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

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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 of punk’s finest harmonies and melodies, except that the stakes have been raised and the band has happily risen to the occasion. Read more »

UTG PHOTOS: Goldfish in Grand Rapids, MI (04/10/16)

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On April 10, the multi-talented duo Goldfish made a stop at The Stache in Grand Rapids, MI for an EDM performance unlike anything I have experienced so far. With local supporting acts Vantage and Stay At Home Dabs, I’m starting to wonder why anyone in Grand Rapids even bothers going out to the bars with so much talent that has been coming through this venue. Like seemingly everything in the city, the dance scene is growing like a wildfire, with more and more people showing up to these shows painted up and ready to party. Read more »

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Tiny Moving Parts show maturity with “Common Cold”

In advance of their upcoming third album, Celebrate, out May 20 through Triple Crown Records, Tiny Moving Parts has released “Common Cold” (via A.V. Club), a hard-hitting track that shows the band maturing and refining its sound. You can listen in below.

Celebrate is currently available for pre-order in its physical and digital forms.

Tiny Moving Parts will be embarking on a headlining North American tour, kicking off on May 29 in North Dakota, along with openers Prawn and Free Throw. All dates for the run can be found below as well. Read more »

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‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ gets one last trailer before release

We’re only a month out from the release of X-Men: Apocalypse, and today we’ve been gifted with a final trailer for the film.

Much of the trailer—which you can check out below—is either reused or extended footage from the first two trailers we’ve seen. You know the gist by now: Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) is an ancient, all-powerful mutant who aims to destroy and rebuild the world with the help of his Four Horsemen, a group of mutants he grants extraordinary power to. Naturally, the X-Men have to put aside their differences and prevent the end of the world.

What we do get is a much clearer view of Raven/Mystique’s (Jennifer Lawrence) role in the film. It appears that at some point Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) is either captured or indisposed, so it falls on Raven to train and lead the recruits in the fight against Apocalypse. Read more »

UTG PREMIERE: Mother Goose – “Pity Party”

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New Jersey rock unit Mother Goose are set to release their debut EP, Pity Party, on Friday, April 29. Today, we’re excited to exclusively premiere the effort’s title track.

“Pity Party” perfectly showcases the band’s confessional lyrical leanings and bouncy rock-and-roll bravado, reminiscent of Say Anything’s Baseball and Menorah / Majorah, with just a hint of 1970s classic rock. The track also features a saxophone solo (yeah, it’s that kind of song), courtesy of Sorority Noise frontman Cam Boucher, who also engineered the effort. Read more »

UTG PREMIERE: Inquiry – ‘Ghost Poet’

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This morning, we’re thrilled to bring you Inquiry‘s outstanding new EP, Ghost Poet, a full week ahead of its official May 3 release. Listen in after the break, and let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Speaking on their dynamic new undertaking, the band shared:

“We came to the studio with an open mind and determination. With the week we had to record at Earlygrayce Studios, Jordan Haynes of Artifex Pereo pushed us to play better and helped to refine our sound. On the last day, when we listened through the EP, we were speechless. Read more »

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

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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 nearly impossible for every release, but sometimes, if you let a band fall off your radar, you can really stand neutral and come back to that artist nearly 10 years later and give them the time of day that they deserve. Read more »

Lemonade

‘Lemonade’ is indeed a new Beyoncé album and it’s streaming now

As many people speculated, Beyoncé’s HBO special Lemonade is a new visual album from the artist.

The special itself was part spoken word, part music video, and fully artistic and beautiful in a way only Beyoncé can capture. The album is currently streaming on TIDAL.

The streaming service has the special that aired on television for anyone who missed it, along with just the audio for the 12 tracks. The album includes appearances from Jack White, The Weeknd, James Blake, and Kendrick Lamar.

Did you tune in for the special tonight? Let us know what you thought of it in the comments below. Read more »

The Founder Trailer

Michael Keaton starts a fast food revolution in new trailer for ‘The Founder’

It’s not easy running a business. It’s even harder to turn that business into one of the largest corporations in the world. But that’s exactly what Ray Kroc did with McDonald’s in the 1950s, and what Michael Keaton as Kroc aims to do in the new trailer for The Founder (via USA TODAY).

Kroc meets Dick (Nick Offerman) and Mac (John Carroll Lynch) McDonald in Southern California while working as a traveling salesman and quickly becomes enamored with their restaurant. It isn’t long before the partnership between the brothers and Kroc becomes contentious, and things spiral from there as Kroc dedicates himself to getting the best deal, even if it’s at the expense of his business partners and personal life. All of the actors are phenomenal in the trailer, and John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side) looks to have crafted a riveting story of the man behind a fast food giant.

The Founder stars Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman, John Carroll Lynch, and Laura Dern and is set for release on August 5. What do you think of the trailer? Does it make you hungry for a nice tasty burger? Let us know in the comments below. Read more »

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The 1975 explore a clown romance in “A Change of Heart” video

It must be pretty sweet to have an entire amusement park for yourself and your date, and The 1975 take full advantage of this with their latest music video for “A Change of Heart,” off their sophomore album I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It.

The video, shot in black and white, depicts a clown couple dancing and enjoying themselves at the carnival. The female clown gets increasingly fed up with the male clown’s antics (played by The 1975 vocalist Matthew Healy) that she once found endearing and leaves him sitting on a bench in the rain, heartbroken and desolate.

Check out the video for “A Change of Heart” below: Read more »

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

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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$AP Ferg‘s new release, Always Strive And Prosper, I was reminded of how much I loved the moments of introspection and storytelling on that album. Yes, Ferg the Trap Lord and Hood Pope is impressive, but even more so is Ferg’s ability to walk us through his journey there. Always Strive And Prosper (which is also what “A$AP” stands for) finds Ferg digging deep into his life and experiences to give us a deeply personal record. Read more »

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