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Netflix Renews Its Best New Show, ‘Grace And Frankie’

A lot has been written about Netflix and its attempts to add a large amount of original programming to their streaming service in 2015. Most shows have been a hit (Daredevil, House of Cards, OITNB), but others have struggled to find the immediate fandom others seem to have so easily acquired (Bloodline, Marco Polo).

This week, Netflix announced that it has decided to renew its most recent original offering, Grace and Frankie, for at least a second season. If Billboard is to be believed, it’s likely fans of the show have Miley

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The New Sorority Noise Album Will Probably Change Our Lives

Anyone who is connected to the alternative and indie rock worlds with even the faintest of interest no doubt failed to make it out of 2014 without hearing The Hotelier‘s phenomenal album, Home Like NoPlace Is There. And that’s perfectly fine. It’s great, in fact. That album is incredible and it deserves to be heard by as many people with ears to hear that exist today, but as far as buzzworthy records go it’s high time a new king be crowned and Sorority Noise are currently making a damn strong argument that their upcoming release be next in …

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We Came As Romans Stream “The World I Used To Know”

Michigan natives We Came As Romans continue their transformation from breakdown-loving bad boys to radio rock titans this afternoon with the premiere of “The World I Used To Know.”

It has been a minute since fans last heard from We Came As Romans, and in that time the band has spent a lot of time developing their skills as both songwriters and musicians. The band reportedly wrote forty songs for their upcoming self-titled album, but in the end decided that only ten of those tracks were good enough to make the actual record. “The World I Used To Know” was …

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The Weeknd Shares “I Can’t Feel My Face”

With “Earned It” continuing to dominate the charts, The Weeknd has surprised fans once again with a surprise single release.

“I Can’t Feel My Face” appeared online late Monday night, May 25. The song boasts dance-ready production inspired by the heights of funk and soul. It’s the kind of endless groove that could play all night long, and Abel’s voice only serves to take the entire affair to the next level. The drug use alluded to in the title is not as present in the music as one might expect, but it’s implied nonetheless. You can stream the song below.…

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SINGLE REVIEW: Luke Bryan – “Kick The Dust Up”

Artist: Luke Bryan
Song: “Kick The Dust Up”
Album: Kill The Lights

Two years after crashing the bro country party with an album chock full of future hit singles, Luke Bryan has kicked off the promotion for his latest release with an incredibly underwhelming ode to farm town parties.

“Kick The Dust Up” is the kind of song that wants to remind you of a time when country music was actually inspired by cornfields, dirt roads, and late nights spent with the farmer’s daughter, getting drunk alongside your best friends. If that is all you want from your music — …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Human Centipede: Final Sequence’ Flat-Out Sucks

Film: The Human Centipede: Final Sequence
Starring: Dieter Laser, Laurence R Harvey, Eric Roberts, Bree Olson
Directed by: Tom Six

Tom Six has somehow managed to ruin the fun of body horror and exploitation in just three films. If I wasn’t so pissed about that fact I might applaud him, but then again probably not as I have unfortunately sat through each of his three increasingly unwatchable feature-length creations.

The Human Centipede: Final Sequence serves as the final chapter of Tom Six’s medically impossible trilogy of extreme body modification and the monsters who carry it out. The film stars Dieter …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘When Marnie Was There’ Is Another Beautiful Gem From Studio Ghibli

Film: When Marnie Was There
Starring: Sara Takatsuki, Kasumi Arimura
Directed By: Hiromasa Yonebayashi

Based on Joan G. Robinson’s 1981 novel of the same name, When Marnie Was There is a beautifully affecting – and at times tragically depressive – animated feature from director Hiromasa Yonebayashi (The Secret World of Arrietty) and the iconic studio behind the works of legendary animator/director Hayao Miyazaki (My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away) and other beloved features such as Grave Of The Fireflies, Only Yesterday and most recently, The Tale Of Princess Kaguya.

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The Ongoing Concept May Be The Most Interesting Band Of 2015

Have you heard about The Ongoing Concept? Formed in 2010, this four-piece rock band have been garnering a lot of attention for Handmade, their upcoming album release on Solid State Records. Part of the reason for that attention is the band’s unique approach to creating their album, which found them building every instrument used from scratch, and part of it has to do with the fact there are very few bands playing the kind of hard-hitting and emotionally-driven music the band delivers.

Today, May 22, The Ongoing Concept took their DIY approach one step further by releasing their …

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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 …