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Weird Al’s ‘Mandatory Fun’ Becomes First No. 1 Comedy Album in Half a Century

Last week, “Weird Al” Yankovic took the internet by storm when he relentlessly debuted 8 music videos including parodies of everything from Pharrell’s “Happy” to Lorde’s “Royals” in order to celebrate the release of his 14th studio album, Mandatory Fun, on July 15. In addition to the success of the hilarious and star-studded music videos, Yankovic reached a monumental achievement of his lengthy 28-year music career:

As of this morning, Mandatory Fun has topped the charts, making it Yankovic’s first ever number 1 album on the Billboard 200. Even more impressive, the record is the first number 1 comedy album in over half a century! According to Billboard, the last comedy chart-topper was 1963′s My Son, the Nut by Allan Sherman.

Check out “Tacky,” the video that started it all, below: Read more »

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Smalls Vocalist Quits Band Mid-Tour Due To Homophobia Amongst Bandmates

Late yesterday evening, Ashley Cadwallader of Smalls announced that she would be quitting the band and immediately returning home from the group’s current tour with On My Honor and The Sheds. According to sources, the frontwoman’s decision was prompted by continuous abuse from her own bandmates, who apparently were uncomfortable with the fact that she is gay. Follow the jump to read a full statement from an anonymous individual close to the situation.

It’s always a bummer when bands lose a member, but it’s especially disheartening when they do so under such outrageous circumstances. Share your thoughts with us in the replies below, and follow UTG on Twitter for updates. Read more »

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REVIEW: RX Bandits – ‘Gemini, Her Majesty’

Artist: RX Bandits
Album: Gemini, Her Majesty
Genre: Progressive Rock
Label: Mash Down Babylon Records

When it comes to bands similar to (and comprised of members from) The Sound Of Animals Fighting, I find myself amidst the conclusion that progressive-sounding genres are either automatically bewildering or strangely fascinating. The latter can fortunately be said about Gemini, Her Majesty, RX Bandits‘ eighth full-length album, out now via the band’s own MDB Records. Five long years after the release of their last record, Mandala, these California natives are finally back with new material that they’re currently supporting on tour alongside The Dear Hunter. From the record’s astronomical cover art to the choral, fade-out last few seconds, Gemini, Her Majesty is filled with upbeat reggae-infused melodies and an overall intrinsic technical vibe characteristic of the band’s impressive back catalog. Read more »

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Do YOU want to work with UTG TV?

Hey you! Yes, I’m talking to you. Do you have an interest in music journalism, but prefer the visual side of things? Perhaps you’re the type of person who enjoys shooting acoustic videos or conducting interviews with bands. Well, if that’s the case, then we’d love to hear from you!

Under The Gun Review is searching for videographers from around the United States who would like to build up their resume and acquire some real experience working with members of the entertainment industry.

Please check out inside this post to read more about the openings.
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A Loss For Words To Headline RAMBUDIFEST In August

Yesterday, our friends in A Loss For Words announced that they’d be headlining the RAMBUDIFEST at the Worcester Palladium on August 23. The Boston boys, still riding the wave of their latest release Before It Caves, are excited to be playing the show with openers Lions Lions, The Venetia Fair and many more.

According to the band’s Facebook:

We are proud to announce that we are headlining this years RAMBUDIFEST at the palladium AUGUST 23rd with some amazing bands! We also will have a BIG announcement at this show! Come hang before we head to JAPAN in September with our friends in STATE CHAMPS & PVRIS.

Check out below the jump to see a flyer for the show, the band’s dates in Japan, and to listen to my favorite song from their latest effort, featuring Lynn Gunn from PVRIS.
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Required Listening: Angus & Julia Stone – “Grizzly Bear”

Every so often a song arrives in my inbox from a group I’ve never heard of that not only captures my attention, but somehow manages to hold onto it throughout the majority of any given work day. I stumbled upon one such track early this morning, and in the hours that have passed since its initial discover I have spun that song at least a dozen times. Now, having finally finished my dance party for one, I’m ready to share it with you.

Angus & Julia Stone are currently preparing to release their new self-titled, Rick Rubin produced album on August 1. Today, the duo shared a new song titled “Grizzly Bear” that feels influenced by the greatest hits of Tom Petty mixed with a few select tracks of Foster The People’s debut album. It’s an uptempo, fun-loving song that evokes images of summer romance and youth that you will never want to end. You can stream the single below: Read more »

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‘SLC PUNK 2′ Teaser Trailer Revealed

The first teaser trailer for SLC Punk 2: Punk’s Dead has been revealed and features a still very dead Heroin Bob (Michael Goorjian) joined by his friends Sean (Devon Sawa), Eddie (Adam Pascal), and John the Mod (James Duval).

The film is set to take place 18 years after the original SLC Punk ended. There has been very little detail in regards to plot announced but the storyline will be focused on Heroin Bob’s son, Ross (Ben Schnetzer). Hip hop artist Machine Gun Kelly is also set to co-star as a character named Crash. The two new female leads will be played by Sarah Clarke (Twilight) and Hannah Marks (The Amazing Spider-Man).

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‘The Jim Norton Show’ Premieres With Mike Tyson And Dana White

I think it’s fair to say that Jim Norton has had an overwhelming month. In early July, the co-host of The Opie And Anthony Show, Anthony Cumia, was fired from SiriusXM over a controversial series of tweets.

Jimmy, who was third chair on the show, is now faced with finishing out his contract alongside longtime radio personality and now self-proclaimed COMPLETELY F’D RADIO HOST Gregg “Opie” Hughes. The two have been taking it day by day, dealing with the backlash of media critisicm along with the traitorous accusations of longtime listeners. Opie and Jim have since been reaching out to friends of the show for help passing through an uncomfortable time, bringing in comics such as Rich Vos, Joe DeRosa, Ricky Gervais, Dan Soder, Robert Kelly, and many more.

Forunately for Mr. Norton, the Black Sabbath obsessing, meaty-breasted zilch stand-up comedian, his all new talk show premiered today through Vice. The original series makes its debut with the head of the UFC Dana White and boxing legend Mike Tyson.
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EXCLUSIVE MUSIC VIDEO STREAM: Bonfire – “Before You Left”

Bonfire are a four piece post hardcore outfit based out of Saskatoon, Canada. They just released a short split with fellow Canadian singer/songwriter New Born. Bonfire’s contribution is the emotion-inducing single “Before You Left.” We are happy to have teamed up with the band to premiere the music video for this song. You can check it out below the jump.

“Before You Left” isn’t your typical music video, as it’s a conglomerate of year’s worth of home videos stitched together. It provides a hint of nostalgia for anyone who is familiar with the shaky, often pixelated, home videos from their own youth. If you like what you hear, be sure to pick up a copy of the split through Bandcamp. Read more »

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The Curious Tale Of ICP, Kid Rock, And A Mysterious Glass Dildo

UTG was launched from a small dorm room in the upper half of Michigan’s lower peninsula. From day one people have asked us to cover Kid Rock and ICP because we share an origin state, but other than a few major headlines neither artist has been given that much time on our front page…Until now.

A news story making its way around the interwebs this morning caught us so off guard that I felt we had no choice except to run the story ourselves. Several months ago, Andrea Pellegrini, a former publicist for the Insane Clown Posse, sued the famous rapping duo sexual harrassment. In her filings, Pellegrini alleged that that the former ICP and Psychopathic Records employee “Dirty Dan” Diamond tried to give her a glass dildo as a gift once. When Pellegrini refused to accept the gift, Diamon allegedly gave the item to none other than Born Free songwriter Kid Rock, who supposedly still has the sex toy in his possession today. Weird, right? It gets weirder. Read more »

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Famined Records Welcomes Ceiling Of Anvers

Over the last few months, Famined Records has added a handful of new bands to their roster. The latest group to join their family is an Italian metal outfit Ceiling Of Anvers. They happily made their announcement yesterday, and in addition confirmed they would release their new EP through the label. The EP is titled We All Live In Balance, and it will hit stores August 26. To celebrate the news the band revealed the music video for their single “L.I.F.E.,” which features guest vocals by Nicolò of Damned Spring Fragrantia. It’s available to watch beneath the break.

If you like what they have to offer, be sure to pick up the EP once it officially hits stores, In the meantime, you can check them out on Facebook. Read more »

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‘SVDDXNLY’ Trailer: A$AP Rocky Gets His Own Feature Length Documentary

The team at Noisey have done some pretty crazy things over the last year, but their latest endeavor may be their most impressive to date.

SVDDXNLY is a feature length documentary presented by Noisey on the rise and sudden stardom of none other than A$AP Rocky. The film premiered at SXSW back in the spring of 2014 and is now gearing up for its official worldwide release. No date has been set yet, but this morning the team at Noisey shared the film’s first official trailer. The clip includes concert footage, behind-the-scenes sequences, and appearances from a plethora of today’s biggest stars, including Drake and Rihanna. You can view the clip below: Read more »