MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Zoolander 2’ is for someone, apparently

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Film: Zoolander 2
Directed by: Ben Stiller
Starring: Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig

The original Zoolander still remains as a bit of an enigma, in my head. It was about a dumb man saving the world and the hijinks that would ensue because of that idiocy, maybe with a little bit of fashion industry satire sprinkled in. Somehow, it still ended up being funny, partially due to all of the people involved being completely dedicated to one gag. Zoolander 2 isn’t all that different. Actually, it’s almost identical in execution. This time, though, the gag isn’t funny and the satire is completely missing. Gone is any sense of placing characters in a room and watching them fumble over things. This is the cameo-packed, fan-serving (what fans?) sequel that somebody asked for, whoever they are. A rare movie that actually succeeds in being dumber and more unfunny than the pop culture zeitgeist that it tries to depict. Read more »

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UPDATED: Listen to ‘Death Cab For Yeezy,’ the unforeseen mashup you never knew you wanted

Update: Apparently the tracks have all been removed. We’ll replace them if they’re re-added.

Following in the formidable footsteps of such unlikely but oh-so-fantastic mashups as Wick-it the Instigator’s The Brothers Of Chico Dusty and Danger Mouse’s The Grey Album, Death Cab For Yeezy has made its grand appearance on the web. It’s a mashup, which, as you undoubtedly put together by now, melds the works of Washington indie rock darlings Death Cab For Cutie and constantly-controversial rapper Kanye West.

Consisting of six tracks with Death Cab foundations (three cuts from Transatlanticism, three from Plans), each is layered with Kanye’s vocals, a majority of which are taken from 2004’s The College Dropout. In a formula that really shouldn’t work but succeeds in many ways, the mashup—created by Reddit user dcfy—is imaginative and serves as a genuinely enjoyable listen. It may not always flow as seamlessly as the aforementioned fusions, with the occasional rough edit smothering the fire a bit, but if you’re in the market for something unique that unites the talents of two vastly different genre pioneers, Death Cab For Yeezy should hit the spot.

Follow us below to listen to it all day. Read more »

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The Smashing Pumpkins to launch Plainsong Acoustic Tour in March; tickets on sale

The Smashing Pumpkins will be heading out on the road in early Spring for an acoustic trek coined the 2016 In Plainsong Acoustic Tour. The tour, which will be supported by Liz Phair, will kick off on March 22 in Portland, and will run until April 20 in Houston at the Cullen Performance Hall. Pre-sale tickets for the tour went on sale February 2, and the general on-sale began on February 5.  With just a little more than a month before the tour launches, tickets have hit the secondary market and prices are rising fast.

As it stands, tickets for the Plainsong Acoustic Tour are averaging $157 across all scheduled dates. The priciest performance is scheduled for the Majestic Theatre in Dallas on April 18 where tickets are averaging $334, with the cheapest ticket available for $104. The most affordable show to see Smashing Pumpkins is the band’s March 20 stop at The Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver, where resale tickets are averaging $131, with the cheapest ticket available for $91, according to data provided by TiqIQ. Read more »

UTG TV: Crucible, Ghost Key, Toothgrinder at The Loft in Lansing, MI

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On January 8, Crucible rolled through The Loft in Lansing, MI for the first stop on their mini tour with Ghost Key and Toothgrinder.

Crucible, the heavy metal side project made up of members from We Came As Romans, Taproot, and Assassins made their first appearance at the end of last year with the release of The Trials EP through iTunes on November 7. Shortly after the release, they announced a headlining tour with Ghost Key and Toothgrinder. Below are some exclusive videos that we had the privilege of capturing at their first stop in Lansing, MI. Read more »

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Julien Baker mesmerizes in Audiotree Live session

Audiotree Live, one of our favorite in-studio concert series, have released Julien Baker‘s phenomenal session from January 16.

Playing cuts from her fantastic debut LP, Sprained Ankle, Baker mesmerizes with her stunning, powerful voice and airy guitars. Having just announced a headlining tour, if you dig watch you catch in her performance, be sure to check her out on the road over the next few months.

In the session, Baker talks about her rise to solo fame, and what it’s like transitioning from band life in basements to featuring on rad outlets such as Audiotree.

Check out Baker’s studio set below, get Sprained Ankle, and get lost in this beautiful sound as so many have. Read more »

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Stream Nic Nassuet’s award-winning ‘Eleutherios’

Hollywood, California’s Nic Nassuet, a rock and Gothic folk songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, released his newest full-length effort, titled Eleutherios, in 2015. The nine-track release pulled in much praise and many accolades for Nassuet, including a spot on the Global Music Awards’ top 10 best records of 2015 list and medals for Album, Emerging Artist, and Alternative Rock: Gothic Folk.

Serving as the only other permanent member of the act, Catrina Grimm’s beautiful vocals can be heard throughout the album as a counterpart to Nassuet’s, all backed by eerily elegant instrumentation from Nic and musicians William Stewart and Josh Riccio, who contribute bass, cello, percussion and additional vocals. The album’s dark, yet evocative and moving, and it has some killer artwork to match.

You can listen through the entirety of Nassuet’s Eleutherios below, via Bandcamp, and check out any other information through his official website. Read more »

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Pinegrove stream excellently eclectic new LP, ‘Cardinal’

New Jersey rock band Pinegrove have given us a late night stream of their forthcoming Run For Cover Records release, titled Cardinal. You know, that one album all your friends are talking about right now. Listen through below via Bandcamp and let us know what you think.

Clocking in at around 30 minutes over the course of eight tracks, Cardinal offers one of the most unique overall sounds currently making waves in the scene alongside labelmates such as Turnover, Petal, and Modern Baseball. It’s easily one of the strongest releases of 2016 so far and has enough replay value and genuine talent involved for the band to ride that aforementioned wave all the way onto several ‘best of’ lists come the end of the year.

If you’ve only a moment to check it out right now, I’d suggest starting with “Aphasia” then circling back for the rest as soon as possible. Read more »

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Tickets for Weezer, Panic! At The Disco rising over $100 on resale market

Weezer and Panic! At the Disco will be hitting the road together for a co-headlining tour to support new albums. The two bands recently announced a tour that will launch this summer on June 10 at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in Texas, and is scheduled to hit 40 cities across the country before closing out in early August in Irvine, California at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre. Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness will be the supporting act for all but one show during the tour’s duration. Tickets to see Weezer and Panic! At The Disco are on sale now, and continue to rise in price.

The average ticket price for the tour is currently averaging $144, according to data provided by TiqIQ. Some of the more affordable stops on the tour include Charlotte, North Carolina at the PNC Music Pavilion where the cheapest ticket is available for $29, in New York at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, where tickets start at $41, and at the PNC Bank Art Center in New Jersey where you can get into the show for just $39. Parking in Charlotte can be secured ahead of time on Parkwhiz.com, as well as the many other cities the tour will be stopping. Read more »

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Secoué stream stunningly evocative new EP, ‘Of Heaven’

Long Island quintet Secoué are streaming their newest release, a five-track EP titled Of Heaven, which also serves as the first album of 2016 likely to render you a pathetic puddle of emotions, slowly seeping through the floor into your basement, where you’ll listen to the album all over again just to try and cope. It’s supremely heavy, both in tone and lyrics—beautifully dark and tragic, and raw beginning to end. Even at just 23 minutes in length, it’s sure to deeply resonate with fans of emotional hardcore and post-emo type bands ranging from Brand New and Citizen to Pianos Become The Teeth and Touche Amore.

Along with the premiere of the EP over at Punktastic, vocalist Christian DiStasi explains that Of Heaven—dedicated to his mother who passed away in January of last year—is “a record about dealing with mental illness, but most importantly, it’s a record about life.” On Facebook, DiStasi shared the album with a gut-punch of a caption: “This one’s for you, Mom. I love you and I’m sorry I couldn’t save you.” Yeah, take that in then feel that pain throughout Of Heaven below. Prepare to take the rest of the day off.

Of Heaven is out as of today, February 10, so head to Secoué’s Bandcamp and purchase this beauty so you’re ahead of the curve on what’s sure to be a steamroller of a career moving forward. Read more »

UTG PREMIERE: Rosedale – “What Means More”

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Rosedale, AKA self-proclaimed workaholic Mike Liorti, does pop-rock right. With the assistance of an ever-changing band of backing musicians, the Toronto native crafts wonderfully accessible jams that would feel right at home on your most cherished high school mixtape—think Jack’s Mannequin meets The Graduate meets The Dangerous Summer. Sounds pretty great, right?

This morning, we have the pleasure of premiering “What Means More,” the latest single to surface off Rosedale’s impending self-titled LP. Give it a spin below, and snag a pre-order before the album drops on February 23. Read more »

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Deadpool’ Thinks It’s Different, Is Totally Not

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Film: Deadpool
Directed by: Tim Miller
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, T.J. Miller

It’s almost every time a comic book movie comes out that you hear “it’s like all of the other ones!” People, not just critics, decry the lack of voice and personality behind your favorite intellectual properties gracing the screen. That’s primarily why films like Guardians Of The Galaxy and Kingsman: The Secret Service rise to the top, because they break the mold a bit and deliver a “different” vision. Deadpool isn’t one of those movies. Underneath the surface-level fourth wall-breaking conceit lies a self-satisfaction that consistently gets in the way of the film saying or doing anything “different.” Just because you sport a different brand doesn’t mean you are free from being saddled by the same conventions.

Wade Wilson (Ryan Reynolds) is an ex-special forces operative taking on mercenary jobs to get by. After getting diagnosed with terminal cancer, he is approached by a mysterious corporation offering to get him better by turning him into a superhero. Little does he know that he is to become a super-slave. Read more »

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Julien Baker Announces Spring Headlining Tour

Memphis, Tennessee singer-songwriter Julien Baker has been penetrating the alternative music scene like no other upon the 2015 release of her captivating debut album, Sprained Ankle.

The talented young musician has just announced the East Coast leg of her North American headlining tour. The additional dates also include a few shows in Canada and an appearance in this year’s South By South West festival in Austin, TX. Tickets go on sale this Friday and will be available here.

A full list of Baker’s North American and European tour dates can be found below. Read more »

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