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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’

Film: Guardians Of The Galaxy
Directed by: James Gunn
Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana,

We need to get some things out of the way before we start this review. The current cinema is completely oversaturated with superhero/comic book films. Most of them are the same; every hero is getting their own movie, all of which have relatively the same aesthetics. The worst part about this is, Marvel shows no sign of stopping, with even just recently announcing they have films planned through 2019, which is nothing short of ridiculous. These superhero and comic book adaptations have become so prevalent in …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Lucy’

Film: Lucy
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman
Directed by: Luc Besson

Luc Besson has to be messing with us. Either that, or he’s laughing all the way to the bank.

The man behind Léon: The Professional, The Fifth Element and The Transporter series is back in theaters this summer with a new film by the name of Lucy. At first glance, the film offers a slick, thought-provoking look at what might happen if a woman scorned was unable to unlock 100% of her mental capacity. The actual feature, however, offers something far more silly.

Lucy tells the story …

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Fall In Love With Sir Sly’s “You Haunt Me” And Prepare For Their Debut Album Release

Don’t you love when a song comes along out of the blue and fills you with all the good feels anyone could hope to have? It’s a rare treat, especially if your main source of music is terrestrial radio, but every so often lightning strikes and you find yourself with a new addiction.

Ladies and gentlemen, prepare to fall in love with Sir Sly.

Boasting big hooks and groove-laden verses, Sir Sly come barreling out of Los Angeles with a sound best likened to shoegaze indie rock having a love child with the debut record from Foster The People. Their …

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Radical Something Offer A Fresh Take On West Coast Pop Rock With “Cali Get Down”

I hope you’re ready to dance.

Some Tuesdays feel a lot like second Mondays, but thanks to music it’s possible to turn even the most wretched of days around in a matter of minutes. This morning, an up-and-coming band from California had that impact on our offices when they delivered a single titled “Cali Get Down.”

Radical Something are a fittingly named band featuring three guys who do not strike you as the kind of men that would create music that one staffer described as “club punk.” To be fair, another one said “West Coast bro pop rock.” Regardless, their …

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Hilary Duff Returns With “Chasing The Sun”

Having taken a few years off to start a family and mature as a person, former Disney starlet Hilary Duff is kickstarting her comeback this week with the release of a new single titled “Chasing The Sun.”

Scheduled for release in the US on July 29, “Chasing The Sun” reintroduces Hilary Duff to the world with beautiful and immediately infectious acoustic accompaniment. The high-gloss pop sound she once clung to has now been replaced with quiet pop sensibilities, which I believe is best for both Duff and her loyal followers. I don’t think this is necessarily the catchiest song of …

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REVIEW: Joyce Manor – ‘Never Hungover Again’

Artist: Joyce Manor
Album: Never Hungover Again
Genre: Pop punk, alternative
Label: Epitaph Records

A lot can change in 20 minutes. Clients could fire you. You could find true love. You could lose it. People can die. 20 minutes of reading can teach you something you’ll always remember. Your first kiss, touch, and love can fully bloom within 20 minutes. Liam Lynch famously wrote “United States of Whatever” in less than 20 minutes. You can finish any Joyce Manor album in under 20 minutes.

And that’s how I want to spend my 20 minutes.…

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Purge: Anarchy’

Film: The Purge: Anarchy
Starring: Frank Grillo
Directed by: James DeMonaco

A year after The Purge proved audiences were still interested in home invasion horror, The Purge: Anarchy has arrived with a mishandled attempt at franchise expansion that will likely be forgotten before the end of the year.

I was incredibly excited for The Purge: Anarchy after the initial trailer debuted online at the end of 2013 because it looked like the film I had hoped the original Purge would be. It always seemed strange to me that a film with a premise about all crime being legal for twenty-four …

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UTG Premiere: Amative – “Selfish Desires” (Official Music Video)

We have been focusing a lot of our efforts in July on exposing readers to new music, and today may be my favorite of all ‘discovery’ posts to debut so far on the site. Amative are a crushingly heavy outfit from Ohio who are not afraid to wear their hearts on their sleeves. Their debut EP, Flatlined, debuted in April. We missed it, and the more we listen to it now the more we want to kick ourselves for not being familiar with their work in time to help with the initial album promotion. Hopefully this post makes up …

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Stream Weird Al’s New Album, ‘Mandatory Fun,’ In Full

I don’t know about you, but I have spent the last couple of days anxiously waiting to see what top 40 song Weird Al parodied next. “Tacky” reminded us why he has stayed relevant all these years, but it wasn’t until “Word Crimes” that I felt confident in saying Al is delivering some of the best work of his career at this very moment.

The videos should have made this point clear, but Weird Al has a new album to promote. Mandatory Fun is Al’s fourteenth studio album, and according to the legendary performer it could …

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REVIEW: Crown The Empire – ‘Resistance: Rise Of The Runaways’

Artist: Crown The Empire
Albu: Resistance: Rise Of The Runaways
Genre: Post hardcore
Label: Rise Records

Crown The Empire were basically unheard of until after they released their debut EP, Limitless. The EP drew the attention of thousands of fans, including some of us on staff, as well as Rise Records. Less than six months after its debut the band was quickly signed by the label. A short time after that, they dropped their first full-length album, The Fallout. Between those two releases the band has amassed a large, passionate fan base. They deserve it, and they have …

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The Acfields May Soon Be Your New Favorite Folk Duo

Brother and sister duos are not the rarest commodity in the modern music landscape, but finding one that stands out as undeniably unique is a true rarity. I won’t guarantee I have found such a duo just yet, but it’s certainly possible The Acfields will be winning over many hearts worldwide in no time at all.

Dan and Hannah Acfield are a brother and sister folk duo who reside in two different corners of Australia – Brisbane and Melbourne. One might think that would make creating music together difficult, but in the digital age nothing could be further from the …

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Every Weezer Fan Needs To Spend Time With ‘You Blue It!’ This Week

It’s truly rare that a covers album rises above the level of novelty to become something worth longtime admiration. Of the dozens, if not hundreds of covers releases and compilations created every year, only a handful are ever deemed worthy of coverage by the vast majority of press, and of those few even less are ever spoken of in a positive light. It would certainly appear that people enjoy a good cover, but only to a certain degree, and I’ll be the first to admit that that certainly applies to me. To be completely honest, I have only found one …