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Ikey Reigns Supreme; All Hail King Jaffe, Hip-Hop’s New Highness

Apart from maybe Run The Jewels, the most exciting thing about hip-hop for me last year was Ikey. He only released a single track–a debut of sorts–but it was a perfectly chosen debut to serve as the gloves he came out swinging with. Initially elusive as all get out, the now-DC-based, mostly Nigerian-raised emcee seemingly had next to no online presence. As far as I can tell, he still doesn’t have a Facebook page, but that undoubtedly contributed to what made he and the ferociously calculated “Timbuktu” so damn enthralling. I listened to that track over …

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Dance Party: Mark Ronson & Mystikal Share “Feel Right” Video

Following hot on the heels of the insanely successful “Uptown Funk,” which spent more time on top of the Billboard charts than any other single in the last decade, Mark Ronson has shared the official video for “Feel Right.”

It has been a minute since the name Mystikal was in mainstream music headlines, but for those of us who remember the Y2K scare of 1999 his identity is already well known. It was Mystikal who gave the world “Shake It Fast” (otherwise known as “Shake Ya Ass”), as well as the best verse on Master P

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Fetty Wap Shares “Trap Queen” UK Remix Feat. Azealia Banks & More

It is incredibly rare to find a song that reaches the top of the Billboard charts over a year after its initial release, but thanks to the way the internet works that is exactly what has happened to Fetty Wap with his ridiculously catchy single, “Trap Queen.” The song originally premiered online in April 2014, but it took nearly a year for the mainstream music community to catch. Since Wap’s appearance on MTV last month, however, things have been changing at an alarming rate, and today the fast-rising rapper shared yet another remix of his hit single with the world.…

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Sleeping With Sirens Share “The Strays” Music Video

One of the catchiest songs off Sleeping With Sirens‘ most recent album release now has a music video all its own.

When I reviewed Madness at the beginning of March I was quick to point out the immediately infectious nature of a track titled “The Strays.” The first of multiple ballads on the record, the song is essentially an anthem for those who feel outcast or that they otherwise do not fit in with mainstream society. Like many songs in the SWS catalog, its aim is to be a positive message for those who feel left out. The video …

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MUST DOWNLOAD: Marco Drops Free ‘Studio Nights’ LP

Two years after the release of his popular XVII EP, WFFW member Marco has just dropped the first must-hear album of May 2015.

Studio Nights is the debut full-length album from Marco. The album combines several singles shared by the young rapper over the last year with four or five tracks that are exclusive to this release. The entire album is available for free, and for the time being you can stream and download the record right here on UTG.

We have been posting about Marco and his fellow WFFW members since the release of their “Rick James” video. It …

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Game & Dej Loaf Become The Best Duo Of 2015 With “Ryda”

West Coast edge meets Midwest born flows on the latest collaborative track from The Game and Dej Loaf.

There have been a lot of collaborative singles, albums, and mixtapes throughout the history of hip-hop, but more often than not those joint efforts fail to live up to the hype or quality of the projects released by the individuals that make up this new ‘super duo.’ Surprisingly, that is not the case with “Ryda,” the latest single from Game and Dej Loaf. These two go together like crunchy peanut butter and homemade jelly, and the song they’ve created is equally …

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UTG @ MICF: Sarah Kendall, DeAnne Smith, Russell Kane & Jonestown

Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Comic: Sarah Kendall
Show: A Day In October
Venue: Melbourne Town Hall

UK-based, Australian born and raised, Sarah Kendall has a knack for telling stories that inspire you to laugh and cry in equal measure. Kendall displays this skill in all its emotionally manipulative glory in her new show, A Day In October. Much like her previous, critically acclaimed offering, Touchdown, A Day In October draws from Kendall’s experiences of teenhood in Newcastle, New South Wales, delivering a hilarious yet heartbreaking tale of self-realization with a particularly powerful anti-bullying message.…

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REVIEW: Dance Gavin Dance – ‘Instant Gratification’

Artist: Dance Gavin Dance
Album: Instant Gratification
Genre: Rock, Pop, Experimental

I typically hate reviews and editorials that begin with quotes, but when attempting to begin discussing the latest release from Dance Gavin Dance there was one quote that stuck in my mind like the hook of “Stroke God, Millionaire” will soon stick with all of you: “Art, in itself, is an attempt to bring order out of chaos.”

Stephen Sondheim will probably never be found sitting at the back of your local Dance Gavin Dance concert, but I cannot help thinking the legendary composer and lyricist would, at the …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘While We’re Young’ Is Baumbach At His Weakest

Film: While We’re Young
Starring: Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts
Directed by: Noah Baumbach

Noah Baumbach has spent the majority of his career exploring the idea of identity and what it means to different people at various stages in life. It’s a theme that runs throughout every single one of his works, but never has it been presented in such an oddly mischevious way than in his latest feature, While We’re Young.

Living on the wrong side of forty, a filmmaker (Ben Stiller) and his wife (Naomi Watts) have recently discovered they are growing increasingly bored by their continued existence. …

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Will Amnesia Beach Be Your Next Obsession?

We receive hundreds of new music submissions every week at UTG, and of those only a select few ever make it to the front page. Even less appear more than once, which is probably as much our fault as theirs (communication is a two-way street), but every so often a musician or group comes along that we know right away will soon be a front page regular. This week that musician is Amnesia Beach, and I think you too will soon fall victim to their unique take on the singer-songwriter genre.

Hailing from California, Amnesia Beach boasts a complex …

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REVIEW: Gentlemen Rogues – ‘A History So Repeating’ EP

Artist: Gentlemen Rogues
Album: A History So Repeating EP
Genre: Pop Punk
Label: End Sounds

After a debut EP release in 2013, the canvas is still fairly blank for pop punk newcomers Gentlemen Rogues. A History So Repeating is their latest palette of colors, painting a bright and potential-driven future for themselves in just six simple songs. This sophomore EP trademarks the first style that Gentlemen Rogues seem to easily and impressively create – a playful pop punk that isn’t like the others.

Personally, pop punk music wouldn’t be my first choice playlist. So every time I come across …

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UTG @ Melbourne International Comedy Festival: James Acaster (UK)

Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Comic: James Acaster
Show: James Acaster (UK)
Venue: Melbourne Town Hall (Powder Room)

Brtish stand-up James Acaster is a lot of things. A man, a juror, a gangster, a comedian; thankfully it is the latter of these that he has chosen to make his calling, and tonight it was the Melbourne audience that reaped the rewards. A gifted storyteller with a uniquely off-beat delivery, Acaster hit the ground running, winning over the crowd with some solid crowd work, filled with local references, before settling into an hour of finely crafted stand-up that found its loudest laughs …