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REVIEW: Four Year Strong – ‘Four Year Strong’

Artist: Four Year Strong
Album: Four Year Strong
Label: Pure Noise Records
Genre: Easycore, baby

Before we take the next 1,100 words or so to discuss the new Four Year Strong record, let’s talk about presentation.

Four Year Strong is a band that has always cared about presentation. Ridiculous promo pictures featuring the band’s enormous men in FYS-branded varsity jackets, the famous beards, song titles riddled with highly-quotable movie lines, and cartoon album artwork with robot sharks, wizards, and centaurs are all essential parts of the brand that Four Year Strong spent so much time building in the late 2000s. …

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Taking Back Sunday Is Still Your Favorite Band Ever

The band that served as the soundtrack to your first true romance and the heartache that inevitably followed have a new single that is proof they’re only getting better with age.

“Better Homes And Gardens” was an immediate standout on Taking Back Sunday‘s Happiness Is…, so it’s great to see it have a chance for additional exposure with the release of a fantastic new music video. The clip mirrors the emotional turmoil filling the spaces between vocalist Adam Lazzara‘s croons of a once great romance falling apart while standing on the verge of an eternity together with …

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Courtney Love Surprises Everyone With “Miss Narcissist”

It has been far, far too long since we have had a reason to write about the career of Courtney Love. Known best to rock fans as the founder of Hole, Love has spent a lot of time in the limelight over the last half decade without releasing much in the form of new music (and that contribution to Empire does not count), but today all that changes as the world wakes to greet “Miss Narcissist.”

Recorded without anyone in the press or public knowing Love had new material in the works, “Miss Narcissist” appeared online early Monday …

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First ‘Jem And The Holograms’ Trailer Is A Disappointment

The truly, truly outrageous animated 80s rock star known as Jem is getting her own live-action film later this year, and the first trailer is unquestionably bad.

In the time before the internet, films and television shows adapted from popular written works could largely ignore the source material as there were far less people able to call studios on their bullshit, and almost nowhere for people to individually engage thousands of people on a public forum with the same unhappy sentiment. Those days are ancient history now, and the nerds of today demand more out of their entertainment. Name and …

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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 …