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SINGLE REVIEW: Luke Bryan – “Kick The Dust Up”

Artist: Luke Bryan
Song: “Kick The Dust Up”
Album: Kill The Lights

Two years after crashing the bro country party with an album chock full of future hit singles, Luke Bryan has kicked off the promotion for his latest release with an incredibly underwhelming ode to farm town parties.

“Kick The Dust Up” is the kind of song that wants to remind you of a time when country music was actually inspired by cornfields, dirt roads, and late nights spent with the farmer’s daughter, getting drunk alongside your best friends. If that is all you want from your music — …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Human Centipede: Final Sequence’ Flat-Out Sucks

Film: The Human Centipede: Final Sequence
Starring: Dieter Laser, Laurence R Harvey, Eric Roberts, Bree Olson
Directed by: Tom Six

Tom Six has somehow managed to ruin the fun of body horror and exploitation in just three films. If I wasn’t so pissed about that fact I might applaud him, but then again probably not as I have unfortunately sat through each of his three increasingly unwatchable feature-length creations.

The Human Centipede: Final Sequence serves as the final chapter of Tom Six’s medically impossible trilogy of extreme body modification and the monsters who carry it out. The film stars Dieter …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘When Marnie Was There’ Is Another Beautiful Gem From Studio Ghibli

Film: When Marnie Was There
Starring: Sara Takatsuki, Kasumi Arimura
Directed By: Hiromasa Yonebayashi

Based on Joan G. Robinson’s 1981 novel of the same name, When Marnie Was There is a beautifully affecting – and at times tragically depressive – animated feature from director Hiromasa Yonebayashi (The Secret World of Arrietty) and the iconic studio behind the works of legendary animator/director Hayao Miyazaki (My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away) and other beloved features such as Grave Of The Fireflies, Only Yesterday and most recently, The Tale Of Princess Kaguya.

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The Ongoing Concept May Be The Most Interesting Band Of 2015

Have you heard about The Ongoing Concept? Formed in 2010, this four-piece rock band have been garnering a lot of attention for Handmade, their upcoming album release on Solid State Records. Part of the reason for that attention is the band’s unique approach to creating their album, which found them building every instrument used from scratch, and part of it has to do with the fact there are very few bands playing the kind of hard-hitting and emotionally-driven music the band delivers.

Today, May 22, The Ongoing Concept took their DIY approach one step further by releasing their …

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REVIEW: Four Year Strong – ‘Four Year Strong’

Artist: Four Year Strong
Album: Four Year Strong
Label: Pure Noise Records
Genre: Easycore, baby

Before we take the next 1,100 words or so to discuss the new Four Year Strong record, let’s talk about presentation.

Four Year Strong is a band that has always cared about presentation. Ridiculous promo pictures featuring the band’s enormous men in FYS-branded varsity jackets, the famous beards, song titles riddled with highly-quotable movie lines, and cartoon album artwork with robot sharks, wizards, and centaurs are all essential parts of the brand that Four Year Strong spent so much time building in the late 2000s. …

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Taking Back Sunday Is Still Your Favorite Band Ever

The band that served as the soundtrack to your first true romance and the heartache that inevitably followed have a new single that is proof they’re only getting better with age.

“Better Homes And Gardens” was an immediate standout on Taking Back Sunday‘s Happiness Is…, so it’s great to see it have a chance for additional exposure with the release of a fantastic new music video. The clip mirrors the emotional turmoil filling the spaces between vocalist Adam Lazzara‘s croons of a once great romance falling apart while standing on the verge of an eternity together with …

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Courtney Love Surprises Everyone With “Miss Narcissist”

It has been far, far too long since we have had a reason to write about the career of Courtney Love. Known best to rock fans as the founder of Hole, Love has spent a lot of time in the limelight over the last half decade without releasing much in the form of new music (and that contribution to Empire does not count), but today all that changes as the world wakes to greet “Miss Narcissist.”

Recorded without anyone in the press or public knowing Love had new material in the works, “Miss Narcissist” appeared online early Monday …

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First ‘Jem And The Holograms’ Trailer Is A Disappointment

The truly, truly outrageous animated 80s rock star known as Jem is getting her own live-action film later this year, and the first trailer is unquestionably bad.

In the time before the internet, films and television shows adapted from popular written works could largely ignore the source material as there were far less people able to call studios on their bullshit, and almost nowhere for people to individually engage thousands of people on a public forum with the same unhappy sentiment. Those days are ancient history now, and the nerds of today demand more out of their entertainment. Name and …

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Ikey Reigns Supreme; All Hail King Jaffe, Hip-Hop’s New Highness

Apart from maybe Run The Jewels, the most exciting thing about hip-hop for me last year was Ikey. He only released a single track–a debut of sorts–but it was a perfectly chosen debut to serve as the gloves he came out swinging with. Initially elusive as all get out, the now-DC-based, mostly Nigerian-raised emcee seemingly had next to no online presence. As far as I can tell, he still doesn’t have a Facebook page, but that undoubtedly contributed to what made he and the ferociously calculated “Timbuktu” so damn enthralling. I listened to that track over …

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Dance Party: Mark Ronson & Mystikal Share “Feel Right” Video

Following hot on the heels of the insanely successful “Uptown Funk,” which spent more time on top of the Billboard charts than any other single in the last decade, Mark Ronson has shared the official video for “Feel Right.”

It has been a minute since the name Mystikal was in mainstream music headlines, but for those of us who remember the Y2K scare of 1999 his identity is already well known. It was Mystikal who gave the world “Shake It Fast” (otherwise known as “Shake Ya Ass”), as well as the best verse on Master P

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Fetty Wap Shares “Trap Queen” UK Remix Feat. Azealia Banks & More

It is incredibly rare to find a song that reaches the top of the Billboard charts over a year after its initial release, but thanks to the way the internet works that is exactly what has happened to Fetty Wap with his ridiculously catchy single, “Trap Queen.” The song originally premiered online in April 2014, but it took nearly a year for the mainstream music community to catch. Since Wap’s appearance on MTV last month, however, things have been changing at an alarming rate, and today the fast-rising rapper shared yet another remix of his hit single with the world.…

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Sleeping With Sirens Share “The Strays” Music Video

One of the catchiest songs off Sleeping With Sirens‘ most recent album release now has a music video all its own.

When I reviewed Madness at the beginning of March I was quick to point out the immediately infectious nature of a track titled “The Strays.” The first of multiple ballads on the record, the song is essentially an anthem for those who feel outcast or that they otherwise do not fit in with mainstream society. Like many songs in the SWS catalog, its aim is to be a positive message for those who feel left out. The video …