Reviews

REVIEW: Real Friends play to their strengths on ‘The Home Inside My Head’

Artist: Real Friends Album: The Home Inside My Head Label: Fearless Records Genre: Starting Line-influenced pop-punk, the last pop-punk band that’s not ashamed of their genre Due to either the Pop Punk Defense Force dying with Man Overboard this Spring, blatant over-saturation of the market in 2013, or all of the good bands rebranding as “emo” […]

REVIEW: Say yes to Bent Knee’s ‘Say So’

Artist: Bent Knee Album: Say So Label: Cuneiform Records Genre: Orchestral Avant-Pop What’s in a name? That’s one of the age old questions, isn’t it? In music, a name can reflect many things; the overall aesthetic of an artist/group, a reference to a concept, or even just a hint towards a style or genre. I […]

REVIEW: The Hotelier find peace from agony with ‘Goodness’

Artist: The Hotelier Album: Goodness Label: Tiny Engines Genre: Taoist Indie Rock, Emo, Pop-Punk Like many fans of The Hotelier, I remember exactly where I was the first time I heard their breakout sophomore record, Home, Like Noplace Is There. Alone in my freshman year dorm room on a Sunday night in February, I listened to […]

REVIEW: Thrice return with powerhouse new record, ‘To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere’

Artist: Thrice Album: To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere Genre: Rock It’s been a while since we’ve heard any new music from Thrice, but they’ve welcomed us back with complete and utter ease in “Hurricane,” the first track off of the band’s ninth LP, To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere. With buzzed guitars […]

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising’ is the rare sequel that tries

Film: Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising Directed by: Nicholas Stoller Starring: Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron Do sequels really need to exist? This thought kept bouncing around in my head before seeing Neighbors 2, a movie that more or less finds a legitimate reason to exist. As is with almost every second entry, the audience […]

REVIEW: Ariana Grande’s powerhouse vocals shine on ‘Dangerous Woman’

Artist: Ariana Grande Album: Dangerous Woman Genre: Pop Label: Republic Records Let me start this review by stating an extremely obvious fact: Ariana Grande has a damn good voice. It’s the kind of voice that comes along infrequently, the kind that makes you want to stand in your shower and belt as hard as you […]

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Nice Guys’ is a loopy, drunk masterpiece

Film: The Nice Guys Directed by: Shane Black Starring: Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling, Margaret Qualley Every Spring/Summer there seems to be a big studio movie that everyone exclaims is a masterpiece. Last year was Mad Max: Fury Road and that ended up being my favorite film of 2015. This year is The Nice Guys, a […]

LIVE REVIEW: Middle Of The Map Fest (05/04/16-05/07/16)

Almost annually, Under The Gun has had the opportunity to cover the yearly club festival in Kansas City called Middle Of The Map Fest. This festival has grown substantially over its five years of existence and brought names like Fun., Grizzly Bear, Of Montreal, and Two Door Cinema Club, as well as showcased some great […]

REVIEW: DONOTS stay consistent with ‘CARAJO!’

Artist: DONOTS Album: CARAJO! Genre: Punk, Pop-Punk Label: OK! Good Records With ten albums under their belt throughout the last two decades, it’s pretty safe to say that DONOTS is one of Germany’s premier punk acts. They have served as support for several bands in the punk sub-genres, including Green Day, Midtown, and Rancid. They […]

REVIEW: ‘Coloring Book’ is Chance The Rapper at his best, most reverent

Artist: Chance the Rapper Album: Coloring Book Genre: Hip-Hop, Gospel Where were you when you first heard “Ultralight Beam”? Was it during the streaming event Kanye West held at Madison Square Garden to premiere The Life of Pablo? Beyond the event that is a Kanye album release, we also got the already famous verse from […]

IFFBoston 2016: ‘Little Men,’ ‘Don’t Think Twice,’ and ‘The Intervention’

Film: Little Men Directed by: Ira Sachs Starring: Theo Taplitz, Jennifer Ehle, Greg Kinnear Director/writer Ira Sachs is the kind of artist that cuts through convention to get to the everyday issues that keep us up at night. In a way, his films can be construed as psychologically horrifying. He has a deep understanding of […]

REVIEW: Nothing undress what it means to be “shoegaze” on new LP, ‘Tired Of Tomorrow’

Artist: Nothing Album: Tired Of Tomorrow Genre: Alternative, Rock Though it’s only been two years in between albums for Philly-based alt-rockers Nothing, it feels as if the band has aged much more than that. Striking headlines over the past few months, the band’s tired motifs have not only personified their music, but almost every outlook […]