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MUST DOWNLOAD: Marco Drops Free ‘Studio Nights’ LP

Two years after the release of his popular XVII EP, WFFW member Marco has just dropped the first must-hear album of May 2015.

Studio Nights is the debut full-length album from Marco. The album combines several singles shared by the young rapper over the last year with four or five tracks that are exclusive to this release. The entire album is available for free, and for the time being you can stream and download the record right here on UTG.

We have been posting about Marco and his fellow WFFW members since the release of their “Rick James” video. It …

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Game & Dej Loaf Become The Best Duo Of 2015 With “Ryda”

West Coast edge meets Midwest born flows on the latest collaborative track from The Game and Dej Loaf.

There have been a lot of collaborative singles, albums, and mixtapes throughout the history of hip-hop, but more often than not those joint efforts fail to live up to the hype or quality of the projects released by the individuals that make up this new ‘super duo.’ Surprisingly, that is not the case with “Ryda,” the latest single from Game and Dej Loaf. These two go together like crunchy peanut butter and homemade jelly, and the song they’ve created is equally …

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UTG @ MICF: Sarah Kendall, DeAnne Smith, Russell Kane & Jonestown

Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Comic: Sarah Kendall
Show: A Day In October
Venue: Melbourne Town Hall

UK-based, Australian born and raised, Sarah Kendall has a knack for telling stories that inspire you to laugh and cry in equal measure. Kendall displays this skill in all its emotionally manipulative glory in her new show, A Day In October. Much like her previous, critically acclaimed offering, Touchdown, A Day In October draws from Kendall’s experiences of teenhood in Newcastle, New South Wales, delivering a hilarious yet heartbreaking tale of self-realization with a particularly powerful anti-bullying message.…

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REVIEW: Dance Gavin Dance – ‘Instant Gratification’

Artist: Dance Gavin Dance
Album: Instant Gratification
Genre: Rock, Pop, Experimental

I typically hate reviews and editorials that begin with quotes, but when attempting to begin discussing the latest release from Dance Gavin Dance there was one quote that stuck in my mind like the hook of “Stroke God, Millionaire” will soon stick with all of you: “Art, in itself, is an attempt to bring order out of chaos.”

Stephen Sondheim will probably never be found sitting at the back of your local Dance Gavin Dance concert, but I cannot help thinking the legendary composer and lyricist would, at the …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘While We’re Young’ Is Baumbach At His Weakest

Film: While We’re Young
Starring: Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts
Directed by: Noah Baumbach

Noah Baumbach has spent the majority of his career exploring the idea of identity and what it means to different people at various stages in life. It’s a theme that runs throughout every single one of his works, but never has it been presented in such an oddly mischevious way than in his latest feature, While We’re Young.

Living on the wrong side of forty, a filmmaker (Ben Stiller) and his wife (Naomi Watts) have recently discovered they are growing increasingly bored by their continued existence. …

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Will Amnesia Beach Be Your Next Obsession?

We receive hundreds of new music submissions every week at UTG, and of those only a select few ever make it to the front page. Even less appear more than once, which is probably as much our fault as theirs (communication is a two-way street), but every so often a musician or group comes along that we know right away will soon be a front page regular. This week that musician is Amnesia Beach, and I think you too will soon fall victim to their unique take on the singer-songwriter genre.

Hailing from California, Amnesia Beach boasts a complex …

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REVIEW: Gentlemen Rogues – ‘A History So Repeating’ EP

Artist: Gentlemen Rogues
Album: A History So Repeating EP
Genre: Pop Punk
Label: End Sounds

After a debut EP release in 2013, the canvas is still fairly blank for pop punk newcomers Gentlemen Rogues. A History So Repeating is their latest palette of colors, painting a bright and potential-driven future for themselves in just six simple songs. This sophomore EP trademarks the first style that Gentlemen Rogues seem to easily and impressively create – a playful pop punk that isn’t like the others.

Personally, pop punk music wouldn’t be my first choice playlist. So every time I come across …

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UTG @ Melbourne International Comedy Festival: James Acaster (UK)

Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Comic: James Acaster
Show: James Acaster (UK)
Venue: Melbourne Town Hall (Powder Room)

Brtish stand-up James Acaster is a lot of things. A man, a juror, a gangster, a comedian; thankfully it is the latter of these that he has chosen to make his calling, and tonight it was the Melbourne audience that reaped the rewards. A gifted storyteller with a uniquely off-beat delivery, Acaster hit the ground running, winning over the crowd with some solid crowd work, filled with local references, before settling into an hour of finely crafted stand-up that found its loudest laughs …

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UTG @ Melbourne International Comedy Festival: John Kearns – ‘Shtick’

Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Comic: John Kearns
Show: Shtick
Venue: The Acacia Room at the Victoria Hotel

With unprecedented back-to-back ‘Best Newcomer’ and ‘Best Comedy Show’ awards from Edinburgh, it’s fair to say that UK comic John Kearns comes to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival under the weight of great expectations. Fortunately for Kearns, and the Melbourne crowds, he is more than ready to live up to them.

A supremely gifted comic who thrives in the realms of the absurd, Kearns had the crowd in stitches from the moment he took the stage, holding the room hostage with his idiosyncratic …

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UTG @ Melbourne International Comedy Festival: Nina Conti, Nick Cody, and Sam Simmons

Comic: Nina Conti
Show: In Your Face
Venue: Melbourne Town Hall

Ventriloquist Nina Conti and her long-time, foul-mouthed puppet companion, Monkey, have been delighting MICF audiences for years with their unique brand of comedy. If Tuesday night’s performance is anything to go by, Conti’s new show In Your Face will only intensify Melbourne’s love affair with her and her menagerie of puppet creations. A fully improvised affair, In Your Face sees Conti and her politically incorrect primate companion fixing grotesque prosthetic masks to unsuspecting audience participants, which Conti then controls with unpredictable and utterly hilarious results. Unscripted, uncensored and unforgettable, …

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REVIEW: Speak Low If You Speak Love – ‘Everything But What You Need’

Artist: Speak Low If You Speak Love
Album: Everything But What You Need
Genre: Acoustic indie rock
Label: Pure Noise Records

In the punk world, acoustic side projects often carry an unjustified stigma. While many of the records in the “sensitive pop-punk dude with acoustic guitar” genre tend to fall flat due to uninspired songwriting and lackluster production value, Speak Low If You Speak Love stands out brightly. The brainchild and passion project of State Champs guitarist Ryan Scott Graham, Speak Low self-released a record called Everything But What You Need in December of 2013. We loved it here at …

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UTG @ Melbourne International Comedy Festival: Mark Watson – ‘Flaws’

Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Comic: Mark Watson
Show: Flaws
Venue: ACMI Beyond

Mark Watson is a hardworking man of very many talents. With a decade of seasons at the Edinburgh Fringe, multiple 24-hour comedy marathons, TV appearances and a library of novels up his sleeve – as well as a family waiting for him at home – you’d expect that he’d be a confident chap quite chuffed with his lot in life, but he’s not. Or at least he wasn’t, for a while there anyway.

His new show Flaws is an hour of musings upon the nature of what he …