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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘As Above, So Below’ Is Just Another Found Footage Dud

Film: As Above, So Below
Starring: Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman
Directed by: John Erick Dowdle

There is a moment fifteen or twenty minutes into As Above, So Below when it seems as if the film will finally be the long awaited title that raises the bar for found footage across the board. For a few fleeting minutes the characters are interesting, the story is thrilling, and there is a genuine sense of mystery to everything taking place on screen. Then, just as the catacombs begin to close in, things take a turn for the predictable.…

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Buffalo, NY’s Well Kept Things Are About To Be Your New Favorite Band

We’ve probably said this a dozen times before, but there is nothing in this life quite like the rush you feel when stumbling upon an undiscovered talent. Be it musician, painter, filmmaker, or something else entirely, there is something about that rush of emotion and excitement that accompanies a new artistic discovery that cannot be matched by pills or everyday living. It’s the kind of high you seek out every day in every place you look, but more often than not cannot find. Hell, it has probably been two months or more since I’ve heard a song that made me …

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REVIEW: Ty Dolla $ign – ‘$ign Language’

Artist: Ty Dolla Sign
Album: $ign Language
Genre: Hip-hop

After seven years of making people move with his original take on urban music, Ty Dolla $ign makes it clear that he is ready for the next level of stardom with $ign Language.

Most people in music today have made their money leveraging a signature sound and perfecting it again and again. Ty Dolla $ign did this quite a bit early on, but over the last two or three years the California native has been exploring the possibilities of urban music through a series of mixtape and EP releases. The …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Are You Here’ Rambles On Pointlessly About Love, Life, And Greed

Film: Are You Here
Directed by: Matthew Weiner
Starring: Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis, Amy Poehler

With Zach Braff’s feature Wish I Was Here, a film that was supposed to be about carrying on in life turned into a somewhat directionless narrative feature chock full of overstuffed allegory and inane ruminations about epiphanies. With Are You Here (burdened with a similar title), Braff will seem like a masterful auteur compared to this feature. While only striking comedic gold in short and un-sustained instances, this feature from Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner falls flat under tedious character development and a paper-thin …

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Trinidad Jame$ Finds His Fire Once Again With “Hollywood”

Could Trinidad James be the one who gets the last laugh?

Trinidad James has been sharing new music every week since the news of his departure from Def Jam Records. Not every song has been a hit, but the growth from 10 PC Mild was clear nonetheless. Today, for the first time since his debut, Trinidad has delivered something that could very easily find traction online and beyond.

“Hollywood” is likely a song off James’ upcoming album 5 PC Mild. Produced by Raak, the song tells the story of James from his youth in ATL until now. The …

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REVIEW: The Lost Poets – ‘Insubordia’

Artist: The Lost Poets
Album: Insubordia
Genre: Rock, Alternative

Stockholm, Sweden’s enigmatic alt-rock duo The Lost Poets bring together influences seemingly spanning the catalogs of acts such as Nirvana, Tool, Staind and Queens of the Stone Age, with dark and somewhat eerie themes and tones stringing it all together. Their most recent EP, Insubordia, boasts 5 tracks combining for a total length of just over 17 minutes. While listening to the EP in that brief period, it will prove its ability to do two things: 1) lull you to sleep with its deep, humming tones, and 2) startle you …

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LIVE REVIEW: ‘Prekender’ Feat. Knapsack in Melbourne, Australia (8/21/14)

Over the past years the Poison City Weekender has grown from a simple showcase for the much respected Melbourne independent label’s roster into one of the Australian punk rock scene’s premiere annual events.

The 2014 edition of the festival, now appropriately dubbed Weekender Fest, is set to take place over four days and five venues and features a stellar lineup of local and international acts headlined by Californian emo-rock cult favourites, Knapsack, and Michigan indie-rockers, Pity Sex. Weekender Fest kicked off with the aptly titled Prekender at The Reverence Hotel on Thursday night with a lineup headlined by Knapsack, …

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UTG PHOTOS: Pitchfork Music Festival 2014 (7/18/14)

Under the Gun sent photographer Nina Corcoran to Union Park in Chicago, IL from July 18-20 for Pitchfork Music Festival.

Every year, Pitchfork Music Festival announces its lineup and I let out a little wimper over in Boston from jealousy. The music blog’s annual festival has been going on for ten years now in Chicago, and as such they’re able to curate a small but focused line-up that boasts a lot of great up-and-coming acts as well as bigger indie staples. This year, at long last, I finally caved in and went.

After interviewing the bands playing about their favorite

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UTG Album Premiere: Get Stoked – ‘Washington Street’

This is a fact we have no doubt mentioned a thousand times in the past, but UTG is a product of Michigan. We may have moved our offices several times since launching on the campus of Ferris State University in the spring of 2008, but that does not mean our hearts ever left the so-called Mitten State. Part of this is due to the fact the majority of our staff’s family still resides there, and the rest is due to the understanding that no other state offers a more robust or diverse collection of incredible unsigned talent than the 26th …

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Ariana Grande And Big Sean Make The “Best Mistake” On New Single

Ballads don’t find their way to radio too often, but this one will likely take top 40 by storm in no time at all.

I’m going to be completely honest with you. I don’t spend a lot of time dwelling on celebrity relationships, but I would be lying if I tried to tell you that I never read click bait headlines about who is loving/screwing/cheating on who in that far away place we call Hollywood. In recent weeks, the big couple in music as far as paparazzi are concerned has been Ariana Grande and Big Sean, two of the …

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SINGLE REVIEW: Metro Station – “Love & War”

Artist: Metro Station
Song: “Love & War”
Album: TBA

Roughly four years have passed since Trace Cyrus parted ways with Metro Station, but earlier this week the second most famous child of Billy Ray Cyrus announced his return to the group, and with it plans to release a new EP before the year is out. There is also a single, which stands as a firm reminder you can never go back to the way things used to be.

You may or may not have been a fan of Metro Station when they first burst onto the national stage, but I …

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Album Stream: DJ Mustard – ’10 Summers’

After spending the better part of the year in the background of urban music’s biggest hits, DJ Mustard is ready to step into the spotlight with the release of 10 Summers. Featuring twelve previously unreleased tracks, the first proper album from YG‘s biggest collaborator proves DJ Khaled is not the only person in hip hop capable of producing star-studded hits.

10 Summers arrived on the Google Play store this morning as part of a special, short-term marketing deal with DJ Mustard. Users of the iTunes competitor are able to stream and download the album, for free, in advance …