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REVIEW: Lana Del Rey – ‘Ultraviolence’

Artist: Lana Del Rey
Album: Ultraviolence
Genre: Pop

Lana Del Rey pulls no punches on Ultraviolence, her first release since the fall of 2012. After essentially spending two years working on new material the woman who was Born To Die has reemerged more confident and heartbroken than ever before, and she has brought along a strung out rock and roll sound produced by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach to accompany her pain.

If you did not like Lana Del Rey in 2012 you will almost certainly not find her any more enjoyable in 2014. Lana has not switched her …

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Stream Lana Del Rey’s New Album, ‘Ultraviolence’

Today is the day fans of silky smooth pop music have been waiting for all year long. After months of promotion, including a sold out US tour, Lana Del Rey is finally sharing Ultraviolence with the world. Our review of the record is not quite ready to post, but while we wait for that time fans can stream the new album, in full, at the end of this post.

There was a time not too long ago when it seemed almost trendy to make fun of Lana Del Rey, but I honestly believe that time has passed. There will continue …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Signal’

Film: The Signal
Starring: Brenton Thwaites, Olivia Cooke
Directed by: William Eubank

Coming of age films are a dime a dozen these days. Between the affordability of decent camera equipment and an ever-increasing number of ways to share original video content with the world, it seems everyone has a story about growing up they want to share. This is all well and fine, of course, because audiences love stories like this and for whatever reason always support them at the box office. Filmmakers hoping to make a name for themselves in this world, however, face immense competition from peers and …

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Rome (of Sublime) Announces Solo Album, Streams Lead Single

Rome rose to fame when he became the Sublime frontman longtime fans of the group were willing to tolerate. Now that he has established his voice in the music business, Rome is stepping out on his own with a new solo record titled Get Free, and earlier today we received the album’s first single.

Knowing that Rome spends the majority of his time with Sublime you may think his solo material would sound similar, but aside from a few hints of so-cal punk ethos Rome’s first foray into solo material is a departure from his usual material. “If The …

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REVIEW: Ceres – ‘I Don’t Want To Be Anywhere But Here’

Artist: Ceres
Album: I Don’t Want To Be Anywhere But Here
Genre: Alt Rock, Emo
Label: Hobbledehoy Records

Emerging from somewhere among the hidden laneways, hipster cafes and Gothic architecture of Melbourne, alternative rock quartet Ceres have ridden their finely crafted tales of inner city life from the status of little known but revered local favourites all the way to the main stage of the renowned Soundwave festival and a position of prominence in the Australian independent scene.

Fittingly for a band named after the Roman goddess of agriculture, this growth has been of an organic nature, achieved not by …

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REVIEW: Say Anything – ‘Hebrews’

Artist: Say Anything
Album: Hebrews
Label: Equal Vision Records

A few years ago, my father told me a story about a concert that he had attended before I was born. Neil Young was playing unplugged at a relatively small venue, choosing the majority of his setlist from the latter half of his enormous discography. Irritated by the fact that very few old, “classic” Neil Young tracks were in rotation, an angry concert-goer screamed out and commanded the legendary singer-songwriter to “play something we’ve heard before.” Young allegedly looked up, smiled, and said “okay” before playing the first song on the …

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REVIEW: Beartooth – ‘Disgusting’

Artist: Beartooth
Album: Disgusting
Genre: Metalcore, Hardcore
Label: Red Bull Records

There’s been a lot of build-up leading to the release of Beartooth’s first full-length record, Disgusting. Thanks in part to a trickling, day-by-day promotional campaign, the Caleb Shomo-fronted quintet has gained a ferocious fanbase faster than most bands can tune their instruments, and now seem poised for world domination as they gear up for an extensive run on this summer’s Vans Warped Tour.

Like most, I first became acquainted with the Columbus outfit through their debut EP, Sick, which made landfall back in 2013, and immediately made …

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REVIEW: The Front Bottoms – ‘Rose’ EP

Artist: The Front Bottoms
Album: Rose EP
Genre: Indie punk
Label: Bar/None Records

The Front Bottoms aren’t really bringing anything new to the table, but that doesn’t keep this record from kicking my ass. I mean, there’s been a lot of guitar-drum two-pieces, yeah, so what’s the big deal with these guys? How do you explain the rapidly growing fan base? How the hell did they open for Brand New? My friend has a diagram explaining why TFB are a ‘good band’ and deserving of all the praise and accolades they’ve been given since their self-titled found the internet (it’s …

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REVIEW: The Word Alive – ‘Real’

Artist: The Word Alive
Album: Real
Genre: Metalcore
Label: Fearless Records

Over the years The Word Alive have slowly carved themselves their own unique place in the metalcore scene. With each release the group’s sound has changed as they discover new techniques and grow as musicians.​ Though they have been together since 2008, they didn’t really gain any mainstream notoriety until the release of their debut full-length, Deceiver.​ They are known for the energy they put behind their music as well as the passion they display on stage. When most fans think of the band in concert they will …

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Candy Hearts Stream ‘All The Ways You Let Me Down’

Pop punk outfit Candy Hearts have made a full stream of their new album available ahead of the record’s June 10 release date.

All The Ways You Let Me Down is the result of time spent growing up with the world passing by outside a van window. Over the course of eleven tracks the band share stories of love, loss, insecurity, sleepless nights, friendship, and learning to understand one’s self set to infectious three and four chord jams that keep you coming back for more. You can stream the album, in full, over at Alternative Press.

Candy Hearts have …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Edge Of Tomorrow’

Film: Edge Of Tomorrow
Starring: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt
Directed by: Doug Liman

Though it falls short of its potential, Edge Of Tomorrow is as good as blockbuster science fiction will likely get in 2014.

Tom Cruise is Major William Cage, an officer in the army who has managed to make it his entire career without spending a single day on a battlefield, despite the fact mankind has spent the past several years embroiled in a war with an extraterrestrial force that we do not fully understand. After speaking out of line to a high ranking military official, however, Cage …

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REVIEW: Sharon Van Etten – ‘Are We There’

Artist: Sharon Van Etten
Album: Are We There
Genre: Folk Rock
Label: Jagjaguwar

Sharon Van Etten is a rarity among musicians. The New Jersey native will step onstage and squabble with her three-piece backing band, combining nervous jokes with a half-snort laugh that would probably get a kid bullied in middle school. She’s a bit clumsy, somewhat outspoken, and always innocently honest. It’s been five years since she began twirling around the music scene, cutting herself open again and again for her songs, yet despite the continual applause she’s gotten onstage and off, Etten has always …