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We’re getting a new ‘Tomb Raider’ movie, and Alicia Vikander is Lara Croft

You may remember Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Cradle of Life with Angelina Jolie in the titular role from the early 2000s. Although there have been a number of Tomb Raider video games since then, the movie series has lain dormant. Now MGM and Warner Bros. are taking another crack at bringing the beloved franchise to the big screen, and they’ve chosen Alicia Vikander to portray series protagonist Lara Croft.

Per The Hollywood Reporter, the new film will be an origin story for the character, much like the phenomenal 2013 Tomb Raider video game that rebooted the series and reignited interest in the franchise. Croft—in her best iterations—is smart, resourceful, and more than capable of holding her own in the worst of circumstances, and we think Vikander is a great choice to play her. There’s no other casting news at the moment, but Norwegian director Roar Uthaug (The Wave) is on board to helm the project.

Vikander had a banner year in 2015, starring in Ex-Machina, The Man From U.N.C.L.E, Burnt, and winning an Oscar for her role in The Danish Girl. This year we’ll get to see her kick some ass in Jason Bourne, which could give us a decent idea of what her Lara Croft might be like. Read more »

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Pearl Jam’s North American headlining tour is underway with tickets rising

Pearl Jam are a few weeks into their North American headlining tour across the U.S. and throughout Canada. It began on April 8, and is continuously running through the summer until August 22, making stops at several arenas, stadiums, and festivals along the way. Tickets to see Pearl Jam are currently on sale now.

As the tour is currently in play, tickets are continuing to rise in demand across the secondary market. According to the data provided by TiqIQ, on average, a ticket to see Pearl Jam this summer is currently standing at $295.

Pearl Jam is making stops across the U.S. at venues such as Madison Square Garden in New York City and Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, where they have two shows scheduled at each. Read more »

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Wake The Wild provide synth-pop goodness on “Touch The Ground”

Bay Area outfit Wake The Wild have meshed airy synth-pop with mesmerizing live instrumentation on their new single, “Touch The Ground.”

Featuring an irresistible hook that finds vocalist Zach Sorgen assure, “Not gonna let each other touch the ground,” the track bursts out of the gates with warm vibes aplenty and never lets go (besides its final minute that finds the band looking slightly inward before climaxing into the chorus one last time).

With that being said, don’t wait a second longer—go give “Touch The Ground” a listen after the jump, and while you’re at it, be sure to follow UTG on Twitter for more music news as well. Read more »

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Andrew Luce and Graves usher in the summer with Chelsea Cutler on “Up To You”

Daruma collective members Andrew Luce and Graves have teamed up with Chelsea Cutler for a brand new single. Entitled “Up To You,” the track’s artwork is shrouded in darkness, but don’t be fooled by the shadowy visuals; when Cutler’s soothing vocals meet the producers’ dance-worthy groove, it sounds best suited for laying in a field on a summer afternoon and soaking up the sun’s rays.

Follow the jump to give “Up To You” a listen and be sure to keep up with the rest of Daruma’s roster on Twitter as well. Read more »

REVIEW: After months of anticipation, Drake’s ‘Views’ lands with a thud

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Artist: Drake
Album: Views
Genre: Hip-Hop
Label: OVO Sound, Young Money Entertainment

It feels like Views (formerly Views From The 6) has been a shadow hanging over Drake since he announced it to Billboard all the way back in 2014. Last February he dropped If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late and we thought it was great, but where was Views From The 6? Then in September Drake released What A Time To Be Alive with Future, and that was a super fun album as well, but it still wasn’t Views From The 6. In October we received the “Hotline Bling” video, and while we rightfully criticized it for containing a backwards and sexist reaction to a woman moving on from a relationship, we were still really excited for Views From The 6. Read more »

UTG PREMIERE: Weller – ‘Career Fair’ EP

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Today, we have the immense honor of premiering Weller‘s brand new EP, titled Career Fair. Recorded with Modern Baseball’s Jake Ewald at The Metal Shop in Philadelphia, Weller’s newest will work its way into the hearts and minds of those who can’t get enough of Ewald’s band and similar Pennsylvania acts like Tigers Jaw, Three Man Cannon, and Petal. Listen through the four-track effort below and try to tell us we’re wrong.

Speaking on the release, guitarist/vocalist Harrison Nantz tells UTG, “Career Fair is an EP about that one year after college that makes you feel like you can accomplish anything, but we’re all really just four-chord songs.” Read more »

UTG TRACK-BY-TRACK: Greaver – ‘The Faun’

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Today, North Carolina’s Greaver have released their massive conceptual effort, The Faun, through Cardigan Records. Having had the time to soak in the depth of its story and sonic intensity, we’ve teamed up with the band to share their in-depth breakdown of each of The Faun‘s 10 tracks and overarching storyline, which you can immerse yourself in below. The album can be streamed at the end of this post if you’d like to listen through as you read Greaver’s track-by-track analysis. Read more »

REVIEW: Henrietta offer quality indie rock on ‘Paper Wings’

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Artist: Henrietta
Album: Paper Wings
Genre: Indie Rock
Label: Animal Style

I was a big fan of Henrietta‘s debut, The Trick Is Not Minding. Playing nothing like a debut, the band create incredibly emotional business, drowned in massive guitars and gritty vocals that are sure to bring up discourse on Pedro The Lion.

On their return, Paper Wings, the band brings a crisper production and tone, covering the listener in cutting riffs and melodies that only illuminate the best about what Henrietta has to offer. Opening with “Paper Wings,” the band soothes with warming chords pulsating over powerfully strained vocals. Read more »

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Blink-182 announce massive summer tour with ADTR, All-American Rejects, others

If you haven’t heard the news yet, Blink-182 have announced a big summer tour just after releasing their first new song without Tom DeLonge. The band’s upcoming album, California, features Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba filling in on guitar duties, and is set to be released on July 1. Pre-orders are available now.

This newly announced outing is looking to be one of this summer’s most anticipated tours with support that echoes a throwback for some, including A Day To Remember, The All-American Rejects, All Time Low and DJ Spider. All dates for the tour are available below.

According to the blink-182’s website, VIP tickets for the tour will go on sale May 2 at 10am PST and general tickets will go on sale Friday, May 6 at 10am PST. A pre-sale code for tickets will be available for fans that pre-order California on CD, vinyl, or through one of the available bundles. Read more »

REVIEW: Pity Sex keep it simple on ‘White Hot Moon’

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Artist: Pity Sex
Album: White Hot Moon
Genre: Alternative Rock, Indie
Label: Run For Cover Records

There’s typically this underlying expectation with every musical act that a second album has to be bigger and different than its predecessor. Sometimes, though, bands refrain from taking huge risks and instead opt for the safe route, still managing to produce a listenable record. Ann Arbor four-piece Pity Sex has done the latter with their sophomore LP, White Hot Moon. Read more »

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‘Batman: The Killing Joke’ gets a suitably dark trailer

Earlier this month, we got an extended behind-the-scenes look at Batman: The Killing Joke which included interviews with some of the creators of the upcoming animated film. Today, Yahoo premiered a more traditional trailer for the project, and we are beyond thrilled.

The most immediately noticeable thing is that the MPAA has given the film an R rating. Given the intensely grim and dark nature of Alan Moore and Brian Bolland’s 1988 graphic novel, this seems both fitting and promising. The trailer is brilliant, especially Batman’s (Kevin Conroy) talk with The Joker (Mark Hamill) about the nature of their relationship, which is lifted straight from the comics. There are many recognizable scenes from the original story, including (spoilers for a 28-year-old graphic novel incoming) Joker’s encounter with Barbara Gordon (Tara Strong), Commissioner Gordon’s (Ray Wise) demented carnival ride, and Joker’s first moments of existence. Read more »

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Blink-182 release lyric video for “Bored To Death” from upcoming album ‘California’

Following an unceremonious leak of the new track earlier today, Blink-182 have officially premiered their new single “Bored To Death” on KROQ. Listen to the song, the band’s first without founding member Tom DeLonge, below.

The song comes from the new album titled California, due out July 1 (pre-orders are ongoing). The record features Alkaline Trio‘s Matt Skiba on guitars and vocals, replacing Tom DeLonge after 2015’s heavily-publicized departure. However, “Bored To Death” is most certainly a Hoppus-heavy song. Leading in with a compressed, “Feeling This”-esque drum fill and a guitar tone reminiscent of “Adam’s Song,” the band kicks into one hell of a pre-chorus and the catchiest chorus they’ve written in years. If the rest of the record follows suit, it looks like we can expect a full return to the pop-punk, endless summer, feel-good Blink of the mid-2000s.

Listen to the new song and check out the artwork for California below. Let us know what you think of “Bored To Death” in the comments section. Read more »

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