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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Hunting Ground’ Offers A Haunting Look At Campus Rape

Film: The Hunting Ground
Directed by: Kirby Dick
Genre: Documentary

Though some may argue otherwise, I think it’s safe to say that most would agree all cases of alleged sexual assault should be investigated thoroughly. Living, as we all do, in the 21st century, we have learned that is rarely the case. From the military to the world of higher education, there are hundreds or even thousands of alleged incidents of sexual assault every year that are never investigated. Of those that do catch the attention of authority figures, very few result in any kind of arrest or punishment being …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Digging Up The Marrow’ Strikes Horror Gold

Film: Digging Up The Marrow
Starring: Adam Green, Ray Wise
Directed by: Adam Green

In a world where horror movie remakes, sequels, and flat-out ripoffs are going into production every single day it can be hard to believe there are any real monsters left to be discovered. It has been a decade since the universe gave us Victor Crowley, and far longer since an original monster has captivated audiences on a truly massive scale, but there is at least one man on this planet who believes there are many monsters we have yet to see. In fact, he’s seen them, …

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REVIEW: Big Sean – ‘Dark Sky Paradise’

Artist: Big Sean
Album: Dark Sky Paradise
Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Dark Sky Paradise is not one step closer to the record fans have been waiting for Big Sean to create, but five. Coming off the largely forgettable Hall Of Fame, the Detroit native spent the majority of 2014 crafting his most honest, ambitious, and creative record to date. It’s not perfect, but then again neither is he.

Opening with “Dark Sky (Skyscrapers),” Sean reintroduces himself while touching on topics like wealth, success, and the patience you need in order to attain either. His flow flip-flops from slow to fast and …

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REVIEW: S. Carey – ‘Supermoon’

Artist: S. Carey
Album: Supermoon
Genre: Indie

S. Carey‘s sophomore LP Range Of Light was a dense album, and I mean that in the best way possible. Some of the album’s best moments come from finding new layers or textures months after the initial listen. It was a sonic narrative that was meant to encompass of all Sean Carey’s appreciation and love of nature with music.

While the journey provided on Range Of Light was exactly what it meant to be in my mind, the beauty of S. Carey as a musician is his versatility. With that comes Supermoon

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Juicy J Drops ‘Blue Dream & Lean 2′ Mixtape

Following a series of successful digital singles, Juicy J has made good on his promise to share even more new music with the release of his Blue Dream & Lean 2 mixtape.

Hitting the net right around noon on Monday, February 16, the latest mixtape from trap-master Juicy J offers seventeen tracks. Some of the songs have debuted prior, including the infectious “I’m Sicka,” but the majority of the material has remained under wraps until today. Rae Sremmurd, Elle Varner, Wiz Khalifa, K. Camp and Project Pat guest on the release, with production being handled by everyone from Jahlil Beats, …

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Dance Gavin Dance Continue To Impress With “On The Run”

Adding to an already acclaimed catalog of intricate rock goodness, Dance Gavin Dance have reaffirmed their unique presence in the world of alternative music with the release of “On The Run.”

The first song to surface from the band’s forthcoming album, which is scheduled for release this spring through Rise Records, “On The Run” offers a little bit of everything fans have come to expect from Dance Gavin Dance. Things begin rather chaotic, with screams pouring through the speakers alongside a furious flurry of sound. That sound remains for a bit, but eventually the song begins to evolve into something …

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Is Charlie Puth’s “Marvin Gaye” Pop Music’s Next Smash Hit?

Atlantic Records took the music industry by surprise in 2014 with the signing, and later complete radio domination, of Meghan Trainor. Her throwback sound, coupled with timely pop culture references, made songs like “All About That Bass” inescapable pop hits. Just how long her career will last is anyone’s guess, but it should go without saying at this point that Atlantic has leveraged her unique style quite well up to this point.

Today, Atlantic Records is hoping to find similar success with the introduction of Charlie Puth, a young male vocalist whose new single just so …

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REVIEW: Title Fight – ‘Hyperview’

Artist: Title Fight
Album: Hyperview
Label: ANTI-

Hyperview will cause a divide, as it should. You can attempt to deduce where the sonic change came from all you want, whether it be “Head In The Ceiling Fan,” “Lefty,” “In-between,” or anything Title Fight has done recently, but what really matters is what Hyperview isn’t, and what is isn’t is your typical Title Fight record. In sound, apotheosis, theme, intent, or emotion, Hyperview is a new breed for the quartet.

Hyperview bleeds lush creativity. It bleeds from a band that has been increasingly cultivating their sound for years, and decide that …

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Anberlin’s ‘Never Take Friendship Personal’ Turns 10 Years Old

Almost ten years ago, I was about to be a senior in high school and I was sitting in my friend Steve Rivers’ bedroom with no air conditioning, in the middle of summer, and it was a scorcher. We were staying out of the hot midday sun, playing Grand Theft Auto as Steve was quizzing me about bands I’d been listening to recently. He asked me if I had heard of Anberlin…

“Amber-who?”

ANBERLIN. A band that little did I know would change my opinion on music forever.

On February 1, 2005, Anberlin released their sophomore album titled Never Take

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Petite Meller’s “Baby Love” Video Reminds Us Of Wes Anderson

We love great pop music around UTG, but truth be told coming across that kind of material is often a near impossible task. There is so much disposable music made for clubs and radio today that sifting through long enough to find something worthy of more than five replays is often a daunting proposition. Fortunately for you, such work is what we love to do, and today we have yet another promising young act to share.

Petite Meller is a name many don’t know yet, but it is only a matter of time before her latest single, “Baby Love,” finds …

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REVIEW: The Dodos – ‘Individ’

Artist: The Dodos
Album: Individ
Genre: Indie Rock, Folk
Label: Polyvinyl Records

This is a confession I am willing to make: I have never really listened to The Dodos, or at least given them the attention they deserved. But after listening to their past albums, especially Visiter and Carrier, I didn’t have to think twice about embracing the creations of this fantastic duo from San Francisco. It was awe-inspiring to dive into unfamiliar territory and feel comforted by the indie-folk this duo has put out. This is where the band’s newest album Individ comes into play. Their sixth …

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War Games May Be The Next Band To Change Your Life

I was fortunate enough to spend several weeks participating in the Vans Warped Tour during the summer of 2012. My job, which at the time involved working for a music industry start-up focused on new artist discovery, sponsored a stage on the world’s largest traveling festival that offered more than 20 up-and-coming artists a chance to perform. We needed someone on site every day to coordinate and I was the lucky one chosen to carry out that task. It was a life-changing experience, and along the way it provided me several opportunities to discover new bands with a lot of …