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REVIEW: The Answer Page – ‘The Nightmares of My Dearest Cardinal’

Artist: The Answer Page
Album: The Nightmares of My Dearest Cardinal
Genre: Indie, Shoegaze
Label: Unsigned

Let me tell you a story. I used to blog about very independent bands that are the hidden gems of the internet. The ones that make great music, but just don’t have the resources to get recognized – or haven’t yet acquired them. Or they just like to write. Whatever, that doesn’t matter. But one of my biggest inspirations for that niche that I cornered myself in was The Answer Page, for a lot of reasons. Reasons that I won’t go into.

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Woman In Black 2′ Offers Nothing New

Film: The Woman In Black 2
Starring: Phoebe Fox, Jeremy Irvine
Directed by: Tom Harper

Lacking its original lead and any real sense of purpose, The Woman In Black 2: Angel Of Death is just another entry in the long line of horror sequels that never should have been made in the first place.

The second World War is in full effect when The Woman In Black 2: Angel Of Death begins, and hiding from the Nazis amongst other London natives is a woman named Eve. She, with the help of her co-worker Jean, takes it upon herself to evacuate …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Interview’ Disappoints

Film: The Interview
Starring: James Franco, Seth Rogen
Directed by: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg

All controversy and media hype aside, The Interview is another hit-and-miss comedy with more budget than brains.

Seth Rogen and James Franco have long cemented their place in Hollywood history as one of the premier comedic duos. Ever since their time roaming the halls in Freaks And Geeks, these two funny men have been rising through the Tinseltown ranks whether together or apart. The times they have worked together have been, for the most part, incredibly successful. They’ve also been incredibly unique, placing the two …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Let’s Kill Ward’s Wife’ Delivers Big, Inconsistent Laughs

Film: Let’s Kill Ward’s Wife
Starring: Donald Faison, Patrick Wilson
Directed By: Scott Foley

Following a long tradition of comedic films about murder that never find the right groove, Let’s Kill Ward’s Wife is an inconsistent romp that works more often than not.

Ward is a full-grown man with a decent job, a beautiful new child, lifelong best friends whom he sees regularly, and a wife he – as well as everyone else – cannot stand. She is a mean, snobbish, and overly-protective woman who seems to only find pleasure in making others miserable. Everyone wishes she were dead, including …

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LIVE REVIEW: Scott Russo (Unwritten Law) and Phil Jamieson (Grinspoon) in Melbourne, Australia (12/19/14)

Scott Russo of much loved San Diego pop-punkers Unwritten Law and Phil Jamieson of Australian alt-rock gods Grinspoon, have forged a famous friendship since meeting on the Warped Tour in 1999. This friendship, born of youthful exuberance and strengthened through the shared experience of life on the road (and all of its ups and downs), has played a crucial part in the lives and careers of both men. Tonight, some 15 years since becoming instant best friends, Russo and Jamieson took the stage together at the Corner Hotel for the Melbourne leg of their Australian dual headlining acoustic tour …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Imitation Game’ Is Both Thrilling & Heartbreaking

Film: The Imitation Game
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch
Directed by: Morten Tyldum

Though it feels created almost entirely for the purpose of generating awards season buzz for its lead actor, The Imitation Game is well-crafted World War II tale that is made a tad foolish thanks to bad CGI.

The story of Alan Turing is one that has long been needing a big screen adaptation, but it wasn’t until the last decade that his story found any real sense of closure. The reasoning for that is something I won’t give away in this review, but suffice to say there is a …

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SINGLE REVIEW: Fall Out Boy – “The Kids Aren’t Alright”

Artist: Fall Out Boy
Song: “The Kids Aren’t Alright”
Album: American Beauty / American Psycho

The rumors of Fall Out Boy’s plans to release a follow-up to Save Rock And Roll in 2015 have recently been proven true, and now we find ourselves in the midst of a promotional campaign that has encountered its fair share of criticism. We have made it a point to review every new song that has surfaced thus far, and today are continuing those efforts by taking a look at “The Kids Aren’t Alright,” which premiered online earlier this week. If you missed the …

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REVIEW: Sullivan – ‘Heavy Is The Head’

Artist: Sullivan
Album: Heavy Is The Head
Genre: Alt. rock
Label: Spartan Records

To the excitement of many fans, including some of us here at UTG, Sullivan announced the end of their hiatus, as well as details for a new full-length album. They were officially on hiatus for seven years, starting in 2007. During that time they did self-release an acoustic EP featuring songs from their previous work, but at the time they did not make public any plans to get back together. Lucky for us though, they did decide to release some brand new music, and I think it’s …

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REVIEW: Nicki Minaj – ‘The Pinkprint’

Artist: Nicki Minaj
Album: The Pinkprint
Genre: Hip-Hop
Label: Young Money

Whenever new material from Nicki Minaj arrives online people are quick to ask whether the pop star’s delivery falls under the category of ‘radio’ or ‘mixtape’ Minaj. The former is typically viewed a hook-heavy club offering, while the latter tends to refer to tracks where Minaj drops all pop sensibility in preference of her hip-hop roots. The Pinkprint is a perfect combination of both, though I would argue that it offers the least radio ready collection of tracks Nicki has shared with fans to date. That’s not a complaint, …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Top Five’ Is The Funniest Film of 2014

Film: Top Five
Starring: Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson
Directed by: Chris Rock

Taking filmmaking cues from everyone who has previously captured NYC and relationships with unflinching honesty, Chris Rock has crafted one hell of a comedic feature with Top Five. It’s a story about love, both for others and yourself, as well as a satirical take on our society that will leave you in stitches for days.…

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REVIEW: Angels and Airwaves – ‘The Dream Walker’

Artist: Angels and Airwaves
Title: The Dream Walker
Label: To the Stars
Genre: Alternative Rock

I’m going to spare all of you my history with this band. I have had various opinions about Angels and Airwaves for many years, and it’s all come to a pinnacle with the release of The Dream Walker.

Objectivity was tough in this situation when it came to writing a review, especially as a blink-182 fanboy. Well, I did, kind of. When you go and listen to this album, do what I did. Set aside your Enema of the State obsession and stop wishing …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Pyramid’ Is A Fun, Yet Familiar Thrill Ride

Film: The Pyramid
Starring: Ashley Hinshaw, Denis O’Hare
Directed by: Grégory Levasseur

Capping off what can only be described as one of the worst years for mainstream horror in the last decade, 20th Century Fox has delivered a fun, yet familiar thrill ride with The Pyramid.

It’s August 2013 and the streets of Cairo are on the brink of complete chaos. The government and its citizens are fighting for reasons far too meaningful for a film like The Pyramid to try and explain, but it does, however, provide a great setting to begin a film that otherwise would need …