At Your Door Records. Check out Grace Duffy’s glowing review of Signals by clicking here and pick up your copy now.

Watch Mallory Knox’s video for “Hello” through the “Read More” link provided and get acquainted with your new favorite band. Catch them on tour in the UK if you have the opportunity.…

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REVIEW: Duck. Little Brother, Duck! – Don’t Take Our Filth Away

Artist: Duck. Little Brother, Duck!
Album: Don’t Take Our Filth Away
Genre: Alternative
Label: Topshelf Records

I know I’m not supposed to like this, because this is all faintly ridiculous. And yet…I kinda do. There’s no consistency beyond the rough and tumble set-up; the songs are all varying lengths and it’s nigh impossible to figure out what they’re actually singing about, but the rough-hewn mentality of this record is something that’s impossibly infectious. It’s a difficult listen alright, and likely to alienate far more than it endears, but I can’t help discerning some artistic intrigue amidst all the grainy noise.…

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REVIEW: A Loss For Words – Returning To Webster Lake

Artist: A Loss for Words
Album: Returning to Webster Lake
Genre: Acoustic
Label: Velocity/Rise Records

Acoustic albums, as I’m sure I’ve stated previously, can be hit and miss. They also tend to evoke the cynic in me a little too often. A lot can be attributed to sheer laziness or lack of inspiration, with the band choosing to re-record old songs and offer a ‘fresh’ perspective instead of coming up with something new. A Loss for Words’ Returning to Webster Lake is not one for the cynics however. These are not musicians who want for productivity, and their use of …

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REVIEW: The Offspring – Days Go By

Artist: The Offspring
Album: Days Go By
Genre: Punk rock/pop-punk
Label: Columbia

Days Go By is an album cloven in three. It’s an unusual mixture of styles and experiments, veering dramatically from the cocksure, cheeky Offspring quirks we know and love to something far more pointed and sombre to something downright bizarre. It’s a good record, and makes for a stirring 40 minutes or so of listening, but it takes a few plays to really settle and even then it’s easy to pick out a few oddities. Being that this is the band’s ninth album, diversions in sound are to …

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REVIEW: Maroon 5 – Overexposed

Artist: Maroon 5
Album: Overexposed
Genre: Pop/rock
Label: A&M/Octone

Something of a rushed job in the wake of their “Moves Like Jagger” success last year, Overexposed is an awkward and lumbering album, yet one that musters some real gems before it gives out. It’s underwritten and bland, marked by a persistent insecurity as to how it wants to sound. Maroon 5 aren’t exactly the bearers of profound, thought-provoking musicality but their penchant for crafting a sleek pop tune has gone somewhat awry here. The title is fitting, as the tinkering and differing approaches taken to these tracks indicates a catch-all …

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REVIEW: Adam Lambert – Trespassing

Artist: Adam Lambert
Album: Trespassing
Genre: Pop
Label: RCA

Adam Lambert is one of the few artists who make reality talent shows seem worthwhile. In a sea of indentical, fleeting wannabes, he stood out even during his American Idol days as a talented and provocative artist and extravagant showman. This diligence and glamour has seeped into his music, which often represents the very best medley of his influences and which, more than anything, captures an infectious and jovial sense of fun. It is pop music and unashamedly so, but it’s sophisticated pop music – lavish, thoughtful, sublimely executed, with exquisite …

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REVIEW: Eric Hutchinson – Moving Up, Living Down

Artist: Eric Hutchinson
Album: Moving Up, Living Down
Genre: Pop
Label: Warner Bros.

Eric Hutchinson is something of a prodigal son. He signed with Maverick Records some years ago, but the label went under before he could put out his debut record. The plucky artist released the album himself, and following considerable acclaim, he was picked up by Warner Bros. This kind of determined, diligent attitude underpins Moving Up, Living Down, his second full length record. The product of feverish touring and transcontinental producing, it’s a breezy, enjoyable listen filled with pleasant tracks and summery vibes. Hutchinson is a …

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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: Secrets – The Ascent

Artist: Secrets 

Album: The Ascent
Genre: Post-hardcore/screamo
Label: Velocity/Rise Records

Considering they apparently formed just over a year ago, San Diego five-piece Secrets display an impressive togetherness and articulate sound on this debut album. The Ascent is a fiery and memorable listen, ably combining a heavy, ferocious guitar sound with a lighter touch. It isn’t exactly an original take on the post-hardcore genre and can get a little carried away on occasion, but it remains a mostly worthy effort and makes for stirring listening.…

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SCENE & HEARD: Kick-Ass

Written by UTG critic Grace DuffyScene & Heard takes a look at the music that makes our favorite films so memorable. Whether it’s the 400-piece orchestra Christopher Nolan used for The Dark Knight, or the dozen or so bands that contributed to the soundtrack of Top Gun, there is no denying the impact music has on movies and this column hopes to highlight the best of the best.

If you have a suggestion for a film we should cover on Scene & Heard, please contact us by emailing utgjames@gmail.com.

A more recent classic in soundtrack terms, Kick-Ass was …

Young Empires

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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SCENE & HEARD: “Attack The Block”

Written by UTG critic Grace DuffyScene & Heard takes a look at the music that makes our favorite films so memorable. Whether it’s the 400-piece orchestra Christopher Nolan used for The Dark Knight, or the dozen or so bands that contributed to the soundtrack of Top Gun, there is no denying the impact music has on movies and this column hopes to highlight the best of the best.

If you have a suggestion for a film we should cover on Scene & Heard, please contact us by emailing utgjames@gmail.com.

Attack the Block is one of the lesser known …