Posts Tagged ‘review’

Cold Bones

REVIEW: Bad Luck – ‘Cold Bones’

Artist: Bad Luck
Album: Cold Bones
Label: Tragic Hero Records
Genre: Pop-Punk / Emo

Just as metal is all about brutality and anger, a majority of pop-punk hinges its existence on energetic chorus-lines and nostalgia, which are exactly what Bad Luck are (generously) pouring out on their Tragic Hero debut, Cold Bones. That’s not merely just hinted at on the cover art for the album – it’s practically the message of it. I don’t think there’s any more blatant and comedic way to symbolize this concept of looking back on the past than using a photo …


MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes’

Film: Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
Starring: Jason Clarke, Andy Serkis, Gary Oldman
Directed By: Matt Reeves

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes builds on the foundation laid by its predecessor in ways that are both stunning and deeply satisfying.

Ten years have passed since the events witnessed in Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes when the latest film, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes opens. In that time, humans have largely died off, and those that have survived have sought shelter in the dystopian remains of our great cities. The apes, who have spent …

Allison Weiss

REVIEW: Allison Weiss – ‘Remember When’ EP

Artist: Allison Weiss
Album: Remember When EP
Genre: Power pop
Label: No Sleep Records

Allison Weiss has been using her guitar to win over hearts since she was 14 years old. She has written plenty of songs in that time, and released quite a few of them before she joined forces with No Sleep Records. Shortly after signing to the label she released a full-length album, and now she’s releasing a short EP this month, titled Remember When.

The EP starts off with the title track. This is my personal favorite song on the EP. It’s full of that …


MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Begin Again’

Film: Begin Again
Starring: Mark Ruffalo, Kiera Knightley
Directed by: John Carney

Using essentially the same set of skills that helped make Once an international success, John Carney has struck gold a second time by blending music and drama in Begin Again.

Dan is an aging record label executive that has become disinterested in the music being played at radio today. He got into music to invest in real musicians with unique points of view, but he’s come to the realization that that type of talent is a very rare breed. He’s been searching for seven years to find …


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 …

Outline In Color

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, …

The Antlers Familiars

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 …