Archer Season 5 (Trailer)

There are several good contenders, but Archer is definitely up there as one of my favourite modern-day comedies. None of the 4 seasons can really be considered weak, and unlike most animated comedies, it doesn’t rely on the format for its laughs- it could easily be adapted into a live action series, and be just as funny.

With the 5th season heading over in January, a fun clip emerges from the show’s creators, and of course, it revolves around the show’s most enduring phrase: DANGER ZONE. Not only that, but they’ve also managed to grab the actual song the phrase originally referred to, Kenny Loggins’ Danger Zone, and partly parody the video’s Top Gun clips in the way only Archer can.

Worth watching for a few laughs, particularly the ending, and it’ll definitely get interest in the series revved back up ahead of that series premiere. If you’re not familiar with the show, get a damn Netflix account and get familiar.

Out-Spoken - A Night Of Live Music And Poetry [Event]

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Out-Spoken is one of London’s premier nights for poetry and live music. Founded in 2012 by Anthony Anaxagorou, hosted by The Ruby Kid, and filmed by Karim Kamar, Out-Spoken invites the UK’s leading poets, rappers, and musicians to share their art at a monthly showcase.

Check out the first show of August/Winter 2013 with a one-off Saturday event taking place….this Saturday! Taking place at The Star of Kings in Kings Cross, expect live performances from Mista Gee, Joelle Taylor, Ehi Joshua Idehen, Eliza Shaddad & Ayanna Witter-Johnson.

And if that doesn’t convince you, there’ll be DJs and dancing until 1am after the performances have finished!

You can purchase tickets from Eventbrite right now. For more information click the poster to the left, or visit the Out-Spoken website.

Out-Spoken – September 2013
The Ruby Kid | Anthony Anaxagorou | Karim Kamar
Saturday, September 21, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
The Star of Kings
126 York Way
N1 0AX London
United Kingdom

Childish Gambino-Clapping For The Wrong Reasons (Video)

There’s plenty of messaging and implication packed into a video of such a length, but I’ll try and keep it brief. Essentially, this is a look at both Donald’s daily life and the working process, taking place side-by-side within a rather luxurious mansion surrounded by friends, colleagues (cameos from Flying Lotus, Chance the Rapper, Trindad James, Ludwig Goransson and more) and hangers-on. The latter in particular is a recurring theme, with one female who appears to have a vested interest in Donald’s day-to-day actions without him ever actually knowing who she is-the role seems to symbolise both a guardian angel and the notion of constant distraction, with the woman’s every action usually stopping whatever action he’s doing, and transitioning into another scene soon afterwards.

The other poignant visual is the gold teeth pulled through his nose, which is a difficult one to break down in terms of metaphor, but it came across as a possible shedding or removal of excess and portraying a lavish image- after that scene, there’s no more exuberance or playing around with models. Rather, he retreats to a more reserved, primal state, and almost ‘presses the reset button’, before the video ends by quite literally doing that. It’s one that you might appreciate on a surface level for cool imagery, intriguing music snippets and such, or you’ll find something more. Or, like the video’s title suggests, we might like it either way but still not actually understand it.

Thor: The Dark World (Trailer)

Marvel are lining up their latest blockbuster, and whilst I was rather disappointed with their last (Iron Man 3), this one looks like it could be a little more enjoyable.

Regardless of who the villain is (and I’m sure it’ll be a good one), this trailer will get fans buzzing purely on the basis of Thor and Loki seemingly working on the same side throughout this one. Given the fantastic dynamic between the two actors across the first Thor film and The Avengers, it’s a new angle that I’m sure will make for fun viewing- not least because Tom Hiddleston is utterly superb in his role as Loki, and giving him this different approach will undoubtedly provide a good platform for him to excel once more. Idris Elba, whose star continues to rise with each passing day, also reprises his role as Heimdall, and hopefully will get another good outing in this sequel.

Film releases on 8th November, and I’m sure we’ll be treated to more trailers, info and previews in the interim.

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (Trailer)

In a weird coincidence, I went back and watched the Jackass movies in their entirety just prior to this film’s official announcement, and even set the TV series re-runs on a series link record. Nothing like reliving your teenage years.

In October, one of many folks’ favourite Jackass sketches is getting some extended screentime. It always seemed like the prank they put the most effort into, in terms of the prosthetic makeup and general effort involved in playing the character(s), and it’s no surprise that of all the skits to get a full movie, it’s this one. It looks like they’re going to deliver in spades too (as all of the Jackass movies have, in fairness), with the inappropriateness scaled up considerably thanks to the inclusion of a (complicit) 8-year old sidekick.

There’s no doubt this will be great fun to watch, and here’s to hoping some of the old Jackass crew make a couple of cameo appearances, and with Jackass 4 rumoured for release next year too, there’s plenty more shenanigans on the horizon. For now, look out for Bad Grandpa on 25th October.

FIDLAR-Cocaine ft. Nick Offerman (Video)

When a music video features Nick Offerman, and is hosted on Funny or Die, you know it’s going to be pretty fantastic. It helps that the track itself is pretty lively too. This is NOT safe for work/kids/when your parents are in the room etc.

FIDLAR serve up a thoroughly energetic backdrop, combining aggressive vocals, punishing guitars and powerful percussion into a track that’s entirely relentless throughout. There are no breaks-this one just keeps coming at you with its throwback brand of punk that’ll evoke memories for many of punk’s most recent renaissance at the turn of the century. It’s a fun yet angsty listen that will certainly be a good addition to libraries in need of a bit of new school punk to liven up a summer playlist.

The video will keep you coming back for more though, and it’s beautifully simple. Nick Offerman gets fired from his job, and ends up getting drunk in an alleyway and urinating across the city of Los Angeles. That’s pretty much it. There are gratuitous penis shots, cars being cleaned with urine, and plenty more. Worth a watch for its sheer ridiculousness, though be warned- it might make you want to pee (everywhere).

Kanye Quest 3030

In January 2010, as rapper and producer Kanye West is taking the garbage out one day, he suddenly travels through a wormhole. Emerging on the other side, Kanye finds himself in the year 3030. In a dystopian city filled with clones of hip-hop musicians and under the control of a god-like dictator, can Kanye get back home?

This looks like all kinds of fun. The good folks over at http://kanyequest3030.tumblr.com/ have built a hip-hop RPG, featuring the adventures of Kanye West in the future as he encounters clones of various rappers, from 2Pac to LL Cool J. It’s only an alpha release for now so it’s far from complete and is probably going to be rather bug-riddled, but it’s a cool first step towards what could be a very entertaining project on its full release. The beta release is apparently near completion, so there should be a much clearer view on how this game’s going to properly wind up.

Can’t wait for that beta release, and in the meantime you can enjoy the trailer here, and/or grab the alpha release at the above link.

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Trailer

20th December is the date, and it can’t come soon enough. It’s rare to meet someone who doesn’t recognise a quote from the hilarious original (which has probably evolved so far beyond its original ‘cult status’ that it’s now not cool to like it again), and the much-anticipated sequel is given a brief preview.

I say preview, this isn’t really that. Instead, it’s the news team each reeling off a little bit of stupidity in the form of yet another quotable, and can be added to the slew of recent hype surrounding this film- that’s been down to the reveal of several cameo appearances, including Kanye West, Drake, Liam Neeson, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Sacha Baron Cohen and many more. There isn’t a great deal more to add here, so give it a watch and start looking forward to that release in 7 months.

Batman: Arkham Origins Trailer

Arkham Asylum and Arkham City are easily two of my favourite games on this generation of consoles (I’m struggling to think of any other PS3 games that have captured my attention quite as much), and to round off the trilogy is this prequel. It’s not being developed by Rocksteady, the studio that did the first two (assumedly, so they can work on Batman’s PS4 debut), but apparently they’ve handed a bunch of the code from those games to Warner Bros Montreal which should ensure some consistency across the games.

The dark, moody vibe of those previous Arkham games seems to be recreated well here, with this instalment set prior to the events of Asylum, and featuring a younger Batman. Whilst it’s a shame we don’t actually see any gameplay footage, it’s good to see a few villains who’ve only played bit parts (or not appeared at all) in the Arkham series, namely Black Skull, Deathstroke and Deadshot. It’s clear that the former is the primary villain here, and it should make for an interesting dynamic to see just who the rest of his hired assassins are; appearances from the Joker, Bane and Penguin are expected. 25th October is the release date, and I’m sure we’ll be getting plenty more footage before then to accompany this graphically-excellent introduction.

The Great Gatsby OST (Full Album Stream)

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We’ve heard full versions, snippets and rough edits of various tracks from this official soundtrack, and ahead of its release on Tuesday we get a full stream of the album in its completed format.

As listed previously, artists include Beyonce, Andre 3000, The xx, Lana Del Rey, Florence and the Machine, Emeli Sande, Q-Tip, Jack White and many more. Of course, Jay-Z also contributes a track in addition to being the album’s executive producer, rounding off what is surely one of the most star-studded film soundtracks in recent memory, whilst also remaining sonically diverse through its range of artist choices. I’ve got no doubts that there’ll be something on here for everyone, and you can stream it all courtesy of NPR below.

The Great Gatsby OST (Full Album Stream)

Supa Dupa Fly @ Jazz Cafe – Friday 10th May

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SDF has quickly become the monthly necessity in any 90s hip-hop lovers diary. Since launching in March 2011, the events have gone from strength to strength, receiving press features from the likes of The Guardian Guide, The Evening Standard, Time Out, The Metro, SB.TV and hosting acts including Jazzy Jeff, ATCQ’s Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Dj Yoda, EZ, Rita Ora, Conor Maynard, Rizzle Kicks, Stooshe, Josh Osho, Cleo Sol & loads more!

Rock/Hip Hop fusion band Kings Of The City return to Supa Dupa Fly for their first London show of the year. The band are launching their new single ‘Please Tell Me’ http://youtu.be/6_jn0VxYPR4 (out May 13th), which was recently spun on Radio One by Zane Lowe and called ‘timeless music’ www.KINGSOFTHECITY.co.uk

Off the back of a promising year last year which included support from Radio 1 and 1xtra Franko Fraize has already started 2013 with a bang. Turning many a head with his ‘everyday man’ persona and bags of character, franko fraize always seems to leave a mark where ever he goes. www.youtube.com/frankofraize

Concessions: £6 before 9pm / £8 after via itssupadupafly@gmail.com / £8 on the door (1st come 1st served)
Tables: Available to book for groups of 10+ (arrival by 9pm)
Time: 8pm-3am – early arrival is a must
Address: The Jazz Café, 5 Parkway, Camden Town, London NW1 7PG
Transport: Camden Tube

Found Festival @ Haggerston Park, Shoreditch – Saturday 15th June

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On Saturday 15th June FOUND christens summer in London with a unique one-day outdoor showcase. Cutting edge electronic sounds come to Shoreditch’s Haggerston Park.

Born as a series of 15 underground club events almost two years ago, FOUND was amongst those pioneering the melting pot of sub genres that came to define the re-birth of house and techno in the capital and London’s love for all things electronic.

 Pushing this ethos forward, Saturday 15th June sees five of the most discerning club brands in the big smoke fuse their distinct musical roots.

Joining forces to curate a cross-section of the finest talent from across the UK, Europe and further afield, these stellar promoters have programmed their own stages with a diverse pool of artists.

Unified by a love of four-to-the-floor and influenced by musical movements forged in the likes of Berlin, Chicago, Detroit, in New York and here on our own doorstep, this selection of acts promises nothing more than a blend of some truly exciting DJs and producers.

Tickets

Paintballing with Tyler, The Creator and Odd Future

Noisey gave some lucky fans the opportunity of life time – to shoot Tyler, the Creator and his friends with a load of paintballs on a freezing cold day in Essex.

It’s the fans vs. Odd Future. And it’s suitably ridiculous.

Can you think of many better activities to get the OFWGKTA clan involved in? There’s almost too much to pick from. From the ‘stop humping me’ to the general Odd Future chicanery, it’s a bit of fun but let’s be honest, we wanted things to get way more out of hand than this. Still, it’s funny to see these guys doing anything, and at the very least it’ll probably get you up for a game of paintball.

Tyler’s Wolf album is available now, and I’d certainly recommend giving it a go.

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Did anyone ever play Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe? Honestly, it’s the only fighter game I’ve had on the PS3 that I didn’t either sell or trade for something else. It was undoubtedly a good concept and a good bit of multiplayer fun, with a loose semblance of a story that made relative sense, and it seems that’s inspired an all-DC game in a similar style. This definitely snuck under my radar, but I look forward to its release on 19th April.

This track is taken from the game’s soundtrack, and without question sets an intense, punchy (pun slightly intended) tone for what’s to come. The guitars are powerful and driving from the get go, coming in at mostly the same pace but with a couple of different pitches from the individual instruments, creating thickness and depth to the piece. It’s easy to imagine this backing an in-game fight scene: the guitars just keep coming at you, emitting tons of energy. The percussion keeps pace nicely, adding more pace to proceedings where required, whilst supporting the highlight guitar moments by stepping aside slightly. A consistently thumping and entirely unrelenting effort that will certainly liven up your day.

M83-Oblivion OST (Full Album Stream)

We’ve had two releases from the official soundtrack for the upcoming Tom Cruise film Oblivion, and the M83-helmed project is now available to stream in its entireity.

The aforementioned releases affirmed that M83 have no problems adjusting their work to the level of grandeur required here. What interesting from a very brief listen of this album though is that they’ve really pushed through into a few new styles: alongside the traditional movie score string sections and M83-esque bubbly synths, there are flashes of a darker, near-cyberpunk vibe, ensuring this OST has pretty much all bases covered as far as a big budget Hollywood film goes.

Frankly, it’s made me a little more interested in seeing that film next weekend, and if you enjoy this stream, be sure to pick up the OST on 8th April.

Kid Cudi-Fine China (Freestyle...sort of)

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A few years ago, when he was starting to emerge on the scene, myself and a few others found this video to be a fantastic introduction to how funny Kid Cudi can be. To be honest, it’s bloody funny even if you don’t like him.

Since then, Cudi’s genuinely comedic moments (outside of How To Make It In America) have been few and far between. With his new album on the horizon, he headed to Power 106 and took a quick stab over Chris Brown’s terrible new single, delivering some hilarious lyrics in a sleazy delivery that just escalates from relatively normality down to penis references. If only they had let him carry on. “You can suck on the NNYEAAH“.

Mila Kunis Interview With BBC Radio 1

Just when you think it’s not possible to love Mila Kunis any more than we already do, she goes ahead and does something like this.

The interviewer, Chris Stark, is suffering from nerves with this being his first big gig, interviewing Mila Kunis about her upcoming film, Oz the Great and Powerful. The results? Well he doesn’t really ask much about the film, going off on some great tangents with hilarious results.

Mila finds this all genuinely funny and interesting, which goes to show how often she faces the same boring questions in each interview (step your game up reporters).

Watch the vid to see her talk with Chris about downing beer, eating chicken and watching football.

Supa Dupa Fly @ Jazz Cafe - Friday 8th March

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SDF has quickly become the monthly necessity in any 90s hip-hop lovers diary. Since launching in March 2011, the events have gone from strength to strength, receiving press features from the likes of The Guardian Guide, The Evening Standard, Time Out, The Metro, SB.TV and hosting acts including Rita Ora, Conor Maynard, Rizzle Kicks, Stooshe, Josh Osho, Cleo Sol & loads more! For our 2nd Birthday, we’re pulling out ALL the stops, and we have a VERY special secret guest… last year it was Rita Ora – says it all!

Expect 90s & early 2000’s Hip-hop from the likes from Dr Dre, Snoop Dog, Nas, Bigge, Tupac & A Tribe Called Quest, DMX, Luda, & RnB from TLC, Montell Jordon, 112, SWV, Salt N Pepa, Destiny’s Child & A LOT more!

That’s right, Supa Dupa Fly celebrate their second birthday! Click on the pic on the left to check the flyer out in more detail, or visit one of the links below.

Concessions: £5 before 9pm / £8 after via itssupadupafly@gmail.com / £8 on the door
Tables: Available to book for groups of 10+ with a ticket
Time: 8pm-3am – early arrival is a must.
Address: The Jazz Café, 5 Parkway, Camden Town, London NW1 7PG
Transport: Camden Tube
Contact: www.twitter.com/itssupadupafly / www.facebook.com/supadupaflylove

Supa Dupa Fly 90s Hip Hop Karaoke & Quiz @ Jazz Cafe - Thursday 28th Feb

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Supa Dupa Fly have gone from strength to strength with their club nights in London, and here we have the launch of a new Supa Dupa night, this time focused on karaoke and a quiz on 90s Hip Hop and R&B! Check the presser for details below, and click on the the flyer on the left.

Do you LOVE 90s hiphop & RnB? Do you consider yourself to be a bit of nerd when it comes to your knowledge of it? Well, so do we, so we’re testing YOUR knowledge with the first of our monthly Supa Dupa Fly hiphop quizzes! If you ARE a hiphop nerd, you’re probably also partial to spitting a few Biggie verses in the shower, so we thought we give you YOUR chance to shine, on a stage, in front of a couple of hundred people, in the form of Supa Dupa Fly karaoke! YES IT’S TRUE. We kick off at 7pm, so you can rock up straight after work, and we finish at midnight, just in time for you to get that last tube home!

There will be some SERIOUS prizes for the best ‘spitter’ in the Karaoke & for the winning team of the quiz! All you need to do for the Karaoke is turn up early to sign up on a 1st come 1st served basis. For the quiz teams can be anything from 2-5 people (but no more because that’s just not fair!) and just show up on the night – simples!

Entry: £5 in advance for a queue jump from www.rockthebelles.com / £5 concessions via itssupadupafly@gmail.com / Door £7 all night
Info: www.facebook.com/supadupaflylove and www.twitter.com/itssupadupafly
Address: Bedroom Bar (upstairs) 62 Rivington Street
Shoreditch, London EC2A 3AY

J-Dilla Changed My Life @ Ruby Lounge, Manchester - Friday 1st February

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For the third year in a row Manchester’s Hip-Hop community are coming together to celebrate the life and work of the one and only James ‘J-Dilla’ Yancey. Always sold out in advance this event has become the not to be missed date of the year, much like it’s London equivalent now in it’s 7th year.

This year we once again have the brilliant Detroit MC and friend of Dilla’s Phat Kat on hosting duties while some of the UK’s best DJs pay tribute to a producer that has influenced them all. With Spin Doctor mixing an all AV set, special guest Kidkanevil both alongside Manchester’s own Me Scruff, Hoya Hoya, In The Loop & Juicy residents there is a phenomenal amount of talent on show tonight all giving up their time for free to raise money for the J-Dilla Foundation and Lupus UK. With yet another exclusive T-shirt designed and printed just for these events available alongside Dilla produced CDs and more this event is sure to be another huge success!

Minimum donation: £6 advance, buy here
Time: 9pm-3am
Address: Ruby Lounge, 28-34 High Street, Manchester M4 1QB

J-Dilla Changed My Life @ Scala, London - Sunday 3rd February

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The UK’s Only OFFICIAL J-Dilla Tributes. All proceeds from tickets & merchandise go to J-Dilla Foundation & Lupus UK. For seven years on the trot London’s No.1 Hip-Hop party promoters and thousands of dedicated fans have celebrated the life and work of the incredible James “J-Dilla” Yancey.

Standing alone as THE Hip-Hop event of the year it is hard to better it year on year but with a refreshed line up of DJs spinning Dilla classics you know and rarities you don’t, Spin Doctor spinning a special AV set & of course the t-shirt designed exclusively for the event this is sure to be another big year. DJs performing for free on the night in loving memory are: Shortee Blitz, Mr Thing, Spin Doctor (Dilla AV Set), Kidkanevil, Alexander Nut, Kutmah, DJ LoK (Dilla breaks set) & special guests. Hosted by Phat Kat.

Minimum donation: £6 advance, Ticketweb
VIP tickets: £30, grants exclusive access to VIP bar and balcony & includes an exclusive J-Dilla T-Shirt & CD.
Time: 7pm-midnight
Address: Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, Kings Cross, London N1 9NL

Michael K Williams Performs ODB's Brooklyn Zoo

Fans of The Wire and Boardwalk Empire will be delighted to hear that Omar Little/Chalky White is set to play the legendary Ol’ Dirty Bastard in an upcoming film based around ‘a 22-year-old VH1-intern-turned-manager, and his misadventures with the legendary rapper leading up to the performer’s tragic death in 2004′, titled Dirty White Boy. Fret not; this comes fully approved by ODB’s family too, unlike many posthumous rap-related projects, and it’s rumoured that the rest of the Wu will appear in the film.

This performance is a nice little teaser of what’s to come, with Williams definitely embracing the role and getting pretty engrossed in the character on stage. He does a great job with the raps too, something I don’t say lightly given this is without question my favourite ODB track, and I can’t wait to see what else Williams does with the role. There’s no doubt ODB was one hell of a character, and it’s going to be very interesting to see how he adapts to playing a character that’s arguably markedly different from those he’s more known for-here’s to hoping more news on the film breaks soon.

Supa Dupa Fly @ Jazz Cafe - Friday 11th January

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SDF has quickly become the monthly necessity in any 90s hip-hop lover’s diary. Since launching in March 2011, the events have gone from strength to strength, hosting acts including Rita Ora, Conor Maynard, Rizzle Kicks, Stooshe, Josh Osho & Cleo Sol. Expect 90′s & early 00’s Hip-hop from the likes from Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg, Nas, Biggie, Tupac & A Tribe Called Quest, & RnB from TLC, Montell Jordan, 112, SWV, Salt N Pepa, Destiny’s Child & a LOT more!

Queue jump advance tickets: £6 from jazzcafe.co.uk– highly advised.
Concessions: £5 before 10pm/ £8 on the door
Time: 8pm-3am – early arrival is a must.
Address: The Jazz Café, 5 Parkway, Camden Town, London NW1 7PG Transport: Camden Tube.

Click the flyer on the left to see more details on the event!

James Brown & 2Pac-Unchained (The Payback/Untouchable)


Interesting, to say the least. Combining James Brown’s The Payback with 2Pac’s Untouchable, Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming Django Unchained is benefitting from a mash-up between two of music’s genuine icons.

Mash-ups are ten to a penny, but this one is certainly unique, mainly because it’s not strictly a mash-up. Whilst the production and vocals for the verses are mostly borrowed from the James Brown track, the offering in the hook is an original, wild west-style piece with a jazzy, upbeat edge. Horns aplenty and distinctive western guitar strums combine to provide a frenetic soundscape, one which supplements 2Pac’s catchy and high intensity vocal work, whilst giving the track context in terms of the film. It also complements the more laidback production style of the verses, and hence provides a nice distinction between the two, whilst giving the track an easy-to-follow structure, something often missing from this type of remix. Likeable and worth a listen.

Win VIP Tickets to Last.fm Live in London: God Is An Astronaut and Guests


So, unfortunately the last contest we did had to be pulled as the concert got cancelled. A shame, but I’m assured that won’t happen this time: Last.fm have secured the incredible God Is An Astronaut, MAYBESHEWILL and Nordic Giants to play their very special Christmas Live in London gig.

Hell of a lineup to be honest. The atmospheric, wintery work of GIAA alone will be an incredible experience live in person, and I expect you all to have clammy hands at the prospect of winning these.

Nothing complicated. Just email me (ajay@overratingtheunderrated.com) and tell me you want in. I’ll draw someone out randomly to win a pair of VIP tickets to this event. Feel free to get creative.

Artists: God Is An Astronaut, MAYBESHEWILL and Nordic Giants
Address: Heaven, Under The Arches, Villiers Street, London, WC2N 6NG
When: 05/12/12
Tickets available from: http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/user/?region=gb_london&query=detail&event=516802x
Ticket Price: £14
Doors Open: 7pm

The Weeknd Mural, Time Lapsed

Just a short promo clip for The Weeknd’s recently-released Trilogy, but worth a watch as it’s certainly something a little different from the usual promo clips you see floating around.

It appears as though he commissioned an artist (or a group of artists, it’s difficult to tell) to paint a mural of himself on the side of a building, and the artwork actually comes out rather well. So well in fact, you can pinpoint the exact origin of the scene they chose-it’s taken from his Rolling Stone video, and interestingly shows not only The Weeknd’s downbeat face but the camera pointing at him too. The end product is an insanely good piece that manages to create depth of field and fantastic lighting effects using only black, white and grey, and I’m sure this will be a nice bit of extra promotion for that album release. Very unique, and very likeable.

Grand Theft Auto V Trailer

Those my age have pretty much grown up with this franchise, and though I didn’t care much for GTA4, nothing will ever take away from the sheer brilliance of the first three instalments and their various spinoffs (Vice City is one of the greatest games ever, and that’s not up for debate).

For me, what’s exciting here is seeing just how this series has evolved and remains one of the barometers for gaming generally. From the bird’s eye view camera with relatively random acts of crime in the original GTA to what comes across as a near-cinematic experience in this upcoming edition, it’s a perfect evolutionary chart for how video games have grown. The trailer demonstrates how GTA is probably going to remain the benchmark for some time to come, with some decent graphical work supplemented by what appears to be a Pulp Fiction-esque crossover story, with the protagonists’ seperate lives slowly intertwining. It’s been a while since I’ve been excited for a game, and I can’t wait for more to emerge on this one.

OTU:Live Presents Vinnie Paz and Ill Bill @ Lakota, Bristol-Sunday 2nd December


Almost a year to the day after we brought you Slaine, Reef the Lost Cauze and DJ Illegal, we’ve lined up an even bigger set of performers for the hardcore hip-hop heads.

With incredible histories in the music game, Ill Bill and Vinnie Paz bring a rapping pedigree and calibre of lyrical mastery that few can compare with, both as solo artists, part of La Coka Nostra and Jedi Mind Tricks respectively, and of course as the duo Heavy Metal Kings. Both will be joined by the revered DJ Eclipse (Non Phixion).

Support on the night comes from Leaf Dog, BVA and an additional RLD showcase that features Smellington Piff and Rag N Bone Man.

It’s an utterly stacked lineup that’s going to be unmissable for the hip-hop heads, and we’re bringing the goods to a city with one of the best rap communities in the UK right now. Tickets are on sale right now, and do yourself a favour and grab them quickly.

Tickets: £16 advance, more on the door
When: Sunday 2nd December 2012, 7.30pm doors
Where: Lakota, 6 Upper York Street, BS2 8QN, Bristol

Iron Man 3-Official Trailer

In Marvel’s “Iron Man 3″, brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man is pitted against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?

As predicted from yesterday’s teaser trailer, things look to be a little less celebratory and much darker in the first Marvel film since The Avengers. Of course, there’s no shortage of visual splendour and big action cuts, of which we get several tastes throughout this clip, whilst appearances by The Mandarin and The Patriot offers insight into the script’s direction. That late-April 2013 release can’t come soon enough.