Hoodie Allen releases the video for “Movie,” which is taken from his forthcoming studio album.
Artist: Maroon 5
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 …
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 …
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.…
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 …
Artist: Ty Dolla Sign
Album: $ign Language
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 …
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 …
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.
Artist: The Lost Poets
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 …
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, …
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 …
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 …