Elder Brother is the indie rock side-project of Kevin Geyer (The Story So Far) and Dan Rose (Daybreaker) with in-studio assistance from Matthew and Charles Vincent (The American Scene). Drifting far from the aggressive and simple pop-punk that The Story So Far has come to perfect, the duo’s debut LP Heavy Head showcases the songwriting prowess of Geyer and Rose in a more relaxed environment. The record is unexpected and mostly brilliant, with a few standout tracks that almost instantly require repeat plays. Read more »
REVIEW: Elder Brother – ‘Heavy Head’
Elder Brother is the indie rock side-project of Kevin Geyer (The Story So Far) and Dan Rose (Daybreaker) with in-studio assistance from Matthew and Charles Vincent (The American Scene). Drifting far from the aggressive and simple pop-punk that The Story So Far has come to perfect, the duo’s debut LP Heavy Head showcases the songwriting prowess of Geyer and Rose in a more relaxed environment. The record is unexpected and mostly brilliant, with a few standout tracks that almost instantly require repeat plays.…
UTG EXCLUSIVE: My Mouth Is The Speaker “In Focus” Documentary Series Part 2
For those who don’t yet know the band or any of their fine members, we’re giving you a look into the lives of these young artists during the recording of the release at E&G Studios.
REVIEW: Architects – ‘Lost Forever // Lost Together’
For a long time, I didn’t understand the hype that surrounded the Brighton-based metalcore act, Architects. I was first introduced to the group back in high school, and though I didn’t hate the music they were producing at the time, it did little for me in comparison to more established bands battling for the same niche. There were some cool breakdowns here and there, and the occasional helping of well-placed melody, but otherwise, in my opinion, the outfit seemed incapable of rising above genre stereotypes.
Over the …
Review: La Dispute – ‘Rooms Of The House’
Artist: La Dispute
Album: Rooms Of The House
Label: Better Living
You never know what to expect from Grand Rapids, Michigan quintet La Dispute. Over the course of two full-lengths and several EPs the band no one has ever been able to categorize into a single genre have built a career by doing exactly what they want. Their desire to create great, lasting art is superior to many of their peers, and it’s because of their tiring pursuit of that great work that we have been blessed with so many engaging listening experiences to date.…
VINYL REVIEW: Nothing – ‘Guilty of Everything’ (Deluxe Edition)
Album: Guilty of Everything
Label: Relapse Records
Release date: March 4, 2014
Last week I had the pleasure of reviewing Nothing’s stellar debut LP, Guilty of Everything. With the record earning a 9.5, I was more than excited to get my hands on the deluxe vinyl. Truly the only way the album should be listened, the vinyl experience only heightens Nothing’s keen ear for melody, melancholy, and everything miserable.
Filling the dark corners of my basement, the room which held first loves, first heartbreaks, and the slow realization of how incredibly disappointing the world above could be, …
Lyla Foy may not be a name you’re all too familiar with just yet but the London-based singer will be making waves for the remainder of this year as her debut full-length, Mirrors The Sky, is set to release next week on March 18 via Sub Pop Records.
The entire album is currently streaming in full over at Pitchfork through their excellent Advanced page. I dare you to go listen to the opening track, “Honeymoon,” and not fall in love with Foy’s lush elegance and gorgeous melodies. The rest of the album offers equally enjoyable cuts with grand ambience and more upbeat, electronic offerings as well.
You still have time to pre-order the album over at Sub Pop, and if you purchase the vinyl before the release date, you’ll receive their limited “Loser” edition variant on a beautiful marble purple that accentuates the album’s artwork perfectly. You can also view all of Lyla Foy’s upcoming tour dates with links to buy tickets here. Read more »
President Barack Obama is the last person we ever expected to see sitting opposite Zach Galifianakis on the comedian’s Funny Or Die series, Between Two Ferns, but I guess when you have to reach the youth of America in 2014 there is no better way than attempting to create a viral sensation.
The most viewed and discussed video of the day will likely be Obama’s recent appearance on Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis. Yes, it’s really the president and yes, it’s actually pretty funny. There is a point to the appearance however, and that is to remind you the deadline to sign up for health insurance is March 31. You can view the bit below.
Obama is never one to shy away from trying something new if it means reaching people who might not otherwise get involved in politics. That’s pretty commendable whether you agree with his policies or not. This is not a site for politics, so let’s just leave it at that. Read more »
Up and coming rap superstar G-Eazy is currently making his way across the country with MMG member Rockie Fresh on the These Things Happen tour. The California native used footage from the already completed shows to create a video for the remix of “Been On,” which you can now view at the end of this post.
There is a lot of heat to be heard on the remix of “Been On,” but it’s not the best Eazy song to hit the net in the last six months. Given the fact that Fresh is on tour with G though, it makes sense the two would create visuals like this to push a few more ticket sales in any markets with open seats.
These Things Happen is the title of G-Eazy’s debut album, but at this point in time we have no idea when that record will see the light of day. If you want more music from G, click here and download the three b-sides he released back in January. Read more »
For music fans who came of age in the late ’90s and early 2000s, this might be the throwback tour of the summer. Beginning June 12, Buffalo, New York’s Goo Goo Dolls will embark on a two-month tour with American Idol alum Daughtry and pop rockers Plain White T’s. The full list of dates, which include amphitheaters and festivals across the country, is available below.
With a few exceptions, tickets will go on sale Saturday, March 22. Members of the Goo Goo Dolls’ fan club can grab their tickets a few days earlier, on March 17.
Titled “Coast Is Clear,” the mashup fans have been waiting to hear since it was first teased at the beginning of February does not disappoint. Skrillex has crafted a beat that plays well with Chance’s genre-bending rhyme scheme, resulting in a fast-paced and infectious dance offering that feels heavily influence from the golden age of pop music. It’s undoubtedly EDM, but there are bits of jazz and soul thrown in as well, which makes “Coast Is Clear” a bit of an Acid Rap 2.0. You can stream the track below.
Skrillex has announced plans to release a new album titled Recess on March 18, and as far as we know “Coast Is Clear” is the first song off that record to find its way online. Visit iTunes to pre-order the album. Read more »
California natives Seahaven have announced their first US headlining tour, and it’s going to be a good one. Starting on May 8 in St. Louis, Missouri, the quartet will hit the road with Pittsburgh’s Adventures and midwest emo act Foxing. After making its way around the eastern and southern United States, the tour will finish up on June 1 in San Francisco, California. Check out the full list of dates after the break.
Pre-sale bundles, which include a signed copy of Seahaven’s upcoming album, Reverie Lagoon: Music For Escapism Only, will be available right here starting today at 10:00 AM PST, and standard tickets will go on sale this Friday, March 14.
US hip-hop superstar Kendrick Lamar and Grammy award nominated Australian psychedelic-rock outfit Tame Impala have collaborated to produce “Backwards,” a re-imagining of Tame Impala’s 2012 hit “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards.” The track, which is taken from the film adaptation of Divergent, the highly-anticipated soundtrack to the first installation of Veronica Roth’s book trilogy, is available to stream after the jump.
A rather unorthodox pairing, “Backwards” features a series of passionate verses from Lamar juxtaposed against a gloriously washed out chorus from Tame Impala, to create a refreshing, unique and powerful listening experience.
“Backwards” is one of series of much-hyped pairings to be featured on the Divergent soundtrack with the other seemingly unlikely collaborations such as Chance the Rapper guesting on a Pia Mia/Clams Casino track and A$AP Rocky and Gesaffelstein working together on “In Distress,” joining a soundtrack that will also feature three new tracks from Ellie Goulding as well as previously unreleased material from the likes of Skrillex, M83, Snow Patrol and more. Read more »
It’s not unusual for lineup changes to occur in a band during their lifetime. Some groups may even shuffle through multiple members before they settle in for a stint. Sometimes changes can take a little while to sink in, and unfortunately for fans of Hand Of Mercy, they will need to do some adjusting. The band just announced that they have parted ways with their frontman Scott Bird.
According to the group’s update, there is no hard feelings between Scott and the rest of the band. He is at a different time in his life, and he’s ready to move on. They have promised that they will continue on, and encourage fans not to worry. You can read all of what they had to say below the jump. Read more »
Is it too early to be talking about festivals that will be taking place this fall? Of course not! The Fest organizers must feel the same way, as they tweeted a little bit ago confirming the dates for Fest 13. In case you haven’t heard of Fest before, here’s a quick rundown.
Fest is an annual music festival held during Halloween in Gainesville, Florida. A majority of the artists that perform are punk rock or indie. Last year the festival boasted artists like Arliss Nancy, Forever Came Calling, Big D And The Kids Table and many, many more.
Check out the tweet below, and be sure to check in again on April 1 to learn some more details regarding the festival. I am sure there will be at least a few announcements before we finally hit October. Read more »
Xander Bourgeois used to be the unclean vocalist for Secrets, and was for a few years before he had to part ways with the group last spring in order to take care of himself after attending rehab. Now that he has had some time to get himself healthy again, he’s started a new band named The Haven. They have a similar style to his previous group, but they are certainly not the same. Their first single, “Forfeit The Throne,” premiered last month, and now the group has their second single ready to become your new favorite thing. You can listen to “Colosseum” by checking below the jump.
Memphis May Fire have been killing it with the singles they’ve released recently, and they have just added another heavy hitter to the list. We are rapidly approaching the release date for the band’s fourth studio album Unconditional, which is scheduled to hit stores March 25, and the they are building anticipation with each new song. They just dropped their latest song, and it’s titled “Beneath The Skin.” Listen to it now by clicking through the break.
Unconditional is shaping up to be the band’s heaviest album to date. Matty Mullins is utilizing his unclean vocals more and stretching his range to their limits. “Beneath The Skin” is heavy lyrically, and is something many young fans could relate to. If you like what you’ve heard so far, be sure to pre-order the album while you still can. Read more »