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REVIEW: Front Porch Step – ‘Whole Again’

Artist: Front Porch Step
Album: Whole Again EP
Genre: Acoustic folk
Label: Pure Noise Records

I’ve grown to love the EP format over the years. When it’s properly executed, a shorter release offers a perfectly sized stopgap for fans between records, while giving the artist an opportunity to try new things in a sidestep from the high risk, career benchmark, full-length format. In this regard, Front Porch Step has nailed it with Whole Again. The short, fifteen-minute EP features three new songs, all of which offer a new take on Front Porch Step mastermind Jake Mcelfresh’s distinct songwriting style, …

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Night Terrors of 1927 Share “When You Were Mine” Featuring Tegan And Sara

Night Terrors of 1927 are one of the best indie pop rock groups you and your silly friends have yet to discover. Their sound sounds like someone took all the best elements of music today and fused them with the height of 1980s pop music. It’s an intoxicating combination that is so powerful many people are unable to resist the urge to dance when the group’s music comes on the radio. Their latest, “When You Were Mine,” may be the best the Night Terrors of 1927 have ever sounded, and they owe a bit of thanks to everyone’s favorite Canadian …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Penguins Of Madagascar’ Offers Fun & Adventure For Everyone

Film: Penguins Of Madagascar
Starring: Tom McGrath, Chris Miller
Directed by: Eric Darnell, Simon J. Smith

Several years after first appearing as lovable side characters in Madagascar, the flightless birds better known as the Penguins Of Madagascar have finally been given a hilarious film all their own.

Spinoffs are tricky. On the one hand, these features exist to allow beloved characters from popular films a chance to shine away from the large shadow of the original work’s leads. On the other hand, these features also help build cinematic universes, which in 2014 is something every major studio wants to …

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New Years Day Share Crazy Video For “Defame Me”

There are plenty of up-and-coming bands who grab headlines from time to time, but never find the talent or showmanship needed to rise to the next level of popularity. New Years Day have been a band on the verge of achieving great things for several years at this point, and with the release of their latest single they may have finally come into their own.

Set largely in a decrepit building, with a number of scenes dressed to reflect nightmarish visions of mental health facilities, the latest video from New Years Day hits hard and heavy in every way imaginable. …

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REVIEW: Various Artists – ‘Punk Goes Pop Vol. 6′

Artist: Various
Album: Punk Goes Pop Vol. 6
Genre: Covers/Compilation
Label: Fearless Records

Two years have passed since Fearless Records shared Punk Goes Pop Vol. 5, and in that time the world of top 40 music has undergone quite a transformation. There is less music created by actual instruments at radio today than ever before, replaced at a startling rate by EDM headliners and star-studded collaborative efforts that revolve around mindless hooks backed by thumping bass. Transforming these tracks into well-executed covers performed by artists using guitars is no easy task, but Fearless found thirteen artists up to the …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Dumb And Dumber To’ Is Worse Than It Looks

Film: Dumb And Dumber To
Starring: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels
Directed by: The Farrelly Brothers
Genre: Comedy

Twenty years have passed since Harry (Jeff Daniels) and Lloyd (Jim Carrey) taught audiences about their lives of idiocy, and in that time almost nothing has changed. That’s both the beauty and problem with their latest adventure, which to put it simply falls far short of everyone’s expectations.…

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REVIEW: The Ghost Inside – ‘Dear Youth’

Artist: The Ghost Inside
Album: Dear Youth
Label: Epitaph Records
Genre: Metalcore

Over the course of their steady climb up the ranks of the music scene, The Ghost Inside have developed a dedicated fanbase through the combination of crushing metalcore, memorable choruses, and brutally honest lyricism (e.g. “Engine 45″). Thus, there wasn’t necessarily a pressing obligation for the group to evolve as long as they stuck to their proven formula, but it became clear settling for safety wouldn’t be the case when it was revealed that their newest effort, Dear Youth, would be a loose concept album. As noted …

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REVIEW: Bobby Shmurda – ‘Shmurda She Wrote’ EP

Artist: Bobby Shmurda
Album: Shmurda She Wrote
Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

After a summer that sent him rising from a nobody to one of the most blogged about names in urban music, Bobby Shmurda has all the hype in the world and none of the work to back it up. Though he’s become a household name in many parts of the country, not to mention having been seen rubbing shoulders with the hip-hop elite on the strength of his breakout hit, the young man behind “Hot Nigga” was nowhere to be found on the biggest must watch lists of up-and-coming emcees released …

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Lion Babe Are About To Become Your New Favorite Pop Duo

Big hair, don’t care forever.

Have you heard about Lion Babe? Consisting of Vanessa Williams’ daughter Jillian Hervey and producer Lucas Goodman, this unique duo delivers a mix of funk, soul, urban, and pop music that is nearly impossible to resist. Their latest single, “Jump Hi,” features a dance-inducing beat and uplifting lyrics about finding the light during the darkest of times. It’s not club fodder by any means, and even though Childish Gambino delivers a crazy good verse I would be absolutely stunned to see radio embrace this track without a huge demand from the public. That said, …

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REVIEW: Job For A Cowboy – ‘Sun Eater’

Artist: Job For A Cowboy
Album: Sun Eater
Label: Metal Blade Records
Genre: Death metal

Today could very well be the last day a Job For A Cowboy review needs to be prefaced with a gentle reminder that their deathcore days are behind them. Unbeknownst to many metal listeners, the Arizonan outfit have released three full-length efforts better categorized as death metal to date, with each release slowly but surely building upon the last. Sun Eater, their fourth full-length entry, has shed the baby step progression in favor of a radical transition into pure death metal, in the process …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Big Hero 6′ Is A Thrilling And Hilarious Journey For All Ages

Film: Big Hero 6
Starring: Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit
Directed by: Don Hall, Chris Williams

Big Hero 6 may be the first comic book adaptation to succeed — because it offers a story unlike anything found in the original source material.

You do not need to know that Disney’s Big Hero 6 is adapted from a relatively unknown Marvel comic book property. In fact, knowing too much about the original series may change your opinion of the animated adaptation because it’s almost nothing like the comics that inspired the characters now being promoted all over the world. This is not …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Interstellar’ Visits Deep Space With Familiar Twists

Film: Interstellar
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway
Directed by: Christopher Nolan

Christopher Nolan might’ve bitten off more than he could chew with Interstellar. Still, despite several genre clichés and a third act that sometimes leaves a lot to be desired in comparison to everything that occurs prior, the latest epic adventure from the man behind The Dark Knight provides nearly three hours of dramatic entertainment. It’s a spectacle ripe with human emotion, but it’s hard to shake the notion that something is missing. How much you notice or how much that fact bothers you will vary from person to …