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SINGLE REVIEW: Kendrick Lamar – “i”

Artist: Kendrick Lamar
Song: “i”
Album: TBA

Nearly two years after the release of his breakout debut album, Kendrick Lamar returned to music headlines this week with the release of a brand new single titled “i.” The Rahki produced track, which also serves as the first song to be released from Kendrick’s upcoming Sophomore effort, samples “That Lady” by The Isley Brothers. We wrote about the song a bit when it debuted, but in case you missed that post you can discover the track below:…

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Required Listening: Kendrick Lamar – “I”

There is an entire generation walking the planet today who may have very well lived their entire lives without knowing of or listening to the work of The Isley Brothers. Thanks to Kendrick Lamar however, that is about to change.

This morning, Kendrick Lamar broke his long-standing radio silence with the release of a new song titled “I.” The track, which samples the Isley Brothers’ “That Lady,” is the first track to surface from the Compton raised artist since the release of his debut album nearly two years back. You can stream the song, in full, at the end of …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘This Is Where I Leave You’ Owes Everything To Its Cast

Film: This Is Where I Leave You
Starring: Jason Bateman, Jane Fonda
Directed By: Shawn Levy

Featuring a cast of familiar faces and a variety of issues that almost everyone can relate to, This Is Where I Leave You serves as a reminder that there truly is no place like home.

Jonathan Tropper wrote This Is Where I Leave You as a portrait of a family going through a hard time together while each individual also deals with their own personal struggles. The adaptation channels the entire story through the perspective of one son, played by Jason Bateman, as he …

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REVIEW: Gnarwolves – ‘Gnarwolves’

Artist: Gnarwolves
Album: Gnarwolves
Label: Pure Noise Records

Let’s be honest, it’s pretty hard for a pop punk band to climb out of the grave that the “Defend Pop Punk” movement has become. A name like Gnarwolves backed up by images of pizza slices and skateboards can either serve as a calling card to invite new listeners into something they already know they’re going to love, or as a warning sign for the bored and weary to stay as far away as possible.

Yet Gnarwolves are more than just another skin-deep act — or at least that’s what one would …

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REVIEW: The Contortionist – ‘Language’

Artist: The Contortionist
Album: Language
Label: eOne Music
Genre: Progressive / Experimental / Metal

Like a swift jab to the jaw, The Contortionist mercilessly broke into center stage with 2010′s Exoplanet, a 50-minute arrangement that encompassed a wealth of genres, and displayed a level of musicianship unmatched by their peers. A fluid blend of heavy, atmospheric, and everything in between, the album’s unpredictability and avant-garde approach was praised by critics, and quickly became the standard by which progressive metal was judged.

The Indiana outfit’s follow-up attempt, Intrinsic, was considerably less brazen, further pushing the boundaries set forth by …

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Required Listening: Florida Georgia Line – “Sun Daze”

Having spent the past few weeks dominating country charts with the power ballad “Dirt,” Florida Georgia Line are back in music headlines this morning with the release of a new song titled “Sun Daze.”

There are a few things you can expect to find in almost every song by Florida Georgia Line. References to having a good time is the most common, but partying, working hard, driving around, and knowing how to be yourself no matter what are not far behind. “Sun Daze” brings all these elements together, as well as the group’s love for …

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REVIEW: Hostage Calm – ‘Die on Stage’

Artist: Hostage Calm
Album: Die on Stage
Label: Run For Cover Records
Genre: Punk, Alternative

There are a lot of bands that come and go in the music scene, and rarely make a mark of any kind. Most bands like to think that they are “different” and “special,” but let’s be honest, they usually are not. A few years back when I first saw Hostage Calm, I really did not get “it.” A lot of people really liked them to an extreme degree, and I felt like I was on the outs in a way. Maybe I just wasn’t …

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REVIEW: Motionless In White – ‘Reincarnate’

Artist: Motionless In White
Album: Reincarnate
Label: Fearless
Genre: Hard Rock

Motionless In White have long proven their ability to produce hard-hitting music with messages that range from believing in yourself to fighting against the corrupt bullshit you see in the world around you. Along the way, the group has undergone a spectacular evolution that has taken them from screamo beginnings to a sound that now appeals to rock fans from all walks of life. These changes have caused fans to come and go over the years, but with their third studio album it seems Motionless In White may have …

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The Weekend Classic Are About To Become Your New Favorite Band

I’ve always found that the best listening experience anyone can hope to stumble across is an instance where material that you never expected to impress you ends up knocking you on your ass. The track plays, your jaw slowly comes unhinged, and by the time it ends you’re too busy eating your own words to try and defend lack of enthusiasm up front. It’s rare, which is all the more reason to tell everyone you know whenever artists are able to have that kind of affect on your life.

Hailing from Indiana with a sound that blends together the best …

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REVIEW: Sleepwave – ‘Broken Compass’

Artist: Sleepwave
Album: Broken Compass
Label: Epitaph Records
Genre: Alternative / Hard Rock

Everyone has their demons. The demise of something that made you who you are and picking up the pieces afterwards is never easy. No matter what it is. For Sleepwave‘s frontman and leader, Spencer Chamberlain, the break-up of his former band, Underoath, was that demon. It left him on his back, questioning everything. It came from his own mouth.

When you put on Broken Compass for the first time, and just hear the desperation and anxiety and all kinds of emotions in his voice, …

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One Direction Announce New Album, Stream Lead Single “Fireproof”

One Direction have spent the majority of the year touring the globe in support of their fall 2013 album, Midnight Memories, but somewhere along the way the group found time to record again because they have another album due out before the end of 2014.

Revealed to fans on Monday, Four will be the fourth studio album from One Direction in four years. The record will not hit stores until an unspecified date in November, but the group decided to give fans an early taste of the record by sharing a new song titled “Fireproof” that you can now …

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SINGLE REVIEW: Fall Out Boy – “Centuries”

Artist: Fall Out Boy
Song: “Centuries”
Album: TBA
Genre: Pop/Rock

A year and a half after making a bold attempt to Save Rock And Roll, Fall Out Boy have returned to music headlines with the release of a new single titled “Centuries.” The track, which debuted online earlier this week, finds the band building on the sonic foundation of the last album in ways that have so far divided longtime supporters. In case you missed the song when it first appeared on UTG yesterday after, you can stream “Centuries” below:

We have been kicking around ideas on …