Reviews

REVIEW: Lines In The Sky’s ‘Parallel Travel’ is almost great

Artist: Lines In The Sky Album: Parallel Travel Genre: Progressive Rock Label: Faster Steps Records What a time to be alive! We live in an age where any talented musician in the world can make themselves available to be heard by the entirety of the human population. Well…except for people who don’t have internet access. […]

UTG PHOTOS: Underoath in New York, NY (04/15/16)

When you watched the 2015 documentary Tired Violence it felt like one of those cliffhanger endings to the second movie in a trilogy. People within bands change, priorities turn as families grow, and life on the road gets harder. I happened to attend one of the Underoath farewell shows in 2013 at Union Transfer in […]

IFFBoston 2016: ‘The Hollars,’ ‘The Peacemaker,’ and ‘The Eyes of My Mother’

I always get unreasonably excited when Independent Film Festival Boston rolls around every April. Executive Director Brian Tamm and Program Director Nancy Campbell bring their A-game every year, having scoured fest after fest for the cream of the crop to show to a rowdy Boston crowd. This year’s theme, “Make it yours,” couldn’t be any […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

REVIEW: We grieve with Greaver on immense full-length, ‘The Faun’

Artist: Greaver Album: The Faun Genre: Post-Hardcore Label: Cardigan Records At one point in our lives, we all love someone or something. And at another point we all lose that someone or something. This is the circle of life. As Mr. Vonnegut so aptly put it, “and so it goes…” Music has the power to […]

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘High-Rise’ is a deeply disturbing, affecting look at human survival

Film: High-Rise Directed by: Ben Wheatley Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller When you stop and think about it, the human race’s survival to this point is amazing. Think of all that we’ve had to endure over thousands and thousands of years: shifting climates and environments, multitudes of vicious predators and wildlife, disease and […]

REVIEW: Western Settings elevate their game with ‘Old Pain’ EP

Artist: Western Settings Album: Old Pain Genre: Punk, Rock Label: La Escalera Records, Creator-Destructor Records Fresh off the release of last year’s debut full-length, Yes It Is, San Diego’s Western Settings have released a six-track EP, called Old Pain, ahead of their upcoming U.S. tour in May. Much like the debut, Old Pain is full […]

REVIEW: The Fall Of Troy rip and shred through ‘OK’ with purpose

Artist: The Fall Of Troy Album: OK Genre: Screamo/Hardcore Label: Self-Released I know it’s cliche, but ignorance is bliss. Truthfully. Especially when it comes to music. Ignorance from hype and expectation. Without both of those mindsets, you’re allowed to listen to a new song or record in the most pure form. Now, obviously this is […]

REVIEW: A$AP Ferg branches out, gets personal on ‘Always Strive And Prosper’

Artist: A$AP Ferg Album: Always Strive And Prosper Genre: Hip-Hop Labels: ASAP Worldwide, Polo Grounds Music, RCA Records When listening to 2013’s Trap Lord in anticipation of A$AP Ferg‘s new release, Always Strive And Prosper, I was reminded of how much I loved the moments of introspection and storytelling on that album. Yes, Ferg the […]

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Huntsman: Winter’s War’ pillages anything of intrigue

Film: The Huntsman: Winter’s War Directed by: Cedric Nicolas-Troyan Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Jessica Chastain There once was a princess named Snow White. She was the fairest in the land. The queen didn’t take kindly to that. They fought and Snow White won out. But what if there was more to the story? What […]