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UTG INTERVIEW: Kingmaker’s Alex Gaspar Discusses the Creation of ‘The Cradle’

Kingmaker have always been a group that thrives on progression. Since bursting onto the scene in the summer of 2009, the Lake County quartet has undergone a number of style and lineup changes, all leading to the release of their latest full-length effort, The Cradle–a bold blend of abrasive riffs, ear-shattering percussion, and poignant lyricism.

We recently spoke with guitarist Alex Gaspar, who not only gave us all the details on the band’s latest album, but also elaborated on what they have in the works for the rest of 2015. Read our conversation below, and keep in touch with Kingmaker here. Read more »

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UTG TV: Parmalee At CMA Music Festival 2015

We caught up with Parmalee right after they took the stage at CMA Fest in Nashville, Tennessee last month. These guys have been around each other for some time now and know how to have a good time, even with their busy lives. The band had just come back from a performance the night before and spent some time in the airport catching up on sleeping. This of course led to photos being posted of each member caught snoozing. How flattering!

This will be Parmalee’s fourth year at the major music festival that has helped launch major acts in the country music scene. In our interview, the four-year veterans take a walk down memory lane as they recall their growth within the festival from 2012 to 2015, and we of course had to find out what these country music stars keep in their pockets. Read more »

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toe Return With “My Little Wish”

Japanese band toe return with their new track, “My Little Wish,” off of the band’s upcoming Topshelf release, Hear You.

The instrumental band write crazy guitar lines that somehow connect within the madness to make beautiful, translucent sound. Fans of American Football, Owen, and all the twinkle daddies should feel right at home with toe.

The band is also playing the US this July – dates can be found here. Be sure to pre-order Hear You here.

Follow us after the jump to listen to the fantastic “My Little Wish.” Read more »

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As Cities Burn Surprise With New Track “Goldmine”

As Cities Burn have released another new track, surprising fans with the band’s return to new tunes.

“Goldmine” is a blistering track, featuring thundering drums, screams, brooding atmospheres, and more. Still keeping with the band’s keen sense for melody, guitars thrash back and forth as the two vocals intertwine with one another.

The band will be embarking on a ten year anniversary tour for their hit album, Son, I Loved You At Your Darkest – you can find tickets to those shows here.

Follow us after the jump to listen to “Goldmine.” What do you think? Read more »

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Latest ‘Wet Hot American Summer’ Trailer Is Perfect

Netflix will help everyone return to Camp Firewood for one more wild season of memories when Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp hits the popular streaming platform on July 31, 2015. Today a new trailer for the mini-series found its way online, and it might just be the funniest thing you see all week.

If you didn’t know by now, First Day Of Camp is being marketed as a prequel to the original WHAS film. The entire original cast will return, including Elizabeth Banks, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Judah Friedlander, Janeane Garofalo, Joe Lo Truglio, Ken Marino, Christopher Meloni, Marguerite Moreau, Zak Orth, Amy Poehler, David Hyde Pierce, and Paul Rudd. There are numerous newcomers as well, like Kristen Wiig and Jon Hamm. Everyone appears in the trailer released today, and everyone is given one brief moment to shine. Click below and prepare to laugh.

Every episode of Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp arrives in four weeks, which gives you plenty of time to revisit the film that started it all. Heck, just buy a copy off Amazon. It’s not like you’re only going to watch it once. That, my friends, is basically impossible. Read more »

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UTG PHOTOS: Imagine Dragons In Cleveland, OH (6/22/15)

Under The Gun Review sent photographer Kellie Gannon to Quicken Loans Area in Cleveland, OH to shoot Imagine Dragons on June 22.

Recently, Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland saw a whole lot of action, or lack thereof if we’re considering the Cavs during NBA Finals (just like every other year, next year is our year… seriously… maybe… COME ON, LEBRON!) Anyway, on a humid, rainy night less than a week after that final fateful basketball game, The Q was thankfully rocking to a much different, upbeat tune.

Hailing from Vegas and putting on a Sin City-worthy show, Imagine Dragons have been making waves in the music industry for a few years now. Read more »

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Nai Harvest Release New Music Video For “Ocean Of Madness”

Sheffield, UK indie-emo duo Nai Harvest released their sophomore record, Hairball, this past April. Today, with the help of director Eric Crisp, they released a brand new music video for their song “Ocean Of Madness.”

The dreamy ballad is brought to life with lead singer Ben Thompson and drummer Lew Currie having a lot of fun in what appears to be a room full of a number of their friends dressed up in very odd costumes. Bunnies in gas masks, “happy birthday” signs, and neon wigs, among others? Must have been a great party.

“I had the idea a while ago for a video that was based on a band playing in the middle of a circular dolly track, so that was the sort of starting point for the video,” Ed Crisp, the music video’s director shares with Stereogum. “Calum and I got some ideas from the internet and set about building a dolly that can move on a track made of PVC pipe, pure DIY all the way. Read more »

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Terminator Genisys’ Is More Than A Bit Rusty

Film: Terminator Genisys
Starring: Jai Courtney, Emilia Clarke, Arnold Schwarzenegger
Directed By: Alan Taylor

“Old, but not obsolete.” This line reverberates throughout the narrative of the new reboot/sequel/studio machination, Terminator Genisys. As the camera lingers on Schwarzenegger’s automated façade, we see that the lines on his face are more noticeable than ever. A sign of passing times, one would say. Time has most certainly passed since director James Cameron built the foundation for the franchise on top of schlocky B-movie tropes like relentless violence, threadbare sci-fi concepts and seemingly invincible villains. But this is 2015, folks – the time when that kind of nutty sci-fi must be over-explained until convolution is achieved. Some things are better left unsaid and under-exploited; however, that isn’t Terminator Genisys’ bag. It’s much more interested in cheaply calling back to its predecessors, sporting a framework indicative of the superhero genre’s increasingly huge influence on blockbusters, and setting the stage for installments to come. This one is programmed to dull. Read more »

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UTG PREMIERE: Mirror Eyes Debut Their New EP, ‘Reality’

Coming together from the Northeast, the Midwest, and the South, melodic hardcore five-piece Mirror Eyes are here to impress and offer diverse musical stylings to a vast majority of music lovers. Today the band is thrilled to premiere their debut EP, entitled Reality.

Undeniably an homage to those that have brought melodic hardcore to the forefront, Reality changes in shape and color after every track. Similarly, the band also brings to the table nuances that recreate some of our most beloved acts’ sound today.

The collection initially calls to mind a more aggressive PVRIS or early-era New Years Day. It then transforms to a fusion of Circa Survive and Pierce the Veil, and closes off the ride with an elaborate synthesis of all four. Read more »

Knuckle Puck

Knuckle Puck Share “True Contrite” Off ‘Copacetic’

Knuckle Puck have joined forces with SPIN to begin streaming a new track titled “True Contrite.” Give it a listen by following the jump below.

The group’s latest single is taken from their impending debut album, Copacetic, which is set to arrive on July 31 via Rise Records. It is preceded by the equally infectious “Disdain,” which hit the web about a week back. If you dig one or both tracks, you can snag a pre-order here.

Share your thoughts with us in the comments, and follow UTG on Twitter for more updates on all your favorite artists. Read more »

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Caspian Announce New Album, ‘Dust & Disquiet’

Caspian will release their fourth studio album, Dust & Disquiet, on September 25 via Triple Crown Records. It follows 2013’s Hymn For The Greatest Generation, and will act as the group’s first full-length effort since the unexpected passing of bassist Chris Friedrich.

To celebrate said announcement, the band has also shared the record’s moving lead single, “Sad Heart Of Mine.” Give it a listen after the break (via Noisey), and let us know what you think in the replies.

The Massachusetts post-rockers will spend a majority of September and October on the road, occasionally sharing the stage with Circle Takes The Square. If you’d like to get in on the action, a full list of upcoming tour dates can additionally be found below. Read more »

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The Black Dahlia Murder Unveil First ‘Abysmal’ Single

In anticipation of their seventh full-length album, Abysmal, The Black Dahlia Murder have graced fans with a brand new ripper titled “Vlad, Son Of The Dragon.” Stream it below, and if you’re a fan, pick up a pre-order here.

While I’ve always been somewhat indifferent to the Michigan outfit’s thrashy brand of death metal, I firmly believe that their latest single is a huge step in the right direction. There’s a lot more at work here than strung-together riffs, and after jamming this track a few times, I’ll definitely be making time for Abysmal when it drops on September 18. If you will too, let us know in the comments section. Read more »