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The Dear Hunter’s New Song Proves They’re Still The Best

It’s June, which means anyone with even the slightest hint of interest in entertainment has been compiling and sharing their ‘best of 2015 so far’ lists. We haven’t released any yet, but if you think we haven’t talked about doing so you would be a damn fool. They’re coming, or at least should, at some point in the near future.

I thought I knew my picks for the best musical offerings this year. In fact, I wrote them all down just last week in order to begin brainstorming a creative way to share them here on UTG. That was before …

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REVIEW: Well Kept Things – ‘Homegrown’

Artist: Well Kept Things
Album: Homegrown
Label: Antique Records
Genre: Pop Punk, Indie

Few will deny that the onset of the digital age has drastically altered the musical landscape. Listeners are now more connected than ever, and the internet has become a revolving door of undiscovered talent, offering around the clock exposure to artists that would otherwise go unnoticed.

Likewise, authenticity has become a vital currency, especially within the pop punk community. Bands who bear said label walk a razor-thin line between what is expected and what is desired, and those who fail to find a happy medium are quickly …

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New ‘Orange Is The New Black’ Season 3 Trailer Is Full Of Drama

Netflix will release the third season of Orange Is The New Black tomorrow, June 12. To get fans excited for the series’ return, as well as to hint at the numerous new storylines taking place in the upcoming season, a new trailer has been made available that is chock full of never before seen moments.

The official synopsis for season three claims “The women of Litchfield unapologetically return for the third coming. With a crisis of faith and their beliefs and loyalties being tested, each character must decide what and who to believe in.” While the details as to what …

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Six Documentaries On Netflix You Should Watch This Month

Summer is a time when studios churn out a new big budget blockbuster or two every single week, and though we’re only two weeks into June you can already feel the exhaustion that comes from a constant barrage of two-hour destruction porn spectaculars. It’s a common feeling every movie buff experiences this time of year, but lucky for us the cure is very simple and affordable. In fact, it’s so easy you don’t even have to leave your home. Just pull the shades, crank the AC, and turn on Netflix.

If you have not been paying attention to the world …

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REVIEW: Sudden Suspension – ‘There’s A Bigger Picture Here’

Artist: Sudden Suspension
Album: There’s A Bigger Picture Here
Label: Bad Timing Records

This is the sound of growing up.

For their third EP, Indiana natives Sudden Suspension have tasked themselves with encapsulating what it feels like to grow up in 2015, along with all the challenges one encounters along the way. From getting over heartache, to learning to love yourself, there is something here for everyone who has found themselves making the often painful transition from child to adult, and it’s all conveyed through infectious pop punk too good to resist.

If the world can thank Dan ‘Soupy’ Campbell …

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Pentimento Break Our Hearts With “Stuck Forever”

There is something strange that happens when someone finds themselves in an unhealthy situation for a prolonged amount of time. Despite their senses telling them everything is not okay, people find ways to convince themselves their inner voice is wrong. They forge ahead, though in their hearts they know it’s wrong, and ultimately lead themselves to the brink of depression. It’s a sad turn of events that happens to people every single day all over the world, and now those unfortunate souls have an anthem all their own.

Today, in anticipation for their new 7-inch, Pentimento released a song titled …

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Things Get Trippy In Young Thug’s Video For “Halftime”

There is no football to be found in Young Thug‘s video for “Halftime,” but the Atlanta native’s love for all things drug-related is as present as ever.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand the metaphor in Young Thug’s latest single. Inspired by the combination of prescription drugs and the way they make you feel as if time has slowed, or at the very least come off the rails entirely, the song is packed with the kind of drug culture praises that have become a signature of Thugga Thugga’s sound. The video is largely composed of footage taken …

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Leon Bridges Claims The Pop Music Crown With “Smooth Sailin”

We first told you about Leon Bridges‘ new single, “Smooth Sailin’” when it premiered online at the beginning of the month. Now, just a week later, the Texas native has shared the song’s official video.

The setup for “Smooth Sailin’” is simple and fitting, especially when one considers the numerous influences that inspired Bridges to create the sound he promotes today. Dressed in a green suit and surrounded by his fantastic band, Bridges appears on an empty soundstage for a straightforward performance of the dancehall-ready single. It’s beautifully lit, wonderfully edited, and as a finished product, it …

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Parkway Drive Is (Still) The Best Heavy Band In Music Today

Anytime Parkway Drive decide to treat the world to new music is cause for celebration as far as we are concerned, and their latest single is no exception.

Released this morning, June 9, “Vice Grip” reintroduces the world to Parkway Drive’s unique take on hard rock with huge riffs and an even larger hook. It’s the most straightforward rock song the band has ever shared, so much that it feels destined for radio play but it’s undeniably born from the same minds and influences that birthed the group’s heaviest material. Think of it as post-modern hard rock with a metal …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Love And Mercy’ Is The Best Film Of 2015 So Far

Film: Love And Mercy
Starring: John Cusack, Paul Dano
Directed By: Bill Pohlad

A tale of one man told with two actors and more heart than any other film in theaters today, Love And Mercy may be the movie to beat in 2015.

You may think you know Brian Wilson, the iconic musical genius behind The Beach Boys, but the new film Love And Mercy reveals to us that even he struggles to know the man whose name is now synonymous with the history of American pop culture. He’s an enigma wrapped in flesh, both complex and shockingly simple, with …

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REVIEW: Morals – ‘Float’

Artist: Morals
Album: Float
Label: Independent
Genre: Everything at once

Chances are you haven’t heard of Morals. It’s a bunch of local guys who’ve always been part of a scene but never defined one. But Morals is ready to make its mark.

The band’s debut EP, Float, was released last month. Comprised of members of now-defunct bands from the New England area, the guys are from groups as varied as the hardcore band Auburn and the pop-rock ensemble Teamwork.…

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SINGLE REVIEW: We Came As Romans – “The World I Used To Know”

Artist: We Came As Romans
Song: “The World I Used To Know”
Album: Self-Titled

The evolution of We Came As Romans is entangled with the band’s own passion for storytelling and inspirational lyricism. Their journey is their song, and their songs detail their journey. Having long conquered the world of post-hardcore with multiple albums featuring top shelf production and the perfect combination of sing/scream vocals, the group have now stripped their music to its core, and through doing so found a new sound that marks the beginning of yet another chapter in their already celebrated career.…