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August Burns Red Announce Tour With Every Time I Die, Stick To Your Guns, More

In support of their new record that was released in June, Found In Far Away Places, melodic hardcore outfit August Burns Red are heading out on the road later this year.

The band, whose record debuted at #9 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart, just announced that they will be embarking on a month-long run beginning in late November. The band will be joined by Every Time I Die, Stick To Your Guns, Polyphia, and Wage War. The band will be making stops all over the U.S., as well as a few cities in Canada.

General admission tickets go on sale this Friday, September 4, at 10AM EST, while VIP packages are now available here. You can check out the tour poster with a full list of dates below. Read more »

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Pentimento Stream New Single, “Sink Or Swim”

Punk rock outfit Pentimento are set to put out a brand new record this Fall through Bad Timing Records.

The four-piece Buffalo natives are set to release a full-length album entitled, I, No Longer, on October 23. It will seve as a follow-up to the Stuck Forever 7″ from earlier this year and their Inside The Sea EP from 2013. You can check out a brand new song called “Sink Or Swim” below. Let us know what you think!

You can now pre-order I, No Longer here. In case you missed it, the band will be heading out on tour this Fall alongside Better Off, A Will Away, and more. A full list of dates can be found below. Read more »

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Light Years Announce ‘I’ll See You When I See You,’ Stream New Single

Cleveland punk rock four-piece Light Years have just announced their Rude Records debut, entitled I’ll See You When I See You.

Produced by Will Yip (Circa Survive, Title Fight, La Dispute, etc), the new record is slated for a November 16 release date, and is a follow-up to their 2013 full-length record, I Won’t Hold This Against You.

“This record is very important to us, and will stand out because it is so honest,” frontman Pat Kennedy shares. “We put everything we had into these songs and didn’t hold back.We are not trying to pull off a gimmick or sound just like every other cookie-cutter pop-punk band, we are just playing music that we would want to hear.These are the best songs we have ever recorded and I believe we have finally found our voice as a band.”

You can check out a killer new track, “Let You Down”, below, alongside the record’s album artwork and track list. Pre-orders are now available here. Read more »

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State Champs Release Music Video For Breakup Anthem, “All You Are Is History”

The anticipation intensifies as we get closer to the October 16 release of State Champs‘ sophomore full-length effort, Around The World And Back.

The Albany pop-punk five-piece have just put out a brand new music video for their song, entitled “All You Are Is History.” The track, as its title suggests, is an edgy jam about an overdue breakup. The Max Moore-directed video depicts it well.

“‘All You Are Is History’ is a song about putting someone behind you, despite their efforts to hang out,” guitarist Tyler Szalkowski shares with Billboard. “We think the video represents that theme very well.”

You can check out the equally-nostalgic and thematically aged music video for “All You Are Is History” below. Read more »

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UTG PREMIERE: Northernmost – “Cloudy”

Few states are as synonymous with forward-thinking alternative music as Massachusetts, and today we have a premiere from one of the Bay State’s finest young acts.

Northernmost is a five-piece rock band with just enough indie edge to help them stand out amidst the incredibly crowded alternative rock landscape. The group is set to release their latest EP, titled Pinedale, on September 18, 2015. You may or may not have heard of the group before today, but before you rest your head on your pillow tonight I must insist you give them a few minutes of your time.

Today, UTG is thrilled to host the world premiere of “Cloudy,” which is taken from Pinedale. The song sounds like what might happen if Balance And Composure decided to release a collaborative track with Brand New, only slightly more youthful. You can stream the song below.

It’s hard to know where any band trying to make it today will end up, but there is something inherently catchy about Northernmost’s music we simply cannot deny. Comment below and let us know if you feel the same. Read more »

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Watermedown Signs With Equal Vision For New EP, Releases New Song

Johnny Mays, who performs under the name Watermedown, has signed to Equal Vision Records. The label will release Watermedown’s new EP, Somewhere Sleepless, on September 25. Check out the artwork and a new music video for “Serenity” below.

Watermedown comes to Equal Vision from Quiet Fire Media, which launched early this year. Mays’ earnest songwriting and distinct vocal ability has brought about the attention of many in the past year, earning him a slot on tour with Safe To Say and Young And Heartless earlier this summer. If you’ve been following Johnny or have ever seen his live performance, you probably already knew he was bound for greatness.

Check out “Serenity” below. Somewhere Sleepless can be pre-ordered here. Read more »

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Cartel Frontman Will Pugh Is (Finally) Working On A Solo Album

Don’t fret, dear readers. I’m being honest when I tell you there is no lie in that headline. The Will Pugh solo album you always thought might happen is actually on its way to becoming a reality.

Early this morning, September 2, Cartel vocalist Will Pugh set Twitter ablaze when he revealed plans for a solo project. “Yours truly is starting to cook up some tunes for my (dare I say it) solo project,” he tweeted. “It’s been a long time coming but it’s on deck.”

Fans have been clamoring for a solo album from Pugh since the hype surrounding Cartel began to cool off, but before now there has been no mention of any such release being in the works. Maybe Cartel’s recent 10-year tour for Chroma gave Pugh the kick in the ass he needed to finally put pen to paper. Whatever the case, we’re certainly looking forward to hearing some new material in the months ahead. Stay tuned. Read more »

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Head North, Microwave Announce Split EP

UPDATE: Watch Microwave’s new music video for “but not often,” below via Noisey.

After hinting at new material in an interview with UTG’s Dana Reandelar, recent SideOneDummy signees Microwave have announced a split with Bad Timing Records’ flagship artist Head North. The split will release on October 9. Pre-orders are now available here. Check out the artwork and tracklisting below.

You’ll have the opportunity to see both bands on two separate, but equally stacked tour lineups this fall; Head North will spend the fall with Knuckle Puck, Seaway, and Sorority Noise, while Microwave will tour with Have Mercy, Transit and Somos.

Both Head North and Microwave have found unprecedented success in 2015, rising through the ranks of the underground alternative music scene and separating themselves from their peers in all the best ways. This release is sure to be a pivotal moment in both bands’ careers, so make sure not to sleep on it. Read more »

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UTG INTERVIEW: Bitter’s Kiss Talks Self-Titled Debut, Creating With Family

Chloe Baker–maybe better known as Bitter’s Kiss when associated with the music world–is a young singer-songwriter based out of New Jersey who released her stunning, self-titled debut earlier this year. Baker’s father lends a hand or two as well, collaborating with instrumentation and production for the effort; bond and blood put to tape with impressive results and plenty of interest-piquing potential.

We had the chance to speak with Chloe about her musical background leading up to these first works, what it’s like working with her dad, and much more regarding her still-budding musical career. Read through below to check out our full conversation and stream some songs from Bitter’s Kiss. Read more »

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Father Mountain Share “Jamais Vu (Acoustic)”

Owensboro, Kentucky’s Father Mountain will release their label debut, On Left & Being Left Behind, on September 25 through Antique Records. In anticipation, the five-piece have joined forces with Modern Vinyl to begin streaming a stirring new acoustic version of their track “Jamais Vu,” which finds frontman Zane Martin spilling his guts in a way that is both moving and memorable. Give it a listen below.

If you dig the group’s latest, you can pre-order the nine-track EP here in a variety of formats, including limited edition cassette. Read more »

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UTG PREMIERE: Midnight Soundtrack – “Electric Touch”

Midnight Soundtrack have unleashed a brand new single upon the world, in the form of the electronic-infused and undeniably catchy single “Electric Touch.” The song comes off of the project’s new album, Foreplay, which is due out Sept. 25.

Midnight Soundtrack is the side project of award-winning singer-songwriter Marcio Novelli, and it’s the type of project ready to hit you right in the feels. Novelli, the mastermind behind “Electric Touch,” had this to say about the track:

“‘Electric Touch’ is the moment when lust inevitably turns to love; the nature of sex when feelings develop…on one end. Lust turns to love.”

Listen to “Electric Touch” in full now and leave your thoughts in the comments below: Read more »

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UTG PREMIERE: Controller – “Midnight Man”

For some, music is a very personal, very cathartic way of dealing with life’s daily stresses, but for many more, it’s a reason to let loose, unwind, and have a good time. If the latter is your aim, then you’ll likely feel right at home with Controller; the NYC quartet are undeniably upbeat and infectious, making them an essential addition to your regular rotation.

Today, we have the esteemed pleasure of premiering the outfit’s brand new single, “Midnight Man,” a synth-driven dance party that comes fully-equipped with a rug-cutting refrain and a sick sax solo. Listen in below, and share your thoughts with us in the replies.

In regards to their latest track, the band tells us, “We wanted to write like, a shameless club banger, but sung from the perspective of someone you would never, ever, ever, ever even consider going home with. Like, he thinks he’s really smooth but he’s the only one not in on how ridiculous he is, and it’s getting closer and closer to last call.”

If you like what you hear, keep in touch with Controller on Facebook and Twitter. Read more »

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