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REVIEW: Sleepwave – ‘Broken Compass’

Artist: Sleepwave
Album: Broken Compass
Label: Epitaph Records
Genre: Alternative / Hard Rock

Everyone has their demons. The demise of something that made you who you are and picking up the pieces afterwards is never easy. No matter what it is. For Sleepwave‘s frontman and leader, Spencer Chamberlain, the break-up of his former band, Underoath, was that demon. It left him on his back, questioning everything. It came from his own mouth.

When you put on Broken Compass for the first time, and just hear the desperation and anxiety and all kinds of emotions in his voice, …

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One Direction Announce New Album, Stream Lead Single “Fireproof”

One Direction have spent the majority of the year touring the globe in support of their fall 2013 album, Midnight Memories, but somewhere along the way the group found time to record again because they have another album due out before the end of 2014.

Revealed to fans on Monday, Four will be the fourth studio album from One Direction in four years. The record will not hit stores until an unspecified date in November, but the group decided to give fans an early taste of the record by sharing a new song titled “Fireproof” that you can now …

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SINGLE REVIEW: Fall Out Boy – “Centuries”

Artist: Fall Out Boy
Song: “Centuries”
Album: TBA
Genre: Pop/Rock

A year and a half after making a bold attempt to Save Rock And Roll, Fall Out Boy have returned to music headlines with the release of a new single titled “Centuries.” The track, which debuted online earlier this week, finds the band building on the sonic foundation of the last album in ways that have so far divided longtime supporters. In case you missed the song when it first appeared on UTG yesterday after, you can stream “Centuries” below:

We have been kicking around ideas on …

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REVIEW: Tiny Moving Parts – ‘Pleasant Living’

Artist: Tiny Moving Parts
Album: Pleasant Living
Genre: Post-hardcore / pop-infused emo
Label: Triple Crown Records

As it cools down on the East Coast and Fall starts to show its face, I’ve been thinking a lot about why we tend to gravitate toward certain music during different times of the year. I spent the better part of an hour last week selecting the best Fall-centric records in my music collection and syncing them to my iPhone, in order to be ready for when the leaves change and everything starts smelling like pumpkin.

Around this time last year, as I prepared …

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Meghan Trainor Extends Her Fifteen Minutes Of Fame With “Title”

“All About That Bass” star Meghan Trainor is back with a new song called “Title” off her forthcoming debut EP.

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“Movie” Is Your Last Chance To Hop On The Hoodie Allen Bandwagon Before He’s Everywhere

Hoodie Allen releases the video for “Movie,” which is taken from his forthcoming studio album.

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REVIEW: Maroon 5 – ‘V’

Artist: Maroon 5
Album: V
Genre: Pop Rock
Label: Interscope Records

Maroon make a strong argument for continued pop radio domination with V, but the shtick is beginning to wear thin.

Unless you’re a music critic with a job that involves working through most major album releases there are only a handful of reasons to ever pick up a Maroon 5 album, and even fewer reasons why you should consider buying such a thing. In the years since Songs About Jane hit, the Adam Levine-lead group have become top 40 mainstays, and as such their albums often serve as …

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WFFW Member Keano Spitta Releases “Like Me” Video

It’s been a minute since we heard from the WFFW crew, but yesterday afternoon member Keano Spitta delivered a new track and visual that is sure to ease the pain of the work week’s return.

Featuring hypnotic production that’s not too distant from the sounds found on fellow WFFW member Marco‘s recent singles, “Like Me” offers Keano Spitta one of the best opportunities to showcase his skills. It’s not that the beat makes him sound better, but rather the fact it’s entertaining without taking the focus away from Keano’s wordplay.

The video for “Like Me” finds Keano and …

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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 …