Posts Tagged ‘review’


REVIEW: The Dead Rabbitts – ‘Shapeshifter’

Artist: The Dead Rabbitts
Album: Shapeshifter
Genre: Metalcore
Label: Tragic Hero Records

Craig Mabbitt has been in the music industry for quite some time now. He started his career as the frontman of Blessthefall. After he parted ways with them he took over the role as frontman for Escape The Fate. During that time he started his side project The Word Alive. He unfortunately was not with TWA for long and ended up separating from that band as well. Luckily he still had ETF, and that’s who he’s been working with ever since. I am a fan …


Ice Cube Streams “Drop Girl” Featuring 2 Chainz and Redfoo

Ice Cube has been everywhere in recent weeks while promoting his role in 22 Jump Street, but this morning he’s returned to our headlines with something he rarely delivers these days: New music.

“Drop Girl” samples a classic Ice Cube track to create a modern club anthem that seems to exist solely to make girls shake their ass. There’s nothing wrong with that, of course, and with both 2 Chainz and Redfoo adding their signature flavors to the mix I think it goes without saying the song will find at least some traction at radio. You can stream the …

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Lil Wayne Proves He Is Still “Krazy” On New ‘Carter V’ Track

“They paint me as a villain / I just autograph the artwork.”

Lil Wayne continues to raise fans’ excitement for the forthcoming release of Tha Carter V this afternoon with the premiere of a new song titled “Krazy.”

2014 has been the year of the comeback for Lil Wayne. Though he never left the spotlight, the last several releases from the New Orleans native were met with almost as much disgust as they were praise. This year, however, Wayne has delivered a streak of hits that has corrected essentially every wrong, including the inescapable radio hit “Believe Me.”…


AFI Docs 2014 Round-Up

This past weekend, I had the unique pleasure of attending AFI Docs, the premiere documentary film festival in Washington, DC. For those of you who follow the site regularly, you know that here at UTG we are avid lovers of the documentary, and we do everything we can as writers to help promote this genre of filmmaking that is not given the same amount of exposure as your usual blockbusters. This was our second year attending AFI Docs, and I have to say, this year’s lineup was surely impressive. With a wide range of stories, styles, and filmmakers, the …


SURPRISE: The Weeknd Returns With “Often”

Holy. Shit.

Out of nowhere, Canadian crooner The Weeknd has decided to break his studio silence and share a brand new track titled “Often.”

It’s hard to know what is going on at the moment as this song has only just begun to make the rounds online, but it seems that a follow-up to Kiss Land could be well under way. “Often” finds Abel Tesfaye describing another party scene, but unlike the vast majority of his catalog his tone is far more excited than melancholy. He seems happy, or at least more confident than before, and that approach, coupled with …

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REVIEW: Outline In Color – ‘Masks’

Artist: Outline In Color
Album: Masks
Genre: Post hardcore
Label: Standby Records

Back in 2012, Outline In Color officially burst onto the scene with the release of their debut full-length album, Jury Of Wolves. That album easily made its way to the number one spot on my best of 2012 list. It’s a great album, and is likely the reason the band was snatched up by Standby Records last year. The band announced earlier this year that they would be dropping their sophomore album this month, titled Masks. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has been …


REVIEW: Mastodon – ‘Once More ‘Round The Sun’

Artist: Mastodon
Album: Once More ‘Round the Sun
Genre: Metal
Label: Reprise

Six albums into their career, it’s almost as if Mastodon have created their own subgenre. No two albums are alike, but each one of them is unmistakably Mastodon, a sound that continues to evolve on their latest release, Once More ‘Round the Sun.

Mastodon’s 2011 release, The Hunter, was probably the most divisive of the band’s career. While still undeniably metal, the album brought the psychedelic elements the band toyed with on previous releases to the forefront, while delivering a single (“Curl of the Burl”) that, …

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REVIEW: The Antlers – ‘Familiars’

Artist: The Antlers
Album: Familiars
Genre: Ambient Rock
Label: Anti-

When a band takes its name from a Microphones song, it’s fair game to expect hopeless toiling in love metaphors, jumpy explorative arrangements, and, above all, musical cataracts in the form of depression. Phil Elverum’s “Antlers,” a lo-fi folk recording that fades out with a solid minute of classical piano, was an apt source of inspiration for The Antlers seeing as their first two albums, 2006’s Uprooted and 2007’s In The Attic of the Universe, fell in line with that isolated, bed-ridden sound. But once frontman Peter Silberman picked …


REVIEW: Lana Del Rey – ‘Ultraviolence’

Artist: Lana Del Rey
Album: Ultraviolence
Genre: Pop

Lana Del Rey pulls no punches on Ultraviolence, her first release since the fall of 2012. After essentially spending two years working on new material the woman who was Born To Die has reemerged more confident and heartbroken than ever before, and she has brought along a strung out rock and roll sound produced by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach to accompany her pain.

If you did not like Lana Del Rey in 2012 you will almost certainly not find her any more enjoyable in 2014. Lana has not switched her …

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Stream Lana Del Rey’s New Album, ‘Ultraviolence’

Today is the day fans of silky smooth pop music have been waiting for all year long. After months of promotion, including a sold out US tour, Lana Del Rey is finally sharing Ultraviolence with the world. Our review of the record is not quite ready to post, but while we wait for that time fans can stream the new album, in full, at the end of this post.

There was a time not too long ago when it seemed almost trendy to make fun of Lana Del Rey, but I honestly believe that time has passed. There will continue …


MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Signal’

Film: The Signal
Starring: Brenton Thwaites, Olivia Cooke
Directed by: William Eubank

Coming of age films are a dime a dozen these days. Between the affordability of decent camera equipment and an ever-increasing number of ways to share original video content with the world, it seems everyone has a story about growing up they want to share. This is all well and fine, of course, because audiences love stories like this and for whatever reason always support them at the box office. Filmmakers hoping to make a name for themselves in this world, however, face immense competition from peers and …


Rome (of Sublime) Announces Solo Album, Streams Lead Single

Rome rose to fame when he became the Sublime frontman longtime fans of the group were willing to tolerate. Now that he has established his voice in the music business, Rome is stepping out on his own with a new solo record titled Get Free, and earlier today we received the album’s first single.

Knowing that Rome spends the majority of his time with Sublime you may think his solo material would sound similar, but aside from a few hints of so-cal punk ethos Rome’s first foray into solo material is a departure from his usual material. “If The …