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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Imitation Game’ Is Both Thrilling & Heartbreaking

Film: The Imitation Game
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch
Directed by: Morten Tyldum

Though it feels created almost entirely for the purpose of generating awards season buzz for its lead actor, The Imitation Game is well-crafted World War II tale that is made a tad foolish thanks to bad CGI.

The story of Alan Turing is one that has long been needing a big screen adaptation, but it wasn’t until the last decade that his story found any real sense of closure. The reasoning for that is something I won’t give away in this review, but suffice to say there is a …

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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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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Top Five’ Is The Funniest Film of 2014

Film: Top Five
Starring: Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson
Directed by: Chris Rock

Taking filmmaking cues from everyone who has previously captured NYC and relationships with unflinching honesty, Chris Rock has crafted one hell of a comedic feature with Top Five. It’s a story about love, both for others and yourself, as well as a satirical take on our society that will leave you in stitches for days.…

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REVIEW: Angels and Airwaves – ‘The Dream Walker’

Artist: Angels and Airwaves
Title: The Dream Walker
Label: To the Stars
Genre: Alternative Rock

I’m going to spare all of you my history with this band. I have had various opinions about Angels and Airwaves for many years, and it’s all come to a pinnacle with the release of The Dream Walker.

Objectivity was tough in this situation when it came to writing a review, especially as a blink-182 fanboy. Well, I did, kind of. When you go and listen to this album, do what I did. Set aside your Enema of the State obsession and stop wishing …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Pyramid’ Is A Fun, Yet Familiar Thrill Ride

Film: The Pyramid
Starring: Ashley Hinshaw, Denis O’Hare
Directed by: Grégory Levasseur

Capping off what can only be described as one of the worst years for mainstream horror in the last decade, 20th Century Fox has delivered a fun, yet familiar thrill ride with The Pyramid.

It’s August 2013 and the streets of Cairo are on the brink of complete chaos. The government and its citizens are fighting for reasons far too meaningful for a film like The Pyramid to try and explain, but it does, however, provide a great setting to begin a film that otherwise would need …

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REVIEW: Front Porch Step – ‘Whole Again’

Artist: Front Porch Step
Album: Whole Again EP
Genre: Acoustic folk
Label: Pure Noise Records

I’ve grown to love the EP format over the years. When it’s properly executed, a shorter release offers a perfectly sized stopgap for fans between records, while giving the artist an opportunity to try new things in a sidestep from the high risk, career benchmark, full-length format. In this regard, Front Porch Step has nailed it with Whole Again. The short, fifteen-minute EP features three new songs, all of which offer a new take on Front Porch Step mastermind Jake Mcelfresh’s distinct songwriting style, …

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Night Terrors of 1927 Share “When You Were Mine” Featuring Tegan And Sara

Night Terrors of 1927 are one of the best indie pop rock groups you and your silly friends have yet to discover. Their sound sounds like someone took all the best elements of music today and fused them with the height of 1980s pop music. It’s an intoxicating combination that is so powerful many people are unable to resist the urge to dance when the group’s music comes on the radio. Their latest, “When You Were Mine,” may be the best the Night Terrors of 1927 have ever sounded, and they owe a bit of thanks to everyone’s favorite Canadian …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Penguins Of Madagascar’ Offers Fun & Adventure For Everyone

Film: Penguins Of Madagascar
Starring: Tom McGrath, Chris Miller
Directed by: Eric Darnell, Simon J. Smith

Several years after first appearing as lovable side characters in Madagascar, the flightless birds better known as the Penguins Of Madagascar have finally been given a hilarious film all their own.

Spinoffs are tricky. On the one hand, these features exist to allow beloved characters from popular films a chance to shine away from the large shadow of the original work’s leads. On the other hand, these features also help build cinematic universes, which in 2014 is something every major studio wants to …

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New Years Day Share Crazy Video For “Defame Me”

There are plenty of up-and-coming bands who grab headlines from time to time, but never find the talent or showmanship needed to rise to the next level of popularity. New Years Day have been a band on the verge of achieving great things for several years at this point, and with the release of their latest single they may have finally come into their own.

Set largely in a decrepit building, with a number of scenes dressed to reflect nightmarish visions of mental health facilities, the latest video from New Years Day hits hard and heavy in every way imaginable. …

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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 …