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Wear Your Heart On Your Sleeve And Discover Ben Cooling’s “Breathe Again”

I don’t know about you, but I am forever a sucker for any catchy sad song led by acoustic guitar. Something about those six steel strings being strummed up and down stabs me right in the feels every damn time, and if you feel the same, I may have just stumbled across your new favorite artist.

Ben Cooling has been making a name for himself as a solo artist since 2012, but he’s been active within the music industry for well over a decade. His latest single, “Breathe Again,” is taken from an EP titled To Hell With Consequences, …

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You May Hate How Much You Love 5 Seconds Of Summer’s “Amnesia”

5 Seconds Of Summer‘s ascent towards total global takeover continued this past weekend as the Aussie exports shared a new video for their single “Amnesia.” We did not post the clip when it debuted, and for that I apologize. I have taken the time to experience it in the days since, however, and am now more certain of the group’s ability to win over any detractor than ever before.

For all intents and purposes “Amnesia” is the heartbreaking ballad buried deep in 5 Seconds Of Summer’s debut album (out now). It’s a tale of a relationship gone awry, and …

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Slipknot Release “The Negative One” Music Video

Just days after dominating rock headlines with their first single in years, Slipknot have returned to the front page of UTG to release their official video for “The Negative One.”

Earlier today, the first music video connected to Slipknot’s highly-anticipated new album found its way online. The clip features imagery similar to the creepy sequences showcased in the viral promotional videos released by Slipknot in recent weeks. There are beautiful women dressed as Gothic nightmares, a dead goat surrounded by flowers, and multiple shots of people standing around dilapidated properties. The one thing you don’t see, however, is Slipknot. You …

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REVIEW: Spoon – ‘They Want My Soul’

Artist: Spoon
Album: They Want My Soul
Genre: Indie Rock

These days, sticking around the indie-rock game for more than a few years is a feat. We’ve watched some heavy hitters jump into play for a few minutes, then get taken out and rotated in with another all-star that will get flashy for a period. Rinse and repeat.

Spoon, who are at this point grandpas of indie rock, have come back from a four-year break and hit the first three pointer they shot. Followed by another. And another. They Want My Soul is a proclamation album. Maybe a “fuck-off” type.…

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Nicki Minaj Streams “Anaconda,” Teases Official Video

Now that the initial controversy over Nicki Minaj‘s latest single has begun to die off it’s time to experience the song behind the cover art that pissed off parents and conservatives worldwide.

Using samples from Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back” as its backbone, “Anaconda” finds Nicki Minaj toeing the line between street-ready raps and radio-ready song structure. It’s a filthy, quick-tongued ode to everything in Nicki’s world, wrapped around samples everyone and their grandmother knows by heart. I’m not sure if I love it, or if I simply love the recycled take on Mix-A-Lot’s classic, but either way I …

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REVIEW: The Hydrothermal Vents – ‘Secrets Of The Deep!’

Artist: The Hydrothermal Vents
Album: Secrets Of The Deep!
Genre: Rock, New Wave

John Tielli and Tessa Kautzman make up the Montreal-based duo known as The Hydrothermal Vents, an experimental pop rock act inspired by the works of David Attenborough and all things oceanic. Their newest 9-track effort, Secrets Of The Deep!, as a whole, is unlike anything you’ve ever heard but it takes leads here and there from a wide assortment of genre pioneers such as Talking Heads, The B-52s and The Police as well as newer acts in the vein of Los Campesinos! Melding elements of …

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REVIEW: 5 Seconds Of Summer – ’5 Seconds Of Summer’

Artist: 5 Seconds of Summer
Album: 5 Seconds Of Summer
Genre: Pop rock

Every few years a band comes along with a sound that caters to both the mainstream and alternative underground, but due to how they choose to market themselves certain ‘scene gatekeepers’ refuse to acknowledge the group’s work as anything other than radio fluff. In 2014, that band is known as 5 Seconds Of Summer, but try as some might to claim otherwise I am convinced there is no stopping their eventual rise to the top of the pop rock hierarchy.

Hailing from Australia with a sound inspired …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’

Film: Guardians Of The Galaxy
Directed by: James Gunn
Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana,

We need to get some things out of the way before we start this review. The current cinema is completely oversaturated with superhero/comic book films. Most of them are the same; every hero is getting their own movie, all of which have relatively the same aesthetics. The worst part about this is, Marvel shows no sign of stopping, with even just recently announcing they have films planned through 2019, which is nothing short of ridiculous. These superhero and comic book adaptations have become so prevalent in …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Lucy’

Film: Lucy
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman
Directed by: Luc Besson

Luc Besson has to be messing with us. Either that, or he’s laughing all the way to the bank.

The man behind Léon: The Professional, The Fifth Element and The Transporter series is back in theaters this summer with a new film by the name of Lucy. At first glance, the film offers a slick, thought-provoking look at what might happen if a woman scorned was unable to unlock 100% of her mental capacity. The actual feature, however, offers something far more silly.

Lucy tells the story …

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Fall In Love With Sir Sly’s “You Haunt Me” And Prepare For Their Debut Album Release

Don’t you love when a song comes along out of the blue and fills you with all the good feels anyone could hope to have? It’s a rare treat, especially if your main source of music is terrestrial radio, but every so often lightning strikes and you find yourself with a new addiction.

Ladies and gentlemen, prepare to fall in love with Sir Sly.

Boasting big hooks and groove-laden verses, Sir Sly come barreling out of Los Angeles with a sound best likened to shoegaze indie rock having a love child with the debut record from Foster The People. Their …

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Radical Something Offer A Fresh Take On West Coast Pop Rock With “Cali Get Down”

I hope you’re ready to dance.

Some Tuesdays feel a lot like second Mondays, but thanks to music it’s possible to turn even the most wretched of days around in a matter of minutes. This morning, an up-and-coming band from California had that impact on our offices when they delivered a single titled “Cali Get Down.”

Radical Something are a fittingly named band featuring three guys who do not strike you as the kind of men that would create music that one staffer described as “club punk.” To be fair, another one said “West Coast bro pop rock.” Regardless, their …

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Hilary Duff Returns With “Chasing The Sun”

Having taken a few years off to start a family and mature as a person, former Disney starlet Hilary Duff is kickstarting her comeback this week with the release of a new single titled “Chasing The Sun.”

Scheduled for release in the US on July 29, “Chasing The Sun” reintroduces Hilary Duff to the world with beautiful and immediately infectious acoustic accompaniment. The high-gloss pop sound she once clung to has now been replaced with quiet pop sensibilities, which I believe is best for both Duff and her loyal followers. I don’t think this is necessarily the catchiest song of …