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Rancid Announce New Album ‘Honor Is All We Know,’ Release Three-Song Music Video

Ska-punk legends Rancid have come out of the depths of the underground to announce their upcoming album Honor Is All We Know, their first one in five whole years since 2009′s Let The Dominoes Fall, and their eighth studio album overall.

The album features fourteen tracks, produced by Bad Religion guitarist/Epitaph Records founder Brett Gurewitz, who has been a longtime contributor to the band’s music. The effort was recorded at Red Star Studios and The Boat in Los Angeles, California. It is slated for an October 27 release via both Hellcat and Epitaph Records.

With the album’s announcement, the band also debuted a new music video for three songs that are off the album: “Collision Course,” “Honor Is All We Know,” and “Evil’s My Friend.” All three songs are showcased back to back in the video and it truly shows that the band have not changed their signature fun punk formula. Read more »

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ALBUM STREAM: Weezer – ‘Everything Will Be Alright In The End’

With Weezer‘s 9th studio album arriving in just over a week, it seems the guys still have a few surprises. Their latest release, Everything Will Be Alright In The End, has just recently become available for pre-release streaming and urges listeners to forget what they know about the band.

The album dives back into the band’s past experiences including a return to the studio with producer Ric Ocasek, who was on board for Weezer’s iconic Blue and Green albums. Additionally, lead single “Back To The Shack,” touches on the band’s past, making subtle jabs at decisions once made by the group.

You can stream Everything Will Be Alright In The End via iTunes Radio by clicking here. Pre-orders are still available for the album which officially drops October 7.

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Watch HAIM and Napoleon Dynamite’s Jon Heder Crash Chromeo’s “Old 45’s” Video

Electro-pop duo and general mischief makers Chromeo are at it again. After releasing a slew of singles we’ve been fawning over, the two have up and shared a music video for White Women cut “Old 45′s” that features the type of mayhem you would expect from a romance rival song.

Directed by Dugan O’Neal, the video features all three of the HAIM sisters, Napoleon Dynamite’s Jon Heder, and the dancing duo popping moves in a diner to win over the lady of the hour. With the lyric “If you think romance is dead and gone / find an old jukebox full of 45s / pop a nickel in it and it all comes back,” you know the two are ready to make it happen in the most literal sense. Let the entertainment unfold.

Watch the video below (via SSENSE): Read more »

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Cloud Nothings Share Video for “Now Hear In”

Cloud Nothings, with one of the best releases of the first quarter of 2014, Here and Nowhere Else, have posted a video for arguably one of the best songs off the record, “Now Hear In.”

Both song and video are quite eccentric. In the video, it features a man traveling around California in a giant mask, along with some VHS-like, scratchy renders that pair well with the raw guitar lines, The black and white helps focus the fight of loud versus quiet parts of the song, while the old school cinematography goes along with the post-grunge feel that the song has.

In the press release, the band shared that the video deals with “a loose cyclical theme of identity and ego-birth/death.” Interesting take and seemingly congruent with the context of the song. Check out the video below, and let us know what you think. Read more »

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Watch Sam Smith’s Rise to Fame in “Restart” Video

Sam Smith has had one hell of a year. The breakout artist has seen his singles rocket on the charts, been performing at festivals around the world, and found himself seated in the cushions of countless award shows. Throughout that rise in fame, Smith and his pals had been filming the moments happen — and now they’ve been compiled for his new “Restart” video.

The In The Lonely Hour cut sees stacked shots of him on his tour bus, playing around behind the scenes, and going to the beach with friends. It’s a grainy re-cap of his ascent. Nothing makes you realize you’ve made it in the industry like seeing the juxtaposition of your CD in a store and a clip of you playing to the masses at a festival. Watch the video below: Read more »

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Story Of The Year Post Long Update On The Band’s Future, Part Ways With Bassist

Classic post-hardcore band Story Of The Year have been a little quiet since coming back from hiatus and touring relentlessly throughout the country in regards to the ten-year anniversary of Page Avenue last year. Also, they released a completely stripped down acoustic version of the record titled Page Avenue: 10 Years And Counting that same year. This is where the “counting” part of that title comes into play in the present day of the band.

The band posted on their Facebook today a rather lengthy update in regards to their overall take on the music industry. Key details that were included in the post address that a new record is being written by the band at the moment and that sporadic touring will happen when time allows. Also, a rather big shocker in the post is the departure of bassist Adam Russell who has been with the band since their formation and was also previously in post-hardcore supergroup Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows.

Check out the lengthy post below after the jump and stay close with UTG as more updates come in the SOTY camp. Read more »

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Watch The Video for “Howl” And Fall In Love With Have Mercy All Over Again

Have Mercy are gearing up to release their Hopeless Records debut, and early this morning a new album cut titled “Howl” found its way online. Even better – the song was released alongside its official video.

I don’t know about you, but when I think about Have Mercy my mind immediately goes to the moody and emotional “Let’s Talk About Your Hair.” Their latest, “Howl,” maintains the strong lyricism of that track and pairs it with a driving rock sound that is far more upbeat than fans may be expecting. There are some who have compared the group’s writing style to that of The Spill Canvas in their prime, and this definitely brings One Fell Swoop to mind, in addition to several other mid-2000s alt/punk outfits.

Still, in the midst of what seems to be a wide variety of influences, Have Mercy find a way to make the whole affair their own in an incredibly catchy and infectious way. You can view the video for “Howl” below: Read more »

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Pharrell Goes Anime In Video for “It Girl”

Pharrell has done it again.

The ways he manages to get attention and show off his talent usually stretch the imagination and push the envelope of being weird. His new video for “It Girl” couldn’t be closer to that reality.

Whether he’s animated as a Japanimation character chasing and wooing cartoon girls and buying them clothes and spaceships, or he’s competing through level after level of an anime video game to win her heart, Pharrell shows off his nerdy side in this video; no question about it. And weirdly enough, the song seems to be directed at one “It Girl,” but he gets to choose which girl from the spaceship he pursues in a different level.

I’ll just let you watch for yourself. You can’t argue that it’s entertaining and creative. Check out the video below and let us know what you think. Read more »

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Get Acquainted With All of Minus the Bear’s ‘Lost Loves’

Lost Loves is not new. It’s not old. It’s just a collection of songs that have never had a proper recording, or that we didn’t know existed.

Well, finally Minus the Bear have given us this package of glorious songs that were recorded during the sessions of Planet of Ice, Omni, and Infinity Overhead. Having heard “The Lucky Ones” and “Cat Calls & Ill Means,” the band isn’t trying to hide the prior fact.

The album has a strange sense of unity, as the songs aren’t clunky, or obviously recorded at different times. The band has a knack for capturing a distinct sound with each album to ensure their listeners won’t be disappointed, but with that, every album has some unique qualities. As easy as it is to hear the three different albums, it weirdly flows as if it were recorded all at the same time. Read more »

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First ‘Taken 3′ Trailer Has Very Little To Do With Kidnapping

Taken 3 is a reality, and for whatever reason the plot has nothing to do with someone kidnapping Liam Neeson.

Today, the first trailer for Taken 3 found its way online. The footage sets up a story that involves bad guys framing Liam Neeson’s character for the murder of his wife. When cops arrive on seen, Liam runs, and in doing so kicks off a chain of events that will put the lives of everyone he loves in danger. He fights back, but the police may catch up to him before he can figure out exactly who is responsible for the death of his other half. You can view the footage below: Read more »

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UTG EXCLUSIVE: When Cities Sleep Sign To Indianola Records, Premiere New Lyric Video

When Cities Sleep are an up-and-coming post-hardcore outfit based out of Waldorf, Maryland. The group has been together since 2011 and have earned a solid following in their local scene by combining heavy guitar riffs with electronic drops. Their hard work has paid off, and now we’ve teamed up with the group to announce they have signed to Indianola Records. This label is also the home to bands like Provoke, Destroy and Apparitions.

In addition to the signing, we are happy to premiere the lyric video for their new single, “Dead Tires.” You can stream that song by taking a look below the jump.

The band will be releasing their upcoming EP, What Lies Lay Between Us, on November 18. Be sure to keep an eye out for pre-orders. Read more »

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COMING SOON: UTG’s 31 Days Of Halloween Starts Tomorrow!

It’s that time of year again!

For the third year in a row the entire month of October is dedicated to UTG’s love of scary movies. We have a slew of features planned, including interviews and ‘best of’ lists that are sure to whet your appetite for all things macabre, but the highlight of the site in the coming weeks will no doubt be our annual 31 Days Of Halloween feature. This year’s list is 100% different from the films used in previous years, and if we’re being completely honest we think the movies chosen this time around offer a better, more diverse selection of thrills and chills to make your October one you’ll never forget. Read more »