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REVIEW: Manchester Orchestra – ‘Cope’

Artist: Manchester Orchestra
Album: Cope
Genre: Rock
Label: Favorite Gentlemen / Loma Vista

Most of my adolescence was spent exclusively listening to heavy music. If it wasn’t metal (or hardcore punk, post-hardcore, you get the idea), I probably wasn’t listening to it.

It wasn’t until college that I began listening to lighter music (or “indie rock,” whatever that term even means anymore), and Manchester Orchestra’s I’m Like A Virgin Losing A Child was one of the first albums to spark that shift in my musical development. I don’t even remember how I discovered them. I was probably just looking through …

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Flo Rida Tries (and Fails) To Piggyback Off The Chainsmokers’ Success With A Spoken Word EDM Single Of His Own

If you have been following the various free singles posted on UTG in recent months you will no doubt recall seeing The Chainsmokers’ name scroll by a time or two. They built their brand on cutting-edge remakes of pop hits, but in recent years they have also been making efforts with original music that is equally deserving of your time.

Recently, The Chainsmokers hit a new career high when they topped the Billboard dance chart with a crazy little single called “#Selfie.” The song, which has a video featuring no less than three UTG staffers, revolves around …

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REVIEW: Cloud Nothings – ‘Here and Nowhere Else’

Artist: Cloud Nothings
Album: Here and Nowhere Else
Genre: Indie Rock / Punk
Label: Carpark Records

One of everyone’s favorite records of 2012, Cloud Nothings’ Attack On Memory delivered everything anyone could want in a loud, grungy punk rock record. It was raw, energetic, cathartic and, most importantly, resonant — particularly to the frustrated post-graduate generation who could identify with anthemic refrains like “I need time to stay useless” or “I thought I would be more than this.”

While technically their third record, Attack On Memory might as well have been Cloud Nothings’ debut, announcing a heavier, more aggressive departure …

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REVIEW: Chiodos – ‘Devil’

Artist: Chiodos
Album: Devil
Genre: Post-hardcore
Label: Razor & Tie

It’s hard to believe that it’s been seven years since the last time Chiodos released an album with Craig Owens at the helm. It’s been four years since the band released any new music for that matter. It’s been a long time coming, and fans will finally get to hear what the band has been working so as of late. Owens stated that this new album would be more mature, self-reflective and basically “whatever the band wants.” He made it known that they weren’t writing these new songs based on …

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UTG Review @ Melbourne International Comedy Festival: Bryony Kimmings – ‘Sex Idiot’

Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Comic: Bryony Kimmings
Show: Sex Idiot
Venue: Melbourne Town Hall

Every now and then a piece of performance art comes along that is so unique, daring and confrontational that words simply cannot do it testament. Bryony Kimmings’ Sex Idiot is not one of these shows, but only because you’d need to add ‘hilarious’ to the description.

A thought-provoking yet wildly humorous examination of the awkward aftermath that follows being diagnosed with an STI, Sex Idiot is at once a biting social critique of our archaic attitudes towards STIs and a heartfelt dissertation on modern relationships. Oh, …

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UTG Review @ Melbourne International Comedy Festival: Alex Williamson – ‘Dumb Things I’ve Done’

Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Comic: Alex Williamson
Show: Dumb Things I’ve Done
Venue: The Athenaeum Theatre

Over the course of the last seven years, Alex ‘Shooter’ Williamson has developed from brash comedic upstart to a multi-talented, verifiable YouTube sensation. With more than 35 million views and more than 370,000 people who have signed up as subscribers to his YouTube channel, as well as over 575,000 ‘likes’ on Facebook, Alex has been able to cash in on that popularity and create opportunities for himself, including stints at LA’s The Hot Hits Live, regular commercial radio gigs and landing the lead role …

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UTG Review @ Melbourne International Comedy Festival: The Umbilical Brothers – ‘KiDShoW (Not Suitable For Children)’

Melbourne International Comedy Festival Review
Comic: The Umbilical Brothers
Show: KiDShoW (Not Suitable For Children)

Slapstick superstars, The Umbilical Brothers–Dane (David Collins) and Shavid (Shane Dundas)–brought their considerable talents back to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival this year for an opening night performance of their latest comedic creation, KiDShoW (Not Suitable For Children), and what a performance it proved to be.

A profoundly dark, twisted and undeniably funny re-imagining of the classic children’s television format, KiDShoW finds The Umbilical Brothers in sparkling form, as they utilise their contrasting comedic talents to deliver multiple laughs per minute across the duration …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Noah’

Film: Noah
Starring: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson
Directed By: Darren Aronofsky
Written By: Darren Aronofsky, Ari Handel

The human race has always tried to find meaning for their lives. Having a great creator is a comforting thought. Of course there is someone in the skies that put us on this planet, there is no way we are just a random arrangement of molecules that just so happened to create beings capable of self awareness. That thought has been the source of religion all through the ages. Whether it be the old Egyptian gods like Ra, the Norse warrior …

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Review: ‘Punk Goes 90s Volume 2′

Artist: Various
Album: Punk Goes 90s Vol 2
Genre: Rock/Compilation
Label: Fearless

The Punk Goes… series has lasted long enough that counting how many installments exist at this point usually requires a trip to Google or Wikipedia. It has become an annual event of sorts, like the mixtape version of Warped Tour, with alternative music fans impatiently waiting year-round to figure out what theme the scene’s top talent will tackle next. This spring that theme is the 90s for the second time in 8 years, and the results are as mixed as ever.…

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Cesar Chavez’

Film: Cesar Chavez
Directed by: Diego Luna
Starring: Michael Peña, America Ferrera, Rosario Dawson, John Malkovich

At right around 100 minutes, Cesar Chavez isn’t one of those sprawling, bloated biopics that aims to explore its subject’s entire life story. The filmmakers behind Cesar Chavez knew precisely the story they wanted to tell, focusing on the five years (1965-1970) that Chavez spent leading Hispanic and Filipino workers on a nonviolent strike against owners of California grape fields. But perhaps their take is a bit too on-the-nose.…

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Movie Review: ’13 Sins’

Film: 13 Sins
Starring: Mark Webber
Directed by: Daniel Stamm

13 Sins is the latest in a long line of unsettling films that prove there are very few things people are not willing to do in exchange for money.

Making ends meet in 2014 is difficult for everyone I know, and that goes double (or even triple) for those with children. Bringing a child into this messed up world is extremely expensive, and no matter how hard you fight to get ahead for your family there are bound to be times when things simply do not go your way. Elliot, …

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Big Homie: Puff Daddy’s Comeback Single Is A Beast

Growing up in the 1990s, I can recall several years where no one in hip-hop could touch the Bad Boy Records empire. It was the premiere label in urban music, and sitting on the throne was none other than Sean Combs – aka Puff Daddy. If you have never heard No Way Out in its entirety you have lived an unfulfilled life.

In the early 2000s, Puff Daddy became P. Diddy, and with the name change came a musical evolution that leaned heavily on pop influences and turned away many longtime listeners. Later releases found circles where they were appreciated, …